Not every user’s “office” is the same. Why should their devices be?

Work is no longer somewhere you go, it’s something you do. Today, workers demand more freedom to choose where, when and how they do their jobs. They expect the same when it comes to the devices they use.

In the past, selecting work computers was a straightforward process. Now workers rely on a wide array of devices to get their work done.

Last year, Dell studied North American office workers and pinpointed 7 archetypal “work styles” and tailored its suite of computing devices and accessories.

This guide will help you identify the users in your organization and match them with Dell PCs and accessories optimized for their specific needs.

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Client Hardware Refresh Toolkit

Softchoice developed this Toolkit to help organizations better prepare for their Client Hardware Refresh . In most organizations, this is a major undertaking, and the task becomes even more complex if your offices are spread out across multiple regions .

Technology users’ work behaviors have changed considerably. Our research study revealed that 72% of employees now work remotely at least once per month . 62% of employees think they’re more productive working outside the office . And 70% of employees would quit their job for more flexible working arrangements somewhere else, including the chance to work from home more often . How people engage with work has changed over the years - employees need different devices, accessories, etc . to stay productive .

Dell has found a third of employees feel they have better technology at home than they have at work.

What does all of this mean for IT? First, you need to re-evaluate your client hardware decisions to better reflect the needs of your workforce . Do your current devices support future transformation?

This Toolkit will help you take the first steps in re-evaluating your end-users’ requirements . We also share how Softchoice’s IT Department approaches a major client hardware refresh for our 1,300 employees . You’ll also learn how to gauge the pulse of your organization, and make your investment decisions pop!

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Welcome to Workplace 2.0

The way we work has reached the next stage of evolution. Mobility and the cloud make it possible to bring the job anywhere. Modern technology lets workers select the computer or mobile device that makes them most productive. Collaboration tools allow colleagues to connect and create from any location. The youngest generation of the workforce has a whole new perspective on the connected workplace. Organizations need to adapt, or risk becoming relics.

Dell found 82% of workers believe a device tailored to their job would make them more productive. Meanwhile, over 80% of workers are dissatisfied with the technology they have.

Here’s what we found about how today’s workers feel about the new workplace ecosystem.

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VMWare ELA Webinar

Learn more about VMware Enterprise License Agreements and how to manage them through this Softchoice webinar. Take a dive with us into what ELA is and how it works while you discover how you can leverage the value of the Softchoice platform.

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VMWare Enterprise Licensing

Even the most advanced IT department has difficulty procuring, deploying and managing thousands of assets in an enterprise environment.

The average enterprise overspends on software by 25%. Meanwhile, 39% of installed software lacks proper licensing, creating audit risk. With VMware in particular, enterprise licensing is even more difficult to navigate. According to Gartner, finding useful advice on VMware enterprise licensing is next to impossible, thanks to a lack of public information and highly-customized terms and conditions.

This guide is your starting point to VMware Enterprise Licensing Agreements (ELA). The 3-year contract simplifies your licensing while unlocking up to 40% in savings on new licenses and support. Use this resource to uncover the key actions you must take to unlock the most value in negotiating, optimizing and renewing your VMware ELA.

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Compliant Database DevOps and the role of DevSecOps

DevOps is now widely accepted in software development because, by introducing a culture of collaboration and cooperation between development and IT operations teams, it enables features to be released faster to end users. But how can the database join the conversation? Can the same principles be followed, or should they be modified? How can increasing regulatory pressure around data privacy and protection be satisfied? What additional measures should be considered so that the security of data can be protected alongside the code and truly compliant Database DevOps is achieved?

This whitepaper details how and why DevOps can be applied to the database, and then outlines the steps necessary to include it in DevSecOps.

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2018 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis

The Black Duck by Synopsys Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report provides an in-depth look at the state of open source security, license compliance, and code-quality risk in commercial software. Each year, the Black Duck OnDemand audit services group conducts open source audits on thousands of applications for its customers—primarily in conjunction with merger and acquisition transactions. This year’s analysis was done by the Synopsys Center for Open Source Research & Innovation (COSRI) and examines findings from the anonymized data of over 1,100 commercial codebases audited in 2017. Industries represented in the report include the automotive, big data (predominantly artificial intelligence and business intelligence), cyber security, enterprise software, financial services, healthcare, Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing, and mobile app markets.

The OSSRA report includes insights and recommendations intended to help organizations and security, risk, legal, development, and M&A teams better understand the open source security and license risk landscape as they strive to improve their application risk management processes.

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Application Security Buyers’ Guide: Managing Application Security Risk Requires a Comprehensive Toolkit

Today, 85% of security attacks target software applications, according to SAP. Not surprisingly, there is an array of application security tools on the market to help companies address security risks, and they vary in both approach and coverage. For example, traditional application security tools—dynamic application security testing (DAST) and static application security testing (SAST)—are very effective in finding bugs in the application code internal developers write. However, they are not effective in identifying open source software vulnerabilities. Given that open source is an essential component in application development worldwide, effective open source vulnerability management is imperative.

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of application security risks, discusses the types of solutions available, and looks at where each excels or falls short. It discusses why organizations need a comprehensive application security toolkit to stay secure throughout the product life cycle.

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Building Application Security Into Production Container Environments

Organizations are leveraging containers on a massive scale to rapidly package and deliver software applications. But because it is difficult for organizations to see the components and dependencies in all their container images, the security risks associated with containerized software delivery have become a critical topic in DevOps.

This puts the spotlight on operations teams to find security vulnerabilities in production environments without sacrificing the efficiency of containers.

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9 Hyperion Myths That Are Making You Less Effective

The tools in Oracle's Hyperion suite of software products for enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI) are among the most powerful and effective applications available to corporate environments. However, it's also true that with the great power of Hyperion comes great responsibility -- which many organizations struggle with.

EPM systems like Hyperion are mission-critical, but they can be complicated and mercurial to manage. If you're a Hyperion administrator, manager or even a finance director, you're almost certainly well familiar with crashes, bugs, and performance issues, and you know that they can delay reporting and take hours or even days to fix.

This white paper has aimed to bust some of the biggest myths surrounding Oracle Hyperion performance management. When you have the right tools at your disposal, the idea that Hyperion performance management is difficult, time-consuming and expensive isn’t just incorrect, it’s holding your business back.

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Cut Costs and Improve ROI: Turn Hyperion EPM Pain into Business Gain

These days, data is one of an organization's most valuable currencies. Of course, the more companies come to rely on accurate, up-to-date data, the more painful it becomes when they start to have problems with data analysis and reporting. These pain points can come in many forms, including missing and inaccurate data, late reports, and overlooked insights.

In far too many cases, these challenges are a result of problems with the Oracle Hyperion enterprise performance management (EPM) software suite. Although Hyperion has incredible advantages, it can also suck up valuable time and effort. As a result, even the most well-intentioned companies are distracted from focusing on their core revenue-generating business initiatives.

The good news is that organizations don't have to live with chronic Hyperion pain. By joining forces with a skilled partner who has extensive knowledge of and experience with Oracle applications, and the resources to provide a complete view of the inner workings of the Hyperion engine, companies can cut costs, become more efficient, and liberate their employees to work on higher-level core activities.

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Open Innovation Labs Datasheet

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs is an immersive teaming residency that arms customers with the skills, tools, and processes to deliver better software, more quickly, to meet the demands of today’s market. Whether it’s co-creating a disruptive product, accelerating cultural transformation in the enterprise, or discovering what’s possible with a suite of proven and open tools and methods-Open Innovation Labs is designed to jump-start organizations’ most innovative ideas. Learn more.

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Automation App Delivery Datasheet

To successfully streamline and automate application delivery, businesses need effective technology and an effective framework. Red Hat® Consulting partners with enterprise organizations to create a strategic approach to app delivery and provide guidance on making operations more repeatable, predictable, and scalable. Using Red Hat Ansible Automation, Red Hat subject matter experts help businesses automate and streamline complicated workflows by speeding processes and eliminating human error. After establishing this foundation, Red Hat consultants show your teams how to manage workflows across multiple infrastructures to help you focus on delivering value to their business.

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Digital Business Process Management: A Transformational Force

These days, we are witnessing the greatest expansion of information technology into business processes ever seen. Entire new businesses – running solely on the cloud, employing data in new and ingenious ways – are disrupting the corporate world to the point where even the largest organizations are fearing for their relevance. Today’s consumers are digitally empowered, not only with devices, but also an abundance of online resources.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.

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