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Upgrade Your Devices for Greater Business Outcomes


The most successful businesses bring together people with different skill sets and different life experiences to create a unique company identity, fusing a wide spectrum of knowledge, attitudes and intuition and into a single coherent voice.

Securing the Edge: How Service Models Deliver Flexibility and Efficiency


Over the past two years, New Zealand has experienced a huge shift in the way we work. Most businesses are overwhelmed with managing the ever-increasing number of devices (particularly IoT) that are connected to their infrastructure.

Upgrade Your Devices to Better Protect Your Business Data


As the business world changes and evolves, endpoint security becomes more vital than ever as your first line of defence against cyberattack.

Roundtable Wrapup: Securing the Edge with Softsource vBridge


Well, that's a wrap for our Securing the Edge virtual roundtable event! We'd like to thank everyone who tuned in, our guest speaker Andrew Fox from Aruba, and our very own Barry White for facilitating an insightful event.

Upgrade Your Devices and Software to Boost Productivity


You know your team is good. You know your product is good. So, what’s holding you back from achieving the KPIs and productivity goals you know you should be hitting? Maybe the answer is literally at your fingertips.

The Edge: What is it and why is it important?


Technology advancement across IoT, cloud computing and SaaS, changing workstyle demands are pushing the need to process and analyse data beyond the traditional data centre.

6 Questions with Softsource’s VCIO/Principal Consultant, Barry White, on The Changing IT Landscape


With the IT landscape more important than ever before, we sat down with Softsource’s VCIO/Principal Consultant, Barry White, to delve a little deeper, and explore the key areas occupying his focus during these challenging but also exciting times.

Getting Productive: How the Right Tools Create a Team of Star Performers


In anything you strive to do, whether it be a hobby or professionally, it’s imperative to have the right tools for the job.

The Productivity Problem Causing IT Stress – and How to Solve It


As we become increasingly dispersed and mobility drives further workplace change, it represents both challenge and opportunity.

Transforming Workplaces: Are you moving with the times?


Over the past year we’ve seen the workplace undergo unprecedented change. Are you moving with the times?

Digital agility is essential to be better prepared for workplace disruption


Many New Zealand businesses have belatedly realised this year that their technology environments often haven’t been designed with rapid change in mind. So, how can business and IT leaders begin creating this agile IT environment and be better prepared for future disruption?

The new model of device deployment for 2021 and beyond


With concerns about costs, complexity, productivity and security, how can IT managers find new flexibility and control in their device strategies?

Stay ahead of the game with network user experience monitoring – Q&A with Softsource Chief Technology Officer, David Small


There are plenty of things that can go wrong within a network, particularly when it comes to WLAN and Wi-Fi. To help us understand how Aruba UXI solves these issues for network administrators, we spoke to Softsource’s Chief Technology Officer, David Small to ask him a few questions.

The A-Z of Network End-User Experience Monitoring


To empower businesses with the right level of network visibility, Aruba has developed the Aruba User Experience Insight (UXI) sensor and dashboard for testing Wi-Fi connections from a user’s perspective. The team at Softsource have put together the ultimate A-Z list to help you understand the ins and outs of this nifty solution.

Is your remote workforce exposing you to dangerous new security risks


One of the most challenging and unexpected shifts in your organisation’s IT environment has occurred over the past weeks. As COVID-19 has forced many employees to work remotely from home, IT teams have been tasked with quickly facilitating these new remote working arrangements.

Softsource Q&A David Small discusses the risks of a remote workforce


Many organisations have learned to adapt in the new working environment and found themselves with a largely remote workforce due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While it may seem simple to have your employees to complete their work over their home internet, there are enormous security risks to consider in remote working arrangements.

Softsource Q&A: John Harrop discusses the evolution of hybrid cloud


It seems like overnight hybrid cloud has become the infrastructure model of choice. So, how did we get here and how have our infrastructure decision processes evolved? To find out, we spoke to John Harrop from Softsource to hear some of his firsthand experience in working with the changing IT landscape over the past two decades.

Softsource Q&A: Barry White discusses the drivers towards hybrid cloud


Hybrid cloud seems to be the infrastructure model of choice, but what is driving its popularity, and is it something NZ organisations can achieve on their own? To find out, we spoke to Softsource CIO Barry White to get his thoughts.

Softsource Q&A: David Small Discusses the Transition To Hybrid Cloud


Hybrid cloud is growing in popularity, but how should organisations actually approach the transition to this new model? To find out, we spoke to Softsource CTO David Small about entrada Hybrid Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Joining the XaaS revolution: switching to as-a-Service technology


What does it mean to own anything, when we now have the ability to use nearly anything through a subscription or pay per use model? This simple question is the driver behind the rapid growth of everything-as-a-Service or XaaS consumption models in enterprise IT. This shift has been occurring for at least 25 years, since the advent of the modern internet, with many pointing to Salesforce offering a subscription-based CRM in 1999 as the beginning of today’s movement.

The 3 New IT Security Challenges Facing NZ Businesses: Are You Prepared?


As an IT partner, our job is to help our customers to navigate this new digital world without taking their eyes off their core business. Taking away the major administrative burden of managing devices and ensuring all employees can safely work from anywhere was a challenge that was repeated in every customer conversation, so if juggling device management is frustrating or time consuming, you’re not alone.

WAN vs SD-WAN: What’s the difference?


You would have likely seen these terms before but you may still be unsure what they mean. Here’s a quick guide to both and which is ideal for your organisation.

5 Minutes with our Cyber Security Expert


The most prolific risks in the market right now are password attacks and phishing attacks. Many people are still using insecure passwords and not choosing to use multi-factor authentication. In a recent security assessment, we managed to hack 30% of passwords in less than an hour because of poor password practices.

Your Backup is Only as Good as your Recovery


Not every backup and recovery option is created equally. We regularly see organisations assume that because their backup solution appears to operate effectively, by default, so should their recovery options – this isn’t the case.

Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes in your Backup and Recovery


Can your organisation adequately recover data in the event of a disruption? We deal with organisations who have learned the hard way that they couldn’t. Here are the 5 biggest mistakes we commonly see, and how to avoid them.

Ask an expert: Is Network as a Service right for my organisation ?


Every organisation is attempting to keep their employees and customers connected on more devices, and in more locations. Guaranteeing that connectivity isn’t always easy or cost-effective. At the same time, we’re seeing the rise of software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) and the new model of Network as a Service (NaaS) which are both promising to solve many common networking issues for growing organisations.

Millennial Effect


They're the generation other generations love to critique - wanting things before they've earnt them, confident in their opinions regardless of their experience, and driven to succeed in their chosen fields. Criticism of Millennials however, is often misconstrued, a reflection of societies love for keeping the younger generations in check, rather than legitimate flaws. But regardless of how you may perceive them, Millennials will dominate the New Zealand workforce by 2020 (1), bringing their drive and tech-savvy awareness with them. So, what does it all mean?

3 reasons why Network as a Service (NaaS) should be your next big IT move


Cloud-based Network as a Service (NaaS) is becoming a popular alternative for those organisations who want enterprise grade connectivity without all of the associated headaches. Here’s three reasons why we’re seeing many organisations like yours beginning to make the switch.

4 Benefits of purchasing through Softsource's Online Store


The majority of us have probably experienced it at some point or another, a business-critical device, whether it be a laptop, printer or server goes down and to minimise operational downtime your boss or IT department must make an urgent, immediate purchase. Depending on when the outage or malfunction occurred, calling your regular supplier may not be an option, but alas, thanks to the convenient realm of e-commerce, downtime to business operations can be kept to a minimum. Having recently re-launched our own online store, we thought it pertinent to highlight the 4 key benefits to online purchasing.

What is Device Management Costing Your Business?


From desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones, businesses are investing more than ever on the devices their employees need to perform their work, but what is the overall cost and how do your device management choices affect the business?

Are You Building New Applications and Services on an Old Network?


From dairy farms to medical researchers and corner shops to the biggest corporations, a technology revolution is sweeping the modern workplace. Ready or not, the changes to come will determine whether your organisation faces the future as a leader or with fading fortunes.

When You’re Focusing on Your Business, is your Network a Distraction You Can’t Afford?


Surviving flat markets and making the most of the good times is all part of the journey. But going into the current, volatile business environment without the right technology is like taking a wrong turn onto a Formula One track.

The Three Ways Your Network is Choking Progress


With the focus on exciting applications and an internet of things (IoT) to explore, it can be easy to overlook your most vital supporting tool. Your network dictates your ability to capitalise on modern technologies… and all networks are not created equally.

How increased mobility will help grow your business in 2018


Workplace mobility leads to 30 per cent better processes, 23 per cent more productivity—and 100 per cent more satisfied employees. Here’s how to use mobile technology to grow your business in 2018.

Streamline the manageability of your business with this key strategy


Don’t be left behind - the future of business is here and you have the power to streamline the manageability of your organisation by implementing this key strategy.

Don’t put your business at risk - are you sure your IT infrastructure is secure?


Business security is no longer just about having an alarm installed - you must protect your organisation online, as this is where the real threats now lie. Are you prepared to be a victim of cyber crime?

Significantly Reduce Overhead Costs in your Business in 2018


Stop blowing the budget by using this one simple solution.

Increasing Your Business Productivity


Maximise effective collaboration, and in turn productivity, by offering staff the right tools that provide ease of communication and an integration of various working platforms.