3 things revealed by the top 2016 SMB IT priorities and challenges

Posted by Louis de Grandpré_ on Nov 22, 2016 12:45:00 PM

SMBs must identify their IT challenges and priorities in order to achieve their goals and limit their risks. With an often limited flexibility, SMBs can’t afford to follow a trial and error approach, in IT or other departments.

Techaisle identified the top challenges and priorities for SMBs in 2016, and at the very least, it can be said how surprising many aspects are. Do you see the reality of your business reflected in these IT priorities and challenges or do you see things differently?

I invite you to share your views on this subject at the“Stratégie PME 2016” conference at kiosk 116.

Below is my analysis of the challenges and priorities in the IT field for SMBs in Quebec.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

6 qualities only excellent IT recruiting firms have

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM

A good IT recruiting firm’s main goal is to simplify and speed up its customers’ hiring process when filling a permanent or contractual position.

In addition. recruiters specialized in IT need to possess certain qualities. Although an excellent contact network is an essential asset for all recruiting firms, other more specific qualities and abilities set some firms apart from others. Here they are: 

 

1. A good understanding of the employment contract

The selected recruiting firm must be very familiar with the IT position to fill. It must know the specific qualifications required, the projects in which the selected candidate will take part, and his or her responsibilities.

The recruiter must endeavor to learn as much as possible about the contract and identify what will most likely attract candidates. 

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Topics: Collaboration, Recruitment

IT infrastructure: the differences between IaaS and traditional infrastructure

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 9, 2016 1:15:00 PM

For some time now, cloud computing has become increasingly important within the IT domain. New infrastructures called IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) now exist, and, as opposed to traditional infrastructures, they don’t require any physical equipment, given the use of VM’s (Virtual Machines).

 

These two types of IT infrastructure share several characteristics, but some fundamental differences set them apart. In order to help you choose which will work best for your organization, we have compared their main differences. 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

Computer security in SME’s: an often neglected daily challenge

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 3, 2016 12:00:00 PM

We often associate a computer security breach with the theft or loss of information resulting from the intrusion of computer hackers. Indeed, these much talked about hackers are often the companies’ main worry. Is this fear justified? How do we prevent data theft or leakage? 

 

Some famous cases

One need only think of the hacking that took place at Ashley Madison last year. Information on members was collected, then disseminated. We learned this year that some 500 million Yahoo! members had the same thing happen to them, not to mention the massive hacking at Sony in 2014. The American company had been threatened at the time by a hacker group that if it did not answer their demands, a lot of secret information and movies would be made public before their release date.

Even more recently, a couple of weeks ago, there was a major DDoS attack which prevented access to important websites such as Paypal, Twitter, Spotify, and even CBC.  

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Topics: BYOD, IT infrastructure, Cloud, Events

The 6 key points of IBM Edge 2016, according to 3 Present experts

Posted by present on Oct 21, 2016 1:15:00 PM

This year, IBM Edge, which originally specialized in storage, has now included all IBM systems, a move both unique and significant. This collaboration of IBM infrastructure categories was a unique opportunity to understand the trends not only from a technological viewpoint, but also from a business viewpoint.

Louis de Grandpré, General Manager, Nicolas Brodeur, System Architect, and Michel Gaillardetz, Solutions Architect at Present, all agree on the following key points of this edition of IBM Edge.

  

Increase in the adoption of new IT models

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Events, ibm

Wi-Fi in high-traffic public areas: a revolution is underway

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 4, 2016 1:15:00 PM

As mobile traffic surpassed wire traffic in the fall of 2014, the infrastructure behind public Wi-Fi is becoming less efficient and more costly to deploy. With an increasing number of mobile devices using Wi-Fi as their main Internet connection and with users choosing Wi-Fi as soon as it is available, the traditional Wi-Fi limits are soon reached. 

The installation and use of a traditional Wi-Fi infrastructure in high mobile traffic areas are hindered by the following limitations:

•  The difficulty of creating an efficient plan to install access points;

•  Overrun channels due to too many users connected to the same access point;

•  An ever-changing mobile access point;

•  The complexity of access point management by the WLAN controller.

For these reasons, the quality of the signal, uncertain to begin with, is greatly affected by interferences.

However, things are changing thanks to new technologies like Smart Wi-Fi.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, BYOD, IT infrastructure

What do you really buy with an IT Managed Services contract?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Sep 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Outsourced management of your IT environment is not just at a monthly cost to receive reports.  Instead, these services offer a hidden value, optimizing your systems, maintenance and security of your computer data.

While several myths about outsourcing IT are widely circulated, we must develop a global vision and how this type of service can affect your business operations.

Listed below you will find an IT Managed Services contract, and how your business can benefit.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services

How to Adopt a 3-Phase IBM i Systems Modernization Strategy Now

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Modernization of IT assets is now determined by the rapid changes in today’s business requirements. Unfortunately, obsolescence eventually materializes on the IBM i systems (AS / 400), despite the efforts that have been made by IBM to ensure compatibility of applications on different generations of systems.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, ibm

Top 4 obstacles that keep you away from turning to IT managed services

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Sep 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We all know that outsourcing certain tasks - even if nobody likes to do them - can make people uncomfortable. This is the case in IT and management of IT infrastructure.

Many questions and fears come into play and make the decision difficult.

Here are the 4 most common obstacles to move towards the use of IT managed services.

You can refer to the article What do you really buy with an IT managed services contract to understand what is included.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

Breqwatr: OpenStack solution to standardize cloud environments

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

For almost two years, the Canadian start-up company Breqwatr has brought to market a revolutionary solution for business.

Toronto-based Breqwatr delivers a hyper-converged, all-flash OpenStack appliance for private cloud storage especially preconfigured, resulting in a turnkey solution.

 

Programmable OpenStack: Innovative, but laborious

OpenStack platform is a set of open source software that allows anyone to set up private cloud services from standard equipment. This technology is seen as the way forward for companies that want to remain competitive, it includes deduplication, compression and thin-provisioning storage services.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Converged infrastructure, Cloud

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The right use of technology addresses business challenges and drives business growth in all areas of an enterprise.  We hope this blog will offer insight into developing strategies and tactics to enable you to identify those key drivers of growth and keep pace with and anticipate the rapid technology change of today.

 

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