IT at the forefront to assist business leaders in achieving their goals

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Mar 29, 2017 8:47:00 AM

All the information I have gathered whether it be from studies or during meetings with corporate leaders have confirmed these business priorities :

  • 1. The growth of the business; 
  • 2. Continuous innovation;
  • 3. Using technology as a growth lever;
  • 4. Developing a strong corporate culture.

There is a common denominator in all business leaders’ priorities: information technology. IT has become vital in creating value for businesses. Here is how IT can also assist you in achieving your objectives.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

Flash storage (SSD) for production: Increasingly affordable advantages

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Over the years, businesses have gradually turned towards Flash memory SSD disks for their production environment, in addition to rotating hard drives.

 

Given their numerous benefits, they are the ideal solution for organizations dealing with a high volume of ultra rapid transactions, like financial institutions. However, they are just as beneficial for the majority of companies, ranging from large businesses to SMBs, as their benefits are numerous.

 

The advantages of Flash storage, in comparison with HDD, are undeniable:

 

 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Storage

CIO: How to demonstrate the business value of IT to management?

Posted by Pierre Lavoie on Feb 21, 2017 12:48:43 PM

IT is often left out of value creation in enterprises that are not in the IT field. This is due to the fact that most companies have been built on technical or industrial know-how, or even a service level.

Over the last decades, IT has permitted for all of these businesses to gain in efficiency and productivity, however, the IT department is still viewed as a support service and cost center.

Take for example businesses in transportation, furniture manufacturing, retail, or food distribution that have innovated thanks to IT and have passed to a superior level.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, CIO/IT leaders

Business continuity in an era of rapid ransomware evolution

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Feb 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Ransomware is a category of malware whose purpose is to render the targeted data unusable or to block access to IT systems until a ransom is paid, generally in the form of hard to trace virtual money.

It can just as easily encrypt data from a work station as it can with what it has access to on a shared network.

 

 

A considerable threat

The 2016 Midyear Security Roundup: The Reign of Ransomware study demonstrates that throughout the first half of 2016 there was a 172% increase in cases of ransomware, in comparison to all of 2015.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Storage, IT security

How to overcome 3 fears related to IT managed services?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Feb 1, 2017 7:30:00 AM

The rapid evolution of technology, especially everything related to mobility and digital transformation, has brought many challenges to companies.

In Quebec, as well as the rest of Canada, many companies are at a turning point: they must make critical decisions for their transformation and to secure their future. Choosing which functions to keep internally and which to outsource is part of these critical decisions.

While companies have outsourced IT management for many years, this practice has not yet fully become the norm, and it raises many concerns. [Read the free guide: The shift towards IT managed services. Why, how and is it right for you?]

Yet today, these fears are no longer justified. It’s important to note that the tools to ensure the monitoring and maintenance of IT infrastructures have improved greatly and the companies specialising in this service have optimised their business models and offerings.

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

Video: Transactions are 8x faster using SAP HANA on POWER8.

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 17, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Several months after South Shore Furniture implemented SAP HANA on POWER8 – a Canadian first realised in conjunction with Present – the results are impressive. The most significant indicator of the success of the new infrastructure is the accelerated transaction speed, which is now 8 times faster.

Knowing the company’s systems receive and process orders 24/7/365 and deliver to its clients within 24 hours, it is a considerable improvement.

In the video below, Claude Bernier, VP of IT for the company, explains what motivated the use of a POWER8 infrastructure instead of Intel to deploy SAP HANA. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Big Data, ibm

5 priorities for Canadian IT executives in 2017

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 12, 2017 10:10:00 AM

In 2017, companies will largely continue to invest in information technologies following a trend begun in 2012.

According to the CIO Tech Poll study, investments focus on two specific fields: analytics and security. CIO Adam Dennison said “Organizations continue to explore ways to conduct business smarter and protect assets and processes”.

 

In this context, we have identified 5 priorities for Canadian IT executives to position their projects in 2017 and to profit from IT.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders, IT security

A look back on 2016: 10 IT articles that marked the year

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

After 90 published articles on our blog last year, here is a selection of 10 that attracted the most attention from our readers. Among the topics of interest are digital transformation and IT outsourcing (which we refer to as managed services).

These two points reflect both the increase in the presence of information technology in enterprises and the separation between value-added IT and the operational element. Increasingly, companies must focus on integrating various technology platforms to bring their business to the next level. At the same time, there is a strong tendency of shifting away infrastructure management to external partners, in order to devote internal resources to value-adding projects.

Happy reading!

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Managed services, Digital transformation, ibm, CIO/IT leaders

Happy holidays from the Present team!

Posted by present on Dec 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We would like to take this opportunity to send you and yours our very best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday and a wonderful New Year!

Our offices will be closed from December 24th-January 2nd, yet we are always available for any urgent situations.

Click below to view our holiday message.

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Topics: Events

IT security: 5 things you can do to secure your network perimeter

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Dec 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Companies today must offer optimal data access to employees, customers, and partners in order to be efficient.

This requires continual Internet access, which exposes these companies to hostile environments where threats evolve rapidly.

Add to this the fact that employees can intentionally or involuntarily threaten the network by their actions, and you have everything you need for imminent disaster.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, CIO/IT leaders, IT security

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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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