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

3 pillars of your IT infrastructure that help create value-added data

Posted by Nadine Stojanoff_ on Aug 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Technology in general and mobile technologies in particular are changing the way we view the world and act.

Just think of the drastic transformation within the movie rental industry to see how the change has been radical in the last 15 years. The time when the neighborhood store shopkeeper advised you of movies according to your tastes and desires is over. Today, staying in your living room, it's Netflix that makes a selection on the screen for you based on your research and what you have previously watched.

New tools in the media world where technologies are essential have helped change what is shown to us, as can be seen in the following video.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Big Data

6 of the best TED Talks to innovate with technology

Posted by Nadine Stojanoff_ on Aug 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

How to relax and contribute to innovation at the same time? Watch the 6 Ted Talks that we have selected for their relevance to the challenges that CIOs and other leading companies are facing so they can continue to innovate in a world increasingly focused on technology.

Some videos are less than 6 minutes, while others are 10 to 15 minutes. Watch them at your own leisure and according to your interests. Add this item to your favorites to be able to come back later when you want to be inspired, all are extremely interesting and motivating.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Trends, Big Data

High availability, more than just a disaster recovery solution

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Aug 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A key component of high-availability infrastructure is the data replication which consists of replicating a production server to a replication server. Yet about 30% of companies that have such infrastructure have never conducted a switchover, because the operation is too complex with several software.

By becoming aware of this aberration, Traders developed the QuickEDD-HA solution for i systems. Moreover, the software has truly been designed with the logic that the usefulness of high availability is not limited to replication. As IBM i servers are known for their reliability, it is difficult to financially justify the investment in a second server that is dedicated solely to replication. With the overall approach that high availability extends the production level, it is then easier to make this investment.

Here are 4 features of Traders QuickEDD-HA that allow you to make the most of your infrastructure and obtain the best performance.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability, ibm

iOS 10 coming this fall: 3 changes companies must consider

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Aug 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In June, I had the chance to participate in the most recent World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) with Apple. In addition to its highly noticed ads for its MacOS operating systems, and tvOS, watchOS, the tenth version of iOS, operating system for iPhones and iPads was announced and presented. Naturally, it will bring a multitude of improvements for users, and enhancements to most functions that are used daily.

It would be impossible to do justice to all of these improvements by attempting to name them. However, some improvements are likely to have an impact for business users. I would like to present a few that I think may be influential.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, Future of retail

Digital Transformation:  10 Latest Technology Trends in 2016

Posted by Nadine Stojanoff_ on Jul 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

New technology trends have increasingly had major repercussions at the individual level of IT departments and businesses.

If the implications of these trends may seem distant for many Canadian business leaders, they should nevertheless be taken into account to allow the evolution of both the organization and the business models in the context of current digital transformation.

The latest research by Gartner, on key technologies for 2016 classifies 10 trends in 3 categories.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Trends, Digital transformation

CEO, CFO, and CIO, all become winners when outsourcing IT

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Jul 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Managed IT Services remain relatively unknown to many companies. Yet, outsourcing IT can represent many benefits for executives looking to maximize time, profits and business processes, without compromising the security of their IT infrastructure.

Even today, the CEO, CFO’s and CIO’s of companies are reluctant to implement such a solution. The relative novelty of the offer, the fear of offending their IT team or the false belief that IT is a necessary evil in the company explains this widespread resistance.

Here are what leaders have to gain by letting go of some of these myths that ultimately limit the growth of their business.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Trends, Managed services

IT outsourcing for Quebec SMEs - 8 myths busted

Posted by Nadine Stojanoff_ on Jul 13, 2016 2:00:00 PM

For many years, SMEs in Quebec and Canada must contend with the increasing importance that IT plays in their organization and the lack of resources to maintain and optimize their infrastructure.

When managing servers, backups, switches, telephony and all other components of a modern IT infrastructure, considerable time is spent just to " keep the lights on." Today, it is increasingly easy to outsource all or part of this management, but many misconceptions hinder the business leaders to take the path of IT managed services.

Here's why the most widespread beliefs about IT outsourcing should be forgotten.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services

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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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