4 steps to transform IT into a business unit

Posted by Marc Beaulieu on Nov 16, 2017 7:45:00 AM

For companies to succeed in this digital age, they must transform IT from service to the business units and cost center to strategic business partner.

In order to do this, IT needs to fundamentally shift the way it approaches business. IT can no longer be just a department that keeps the lights on–it needs to think strategically like other business units, focusing on ROI and efficiency.

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Ruckus Cloudpath: security for wired AND wireless networks

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Nov 1, 2017 7:45:00 AM

In recent years, IT experts have put a lot of emphasis on the importance of properly securing wireless networks. In fact, while the message has gone over well for wireless, this is far from the case for wired networks as most companies continue to neglect the protection of their LAN network. Companies are unknowingly at increased risk of being attacked or having their sensitive data accessible to anyone with a network connection at their disposal. 

 

Take for example your residential WiFi access. You most likely need a password to connect to the Internet. However, if you connect your workstation directly to your router, authentication is no longer necessary and you have immediate access to your network. This is exactly the same principle for companies. Remote access to the network is secure, but the wired entry doors within the building are unlocked when companies do not impose some form of authentication before a user can connect to the network.  

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Topics: BYOD, IT infrastructure, IT security

Krack: WI-FI defect threatens to expose your data

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 18, 2017 4:06:20 PM

A major vulnerability has been discovered in the WPA2 protocol of Wi-Fi networks. 

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6 reasons to entrust your Office 365 migration to a consultant

Posted by present on Oct 17, 2017 7:45:00 AM
Office 365 is a platform that brings together a suite of services and applications that aim to improve the efficiency of communications and business collaboration. Given all the available offers, it is a solution adapted to all sizes of companies.  When you plan to migrate to this platform, as many are,  hiring a consultant specializing in the field will help you get the most out of this rapidly evolving solution suite.

 

According to market intelligence regarding specialists in migration to Office 365, these skilled people are scarce and have limited availability. It is, incidentally, a common reason why migration projects in many companies are postponed. Fortunately, companies such as Present have expert consultants who are experienced in migrating to Office 365 and are ready to assist you. Here are 6 reasons to do business with a consultant specializing in migrations to Office 365. 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, CIO/IT leaders, Office 365

Hyperconvergence to the rescue of the traditional data center

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 3, 2017 7:45:00 AM
In today's economy, a company's strategy relies more than ever on its capacity for innovation and transformation, and therefore equally on the profound change in the role of IT.

 

The changing role of IT 

It is no longer just about guaranteeing stability, levels of performance and availability of applications, but also encouraging innovation and contributing to the business. 

This new orientation of IT is inevitably accompanied by the modernization of the data center, which today is an impediment to the requirements of the lines of business. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Convergence / Hyper-convergence, CIO/IT leaders

Quick-SmartData, the AS/400 database replication solution

Posted by Benoit David_ on Sep 27, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Many companies run their databases on AS/400 (IBM Power) servers and are faced with the lack of a solution to replicate their data in real time between these servers and their ecommerce platform server.

While e-commerce is now well ingrained in consumer buying habits and online transactions are continuously growing, companies may be slow to adapt all the technologies to optimize this type of transaction.

Until recently, the heterogeneity of database platforms limited the frequency of exchanges between these databases and it required constant manipulation.

Fortunately, a new application is now available to remedy this lack of synchronism: Quick-SmartData. This innovative solution finally allows replication and integration of heterogeneous data, including database replication from IBM Power servers.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, replication

IT in SMBs: Technical assistance on demand VS managed services. Which to choose?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Sep 21, 2017 7:45:00 AM

We’ve observed that among certain business leaders, there is a form of IT weariness. In fact, for many, information technology is complex, costly and represents problems that they would rather do without. This exasperation often leads to a reactive attitude that, when a problem arises, exacerbates the frustration with IT. Do you see yourself in this scenario? 

IT infrastructure should not be an obstacle to the success of a business. On the contrary, it is a powerful lever to generating value. But how can we take advantage of technology without the inconvenience of managing it? 

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

3 benefits of Software Defined Storage

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Sep 6, 2017 7:45:00 AM

If you’re like many of our clients, you’ve become frustrated with the cost, complexity and capability of your storage solutions.  Storage issues is listed as a top pain point for IT management. Around half of IT decision makers say their current solution will not fulfill their storage needs in the future.¹ 

Data growth is not slowing down, and now even more than ever there is a huge priority to protect and be assured your data is protected. Today we take a look at Software defined storage as an option in helping organisations address the numerous storage and data challenges they are facing today.

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Topics: Storage

5 responsibilities of IT leaders to overcome today’s challenges

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Aug 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Information technology generates almost infinite business opportunities.  But this sea of possibilities can quickly become worrying for companies that are not already at the forefront of technological advances. This is an exciting yet also concerning situation for business leaders. 

In fact, almost half admit they do not know what their industry will look like in three years and are afraid of becoming obsolete within the next 3 to 5 years.  More disconcerting, 3/4 of managers feel threatened by digital startups.¹

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Topics: Collaboration, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

2 major errors not to make with your IT

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Aug 8, 2017 8:05:00 AM

The digital transformation of companies is not just a question of competitiveness, or market positioning, it is a question of survival.

In order to remain competitive and improve their performance, companies from all sectors and sizes must develop new business strategies and processes by taking advantage of information technology and communication. 

In this context of a digital economy, companies that want to remain viable must, of course, have leaders capable of recognizing opportunities, but also the IT environment capable of handling this new mission. 

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

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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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