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

SAP HANA on IBM Power: Canadian first performed by Present

Posted by Laurent Chayer_ on Jul 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

More and more company’s express significant high availability requirements for their IT infrastructure. Many of them therefore rely on the performance of their IBM Power servers.

Of these, many are using SAP, a planning system for companies (ERP). This integrated management software, which is compatible with multiple platforms, allows companies to perform, accounting, billing, ordering and inventory management.

The editor SAP recently launched HANA (High-Performance Analytic Appliance), its own database optimized for Linux. Now, Present has just completed a Canadian first by implementing HANA on IBM Power; great news for the Canadian market.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Events, Big Data, Digital transformation

RecoverPoint: accessible and reliable solution for disaster recovery

Posted by Nadine Stojanoff_ on Jun 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A recent survey of thousands of companies worldwide, to develop a detailed picture of the situation in terms of data protection was concluded and raised disturbing findings.


In Canada, 66 % of companies say they have little confidence in their disaster recovery capabilities. It is a well-founded fear, because the data protection investment usually does not follow the constant evolution of storage solutions.

If we consider that in 2014, in Canada, the average cost of disaster recovery was $ 1.8 million, it is essential to consolidate protection and business objectives, to avoid such a catastrophic situation.

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

Solving the Major Problems of Disaster Recovery Plans with the 3Rs

Posted by Nadine Stojanoff_ on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Last month, we hosted a special conference about disaster recovery, featuring George Crump, founder of Storage Switzerland and Éric Poulin from EMC.

George’s Texas-based company is all about data protection and recovery solutions using the latest IT technologies. George leads a hands-on analytical approach, using all of his many years of experience working in data centers, on the front line of data protection and disaster recovery. His goal is to prepare companies for worst case scenarios which unfortunately tend to happen more often than what business owners think.

In his words, backup and recovery is a process. Too often the technology is blamed when things go wrong, where actually the failure is in the proper use of this technology.

In this article, we share George’s take on the major problems of disaster recovery plan and how to resolve them following the 3 R’s.

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

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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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