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

5 steps to implement the best practices for managing data access

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Dec 8, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Even though information technology security is a daily struggle for SMBs, it is usually underestimated.

However, many simple actions can be done to avoid losing or corrupting data.

The first principle is to give only the strictly required access to each user to meet the 3 essential security principles of information systems:

 

  • •  Confidentiality: information is used only by authorized personnel;
  • •  Integrity: data cannot be modified accidentally or voluntarily;
  • •  Availability: the system must operate within the required levels of service.

 

However, in reality, for companies and, in particular SMBs, there are recurring problems.

 

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

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

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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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