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5 companies that make their competitors look like zombies

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

With the dramatic increase in the use of mobile devices in the last ten years, new companies have emerged, triggering disruption and even a sense of panic within their respective industries. In contrast, they have generated a growing enthusiasm among consumers.

Obviously, we think back to Amazon that begun to revolutionize the sale of books in 1994 and has become the world leader in electronic commerce as we know it today. The company has become the bane of many retailers and even led to the collapse of many companies.

As was the case with Amazon in the 90s, other companies are shaking up their industries today. To avoid the shipwreck experienced by Fortune 500 companies in the last years, we must adapt to the new economic and technological situation.



As you will read below, the latter element is the key to shaking up an industry, business and consumers.  Here are some companies that have spooked their competitors with their disruptive models.


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Topics: Mobility, Events, Digital transformation

How to initiate a Big Data approach and what are the concrete benefits?

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 7, 2015 11:30:00 AM

At the end of our article entitled Adapt or Die: Big Data at the heart of business transformation, we asked two questions, the first of which we will answer today: How do you initiate a Big Data approach and what are the concrete benefits?

According to Forester Research, there are three main reasons for the failure of Big Data projects:

1. They do not start off with a question
2. The technical skills and expertise required is underestimated
3. Another data silo is created

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Topics: Big Data

The surprising parallel in the evolution of business models and of IT

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Aug 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

At the rate that information technology evolves, it is essential for companies to remain current. While 80% of Canadian CEOs believe IT is an essential tool for growth, 64% of them feel that the speed of technological change is a primary business concern. [i]

IT that is not effective in supporting a company's growth threatens the ability for a company to compete and serve its customers well, and greatly hinders productivity. [ii]

Since the advent of IT, companies have gone through two phases. The first, IT craftmanship, was centered on programming and system management and automation was limited. The second, IT industrialisation, was focused on processes and the management of services.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Trends, Digital transformation

Adapt or Die: Big Data at the heart of business transformation

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Aug 6, 2015 12:45:00 PM

We have all been influenced by the following quote, most often attributed to Charles Darwin : "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."

In today's reality, we could interpret it as: the companies that survive and thrive are those that know how to use data the most intelligently.

The definition of Big Data established by The 451 Group & Gartner gives a clear view of the new challenges companies face: ‘Big Data’ is the realization of competitive advantage by storing, processing and analyzing data that was previously ignored due to the cost and functional limitations of traditional data management technologies to handle its volume, velocity and variety.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Trends, Big Data

IBM Edge 2015 : Future proof technologies

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on May 28, 2015 11:30:00 AM

IBM Edge 2015 took place from May 11th to 15th in Las Vegas and focused on innovation in IT infrastructures and covered in a single event IBM System Storage, IBM zSystems, IBM Power Systems and IBM Middleware.


The tone was set in the general sessions, especially one entitled Making It Possible, Building Your Future, presented by Doug Brown, Vice President of Marketing for IBM Systems, which discussed the accelerated pace of change occurring in the digital landscape and asked the question:

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure

Software-Defined Network (SDN) : understanding the basics

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Apr 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Nowadays companies are largely defined by technology, that is, they are as agile (or not) as the computer technology they have acquired in the past.

This is why many believe that current IT costs too much, and should adopt an approach of a provider of services.

At the data center level, this means that IT must move from a silo model (compute, storage and network) to an integrated, software-defined model, with a common orchestration.

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Topics: IT infrastructure

Overcoming barriers to the adoption of Cloud Computing

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Apr 20, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Whether it's IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service - Application Development) or SaaS (Software as a Service - application), public cloud, and to a lesser degree, hybrid cloud, enables executives to focus on the growth of the company rather than on managing their data center.

Incidentally, research shows organizations plan to invest 33% of their IT budget in Cloud Computing, even though they may have some reservations. 

IT leaders therefore find themselves faced with an indecision between the universally recognized benefits of cloud computing and the associated risks that slow down adoption.

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Topics: Cloud

5 Mistakes to Avoid for a successful Office 365 migration

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Mar 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The mass adoption of Microsoft Office 365 hasn’t been in doubt since the end of 2013 and the number of seats doubled between 2013 and 2014.

Office 365 is today a comprehensive platform for messaging and collaboration (productivity, unified communications, social networks, etc.) in the cloud. By 2018, the share of professional messaging in the cloud will reach 43% according to the Radicati Group. So the migration to Office 365 is a very present reality for a large portion of Canadian companies in 2015.

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Topics: Collaboration, IT infrastructure, Cloud

Email in the cloud makes sense! Office 365 summarized in 92 seconds

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Mar 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Cloud technology is changing the way that businesses function. It is untethering workers from the office and enabling access to a diverse array of powerful tools and applications. With the advent of cloud technology many businesses are considering moving their email servers to the cloud.

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Topics: Collaboration, Cloud

Choosing a Recovery Technology: a balance between efficiency and cost

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Dec 23, 2014 10:33:00 AM

For many companies, price is a crucial factor in the choice of recovery technology, however there needs to be a balance between this and desired efficiency.

When it comes to recovery, even the concept of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) does not take into account the costs for non-availability of services, which are those that are likely to accumulate the fastest.

That is why it is necessary to have a global view of business processes and the company's IT infrastructure needs in order to find the recovery technology that provides the best balance between efficiency and cost.

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Topics: IT infrastructure

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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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