Francois Desjardins_

Account Manager My role at Present is to service more than 100 clients; listen to their needs, recommend the best solutions of hardware, software and necessary experts for their projects and business needs in order to collaborate to help them reach their business and personal goals. Each day I encounter new challenges and new opportunities. This is what motivates me to start each day positively. I strongly believe in the innovative power of social media to collaborate with more people about my expertise and knowledge. Furthermore, I am convinced that I will learn and work more to improve my personal growth by increasing my knowledge, experience and sharing it. I joined the Present team in 2003 and to this day, I affirm that I am paid to meet great people and have fun. Ain’t that great! I love my job and love interacting with people. My experiences prior to Present vary; a Cobol programmer for a Transport company, an IT consultant for a small import / export company, RPG programmer for an ERP software, second level support for the same ERP and presales architect for IBM AS/400 solutions. When I’m not working, I am a father and grandfather who takes care of his family, with five children and four wonderful grandchildren, there is always someone around me. I cherish all the quality time that I can spend with my friends and love ones. I love traveling, movies and reading about personal growth and technical computing. I do all I can to make it a better world around me every day.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

How to prevent ransomware attacks using a test infrastructure

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Jun 7, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Ransomware attacks have become an important issue for companies over the last few years. Hackers use this type of malicious software to crypt the data of one or more computers and block companies from accessing their IT system. They then ask a ransom in exchange for the data.

 

A ransomware is a virus introduced into servers via email, a USB key, or any external component that can access a workstation or server. This can result in serious consequences for companies:

Read More

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

IT disasters: there is no such thing as “risk free,” but prevention is key!

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on May 25, 2017 10:00:03 AM

These days, no company is safe from IT disasters. The causes are as many as they are varied. What with the damage of equipment, natural disasters, outside provider service interruption, human errors, and computer abuse, it becomes rapidly clear that the concept of “risk free” does not exist.

 

Knowing that computer disasters lead to revenue losses of billions of dollars annually on a global level, it is in enterprises' best interest to understand the risks and adopt preventive and proactive solutions.

 

>>>Learn how you can protect your business assets with our free ebook<<<

Read More

Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), CIO/IT leaders, IT security

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.

Read More

Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, ibm

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.

Read More

Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability, ibm

3 technologies for insurance companies improved performance

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on May 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

All Canadian and Quebec insurance companies are subject to strict rules of compliance that are also accompanied by stresses in information technology.

However, information technology constitutes as the core business of these companies, which can complicate the lives of leaders and give them a cold sweat.

Present, has been working for several months with one of these Quebec insurance companies to consolidate its IT infrastructure, ensure stability and facilitate its management to enable managers to focus on the essential. 

Read More

Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Managed services

The dream is 100% availability; how to avoid a nightmarish shutdown on the System i

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Sep 30, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Often business leaders perceive high availability solutions as nothing other than an insurance policy. In fact, it's much more than that. Yes, it’s comforting to know that you are ready in the event of a system failure, a disaster or something unexpected. But in addition, this environment can be used to enable business continuity 24/7, by doing backups on the second server. Ressource intensive queries can be sent to the second server without having an impact on production. You can perform tests prior to implementation that will have no impact on production. And updates or the replacement of a server can now be done during the day rather than the weekends where overtime is accumulated.

Read More

Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability

Are the benefits of AS/400 (Power) servers still valid in 2015?

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Mar 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Since its introduction in 1988, the AS/400 server has gained widespread popularity. Recognized as a highly reliable operating system, safe and efficient, the benefits of the AS/400 have stood the test of time, a quarter century after its first entry on the market.

 

The 4 main benefits of AS/400 (Power) servers

Businesses that require management of a high level of transactions run on AS/400 servers, because they are extremely reliable, safe and efficient.

Read More

Topics: IT infrastructure

High Availability Environment: necessity or precaution?

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Dec 12, 2014 8:50:00 AM

Often you only realise how critical a system is on the day it stops working, so imagine the situation where a system you know is crucial no longer functions!  Today, as IT is so interconnected with everyday business, fingers are always pointed toward the same group when a system is not accessible: the IT staff.


Although the need for high availability environments is becoming more prevalent, this type of solution is still too often considered as part of the IT recovery plan, so simply as a precaution. Yet, more and more companies are evolving their architecture towards high availability because they derive significant gains in terms of both productivity, security, as well as resource management.

Read More

Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability

Managing IT infrastructure costs : statu quo or take action

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Dec 9, 2014 9:15:00 AM

Everyone knows the Energy Star label that appears on many electrical appliances. They are recommended to reduce household electricity consumption and to have better efficiency, yet many households retain their older equipment with a higher energy consumption. In the decision making process, on one side there is a device that works fine but contributes to increasing the monthly electricity bill and is a less efficient machine, and on the other hand, an investment in a new energy efficient appliance that has a better performance.

The need to control IT infrastructure costs is real and businesses have a dilemma: why change something that works when a replacement will require an investment in time and money?

For a business postponing such a decision will have a much more dramatic impact then in your home. To avoid critical situations, we must understand the implications of maintaining the status quo.

Read More

Topics: IT infrastructure

Regitan story: How a mobile solution helped solve a business problem

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Nov 19, 2014 10:30:00 AM

For many people, mobile applications are those handy little utilities that can be downloaded to a cellphone in order to provide some functionality not inherent in the phone itself. Businesses however, will benefit from mobile applications as they change the way their employees work.

Apps can improve someone’s efficiency, improve communications and allows people to be more productive in many ways.

 

Read More

Topics: Mobility

About this blog

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.

Subscribe to Blog Updates by email

Protecting your business assets: Lower your risks with a disaster recovery plan