Nicolas Huet_

As the Mobile Innovation Officer at Present, I help organizations create and implement solutions that transform the user experience. I believe mobility solutions are key for organizations to move from good to great to a leader in their industry. My role at Present involves being up to date on the most current business trends, understanding our client’s challenges and establishing strategies to help them thrive. I can’t recall having a boring day on the job! I’ve been at Present since 2008 and truly enjoy interacting with our team members and our clients every day. I have been involved in IT for more than twenty years, working for various organizations (large, international companies and smaller ones). When I am not acting as MIO, I am the father of four teenagers. I like working on my renovation projects at home and I am still playing hockey (on my 35th season). I coach youth hockey and I sometimes use my innovation skill set to help out in the community.

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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

Sales Assist: the mobile application for selling customized products

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on May 24, 2016 10:12:52 AM

The customized construction industry maintains a traditional mode of operation with little computerized versatility, due to lack of adequate computing resources.

Present developed Sales Assist, an application designed to optimize the quote process; the desire was to provide business tools with a high level of adaptability to meet the clients very specific business needs.

The solution was first to adapt an automated process for the control and selling of doors and windows for this construction company.

Before proceeding we needed to see how it could adapt to the reality of all companies that sell custom made construction products, the following problems had to be resolved within this particular company, before we could move forward.


Case study: company manufacturing and installation of doors and windows

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, Digital transformation

Hush Pager optimizes internal communication with mobility

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Mar 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

DID YOU KNOW The world's first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone. 

Mobile applications have been rapidly multiplying because they enable significant operational gains. Present, has been developing such applications for several years for its customers and for the first time we are launching a mobile application on a large scale called Hush Pager. This innovative tool facilitates communication within work groups, resulting in increased productivity and performance.

Hush pager, a new pager 2.0

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Topics: Mobility, Trends

What is the Internet of Things and where do we stand in 2015?

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Nov 25, 2015 11:45:00 AM

The Internet of Things or IoT, cannot be simply summed up as a technological breakthrough. As advances in mobility are already changing our lives, the Internet of Things will bring this to a whole new level.

The definitions of the Internet of Things are multiple and I usually refer to the one from UTI:  A global infrastructure for the Information Society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on, existing and evolving, interoperable information and communication technologies. Basically, it is the concept of connecting any device to the Internet and to each other.  

The story and the future of the Internet of Things is being written as we speak. However, the factors that are influencing the development of this new stage of the Internet are already well known:

  • The proliferation of inexpensive sensors and chips that allow for the communication of information

    •The advancement of wireless networks and cloud computing infrastructure

    The expansion of application development

    The progression of a connected culture

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Topics: Mobility, Digital transformation

7 ways to ruin the user experience on a mobile app

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Oct 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

A mobile app can be an excellent tool for companies wishing to improve internal processes and the efficiency of its employees.

However, to effectively achieve these objectives, the application must at all costs avoid certain missteps related to its design, value and efficiency.

To this effect, here are 7 elements that will, without a doubt, result in a bad user experience and will, by the same token, undermine the reason for its creation.

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Topics: Mobility

How to solve 7 challenges related to enterprise mobility applications

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Jul 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Enterprise mobility solutions are today a lever of differentiation and growth for companies. The establishment of an enterprise mobility strategy, however, remains a source of challenges that must be overcome in order to reap all the benefits.

Between the myths surrounding mobility and the obstacles that can stand in the way of enterprise mobility solutions, it can be difficult going downthis path.

Here's how to solve 7 of the main challenges related to enterprise mobility applications.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility

5 industries where enterprise mobility solutions are becoming essential

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Jul 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The rapid adoption of mobile devices and applications by consumers and within companies has redefined the way of thinking to solve business problems and seize growth opportunities.

Industries such as retail are among the early adopters of enterprise mobilty technology. The increasing shift towards e-commerce has forced an industry transformation in retail, where is it necessary to focus on the omni-channel shopping experience.

However, no industry can envision its evolution without an entreprise mobility strategy.

The paradigm shift caused by digital transformation must lead to a reflection on the levers of improvement and growth of organizations. Mobility allows businesses that have already made the shift early to benefit from competitive advantages.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, Customer Experience

What marketers need to know about mobility in 2015

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on May 6, 2015 12:00:00 PM

There's no doubt that today, the role of marketing managers is inseparable from information technology, and more specifically from mobility.

The rapid evolution of this role made inevitable by mobile innovations and the evolving customer behavior is accompanied by considerable challenges for companies.

To help marketing leaders deliver results, here's what they should know about mobility in 2015.

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Topics: Mobility, Events

4 myths about an enterprise mobility strategy busted

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on May 1, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Mobility in general and the establishment of an enterprise mobility strategy are at the top of business concerns and trends right now. Mobile technology strongly attracts the attention of all users, from the consumer to the professional.

However, the vision of mobility is still restrictive in many companies in Canada, and the use of enterprise mobile solutions is still under-exploited.

An enterprise mobility strategy is as much the responsibility of the leaders in operations, marketing or sales, as it is CIOs.

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Topics: Mobility, BYOD, Events

How Air Canada Cargo obtained 4 major gains by moving from paper to iOS

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Apr 15, 2015 7:30:00 AM

The persistent increase in the flow of goods is forcing transportation and logistics companies to look for new ways to optimize their processes in order to meet the needs of their customers. It is in this context that mobility solutions are beginning to replace traditional paper work.

Air Canada Cargo is a pioneer in the adoption of new technologies and solved a business problem around the transfer of sensitive goods (refrigerated products, live animals ...) thanks to a new mobility application for iPhone and iPod.

 Here is how they achieved significant operational gains by moving from paper to iOS.

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Topics: Mobility

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