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

3 pillars of your IT infrastructure that help create value-added data

Posted by present 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 radical the change has been 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, while 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 present 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

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

Three aspects that are (also) part of digital transformation

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Feb 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

The digital transformation of enterprises should not be seen as a technological revolution. If you fall into this trap, your transformation journey would probably be a resounding failure.

Digital transformation is primarily a change in vision, corporate culture and the relationship with customers. Technology is the vehicle for this transformation.

 

1. Organisational and corporate culture aspects

 

• The end of IT isolation
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Topics: Mobility, Big Data, 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

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

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