IT in SMBs: Technical assistance on demand VS managed services. Which to choose?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Sep 21, 2017 7:45:00 AM

We’ve observed that among certain business leaders, there is a form of IT weariness. In fact, for many, information technology is complex, costly and represents problems that they would rather do without. This exasperation often leads to a reactive attitude that, when a problem arises, exacerbates the frustration with IT. Do you see yourself in this scenario? 

IT infrastructure should not be an obstacle to the success of a business. On the contrary, it is a powerful lever to generating value. But how can we take advantage of technology without the inconvenience of managing it? 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

5 responsibilities of IT leaders to overcome today’s challenges

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Aug 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Information technology generates almost infinite business opportunities.  But this sea of possibilities can quickly become worrying for companies that are not already at the forefront of technological advances. This is an exciting yet also concerning situation for business leaders. 

In fact, almost half admit they do not know what their industry will look like in three years and are afraid of becoming obsolete within the next 3 to 5 years.  More disconcerting, 3/4 of managers feel threatened by digital startups.¹

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Topics: Collaboration, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

2 major errors not to make with your IT

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Aug 8, 2017 8:05:00 AM

The digital transformation of companies is not just a question of competitiveness, or market positioning, it is a question of survival.

In order to remain competitive and improve their performance, companies from all sectors and sizes must develop new business strategies and processes by taking advantage of information technology and communication. 

In this context of a digital economy, companies that want to remain viable must, of course, have leaders capable of recognizing opportunities, but also the IT environment capable of handling this new mission. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

Why more and more business leaders are relying on IT managed services?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Jul 25, 2017 7:50:00 AM

We are at the midst of an era of digital transformation. And as with every transition period, some companies will pass through it brilliantly while others will struggle and even disappear. In this context, companies that are able to strategically align IT with business objectives are the most likely to succeed

Companies that dominate in their field have understood one thing: IT is becoming increasingly complex and difficult to operate. With the increasing number of technologies, the constant threats to IT security, and the lack of resources and expertise limiting the time actually spent on business priorities, the gap between IT and lines of business is widening. 

To bridge this gap, more and more business leaders are choosing to outsource part of their IT.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

Microsoft Inspire: Digital transformation powered by collaboration

Posted by present on Jul 18, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Microsoft Inspire, the annual conference dedicated to Microsoft partners, was held from July 9 to 13. Eager to stay abreast of the best practices and innovations  in IT and digital transformation, we traveled to Washington to take part. Better known under its former name Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the major event was very aptly renamed!  

The main strategic and technological orientations of the Seattle enterprise are firmly focused on the highest efficiency and best practices of collaboration. We share 5 key elements that we learnt at Microsoft Inspire (#MSInspire).

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Topics: Collaboration, Cloud, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

Recruitment decisions: What is the best option for IT needs, hire yourself or outsource?

Posted by Jacques Latour_ on Jul 11, 2017 8:15:00 AM
Reducing costs while optimizing operations is the challenge faced by many companies. As information technologies evolve rapidly, there is a sort of race for innovation, the main obstacle being to win or maintain your place in the market. As a result, IT projects are multiplying within companies and considerable efforts are being made to push the limits and set themselves apart from the competition.

 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Recruitment, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

How to evaluate your risk in the event of a disaster in 22 questions

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Jun 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most companies take measures to protect their IT data, and with good reason. However, the increasingly critical role of IT in business models tends to increase the vulnerability of enterprises to disasters.

To help you evaluate your company’s risk level in event of a disaster, we have drawn up a questionnaire that addresses four areas related to IT security. This short survey will help you have a better idea of the consequences of a disaster on your operations, business, human resources, and your supply chain.

Answer the following questions and determine your risk level!

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

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:

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

How to simplify and optimize your IT asset management

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on May 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Many companies are not concerned about the management of IT assets as much as they should be. However, having an overview of all your company’s IT assets is essential for the planning and well-functioning of your present and future operations.

 

In addition to using your IT assets to its maximum, the appropriate IT asset management improves your organization’s efficiency and performance while minimizing costs. Furthermore, knowing all the components of your IT systems, including the manufacturer’s maintenance contracts, allows you to solve problems faster and more efficiently while reducing risks.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

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<<<

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

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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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