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

5 reasons to use Azure: Microsoft's cloud offering

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Jun 27, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Microsoft Azure includes an ever-expanding array of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to create, deploy, and manage applications, through a global network of data centers, and a wide range of associated tools. 90% of Fortune 500 companies have confidence in Microsoft's cloud. 

Why such a high adoption? Here are 5 specific reasons that pushed Present, and push companies, to adopt Microsoft Azure. 

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Cloud

Are back-up copies still necessary for applications in the Cloud?

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on May 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Analysts are unanimous. The future is cloud computing, public, with a private/hybrid emphasis depending on the size of the company.

Indeed, the benefits of this cloud services approach are numerous and include more specifically:

•  Total cost reduction of possessing IT infrastructure by replacing outdated and at risk systems and applications

•  Faster implementation of business initiatives

•  Integration with existing infrastructures (hybrid cloud and back-up sites within the Cloud)

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud, IT security

Office 365: an effective platform and not simply an email service

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Apr 25, 2017 8:41:20 AM

Today’s companies must increase their IT’s efficiency to remain competitive, regardless of their industry. To do so, they must support their growth with powerful easy-to-use technological tools.

This is the case for Microsoft Office 365. Contrary to popular belief, it goes way beyond a simple cloud-based email service!

As the undisputed leader in its field, Office 365 is a fully integrated platform offering a complete array of tools. These different applications increase the efficiency of collaboration and the speed of communication, resulting in tangible benefits, both internal and external.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

5 priorities for Canadian IT executives in 2017

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 12, 2017 10:10:00 AM

In 2017, companies will largely continue to invest in information technologies following a trend begun in 2012.

According to the CIO Tech Poll study, investments focus on two specific fields: analytics and security. CIO Adam Dennison said “Organizations continue to explore ways to conduct business smarter and protect assets and processes”.

 

In this context, we have identified 5 priorities for Canadian IT executives to position their projects in 2017 and to profit from IT.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders, IT security

A look back on 2016: 10 IT articles that marked the year

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

After 90 published articles on our blog last year, here is a selection of 10 that attracted the most attention from our readers. Among the topics of interest are digital transformation and IT outsourcing (which we refer to as managed services).

These two points reflect both the increase in the presence of information technology in enterprises and the separation between value-added IT and the operational element. Increasingly, companies must focus on integrating various technology platforms to bring their business to the next level. At the same time, there is a strong tendency of shifting away infrastructure management to external partners, in order to devote internal resources to value-adding projects.

Happy reading!

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Managed services, Digital transformation, ibm, CIO/IT leaders

3 things revealed by the top 2016 SMB IT priorities and challenges

Posted by Louis de Grandpré_ on Nov 22, 2016 12:45:00 PM

SMBs must identify their IT challenges and priorities in order to achieve their goals and limit their risks. With an often limited flexibility, SMBs can’t afford to follow a trial and error approach, in IT or other departments.

Techaisle identified the top challenges and priorities for SMBs in 2016, and at the very least, it can be said how surprising many aspects are. Do you see the reality of your business reflected in these IT priorities and challenges or do you see things differently?

I invite you to share your views on this subject at the“Stratégie PME 2016” conference at kiosk 116.

Below is my analysis of the challenges and priorities in the IT field for SMBs in Quebec.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

IT infrastructure: the differences between IaaS and traditional infrastructure

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 9, 2016 1:15:00 PM

For some time now, cloud computing has become increasingly important within the IT domain. New infrastructures called IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) now exist, and, as opposed to traditional infrastructures, they don’t require any physical equipment, given the use of VM’s (Virtual Machines).

 

These two types of IT infrastructure share several characteristics, but some fundamental differences set them apart. In order to help you choose which will work best for your organization, we have compared their main differences. 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

Computer security in SMBs: an often neglected daily challenge

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 3, 2016 12:00:00 PM

We often associate a computer security breach with the theft or loss of information resulting from the intrusion of computer hackers. Indeed, these much talked about hackers are often the companies’ main worry. Is this fear justified? How do we prevent data theft or leakage? 

 

Some famous cases

One need only think of the hacking that took place at Ashley Madison last year. Information on members was collected, then disseminated. We learned this year that some 500 million Yahoo! members had the same thing happen to them, not to mention the massive hacking at Sony in 2014. The American company had been threatened at the time by a hacker group that if it did not answer their demands, a lot of secret information and movies would be made public before their release date.

Even more recently, a couple of weeks ago, there was a major DDoS attack which prevented access to important websites such as Paypal, Twitter, Spotify, and even CBC.  

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Topics: BYOD, IT infrastructure, Cloud, Events

Breqwatr: OpenStack solution to standardize cloud environments

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

For almost two years, the Canadian start-up company Breqwatr has brought to market a revolutionary solution for business.

Toronto-based Breqwatr delivers a hyper-converged, all-flash OpenStack appliance for private cloud storage especially preconfigured, resulting in a turnkey solution.

 

Programmable OpenStack: Innovative, but laborious

OpenStack platform is a set of open source software that allows anyone to set up private cloud services from standard equipment. This technology is seen as the way forward for companies that want to remain competitive, it includes deduplication, compression and thin-provisioning storage services.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Converged infrastructure, Cloud

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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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