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

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

6 qualities only excellent IT recruiting firms have

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM

A good IT recruiting firm’s main goal is to simplify and speed up its customers’ hiring process when filling a permanent or contractual position.

In addition, recruiters specialized in IT need to possess certain qualities. Although an excellent contact network is an essential asset for all recruiting firms, other more specific qualities and abilities set some firms apart from others. Here they are: 

 

1. A good understanding of the employment contract

The selected recruiting firm must be very familiar with the IT position to fill. It must know the specific qualifications required, the projects in which the selected candidate will take part, and his or her responsibilities.

The recruiter must endeavor to learn as much as possible about the contract and identify what will most likely attract candidates. 

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Topics: Collaboration, Recruitment

2 ways for IT and lines of business to collaborate better

Posted by Louis de Grandpré_ on Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The days when IT departments were seen as superhero protectors of all technological knowledge within an enterprise seems to have passed. Today, while IT is more essential than ever for every department, there is a new distribution of roles.

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Topics: Collaboration, Trends

Throwback Thursday- what the heck is electronic mail?

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Apr 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Do you remember life without email? I can't begin to imagine my life without e-mail - and yet, there was a time when this communication medium didn't even exist!

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Topics: Collaboration

5 Mistakes to Avoid for a successful Office 365 migration

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Mar 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The mass adoption of Microsoft Office 365 hasn’t been in doubt since the end of 2013 and the number of seats doubled between 2013 and 2014.

Office 365 is today a comprehensive platform for messaging and collaboration (productivity, unified communications, social networks, etc.) in the cloud. By 2018, the share of professional messaging in the cloud will reach 43% according to the Radicati Group. So the migration to Office 365 is a very present reality for a large portion of Canadian companies in 2015.

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Topics: Collaboration, IT infrastructure, Cloud

Email in the cloud makes sense! Office 365 summarized in 92 seconds

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Mar 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Cloud technology is changing the way that businesses function. It is untethering workers from the office and enabling access to a diverse array of powerful tools and applications. With the advent of cloud technology many businesses are considering moving their email servers to the cloud.

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Topics: Collaboration, Cloud

CMO or CIO- Who should control the enterprise mobility strategy?

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Oct 10, 2014 12:00:00 PM

With the number of smartphone users on track to grow by 25 percent in 2014, GSMA Intelligence predicts that the number of mobile connections will soon equal the world’s population of 7.2 billion people. With competitiveness and profitability at stake, businesses have come under immense pressure to implement an effective enterprise mobility strategy.

Early mobile solutions resided primarily in the domain of IT because they were perceived from a technical point of view. Now though we are seeing  IT more and more involved on the customer experience side of mobility. 

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Topics: Collaboration, Mobility

Did someone say Social?

Posted by present on Feb 5, 2013 2:06:00 PM

Last week, I was in Orlando, Florida to attend Connect 2013. For those familiar with IBM roadshows, Connect 2013 is sort of a replacement of Lotusphere. We are talking about a conference of about six thousand (6000) participants, including IBM employees, partners and customers. This was a six-day conference with approximately three hundred (300) sessions/workshops, addressing both the business and technical side.

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Topics: Collaboration

Welcome to the Present Blog!

Posted by present on Feb 1, 2013 11:03:00 AM

I’m proud to announce the launch of Present’s new blog!

Since I started Present 22 years ago, I’ve seen several of our clients that have downsized, closed, even gone bankrupt and those that are left are faced with a complexity and speed of business that is unprecedented.

Our most successful clients have their eyes on innovation. We believe innovation is a core driver of growth so our blog will have a big focus on the Innovative IT decision maker.

We hope this blog will offer insight into developing strategies and tactics to enable you to keep pace with and anticipate this rapid change as well as innovation that will spur growth and profits.

We aim to be a well-rounded blog and give you access to our variety of experts so we will also share our perspectives on industry news, technology trends and ideas for different areas of your business such as sales, marketing and customer service.

We wish for our blog will be a two-communication and encourage you to post your feedback, comments and suggestions for future topics.

We hope you enjoy!

To your continued success,

Marc Beaulieu

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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.

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