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

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

IT at the forefront to assist business leaders in achieving their goals

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Mar 29, 2017 8:47:00 AM

All the information I have gathered whether it be from studies or during meetings with corporate leaders have confirmed these business priorities :

  • 1. The growth of the business; 
  • 2. Continuous innovation;
  • 3. Using technology as a growth lever;
  • 4. Developing a strong corporate culture.

There is a common denominator in all business leaders’ priorities: information technology. IT has become vital in creating value for businesses. Here is how IT can also assist you in achieving your objectives.

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

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

Digital Transformation:  10 Latest Technology Trends in 2016

Posted by present on Jul 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

New technology trends have increasingly had major repercussions at the individual level of IT departments and businesses.

If the implications of these trends may seem distant for many Canadian business leaders, they should nevertheless be taken into account to allow the evolution of both the organization and the business models in the context of current digital transformation.

The latest research by Gartner, on key technologies for 2016 classifies 10 trends in 3 categories.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Trends, Digital transformation

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

5 key announcements made ​​at EMC World 2016 on the future of IT

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jun 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Each year, the EMC World conference is positioned as a major IT event. It brings together professionals in our industry to discuss new developments and challenges in the digital age.

This popular event again surprised the attendees gathered with numerous important announcements.

Five major announcements particularly caught our attention when editing EMC World 2016, with a major theme of modernization of data centers.

1. The Dell family grows by acquiring EMC

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Events, Digital transformation

4 trends influencing digital transformation in the insurance industry

Posted by present on Jun 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

To remain relevant, insurers can no longer ignore the changes in the environment in which they operate on a daily basis.

Even though most insurance companies are aware of the challenges they face, some still see digital transforamtion as a necessary evil. They will eventually have to change their minds, since only insurers able to consider IT as real levers of success will remain, or become, successful organizations, efficient and innovative.

Here are four trends to guide insurers through their digital transformation strategy.

1. Meet growing customer expectations

The development of IT today is due to a new business concern: the consumer - user.

Nowadays, consumers are looking for an experience:

• Fast

Easy

Intuitive

Safe

Custom

Instant

Multiplatform

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Digital transformation

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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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