Happy holidays from the Present team!

Posted by present on Dec 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We would like to take this opportunity to send you and yours our very best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday and a wonderful New Year!

Our offices will be closed from December 24th-January 2nd, yet we are always available for any urgent situations.

Click below to view our holiday message.

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Topics: Events

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

The 6 key points of IBM Edge 2016, according to 3 Present experts

Posted by present on Oct 21, 2016 1:15:00 PM

This year, IBM Edge, which originally specialized in storage, has now included all IBM systems, a move both unique and significant. This collaboration of IBM infrastructure categories was a unique opportunity to understand the trends not only from a technological viewpoint, but also from a business viewpoint.

Louis de Grandpré, General Manager, Nicolas Brodeur, System Architect, and Michel Gaillardetz, Solutions Architect at Present, all agree on the following key points of this edition of IBM Edge.

  

Increase in the adoption of new IT models

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Events, ibm

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

High availability on IBM system i simplified by Quick-EDD/HA

Posted by present on May 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

High availability systems have many advantages for companies that handle a large volume of data and multiple applications.

First of all, this type of system protects against significant financial losses when an unexpected event makes sensitive data inaccessible. It also helps to better manage outages, resume operations quickly after a failure, and significantly reduces the downtime of IT systems during backups.

In this leading edge field, the IBM system i - also known under the names AS/400 and IBM Power – has been a reference for almost 30 years. As part of a high- availability environment, the Quick-EDD/HA solution by Traders is recommended for an operation that ensures the quick uptime of systems and data availability.

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Topics: IT Innovation, High availability, Disaster recovery (DR), Events

Wishing you very happy holidays!

Posted by present on Dec 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Everyone on the Present team would like to take this opportunity to send you our very best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday!

Our offices will be closed from December 24th-January 4th, yet we are always available for any urgent situations.

Click below to view our holiday message.

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Topics: Events

Awaken the force in your datacenter!

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Dec 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Present is thrilled to be hosting a unique event with Nutanix and Brocade on December 17th.  Have the opportunity to view a private premiere screening of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

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Topics: Events

Happy Birthday Present! 25 years in a continuously changing IT world

Posted by present on Nov 11, 2015 11:45:00 AM

It is often said that entrepreneurship is something that is in the blood. A statement that makes sense when you think of Marc Beaulieu, president and founder of Present.

At just 16 years old, Marc left school to start a business in printing. An entrepreneur at heart, certainly, but above all, a visionary, as he quickly realized that a new era was beginning. 

"When computers began to popularise, I returned to school. I immediately felt that this would be the field of the future. In fact, I realised that already, IT was gradually replacing printing. "

With an IT degree in hand, he quickly got a job in a company specialising in information technology. At that time even more than today, this new industry sector was booming and demand increasing. In this favorable business environment, IT vendors were taking their customers for granted.

Coming from a family of salespeople that respected, even revered their customers, Marc was exasperated by the condescending attitude of these companies.  Therefore, he aspired to start a company specialising in IT, which would have the mission to provide the best possible service to its clients. This value has fueled Present for 25 years. While many companies talk about customer service in their values, at Present, it's more than that. Marc Beaulieu named the company Present to anchor in the name excellence in its service and a constant presence among its clients.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, Events, Digital transformation

5 companies that make their competitors look like zombies

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

With the dramatic increase in the use of mobile devices in the last ten years, new companies have emerged, triggering disruption and even a sense of panic within their respective industries. In contrast, they have generated a growing enthusiasm among consumers.

Obviously, we think back to Amazon that begun to revolutionize the sale of books in 1994 and has become the world leader in electronic commerce as we know it today. The company has become the bane of many retailers and even led to the collapse of many companies.

As was the case with Amazon in the 90s, other companies are shaking up their industries today. To avoid the shipwreck experienced by Fortune 500 companies in the last years, we must adapt to the new economic and technological situation.

 

 

As you will read below, the latter element is the key to shaking up an industry, business and consumers.  Here are some companies that have spooked their competitors with their disruptive models.

 

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Topics: Mobility, Events, 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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