Present Blog – IT Thought Leadership

A look back on 2016 - 10 IT articles that marked the year.jpgAfter 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.

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Securite informatique dans les PME un defi quotidien mais neglige.jpgComputer security in SME’s: an often neglected daily challenge

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? 





Securite_sur_les_serveurs_IBM_i_nouvelle_approche_pour_gerer_les_utilisateurs_puissants.jpgSecurity on IBM i servers: a new approach to managing power users

With companies creating and using increasing volumes of data and with increasingly complex protocols, security and user rights management is at the heart of many decisions. Risk prevention at the server level has become essential, which has led to many industry regulations.

IT security regulations vary from one country as well as one industry, to another. Yet, the overlaying issue is the same: how do you ensure the integrity of an ever increasing volume of data and enable companies to conduct their activities while conforming to the requirements of different regulatory organisations.




8 statistics on the state of digital transformation in companies

The digital transformation of businesses and all organisations is happening, and at the very least, we can say is that this revolution has had significant impacts. First, there are the negative consequences, such as the disappearance of many companies over the last 10 years.

85% of companies in the original Fortune 500 list in 1955 are gone! And yet there are frontrunners such as GE, Rolls Royce and Airbus that lead the parade using the new technologies of the digital age to become leaders in their industry. As well, there are thriving businesses that were born due to digital transformation such as Uber or AirBnB.





Digital Transformation:  10 Latest Technology Trends in 2016

  • 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.




4_raisons_de_vous_concentrer_sur_l_amelioration_de_votre_infrastructure_reseau.jpg4 reasons to focus on improving your network infrastructure

In recent years, advances in information technology have multiplied at unbelievable speed, and your network infrastructure has likely evolved in a somewhat more chaotic way, Often due to time or budget, an increasing gap between the capabilities of the IT infrastructure and business needs.

The network, which is indispensable to allow all infrastructure elements to communicate together, is the most neglected part of IT environments.



CEO_CFO_and_CIO_become_winners_when_outsourcing_IT.jpgCEO, CFO, and CIO, all become winners when outsourcing IT 

Managed IT Services remain relatively unknown to many companies. Yet, outsourcing IT can represent many benefits for executives looking to maximize time, profits and business processes, without compromising the security of their IT infrastructure.

Even today, the CEO, CFO’s and CIO’s of companies are reluctant to implement such a solution. The relative novelty of the offer, the fear of offending their IT team or the false belief that IT is a necessary evil in the company explains this widespread resistance.



Choisir_le_nuage_pour_eliminer_la_gestion_des_TI-attention_aux_pieges.jpgChoosing the cloud to eliminate IT management: beware of these potential pitfalls

Virtualising your IT infrastructure and migrating to the cloud will most likely bring significant gains. However, eliminating the management of your IT is not one of them!

Many business leaders turning to the cloud think that they will now avoid tasks related to the monitoring and management of their infrastructure as well as the backup of their data. But the vast majority of these tasks remains virtually the same, whether one is in a physical or cloud environment.




Top_4_des_peurs_qui_vous_empechent_de_passer_aux_services_geres_TI.jpgTop 4 obstacles that keep you away from turning to IT managed services

We all know that outsourcing certain tasks - even if nobody likes to do them - can make people uncomfortable. This is the case in IT and management of IT infrastructure.

Many questions and fears come into play and make the decision difficult.

Here are the 4 most common obstacles to move towards the use of IT managed services.



Guide_du_succes_pour_la_transformation_numerique_des_entreprises.jpgSuccess Guide for Digital Business Transformation

There are many reasons for the growing interest in IT frombusiness leaders, but the crucial one is: digital business transformation is not just a matter of competitiveness ormarket positioning, it is a matter of survival.

While the stakes are so high, many leaders find themselves trapped by inaction because they fail tofollow the fast pace of new technology and do not know where to start or how to put thesetechnologies in place in a global and coherent manner. To overcome this impasse, it is essential to understand the ‘why’ and especially the ‘how’ of such a process of transformation.



La_fin_de_8_mythes_sur_l_externalisation_des_TI_pour_les_PME_du_Quebec.jpgIT outsourcing for Quebec SMEs - 8 myths busted

For many years, SMEs in Quebec and Canada must contend with the increasing importance that IT plays in their organization and the lack of resources to maintain and optimize their infrastructure.

When managing servers, backups, switches, telephony and all other components of a modern IT infrastructure, considerable time is spent just to " keep the lights on." Today, it is increasingly easy to outsource all or part of this management, but many misconceptions hinder the business leaders to take the path of IT managed services.



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