Claude Gagne_

Systems / Cloud Architect. 88% of Canadian CEOs view IT as the primary growth tool to enhance the connected user experience and optimize internal and/or cloud IT infrastructure (17th Annual Global CEO Survey) My role is to: - help clients with their infrastructure and cloud projects - establish with them the IT scenarios most suited to their needs and respective ROI objectives - ensure the proper deployment of the project in coordination with the technical teams. And I am very enthusiastic to do so using the constantly renewed technologies at our disposal. I joined Present in September 2014, but have been working in systems architecture for over 20 years. I have several technical certifications and hold a Master of Economics.

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•  Total cost reduction of possessing IT infrastructure by replacing outdated and at risk systems and applications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

Business continuity in an era of rapid ransomware evolution

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Feb 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Ransomware is a category of malware whose purpose is to render the targeted data unusable or to block access to IT systems until a ransom is paid, generally in the form of hard to trace virtual money.

It can just as easily encrypt data from a work station as it can with what it has access to on a shared network.

 

 

A considerable threat

The 2016 Midyear Security Roundup: The Reign of Ransomware study demonstrates that throughout the first half of 2016 there was a 172% increase in cases of ransomware, in comparison to all of 2015.

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Topics: IT security, IT infrastructure, IT Innovation, Storage, Disaster recovery (DR)

IT security: 5 things you can do to secure your network perimeter

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Dec 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Companies today must offer optimal data access to employees, customers, and partners in order to be efficient.

This requires continual Internet access, which exposes these companies to hostile environments where threats evolve rapidly.

Add to this the fact that employees can intentionally or involuntarily threaten the network by their actions, and you have everything you need for imminent disaster.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, IT security, CIO/IT leaders

5 steps to implement the best practices for managing data access

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Dec 8, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Even though IT security is a daily struggle for SMBs, it is still usually underestimated.

There are many simple actions can be done to avoid losing or corrupting  corporate data.

The first principle is to only give the  necessary required access to each user in order to meet the 3 essential security principles of information systems:

 

  • Confidentiality: information is used only by authorized personnel;
  • Integrity: data cannot be modified accidentally or voluntarily;
  • Availability: the system must operate within the required levels of service.

However, in reality, there are recurring problems, in particular for SMBs. 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, CIO/IT leaders, IT security

Wi-Fi in high-traffic public areas: a revolution is underway

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 4, 2016 1:15:00 PM

As mobile traffic surpassed wire traffic in the fall of 2014, the infrastructure behind public Wi-Fi is becoming less efficient and more costly to deploy. With an increasing number of mobile devices using Wi-Fi as their main Internet connection and with users choosing Wi-Fi as soon as it is available, the traditional Wi-Fi limits are soon reached. 

The installation and use of a traditional Wi-Fi infrastructure in high mobile traffic areas are hindered by the following limitations:

•  The difficulty of creating an efficient plan to install access points;

•  Overrun channels due to too many users connected to the same access point;

•  An ever-changing mobile access point;

•  The complexity of access point management by the WLAN controller.

For these reasons, the quality of the signal, uncertain to begin with, is greatly affected by interferences.

However, things are changing thanks to new technologies like Smart Wi-Fi.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, IT Innovation, Mobility, BYOD

Three aspects that are (also) part of digital transformation

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Feb 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

The digital transformation of enterprises should not be seen as a technological revolution. If you fall into this trap, your transformation journey would probably be a resounding failure.

Digital transformation is primarily a change in vision, corporate culture and the relationship with customers. Technology is the vehicle for this transformation.

 

1. Organisational and corporate culture aspects

 

• The end of IT isolation
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Topics: Mobility, Big Data, Digital transformation

Success Guide for Digital Business Transformation

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Jan 6, 2016 12:15:00 PM

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

While the stakes are so high, many leaders find themselves trapped by inaction because they fail to follow the fast pace of new technology and do not know where to start or how to put these technologies 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.

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Topics: Mobility, 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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