Francois Desjardins_

Account Manager My role at Present is to service more than 100 clients; listen to their needs, recommend the best solutions of hardware, software and necessary experts for their projects and business needs in order to collaborate to help them reach their business and personal goals. Each day I encounter new challenges and new opportunities. This is what motivates me to start each day positively. I strongly believe in the innovative power of social media to collaborate with more people about my expertise and knowledge. Furthermore, I am convinced that I will learn and work more to improve my personal growth by increasing my knowledge, experience and sharing it. I joined the Present team in 2003 and to this day, I affirm that I am paid to meet great people and have fun. Ain’t that great! I love my job and love interacting with people. My experiences prior to Present vary; a Cobol programmer for a Transport company, an IT consultant for a small import / export company, RPG programmer for an ERP software, second level support for the same ERP and presales architect for IBM AS/400 solutions. When I’m not working, I am a father and grandfather who takes care of his family, with five children and four wonderful grandchildren, there is always someone around me. I cherish all the quality time that I can spend with my friends and love ones. I love traveling, movies and reading about personal growth and technical computing. I do all I can to make it a better world around me every day.
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AS/400 to Power Systems: 30 years of partnership with Present

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Jun 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

For nearly 30 years, Present has partnered with IBM to provide customers with powerful technology solutions to achieve their goals and overcome their key challenges. 

Present was founded in 1990, two years after IBM launched its flagship server, the AS/400. And it didn’t take long for the start-up to take notice of the potential, leadership, and innovation capability of IBM and it soon became one of its key partners.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IBM

AS/400 to Power Systems: 30 years of technological evolution

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Jun 20, 2018 7:57:00 AM
It was in 1988 that IBM launched its server that would revolutionize the business world and bring a large number of companies into the computer age: the AS/400 . Now marketed under the name Power Systems, the iconic server is this week celebrating its 30th anniversary!


So we are taking a look back at the beginning and the emergence and globalization of an innovative technology that today allows hundreds of thousands of businesses to perform small miracles everywhere on Earth, even under water and in the sky.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IBM

The New IBM Power9: A high performance server for today's and tomorrow's IT

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Feb 28, 2018 7:45:00 AM

IBM remains on the cutting edge of innovation to meet the ever-growing needs of businesses, particularly with its Power servers (AS400).With Power 6, 7 and 8, the IT giant developed increasingly powerful systems for memory, storage and processor power.

The major innovations of the IBM Power9 generation are more than ever aligned with the business needs of companies in terms of the Cloud, artificial intelligence and BI (Business Intelligence).

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Cloud, Big Data, IBM

9 common risk factors linked to an enterprise’s IT network

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Dec 12, 2017 7:45:00 AM

The IT network is a driving force for all businesses today because of the volume of information that is exchanged electronically. But, when we talk about connectivity and information sharing, we also must address the increased risk of data loss or service disruption. Breaches in the system can be disastrous. 

To find out if a sword of Damocles hangs over your business, it is important to analyze the potential risks your network faces daily. If you experience one or more of these 9 problematic situations, you should remedy it as soon as possible. Here are our recommendations.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, IT security

How to prevent ransomware attacks using a test infrastructure

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Jun 7, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Ransomware attacks have become an important issue for companies over the last few years. Hackers use this type of malicious software to crypt the data of one or more computers and block companies from accessing their IT system. They then ask a ransom in exchange for the data.

 

A ransomware is a virus introduced into servers via email, a USB key, or any external component that can access a workstation or server. This can result in serious consequences for companies:

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

IT disasters: there is no such thing as “risk free,” but prevention is key!

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on May 25, 2017 10:00:03 AM

These days, no company is safe from IT disasters. The causes are as many as they are varied. What with the damage of equipment, natural disasters, outside provider service interruption, human errors, and computer abuse, it becomes rapidly clear that the concept of “risk free” does not exist.

 

Knowing that computer disasters lead to revenue losses of billions of dollars annually on a global level, it is in enterprises' best interest to understand the risks and adopt preventive and proactive solutions.

 

>>>Learn how you can protect your business assets with our free ebook<<<

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), CIO/IT leaders, IT security

How to Adopt a 3-Phase IBM i Systems Modernization Strategy Now

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Modernization of IT assets is now determined by the rapid changes in today’s business requirements. Unfortunately, obsolescence eventually materializes on the IBM i systems (AS / 400), despite the efforts that have been made by IBM to ensure compatibility of applications on different generations of systems.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, IBM

High availability, more than just a disaster recovery solution

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Aug 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A key component of high-availability infrastructure is the data replication which consists of replicating a production server to a replication server. Yet about 30% of companies that have such infrastructure have never conducted a switchover, because the operation is too complex with several software.

By becoming aware of this aberration, Traders developed the QuickEDD-HA solution for i systems. Moreover, the software has truly been designed with the logic that the usefulness of high availability is not limited to replication. As IBM i servers are known for their reliability, it is difficult to financially justify the investment in a second server that is dedicated solely to replication. With the overall approach that high availability extends the production level, it is then easier to make this investment.

Here are 4 features of Traders QuickEDD-HA that allow you to make the most of your infrastructure and obtain the best performance.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability, IBM

3 technologies for insurance companies improved performance

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on May 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

All Canadian and Quebec insurance companies are subject to strict rules of compliance that are also accompanied by stresses in information technology.

However, information technology constitutes as the core business of these companies, which can complicate the lives of leaders and give them a cold sweat.

Present, has been working for several months with one of these Quebec insurance companies to consolidate its IT infrastructure, ensure stability and facilitate its management to enable managers to focus on the essential. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Managed services

The dream is 100% availability; how to avoid a nightmarish shutdown on the System i

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Sep 30, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Often business leaders perceive high availability solutions as nothing other than an insurance policy. In fact, it's much more than that. Yes, it’s comforting to know that you are ready in the event of a system failure, a disaster or something unexpected. But in addition, this environment can be used to enable business continuity 24/7, by doing backups on the second server. Ressource intensive queries can be sent to the second server without having an impact on production. You can perform tests prior to implementation that will have no impact on production. And updates or the replacement of a server can now be done during the day rather than the weekends where overtime is accumulated.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability

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