Present Blog – IT Thought Leadership

Present on the cover of Insights Success Recently, Present was featured on the cover of Insights Success as one of the top 10 Most Innovative IT Infrastructure Solution Providers for 2018.

We want to share the content of this article with our readers as it lays out our view of IT in today's business, and how the steady backbone of IT infrastructure will support a company's ever growing needs in the increasingly disruptive world. As well we share our corporate vision and ethos, that we believe sets us apart.

So here are the main excerpts, you can view the complete article here.


Present: A Holistic Vision of a Beautiful Era

We have entered a renaissance era; exiting the ‘modern’ world and entering the ‘postmodern’ world. In the modern world, it was acceptable, even admired to work long hours, to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow, to be tired and stressed even.

In the new world, the ‘postmodern’ world, we want to be happy, enjoy life, have fun at work and we want more time for our passions. It is more radical with the millenniums, but it can be observed at all ages now.

But never before have we had so many demands on us. We need to be fast and we need to do more with less, as global competitiveness increases every day, and most predictions indicate that it’s only going to get worse.

These two situations are conflicting. How is one supposed to deliver more and more without spending their life working in an increasingly demanding environment?

Present has adapted its offer to meet today’s challenging IT demands in business and as importantly, work with individuals to deliver more and save time and stress for a more balanced life.

Present achieves this by uncovering and focusing on the dream results for its clients’ company, the department and the individuals. Then, it pulls all resources together, both internal and external, with their network of partners, distributors and manufacturers, to work towards the dream situation.

This is the holistic vision of the company for its clients and it strives every day to work with them to achieve this.

Thanks to a new approach of the IT industry

In the past, IT was worshipped within the business. IT earned respect because it helped companies by saving costs, providing speed and automation to the business. But in the new millennium, IT gradually became a commodity, a service to the business and a cost center, even referred to as “the frustration center” at times.

According to Marc Beaulieu, president of Present, “People now realise that it was a mistake and are working to put IT back as a strategic ally and a true contributor to the business”. But there are challenges: the speed of business today is so fast, and IT needs to be deployed so carefully, that there is a clash between business needs and what traditional IT can deliver.

Present works with IT in regaining speed and leadership in the business and to provide proactive ideas and innovative technological approaches  and solutions to grow the business and contribute to profits.

The company works on what it sees as core IT challenges such as meeting the needs of all business applications, deploying new applications faster, upscaling applications to deliver better performance, reducing IT costs and ultimately freeing up resources to help companies focus on innovating core products and services.

The postmodern era now requires IT to have greater agility, and much shorter response times to their demands, with the ultimate goal being to rethink the customer experience and operations as well as reinvent business models.  But IT is still largely monopolized by the tasks associated with the maintenance and availability of infrastructures inherited from the past.

With such daily challenges, it’s easy to forget that applications, not infrastructure, should be their primary focus.

Today, it is imperative for IT to reverse the trend to truly be able to:

  • Meet the needs of all the business’ applications
  • Deploy new applications faster
  • Manage application requirements in terms of performance, availability and placement on site and in the cloud
  • Reduce IT costs
  • Free up resources and time for innovation

For IT, this means adopting, in stages, an architectural flexibility in order to dynamically place business workloads where they make the most sense.

The cornerstone of this strategy is the establishment of a software-defined data center using hyper-converged technologies.

With their centers of expertise covering infrastructure, cloud and managed services, Present supports companies in their modernization efforts to make infrastructure as unobtrusive as possible, allowing IT to focus on what really matters: their applications.

A difference that has a big impact

One of the main differentiator of Present is the understanding of the visible and hidden needs and problems. The company comes in with a different set of glasses, where it is not only responding to needs and certainly not pushing its products but laying out a plan for the bigger picture.

The company prides itself by being client centric and will do everything possible to give a world class client experience. Since it approaches things from a totally different angle, the end result is not only an innovative infrastructure solution but a better value and perception of IT in the business and more pride, freedom and pleasure at work.

Making the Industry better one Step at a Time

With a combined approach based on vision, values and methodology, Present is a true partner in providing value to clients' businesses. It helps its clients by solving recurrent problems that have been around too long. Such problems can often become accepted as a ‘necessary evil’ but they cost a fortune in terms money and stress.

Present is stirring the pot by raising the bar with new standards and aiming to deliver everything its clients want and need. The company often goes beyond the call of duty to recognise deeper problems and possible opportunities with an objective and balanced perspective.

The company envisions a brighter future on the horizon for the industry where there is an opportunity to recreate the IT ecosystem where the client always comes first.

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