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, SAP Hana

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

4 trends influencing digital transformation in the insurance industry

Posted by present on Jun 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

To remain relevant, insurers can no longer ignore the changes in the environment in which they operate on a daily basis.

Even though most insurance companies are aware of the challenges they face, some still see digital transforamtion as a necessary evil. They will eventually have to change their minds, since only insurers able to consider IT as real levers of success will remain, or become, successful organizations, efficient and innovative.

Here are four trends to guide insurers through their digital transformation strategy.

1. Meet growing customer expectations

The development of IT today is due to a new business concern: the consumer - user.

Nowadays, consumers are looking for an experience:

• Fast

Easy

Intuitive

Safe

Custom

Instant

Multiplatform

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Digital transformation

Sales Assist: the mobile application for selling customized products

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on May 24, 2016 10:12:52 AM

The customized construction industry maintains a traditional mode of operation with little computerized versatility, due to lack of adequate computing resources.

Present developed Sales Assist, an application designed to optimize the quote process; the desire was to provide business tools with a high level of adaptability to meet the clients very specific business needs.

The solution was first to adapt an automated process for the control and selling of doors and windows for this construction company.

Before proceeding we needed to see how it could adapt to the reality of all companies that sell custom made construction products, the following problems had to be resolved within this particular company, before we could move forward.


Case study: company manufacturing and installation of doors and windows

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, Digital transformation

9 obstacles in the way of digital transformation

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Apr 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

More and more companies have digital transformation initiatives, and the phenomenon is growing week by week. For some, it will accelerate their business development, but for others, it is not an easy transition. Yet this transformation must be made in order to ensure the sustainability of the business. Indeed, 67% of executives believe that digital transformation is now " a matter of survival " for their business and data research is proving them right!

Read our article 8 statistics on the State of digital transformation of companies to better understand the importance of taking this path and the resulting benefits.

One thing we can be certain of, it is the collaboration between people and technology that is at the heart of this transformation. One cannot exist without the other.

The following statistics confirm that we are still in the early stages of this new digital age, but it is also urgent to act and be part of the big winners, rather than the big losers.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, Digital transformation

8 statistics on the state of digital transformation in companies

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Feb 23, 2016 8:50:52 AM

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.

For all companies that want to ensure their survival, whether SME or multinational, the challenge is the same: to succeed in a digital economy. To better understand the importance of this revolution, here are some key statistics on digital transformation.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, Digital transformation, trend

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

What IT experts are saying about your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The history of New Year’s resolutions goes back to Babylonians times, where promises were made to the gods at the start of each year in hopes they’d earn good favor in the coming year.   Nowadays, January often brings about personal reflection and resolutions revolving around getting in shape, eating healthier, spending less or been less stressed.

Organisations also use this time to reflect on what went right and what needs improvement. Therefore as we shake off the holiday fog and kick off a new year full of potential, I decided to collaborate with our key partners and internal experts to discuss what IT strategies they think Canadian enterprises should focus on in 2016. Basically I asked them to answer the following question:

What should be enterprises’ #1 New Year's Resolution for IT in 2016?

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Topics: Trends, 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

Digital Transformation: 4 impacts for all businesses

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Dec 15, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Recently, different studies conducted by Gartner, Deloitte and PwC confirmed one of the business realities that had become fairly evident to me: that technology is the number one priority of CEOs.

Being the head of an information technology firm, I see daily, the main impacts of the digital era on today's businesses.

In today’s digital age, all lines of business are concerned by the impact of the technological revolution. Managers must understand the changes occurring, in order to exploit them to their advantage.

 

1. Increasing the availability of human and financial resources

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, Digital transformation

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