5 Reasons Why SMBs Need IBM Power i (AS/400) Servers

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Jun 18, 2019 7:45:00 AM

To run ERP and other critical business tasks, reliable servers are needed to reduce costly business interruptions. The IBM i5/OS (AS/400) operating system is extremely performing, reliable and secure.

IBM Power Systems are popular with among others, SAP users, as well as with competing database management systems. IBM architecture has also become an increasingly popular cloud solution, with the growth of cloud computing applications available.

In this article, we will define the Power i (AS400), 4 advantages for SMBs as well as some recommendations for the use of the Power i.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, IBM

IBM Think 2019: IBM combines data, AI and Cloud

Posted by Julie Cloutier_ on Feb 19, 2019 11:30:00 AM

26,000 participants, innovators, leaders and thinkers attended more than 2000 sessions in San Francisco, February 12-15, for the 2019 edition of IBM Think.

This one-of-a-kind event was an opportunity for Present to keep up to date and discuss best practices, research, advancements and predictions regarding artificial intelligence (AI), Cloud, Blockchain and much more.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Events, Digital transformation, IBM

PowerAI: harness the full potential of deep learning

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Jan 31, 2019 7:39:00 AM

 

What is one of the big differences between computers and humans?

Would you say that humans would learn from their experiences whereas computers would execute instructions that were explicitly programmed?

This is no longer the case with artificial or cognitive intelligence.

 

What is this so-called artificial intelligence?

You need to see it like a Russian doll. The biggest doll is artificial intelligence. You open it, and it contains machine learning. You open this second doll and it contains a third which is deep learning.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IBM, Business intelligence (BI)

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

Quick-Anonymizer : protect your clients' data

Posted by Benoit David_ on Jun 6, 2018 11:44:00 AM

In our increasingly digital world, privacy and data security are at the heart of business operations and customer relationships.

In order to protect the identity of citizens and reduce piracy, a new law entered into force on 25 May, 2018 in Europe: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). All indications are that the same type of settlement is also expected to see the light of day in North America.

It is a vast law but one aspect of it is that it requires any company, in Europe or elsewhere, that processes the personal data of European customers, to demonstrate their ability to protect their confidential information as soon as data is transferred/copied outside the production environment for training purposes, development or testing by anonymizing the data.

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Topics: IBM, IT security

4 Strategic Highlights of IBM Think 2018: blockchain, AI, cloud and security

Posted by Laurent Chayer_ on Mar 29, 2018 7:52:00 AM

IBM Think 2018 took place from March 19-22, bringing together nearly 40,000 business leaders and IT experts to attend multiple conferences and launches.  This is the largest event ever organized by IBM and of course, we attended!

IBM took the opportunity to make several announcements and share some compelling statistics:

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, Events, 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

Video: Transactions are 8x faster using SAP HANA on POWER8.

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 17, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Several months after South Shore Furniture implemented SAP HANA on POWER8 – a Canadian first realised in conjunction with Present – the results are impressive. The most significant indicator of the success of the new infrastructure is the accelerated transaction speed, which is now 8 times faster.

Knowing the company’s systems receive and process orders 24/7/365 and deliver to its clients within 24 hours, it is a considerable improvement.

In the video below, Claude Bernier, VP of IT for the company, explains what motivated the use of a POWER8 infrastructure instead of Intel to deploy SAP HANA. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Big Data, IBM, SAP Hana

A look back on 2016: 10 IT articles that marked the year

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

After 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.

Happy reading!

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Managed services, Digital transformation, IBM, CIO/IT leaders

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