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

Hyperconvergence to the rescue of the traditional data center

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 3, 2017 7:45:00 AM
In today's economy, a company's strategy relies more than ever on its capacity for innovation and transformation, and therefore equally on the profound change in the role of IT.

 

The changing role of IT 

It is no longer just about guaranteeing stability, levels of performance and availability of applications, but also encouraging innovation and contributing to the business. 

This new orientation of IT is inevitably accompanied by the modernization of the data center, which today is an impediment to the requirements of the lines of business. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Convergence / Hyper-convergence, CIO/IT leaders

Quick-SmartData, the AS/400 database replication solution

Posted by Benoit David_ on Sep 27, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Many companies run their databases on AS/400 (IBM Power) servers and are faced with the lack of a solution to replicate their data in real time between these servers and their ecommerce platform server.

While e-commerce is now well ingrained in consumer buying habits and online transactions are continuously growing, companies may be slow to adapt all the technologies to optimize this type of transaction.

Until recently, the heterogeneity of database platforms limited the frequency of exchanges between these databases and it required constant manipulation.

Fortunately, a new application is now available to remedy this lack of synchronism: Quick-SmartData. This innovative solution finally allows replication and integration of heterogeneous data, including database replication from IBM Power servers.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, replication

2 major errors not to make with your IT

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Aug 8, 2017 8:05:00 AM

The digital transformation of companies is not just a question of competitiveness, or market positioning, it is a question of survival.

In order to remain competitive and improve their performance, companies from all sectors and sizes must develop new business strategies and processes by taking advantage of information technology and communication. 

In this context of a digital economy, companies that want to remain viable must, of course, have leaders capable of recognizing opportunities, but also the IT environment capable of handling this new mission. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

IT at the forefront to assist business leaders in achieving their goals

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Mar 29, 2017 8:47:00 AM

All the information I have gathered whether it be from studies or during meetings with corporate leaders have confirmed these business priorities :

  • 1. The growth of the business; 
  • 2. Continuous innovation;
  • 3. Using technology as a growth lever;
  • 4. Developing a strong corporate culture.

There is a common denominator in all business leaders’ priorities: information technology. IT has become vital in creating value for businesses. Here is how IT can also assist you in achieving your objectives.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

Flash storage (SSD) for production: Increasingly affordable advantages

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Over the years, businesses have gradually turned towards Flash memory SSD disks for their production environment, in addition to rotating hard drives.

 

Given their numerous benefits, they are the ideal solution for organizations dealing with a high volume of ultra rapid transactions, like financial institutions. However, they are just as beneficial for the majority of companies, ranging from large businesses to SMBs, as their benefits are numerous.

 

The advantages of Flash storage, in comparison with HDD, are undeniable:

 

 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Storage

CIO: How to demonstrate the business value of IT to management?

Posted by Pierre Lavoie on Feb 21, 2017 12:48:43 PM

IT is often left out of value creation in enterprises that are not in the IT field. This is due to the fact that most companies have been built on technical or industrial know-how, or even a service level.

Over the last decades, IT has permitted for all of these businesses to gain in efficiency and productivity, however, the IT department is still viewed as a support service and cost center.

Take for example businesses in transportation, furniture manufacturing, retail, or food distribution that have innovated thanks to IT and have passed to a superior level.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, CIO/IT leaders

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

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

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