CEO, CFO, and CIO, all become winners when outsourcing IT

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Jul 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Managed IT Services remain relatively unknown to many companies. Yet, outsourcing IT can represent many benefits for executives looking to maximize time, profits and business processes, without compromising the security of their IT infrastructure.

Even today, the CEO, CFO’s and CIO’s of companies are reluctant to implement such a solution. The relative novelty of the offer, the fear of offending their IT team or the false belief that IT is a necessary evil in the company explains this widespread resistance.

Here are what leaders have to gain by letting go of some of these myths that ultimately limit the growth of their business.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Trends, Managed services

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

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

Hush Pager optimizes internal communication with mobility

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Mar 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

DID YOU KNOW The world's first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone. 

Mobile applications have been rapidly multiplying because they enable significant operational gains. Present, has been developing such applications for several years for its customers and for the first time we are launching a mobile application on a large scale called Hush Pager. This innovative tool facilitates communication within work groups, resulting in increased productivity and performance.

Hush pager, a new pager 2.0

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Topics: Mobility, Trends

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

Happy New Year : our Top 10 of 2015!

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Dec 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As a new year approaches, Present would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients and business partners for their contribution to our success in 2015.

Throughout the year, we’ve strived to put out original content that our readers will find valuable and help solve some of the challenges you are facing. We’ve posted almost 70 articles on a diverse array of topics pertinent to business leaders around technology.

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Topics: Trends

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

Happy Birthday Present! 25 years in a continuously changing IT world

Posted by present on Nov 11, 2015 11:45:00 AM

It is often said that entrepreneurship is something that is in the blood. A statement that makes sense when you think of Marc Beaulieu, president and founder of Present.

At just 16 years old, Marc left school to start a business in printing. An entrepreneur at heart, certainly, but above all, a visionary, as he quickly realized that a new era was beginning. 

"When computers began to popularise, I returned to school. I immediately felt that this would be the field of the future. In fact, I realised that already, IT was gradually replacing printing. "

With an IT degree in hand, he quickly got a job in a company specialising in information technology. At that time even more than today, this new industry sector was booming and demand increasing. In this favorable business environment, IT vendors were taking their customers for granted.

Coming from a family of salespeople that respected, even revered their customers, Marc was exasperated by the condescending attitude of these companies.  Therefore, he aspired to start a company specialising in IT, which would have the mission to provide the best possible service to its clients. This value has fueled Present for 25 years. While many companies talk about customer service in their values, at Present, it's more than that. Marc Beaulieu named the company Present to anchor in the name excellence in its service and a constant presence among its clients.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, Events, Digital transformation

3 steps to successful IT transformation

Posted by Sébastien Allaire_ on Sep 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

For any company, completely transforming its IT can sound complex and risky. This is especially true when managers do not know where to start. Proof of this is that only 1 in 10 companies in Canada are ready to navigate the digital transformation shift.

Yet a company's IT transformation can allow it to make significant savings, and also importantly, greatly improve the efficiency of its processes, both internally and externally.

EMC, one of the world’s leaders in software and storage systems, knows something about this, as it  underwent this change successfully. From 2004 to 2013, it increased from 24,000 to 60,000 employees, from 960 TB to 13 PB of data to be managed and went from 90 days to deliver an application to a single day! A growth that would have been impossible if it had not thoroughly reviewed its processes.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Trends, Digital transformation

2 ways for IT and lines of business to collaborate better

Posted by Louis de Grandpré_ on Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The days when IT departments were seen as superhero protectors of all technological knowledge within an enterprise seems to have passed. Today, while IT is more essential than ever for every department, there is a new distribution of roles.

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Topics: Collaboration, Trends

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