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Women in Tech: Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA

Interview: Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA Why did you join the technology industry? I was always interested in technology. I used to spend time with my Dad programming Froger onto our Amstrad Computer – hours of time spent copying code from magazines. The “GO TO” command will be forever etched in my mind. But honestly, I just really enjoyed the logic of it all. Also, I have met her a few times and she will likely cringe with me saying this, but Maggie Philbin! I loved Tomorrow’s World and everything about it. Actually, I think my dream job would be to be a presenter on today’s Tomorrow’s World! Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? I have had the absolute pleasure to work with some amazing leaders. Meg Whitman (CEO Hewlett Packard Enterprise) is truly inspirational. Her stamina and work ethics are first class. If…

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The Science of Responsiveness

I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly Stephen Hawking when it comes to advanced calculus and the equations describing Black Holes. But there are important numbers I do understand, as you should too. These are the numbers connected to your business that really matter to your customers, and will have an impact on your bottom line – the performance and responsiveness of your website. Statistics released by IMRG and Capgemini this week, show that smartphones and tablets now account for more than half of all online sales in the UK. So, if your site isn’t optimised for mobile devices, you may be missing out on hundreds of thousands in sales a year. And in a world where a new website is only ever a click away – it could also be fatal for your sale opportunity if your site takes too long to load or refresh a page….

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Cloud Computing Services Are Not a Commodity

A couple of years back, conversations about cloud computing services were all around complexity, security and risk. What a difference a couple of years make; this incredibly powerful way of delivering a secure, scalable IT resource has now become an accepted mainstream approach for organisations, whether it’s public, private, or hybrid. While the industry has come a long way, the problem now is the rise of an equally shaky set of assumptions – that cloud computing services are now, in effect, a commodity. By this token, all cloud offerings, like cats, look grey in the dark! This is far too simplistic. You’re not any old business – so don’t accept ‘any old cloud’ Here are some questions you should be asking your hosting provider: For a start, not all cloud hosting providers can offer you truly scalable cloud. Ask your cloud provider for the metrics, numbers and customer references to…

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IT needs to keep up with the pace of business in Montreal

Change is coming to Canada’s business community at a pace that is unprecedented, bringing with it challenges and opportunities for IT decision makers nation-wide. This is particularly true for businesses in Montreal, who face the perfect storm of proposed tax reforms, dramatic currency fluctuations, and debate about whether and how to exploit Canada’s oil resources. These macro-economic issues create uncertainty and unpredictability across the region. For IT decision makers, lack of clarity at board level can mean that budgets and business plans are delayed or put on hold. Meanwhile the demands placed on IT will only continue to escalate. In life there is a saying that the only thing that is certain is death and taxes. The IT equivalent would be that the only thing you can be sure of is increased security threats and the need for agility. Whilst Canada’s business leaders grapple with the options before them, this…

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Business continuity in Montreal is put to the test

Business continuity in Montreal is put to the test For IT professionals in Montreal, this is a vital time of the year. Gone are the chaotic schedules and unpredictable spikes in traffic caused by the holiday sales. Also, with luck, hurricane season is now behind us. This is usually the first time IT decision makers get a chance to stop and take stock of their objectives, strategies and plans for the year ahead. It is likely that most plans will be shaped by budget pressures, business changes, and anticipated risks. The Canadian economy is also likely to be affected by the currency exchange for the short, and possibly medium, term. This will affect procurement but may also lead to a surge in demand for companies that export. Equally, the current market conditions have attracted a great deal of interest from global businesses looking at investing in new facilities. Kirkland, Montreal,…

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