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Mexico: The Emerging Tech Hub of Latin America

The culture of Silicon Valley has fascinated and transformed technology around the world. For years the technology revolution and innovation that has emerged from the Bay Area in northern California has been admired for the immense amounts of capital and futuristic building blocks it has created. However, the ever-growing and accelerating global demand for managed IT services means this San Francisco Bay hub is no longer enough. The world is beginning to look elsewhere; in fact, Latin America seems to already have its own tech gem in the making: Mexico. Mexico has more than 130,000 individuals graduating as engineers per year and has competitive operating costs close to those of the U.S. and is one of the largest economies in the region. In 2016, its seed capital investment averaged approximately USD$100,000. Startups that include apps for microcredit, real estate platforms, food delivery services and mobile payment services have represented some…

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A Look Ahead in IT: Innovation, Trends, and Threats in 2018

As 2017 comes to an end, tech firms are jumping ahead, opening their ears and minds to what is to come in the following twelve months. A year ago, the rage was augmented reality and digital twins. Hackers were still a big concern, and it was projected that they were going to continue doing what they do best; however, the magnitude of their work such as the Equifax breach and vote tampering surprised even the most pessimistic forecasters. 2018 will undoubtedly challenge, surprise, and bring about new innovations in the IT industry, but what can we expect in the next year? The New Look of Big Data: Intelligent & Connected One of the most significant developments for the coming year will be the evolution of blockchain, as Forrester predicts 30% of proofs of concept will pick up the pace for blockchain for the companies that are able to consider its…

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The Future of Women in STEM According to Jaime Leverton

Title: The Future of Women in STEM According to Jaime Leverton On November 29th, our very own Jaime Leverton, VP & GM Canada and APAC, was featured as a speaker at the Information Technology Association of Canada’s (ITAC) Women in Leadership session. Created in in partnership with Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT), this speaker series was designed to showcase successful female role models from the technology world as thought leaders, to help encourage more women to seek our leadership roles. As someone who has been a driving force behind moving the needle on female participation and leadership in the ICT industry, Jaime was a natural choice. Below are highlights of Jaime’s discussion with Mary Whittle, Chair of ITAC’s Diversity Committee, which touch on her role as a transformational leader in an ever-changing environment, and how she handles her position in an industry that is lagging in female leadership….

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To Keep up with the Pace, IT Becomes Accommodating with Hybrid Solutions

Every business, big or small, mature or a start-up, is faced with the challenge of making the best IT decisions for their company. These decisions are no longer limited to the internal IT department, but they involve and impact the entire firm throughout their interactions internally and with customers. To add to this pressure is the fact that technology evolves at a precipitous pace, and keeping up can at times be overwhelming.   To choose the right IT solution, a business must first define themselves and their needs. However, finding the technology that fits with this definition is often difficult. That is where hybrid IT comes in, balances out the equation, and allows the comparison of different options.  Hybrid IT combines at least two various technologies from a variety of choices, such as cloud, managed hosting and services, and on-premise selections, to offer a continuous and powerful solution. Instead of…

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Is data protection already in your business’ contingency plan?

Natural disasters can abruptly threaten our comfort, stability and even lives. Fortunately, their impact can be lessened with a solid and all-inclusive contingency plan—and not just for families, but businesses as well. Latin American companies, for example, must be aware that Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador are among the countries most in risk of natural disasters. Also, given that many Latin American countries have an Atlantic and/or Pacific coast, they should also note that 2017 has seen more hurricanes of higher intensity than the average. This begs the question: When a natural disaster strikes, is your business’ contingency plan up to par? Of course, the basics of your contingency plan will include communicating to employees and customers about the natural disaster and ensuring their safety and well-being, as well as protecting the infrastructure of your building. But is data being prioritized too? While it may not be the…

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The Evolving State of Cloud Security

Businesses around the world are eager to jumpstart their digital transformation and journey to the cloud – ultimately improving operational agility, but the transition can be risky if security practices are not taken into consideration. The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance estimates that six months after suffering a cyberattack, 60 percent of companies go under. Add to this, the Ponemon Institute states, the average price for small businesses to clean up after their businesses have been hacked stands at $690,000; and, for middle market companies, it’s over $1 million. According to Alert Logic’s 2017 Cloud Security Report, hybrid cloud implementations have a 141% higher rate of security incidents than a pure public cloud environment. Let that settle in for a moment…it may seem like a surprising deviance, but as reported by our cloud security partner’s data source of 3,800+ customers. It is one of the many discoveries from their most…

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