EXIA team meeting on Microsoft BI practice

by EXIA Blog in News

On November 29, EXIA team members came together for the Microsoft Power BI practice meeting, held in our Montreal offices. This meeting has a number of objectives and allows our staff to discuss and share their knowledge on the topic. It’s also a great opportunity to discuss in more detail new business intelligence projects, as well as past and upcoming events and Microsoft certifications recently completed internally. Congratulations to our newly certified employees!

BI Montreal Microsoft Practice ExiaEXIA experts master the complete BI solution life cycle. We have trained over 300 people since launching Power BI 2.0. Our company has achieved Microsoft Partner Gold certifications for Data Platform and Data Analytics and also has Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). The MCT certification is earned by certified experts in Microsoft solutions who specialize in training.

Our specialists are there to help you effectively guide your team in rapidly finding solutions for your technological problems. Our experienced employees are leaders in their field and recognized as technical and business professionals in the industry.

Business Intelligence Company MontrealThe principal aim of the meeting was to review and get updated on current projects. We are presently working on numerous projects for several well-established companies in fields as varied as medical and paramedical, education, energy distribution, retail and distribution. Our BI projects, solutions and services are wide ranging. Whether you need a new corporate dashboard or data warehouse, or want to establish governance rules, we can help.

Business Intelligence Team Meeting ExiaWe also offer Power BI training. The four courses are adapted to different skill levels in the use of the tool. This approach allows you to select the course that suits you best, so you can maximize your learning experience. Our Level 1 course requires no prior knowledge, whereas Level 4 is intended for more technical and advanced users of Power BI.

Business Intelligence Specialists MeetingWe are also working on the development and introduction of BI/DIAD (Dashboard in a Day) labs, scheduled to take place in January, February and March 2019.

Email us at info@exia.ca to obtain more detailed information on our specialized business intelligence services.

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Benefits of the cloud for businesses

by EXIA Blog in News

Technologies are constantly evolving, and the world of cloud computing has completely revolutionized how businesses work with IT tools, whether in the form of software (SaaS/Software as a Service), platforms (PaaS/Platform as a Service) or even infrastructures (IaaS/Infrastructure as a Service). The point of the cloud is to enable remote access to data and tools through a network of computers in order to guarantee the availability of resources anywhere, anytime. Its advantages, therefore, are innumerable.

Advantages Using Cloud Computing TechnologyThe mobility aspect is very appealing. We can now access our data from any workstation, or even from a tablet or smartphone, regardless of geographic location—the only condition is having Internet access. In cloud computing, geographical constraints are non-existent, and the notion of distance/proximity is no longer important. This has given employees far greater mobility since they can access their tools wherever they may be. Communications are also considerably simplified, and traveling which can be time-consuming and costly may be avoided in many situations.

Take, for example, Skype, which allows us to interact via chat, audio or video in real time. This type of tool enables corporate leaders and representatives to avoid hours spent traveling to meet potential customers or suppliers. Nowadays, we can do so much more from the comfort of our own office. Clearly, the use of cloud systems helps businesses to be more productive, efficient, successful and competitive.

Teamwork is a part of daily business for any organization, and the coordination of internal or external efforts can sometimes be challenging, particularly when it comes to bringing together the work of individual players. Cloud collaboration platforms offer tools that allow team members to share their work in real time and simultaneously. This enables the various members of a group to access all the content generated by everyone involved, at any time. The result is increased work efficiency, continual updates to created content and simplified pooling of work.

Cloud Computing Efficient Team WorkAdditionally, cloud computing greatly facilitates the management of IT infrastructures, since the cloud computing provider covers all costs of infrastructure, including its maintenance and evolution. Thus, businesses that cannot or do not want to have their own IT team—and keep it available 24/7—have the choice to go with specialist cloud providers who will take on that responsibility. Businesses therefore no longer need to worry about hiring people with the various expertise required and can benefit from access to a flexible, up-to-date service at a set cost, which is generally lower with cloud computing.

Reduced costs are a priority for all managers. Opting for these solutions enables them to achieve their cost objectives and better manage their expenses. With the cloud, customers pay only for actual usage, allowing them to better control their operational costs and free up funds for other business needs.

Lower Business Costs Cloud ComputingIf your business has always hesitated to use cloud solutions or services, it might be time for you to look into this technology. The advantages are many, and your business will surely benefit in both the short and long term.

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Cloud computing technology: do you know the differences between SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?

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Cloud computing technology has greatly changed how businesses use and manage their IT infrastructures. This new reality offers a wide range of options with multiple advantages for both employees and decision-makers in today’s organizations. Generally, each model has its own features and functionalities, making it critical for businesses to properly understand the differences between each option.

The Software as a Service (SaaS) approach helps to reduce costs related to using software, whether for installing the product, managing it or conducting the required updates. Most applications run directly via the web browser and require no downloading/installation by the customer, making their usage easier. Service fees are often paid on a subscription basis (monthly or annually), in contrast to the purchase of a traditional tangible software that will be profitable over the longer term and often valid for life. The realities and needs of organizations often change over time, and SaaS solutions allow them to quickly switch to other software that is better adapted to current needs, without having to reinvest significant funds, resulting in cost savings. Speedy deployment times and low costs are some of the advantages that justify their usage. Some examples of SaaS tools are: remote conferencing software, document management, online agendas and the email program commonly used in organizations.

Experts Analytics Coaching Business MontrealLaunched in 2006, Platform as a Service (PaaS) is intended primarily for businesses and leverages the storage power of IT servers. This approach allows businesses to maintain full control over all applications, while the cloud computing provider handles the maintenance of the application execution platform. This type of tool offers a rapid execution environment and full control in installing and configuring applications. Google appsOpenshift and Dropbox are good examples of PaaS. Application developers prefer this tool because it provides a framework and makes development tasks easier. The collaborative orientation of this type of platform promotes teamwork, optimizing information sharing among group members—as is the case when several developers are working together on a common project, or when customers want to check on the progress of a project.

Now let’s look at Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This allows businesses to manage all their application software while the provider handles the hardware. In other words, they have a paid subscription for an IT infrastructure (network, servers, storage, backup) that is physically located at the provider’s facilities and used virtually. Software editors, for instance, now have the option of renting infrastructures for the purpose of hosting the SaaS offer. The compatibility of storage services or even the security of virtual machines and data are some of the challenges that come with using IaaS. Microsoft Azure is an excellent example of a provider that also positions itself as a leader in this field, signing up over 120,000 new subscribers each month. For some organizations, turning investments into rental contracts can also offer an attractive advantage if cost dynamics are important to them. Thus, short-term expenses are far lower, which frees up funds for the development of other priority projects in the organization. Service fees are usually based on actual usage, allowing for precise cost control. So why purchase expensive hardware when you can use less costly virtual hardware that is often much easier to manage?

Whatever option you go with, the decision to migrate to the cloud is the right one—this technology is the best solution. Businesses and decision-makers must ensure they are well-informed of the available options to maximize their productivity and the profitability of their investments.

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EXIA at the 2018 Power BI World Tour (recap video)

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Power BI World Tour 2018

EXIA was proud to participate in the Power BI World Tour, which took place on November 14 and 15 at the Palais des congrès de Montreal. Our involvement as a sponsor of this unique event in Canada allowed us to reach a wide public while demonstrating and showcasing our expertise.

View our recap video for an overview of the event and the Power BI and Power apps presentations given by our experts.Marketing Experts Innovation Analytic
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