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19 Nov A Return to Agile Roots: Étienne Lanaud’s Vision as a Alithya’s Scrum Master

Étienne Lanaud recently joined Alithya’s Digital Solutions Center as a Scrum Master. Just arrived from France this summer, he became part of the team in September and already feels very much at home. A strong advocate for the return to agile roots, he shares his vision of the Scrum Master’s job. Seventeen years after the 2001 publication of the Agile Manifesto, the core values and principles of agility have been somewhat diluted in the information universe....

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09 Oct A glimpse into consulting in the age of the cloud: What Oracle expert Martin Veillette sees as the way forward

By: Alithya Group Inc. More and more, businesses are turning to cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to handle everything from accounting to human resources. Companies are increasingly adopting cloud-based ERPs because they’re more flexible from a licensing point of view and less expensive to own than on-premise ERPs, reducing the investment in hardware and datacenter. Martin Veillette, Oracle Practice Director at Alithya, sees the power of the cloud-based ERP to transform both companies that use...

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22 Jun Targeting innovation while providing robust, efficient technology assets: A daunting challenge for IT teams

By: Alithya Group Inc. “We have been seeing very rapid growth in the governance of IT services for a number of years now”     Artificial intelligence, block chains, SaaS, cloud solutions, mobility and connectivity are just a few of the recent developments companies need to consider in their digital strategies to remain competitive. These new tools are now easily accessible, meaning that there is significantly more pressure on companies to integrate them into their products and services in...

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04 May Data Management, A Clear Competitive Advantage

By: Alithya Group Inc. "Artificial intelligence (AI) now provides access to a whole other scale and speed of computing and modelling capability that is ideal for handling big data, whether structured or unstructured." While data is starting to attract attention, its potential still remains largely untapped. The arrival of big data and artificial intelligence has broadened our perspective and brought the possibility to anticipate change, control it and maybe even influence it. In that context, data management...

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06 Apr How Michael Gonçalves found the best of both worlds as an Oracle Functional Consultant with Alithya

With a degree in Software Engineering and several business and management classes from McGill University under his belt, Michael Gonçalves knew that he wanted to find a way to combine both of those passions. He started his career as an Oracle IT Project Manager for an international company and handled their Oracle projects and implementations for order management, financials, procurement, shipping, and production. Three and a half years ago, he became a consultant for Pro2P,...

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15 Nov Finding a job after 55

By: Claude Lussier I remember an old advertisement that ran about a dozen years ago featuring young retirees enjoying their "freedom 55" with no financial worries on the horizon. In 2017, the reality is quite different and finding a job after the age of 55 is not an easy task; I could talk about it at length. Today’s difficulties Recruitment is a significant cost for businesses and turnover rates are also very high in some industries. Often, companies...

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02 Nov Canada’s tech sector gender gap: we’re working to fix it!

Sean Silcoff’s article “‘We absolutely have a problem’: Canada’s tech sector gender gap”, which appeared in The Globe and Mail on November 1st was deeply troubling. While it is true that there is a gender disparity in the tech industry, especially when compared to other industries or Canadian stock index companies, one should not assume that all tech companies suffer from a “Silicon Valley culture” of “‘toxic masculinity’ in which many tech leaders have little...

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20 Oct The Google Approach to Financial Services Issues

By: Dave Ahier Roman Chwyl, Global Head of Financial Services for the Google Cloud Platform was a featured keynote speaker at the Markets Media’s 9th annual Canadian Trading and Investment Summit. Roman gave a talk about the current dangers and opportunities in financial services and discussed key issues facing the financial services industry and the Google approach to meeting these head on. Issues included the extremely high costs of infrastructure, meeting regulatory requirements, the difficulties of retaining...

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20 Sep To Be or Not To Be… A Consultant?

By: Eric Banville Over 30 years ago, I fell into the world of consulting not by choice, but rather by chance. Like most young people my age at the time, I was fresh out of college and I was looking for a job ...

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31 Aug Nuclear Sustainability – Rising to the Challenge at the 2015 ANS Conference

By: Ellen Clysdale We participated as an exhibiting sponsor at the 2015 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Utility Working Conference (UWC) and Vendor Technology Expo held August 9 – 12, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The theme this year was “Nuclear Sustainability – Rising to the Challenge”. The UWC provided a broad array of seminar topics, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Key sessions included: “Online Execution”, “Outage Performance Improvement Initiatives”, “Resource Utilization Effectiveness and Proper Utilization of Fix...

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28 Aug Big Data and the Rise of ETFs – Common Themes at the Markets Media CTIS 2015

By: Ellen Clysdale Markets Media recently held its 8th annual Canadian Trading and Investing Summit on April 1st at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Our organization participated as a lead sponsor of the event which included several breakfast forums, panel sessions, a networking lunch and cocktail reception for members from all segments of the Canadian financial industry. The main panels included discussions on global investment outlook; market structure and the challenges of liquidity sourcing; the rise of...

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01 Aug McMaster Big Data Forum

Par : Nigel Fonseca I recently had the pleasure of being a panelist at the inaugural McMaster Big Data Forum held this past September. McMaster University recognizes that big data is transforming the way people do business and sees collaboration between government, the private sector and the education system as a key factor in delivering innovative results.  This one day event brought in leading big data experts to discuss the challenges and key issues that are confronted...

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24 Jul Let’s Talk Big Data

  By: Ellen Clysdale On October 29th SWI participated in the YRBiz Series event “Let’s Talk Big Data”, designed to expose local businesses to new ideas, insights, and resources.  A number of speakers from the Ontario Centres of Excellence institutes and programs introduced how the OCE helps connect advanced university research programs with commercialization and Entrepreneurs in the Health Informatics and Computing space. Topics touched on included the use of Homomorphic Encryption to ensure privacy of merged Big Data health datasets, the expanding sphere of Open Data possibilities,...

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28 Jul UX and UI , what is it?

In the world of IT consulting, few companies can count on their own UX/UI team and often call web agencies to the rescue, or worse, simply neglect this essential stage of any development project. Good news, Alithya can now count on a UX/UI team of their own composed of experienced skilled specialists who can accompany their clients in any project types, whatever the project scale. But back to the basis, it could be interesting to define...

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27 Jul Are you ready for new work styles?

A question comes up regularly in recent years, namely, why we still perpetuate the downtown model with office towers. The completely congested roadways that, like the Groundhog Day guide, all employees anxious to get to their office space every day. Find a crowded parking area, take the crowded elevator to occupy a few floors above the office space with neon lights. It is somewhat incomprehensible that this work style still exists in 2015. Today, far more...

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