Optimus has Earned the Modernization of Web Apps to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

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Optimus Information is pleased to announce that they have earned the Modernization of Web Apps to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization, a validation of a solution partner’s deep knowledge, extensive experience and proven expertise in migrating and modernizing production web application workloads, and managing app services in Azure. 

Optimus Information is proud to be among the small group of Canadian Microsoft partners that have met the stringent criteria around customer success and staff skilling, as well as pass a third-party audit of their web workload deployment and management practices, including their ability to implement Azure App Service, are able to earn the Modernization of Web Apps in Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization.

“We are thrilled to have earned this advanced specialization. It is reflective of the calibre of our global team, proven Azure experience, and continued partnership with Microsoft Canada.” 

Pankaj Agarwal – Managing Partner & Founder of Optimus Information

As companies look to modernize their applications and take full advantage of the benefits of the cloud, they are looking for a partner with advanced skills to assess, plan, and modernize the web app to the cloud.

To learn more about how Optimus can help you modernize your applications for the cloud, please contact us at info@optimusinfo.com

Microsoft Ignite Announcements 2021

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Microsoft Ignite hosted their second virtual conference in 2021, and had so many exciting speakers and announcements, that we thought we should dedicate an article to some Microsoft Ignite announcements. Microsoft Ignite was started in 1993 and is an annual conference of developers and IT professionals. They gather to discuss new developments in cybersecurity, AI, and Azure innovation, as well as listen to brilliant keynote speakers. Microsoft Ignite 2021 took place from March 2-4 and we want to tell you some of the most exciting projects that were shared during the event. 

Microsoft Teams Update

Microsoft Teams has undergone a plethora of updates, many of which are new video call features to increase ease of meetings and functionality. “Dynamic mode” is one of those new features. It automatically adjusts to the meeting experience based on the users and content, allowing for easy transitions based on the meeting itself. “Powerpoint Live” is another one to try out! The presenter can see what the others are viewing without switching screens. This allows for virtually seamless presentations without worrying whether the right presentations are being shared or the slide is correct. Along with Powerpoint Live, Microsoft Teams now has “Presenter Mode”, which has created more options for presenters to have polished and interactive presentations. Finally, Microsoft Teams addressed a cybersecurity concern by creating “invite only meeting controls”, making sure that only the relevant people are allowed into a call. 

Microsoft Power Platforms Update

Some of the other exciting Microsoft Ignite announcements have to do with Microsoft Power Platforms. The popular low-code, development platform for experienced coders and business users alike has taken companies by storm. Some of the features that experienced upgrades in 2021 are Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agent. Power Apps, Microsoft’s low-code program that allows everyone to build and share apps, now has offline mobile capabilities, geospatial capabilities like maps, and more. Power Automate, Microsoft’s automation platform that allows for greater productivity and secure automation, has made shared desktop flows available across organizations. And finally, Power Virtual Agent, that allows users to create their own chatbots with ease, now includes data loss prevention options as well as new topic trigger management for the chatbots. For more information on Power Platforms Updates, click here.

Azure Arc Updates

For those who haven’t heard of Azure Arc, it’s a set of technologies that innovates Azure management and services to any platform. They have also undergone extensive updates this year. Firstly, they have made it possible to run machine learning everywhere. Microsoft shares, “By using Azure Arc to extend machine learning (ML) capabilities to hybrid and multicloud environments, customers can train ML models directly where the data lives using their existing infrastructure investments. This reduces data movement while meeting security and compliance requirements.” Next, they expanded on their program by allowing users to build cloud native applications at scale, anywhere. Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes is now generally available. To learn more, read the full article from Microsoft. And finally, in collaboration with Azure Stack HCI and Azure Arc, users are able to modernize their data centres with ease. It’s a cost-efficient hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution, all managed through Azure. To learn more about Azure Stack HCI, click here.

Data and AI Announcements

Another exciting Microsoft Ignite announcement has to do with Azure Percept, Microsoft’s platform that simplifies the usage of Azure AI technologies on the edge. This includes Azure Cloud offerings such as AI model development, analytics, and more. The platform even includes a development kit, which comes with an intelligent camera: Azure Percept Vision. Want to learn more about this exciting product and how Microsoft is increasing accessibility? Read the full article from them here.

Additional Resources

We’ve touched on some of the updates and announcements that happened at the Microsoft Ignite Conference 2021, but we’ll share just a few more highlights in case you would like to check out additional resources. 

Microsoft Virtual Training Days

If you’re interested in gaining more hard skills, taught by an experienced instructor in your language, check out Microsoft Virtual Training Days here

Keynote Presentation by Satya Nadella

At the conference this year, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, gave a keynote speech on Microsoft’s vision for the future of Mixed Reality. You can watch the full presentation here to learn more. 

Learn about Cybersecurity

And finally, learn more about cybersecurity, compliance, identity and management in this video from the conference. 


We hope that you learned something from these Microsoft Ignite announcements, and feel free to reach out to us at info@optimusifo.com with any further questions.


Microsoft Makes a Significant Investment in Canadian Cloud

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Microsoft Cloud Services has been a core contributor to the growth and development of numerous Canadian organizations and is steadily making more investments in Canadian Cloud. Recently announcing their first Canadian Azure Availability Zone in the Azure Canada Central region and an Azure ExpressRoute in Vancouver, this expansion will provide Canadian businesses greater access to new innovations to accelerate their development. 

An Availability Zone consists of one or more data centres equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. Microsoft says it’s the only cloud provider in Canada to offer Availability Zones and disaster recovery with in-country data residency. In addition, this will be the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure since the launch of the first data centre in Canada in 2016. According to Microsoft, this expansion will increase computing capacity by an incredible 1300%.

While Azure ExpressRoutes already exists in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City, this is an important investment for the West Coast. A service that primarily provides a private connection between an organization’s on-premises infrastructure and Microsoft Azure data centre, Azure ExpressRoutes provides more reliability, speed, and lower latency for users. Organizations in Vancouver will now have a secure network connection into Azure without having to cross the country. 

The new Azure Availability Zones and ExpressRoute services are set to go live by the end of March. 


For more information email us at info@optimusinfo.com or read more here:

Microsoft announces Canadian Azure Availability Zone, and Azure ExpressRoute in Vancouver (IT World Canada)

Microsoft Makes Significant Investments in Canadian Cloud to Fuel Innovation In Canada (Microsoft News Center Canada)



Two Reasons to Celebrate – The IAMCP Honours Optimus Information at Microsoft Inspire 2018

“I’m delighted to see Optimus Information recognized at Microsoft Inspire,” said Awards Chair and former IAMCP President, Gail Mercer-MacKay. “Not only is the company creating incredibly sophisticated and innovative solutions for their customers, but they are also transforming their own workplace to be more inclusive. It is a testament to the leadership at Optimus that the entire team is dedicated to both pursuits. Congratulations!”

Optimus Information has been awarded two awards at the 2018 Microsoft Inspire Partner Conference in Las Vegas. Founder Pankaj Agarwal was named a Man of WIT finalist for the inaugural #WITsUP awards program with IAMCP WIT. Optimus Information took the Canadian Bronze honour in the global IAMCP P2P awards. The awards were handed out in separate ceremonies at Inspire.

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Man of WIT Finalist: Pankaj Agarwal

2018 marks the inaugural year for the IAMCP Women in Technology (WIT) awards1, where amazing people who support the WIT community are recognized.

50/50 gender parity at Optimus Information is recognized by the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners.

For the Man of WIT category, the following description was offered:

The Man of WIT recipient is not afraid to discuss diversity publicly and leads by example in his own organization and industry. WIT is all about diversity, inclusion and equality. Therefore, we want to recognize a male leader who has stepped up to make a difference for WIT. He has led by example in hiring, pay equity and having the conversation that makes a difference not only in his business but the tech community. He believes in WIT and STEM initiatives for women and more importantly, he acts to make it happen.

Pankaj Agarwal was nominated for the IAMCP WIT, Man of WIT award because of his dedication to gender diversity, not only at Optimus Information but in society at large. With a goal to create a workplace where employees feel valued through their contributions, Pankaj and his fellow Optimus Information founders felt strongly about building a fully gender diverse staff right from the beginning.

Earlier in 2018, Optimus Information was proud to announce that a 50/50 gender parity among staff had been reached! As a forerunner of this initiative, Pankaj encourages the entire organization to continue to improve diversity efforts.

Personally, Pankaj is passionate about STEM and its importance to current and future generations. He actively supports the Future Science Leaders program at Science World2. The program encourages youth to build careers in science. Together, that team has brought the program from concept to working stage and is committed to growing it 10X.

Pankaj supports a school in one of the poorest regions in India, paying for the education of young girls whose families cannot afford to send them to school.

WATCH: The following video talks about Optimus and the diversity initiative

Congratulations to Pankaj and the entire team at Optimus Information for your commitment and dedication to achieving gender diversity in the workplace.

IAMCP P2P Awards – Bronze – Canada Region: Optimus Information

“We are very proud to be named the Bronze winner for Canada in the 2018 IAMCP P2P Awards,” said Pankaj Agarwal, founder of Optimus Information. “We place an incredibly high value on delivering innovation for our clients, and partnering is essential to our success. Together with MSFT Gold Partner Squirrel Systems, we did more than migrate our customer from on-premises to the cloud – we truly transformed their business. The process also generated new solutions for both Optimus and Squirrel, and will serve many more customers in the future.”

Optimus Information partnered with MSFT Gold Partner Squirrel Systems, the world’s leader in Point of Sale technology for the hospitality and restaurant industry, to move from a legacy on-premises solution to a SaaS Cloud.

“This was a monumental transformation effort. But we would not be doing this or be in production without Optimus. We turned to them from the start and said, ‘We want to do this – where do we start?’ Their team is outstanding and know Azure well. They have a strong discipline around modernization. They deliver incredible levels of quality and are deeply embedded with us. It is a partnership that has brought tremendous business value.” Joseph Cortese, Vice President Research & Development, Squirrel Systems.

Launched in 2015, the IAMCP Awards Program3 is designed to encourage and recognize Association members for the outstanding, innovative and creative products and services they deliver through trusted P2P and channel relationships. Winners and finalists benefit from increased recognition through press and social media. Winners are announced during the annual partner conference, Microsoft Inspire.

Optimus Information Ranks on the 2017 PROFIT 500!

Vancouver, BC (September 19, 2017)  Canadian Business and PROFIT has named Optimus Information Inc. to the 2017 PROFIT 500! The ranking of Canada’s fastest-growing companies is based on five year revenue growth.

Optimus was ranked No. 336 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, with five-year revenue growth of 168%.

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“Optimus Information is honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking,” says Founder and Managing Partner, Pankaj Agarwal. “This award is a reflection of the commitment and dedication of our whole team. Also, this distinction isn’t ours alone. Our growth is directly linked to the continued success and growth of our partners and clients – when they grow, we grow with them. ”

You can learn more and see the complete list on the PROFIT 500 website.

About the PROFIT 500

For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit PROFIT500.com or CanadianBusiness.com.

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior 5 business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

About Optimus Information

Optimus Information provides expert services for application development, data analytics and software testing. Our model is designed to allocate the right mix of local and offshore resources in order to optimize expertise, speed and cost. We provide the ability to quickly add specialty skills to your development team without incurring long-term costs. This results in far better management of resource capacities and outcomes.

Media contact

Skipp Johnson, Optimus Information, skipp.johnson@optimusinfo.com, +1 604-736-4600 ext. 107