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Digital Entrepreneurs – What about a Canadian Dr Phil app?

As described in our SaaS Ventures program a key industry sectors we focus on is Healthcare. One of the leading experts for Cloud Computing in Canada not just Healthcare is Dennis Giokas, CTO for Canada Health Infoway, and in his white paper series on the topic he describes SaaS as a ‘greenfield opportunity’ for the sector. In short it’s […]

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Cloud Security Is In Decline – What Are Your Options?

Have you ever felt that awful feeling that the ship you’re on is slowly and steadily sinking, and no one’s telling you a thing about it? If you are in the cloud, then you should know the feeling, because while your captain is reassuring you that everything is A-OK, new holes start appearing in every […]

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Omnichannel Urgency: Retail at the Customer Experience Tipping Point

By Bob Elliott, managing director, SAP Canada This is today’s retail reality: 79% of consumers spend at least 50% of total shopping time researching products online 82% of consumers will substitute and switch brands due to an out-of-stock product 59% of consumers are willing to try a new brand to get better customer service A vast […]

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Digital Entrepreneurs – What about a Canadian Dr Phil app?

As described in our SaaS Ventures program a key industry sectors we focus on is Healthcare. One of the leading experts for Cloud Computing in Canada not just Healthcare is Dennis Giokas, CTO for Canada Health Infoway, and in his white paper series on the topic he describes SaaS as a ‘greenfield opportunity’ for the sector. In short it’s […]

Canadian Hybrid Cloud – Microsoft best practices

The Canadian Hybrid Cloud is our headline initiative for promoting custom solutions, based in Canada. While Amazon and Google cater for a very specific use case scenario for their IaaS, this still only meets the needs of a fairly small minority of business needs, massive though that sector is. In contrast the Hybrid Cloud is […]

Mnemonic Guard supports Canadian Cloud innovation

Mnemonic Guard from Japan is our latest Crowdfunding Sponsor – Thanks! A key goal of our startup business development activities is that as well as helping Canadian startups expand abroad, it’s also to help bring new ones to Canada too. As part of this we showcase these opportunities here to start building initial partnership introductions […]

Integrated Media and Gaming

Media.. A fundamental purpose of our Technology Roadmap is to align product innovation activities with specific vertical industries, and the trends and dynamics relevant to their key themes. For example our new section for ‘IM+G’ – Integrated Media and Gaming, covers the sectors of publishing, movies and gaming. A perfect example of a headline topic […]

Introducing the Canadian Digital CIO

Recently the leaked NY Times Digital report defined this hot topic area, the ongoing trend of everything going Digital and how this is impacting the role of CIO. Canada even has their own equivalent. Not quite leaked and not as sensational but also the Ottawa Citizen showed off their new Digital strategy. This discusses how […]

Cloud Security Is In Decline – What Are Your Options?

Have you ever felt that awful feeling that the ship you’re on is slowly and steadily sinking, and no one’s telling you a thing about it? If you are in the cloud, then you should know the feeling, because while your captain is reassuring you that everything is A-OK, new holes start appearing in every […]

Should Canadian Government outsource IT to the Cloud?

Our upcoming white paper ‘Building Ontario’s Cloud Roadmap‘ will explore how more use of Cloud outsourcing will help boost Ontario’s flagging economy. Recognized experts make this same recommendations. Other papers we will be using as reference papers include the Drummond Report as well as Roger Martin’s Prosperity report. Both make the same points, that i) there is opportunity to cut […]

Brian Shepard, CEO at Tenzing Managed IT Services

Brian Shepard’s leadership in financing and business planning has allowed him to evolve a modest web hosting company established in 1998 into Tenzing Managed IT Services, a rapidly growing and highly successful managed hosting company that addresses the needs of Ecommerce and SaaS providers. Tenzing’s success has been built upon Brian’s continued focus on strategic […]

Interactive Fiction – Killer Stories for Killer Apps

The goal for this web site for it to become a practical resource that helps new entrepreneurs fast-track new startup venture ideas, in particular those considering Crowdfunding. This will be achieved through development of our Startup Guides library section. Crowdfunding Accelerators With this in mind key activities will include showcasing related industry trends and opportunities, for example analyzing sectors […]

Omnichannel Urgency: Retail at the Customer Experience Tipping Point

By Bob Elliott, managing director, SAP Canada This is today’s retail reality: 79% of consumers spend at least 50% of total shopping time researching products online 82% of consumers will substitute and switch brands due to an out-of-stock product 59% of consumers are willing to try a new brand to get better customer service A vast […]

BYOC – Identity Policy Architecture for the Digital Economy

Earlier today I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to chair this webinar from SecureKey, on ‘BYOC’ – Bring Your Own Credentials. With inputs from PwC and the Government of Canada, SecureKey explained how their Identity platform is enabling citizens to log on to Government e-services, via their online banking username and password. Identity as […]

Can banks step up to the digital challenge?

By Bob Elliott, managing director, SAP Canada The digital journey we’re on today means that even traditional institutions need to become “full service” to connect with customers through every channel.  But for many banks, how feasible is this?  Can a traditional bricks and mortar bank compete with PayPal, Facebook or Amazon?  This is the new reality […]

Ryerson RC4 – Incubating Cloud and Context Aware Computing for the Internet of Things

It’s really hard to believe Canada has ‘innovation gap’ woes when you check out the work of centres like the RC4 program at Ryerson University. Last night I attended their open house and learned about what is a deep domain of expertise in what they describe as ‘Context Aware’ technologies – Sensors, smart software, and so on. […]

3 Steps For Joining The Innovation Economy

We are in an era when innovation is more likely to come from the outside in. And it will be collaborative. No more cloistered Ph.Ds. in R&D; ideas will stream in from outside corporate walls, across geographic borders, and even from customers. And innovation will be marked by continuous input and improvement. The constraints have […]

Cisco Cloud Connections Event – Toronto March 6

If you are developing a strategy to offer Cloud Services to your customers,  this event is for YOU! Cloud Connections is a half-day event designed for VARs, ISVs and Cisco partners interested in getting into the cloud market, but not having the resources to build their own cloud solution.  At this event you will meet, […]

VM Farms

VM Farms are a Toronto based hosting provider, offering a range of Cloud and managed services, some times dressed as ninja. As their blog reports customers like Incube are delighted that VM Farms has taken over the operational management of their critical web servers. Follow VM Farms on Twitter.

Meet the CCN Advisor: Mike Monteith, Thoughtwire

Smart Agent Cloud Computing The first Advisor to be profiled is the perfect example of all these points. Mike Monteith leads Toronto-based startup Thoughtwire, specializing in what the future of the Cloud is all about – “Smart” computing. For some context check out this article I wrote, just over ten years ago now, where I […]

Paul Butcher – Partner, HostedBizz

Paul Butcher is a founding Partner of HostedBizz, and has over 25 years of experience in various leadership roles in Hi-Tech. He held the post of President and Chief Operating Officer of Mitel Networks Corporation from 2001 to 2011, overseeing the strategic and tactical evolution in Mitel’s sales, marketing and R&D growth initiatives. More recently, he […]

Marc Gagne, Microsoft

Marc Gagne is a Senior Technical Evangelist with Microsoft Canada helping Canadian companies small and large make the most of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud services. Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Connect with Marc to […]

Your online data is safe, it’s “Protected by Canadian Cloud Security”

One of the headline themes of our Cloud Roadmap is ‘Protected by Canadian Cloud Security‘. The motivation here is a simple but powerful one: That Cloud Security is still the number one reason for hesitating over migrating to the Cloud, and that Canada is uniquely positioned to specialize in this field. Digital Economy Cloud Security […]

Canadian Hybrid Cloud on Microsoft

Microsoft realizes that cloud presents an amazing opportunity to rethink the role that IT plays in defining winning business strategies and they have come up with Hybrid cloud to help businesses cloud optimize their business. Gladstone Grant announces this for Canada here. The Microsoft’s hybrid cloud lets you move the workloads easily from your hosting […]

Canadian Government Failing Online Citizens, Failing Digital Economy #GC2020

** Update – There have been other media articles on this same story: IT World Canada, and Michael Geist. The Canadian Government is promoting a future planning exercise called ‘Blueprint 2020‘, to envisage the modernization of the public sector, which is great, and they are also helping co-ordinate collective inputs through a Twitter hashtag: #GC2020 […]

Why Cloud Security Should Focus on Identity Management

(Source) Despite the woes of many that the cloud may not be secure enough for real business to take place on it, many people are hopping on the gravy train. The growth of the cloud has become immense, an inevitable result of the large piles of money corporations and small businesses throw at it. Whether […]

Canada’s first ‘Openstack in Action’ conference

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Montreal for the first time, to present at ‘Openstack in Action‘ run by French Cloud provider eNovance. In association with Red Hat, HP and others the CCN was delighted to support such an enterprising initiative and such a great topic. My presentation was on the potential for the […]

Openstack in Action conference – Montreal, 8th October

It’s very exciting news that an ‘Openstack in Action’ conference is opening up a Canadian chapter of activities. The first conference is scheduled for next week, 8th October, register here. I am presenting an overview of the Cloud industry in Canada, and also on ‘Openstack for the Enterprise’, a Cloud Best Practices white paper that […]

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