Thought Leadership

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“Sounds like a complete departure from the Blackberry I know of”

In this Bloomberg interview Jeff Clavier of investment firm SoftTech starts to capture the sense of scale and impact that the Internet of Things (IoT) trend is starting to have, such as the potential ‘pivot’ that John Chen was hinting at. Jeff’s surprise was in response to the idea that Blackberry might instead become a supplier of an IoT “device to […]

Canada Cloud Roadmap

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Building Ontario’s Cloud Roadmap – Harnessing Next Generation Education

I have updated our charter to describe one of our core goals to be writing and taking action on Canada's 'missing Digital Economy' strategy, and also started an online presentation of our … [Read More...]

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Movers and shakers

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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 … [Read More...]

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Roberta Fox, Chief Innovation Officer – Fox Technology Group

This Meet the Advisor article introduces Roberta Fox, Chief Innovation Officer, and actually you can … [Read More...]

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Meet the CCN Advisor: Mike Monteith, Thoughtwire – Smart Agent Cloud Computing

Our mandate of establishing Canada as a world leader in the global field of Cloud Computing can seem … [Read More...]

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Canadian Hybrid Cloud on Microsoft

Microsoft realizes that cloud presents an amazing opportunity to rethink the role that IT plays in defining winning … [Read More...]

Leadership Case Studies

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Meet the Canadian Cloud CIO

One of the most important activities we will undertake here at the CCN is our 'Meet the Canadian Cloud CIO' marketing campaign. As it sounds the goal is to showcase, via interviews, case studies and more, those Canadian CIOs who have already … [Read More...]

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Planning Ottawa’s Digital City Ecosystem

A key facet of the Canada Cloud Roadmap is that it is a "roadmap of roadmaps". By this I mean it is one central roadmap, created by amalgamating others such as those from the City of Ottawa, who have published a series now since 2009. These … [Read More...]

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Joe Abidaoud, CIO Hudbay Minerals – Going Google Enterprise

As described in this interview, Joe is a pioneering IT executive who has to deliver IT across a challenging landscape in the mining industry, and as documented by Google in this case study, has migrated systems like email to the Cloud to support … [Read More...]

Featured Presentations

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Featured presentation: Dick Hardt – Identity 2.0

A new category we are adding to the blog and featuring on the directory is great keynote … [Read More...]

Startup Chat: Cloud for startups

Want to learn about Cloud for startups? Join myself and the Startup Canada team today at 12pm for a ‘Startup Chat‘, to learn more about how entrepreneurs can harness the Cloud.

“Sounds like a complete departure from the Blackberry I know of”

In this Bloomberg interview Jeff Clavier of investment firm SoftTech starts to capture the sense of scale and impact that the Internet of Things (IoT) trend is starting to have, such as the potential ‘pivot’ that John Chen was hinting at. Jeff’s surprise was in response to the idea that Blackberry might instead become a supplier of an IoT “device to […]

Implementing a Canadian G-Cloud on OpenStack, Part 2

A while back I posted about the Canadian Government’s ambitions for Openstack as a platform for their enterprise Cloud strategy. Technology Roadmap for an Open Cloud Operating System I have continued to work around the core themes of their documentation, updating this into our Roadmap presentation G-Cloud Canada. This is now online, with an accompanying white paper […]

Canada’s Digital Economy crisis – Digital Canada 150

Since founding the Canada Cloud Network about three years ago our focus has been consistently headlined by the story of Canada’s “missing Digital Economy strategy”. It became news about that time that no policy document had been published by the government for this critical area of the Canadian economy, and has remained missing since then […]

Virtual Research Communities – Building an IoT Innovation Factory

One of our goals for the CCN is to build a flourishing “Virtual Research Community”, like the one shown in this glossy video about CERN using the video collaboration platform from Vidyo. For example the EU describes them here: “Research increasingly takes place in “virtual research communities” that transcend national, administrative and scientific discipline borders: ICT […]

Services for startups

One of our primary missions at the CCN is to help support the growth of more Canadian Cloud startups. Check out this presentation, a program of services for this fast-tracking, which includes: A free Cloud roadmap business plan An incubator for the “Internet of Things” Setting up and growing a sales revenues team Identifying and applying for funding opportunities Growing internationally StartupCanada.biz

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. […]

Opening new markets in Europe – Internet of Things

A key next step and the most significant undertaking for us so far at the CCN is to begin acting as a ‘Bid Network’. This simply means we identify and lead proposal responses to funding opportunities. It’s such a significant step because our first target is the EU Horizon 2020 program, which is quite mind-blowing in […]

G-Cloud for Canadian Government

The goal of the CCN is to help grow adoption of local Canadian Cloud hosting. A key catalyst for this growth will come from the Government sector, where pioneers from the public sector will help pave the way to a large scale adoption that helps fuel the Canadian Digital Economy. With this in mind check […]

Want to work in Canada’s Digital Economy goldmine?

As you are likely to know Canada is a resource-based economy and well known for its oil, mining, forestry and other industries. However you may not know they also possess a Digital Economy goldmine, which is really surprising given the alarming problem statements we focus on for our ebook, where we literally describe a ‘Missing […]

EU H2020 Bid Research Agenda: Cloud and Internet of Things for public sector innovation

Following on from the news we will be submitting  a bid to the EU Horizon 2020 program, here is our ‘Bid Research Agenda’ – In short we analyze the research requirements of the Horizon 2020 program, and where we identify areas that match with our core strengths and activities, we define these as the focus […]

EU Horizon 2020 funding opportunity

One of the key next activities for the CCN is that we will act as a ‘Bid Network’. As it sounds this simply means that we will research sales opportunities, like RFPs and research funding opportunities, and via our non-profit organization submit proposals. Our network members can elect to be part of these bids. This […]

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 […]

Muskoka here we come!

Accelerate Muskoka have just released this call for proposals, to help populate their new innovation centre. We will be submitting our proposal for ‘Vantage Point‘, a unique combination of Social Enterprise intended to empower disadvantaged youth to tackle urban poverty through entrepreneurship, with the world’s most advanced technology-enabled business accelerator. To meet the criteria they […]

So you want to be the next WhatsApp – Free How To ebook

As Sarah Frier writes on Bloomberg the recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp will fuel a series of follow on acquisitions, the ideal feeding frenzy for savvy entrepreneurs. These opportunities provide the ideal context for the best elevator pitch for Cloud Computing. Basically if any one asks me for a quick overview of Cloud Computing, I […]

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, […]

Building Ontario’s Cloud Roadmap – Harnessing Next Generation Education

I have updated our charter to describe one of our core goals to be writing and taking action on Canada’s ‘missing Digital Economy’ strategy, and also started an online presentation of our program: Digital-Economy.ca The primary goal of this guide is to act as an ‘industry directory’ of all the Canadian Digital Economy activities, so […]

Launch your Canadian Cloud venture with local support from Ottawa

It was exciting to see Microsoft leap on board to support our Startup Canada Cloud program, i.e. our Cloud platform support for startup entrepreneurs, extending out an offer around their Biz Spark deal. Of course it’s especially important to our cause here to have Canadian providers step up with the same support, and here is […]

Let’s ‘Bring IT Back to Canada’ – A Tech Sector Jobs Plan for Canada

The charter for the CCN is based on the goal of helping grow the overall Canadian ICT industry, which plays a key foundation role in the nation’s Digital Economy. It’s a major employer and could be an even larger one. As the ICTC sector survey reports the Cloud industry could drive an projected additional GDP contribution […]

Build (or buy) an Azure PaaS startup

We are now kicking off our ‘Startup Canada Cloud‘ membership program. As the name suggests this is intended for startups, and in particular for incubators and accelerators. We’re offering a free one day workshop to plan how to launch your Canadian Cloud business. Check out the StartupCanada.biz presentation. Azure Canada As you will see we […]

Synthesis – Startup incubation and acceleration through best practice innovation

I am now gearing up to move the CCN into a second phase of growth, and a headline part of this will see the CCN evolve to become a startup incubator and seed fund provider for startups in the field of Cloud Computing. We are now in the process of applying to the Province of […]

Meet the Canadian Cloud CIO

One of the most important activities we will undertake here at the CCN is our ‘Meet the Canadian Cloud CIO’ marketing campaign. As it sounds the goal is to showcase, via interviews, case studies and more, those Canadian CIOs who have already migrated some or all of their IT systems to Cloud providers. CIO investment […]

Importing Intellectual Property – Expert advisor needed

I confess I can’t remember where I saw it or who wrote it, but one idea that has stuck in my mind for a few years is the process of “importing” IPR (Intellectual Property Rights). In short a professor wrote an article which said one way to accelerate and grow innovation in a country is […]

Blueprint 2020 calls for G-Cloud Computing

In our latest debate poll I ask whether the Canadian Parliament could be upgraded to a new Government 2.0 model., and you might be wondering what this has to do with Cloud Computing. In short the whole premise is that new online technologies offer new organization models, e-voting, social media et al, that is achieved […]

Let’s co-develop CGaaS – Cloud Gaming as a Service

One of the core ideas of Sun Tzu’s Art of War is to concentrate your forces where you have positions of strengths, or in gambling terms, to ‘double down‘ when you have a winning hand. For Canada’s goals of reversing an innovation decline and ours of building a world-leading Cloud computing industry cluster, this means […]

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