Canada’s first ever annual Tech Resource Guide issue, our annual Tech Predictions story and the results of ITAC’s 3rd annual Ingenious Awards program – all in one big issue, publishing this November 2014.
Last week, I finished my first MOOC. No, it is not a sound a sick cow makes, rather it's a Massive Open Online Course MOOCs are different from other online courses in that they are open. Open in that they are free to take and open to anyone, no perquisites required. Massive in that their free status tends to attract a very large number of students - with diverse backgrounds, locations, and subject-matter knowledge.
Over the past month, Music Canada, the lead lobby group for the Canadian recording industry, has launched asocial media campaign criticizing a recent Copyright Board of Canada decision that set some of the fees for Internet music streaming companies such as Pandora.
As the healthcare industry takes a technological turn, more and more innovations are coming out that are changing the face of medicine. From patient care solutions and diagnoses to the operating room, technology is quickly improving the healthcare landscape. With the future of health in mind, here are five tech innovations you should know about.
A new technology hub being proposed for downtown Kelowna is receiving support from a wide range of business, academic and community leaders.
Discovery, an annual innovation-to-commercialization conference hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence
(OCE), brings together players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students, to pursue collaboration opportunities.
GROW is transforming Whistler Village into North America’s first experiential conference to celebrate its 5-year milestone. August 20-22, 2014
Growth Hacking is a marketing term that recognizes strategies with an absolute focus on growth – this marketing discipline encourages high technology short cuts to grow companies.
Canada is a nation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Taken together, they represent a significant portion of the Canadian economy.
Many companies have a clear understanding of the pros and cons of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), with an estimated two-thirds of all companies adopting this method at least to enable email access. Given this now common practice you would think that it would apply to PCs too.
Using internal enterprise apps may help your business achieve its desired outcomes. Engaging your employees nowadays is more important than in the past. Employees want to be involved in the everyday running of the company they work for and understand what the business will need to succeed.
The Canadian Financing Forum held February 20 and 21, 2014 in Vancouver brought together the West Coast’s largest gathering of corporate development leaders from some of the most active acquirers in IT and Cleantech, the most active US and Canadian VC firms, and the most accomplished M&A professionals. The Forum featured presentations from Canada's most promising technology companies, as approximately 30 technology companies compete for the attention of top tier investors from across Canada and the United States. During the event, Chrysalix EVC announced funding of over half of their portfolio companies.
CoreFour, developers of the Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning Edsby, have finished their first round of investor financing with multi-millions to show for it.
Kelowna-based educational technology company, Mathtoons Media has signed its second Contribution Agreement with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to develop teacher-created mobile practice for upper level academics.
The Wavefront Wireless Summits
consisted of two parallel programming tracks covering the most important topics impacting business technology decisions today. The M2M Summit and the Wireless Business track included 2.5 days of sessions from the industry’s leaders.
By Michael James | Categories: Trends
Mobile Device Management (MDM) provides support, monitoring, security and management of mobile devices used by organizations, everywhere from smartphones and tablets to point of sale handhelds and mobile printers. As these devices become more popular as a work tool, and more vendors offer such services, the core benefits of MDM can become confused. The following outlines the main items that should be taken into consideration when implementing MDM software.
We talk to Branham Group President and CEO Wayne Gudbranson about Canada’s tech clusters, our promising new companies and a bright outlook for 2014.
New funky loft space will accommodate rapid employee growth.
By Backbone Staff | Categories: Trends
MoPals.com, the world's first community-driven, crowdsourced loyalty program launched its beta website on December 17, 2013. It focuses on rewarding its members for their social media influence and brand ambassadorship.
When we implement new ERP software for our clients, we typically view CRM as one of several important cornerstones of the rollout. However, the fact that CRM systems can often deliver great value at a lower cost than a full ERP system, coupled with the fact that more conservative organizations are often less likely to bite off an entire ERP deployment all at once, means that many of our clients pursue CRM implementations without necessarily committing to a full enterprise solution.
By Backbone Staff | Categories: Wireless
Building or adopting wireless solutions is no longer a choice. It’s a competitive reality. The convergence of mobile, social, cloud and information is driving toward the Internet of Things – a technology environment that transforms business scenarios.
By Backbone Staff | Categories: Trends
Record-Breaking December with Over $1 Billion in Sales for Apple.
Students at the Capilano University School of Business next spring will be able to study e-commerce and marketing exclusively online, one of a number of courses the school is offering online.
Long before sites such as Youtube and Twitter were even created, the Canadian government established a national task force to examine concerns associated with spam and spyware. The task force completed its work in May 2005, unanimously recommending that the government introduce anti-spam legislation (I was a member of the task force).
By Backbone Staff | Categories: General
Backblog will be taking a break just after Christmas and we'll be back with fresh news and information in the New Year. We wish all of you a good end to this year and a prosperous and happy start to 2014!
By Backbone Staff | Categories: Trends
What if you could just spray something on your windscreen at night so you didn't have to scrape off the frost in the morning? Check out two new inventions from engineering students at the University of Waterloo...
By Backbone Staff | Categories: Mobility
OTTAWA, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it will take a closer look at wholesale wireless roaming arrangements in Canada.
For people who need to set up a network in rugged terrain such as a construction site, Motion Computing has designed a family of tough and easily deployed wireless connectivity devices. Their weatherproof cases and portability allow users to establish a command centre with dependable connectivity anywhere. Read more
Wilfrid Laurier University
announced in October that a generous gift from angel investors is kicking off a unique program in which Laurier business students will manage millions in funds and select start-ups in which to invest.
Calling the hottest technology startups, entrepreneurs and growth companies with vision, technology and management – are you ready to take your business to the next level? Then enter Accelerate Okanagan's Jump:Start:Challenge by December 13, 2013
By Backbone Staff | Categories: Trends
Tired of having to drag your way through a whole lot of channels that are useless to you because you had to buy a whole bundle of them just to get your eyes on your favourite sports channel? Toronto company VMedia may have the solution for you because they now offer 60 standalone channels. Their press release explains all...
TitanFile, runner up of Backbone magazine’s 2012 Start Me Up Innovation Campaign, has decided to go big—enterprise big. The company in October launched an enterprise version of its core file sharing and collaboration product.
It seems that today’s society has in many ways moved far from the top-down, command-and-control approaches that were more common in years past. When you consider consumer technologies, media and other channels that have created a more democratic approach to many aspects of our day-to-day lives, it can be hard to identify current times or places where top-down and less inclusive approaches are relevant.
This Thursday is World Usability Day, so in honour of that I thought I'd share my top ten list of mobile website and application usability tips.My tips are just the tip of the iceberg - but surprisingly frequently missed. As with all digital media usability issues, Jakob Nielsen is the definitive source.
GTA hub scores impressive 23 per cent growth. York Region led all major Canadian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hubs with a growth rate of 23.3 per cent (www.branham300.com
) in 2012 alone.
Most industries around the globe have been plunging into digital work-flow automation with mobile apps and cloud-based or stand alone platforms that utilize electronic signatures for major purchases and transactions. They do this to save time while cutting long term costs associated with standard paper practices and procedures.
Three months ago, I switched my PhD advisor and with it comes a new direction in my work. My focus is still on locative media and sense of place (as with my prior research and publishing on this topic). But now I'm looking at how people are using the features of locative media (a.k.a location-based services) to define their own place, share this with others (i.e. friends or the public) and thereby shape their sense of place.
By Alan Brookstone | Categories: eHealth
Received any recent faxed consultation reports from a colleague or diagnostic imaging reports from your local hospital? Most of these are accompanied by a cover sheet. Great in the paper world, however a real challenge when using an EMR.
By Michael Geist | Categories: Trends
Barry Sookman reports that a CRTC official advised a conference that the Industry Canada anti-spam regulations are now final and should be publicly available in about two weeks. The law will come into force in 2014.
Supporting the needs of one large U.S. customer has Edsby developers CoreFour switching gears and expanding into new areas of service. Although not originally core to its Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning cloud education software, the company has begun helping its customer Hillsborough County Public Schools with a new application: report card printing.
By Cole Clark | Categories: Trends
Non-profit organizations are non-commercial companies that use surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distribute profits as dividends to its shareholders. For example, a non-profit organization would include charities and public arts organizations.
Western Canadian businesses will now be able to access support to help bring their innovative new technologies to market, thanks to Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative, an initiative launched today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
Statistics Canada released its bi-ennial Internet use survey
last week and while much of the immediate reaction focused on the continuing growth of Internet use (due largely to increased usage by those aged 65 and older), my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version
, homepage version
) argues the bigger story is the ongoing Canadian digital divide that confirms the strong link between household income and Internet use.
The Gallop survey is comprehensive and points to a huge problem in the workplace. 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their work. The figure for Canada is 16%. The USA stands at 30%. No matter what figures you look at, do the reverse math to find out that at least 70% - 84% of employees are not engaged in their jobs.
Before we established our position as the world’s leading independent ERP consultants
, there were literally no options in the market for organizations that wanted agnostic and unbiased help with their ERP software initiatives.