June has been a busy month in Canada for VOD, with both Shaw Communications and Videotron recently launching online portals for viewing television programs. This is the local version of TV Everywhere, and it's clear that the cablecos feel the time is right now. Consumer viewing habits are changing, and if they don't offer an online complement to cable TV, they risk losing revenues and even subscribers. I'm sure the telcos are smiling, as the cablecos finally have something to worry about that's comparable to all the threats they've been living with these days.
One hundred people in the Downtown Vancouver Law Courts Restaurant hushed to a silence on a recent evening to hear the CEOs Aaron Rallo of PNI Digital Media and John Livingston of Absolute Software tell how they grew their companies from infancy to global operations. While today both PNI and Absolute are proud winners of Deloitte’s Fast 50 in 2009, the journey has not always been smooth for these tech start-ups. Like every start-up, PNI and Absolute echo the same upward battle against economic challenges and difficulties in their industries. The companies also share common factors that led to their takeoffs and these lessons are relevant to all entrepreneurs who want to better leverage their start-up’s success.
I'm consulting a client who is in the early stages of launching a new online project. They have covered a lot of the ground that I mentioned in my post on What to Consider Before Starting a Technology Project
. I felt it is useful to know what resources they already have access to before proposing options. Making use of existing technology is obviously beneficial for reducing costs and the time to learn new systems, but it shouldn't lock a project into a preset path.
Apple began selling the latest version of its iPhone this week in the United States and while the device will not be sold in Canada until mid-July, Canadians will be among the few that will have the opportunity to purchase it "unlocked" so that it is not tied to any specific wireless carrier. The unlocked versions will come at a premium price, but in return consumers will be able to avoid the long-term contracts that have typified the Canadian wireless marketplace for many years.
By Consider the Source | June 24, 2010 9:15 AM | Categories: Cloud computing
Cloud computing is changing the way IT leaders deliver IT services and value to their customers. As companies learn about the value of the cloud through pilot projects, they gain insight into the technology, its commercial benefits, and see firsthand the changes that must be made to fully take advantage of the cloud. I recently wrote an article on this topic for the Cloud Computing Journal
outlining the ways to maximize the benefits of cloud computing.
By Ron Shuttleworth | June 23, 2010 10:15 AM | Categories: Investment
iLOOKABOUT is about to benefit from a significant software service being rolled out to the insurance industry in Ontario. The solution is called iClarify and will be available to about 700 broker offices in the province by the end of June. The deployment comes on the heals of a successful 30-day pilot where 37 broker offices generated approximately 40,000 queries over that timeframe.
By Charlie Bess | June 22, 2010 10:00 AM | Categories: Gadgets
This month’s IEEE Spectrum
had an article about the next major release of Bluetooth
. This one draws upon some of the capabilities of the IEEE 802.11x standards to expand the range and performance. It also has a low-energy option
that is part of the standard so Bluetooth
can be used in a wider range of applications where transmission power and data throughput are not important.
The federal government’s national consultation on a digital economy strategy
is now past the half-way mark having generated a somewhat tepid response so far. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version
, homepage version
) argues the consultation document itself may bear some of the blame for lack of buzz since the government asks many of the right questions, but lacks a clear vision of the principles that would define a Canadian digital strategy.
Yesterday, the UC Strategies group had their weekly podcast. I try to make these when I can, and while I was able to listen in, some unexpected disruptions kept me from adding my take. The basic theme was market deployment successes, and there were some good accounts of how UC is being used.
There’s no better way to learn how to manage an ERP selection
and ERP implementation
process than by hearing it from someone who has just been through the process. Hearing it from a consultant or software vendor is one thing, but hearing it from an actual implementing organization can often times make it seem more real.
By Charlie Bess | June 16, 2010 9:45 AM | Categories: Trends
Back at the start of the year I was talking with folks about the pivot point 2010 will be
as we move from computers being scarce to being abundant
. This next wave of technology
has numerous attributes that will change our thinking about how to get work done. This decade should be even more tumultuous than the last.
Healthcare providers have an opportunity to take advantage of new, advanced technology in cloud computing. Given the heavy industry regulation, it is important for health professionals to determine if cloud computing can provide them a secure, reliable, scalable, and inexpensive computing platform that can be used to facilitate healthcare customers’ HIPAA-compliant applications and data.
Now, there's an intriguing question for Skype followers. I'm one of them, and have been following them closely since the beginning. The most recent iteration of Skype for Business is targeting the enterprise market, and I think there's a good story here.
By Alan Brookstone | June 11, 2010 12:00 PM | Categories: eHealth
I was recently listening to a medical colleague speak about his experiences related to EMR adoption and use. He made a very interesting point. He explained his role as an internist as one of continuously looking for problems.
In our diverse client experience, we find that ERP implementation projects for large, multi-national organizations are much different from those of smaller or less global companies. Although any ERP software project is full of challenges, global rollouts require focus on a number of additional variables.
By Glen Farrelly | June 9, 2010 12:15 PM | Categories: General
I was recently advising someone how to begin a technology project. In my experience, there are four main considerations to examine before one determines an appropriate technology and implementation plan.
In my predictions for 2010
, I mentioned that de-duplication was going to be one of the big trends for the year. "There will be a significant focus on data de-duplication
-- a way for organizations to overcome some of the cost related to the age of abundance of data
. The amount of information created by mankind doubles every 18 months. For organizations who are deploying sensors and gathering unstructured data in a big way, it can be twice that fast. Much of business data is redundant, like e-mail attachments and backup sets. Organizations will be inundated with hardware and software solutions to address data storage"
We can get your ERP implementation
done in 6 months or less, no matter how big your organization is. Our pre-configured ERP systems will allow you get the system implemented in no time. Our software can be used out of the box in a matter of weeks. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is. Unfortunately, however, these are common messages in the ERP software industry. These unrealistic expectations are a key reason why most ERP implementations fail (read more in our 2010 ERP Report
By Charlie Bess | June 4, 2010 12:00 PM | Categories: General Trends
I finally was able to get all the PCs I use on a regular basis moved over to Windows 7. Personally, I tried to make the move as soon as I could but had a few straggler environments. I have talked with a number of folks though who are still on the fence on when it should happen for their organizations.
I've followed and written about Interactive Intelligence
for some time - both here and for the UC Strategies portal
. They're a very interesting company, and it's great to see them doing so well in this weak economy.
By Charlie Bess | June 2, 2010 11:30 AM | Categories: General
As we highlighted in a recent blog (“ERP Software Clash of the Titans”), SAP and Oracle have very distinct differences, strengths, and tradeoffs for larger business considering ERP software
options. But what about the #3 ERP player, Microsoft Dynamics?