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.
By Emilia Zych | November 27, 2013 3:45 AM | Categories: Security Trends
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.
By Glen Farrelly | November 25, 2013 4:00 AM | Categories: Mobility
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 | November 20, 2013 4:30 AM | 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 | November 18, 2013 3:00 AM | 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 | November 11, 2013 3:00 AM | 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.
By Michael Geist | November 6, 2013 4:45 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
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.
By Backbone Staff | October 31, 2013 4:30 AM | Categories: Trends
How does Canada’s largest restaurant company find the perfect location? Location analytics, that’s how.
Today is the day we release one of my two favorite pieces of thought leadership in the ERP software industry: the 2014 Clash of the Titans report. In this analysis, which we’ve published annually over the last several years, we look at actual implementation results from hundreds of Tier I ERP implementations across the globe to provide a quantitative and unbiased comparison of SAP vs. Oracle vs. Microsoft Dynamics.
All Salespeople and business owners agree - getting great testimonials is very useful in many ways. Your company might post them on its website. No doubt, smart salespeople love to have them on hand in an effort to convince potential customers to become buyers.
By Glen Farrelly | October 23, 2013 4:30 AM | Categories: Trends
I have nothing against hashtags in theory - they are a great way to distinguish tags. And I love tagging - in fact I have tagged 1000 articles with my tag "net news" for bookmarking on Delicious and to share the stories I find particularly interesting and useful about Internet and digital media.
Searching for new ERP software can be an overwhelming experience. The rapid pace of technology change, the pure number of ERP vendors in the market and the complexities of your own business can be difficult variables to triangulate, especially if – like most organizations – it’s something you only do every 10 to 15 years.
Inventory is what keeps every supply chain in flow. At every point it is important to determine the ideal balance of supply and demand (or deal with the consequences).
By Glen Farrelly | October 17, 2013 4:30 AM | Categories: Trends
Every year, we take our daughter to an amusement park to celebrate her birthday. This year we went to a nearby amusement park, Canada's Wonderland, after the summer break in the hopes of avoiding jam-packed crowds and endless lines. We didn't.
The paperless office might be a dream, but paperless admissions to Royal Roads University
of B.C. is real. And the university’s efforts to streamline applications for enrolling students was recently honoured in University Business
magazine’s summer 2013 Models of Efficiency recognition program.
By Backbone Staff | October 15, 2013 10:15 AM | Categories: Tech events
Canadian Digital Media Network is looking for 10 Canadian companies. With Brazil recently surpassing China as the seventh largest domestic IT industry in the world, and host to the upcoming World Cup & 2016 Summer Olympics, the opportunity for Canadian companies to connect with the Brazil market couldn't be greater.
Non-profit organizations have specialized software needs and software companies that realize this can take a better approach to computerizing fundraising functions for non-profits. As a developer of software that deals with fund accounting, non-profit and municipal software programs, Solutions IDC has addressed many of the challenges presented by these unique government and public sector organizations.
ERP automation refers to the constant effort to reduce human labor costs in processes of ERP systems
. A typical supply chain includes everything from the business that materials are purchased from (as well as their suppliers) and all of the transportation along the way.
To say that Canadian small businesses are important to the economy would be a gross understatement. Small businesses in Canada account for nearly a third of the nation’s GDP, employ nearly half of the labour force, and are responsible for over 3 quarters of the country’s exports.
In order to know whether purchasing or leasing an ERP system is going to be cost effective it is important to undertake a cost-benefit analysis. Provided such an analysis is accurately done you can purchase such a system knowing that it will in fact be cost effective and not end up causing you to lose money.
“The 20th-century mass-production world was about dozens of markets of millions of people. The 21st century is all about millions of markets of dozens of people.” – Joe Kraus
You recently celebrated your specialty bread store’s third year in business and have been thinking of expanding to new locations to increase sales. But where should you locate your new store? You have some idea of who your best customers are; however, where and how do you begin finding more like them?
With the increasing growth and popularity of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), software systems, computer hardware and microelectronics have influenced various aspects of computing applications throughout various organizations. In addition, business processes are becoming more complex, and several functional units require more intuitive and inter-functional flow of information for a timely procurement of products, decision making, human resources, distribution of services and goods, as well as accounting and inventory management.
By Alan Brookstone | September 27, 2013 3:00 AM | Categories: eHealth
Converting paper charts during EMR implementation is generally seen as one of the greatest barriers to conversion of a practice to EMR. Chart conversion is a time-consuming and resource-intensive task, however, there are several things your practice can do to help shorten and reduce the pain of chart conversion.
Most small business owners do not get very excited about the idea of inventory management, but it is a crucial part of doing business. If you have no idea what you have in your inventory, you can't keep track of items. If certain items are out of stock it can have a detrimental effect on staff morale because of the constant frustration from customers who want those items.
Physicists at the University of British Columbia
may be helping develop technology that will keep Moore’s Law from stalling.
By Peter Wolchak | September 24, 2013 3:45 AM | Categories: Trends
BlackBerry announced Sept. 23 it is selling itself to Fairfax Financial Holdings in a deal worth $4.7 billion. The initial reaction of many Canadian tech watchers will be disappointment: most of us held out hope BlackBerry could still succeed.
The Town of Banff and City of Peterborough have each turned to cloud technology to foster more engaged, informed citizenry without breaking their budgets.
Metabolomic Technologies Inc.
(MTI), a spin-off from the University of Alberta, has teamed up with a prestigious Chinese research institute, BGI Shenzhen, to takes steps toward the commercialization of a new cancer screening technology developed at the university.
“Remember when your floor was made of lava?” start-up PO-MOtion asks potential funders to demonstrate how its newest product opens the imagination.
LinkedIn was launched in May 2003 and now has 225 million users in more than 200 countries. The company went public in 2011 and is one of the fastest growing social sites in existence. When it started, it was known to be a site for people looking for new employment opportunities and the recruiters that sought them out. It has become so much more than that and should be considered one of your most important marketing strategies if your company sells its products and services B2B.
By Michael Geist | September 16, 2013 12:00 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
The Labour Day weekend ended with a bang for telecom watchers as Verizon, the U.S. giant that was contemplating entering the Canadian market, announced that it was no longer interested in moving north. That decision represents a major loss
for consumers, who would have benefited from greater choice and increased competition.
Biometrics isn’t exactly new, but can you imagine logging into your PC based on the unique rhythms of your heartbeat? That’s what Nymi
, a new technology product launched by Toronto-based start-up Bionym, promises to do.
By Backbone Staff | September 12, 2013 1:45 AM | Categories: Tech events
Gamification—the use of game-design elements for applications in retail, education, healthcare and other applications—isn’t all just fun and play.
Much of Panorama’s thought leadership and philosophy surrounding ERP implementation success encompasses the concept of executive sponsorship and leadership. In fact, a key component of our organizational change management methodology focuses on enabling the executive alignment, support and hands-on decision-making necessary for ERP success.
By Cole Clark | September 10, 2013 4:00 AM | Categories: Trends
By implementing optimized accounting procedures, organizations can ensure greater productivity while meeting their business goals. For-profit companies, for instance, should set their accounts in order to keep track of their gains and losses.
Web maps are one of the most universally used type of digital reports. People everywhere are familiar with online maps and how to use them for things such as locating businesses, navigating and finding directions, and mashing up their own photos and data onto map views.
By Backbone Staff | September 6, 2013 4:30 AM | Categories: Tech events
Speakers at the Canadian Wireless Trade Show taking place in Toronto, Ontario on September 25-26 will be covering a wide range of topics relevant to the wireless industry. Their live seminars are free if you register as an attendee for the Canadian Wireless Trade Show.
By Richard Sands | September 5, 2013 12:00 AM | Categories: Trends
Keeping track of inventory has clear and obvious benefits in today’s fast paced business environment. Regardless of the size of your business, you have to keep track of all aspects i.e. goods in stock, property and building contents if you want to run everything smoothly and keep costs down.
By Michael Geist | September 4, 2013 4:45 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
With Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam stating
yesterday that "Verizon is not going to Canada", the government's best hope for "more choice, lower prices, better service"
may have been lost.
By University Waterloo | September 3, 2013 8:32 AM | Categories: Tech events
Whether it’s a learning module or a user engaging with a system, the authoritarian process of trying to shape and influence the user’s path with a definitive goal has its limits, says Stephen P. Anderson
, keynote speaker at Gamification 2013
For CoreFour, developers of the Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning Edsby, a new school season may be the closest thing to a new version.
Does it matter where your computer data such as email, digital photos, personal videos, and documents resides? The Canadian Chamber of Commerce apparently doesn’t think so.
We have identified 11 reasons why you need a CMS / WCM to help you manage your content and marketing programs. The following is Part 2 of our Top 11 Reasons why you need a content management system in your tool arsenal. To refresh your memory on the first 5 reasons, please visit our blog
The Communications Security Establishment Commissioner released his annual report yesterday with findings that some Canadians may have been the subject of surveillance activities in violation of the law.
By Glen Farrelly | August 20, 2013 12:00 AM | Categories:
A couple weeks ago, I decided to start geocaching
. I have always liked hiking and exploring plus I figured geocaching was an interesting way to engage with my research interest on locative technology and people's playful interactions with place via their mobile devices.
I’ve been knee deep in a project for Transverse (www.gotransveres.com
). Transverse offers a product called TRACT which does accounts receivable automation and SaaS billing.
There are many different tools that marketers use today to execute their marketing campaigns. A web Content Management System (CMS) provides collaboration, administration, and authoring tools for publishing online content.
The C100 in conjunction with the Canadian Consulate of San Francisco and Palo Alto invite 20 Canadian startups twice a year to Silicon Valley for 48 hours. Applications are now open!
No matter if you plan to replace your old accounting solution with a newer and more advanced non-profit software, or this is the first time you implement such a solution, there are several aspects you need to consider.
The 4th Annual GROW conference
in Vancouver gets going today with an interesting and diverse line-up of speakers including Tobias Lütke of Shopify, Danae Ringelmann of IndieGoGo and Oleg Gutsol of 500px.
Canadian start-ups limit themselves if they plan only playing only in their own backyards, but at the same time seizing opportunities further afield can require help and diligent research.
Communications is often cited as a critical success factor in ERP implementations. In fact, according to our experience and research, ineffective organizational change management and poor communications are often among the top contributors to ERP failures.
With advancements in technology continually reshaping how marketers reach and interact with their potential customers, those who are not on the forefront of digital marketing can easily find their efforts falling short.
, the runner up of this year’s Backbone
Innovation Campaign, is working on a common pain of modern society: speeding up the shopping experience.
One year ago, many Internet users were engaged in a contentious debate over the question of who should govern the Internet.
By Michael Geist | July 31, 2013 1:30 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
As the lobby onslaught from Bell, Telus, and Rogers bears some fruit - editorials from the Globe
and Toronto Star
calling for the government to reverse its position on a set-aside as well as support from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives
and from a leading telecom union
- it is worth considering whether the Canadian policy differs significantly from other developed economies.
By Eric Kimberling | July 28, 2013 2:00 AM | Categories:
A recent Harvard Business Review blog
highlights a common challenge in the world of business IT and ERP systems: CIOs and their IT departments are often disconnected from executive teams and the business needs of their organizations.
One of the headliners behind last week's federal government cabinet shuffle was the shift of James Moore, formerly the Minister of Canadian Heritage, to Industry Canada. The Minister of Industry position holds the promise of having a significant impact on the Canadian economy, as the department is responsible for everything from competition policy to foreign investment reviews to telecommunications regulation.
Google says a recent study conducted by the company has determined that 88 per cent of a site’s visitors driven by mobile search ads would not happen with relevance-based search listings alone. It’s a nod to pay-per-click advertising, like that offered by the company.
By Alan Brookstone | July 24, 2013 11:59 AM | Categories: eHealth
EMRs have now been used in Canada for some time — in some practices, 10 years or more — but, more importantly, by a large number of non-techy middle and late adopters.
By Backbone Staff | July 23, 2013 12:47 PM | Categories: Trends
Last month, Microsoft raised its ante in the bet that Canadian enterprises will look to its technologies for the inspiration to innovate, opening a Microsoft Technology Centre
(MTC) in Mississauga, Ont.
By Mitch Garvis | July 22, 2013 4:45 AM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
Independent IT trainer Mitch Garvis travels more than 100,000 business miles every year, so he knows a thing or 10 about laptop bags. In "What IS your Laptop Bag?" he discusses the four bags he now carries on a regular basis: a shoulder bag and wheeled suitcase from Ogio, a Wenger backpack and a Brenthaven briefcase-style bag.
By Michael Geist | July 19, 2013 9:57 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
Telecom giant Telus has had an eventful week as it moves from claiming
that Canada "really should be the most expensive country for wireless service in the OECD" to increasing its prices
in the shift toward two-year contracts to now declaring war on the government's commitment to injecting greater competition into the Canadian marketplace.
Last month, Bell Canada was named by both Maclean’s and Corporate Knights magazines as one of Canada’s top 50 most socially responsible companies.
By Peter Wolchak | July 17, 2013 2:45 AM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
Microsoft just slashed the price of its Surface RT tablets. The 32GB model now costs $349, down from $500, and the 64GB model is $449.
By Michael Geist | July 16, 2013 11:23 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
Yesterday I blogged twice about the 2013 OECD Communications Outlook
, a major international report issued once every two years with detailed comparative data on telecommunications throughout the developed economy world.
By Backbone Staff | July 16, 2013 11:01 AM | Categories: Trends
Changes abound recently at Primus Canada
, some of which may mean more choices available to businesses and homes in the Greater Toronto Area.
Stephen Harper just shuffled his cabinet and — surprising no one — he did not place any increased focus on our digital economy, or on Canadian innovation or productivity. This is another missed opportunity.
By Peter Wolchak | July 15, 2013 2:45 AM | Categories: Mobility Trends
Google just updated its Maps app and there are some great additions. There is also one weird and unfriendly subtraction.
A company that makes a fast, non-invasive and painless test for breast cancer risk management took home top honours as the grand-prize winner of RIC Centre
’s Innovator Idol 2013, which the organization calls a hybrid of Dragon’s Den
and American Idol
Samsung is looking to bridge the digital divide in Canadian schools. In late June, Samsung Electronics Canada brought its digital education solution, dubbed the Samsung School, to Canada.
By Michael Geist | July 10, 2013 10:42 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
Reports that U.S. telecom giant Verizon may be preparing to enter the Canadian market has sparked considerable speculation on the likely impact of a company with a market cap greater than Bell, Rogers, and Telus combined.
The complex relationships between insurance companies and technology firms have come a long way in the past years, based on greater understanding between the two.
Canadians are ingenious. We have built our nation through the innovative adoption of various waves of technology from the canoe right through to Twitter. Enterprises and public organizations have been particularly adept at using technology to achieve business outcomes or enhance the operations of society.
Having initially dismissed
the prospect of Verizon's entry into the Canadian market, telecom analysts are now seeking to downplay the likely impact, questioning
whether Verizon would become a consumer-focused competitor and suggesting
its focus may be limited to the corporate market.
A recent article
about obsolete ERP on ERP Software News
got me thinking about software maintenance - when you’ve got your brand new, shiny ERP system installed and ready to go – all you need to do is sit back and watch it work, right?
With news of widespread secret surveillance, trade agreements that could upend intellectual property policy, and the frustrations of a failed wireless policy, there are plenty of digital policy concerns. Yet on Canada Day, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version
, homepage version
) argues that it is worth celebrating the many positive developments that dot the Canadian digital policy landscape.
By Peter Wolchak | July 2, 2013 12:15 PM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
There’s no way to sugarcoat this: BlackBerry just announced very disappointing numbers. The company underperformed in all three critical measures: revenue, subscriber base and units sold.
By Peter Wolchak | July 2, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
I wrote recently
that although I have done most of my gaming on an Xbox 360, I was torn about which next-gen console to buy: Microsoft’s Xbox One or Sony’s PS4. Pushing me towards a PS4 was Microsoft’s rigid rules restricting used-game sales and the company’s insistence that consoles connect to the Internet once per day.
If you are in the market for a new CMS, you are probably familiar with a number of the benefits of content management systems. You probably already know that content management systems allow you to create new web pages, update existing pages, and publish the changes you make to your live website; not to mention providing a centralized storage and organizational structure for all your content and digital assets.
By Backbone Staff | June 27, 2013 11:45 AM | Categories: Tech events
ITAC's Ingenious Awards Program in 2013 will celebrate the achievements of Canadian organizations that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their use of information and communications technology (ICT).
By Peter Wolchak | June 27, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Trends
The movie industry is not known for innovative business and marketing practices. Its two main marketing vehicles — posters and movie trailers — have been around since 1895
respectively. And when the industry started losing big bucks to illegal file downloads, it responded with expensive shame campaigns and extensive lawsuits.
When Kevin Bacon stepped onto the stage at the HP Discover conference, I wondered if he was an impersonator. This was Vegas, after all. But no. The distinctive voice, angular smile and onstage ease were all dead giveaways: he was the real deal.
It can be said that revolutionary new products are only ever as good as their level of adoption. After all, game-changing technology will only collect dust if no one uses it. This happens again and again with poorly-executed or premature innovations.
Amid the current furor over online snooping conducted by America and other countries — including Canada — comes this news: those online watchdogs have prevented 50 attacks.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about myApollo, a new social media start up from Hamilton, Ontario is not how it manages to share media and data between computers and wireless devices, or how it cherry-picks and improves upon the most innovative features of its soon-to-be rival services, or the unleashed potential for a new and dynamic e-commerce platform, but how it manages to be so many things at once.
The recent stories about surveillance in the United States and Canada have generated increased debate in the media over the issue and I've been privileged to participate in several discussions. Last week, I sat down with Nick Taylor-Vaisey of Maclean's to discuss the issue.
By Peter Wolchak | June 19, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Gadgets
I still think of Christmas 2011 as “the one when Santa got me Batman: Arkham City.” That is the best game I have ever played, and I spent much of that vacation battling evil doers on the mean streets of Gotham.
In October of 2012, Treasury Board president Tony Clement took the stage at the WCIT in Montreal and announced very little. He did not launch a national digital economy strategy, a plan to address regional broadband issues or a unified funding initiative for Canada’s tech sector.
I don't have time to read flyers - print or online. But I do love specials! So I frequently sign up for companies' email newsletters to keep an eye out for good promotions or new products. Most corporate emails, however, are often dull and irrelevant. So I rarely make the time to read them.
For many organizations, CFOs either manage IT investments or at least have a heavy influence on how IT budgets are spent. Despite this financial focus at the executive level, however, most ERP implementations still fail to deliver expected return on investments on those initiatives.
Okay, you made the decision to switch from on-premise to SaaS ERP
. Terrific. But your work isn’t done. Now you need to decide which ERP vendor is right for your company. How do you determine that?
Effective demand generation is crucial for building interest in your organization’s products and services, but many organizations are confused about the key elements of building demand. This post gives you 5 top best practices for creating effective campaigns that interest your key audience, driving sales and ROI from your online efforts.
The recent news that the American government has been conducting sweeping surveillance of online traffic has set off a firestorm of concern.
By Peter Wolchak | June 10, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Gadgets
I own a lot of headphones. Most I have purchased, a few have been given to me over the years by tech companies. In my home, I have earbuds from Apple, BlackBerry, Samsung, Shure and others. I even have a really new pair that arrived recently with my iPhone 5. I probably have six sets of earbuds. So why did I today spend 15 minutes looking for even one of those earbuds, and why did I just order another set from Apple?
While attending Dell’s Enterprise Forum in San Jose this week, it was immediately obvious that Dell is serious about repositioning itself as an enterprise IT vendor. Dell greeters throughout the event sported bright green T-shirts with clever sayings such as “Fibre keeps my network moving,” “Wearer carries no cache,” “I’m with the bandwidth” and -- my personal favourite -- “I’m too hot to swap.”
For the past few years, there has been a lively debate
on the state of the Canadian wireless marketplace
. Consumer advocates and others have argued that Canadian market is not sufficiently competitive and that aggressive policy action is needed to foster greater competition and to adequately protect consumers until market forces can be fully relied upon.
It’s hard to miss all the buzz about cloud computing and ERP, but is this the kind of buzz you can ignore or should you really be considering a cloud ERP system
for your business?
I am going to put my conclusion at the beginning of this piece: I still don’t love Windows 8 but I like it now more than I did, and I have a better understanding of its place in the computing world.
“We’re putting the band back together.” CoreFour was named the winner of Backbone magazine’s 2013 Innovation Campaign in May. The formation of the company was a little like the reunion of a band epitomized by The Blues Brothers. The four founders, all employees of Nortel Networks in the ’80s, have been working together on and off for 28 years. And two members of the company are even brothers.
By Alan Brookstone | May 31, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: eHealth
Patient data is increasingly available to clinicians through a wide variety of tools and form factors. As high-speed Internet through Wifi and 4G becomes ubiquitous, access and speed are no longer an issue. In parallel, physicians are increasingly using EMRs as their primary tool to document, manage, and treat patients. As a result, it is not surprising that they should want to access clinical data using a mobile phone or tablet.
By Backbone Staff | May 30, 2013 5:15 AM | Categories: Tech events
World-class speakers descended on downtown Toronto to join business and tech leaders from across the country and around the world at the CDMN Canada 3.0 2013
The Internet is buzzing over a new report
from the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property that recommends using spyware and ransom-ware to combat online infringement. The recommendations are shocking as they represent next-generation digital locks that could lock down computers and even "retrieve" files from personal computers:
BLACKIRON Data is taking a leadership role in eco-friendly facility design by building one of the first data centres in Canada to be awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
I was reading an interesting blog post this morning from a major international research and consulting company. The blogger discussed a new index their company was promoting to measure people's need for mobile use. I left a comment on how interesting and useful this concept was. But that's not likely what got me in hot water.
By Peter Wolchak | May 27, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Gadgets
Microsoft’s Windows 8 has been struggling in the tablet space. With negative reaction from many reviewers and strong competition from Apple iPads and Android-based devices, Microsoft is firmly mired in third place.
Organizations that have implemented ERP systems have long complained that deployments are too costly, time consuming and risky, so it is pretty rare that organizations look at ways to leverage enterprise software to drive innovation. Indeed, without the right expertise and guidance, ERP implementations can be difficult, even without the grand ambition of driving innovation.
By Alan Brookstone | May 23, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: eHealth
One of the questions that I am frequently asked about EMR systems is to describe what I see as the future of EMRs in Canada. With many provinces now achieving a critical mass of EMR users, we will now be able to do things with EMRs that in the past were very difficult to achieve.
Suneet Singh Tuli explains the origin of Datawind's products; a vision for equality in education. After the first product presentation to the Indian government in 2003, the format of the product evolved substantially: from television add-on to tablet bundled with free Internet access! Videoed at CDMN Canada 3.0 in May 2013.
The Canada 3.0 conference wrapped up last week in Toronto with the announcement of the four winners of its inaugural CDMN Moonshot awards. The winners are:
By Michael Geist | May 17, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
The examination of the proposed Bell acquisition of Astral Communications took place last week in Montreal with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing from a wide range of supporters and opponents of a deal that only last year was rejected as contrary to the public interest.
Selecting and implementing a cloud ERP
solution is a long-term project which impacts every department in the company. It requires many different aspects of the company to come together and initiate changes to procedures and operations. As a result, there are a lot of ways that a cloud ERP project can get off track.
By Backbone Staff | May 15, 2013 10:45 AM | Categories: Trends
Don Tapscott discusses radical openness; the subject of a book he co-authored with Anthony Williams and a concept currently important in many areas of business and life. The interview was conducted at the Live Pitch-Off event of the 2nd Annual Backbone Start Me Up Innovation Campaign on May 6, 2013 in Toronto.
One of the statistical pioneers of Moneyball, Paul DePodesta, spotted ‘the tendency of everyone who played baseball to generalize wildly from their own experience. People always thought that their own experience was typical when it wasn’t.’ Might the same be true of B2B sales?
It’s often been said that 80% or more of ERP implementations are considered failures. In fact, one of the findings of our 2013 ERP Report
is that most ERP projects take longer than expected, cost more than expected, and fail to deliver expected business benefits.
By Alan Brookstone | May 10, 2013 9:45 AM | Categories: eHealth
In the past, I have written numerous articles describing the benefits and potential uses for EMRs for the management of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.
By Backbone Staff | May 9, 2013 5:00 AM | Categories: Tech events
World-class keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops and mentoring opportunities are all good reasons for startups and mid-sized companies to attend CDMN Canada 3.0 2013
. And there will be a chance to connect with exciting ventures such as Side by Side, Girls in Tech and Startup Drinks.
One year ago, EidoSearch co-founders Xiao-Ping (Steven) Zhang and David Kedmey took to the stage after being named the first-place winners in the inaugural Backbone innovation campaign
. [Image: Winner John Myers, president of Edsby, with Steve Dietrich, Backbone
ERP solutions can be a huge boon to your business, streamlining operations and saving thousands over the life of the system. However, companies can also fail to realize the potential of their ERP solutions
, ending up with systems that are expensive while being only partially successful.
By Glen Farrelly | May 3, 2013 4:45 AM | Categories: Mobility
The ability for mobile devices to detect and respond to users' context is one of the most powerful features of mobile technology.
Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 27, 2013 as Your Information is Not Secure in Ottawa
As Canadians focused last week on the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and the RCMP arrests of two men accused of plotting to attack Via Rail, the largest sustained series of privacy breaches in Canadian history was uncovered but attracted only limited attention.
One of the interesting takeaways from our 2013 ERP Report
released earlier this year is the apparent confusion between the perceived success and actual results of ERP implementations.
They've each had tremendous financial success, with significant cultural impact: Groupon, Apple and Amazon. The secret to their shared success?
It has been 5 years since Howard Schultz came back to Starbucks, shifted gears and changed the future of the company. Starbucks is now bigger than ever and their revenue is still increasing at over 13% a year. Here are four reasons why Starbucks has had such a strong and successful come back, and why it is staying ahead of competitors in the competitive Quick Service industry.
This year’s Backbone Innovation Campaign
saw a wide mix of finalists, all with top-notch inventions and ideas. In the end there can be only one winner, but all 10 had the opportunity to present their ideas — and any one of them could have been our big winner.
By Glen Farrelly | April 23, 2013 5:00 AM | Categories: Mobility
In writing a paper on locative technologies, I found that the definitions of the key terms locative media (LM) and location-based services (LBS) out there are poor. Both academic and trade sources are either nebulously vague or miss the defining criteria and instead focus on the resulting effects.
Being an ERP consultant isn’t necessarily the most glamorous or well-respected career that one can pursue.
By Glen Farrelly | April 17, 2013 11:15 AM | Categories: Mobility Trends
In early April, I attended a seminar on mobile technology and Canada's economy presented by Backbone magazine and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.
By Michael Geist | April 15, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Trends
Soon after the publication of my column
on the digital divide in Canada, I received the following email from a reader, who lives just north of Toronto (FWIW, I've received similar letters from people within the City of Ottawa limits). The reader reacts to both the lack of access and the efforts of Xplornet to stop the government from supporting communities without access.
By Glen Farrelly | April 11, 2013 5:00 AM | Categories: Trends
The educational benefits of digital and interactive media are well established. Even considering this, I am surprised how seldom my young daughter has had the chance to use educational technology. Her schools have made spartan and prosaic use of computers. Even with me working in digital media, I haven't exposed my kid to that much tech beyond online and console games.
At the beginning of an ERP implementation, no one involved wants or expects to get caught up in a lawsuit. Despite the fact that, according to our 2013 ERP Report
most ERP implementations take longer than expected, cost more than expected, and fail to deliver expected business benefits, most organizations commence their projects with the best of intentions. Other than the occasional CIO or CFO who is afraid of losing his or her job, not many are thinking about ERP failure this early in the project.
By Glen Farrelly | April 8, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
Last year at this time, I posted on the importance of recognizing Canadians working in digital media in both the content and technology sides. I urged people to nominate someone in the sector for Canada's Walk of Fame
. So far, it's been a complete shut-out for this sector - which inarguably has a huge impact on Canadian culture, identity, and daily life.
Much has been said about the demise of American manufacturing
. There is a general sense that manufacturing jobs are being moved overseas to China, India, and other developing markets, yet from what we can tell, U.S. companies and other developed multi-nationals are still looking for ways to leverage ERP systems
By Alan Brookstone | April 3, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: eHealth
How does one prevent snooping of patient records through a hospital, regional or local clinical information system?
By Glen Farrelly | April 2, 2013 1:15 PM | Categories: Tech events
Yesterday was the second and final day of the Digital Media Summit
conference in Toronto. I recapped my highlights from the first day of the conference on Webslinger
and the Twitter feed has useful highlights
I was going through my files and came across a mental map I did a few months ago about factors involved in online participation and social media, particularly related to participation in politics and government.
EidoSearch, the winner
of last year’s Start Me Up Innovation Campaign
, now has another milestone under its belt with the launch of a new product built out of its flagship financial data search engine technology.
Smartphone and camera makers all talk about how fast and easy it is to record amazing HD videos using their devices. With just a small device—that happens to be your phone as well— you can shoot a video that will amaze the world and make you a viral sensation on YouTube. Or maybe not.
Applications are flowing in from Canadian tech entrepreneurs for the second-annual Backbone Innovation Campaign
, and judges are gearing up for the tough job of narrowing the strong field down to a 10-best list and then, at our live event May 6, choosing one winner and one runner up.
By Peter Wolchak | March 22, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
People are once again talking about Yahoo! Its new CEO Marissa Mayer recently decided to reel employees back into the office
, cancelling or curtailing the option employees had to work where and when they wished. This has left many grumbling as they say goodbye to home offices and hello to the daily grind of commuting to centralized cubicles.
By Glen Farrelly | March 21, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Tech events
I haven’t been to an industry conference in a long while, so it was refreshing to move from (generally stuffy) academic conferences to hear about the invigorating realm of digital media in the real world at today's Digital Media Summit
By Backbone Staff | March 20, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Security
Almost two thirds of Canadians will file their 2012 tax returns online this year, according to the Canada Revenue Agency, and security software company McAfee wants people to know that tax time is prime season for cybercriminals.
By Glen Farrelly | March 19, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Mobility
Despite a recent CBC study
which found that 82% of Canadians mostly use tablets at home, I still consider tablets a mobile device and thus under my purview. I also take an avid interest in Canadian innovations
in digital media. So I was really excited to attend a talk last week by James Wu of Kobo
on "Rethinking Tablet User Experience
If you’re still getting your head around the concept of the Internet of Things, I have bad news: there’s a new buzz term in town, and it’s even bigger and more complicated.
Canada’s federal government recently announced a Start-Up Visa Program
aimed at attracting international entrepreneurs to the country.
In it’s simplest form, eCommerce integration
is the coordination between an eCommerce site and back-end inventory and accounting (ERP) system. Having a fully integrated system that connects your back-end ERP software to your front-end eCommerce site is designed to streamline processes across all departments of your organization.
By Michael Geist | March 13, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Wireless
In the aftermath of the CRTC's hearing on a consumer wireless code and the government's announcement of its plan for future spectrum auctions, a debate has raged over the competitiveness and health of the Canadian wireless market.
By Jon Arnold | March 11, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
Hot topic lately, and time will tell if old school work-at-your-desk policies will save Yahoo. Personally, I think remote working is great for certain types of people and situations, but for the masses, bad idea. Gee, can you tell that I work from home?
How can an established well-proven process be a liability to business productivity? Mateen Greenway deals with this perplexing question and others that business innovators face in today's technology climate.
By Michael Geist | March 7, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: General Trends
The movie Argo may have picked up the biggest prize in last week's Academy Awards ceremony, but it was the Best Documentary Short winner that had many on the Internet buzzing.
The world of IT employment has changed over the decades. When I graduated from Western University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, computers were new, networks didn’t exist as we know them now and there were plenty of full-time opportunities to be had.
To support its goal of expanding into the U.S. legal market, innovation contest runner-up TitanFile has naturally targeted top industry trade shows to attend in 2013. The first of these—LegalTech New York 2013—provided the start-up with “extraordinary” success, and also a number of lessons, according to Emily Barnes, community manager at TitanFile.
By Peter Wolchak | March 4, 2013 5:00 AM | Categories: Gadgets
I was in New York Feb. 20th for Sony’s PS4 launch. It was a fun event with lots of glitz and excitement. After all, Sony was unveiling its first new console in more than six years.
Do you run an early-stage tech company with less than $2 million in annual revenue? The second annual Backbone Start-Up Innovation Campaign - $100,000 in prizes - is a great contest for you to enter. Or if you know someone who could be our next winner, please pass the word along.