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Top Tech Trends CES Explained in 4 Graphs

By Jim Harris  |  Categories: Tech events Trends
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) began January 6 in Las Vegas – and in 2016 it was the platform for 20,000 product launches. The 2.4 million square feet of exhibit space is equal to about 50 football fields. The event is Mecca to 150,000 tech enthusiasts.

#BCTECH Summit sets a new course for tech in BC

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events

The largest tech event ever held in BC was a great success this week. The BCTECH Summit, a two-day celebration of BC technology innovation, hosted more than 2,800 people from across BC and beyond.

Unfriending is Unprofessional and Unnecessary

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Social media
According to a recent Australian regulatory decision, unfriending a coworker on Facebook can add up to workplace bullying. There were other actions leading up to this, but unfriending was key (see CNETfor details). Just recently, and without provocation, I was similarly bullied!

Ransomware, Hacktivism May Be Up for 2016

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Security Trends
It’s that time of year, and security experts are making their forecasts for what to expect in 2016 and beyond; among them include more of the threats that had been on the rise this year such as ransomware and hacktivism.

Dear Facebook Diary

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Social media
Earlier this year in March, Facebook launched the On This Day feature that shows a user his or her Facebook content from that same day from years past. Status updates, tagged photos, wall posts from friends, funny drawings, meme videos you commented on, etc. all from years gone by are presented in reverse chronological order for your nostalgic perusal.

Technology and the TPP: A Panel Discussion

By Michael Geist  |  Categories:
Last month, the University of Ottawa hosted a standing room only panel on technology and the TPP featuring Burcu Kilic, Carolina Rossini, Jeremy deBeer, Tamir Israel and myself. The panel was moderated by Loris Mirella, the lead IP negotiator on the TPP for the Canadian government.

FreshBooks to Release Credit Card Payment Hardware for Small Businesses

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
Toronto-based small business accounting software company FreshBooks announced earlier this month it would be releasing hardware that will allow small businesses owners to securely accept credit card payments using their mobile phones.

Cool Tech Toys for Black Friday Shopping

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Gadgets Trends
Tied to American Thanksgiving, Black Friday is the U.S. kick-off of the holiday shopping season. And while Canadians continue to begin our seasonal shopping in December—some of us as late as the third week, sorry Mom—the areas of electronics, gadgets, toys and hobbies are a different story, with Canadians loving our Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) sales.

Kayak Fish Finder Duo Gets A Million Bucks On Dragon's Den

By Robert Campbell  |  Categories:
Oct 15 2015, Season Ten of CBC's Dragons' Den, Episode Two detailed some disruptive Canadian fishing technology. Dressed as sport fishermen in khaki vests, Michael Smith and Chester Yeum unveiled an amazing portable sonar fish finder that sketches marine life on smart phones, and then asked the Dragons for a million bucks to make it work even better.

Trends and Opportunities for Trade and Investment in China

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business events
The Vancouver International Trade & Investment Summit - CHINA: Emerging Trends & Opportunities takes place in Vancouver, BC on December 7, 2015.

New Government May Mean a Brighter Tech Outlook: CATA

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Economic development Canada Technology start-ups
The appointment on November 4 of a Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a pivot to the future for the tech industry in Canada, said John Reid, CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance).

What to Ask Before Buying Your Next Phone System

By Shaun Randall  |  Categories: Communications Trends
10 questions everyone should ask before their next phone system purchase

BC Tech Summit Set to Reshape BC Business - January 18 – 19, 2016

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
BC Tech Summit will likely be the biggest and most enlightening tech conference British Columbia has ever experienced.

Making Your Next Office Move Smarter

By Tommy Chiu  |  Categories: Cloud computing Wireless
5 tech tips to consider before your next office relocation. In a country flush with entrepreneurs—which nearly 13 per cent of working-age Canadians are—the need to relocate one’s business is almost as inevitable as taxes, and can be just as daunting.

Beacons Vital to Mobile Marketing Strategies: CMA/LoyaltyOne Survey

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Mobility Sales and marketing
Location, location, location. The long-time mantra of real estate agents everywhere may be the future mantra of marketers, according to the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Marketing Association and LoyaltyOne.

Keeping Business Running During Everything from Snowstorms to the Flu

By Tommy Chiu  |  Categories: Cloud computing Security

Ask many business owners whether they have a business continuity plan and they’ll proudly say, “Yep. We have off-site back-up in case of a disaster.” 

Canadian Wireless Trade Show in its Fifth Year

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
Canada's annual Premiere B2B wireless and mobile communications trade show takes place this month at the Toronto Congress Centre located minutes away from the Toronto International Airport in Toronto on October 28th and 29th, 2015. 

Why Universal, Affordable Internet Access Should be 2015 Election Campaign Issue

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Economic development Canada
The long election campaign of 2015 has featured a myriad of daily policy announcements as the three largest political parties vie for attention and votes. From targeted tax cuts to new spending promises, political leaders have focused on education, child care, defence, the environment and more. Yet thus far largely missing from the campaign has been the most fundamental digital issue – universal, affordable broadband Internet access.

Canadian Small Businesses Struggle with Online Exposure: GoDaddy

By Anonymous  |  Categories:
Building a brand is always a big challenge, but for Canadian small businesses it’s the biggest, according to a recent survey conducted by web host GoDaddy.

Choosing the Best Internet Service for Your Business

By Tommy Chiu  |  Categories: Trends
Few businesses can run today without an Internet connection, but deciding on the ideal service could be daunting.

Why Internet Privacy Should be a Key Election Issue

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
Canada’s controversial anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51, has emerged as a key talking point in the current election campaign. Pointing to its big implications for privacy and surveillance, the NDP sees political opportunity by emphasizing its opposition to the bill, while the Liberals have been forced to defend their decision to support it (but call for amendments if elected). The Conservatives unsurprisingly view the bill as evidence of their commitment to national security and have even floated the possibility of additional anti-terror measures.

6S by Any Other Name is Still Sweet

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends
Vancouver-based marketing firm urged Apple to leave

The Answer to SMB Network Performance

By Vin Rao  |  Categories: Cloud computing Trends

In China Mobiles Thrive While Postcards Wither

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
In addition to Webslinger, I write the blog Deltiology Deity about postcards. I've loved collecting postcards since I was a kid. In my lifetime, I've noticed the flourishing and then the dramatic decline of the communication medium of postcards. I'm also an avid user and researcher of mobile devices and had the great opportunity to see the birth and flourishing of this medium.

BC Court Ruling Offers Strong Defence of Internet Keyword Advertising

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law Trends
The success of Internet giant Google has largely been based on something small: Internet advertising that use tiny keyword-based ads to generate billions of dollars in revenue. Given Google’s massive audience, advertisers have been willing to pay for search-based ads that deliver clicks back to their websites. Those ads appear as sponsored results alongside the organic, relevancy-based search results.

Canadian Banks Concern: Falling Behind in Mobile Technology

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
A CenturyLink survey on the mobile banking and IT capabilities of Canada’s financial services industry, Banks: Customers Expect That You’re Always On and Available, Are You Ready?, reveals that nearly half (46 per cent) of Canadian banking executives surveyed do not think they have the IT infrastructure, systems and processes in place to meet present and future customer expectations for mobile payments.

The Vancouver Economic Commission Launches First Ever Startup City

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is launching Startup City, a week-long celebration of Vancouver's startup community. Startups of all stages will come together to learn how to build on the opportunities in Vancouver and make it the best startup ecosystem in the world.

The Hardest Thing About Social Media

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Social media
One might say that the hardest thing about social media is figuring out the privacy settings to make sure anything embarrsing isn't made public. But I don't buy that argument anymore - as social media sites have made it quite easy and given multiple ways to configure privacy settings.

Get Dedicated! 5 Reasons You Need Dedicated Internet

By Vin Rao  |  Categories: Trends
To have a dedicated Internet connection or not to… that is the question. The answer is actually pretty easy to determine.

List of Location Based Services

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
I'll soon be starting a study on location-based services. I'll be studying the field rather broadly - any mobile application or mobile website that deliver geotargetted content.

Program Gives Start-ups a More Solid Start

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Technology start-ups

A new program being launched this week by Accelerate Okanagan promises to help give entrepreneurs in that region help at the earliest stages of their business.

VMware Desktop Virtualization Gets Windows 10 Treatment

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Cloud computing Trends

This week VMware released its desktop virtualization software for Windows, Linux and Macs that have been upgraded to support Windows 10 and given a performance boost.

BlackBerry Joins Forces with PayPal for Mobile Payments

By Amanda Baines  |  Categories: Mobility Trends

Taken from a recent press release on the official blog of BlackBerry, the mobile phone manufacturer announced that users can now connect their PayPal account to their BBM (BlackBerry Messenger).

3 Ways Phone Systems Aren’t What They Used to Be (…But Better)

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends
We’ve come a long way, there’s no question that our phones aren’t the same as they once were. Look around for a payphone—remember those?—and you’ll see a clear illustration that our relationship with phones has changed.

In the Zone: Study Finds That Using Headphones During Exercise Helps Athletes Stay Focused

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Gadgets
Whether it's for taking a brisk walk, going for a bike ride or for running a few laps on the track, many top and amateur athletes alike consider their headphones a real workout essential.

Presentation Software with New Features that Make Presenting More Engaging for Students and Teachers

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
Check out the new features Prezi presentation software has added since the last school year, all of which make presenting easier and more engaging for students and teachers.

Which Way is Up? How Locative Media May Enhance Sense of Place

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
Last September, I participated in a workshop at the Mobile HCI conference (read my blogpost). My short paper was selected as one of the best from the conference, so I was invited to submit a full length article for the Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction.

Netflix Taxes and Canadian Digital Issues in the Election Spotlight

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Trends
This week my regular technology law column (Toronto Star versionhomepage version) focused on the long election campaign and the prospect that digital issues might get some time in the spotlight. The column pointed to three broad themes – what comes after Bill C-51, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and a digital strategy 3.0. As part of the digital strategy discussion, I stated that questions abound, including “are new regulations over services such as Netflix on the horizon?”

First Autonomous Vehicle to Be Run on a Canadian Road by University Of Waterloo Students

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
Today local startup Varden Labs will achieve a first in Canada when they run their autonomous (self-driving) shuttle on Ring Road at the University of Waterloo main campus.

Nova Scotian Not-for-profit and CATAAlliance Team to Promote Women in Tech

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends

Techsploration, a Nova Scotia-based not-for-profit organization that assists young women in exploring science, tech and trades careers, is partnering with the CATAAlliance to collaborate on content for a portal to promote the mentorship around women in technology.

Cloud’s Not New, Let’s Stop Being Skittish

By Tommy Chiu  |  Categories: Cloud computing
Cloud is more than a decade old. In Internet time, that’s a lifetime. But many businesses and individuals still see it as novel and are reluctant to adopt it, whether it is for security reasons, concerns about cost, loss of control, or voice quality issues in the case of VoIP.

Need Help with Telecom Acronyms and Jargon?

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends Unified Communications
A recent visitor to Backbone’s “Ask the Expert” wanted definitions of PBX, Hosted PBX, IVR, PABX, SIP – all acronyms and jargon in the telecommunications world.

5 Factors For Finding The Perfect Telephone Provider

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends

I’ve written recently about how crucial a business’s communications system is to its success. The right cloud-based telephone system and call centre can act as an enabler for improving customer experience.

Canada a Hotbed for Entrepreneurs, PwC Report

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Economic development Canada Technology start-ups
A recent report from PwC Canada finds that the country continues to be a great place for innovators and entrepreneurs to build and grow their businesses, calling the country a nation of innovators.

Entrepreneurs Use Cloud to Improve Workplace Safety

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Cloud computing
A Canadian start-up is using cloud technology to help businesses reduce workplace injuries and incidents and find return on their investments into occupational health and safety (OHS).

Boosting Customer Service with Cloud

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Cloud computing Sales and marketing
Customer service—or experience—is the most important competitive advantage for your business today, and only becoming more and more crucial.

Call for Technology Ingenious Awards Entries – Deadline July 17th

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Ingenious Award Program is a yearlong initiative that celebrates businesses which demonstrate measurable evidence of productivity improvement, efficiency gains, revenue growth, overall business transformation or other organizational outcomes through the use of technology. Organizations may nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

How to Tell if Your Office Phone System is Bugged

By Robert Campbell  |  Categories: Mobility Security
Industrial espionage is a concern for every business in Canada, but high tech industries, financial institutions and publicly traded companies have more at risk than other types of firms. Unethical intelligence gathering on any business is a crime by any standard, and yet corporate spying is becoming more prevalent inside Canadian enterprise because of our advanced technology, our trusting national character, and general ignorance.

Fixing Up the Office Communication Breakdowns

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends
Communications is an essential component of any well-oiled workplace. Is there anything worse than those more-than-just-awkward situations when business communications breaks down? Sadly, we often don’t know it’s happening until it’s too late.

Trend Micro Looks Deeper at the Deep Web

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends
CBS’s new TV show CSI: Cyber is busy scaring the bejeezus out of Internet-using grandparents everywhere, but how real a threat is the Deep Web—often called the “dark net” by that show’s fictional FBI agents—and just how deep does it go?

Backbone Launches ‘Ask the Expert’ Feature

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business innovation Trends
Backbone has recently added a new website widget called Ask the Expert. This is a place for you to share queries with us on the topics of technology and innovation on different themes each month, such as hosted phone services, cloud computing, high speed Internet, security and outsourcing.

Three Questions to Ask for Your Organization’s Change Management Strategy

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
In our 2014 Clash of the Titans Report, we outline a quantifiable comparison of SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics – the leading ERP vendors in the industry. While this report has helped numerous organizations evaluate and select among these leading ERP systems, it does not necessarily address the role of organizational change management and it’s effect on successful ERP implementations.

Keeping it Real - RE/MAX's Mobile Marketing Strategy Has Curbside Appeal

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility Sales and marketing
I recently blogged about RE/MAX's recent mobile media when I saw one of their ads emphasizing that "No App Required". I was so impressed with how forward thinking this approach is that I contacted RE/MAX to find out more about their campaign and their motivations. 

Is Voicemail Dead? Not If We Can Help It

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends
Business news outlets in the last few weeks were abuzz about the fact that megabank JPMorgan Chase & Co. was cutting voicemail service for most of its consumer bank employees in what was being dubbed as voicemail’s demise.

I Lost My Mind When I Forgot My Mobile Device

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility Security
I was in a hurry yesterday to get out of the door and I forgot to grab my smartphone from its charger. I was on the TTC bus before I noticed its absence. Panic! I needed it!

You’re on Your Own: How the Government Wants Canadians To Sacrifice Their Personal Security

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Security Technology law
Another week, another revelation originating from the seemingly unlimited trove of Edward Snowden documents. Last week, the CBC reported that Canada was among several countries whose surveillance agencies actively exploited security vulnerabilities in a popular mobile web browser used by hundreds of millions of people.

How to Satisfy Savvy, Connected Canadians

By Brad Fisher  |  Categories: Trends
Primus recently teamed up with Ryerson University’s start-up incubator DMZ on a comprehensive national online survey entitled Canadians & Their Connected Devices: How the Internet of Things is Changing our Lives.

Edsby Adds Office 365 Integration

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: eLearning Trends

Edsby,winner of Backbone’s 2013 Innovation Campaign, this week extended its software to integrate with Microsoft’s Office 365, making it easier for K-12 teachers, parents and students using Microsoft’s cloud-based solutions.

Four IT Challenges You Don’t Want to Face Alone

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Rapidly evolving technology trends and their associated organizational and operational impacts can be overwhelming. It is nearly impossible to constantly keep up to date with this ever-changing landscape–making the job of today’s CIO so difficult. Proving why leveraging outside expertise can be so beneficial.

No App Required!

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
I saw an ad today that had me puzzled at first. It was for a real estate agency, Re/Max, with a simple non-descript illustration, but with a huge call out: NO APP REQUIRED.

Canadian Cellphone Freedom Day: Wireless Consumer Protections Now Apply to All

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Mobility Technology law
Today [June 3, 2015] is “Cellphone Freedom Day”, the day that most Canadian consumers can say goodbye to three year cellphone contracts. With the Federal Court of Appeal recentlyrejecting an attempt by the major carriers to stop the retroactive applicability of wireless code as of June 3rd (the two year anniversary of the code), consumers with cellphones that have run for more than 24 months can now cancel their contracts without penalty.

Personalization: How Much Is Too Much?

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends
Retailers have ever-more information at their fingertips to customize and personalize their customers’ experiences, and customers have come to expect it—and sometimes demand—this as the new norm.

TeraGo Networks Opens New 18,000 Square Foot Data Center in Mississauga, Ontario

By Robert Campbell  |  Categories: Data centers
Thurs evening, May 14th, 2015 TeraGo Networks hosted a Grand Opening exhibition to debut their new 18,000 square foot data centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Five ERP Change Management Strategies to Promote Growth

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
While many ERP system initiatives are intended to help replace outdated legacy systems, our clients typically leverage new systems to help them promote and prepare for growth. Whether their plans are to grow through organic growth, mergers, acquisitions or all of the above, our focus is on how to help our clients scale for future growth.

Is Your Phone System Killing Your Business?

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Business innovation Unified Communications

Three considerations to improve your voice communications. If you’re like many small business owners, you have probably not thought much about your phone system in recent years.

Grow Conference Offers Discounted Pricing for Advanced Bookings

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business events Tech events
Advance booking can save you a bundle... the May price of $695 ends at midnight on May 31st and then prices increase to $795 for the month of June $895, for July, and $995 in August. The conference is once again being hosted in Whistler on August 19-21 for the second year in a row while being held in Vancouver for the first four years.  

Accessibility of Information Systems

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
Last school semester I was working for a course on Information Systems at the University of Toronto. I delivered a guest lecture, Accessibility and Information Systems, that highlights the various issues, benefits, and resources for practitioners to consider to make their info system (whether it is a website, mobile app, self-serve kiosk, etc) more accessible to people of various abilities.

Five Ways to Achieve ROI in ERP

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
The other day, I was speaking with a CIO at one of our US-based ERP implementation clients. He shared that his concern was not realizing the potential benefits of the new system.

New Strains of Ransomware Are Catching IT Off Guard

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Security

As if the news that people simply don’t seem to be recognising Phishing attacks wasn’t bad enough, those attacks are becoming more sinister as the latest surge are leading to ransomware, according to KnowBe4, a provider of Internet security training solutions.

Mobile Devices Give Directions... TO HELL!

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
I had some free time last night so I caught up on some shows saved to my PVR that I've been meaning to watch.  I used to be a big fan of the television show Supernatural - which if you haven't seen the show, the name pretty much tells you all you need to know. Now in its tenth season, I stopped watching religiously about two seasons ago.

Why the CRTC Fell Short in Addressing Canada’s Wireless Woes

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law Wireless
The competitiveness of Canadian wireless services has been the source of an ongoing and contentious debate for years. Last week, Canada’s telecom regulator concluded that there is a competitiveness problem, yet in a decision surprisingly applauded by many groups, declined to use much of its regulatory toolkit to address the problem. Instead, it placed a big bet on the prospect of a smaller wireless carrier somehow emerging as a fourth national player.

Are Canadians Taking the Phishing Bait?

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Security
Phishing attacks continue to become harder to identify, and a recent quiz-based study by Intel Security found people globally were unable to identify phishing emails, and not by some small margin of error.

How You Can Use Technology and Innovation to Add Value to Your Company

By Amy Klimek  |  Categories: Business innovation
If you have developed technological and creative competencies through your education or formal work experience, it makes sense to leverage them as much as you can in any new role that you apply for. The biggest challenge to doing so successfully beyond just applying your skills to the tasks that you perform is knowing how to win the cultural competency race.

Tracking The Trackers

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
Having researched mobile locative technology for the past few years, I have often heard from people that they don't use such features on their smartphone that automatically ascertain and transmit their position as they are concerned about being tracked.

Debunking the Seven Myths of Business Process Reengineering

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Through the treacherous years of manual processes, outdated legacy systems, inaccurate performance data and internal operational breakdowns, most organizations are ready for a heavy dose of business process reengineering (BPR)

Banking Study Highlights Importance of Digital Capabilities

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends
A new North American banking study conducted by Accenture has for the first time ranked online capabilities as the top criteria of Canadian bank customers, even more than branches and fees.

Learning Appreciation for Graphic Literature

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: eLearning Trends
Recently, I was invited to conduct a workshop for kids aged 8-12 on graphic novels and web comics at my local library. As you may be able to tell from the name of this blog, I am a fan of comics. When I was a kid I did not like reading and only read comic books and books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series (now I'm a PhD candidate so don't believe the criticism that reading comics makes you stupid.)

The Future of eCommerce

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eCommerce Mobility
Another great conference hosted by VEF (Vancouver Enterprise Forum) this week! VEF always does a great job of bringing the local technology community together once a month to stimulate ideas, conversations and connections. This month was no different with panelists discussing all things eCommerce.

The Copyright Notice Flood: What to Consider If You Receive a Copyright Infringement Notification

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
For the past few months, I’ve received daily emails from people who have been sent a copyright infringement notification as part of Canada’s notice-and-notice system. Most of the notifications come from CEG-TEK, a U.S.-based anti-piracy firm. 

Leadership Communication: What to Say and How to Say It

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
All business transformations require effective leadership buy-in and communication. The executive and management teams sponsoring a major change in an organization are tasked with an important mission: what to communicate to employees and how to say it.

In Defence of Stock Photos

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
Stock photography - that is a library of royalty-free photos - seems to be the subject of much mockery lately. Buzzfeed has numerous, hilarious pages involving the glorification of the cheesiness of stock photos.

Five Leadership Lessons from Successful Manufacturers

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Manufacturers are critical to economic growth – even while commodity-based manufacturing is outsourced to other countries in exchange for the higher-value manufacturing currently experiencing a renaissance.

Security Researchers Identify Malware Threat to Virtual Currencies

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Security
INTERPOL cyber threat researchers, including a Kaspersky Lab expert, have identified a threat to the blockchain in virtual transactions that could result in them being embedded with malware or other illegal data, including child abuse images.

Careers in Corporate Digital Media

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Business innovation
I recently spoke to a class of university undergraduates on possible careers in corporate digital media. It was a short guest lecture to cover the basics to consider a career in this field.

CRTC, Competition Bureau Enforcement Actions Show Anti-Spam Law Has Teeth

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
As the launch of the Canadian anti-spam law neared last spring, critics warned that enforcement was likely to present an enormous challenge. Citing the global nature of the Internet and the millions of spam messages sent each day, many argued that enforcement bodies such as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Competition Bureau were ill-suited to combating the problem.

Improving content marketing programs with agile methods

By Ben Bradley  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
Thinking about improving content marketing? By starting with the desired outcome and then working backwards (and keeping an agile mindset), you can always fine tune and find ways to keep improving your content marketing programs.

Toronto Startup Synaptop Succeeds on Dragons' Den

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: New technologies

Synaptop's successful pitch on CBC's Dragons' Den aired on April 2nd, 2015.

Does Your Business Need More Traction? Look No Further…

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
On June 18th 2015 the Traction one-day conference in Vancouver will teach distribution strategies and tactics to get, keep and grow customers at scale. Learn everything from Content Marketing to Analytics, Testing, Conversion Optimization, Retention, Virality, Monetization, Sales, Partnerships and more.

Building a Solid Information Architecture for a Website

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Technology start-ups
I attended a working session recently to plan out the information architecture of an organization facing profound problems with their existing websites.

People First, Technology Second

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Never equate activity with efficiency. Organizations have a long standing history of putting a high level of emphasis on the software being implemented and ignoring the people side of the implementation. In other words, organizations consistently value technology first and people second.

Building a Social Business

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Social networking
You’ve friended your clients on Facebook and followed your customers on Twitter, and maybe you’ve even linked to them all on LinkedIn, but does that mean you can call yourself a social business?

Before a Redesign, Try Website Landing Page Optimization

By Ben Bradley  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
A website redesign is expensive and time consuming. Before you leap into a big project, give some thought to testing various ideas with landing page optimization– a series of small A/B tests that can drive more leads as well as inform and fuel your future brand redesign. It can also help you  dramatically reduce your PPC advertising costs by optimizing traffic and eliminating traffic that will never convert.

Business Innovation Summit 2015 - Connect, Network, Learn

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business events
On April 28-29, 2015, the Conference Board’s Centre for Business Innovation is hosting its annual Summit to help businesses and entrepreneurs accelerate the pace of their innovation and commercialization efforts—to reach markets faster and more profitably, in Canada and around the world.

Undergrad Students Predict Technology Trends

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
I have been working as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate e-business class for the Communication, Culture, Information and Technology program at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, which gives me the chance to talk about some cool tech, trends, and their possible ramifications for business.

How to Run a Successful Startup

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business innovation
By the time Cameron Herold is 15 minutes into the phone interview for this article, he has already unpacked his suitcase, arranged everything in his four-star hotel bathroom and neatly rearranged the chairs on the deck overlooking the ocean.

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival: There’s An App For That

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
At Backbone, along with all tech, we love apps and if they can add value to an already fun experience, even better. Whether you can or can’t get away from your desk and want to see what the cool kids are doing in Whistler next week, check out this new app!

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