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Growth Hacking Toronto Meet-Up - April 23, 2014

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events

Come out to see the SMOJoe SEO Show at EventMobi located at 243 College St. The free show starts at 7pm and goes till 9pm when we give away the grand prize, courtesy of two separate sponsors. 

TSX Ignite - Essentials for Great Canadian Companies

By Robert Peterman  |  Categories: SMB Trends
Canada is a nation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Taken together, they represent a significant portion of the Canadian economy.


By Michael James  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
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.

Increasing employee engagement with a mobile first strategy

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Mobility Speakers Corner
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.

Chrysalix EVC, clean energy venture capital firm, funds 11 early-stage companies

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups

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 completes investment round

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
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.

Mathtoons Media Receives Support from the Government of Canada

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eLearning
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.

Wavefront Wireless Summits 2014 a Success

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Wireless
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.

Guidelines for MDM Software Deployment

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.

Get Ready For a Tech Upswing in Canada: Wayne Gudbranson

By Peter Wolchak  |  Categories: Economic development Canada Trends
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.

Edsby Outgrows Its Old Offices

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
New funky loft space will accommodate rapid employee growth.

World's First Crowdsourced Loyalty Program Launches Beta Site

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends, 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.

Integrating ERP With CRM Systems

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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.

Driving business transformation with mobility and wireless solutions

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.

App Store Sales Top $10 Billion in 2013

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
Record-Breaking December with Over $1 Billion in Sales for Apple.

Capilano U Delves Deeper into e-Learning

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eLearning
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.

What Will Canada's Anti-Spam Law Mean for Users and Businesses?

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
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). 

Happy Holidays!

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! 

Engineering Innovations Help Ease the Pain of Canadian Winter

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...

CRTC to take closer look at wholesale roaming rates, terms and conditions in Canada

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. 

Instantly Create WAN/LAN, Cell or Mesh Communications Infrastructure Anywhere

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends Wireless
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...

Laurier Launches Student-run Start-up Program

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Technology start-ups
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.

Enter Okanagan Tech Jump:Start:Challenge by Dec 13, 2013

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
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

Tired of TV Bundles? Time to Pick Your TV Channels

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 Launches into the Enterprise

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
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.

Is True ERP Implementation Organizational Change Ever Accomplished From the Bottom Up?

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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.

Mobile Apps and Sites Usability Top 10 Tips

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Accessibility Mobility
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.

Canada’s Fastest-growing Tech Hub? York Region

By Andrew Bisson  |  Categories: Technology start-ups
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 ( in 2012 alone.

Utilizing Electronic Cursive Signatures On Your Mobile Phone or Tablet For Major Purchases

By Emilia Zych  |  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.

Creating Counter Maps & Shared Geographies with Locative Media

By Glen Farrelly  |  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.

A Complication of Paper Faxes?

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.

Canadian Anti-Spam Regulations Coming Within the Next Few Weeks

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.

Edsby Adds New Capabilities to Meet Customer Needs

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
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.

Accounting Software Requirements for Non-profits

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.

New $100M Initiative to Support Technology Commercialization and Business Growth in Western Canada

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Economic development Canada
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.

Statscan Data Points to Canada's Growing Digital Divide

By Michael Geist  |  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 versionhomepage version) argues the bigger story is the ongoing Canadian digital divide that confirms the strong link between household income and Internet use. 

Six Out Of Seven People Are Unhappy at Work

By Dave Warawa  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
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.

How is Your ERP Consultant Getting Paid?

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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. 

Cooking Up Success Through Location Analytics

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
How does Canada’s largest restaurant company find the perfect location? Location analytics, that’s how.

2014 Clash of the Titans: SAP vs. Oracle vs. Microsoft Dynamics

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

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. 

How to Get Great Client Testimonials

By Dave Warawa  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
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.

Hashtag Hell!

By Glen Farrelly  |  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.

How to Cull Your ERP Vendor Long-List

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

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.

5 Tips to Boost Inventory Management

By Richard Sands  |  Categories: Project management SMB
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).

I Wonder What the App Developers Were Thinking?

By Glen Farrelly  |  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.

Royal Roads University recognized for IT efficiency

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: New technologies Trends
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.

Ready to Do Business in Brazil?

By Backbone Staff  |  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.

The Importance of Targeted, Reliable Non-profit Accounting Software

By Cole Clark  |  Categories: New technologies Trends
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.

How ERP Automation Can Improve Your Supply Chain

By Alison Pruitt  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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.

The Top 6 Sources of Start-up Funding in Canada

By Ryan Weaver  |  Categories: SMB Technology start-ups
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.

Analyzing an ERP System For Cost Effectiveness

By Alison Pruitt  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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.

Maker Movement and Startups: Two Communities 'Made' for Each Other

By Luc Lalande  |  Categories: Technology start-ups Trends
“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

How Location Analytics Improves Your Bottom Line

By Esri Canada  |  Categories: Sales and marketing Trends
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?

How ERP Vendors Meet Demands in Today’s Market

By Alexandra Orange  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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.

Best Practices — Converting from Paper to EMR

By Alan Brookstone  |  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.

Stress Free Inventory Management: 5 Steps to Ease the Process

By Richard Sands  |  Categories: Project management SMB
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.

Looking into Tech’s Future with UBC Scientists

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: New technologies Trends
Physicists at the University of British Columbia may be helping develop technology that will keep Moore’s Law from stalling.

BlackBerry is Going Private. That’s a Good Thing

By Peter Wolchak  |  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.

Building Smart Cities, Creating Smart Citizens through Cloud-Based Mapping

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Cloud computing Software as a Service (SaaS)
The Town of Banff and City of Peterborough have each turned to cloud technology to foster more engaged, informed citizenry without breaking their budgets.

Alberta Innovator Finds International Collaboration

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eHealth New technologies
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.

PO-MOtion Gives New Product for Kids a Kick-Start

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
“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 as a Powerful B2B Tool

By Dave Warawa  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
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.

Regulated Wireless Roaming Fees May Be on the Way

By Michael Geist  |  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.

Start-up Bionym Helps Users Authenticate In a Heartbeat

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: New technologies Trends
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.

All Game: The Business of Gamification

By Backbone Staff  |  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.

Is Middle Management the Key to Your ERP Success?

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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.

3 Reasons Non-profits Should Utilize Accounting Software

By Cole Clark  |  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.

The Advantages of Web Mapping For Business

By Esri Canada  |  Categories: Cloud computing Software as a Service (SaaS)
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.

Canadian Wireless Trade Show - Speakers List

By Backbone Staff  |  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.

Streamline the Shipping Process with Inventory Management Software

By Richard Sands  |  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.

Verizon Says No To Canada: What Comes Next

By Michael Geist  |  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.

Sandbox Environments: Playfulness is the Future

By University Waterloo  |  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.

New School Season, New Improvements for Edsby

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
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 Data Lives?

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Data centers Trends
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.

The Top 11 Reasons You Need a CMS / WCM - Part 2

By Marqui Web Marketing Blog  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
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.

CSEC Commissioner: Canadians May Have Been Illegally Targeted in Surveillance Activities

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Security Technology law
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.

Exploring the World of Geocaching

By Glen Farrelly  |  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.

There is a Reason You Are Getting Paid Late

By Ben Bradley  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
I’ve been knee deep in a project for Transverse ( Transverse offers a product called TRACT which does accounts receivable automation and SaaS billing.

The Top 11 Reasons You Need a CMS / WCM - Part 1

By Marqui Web Marketing Blog  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
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.

48hrs in the Valley for 20 Canadian Startups in 2013

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
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!

The Basics of Implementing Non-Profit Accounting Software

By Cole Clark  |  Categories: New technologies Trends
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.

Grow Your Company – Get to GROW in Vancouver

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
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.

Edsby: Reseller Partners Are Key to International Business

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
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.

The High Price of Poor Communication in ERP Implementations

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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.

Small Business Grants to Give Your Marketing Department a Big Lift

By Ryan Weaver  |  Categories: Sales and marketing Technology start-ups
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.

PO-MOtion Wants to Help You Shop

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
PO-MOtion, the runner up of this year’s Backbone Innovation Campaign, is working on a common pain of modern society: speeding up the shopping experience.

Secret Surveillance Puts Internet Governance System at Risk

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law Trends
One year ago, many Internet users were engaged in a contentious debate over the question of who should govern the Internet.

Why the Canadian Plan to Encourage Wireless Competition Is Consistent with Many Developed Countries

By Michael Geist  |  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.

The Ever-Changing Role of CIOs, CEOs and ERP Systems

By Eric Kimberling  |  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.

Moore's Mission: Put the Canadian Digital Economy Back on Track

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Digital economy strategy
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 Study: Mobile Search Ads Add Incremental Traffic

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Sales and marketing Trends
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.

What Are the Gaps in Your EMR?

By Alan Brookstone  |  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.

Microsoft Bets on Canadian Customer Innovation, Builds Centre

By Backbone Staff  |  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.

What IS your Laptop Bag?

By Mitch Garvis  |  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.

Telus Attacks: The Battle To Keep Verizon Out of Canada

By Michael Geist  |  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.

Bell Recognized for Corporate Responsibility

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Green technology Trends
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.

Is $349 Cheap Enough to Get You to Buy a Microsoft Surface RT?

By Peter Wolchak  |  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.

OECD Report: Canada Still Among Ten Most Expensive Countries for Broadband Internet Services

By Michael Geist  |  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.

Primus Expands Broadband and Voice, Sells Data Centres

By Backbone Staff  |  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.

Prime Minister Harper, Why No Minister of Innovation?

By Peter Wolchak  |  Categories: Digital economy strategy Economic development Canada
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.

New Maps App: Google Giveth and Google — Bizarrely — Taketh Away

By Peter Wolchak  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
Google just updated its Maps app and there are some great additions. There is also one weird and unfriendly subtraction.

RIC Centre Announces the 2013 Winner of Innovator Idol

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
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 Brings Interactive Education Solution to Canada

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eLearning Gadgets
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.

Verizon Entry to Canada Could Spark Shift Toward Single North American Communications Market

By Michael Geist  |  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.

Lessons Learned Between Insurance and Tech

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Software as a Service (SaaS) Trends
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.

Step into the Spotlight, Canadians

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
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.

Why a New Approach To Roaming Could Shake Up the Canadian Wireless Landscape

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Trends Wireless
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.

Tips For Efficient ERP Software Maintenance

By Alison Pruitt  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
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?

Happy Canada Day: Celebrating Canada's Digital Policy Success Stories

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Digital economy strategy Economic development Canada
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.

We Expected Too Much from BlackBerry

By Peter Wolchak  |  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.

Microsoft’s Recent Reversal Has Me Thinking about Buying an Xbox One

By Peter Wolchak  |  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.

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