The competitive advantage of cultural diversity in the workplace

Globalization brings both opportunities and challenges for organizations. Front and centre to the discussion of globalization is cultural workplace diversity. Cultural diversity can be a strength that enables an organization to thrive with

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 4th, 2014 Brian Clendenin

How companies can boost their digital innovation

It’s impossible to talk about any company in tech and avoid mentioning the word “digital.” But how does that concept play out for companies who may have made the jump to digital, and

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 3rd, 2014 Candice So

Building a board of investors at your early stage company

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how startups can set up their governance structure. For part 1 of this series, head on over here.    Investor board nominees is a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 11th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

Business units’ relationship with IT on thin ice: Avanade

Tensions between marketing and IT departments may be wearing thin these days because marketers are feeling confident about making their own decisions when it comes to what technology they need - then turning

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 15th, 2014 Brian Jackson

CMOs should aim to be ‘digital pacesetters’: IBM

Today's chief marketing officer (CMO) is enjoying more influence with their boss and working more collaboratively with their CIO colleagues, but still have their work cut out for them when it comes to

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 9th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Before marrying, CIOs and CMOs need to go on a first date

The thought of walking down a neon-lit aisle of a Las Vegas chapel and exchanging vows officiated by an Elvis impersonator is likely enough to make any chief marketing officer (CMO) shudder. But

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 12th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Digital leadership – the coming of the chief digital officer

In a recent presentation entitled “Taming the Digital Dragon” Gartner fellow and vice president Ken McGee revealed that although IT budgets would appear to remain flat again for the 13th year in a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 11th, 2014 Jim Love

Microsoft elevates cloud boss Satya Nadella to new CEO

Microsoft Corp.’s new CEO says his first day on the job is “a very humbling day for me.” In an email to employees Satya Nadella, who has been with the company for 22

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 4th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Caring drives better results in the age of the customer

The customer experience has increased in importance over the past few years with service-based business models proliferating like cloud computing. The purchasing power is now firmly in the hands of the customer as

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 14th, 2014 Brian Clendenin

Executive discussions are changing to include the cloud

Cloud computing is a disruptive force.  Having worked with many of western Canada’s CIOs and senior executives over the past number of years, rarely have I had a discussion that didn’t include the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 21st, 2013 Brian Clendenin

The conundrum of leadership and open collaboration in the social era

For those leaders that think social collaboration is a waste of time, think again.  The chatter among many leadership pundits today is on the topic of open leadership and letting your employees get

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 5th, 2013 Brian Clendenin

Jack Dorsey tells Waterloo he’s opening up local Square office

The co-founder of Twitter and Square visited Waterloo, Ont. and Toronto today and announced he's opening up a permanent office in the Waterloo region. Jack Dorsey delivered the news as part of a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: September 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Microsoft acquires Nokia devices and services division for $5.3 billion

Microsoft Corp. and Nokia were already close, but now they're going through with the ceremony and entering a full-fledged union. Microsoft will acquire the Devices & Services division of Finnish smartphone maker Nokia

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: September 3rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

The meaning of Ballmer [an insider's take]

Change at the top of the world’s largest tech companies is always a seismic event. We all remember where we were when we first heard Bill Gates was going to step down as

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 23rd, 2013 Carmi Levy