Articles By Grant Buckler

Startup Canada’s government endorsement doesn’t include cash

Already well into a cross-country tour, an all-volunteer organization called Startup Canada arrived in Ottawa Wednesday night for its official national launch event. The launch brought no new revelations about the program Startup

Published on: May 3rd, 2012 Grant Buckler

Convenience technology threatening personal privacy, experts say

A young man wants a coffee. He consults an application on his smartphone that shows him nearby coffee shops, chooses one, and sits down with a cup. Meanwhile his friend who happens to

Published on: December 1st, 2011 Grant Buckler

No one right path to commercialization, experts say

Toronto biotech startup ArcticDx has spent eight years working on technology to measure an individual's risk of developing colorectal carcinoma, but still hasn't commercialized it. Meanwhile, by taking a slightly different approach, the

Published on: November 9th, 2011 Grant Buckler

How ThinData bet the house on an Air Canada contract and won

Chris Carder well remembers the day he and his business partner Chancellor Crawford pitched Air Canada for the deal that would make or break ThinData Inc. In the wake of the dot-com bust,

Published on: November 8th, 2011 Grant Buckler

SMBs move cautiously into the cloud

Not quite half of Canada's small and medium businesses are – at least knowingly – using cloud computing today. Of those that are, about two-thirds use software as a service products like Salesforce.com

Published on: October 31st, 2011 Grant Buckler

Startup aims to teach English on the Web

When Danny Wang came to Canada from China in 2000, he soon got a shock. “I learned about English in China for 20 years,” says the co-founder and co-chief executive of Toronto startup

Published on: October 7th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Cloud-based POS speeds up sales for Inuit art dealer

The working day is a little easier this year at Indianica, a Montreal art gallery, thanks to a new cloud-based point-of-sale system.Alex Kiorpelidis,owner of Indianica, which specializes in Inuit art and native crafts,

Published on: September 13th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Canadian businesses face tough challenges with strict anti-spam law

The period for public comment on Canada's new Anti-Spam and Online Fraud Act recently ended, and the new legislation is expected to become law this fall. It will be among the world's strictest

Published on: September 2nd, 2011 Grant Buckler

Accessible technology increasingly a requirement for businesses

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, private businesses operating in the province will have to meet new accessibility standards for customer service by the beginning of next year. Other standards will

Published on: August 18th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Six ways technology can help disabled employees

Five years ago Scott and Jamie Burton started Dolphin Digital Technologies with an unusual philosophy. The Kitchener, Ont., company aims to employ people with disabilities. By doing so, the Burtons have built a

Published on: July 22nd, 2011 Grant Buckler

Consumer or Business PC: How to choose what’s right for you

Between a quarter and a third of small and medium businesses buy their PCs from retail stores – often big-box retailers like Future Shop, Staples or Best Buy. Should they? The answer according

Published on: May 17th, 2011 Grant Buckler

State of the SMB: Contemplating the cloud, keeping the lights on

Roughly half of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada face flat IT budgets this year, according to a survey that ITBusiness conducted in January, while another 23 per cent will have even less

Published on: April 18th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Ask or answer – Q&A sites can help your business either way

Got a business question? There are lots of ways to find answers online. So many, in fact, that one of the questions you're scratching your head about might be how to make the

Published on: March 14th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Small firms building smart grid solutions

The smart grid – an enhanced electricity delivery system that promises to improve reliability, reduce costs and facilitate the use of alternative energy sources – is in its infancy. But Canadian companies are

Published on: February 9th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Cloud gives marketing firm flexibility at low cost

Toronto marketing company 80/20 Solutions wanted to control IT costs and improve its ability to add capacity quickly as it signed new clients. So 80/20 moved from operating its own servers in a

Published on: December 24th, 2010 Grant Buckler