When selling yourself as faster and cheaper is no longer enough: Part 2

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette In Part 1, we introduced Host Analytics, an enterprise software vendor that delivers a suite of corporate performance management (CPM) tools through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. We discussed

Published on: January 18th, 2012 Francis Moran

Intuit hires former Apple executive to lead Canada division

A former executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Apple Inc. that focused on small business strategy and tailoring products for the local market is now the country manager of Canada for Intuit Inc.The Palo

Published on: January 16th, 2012 Brian Jackson

When selling yourself as faster and cheaper is no longer enough: Part 1

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette In the past two months, Oracle has agreed to purchase RightNow Technologies for $1.4 billion, SAP has taken SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion, and IBM is buying DemandTec for $440 million.

Published on: January 16th, 2012 Francis Moran

6 things RIM needs to do to turn its fortune around

by Kye Husbands Seems like every blog we do of late is about RIM, because it’s difficult to watch a giant go down without a real fight.   We have long communicated that

Published on: January 5th, 2012 Kye Husbands

Minister of Industry announces $80M tech adoption program for SMBs

Small businesses remain skeptical of a government pilot project launched yesterday designed to infuse $80 million into the small and medium sized business (SMB) sector to help companies adopt information and communication technologies.In

Published on: November 15th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Canadian entrepreneurs don’t fear risk – investors do

By Christine Wong Penny for your thoughts? Canada’s high tech startups would love to raise some pretty pennies for theirs. The fledgling firms are brimming with bright ideas, but can’t raise enough cash

Published on: October 27th, 2011 Christine Wong

Postmedia acquires Sprouter

Sprouter Inc. has sprouted wings again.The Toronto-based social media site for startups has been acquired by Postmedia Network Inc., resurrecting Sprouter just two months after its surprise announcement that it was folding after

Published on: October 3rd, 2011 Christine Wong

IBM pledges $1 billion financing for SMBs

IBM has pledged US$1 billion in financing to help small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) procure certain IBM systems and services, the company announced Thursday."SMBs face difficulties in access to financing. They may not

Published on: September 9th, 2011 Joab Jackson

Credit card companies ready NFC payment security software

Four major credit card companies are working with the Isis mobile wallet venture to install mobile payment security applications on upcoming NFC-ready smartphones in the U.S.Visa expects to license its own software, called

Published on: August 29th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

How to launch a tech start-up for free

Two and a half years ago I wrote about the economic difficulties facing the modern small-business owner, and, well, it looks like nothing has changed since then. Times are still tough, money is

Published on: April 13th, 2011 Christopher Null

What your business can learn from Chilean wine

By Phil Newman Yield management involves the strategic control of inventory to sell it to the right customer at the right time for the right price. Book your flight to New York two

Published on: March 25th, 2011 Francis Moran

Will flow-through shares program help finance tech firms?

By Denzil Doyle During the past three or four decades, Canadian policy makers at both the federal and provincial levels have tried just about every trick in the book to finance technology companies,

Published on: March 12th, 2011 Francis Moran

Online registry key to SMBs seeking government contracts

Is your small or medium sized business selling technology products or services? If so, then you should be checking out the Public Works and Government Services Canada Web site regularly because the government

Published on: March 3rd, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Trio of tech firms achieve ‘best managed’ recognition

Some were veterans, others newcomers to 2010’s list of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, but good people are vital to good business, according to several tech companies featured on the list.  Commitment to

Published on: March 2nd, 2011 Harmeet Singh