Why B.C.’s Okanagan is Canada’s hottest tech startup region
There’s a palpable energy intensifying in the business sector of British Columbia’s Okanagan region — a product of many ingredients, but most notably technology. The area’s tech sector enjoys an annual growth rate of 15 percent, which contributes to a $1.3-billion industry. That’s enough to establish the Okanagan as the fastest-growing tech region in Canada.
150 years later, innovation continues to drive Canada’s growth
In 1922, John William Billes and Alfred Jackson Billes combined their $1,800 in savings to found the Hamilton Tire & Garage Ltd. – which became national retailing giant Canadian Tire. Ted Rogers grew a single FM radio station into a Canadian communications empire. And engineering students Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin founded Research in Motion in 1984 before growing it into a wireless technology pioneer. Canada has a rich history of risk-takers who started small businesses that grew into national icons.
Why every business needs a cybersecurity plan
Nine percent of Canadian IT security professionals don’t believe their organizations will fall victim to a cyberattack, despite a rash of high-profile incidents in recent years. That was one of the findings of security firm Trustwave 2017 Security Pressures Report.
How security pros can overcome operational pressures
Advanced security threats represent the biggest source of operational stress for Canadian IT professionals, with 25 percent listing it as their top concern, according to the 2017 Security Pressures Report from Chicago-based cybersecurity vendor Trustwave. Lack of budget is another major source of operational pressure, with 20 percent citing it as their biggest headache. The report is based on surveys of more than 1,600 IT professionals from around the globe.
Five tips for driving organizational innovation
Any business can benefit from a jolt of innovation, including an 84-year-old industrial equipment distributor and a 94-year-old Canadian retailing icon. Gary Agnew, vice-president of Vancouver-based Finning Digital and Chris Greenfield of Welland, Ont.-based Canadian Tire Financial Services, constantly push their organizations to innovate by adopting new processes and technologies.
Canadian towns and cities build efficiencies with IoT
Graffiti cleanup in the city of Vancouver used to be a complicated process. A superintendent would receive a removal request, print it out, and then send a work order to a city employee. It wasn’t always clear exactly where, or how large, the offending message was.
Rogers and The National Arts Centre are partners on the stage
Technology brings us together – it connects us in our personal and work lives. Performing arts, too – whether it is music, dance, or theatre – connects us and brings people together. With The National Arts Centre (NAC) looking to become one of the most digitally connected art centres in North America, we have worked with them to increase connectivity across its revitalized building in the nation’s capital.
How to build a compelling digital workplace
Creating the correct path for your digital workplace strategy is no easy task. Get it right, and you’ll have a more engaged and productive workforce. Get it wrong, and you will end up with frustrated employees and few efficiency gains, if any.