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.
A reality of today's manufacturing environment is that IT systems may not be as connected as most CIOs would like to believe. Despite growing digitization, too much data, information and knowledge resides in silos. Gaining visibility into everything is daunting. Few organizations—even the smartest and the best—have mastered this concept, which typically encompasses the fourth industrial revolution, a.k.a. the industrial internet of things.
How to help your company make the shift to flexible working
The world of work is changing: the traditional office is on the way out and as remote working, hot-desking, and online collaboration becomes more common with teams always connected but rarely meeting. CIO-turned-digital-advisor Ian Cohen said, "Most businesses are used to the challenge of managing an occasionally connected workforce, where people would use mobile technology to hook back into the enterprise network every-so-often. Now, individuals are always connected -- but the nature of work continues to change."