Maggie Fox: the next stage of success at SAP (SAP CMO series)

It’s a confusing marketing technology world at the moment, and nobody knows technology like SAP. Historically focused on the CIO, now the company is reaching out to bring their expertise to a brand new audience: marketers. And that requires a different kind of marketing, something Maggie Fox is keenly aware of, and excited about. Fox, […]

Canadian government giving $31.4 million to B.C. incubators, accelerators

Over the next five years, four British Columbia incubator and accelerator organizations will be given up to $31.4 million in funding from the Government’s Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP). James Moore, Minister of Industry, is quoted as saying: “By investing in British Columbia’s incubator and accelerator organizations, we are ensuring local promising start-up businesses have the resources […]

Lessons every startup can learn from Uber

To some degree, every startup has to envy what Uber has achieved. Its elegant experience delights ride-sharing customers and disrupts an inefficient and sometimes less-than-squeaky-clean taxi industry. In just five years, it has expanded to more than 200 cities and is now valued at $17.3 billion (U.S.). What startup doesn’t want to sip from that deliciously sweet cup of […]

Google’s new Contributor: great for bloggers, bad for advertisers?

There’s a new offering from the Googleplex that appears small but could be seismic, released without a lot of fanfare. It’s a new way for sites to generate revenue called Google Contributor. What we know so far: What is it? It’s a type of distributed subscription model Google is calling crowdfunding (though it is not […]

What Alibaba can teach us about winning in B2b ecommerce

The average North American likely hasn’t heard of Alibaba, but the Asian retailer is larger than Amazon and eBay combined. The juggernaut, founded in 1999, continues to dominate the ecommerce market and continues to generate substantial revenues and make history. In September, Alibaba made international headlines after having the largest global initial public offering (IPO) […]

Samsung aims to focus more on B2B market

The world’s largest electronics company by revenue says it hopes to continue investments in mobile healthcare and B2B areas, as Samsung believes there will be continued growth in the sector. As ZDNet reports, Samsung wrote in its third-quarter corporate disclosure filed to the Korea Exchange: “We’ll be a company that provides numerous values to customers based on […]

Investing in e-commerce? Better make it mobile

It seems that B2B suppliers have noticed that it’s almost 2015 and hey, wouldn’t you know it, the whole buying-online fad is probably here to stay. A recent report by Forrester Consulting suggests that B2B is getting serious about e-commerce: 80 percent or more of online B2B sellers are planning to invest in, implement, or upgrade their e-commerce platform within […]

Should SMBs go beyond QuickBooks for their accounting software?

Is Intuit well positioned to maintain its dominance in the small-to-medium business accounting software market in cloud era? Is the company’s long-running QuickBooks franchise still the best option for SMBs? QuickBooks has been around in one form or another for a generation. But over the past few years, cloud-based mobile competitors have been gaining customers […]

These six slides explain everything about Twitter’s ad business

This week, Twitter held its first “analyst day” where the company shared details of its plan for the service, its future and how it believes it will increase revenue from its users. “We want Twitter to be nothing less than the very best way to keep up with your world,” CEO Dick Costolo said at the beginning of the event. […]

Beyond the hype: Get ready for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has reached peak buzz. Gartner placed IoT at the very pinnacle of its 2014 Hype Cycle for emerging technologies, and it’s little wonder why. For years now, technology executives, “thought leaders” and especially marketers have loved to talk about the seemingly futuristic concept of a global nervous system of networked, intelligent sensors. The implications […]

5 ways e-commerce sites can capitalize on Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Black Friday, falling on November 28, and Cyber Monday (December 1) are dates etched on the minds of all retailers; but how are smaller e-commerce businesses preparing for this major shopping season, and how can these businesses capitalize on a retail holiday traditionally celebrated by big box retailers? Consider the numbers for a moment. According to […]

Software-defined networking: A primer for non-techies

B2B tech is getting smarter. Back at the dawn of internet time, you had boxes and routers and a network was ‘managed’ by plugging and unplugging things. Each device had its own brain and each component had to be individually managed, and like Christmas lights, an entire network could be dependent on one faulty connection. […]

13 things you need to consider before bringing your business to the cloud

Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and schools are heading to the cloud. The innovation in the cloud-computing industry is emphatically transforming the workplace as a greater abundance of data is being stored. Data is being accessed from anywhere and everywhere and the way workers are performing their job duties is evolving. The cloud era is here […]

What you need to know about the state of venture capital funding in U.S. and Canada

by Kay Mathews  Fuelling economic growth through investment in startup companies is a priority in Canada and the United States. Leaders of both nations have taken steps to reinvigorate venture capital industries in their respective countries, but the means to that end are distinctive. According to a May 6 National Venture Capital Association press release, […]