Getting More Out Of Your Website

These days just about everyone is aware of how important a website can be for a business. Unfortunately when developing a site the tendency remains to pay more attention to how it looks than what it does and how useful it is. An effective website is much more than an online brochure, it’s a tool […]

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Small Business Analytics : Insights Without the Ph.D.

Early this morning, the Vancouver Board of Trade and UBC Sauder School of Business hosted a talk by Neil McGuigan titled Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Business Analytics. The premise of the talk was getting answsers to questions such as: What factors influence your customers buying behavior? How can you predict behavior based on past […]

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Online Video: A Hidden Battleground

It may not be apparent to those who aren’t working behind the scenes, but there’s a battle going on in the world of online video right now.  It’s in many ways reminiscent of the fight between Blu-Ray and HD DVD a couple years ago, with the main difference being that, in this case, users aren’t […]

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Canada vs. the World: Are We Competitive Enough?

The World Economic Forum recently published The Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, which ranks 139 countries based on how competitive they are. Along with the overall ranking, the report includes detailed analysis in three areas: the basic environment and infrastructure, efficiency enhancers, and innovation and sophistication factors. So, how did we do? Here’s a breakdown of […]

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10 Easy Ways to Streamline Your Small Business

Automate simple business processes 1. Use email autoresponders. Email auto-responders are an invaluable way to consistently communicate with customers or prospects, and to ensure you’re not wasting staff time with trivial followups. Autoresponders are emails/replies that can be pre-formulated to be sent out whenever an email is received or a desired action is taken on […]

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HST in BC – Things to Double Check

While there are certainly mixed opinions about it, HST arrived in BC yesterday. The good news is that – at least from what I’ve been able to see first-hand – the transition from a vendor/retailer standpoint seems to have gone fairly smoothly.  After all, in most cases businesses simply have to go from charging 5% […]

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Congratulations Kiwi Team

I’d just like to congratulate the Kiwi team on the success of their launch party this weekend at the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) 2009 Annual Symposium in Kelowna, BC. Launching a new product or service irreverably generates feelings of uncertainty, and it was great to see such as positive reaction by the attendees. We’ve […]

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Open Storage Try & Buy Now Available in Canada

It looks like Sun moved quickly and has finally added their new Open Storage line to the Canadian Try & Buy program. Even better, it looks like our local VAR (value added reseller for those of you unfamiliar with Sun's sales processes) was actually involved with the development and pre-release testing of the arrays. Brand […]

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New Storage Alternative by Sun

Sun's announcement on Monday about their new "Open Storage" platform couldn't have come at a better time for us.  We're starting the setup in a new data center next week and network storage is the one big piece we're still missing. We had all but decided to go the NetApp route, but Monday's announcement has […]

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