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Date Published: July 14,  2014

Where: Krebs on Security

Title: Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers

 

Krebs On Security has obtained a non-public advisory distributed to the hospitality industry by the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center warning they have recently arrested suspects who have compromised computers at several major hotel business centers. The article gives suggestions on how to clean up after yourself if you must use a hotel business center PC.

       

Date Published: June 19,  2014

Where: ZDNet.com

Title: Can't start a Fire without a spark: Why Amazon id dancing in the dark

 

Author Jason Perlow doesn't offer us another review of the new Amazon phone, but rather, suggests that this entry into the marketplace will not send 'must have' buyers straight to the store to replace their existing technology. Amazon didn't take the cheaper but same features approach to enticing buyers, but that doesn't mean, in this editors opinion, that in the long term, Amazon will not capture its fair share of the market. They've done it before.

       

Date Published: June 10,  2014

Where: Myce.com

Title: Windows 8.1 Update 1 mandatory update deadline today

 

Today is the deadline for Windows 8.1 home users to update to Windows 8.1 Update 1 if they want to continue to receive security patches and other fixes. Initially the deadline was on May 13 but based on ‘user feedback’ the company decided to postpone to today, June 10. Likewise, business users should update to Update 1 before August 12 or they will no longer receive updates for their OS. This also affects Windows Server 2012 R2.

       

Date Published: May 12-15,  2014

Title: Microsoft Office for iPad notch 27M downloads in 46 days

Title: Encrypted file storage coming to Office 365 for business in July

Title: US TechEd 2014 shows Microsoft's resolute focus on enterprise and cloud

 

TechEd North America is Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, providing the technical education, product evaluation, and community resources to plan, architect, deploy, manage and secure a connected enterprise. It's Microsoft's chance to tell the world what's new and to provide insight into where they see the future going. As you can see in the three articles that we're posting, it's obvious that Microsoft wants to make the cloud a much more secure place for business, and, it looks like the iPad might be on the verge of becoming a must have business product.

       

Date Published: April 17,  2014

Where: The Sydney Morning Herald

Title: It's time for a Heartbleed-inspired password audit

 

While this author is certain that all of our readers are fully aware of the Heartbleed security flaw, this article nevertheless will provide you with some insight about how even a non-affected sight might be hacker susceptible. There are also some good suggestions for how to come up with passwords, and an interesting list of what sights use Heartbleed.

       

Date Published: April 9,  2014

Where: Canadian Manufacturing e-Newsletter

Title: Windows XP: a guide to risks and options

 

This article begins by pointing out that the research firm Gartner estimates that as much as 25 percent of Windows PC's in the workplace are running XP. It then explains the risks associated with an unsupported operating system, and provides the reader with choices regarding continuing to utilize XP, or upgrading. It's important to be informed so that you can make an informed decision.

       

Date Published: March 18,  2014

Where: National Reasearch Council Website

Title: Business Innovation Access Program

 

This announcement comes only weeks after the Federal Government February 2014 budget. This program "provides $20 Million in funding to small to medium sized enterprises (SME) to help them access business services or technical assistance to bring bigger and better innovations to market faster". Funds can be used to help support product development or improvement as well as marketing analysis.

       

Date Published: March 8,  2014

Where: CBC News Technology & Science

Title: Courtney Love libel suit shows landmark 1964 case relevant in digital age

 

This is not our first article about social media and libel issues. However, this one contradicts what many of the pundits have predicted in the past. It concerns Courtney Love tweeting that her former lawyer had been bought off and, that lawyer suing her for libel. Why this concerns you is because you might find it even more difficult to protect your brand from libel based on the reasons this suit was lost.  Enjoy!

       

Date Published: February, 5, 2014

Where: The Buffalo News

Title: Global $5 million contest launched to start businesses in Buffalo

 

New York State has just announced a global business plan competition to attract entrepreneurs with the best ideas for starting a new business in the Buffalo Niagara region. Successful businesses can receive anywhere from $250,000 to $1 million as a start up incentive. It is anticipated that similar competitions will be held during each of the next four years.

       

Date Published: January, 21, 2014

Where: CompTIA

Title: CompTIA IT Industry Outlook 2014: Positives Outweigh Challenges

 

For 2014, CompTIA has made 12 predictions about what to expect this year in the IT industry. They divide their predictions into 3 categories, Macro Trends, Technology Trends, and IT Channel Trends. Why is this important to you, because we only need to remember a short 30 years ago when Walmart used technology to dramatically reduce their logistics costs, and redefine the discount store industry forever. 

       

Date Published: January 13, 2014

Where: CBC News

Title: FATCA facts: What Canadians need to know about new U.S. tax law

 

The U.S. government taxes its citizens regardless of where they reside. Canadian banks have agreed to provide the U.S. IRS with information about the banking habits of U.S. citizens in Canada, as well as Canadians who seem to spend significant time abroad (e.g. snowbirds). The cost to do this will be borne by every Canadian and if you are one of the two types of people listed above, you need to be aware of this law.

       

Date Published: December 2, 2013

Where: BBC News

Title: Amazon testing drones for deliveries

 

This editor recognizes that this story received plenty of media attention. However, it's important to think about what other uses drone deliveries could have. In Ontario, for instance, with its large auto manufacturing sector, could "drone-type" deliveries prevent unexpected shutdowns on the assembly line, or help reduce inventory supplies, or unexpected stock outages? Competitive North American manufacturing depends on continued efficiencies. That is why this article is worth thinking about.

       

Date Published: November 27, 2013

Where: CBC News

Title: Siracha hot sauce factory ordered to partially shut down

 

Why is this important? Because in almost every one of our major Canadian cities, manufacturing resides side by side with residential communities. And now, even though the Judge acknowledged that there was a "lack of credible evidence" linking consumer complaints to breathing trouble or watering eyes, he still upheld the partial shutdown of the factory. This could become an important precedent.

       

Date Published: October 2, 2013

Where: The Globe and Mail

Title: Rogers to offer promotional ads by text

 

Remember when we had to hire marketing firms to hold focus groups to tell us who our customers were and how best to focus our products to their desires. Well now, if our customers own cell phones, wireless carriers can tell us where they go, what stores they shop in, and anything else we might want to know. Big brother really is watching. Are you ready to take advantage of this?

       

Date Published: October 2, 2013

Where: CNN Tech

Title: 5 problems with iOS 7, and how to fix them

 

If you're one of those iPhone users who struggles with improving your battery life when you're away from the office for extended periods of time, then you need to know that iOS 7 has expanded its ability to run apps in the background, a feature that you may or may not want, depending on the app. This article gives you a tip on how to let iOS 7 know your preferences, app by app. Thanks CNNTech.

       

Date Published: September 18, 2013

Where: Reuters

Title: Apple iPhone fingerprint scanner gets plaudits in early reviews

 

On this page, on June 18, 2013, see below, we highlighted an article that indicated that the theft of mobile devices - smartphones and tablets - is now the "fastest-growing street crime" in the U.S. The government asked manufacturers for their help and, Apple's fingerprint reader on its top-end iPhone 5s has received an early thumbs up for ease of use from two influential reviewers. This is an important step in the right direction.

       

Date Published: September 3, 2013

Where: Yahoo! Finance

Title: Pace of US manufacturing hit 2-year peak in Aug.

 

U.S. manufacturing expanded in August at the fastest pace since June, 2011 based on finding by The Institute for Supply Management. That represents a 50% growth year over year. Orders from overseas also rose, a sign that improving economies in Europe and China may be boosting U.S. manufacturers. It goes without saying that what's good for the U.S. economy, our largest trading partner, is good for Canada.

       

Date Published: August 16, 2013

Where: Statistics Canada

Title: Monthly Survey of Manufacturing (MSM)

 

Manufacturing sales declined 0.5% in June, the fourth decrease in six months. Manufacturing sales have been on a slow decline since the spring of 2012.The decline in June mostly reflected lower sales in the miscellaneous manufacturing, fabricated metal product and wood product industries. Higher sales in the petroleum and coal product industry offset a portion of the decreases. Constant dollar sales were down 1.3% as volumes fell.

       

Date Published: August, 2013

Where: Rogers Connected

Title: Video: 3 Tips for Taking Better Photos with your Smartphone

 

It is summer and this editor thought you might consider this to be valuable information to keep you informed. A 2012 study showed that 77% of Canadians use their Smartphones rather than a point and click camera for everyday photography. Here are 3 tips from professional photographer Arash Mallemi on how to take better pictures. He calls them the Rule of Thirds and they are tips on picture composition, subject cropping and lighting.

       

Date Published: July, 2013

Where: Collins Barrow Indirect Tax Alert

Title: GET THE CREDIT YOU DESERVE: DOCUMENT YOUR CREDIT AND DEBIT NOTES

 

This is a must read for your accounts payable department. To summarize, a company issued an invoice with Quebec Sales Tax. The customer disputed the invoice, the company issued a credit note, and correctred the erroneously charged and received back from Quebec, sales tax. However, the company issued the credit note trashed it and the original invoice, and Quebec did not believe it ever happened. See some tips on how to avoid this potential tax liability problem.

       

Date Published: July 5, 2013

Where: CBC News

Title: Ultrafast internet service launched by Vancouver startup

 

The key to ultrafast internet speeds is the "last mile" of wiring that connects a building to the rest of a telecommunications network. It must be made of fibre optic cables. So, this service is easiest to provide to office buildings or apartment buildings that have yet to be built. Nevertheless, the cost to provide this service is not overly expensive, and provides us with another glimpse at the future.

       

Date Published: June 24, 2013

Where: Reuters

Title: Rivals Microsoft and Oracle team up on push into clouds

 

This could be bigger news than a truce between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Probably the two most prominent names in technology agreeing to sharing something. It just proves that rivalries can easily be forgotten in the business world, if looking the other way is good for business. And this certainly looks like it will be good for business.

       

Date Published: June 18, 2013

Where: StorefrontBacktalk

Title: Cyberthieves Are Going Low-Tech, And The Only Way To Stop Them May Be To Go Even Lower

 

Cybercrime continues to haunt industry. Here is another example of how thieves are stealing payment card information, this time, from unsuspecting store employees. While this example focuses on the retail industry, the scheme could regretfully work with the accounting department of any business. If your business accepts payment cards, this is a must read article.

       

Date Published: June 12, 2013

Where: NBC News Business

Title: 'Kill switch' pushed as solution to smartphone thefts

 

The theft of mobile devices - smartphones and tablets - is now the "fastest-growing street crime" in the U.S. Manufacturers are now being asked to "find a technological solution to this crime wave." Yesterday, Apple announced that they will be dealing with the problem in their  next operating system release, iOS7. The theft statistics in this article are staggering and should make us cautious with flashing our technology.

       

Date Published: June 3, 2013

Where: GSM Nation

Title: Asus Transformer Book Trio Preview: A True All-In-One Device

 

If you're like most of us, you're wondering about if and how there will be convergence between tablets and PC's, and how that can be accomplish. Well, here is a glimpse into the future. At Computex 2013 Asus has unveiled the first three-in-one notebook, tablet and desktop PC. Now, if only they could simulate the E Ink environment of the ereader, we'd have it all in one package.

       

Date Published: May 9, 2013

Where: RFID 24 - 7

Title: American Apparel Says Goodbye to Handheld Readers; NXP and IMPINJ Unveil New Products at RFID Live

 

The retail industry continues to find new usages for RFID technology. For example, American Apparel announced at the 2013 RFID Journal Live Show that it is in the process of setting up its stores for self checkout, thus enabling customers to make purchases from anywhere in the store if they have an account on their mobile device. This customer centric innvoation, enabled by RFID, will be rolled out beginning sometime next month.

Date Published: May 8, 2013

Where: CbC News On line

Title: Interactive National Household Survey highlights

 

Statistics Canada has just begun releasing data from the 2013 Census. If we are to be successful consumer products manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors or retailers, it is important to understand the demographic to which we are selling. This editor is one of those people who think a graph tells 1000 words. And there are 9 very informative graphs on this interactive web page. Enjoy!

Date Published: April 17, 2013

Where: Ottawa Citizen

Title: Target facing price backlash

 

The arrival of Target in Canada is being closely watched by all Canadian wholesalers / manufacturers and retailers. For the first two, it's a new market for their goods, and for the retailer, it's a new competitor in their market space. This article discusses how Target's performance to date is below expectations. Read it and weep, or read it and cheer, depending on your perspective.

Date Published: April, 2013

Where: New York Times

Title: Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat's Fat

 

Needless to say, this is a serious departure from our traditional business related article. However, the topic is of great importance to each of us. The article describes research published in Nature Medicine, conducted at the Cleveland Clinic, which points to other factors besides fat that could lead to higher risk of heart disease in red meat eaters. Please read the report, come to your own conclusions, and do right by your health which will do right by your family and your business.

Date Published: March, 2013

Where: ComputerWorld

Title: Two charged with gift-card hacking scheme

 

This is an interesting article about how the Subway hackers were able to hack into the Subway POS system and managed to steal gift cards in 3 different states by simply installing a program that takes control of a remote PC. Each of us needs to be careful about who we allow access to our computers. Forewarned is forearmed.

Date Published: March, 2013

Where: techradar.computing

Title: Office 2013

 

While we've never before used this forum to talk about a specific app, Microsoft Office is so widespread amongst the business community and Office 2013 is such a leap in technology that we thought you should be aware of this change. Office 2013 is cloud based, licensed on a per user basis, with each user having access to their documents on up to 5 devices, and an automatic update to all future Office enhancements. Welcome to the future.

Date Published: February, 2013

Where: CNN Tech

Title: From 3D graphics to biometric scans: How your smartphone will get smarter

 

One thing we can be sure of when it comes to technology is that change is the norm. Believe it or not, it's only been 6 years since Apple changed the smartphone from a phone with email capability to a computer in your pocket. This article lists 6 things that you should expect to be the norm in the near future for your smartphone.

       

Date Published: February, 2013

Where: The Toronto Star

Title: Will 3D printing revolutionize the way we live?

 

We've been hearing alot about 3D printing lately. This editor finally got it. Imagine being able to build prototypes simply by 'printing' your CAD design. Now, imagine if your prototype requires several components to fit together and only by integrating them with existing products/machinery can you confirm the correctness of the prototype. Now imagine that instead of spending weeks to design and refine your prototypes, you can do it in days. I GOT IT.

       

Date Published: January, 2013

Where: MRO Magazine

Title: Manufacturing sales increased 1.7% in November

 

As you can see from the headlines, manufacturing sales are up a surprising 1.7% based on November data just released by Statistics Canada. Reading further, you will see that this article analyzes longer term trends in Canadian manufacturing data. Specifically, inventories, which continue to rise year to year. So, the good news is, manufacturing sales are up in most provinces, while the bad news is, so are inventory levels.

Date Published: January, 2013

Where: The Bottom Line

Title: AC Company wins appeal vs CRA

 

Our first article this year concerns a Tax Court ruling which The Bottom Line asked our Director, Elliot Schiller to help interpret the significance thereof. He was interviewed in late December and the article was published in the first edition of January, 2013. It's the story of an Air Conditioner company who were denied over $300,000 based on an interpretation of SR&ED that the Courts ruled too narrow.

       

Date Published: December, 2012

Where: CTV News

Title: Many cyber criminals shifting focus to smartphones

 

Canada’s privacy commissioner says Canadians aren’t doing enough to protect their mobile communications devices, like cellphones and tablet computers. One recent threat, Finfisher, takes over a phone, allowing it to be controlled and monitored remotely. Multiple anti-virus software companies, including AVG, have protection products ready for the threat. It looks like we’re all about to install virus protection software onto our cellphones.

       

Date Published: December, 2012

Where: The New York Times

Title: Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics

 

Two recent studies published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine and in Diabetologia conclude that people should be sitting less at work. While this is nothing new to most of us, the disturbing finding is that even if you live a healthy life style when not at the office, that doesn’t inoculate you from the perils of sitting. However, the good news is that entrepreneurial solutions are already starting to appear in the work place. Read on.

       

Date Published: November, 2012

Where: www.inc.com

Title: The Real Productivity-Killer: jerks

 

This statistical / graphical article reminds us how important it is to have the right people promoted to management. They put a price tag on the cost of bad bosses at $360 billion every year in lost productivity. Of course, while we all already know the problem with our bad managers, it never hurts to be reminded, and perhaps this article will motivate us to tackle this problem sooner rather than later.

       

Date Published: October, 2012

Where: www.WikiHow.com

Title: How to Avoid the Potential Risks of Geotagging

 

This editor learned a new word this week, Geotagging. Geotagging is the information that is attached to a picture taken on a smartphone or similar device. It contains information about where the picture was taken. So, what's the problem. Imagine your young child posting a picture taken from her room. Once posted on the web, the whole world knows where she lives. This article needs to be read by anyone with children or grandchildren.

       

Date Published: October, 2012

Where:Toronto Manager Magazine Fall 2012

Title: How to Make Your Board of Directors a Strategic Advantage

 

The Fall 2012 edition of Toronto Manager Magazine features an article by our very own Richard Taylor. Richard is a graduate of the Dr. John Carver Policy Governance(r) training academy and has worked with boards from the Not for Profit sector, the public sector (police services boards) and institutional (college and school) boards. This article will be of interest to any firms that have a Board of Directors .

       

Date Published: September / October, 2012

Where: Moneyville.ca / The Toronto Star

Title: How to retrieve accidentally deleted computer files

 

This article which originally appeared on line in Moneyville was reproduced in The Toronto Star. It explains that deleted files, even ones deleted from the recycle bin take a while to actually disappear from the hard drive. It provides recommended solutions on how to recover those files. But, remember, when it comes to deleted files, time is of the essences.

       

Date Published: September 26, 2012

Where: Harvard Business Review

Title: Ten Reasons People Resist Change

 

This article points out why organizations often fail when it comes to implementing change. As the article points out, "the best tool for leaders of change is to understand the predictable, universal sources of resistance and then strategize around them." Hats off to the Teeger Schiller Inc. Systems Consulting Division who are masters at helping organizations get user buy-in as step 1 in managing the change.

       

Date Published: September, 2012

Where: CA Magazine

Title: When the birdies go tweet, tweet, tweet

 

As each of our firms continues to expand our footprint in the digital world, being told by our marketing consultants that we need a presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and on and on, we all need to be aware that our digital word needs to be proofed and edited for absolute accuracy as the courts continue to rule that your digital word is truly your digital bond.

       

Date Published: August, 2012

Where: USA TODAY

Title: Why shopping will never be the same

 

Intel has designed a high-tech mirror that shows how clothes look on a consumer who simply stands in front of an LCD monitor. This technology simulates body type and fabric fit (based on weight, height and measurements). Think of it as a digital fitting room. The concept is three to five years from fruition but could change apparel retailing in the same way that Amazon changed book retailing. Forewarned is forearmed.

       

Date Published: July, 2012

Where: Financial Post

Title: Top 5 takeaways from the Bank of Canada's Decision

 

The Bank of Canada turned slightly more dovish on July 17,2012 as it trimmed its  growth outlook for Canada and warned that the global economy has weakened. In this article, Financial Post reporter John Shmuel listed the top 5 takeaways that Canadian businesses should learn from this decision .

       

Date Published: June, 2012

Where: Moneyville (Toronto Star online eMagazine)

Title: Man fired for 'working at home in Mexico

 

The B.C. Supreme Court just ruled in favour of this company having the right to fire a home worker who moved his home from Alberta to Mexico. That's the good news. The bad news is that the reason for the firing was breach of contract, not moving to Mexico. Many of us have out of province employees working from home doing sales, etc. Does your contract specify that they must remain a resident of a specific province or country, if not, are you prepared for Mexican payroll issues? Read on!

       

Date Published: June , 2012

Where: SME Financing Data Initiative (Industry Canada/ Statistics Canada/ Finance Canada)

Title: Q4 2011

 

Canadian VC investment experienced its strongest annual performance since 2007 as $1.51 billion was invested in 504 deals. This represents a 34 percent increase over the $1.13 billion invested during 2010. While overall investment has recovered from the historic lows experienced in 2009 it continues to remain shy of the $2.05 billion invested in 2007.

       

Date Published: May , 2012

Where: Machinery and Equipment (Digital Edition)

Title: Business Confidence improved in early 2010 in Canada

 

The Conference Board of Canada’s Index of Business Confidence rose 6.6 points in the fourth quarter of 2011 and gained another 2.5 points in the first quarter of 2012 to reach 101.8 (2002 =100). These results follows 3 straight quarters of declining confidence. Of course, with the European debt crisis far from resolved and the upcoming U.S. election in the fall, the good news might be short lived. Let's hope not.

       

Date Published: April, 2012

Where: Industry Canada

Title: 9 tech resolutions for your business

 

This article begins with "Investing in technology can be a challenge for entrepreneurs. But if done properly, information and communications technology can be a game-changer for your business. It can boost productivity, accelerate sales, and even open up new markets. Here are nine resolutions to help ensure your business reaps the benefits." It's worth the read.

       

Date Published: April, 2012

Where: The Washington Post

Title: A Flashback trojan shows Macs do get viruses

 

For those of you working on a Mac, please note that you too are subject to those annoying viruses. Dr. Web has put up a website that enables you to enter your Mac info to see if your system is infected. The Dr. Web website can be found at https://www.drweb.com/flashback/  Good Luck!

       

Date Published: March, 2012

Where: New York Times

Title: As New iPad Debut Nears, Some See Decline of PCs

 

Tablet sales continue to soar even though the business functionality from a word processing/ spreadsheet point of view is still inferior. Nevertheless, the size, convenience, price point and other fun apps make the businessman want to own one, even if it's just for whiling away the endless hours spent in airports, on planes and in away from home hotel rooms. This is an interesting look at a future that may be closer than we think!

       

Date Published: February, 2012

Where: New York Times

Title: Traveling Light in a Time of Digital Thievery

 

Following the recent Canadian Trade Mission to China, if your company is planning on opening up relations, or already have personnel travelling back and forth between the two countries, this article is a must read. In this age of digital phones and laptops, we forget that these devices can easily be hacked, especially in countries that have distinctly different views than ours on intellectual property. Forewarned is forearemed!

       
       

Date Published: January, 2012

Where: Banrate.com

Title: www.bankrate.com

 

This month, rather than provide you with a single article, we thought you might enjoy being made aware of Bankrate.com. For example, in the past month Bankrate.com, originally a print publisher for financial information, has provided readers with articles including The 4 Risky Places to Swipe Your Debit Card, and 12 Credit Card Tips for 2012. Enjoy!

       

Date Published: December, 27, 2011

Where: The Canadian Press

Title: Blackberry maker Research In Motion enters 2012 with a lot riding on its name

 

The future of RIM is of great concern to Teeger Schiller Inc. Our Funding Division, with staff across multiple cities in Canada relies heavily on BBM to make sure we are in constant contact. We continue to look at the iPhone and Android Smartphones, but keep concluding that RIM makes the most business functional phone for us. Or, as one of our consultants recently said "The BlackBerry is the best phone for work, and the iPhone is the best phone for the rest of my life. Looks like another BlackBerry for me"

   

Date Published: December, 2011

Where: Canadian Intellectual Property Office Website

Title: Intellectual Property for Exporting Businesses

 

Intellectual property is an important component to ensuring your innovation remains your property. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently added this informative 8 step guide to their website. It's worth the time spent to read it. Pay particular attention to the employee / employer IP ownership issue, and if need be, develop a new employee contract to ensure that your company owns the IP!

   

Date Published: December, 2011

Where: CRA Website

Title: Changes to the rules for deductiong Canada Pension Plan contributions

 

If you are over 65 and have elected to start collecting CPP, be aware that you are personally responsible for filling out and submitting form CPT 30 to CRA, and a copy to your employer in order to stop having contributions to CPP deducted from your pay. This changes goes into effect on January 1, 2012.

   

Date Published: November, 2011

Where: BizActions

Title: What Type of Relationship Exists?

 

Many companies make the mistake in believing that the way an individual is paid, either by contract or salary determines if they are a contractor or a salaried employee in the eyes of Canada Revenue Agency. Not so. This article provides you with a list of questions that depending on the answer determine if you should be paying Employment Insurance for an individual regardless of the way you pay them.

       

Date Published: October, 2011

Where: McKinsey Quarterly

Title: Competing through data: Three experts offer their game plan

 

A recurring theme with consultants is business intelligence, i.e. the ability to use your existing data as a strategic advantage against your competition. Many companies, especially the small, to medium sized businesses (SME's) don't feel that they have the time or staff who have the ability to query data for intelligence. Still, we harp on the theme. Why, because it's a valuable tool that is dramatically under used! So, here we go again. Read and think about how this applicable to your business.

   

Date Published: Fall, 2011

Where: Statistics Canada

Title: Projected trends to 2031 for the Canadian labour force

 

This report originally published by Stats Canada in August, 2011 has now been analyzed and reported on in various industry magazines. While the report is quite large their is a highlights and introduction section that are small enough to easily read and give an excellent overview of where our labour force is headed (hint: by 2031, 1 in 3 workers will belong to a visible minority and 1 in 4 workers may be over 55). It is an interesting read!

   

Date Published: September, 2011

Where: CanadaOne

Title: 7 Programs to Protect and Find Your Smartphone and Mobile Devices

 

We all worry about losing our smartphones. Nowadays, they contain way too much sensitive information that we wouldn't want to lose control of. Of course, we have passwords and locked safe applications, but with the kinds of things that hackers seem to be able to easily do, it isn't much peace of mind. Check out this article and see if you are doing what you need to do to be proactive in securing your smartphone information.

   

Date Published: August 29, 2011

Where: The Globe and Mail

Title: Ten Ways to Improve Cash Flow

 

This article suggests ten ways to improve cash flow, including leveraging consumable spending, ordering online, negotiating corporate cell phone plans, switching to VOIP service, purchasing second hand office furniture, utilizing outsourcing opportunities for selective tasks, negotiating contract terms, courier service, and in general, developing successful habits to control operational cost.

   

Date Published: August 21, 2011

Where: The Toronto Star

Title: IT projects are ticking time bombs

 

Based on a new Harvard Business Review report, IT projects continue to fail at alarming rates. What the study found, and recommends is that projects with a "master builder with a proven track record" at the helm (such as Teeger Schiller Inc.) are far likelier to succeed. After all these years, many companies still don't realize that the skills needed to successfully implement new systems are not trivial skills, but built over many years with many projects.

   

Date Published: August 3, 2011

Where: BBC Mobile News Technology

Title: Online photos can reveal our private data say experts

 

Retailers have been struggling for years to know their customers. In fact, an entire industry of products called CRM have been developed for this purpose. Scientists at Carnegie-Mellon University have just announced a breakthrough in facial recognition technology. Combine that with all of the social media software that the average consumer subscribes to, and retailers will soon know lots more than just buying habits when a potential customer crosses their threshold. It's a brave new world!

   

Date Published: July 6, 2011

Where: Storefront Backtalk

Title: Albertsons LLC Ditching Self-Checkout Chainwide

 

This article once again highlights the subtle differences between the Canadian and American cultures. While Self-Checkout has become a mainstay amongst the major grocery stores in Canada, the U.S. is struggling with its implementation. And, it's not just Albertsons who are having trouble getting the consumer to see the advantages, but Krogers is experiencing a similar reaction amongst its customers.

       

Date Published: May 24, 2011

Where: Infosec Island

Title: Could the IT Staff Hold Your Company Hostage?

 

At the April 2011 Infosecurity Europe Conference, Venafi, Inc. surveyed over 500 I.T. executives with frightening results. Based on access to various company sensitive data security keys, and documents, 36 percent said that they could hold their organization to ransom if they wanted to. Further, 43 percent said they could cause chaos even after leaving the organization.

       

Date Published: May 5, 2011

Where: The Boston Consulting Media Center

Title: Made in the USA Again: Manufacturing Is Expected to Return to America

 

This provocative report predicts that with the closing of the wage gap between Chinese and American workers, the strengthening of the Chinese yuan, and aggressive U.S. government incentives to business in various states, the U.S. is heading for a manufacturing renaissance within the next five years.

       

Date Published: April 7, 2011

Where: The New York Times

Title:tThe Long and Wireless Road to a Home Router

 

This is an excellent article to save for future reference when your latest router burns out, or you're ready for an upgrade. It discusses what G, N, N+, 11g, 1n single band and dual band all mean and what to look for depending upon your requirements. . It makes the point that spending your money on the most expensive may not necessarily get you the best router for your needs.

   

Date Published: March 15, 2011

Where: e-News A. Pichelli RBC Dominion Securities

Title: Cost Control

 

This monthly e-Newsletter focuses on ways to control costs. Like many articles that we read as business people, it doesn't really tell us anything new, but it serves as a good reminder of things that we know, but may not necessarily be doing. It's a refresher article that reminds us that in tough times, profits are made not only from increased sales, but from better cost control.

       

Date Published: February 11, 2011

Where: Machinery & Equipment (Digital Edition)

Title: Safety trumps privacy under new workplace violence law

 

This web posting discusses changes to the Ontario Health and Safety Act that now require employers and fellow employees to be much more vigilant with respect to analyzing and assessing problems such as violence and harassment both inside and outside the workplace. The article discusses the blurring of the lines between privacy and workplace duty. An interesting read and another glimpse into the future.

       

Date Published: January 31, 2011

Where: Moneyville (Toronto Star online eMagazine)

Title: Is a U.S. -dollar credit card worth it?

 

This web posting discusses the pros and cons of companies with frequent business travelers to the U.S. obtaining a U.S. dollar credit card rather than continue to be charged a premium U.S. dollar conversion rate when utilizing a Canadian credit card in the U.S. If your company maintains a U.S. dollar account, this article is worth reviewing.

       
       

Date Published: January 10, 2011

Where: RFID 24-7

Title: Retailers: Item level RFID could be ubiquitous by the end of 2012

 

This article explains that many major retailers including Walmart, JC Penny, Kohls, Jones Apparel, Macy's, Dillards, Levi Strauss and others intend to begin item level RFID trials within a few months with very aggressive targets to implement RFID tags across their chains. 

       

Date Published: December 30, 2010

Where: The New York Times

Title: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology

 

This article recommends 10 easy things that we all can do to improve our technological lives. Hints on cell phones, music, back ups, antivirus software, to buying lots of extra charging cables on ebay can make our lives easier. We all know most of this, but there might be one or two things that we can pick up or remind ourselves of that could prove useful.

   

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