20 April 2018

OPINION - Why do Organizations FIB?

Recently we collected an article from the Lorne Rubis Blog that illuminates a well-known HR problem. Thank you to Lorne and Garrett Rubis.


19 April 2018

MARKET - Reinventing The Customer Experience

Michael Forhez of Oracle and Michelle Evans of Euromonitor  Identified Nine Key Drivers along the Customer Journey

  Staying relevant is no easy task given the multitude of underlying forces now continuously shaping a new world of commerce. The speed of thought, coupled with its ever more connected consumer means relevancy is a very desirable element of the Customer Satisfaction Strategy. To address this need, Oracle and Euromonitor International partnered to examine key drivers along the customer journey.

04 April 2018

INNOVATION - ATB Financial Moved Entire Organization to G-Suite

Alberta's Financial Services Company Chooses a Cloud Based Strategy for Operations 

Early in March, TechRepublic published a story which bears reading for any organization that isn't using cloud based IT Infrastructure.

The story caught our attention because The Paradigm Corporation has been using the G-Suite platform internally and for clients since 2011. There are so many benefits for large and small organizations it would be impossible to illuminate them all in a single InfoStream article. However, suffice to say, it was the easiest and most beneficial transformation ever made in IT Infrastructure by the small Paradigm team. Routinely, we hear from former contractors and employees who now use the Google Enterprise infrastructure to support their daily activities.

By July of 2018, ATB Financial will have completed the conversion of the entire 5,000 member team and the first year of operations. The TechRepublic article features the story of this transformation from two perspectives: Chief Transformation Officer, Wellington Holbrook and Chief Evangelist, Lorne Rubis, discuss the implementation strategy and tactics as well as the experience of moving ATB Financial to G-Suite.

14 March 2018

INNNOVATE - Mars Announces US$100M Fund

Leap Ventures and the Companion Fund are Supported by US$100 Million Venture Investment from Mars Petcare

 (PRNewsfoto/Mars Petcare)Mars Petcare unveiled two new programs to support startup innovation and the next generation of disruptors in the pet care industry. Leap Venture Studio (Leap) in partnership with Michelson Found Animals and R/GA is the first accelerator focused on the future of pet care, and Companion Fund is a $100 million venture capital fund in partnership with Digitalis Ventures
"We're excited to support entrepreneurs and innovators in creating new products and services that deliver on our purpose: 'A Better World for Pets,'" said Poul Weihrauch, President, Mars Petcare. "The extraordinary opportunities of connected technology and data are open to all. Match them with the expansive reach, resources and core capabilities of a company like Mars, and together we can create a powerful force for change."
These programs are new ways of reaching innovators and entrepreneurs whose companies are at various stages, from ideation to execution to scale.
"Our ambition is to become a partner of choice for everyone willing to change the rules of the game in pet care. Mars Petcare is leveraging our own success stories, Whistle and Wisdom Health, to identify and support the next wave of industry disruptors," said Leonid Sudakov, President of Connected Solutions, the global ventures, consumer technology, data and analytics division of Mars Petcare. "Mars Petcare's unique global scale and network of connected businesses will support the founders in taking their ideas from whiteboard to pets and their owners' homes."
About Companion Fund
Companion Fund is a $100 million venture capital fund managed by Digitalis Ventures. Companion Fund will provide startup capital and support to entrepreneurs addressing the needs of pets, pet owners and vets. The fund will focus primarily on the investment opportunities in Digital Health, Diagnostics, Nutrition and Services, but is excited to explore new areas of need with exceptional entrepreneurs. Digitalis Ventures has offices in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London.

About Leap 
Leap is the first startup accelerator focused on pet care innovation, led by Mars Petcare, R/GA and Michelson Found Animals. Leap is based in Portland, Oregon, at R/GA's office in the heart of the innovation-centric Pearl District. Leap is targeting early stage startups and will be split into two cohorts of six companies each. A customized team of R/GA's award-winning strategists, technologists, designers and consultants will collaborate with the startups to help execute their business plans and prepare them for future milestones, including fundraising, pitching and business development. The startups will receive mentorship from industry executives and access to world-class partners.