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Digital manifesto and roadmap targets Canadian SMEs


July 25, 2014  


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A consortium of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), CATAAlliance and the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) have released a new manifesto and roadmap urging industry, government stakeholders and educators to invest in the benefits of greater digital adoption, particularly by small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

A report from the three organizations outlines the economic and social benefits of digital adoption, and asserts 13 advocacy points to help achieve those. In addition, the partners note that they are currently building a Digital Compass — a “one-stop shop for research, resources and case studies for SMEs.”

The Compass will launch fully in late September.

“The global economy is upon us and emerging digital technologies such as mobile apps, digital platforms, and cloud architectures have the potential to create Canadian competitive advantage and boost productivity and innovation — but only if the advanced capabilities of those technologies are adopted by Canadian enterprises in the private and public sectors,” says Namir Anani, president and CEO of ICTC.

“Large organizations in Canada often have the capacity to fully embrace technology as a competitive advantage. But, the composition of Canada’s industry is one of small and medium enterprises. In fact over 75% of Canada’s industry is represented by organizations of less than 10 employees,” says CATAAlliance president John Reid. “These organizations have limited resources and find it the hardest to adopt technologies. This paper is intended as a roadmap for such organizations to assist them to understand the catalysts and chart a path forward.”

Gary Davenport, president of CIOCAN noted that “just a 1% increase in labour productivity as the result of adopting mobile technology would yield $2.5 billion to the Canadian economy — $8 billion if multiple emerging technologies were well-adopted. Yet, today, just half of Canadian enterprises have enabled mobile solutions across their entire workforce.

The three organizations added that “put simply, technology, in our assessment, is not yet seen as an important enough part of executive and managerial discussions in most Canadian enterprises.”

Further information is available at www.cata.ca, www.ciocan.ca and www.ictc-ctic.ca.


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