Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Lori MacVittie, Esmeralda Swartz, AppDynamics Blog, Mike Kavis, Cloud Best Practices Network

Blog Feed Post

Crowdfunding Social Change – Bootstrapping Canada’s Startup Economy

Canada’s goals for an innovation system face the same challenges as their counterparts in all other areas of government who are facing a rapidly changing world that is becoming increasingly techno-centric at a rate of accelerating change.

Policies and programs that were conceived in the 70′s and 80′s during the hey day of the Baby Boomers, are more or less due for the same retirement that this demographic is now shifting into, and with this transfer happening in my humble opinion it presents one of the greatest challenge the nation has faced.

In short if Canada faced a reality with no oil sands where would it stand, how effectively would the policies and programs work at delivering sustained economic growth in the modern Knowledge Economy? If the “easy money” of the oil sands is covering up systemic weaknesses then these weaknesses will still be present and manifest in key issue areas like low adoption of e-Health systems for example, meaning poorer quality healthcare, and is a symptom that will magnify greatly as the % of old people balloons.

So it’s imperative Canada ‘makes hay while the sun shines’, using oil sands revenues to build a future-looking innovation system, one that very proactively links these cash flows to modernization in these key areas, and IT industries like Cloud Computing represent this future.

I set up the Canada Cloud Network initiative towards this end, as I believe the industry offers a foundation to underpin the required next generation innovation ecosystem, which can be explained through highlighting a few of the different levels of benefit it offers:  

  1. Canadian Cloud Ventures – The changing laws for entrepreneurism
  2. Crowdfunding Apps – Using Cloud apps for the processes of innovation
  3. Next Generation Cluster – The broader ecosystem these apps can feed 

Canadian Cloud Ventures – Look Ma, No IT Department

Before we step into considering the broader ecosystem of startup innovation, one of the first and most brutally simple ways to convey the value of Cloud Computing is the relationship to entrepreneurism.

In short, it makes sophisticated technology more widely available to more people. What would have cost you $100,000 just five or ten years ago is now available via a swipe of your credit card, and can power all kinds of new innovative business models. Ie. It’s making tech entrepreneurism much cheaper, and therefore more accessible to more new entrepreneurs.

Canadian firms like Hootsuite, Futurestate IT and ACIS are all leveraging this utility to launch new businesses, a trend nicely captured in this recent article from the Globe and Mail.

Crowdfunding apps – Innovation building blocks

A simple example of the ‘Power of Cloud’, as it can be applied to help improve the process of innovation itself, is the ‘Starbucks ideas app’ from Salesforce.com.

This uses the community effects of social media to encourage the submission and development of New Ideas, providing a catalyst for an effect known as ‘Crowdsourcing’.

In this white paper Phil Wainright, a Cloud Computing guru, explains how Salesforce.com can be used for these Innovation Management best practices. As a modular ‘PaaS’ – Platform as a Service, Salesforce.com offers a modular approach where these web tools can be coupled together like building blocks to suit any organization.  

Applying this to the process of venture startup investment is known as ‘Crowdfunding‘, and has recently become a hot topic as the USA passed a bill to enable more of this.

Pioneers in Canada have started asking the questions about why Canada isn’t doing the same, and by starting to use these types of Innovation Management apps then it could be brought to life.

Canada Cloud Network : The world’s first Next Generation Cluster

Use of these new social media technologies to improve the innovation process is the central thesis for a white paper from tech giant Cisco, called ’Next Generation Clusters‘.

If Crowdfunding can accelerate more innovation at the individual project level, then NGCs can scale this effect across a nation-wide scope.

Michael Porter conceived the original cluster model and it has become universally accepted as the key model for economic development by Governments, used to grow industries from technology through aircraft.

In essence NGCs update the model to reflect the new era of Web 2.0 global collaboration, the key points are that the cluster model is implemented via technologies like social media, video conferencing and Cloud Computing, and by using collective intelligence models aka “crowdsourcing” to provide a framework that enables more entrepreneurs to start more businesses.

By using these new technologies to enhance the innovation process itself as well as developing an ICT industry, a Next Generation Cluster strategy offers a powerful formula to maximize a compounding effect known as ”Multi-Factor Productivity’ (MFP)’.

Conclusion – Utilizing Open Innovation for Social Change

As per the title of this article the scope isn’t limited just to the capitalist aspects of entrepreneurism.

Crowdfunding is a technique based on using the Open Innovation best practices conceived by Henry Chesbrough, and as the name suggests it has broader social benefit as well as improved innovation process.

The real opportunity for Canada, for any nation, that these new technologies and business models offer is the ability to broaden access to entrepreneurism to any one at any level of society, and to use this principle as the fundamental means of for addressing more intrinsic social issues, such as child and family poverty.

In Canada one in ten still lives at this third world societal level, and its transformation of these statistics that is the real exciting potential for a new innovation ecosystem. Innovation can be used to change anything.


Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Cloud Best Practices Network

The Cloud Best Practices Network is an expert community of leading Cloud pioneers. Follow our best practice blogs at http://CloudBestPractices.net

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that robomq.io will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. robomq.io is an interoperable and composable platform that connects any device to any application. It helps systems integrators and the solution providers build new and innovative products and service for industries requiring monitoring or intelligence from devices and sensors.
Wearable technology was dominant at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , and MWC was no exception to this trend. New versions of favorites, such as the Samsung Gear (three new products were released: the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit), shared the limelight with new wearables like Pebble Time Steel (the new premium version of the company’s previously released smartwatch) and the LG Watch Urbane. The most dramatic difference at MWC was an emphasis on presenting we...
Today, IT is not just a cost center. IT is an enabler and driver of business. With the emergence of the hybrid cloud paradigm, IT now has increasingly more capabilities to create new strategic opportunities for a business. Hybrid cloud allows an organization to utilize multi-tenant public clouds, dedicated private clouds, bare metal hosting, and the associated support and services for the right use cases through an on-demand, XaaS model. This model of IT creates tremendous opportunities for busi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the DevOps Institute has been named “Association Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The DevOps Institute provides enterprise level training and certification. Working with thought leaders from the DevOps community, the IT Service Management field and the IT training market, the DevOps Institute is setting the standard in quality for DevOps education and training.
Business as usual for IT is evolving into a “Make or Buy” decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? In his general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Paul Maravei, Regional Sales Manager, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, discusses how Cisco and its partners offer a market-leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud busi...
Businesses are looking to empower employees and departments to do more, go faster, and streamline their processes. For all workers – but mobile workers especially – utilizing the cloud to reconnect documents and improve processes without destructing existing workflows can have a dramatic impact on productivity. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Mark Grilli, vice president of Acrobat Solutions marketing at Adobe Systems Incorporated, will outline new ways that the cloud is changing the way peo...
WSM International has launched a DevOps services division that offers assessment, consulting and implementation to large enterprises and organizations with complex infrastructures. The concept of DevOps is to blend information technology (IT) software development with operations to optimize the computing infrastructure according to the specific needs of the organization. According to a recent press release from Gartner, "By 2016, DevOps will evolve from a niche strategy employed by large cloud ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Solgenia will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Solgenia is the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions. Designed to “Bridge the Gap” between Personal and Professional S...
SYS-CON Events announced today that QTS Realty Trust, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and cloud services and a leader in security and compliance, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services, and a leader in security and compliance...
SYS-CON Events announced today that WSM International (WSM), the world’s leading cloud and server migration services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. WSM is a solutions integrator with a core focus on cloud and server migration, transformation and DevOps services.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY., and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides private all-in-one social intranets allowing workers to securely collaborate from anywhere in the world and from any device. Social, mobile, and eas...
Sematext is a globally distributed organization that builds innovative Cloud and On Premises solutions for performance monitoring, alerting and anomaly detection (SPM), log management and analytics (Logsene), and search analytics (SSA). We also provide Search and Big Data consulting services and offer 24/7 production support for Solr and Elasticsearch.
The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, will explain the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is r...
Modern Systems announced completion of a successful project with its new Rapid Program Modernization (eavRPMa"c) software. The eavRPMa"c technology architecturally transforms legacy applications, enabling faster feature development and reducing time-to-market for critical software updates. Working with Modern Systems, the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) leveraged eavRPMa"c to transform its Student Information System from Software AG's Natural syntax to a modern application lev...
DevOps is all the rage these days and with good reason as it promises to reduce the time-to-market for new applications. It also promises to improve change management, allowing teams to deploy changes to their applications quickly and efficiently. However, DevOps isn’t something you buy, install, or implement; rather it is the symptom of an appropriate organizational system. In his session at DevOps Summit, Mark Thiele, EVP, Data Center Technologies at SUPERNAP International, will discuss how ...