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Exciting New Gadgets in 2013: Gold iPhone 5S, Google Glass and Other Tech For This Year

Here is a list of the 2013 tech gadgets (actual and forthcoming) from http://financesonline.com/new-gadgets-2013/
The categories are : software, smartphones, tablets, computers and gadgets.

New Gadgets in 2013: Budget iPhone 5C, Xbox One and Other Exciting Gear We're Still Waiting For This Year
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Louis Rhéaume
Editor, Infocom Analysis
louis@infocomintelligence.com



Intracom 2013: Les médias sociaux au service des entreprises

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La conférence Intracom 2013 pour les professionnels du web et des communications interactives, porte cette année sur les médias sociaux au service des entreprises.  Cette 12e édition d’INTRACOM se déroulera le 25 avril prochain à l’Omni Mont-Royal à Montréal.

Michelle Blanc, consultante conférencière et auteure marketing internet et stratégies Web, est l’une des vedettes de l’événement.  Elle est suivie par plus de 34000 personnes sur Twitter. Sa conférence s’intitule : « Les médias sociaux, c’est plus que du bonbon… ».

« Les médias sociaux sont très utilisés par les internautes québécois, mais les entreprises tirent de la patte. Pourquoi sommes-nous en retard? Quels sont les mythes tenaces touchant les médias sociaux? Quels médias sociaux privilégier, comment gérer les critiques et la gestion de crise sur les médias sociaux. Voilà quelques-uns des sujets qui seront couverts lors de cette conférence et vous comprendrez enfin pourquoi les médias sociaux, c’est plus que du bonbon… »

Nate Elliot, vice-président et analyste principal chez Forrester, sera un autre conférencier vedette.  Ayant débuté sa carrière sur le web en 1995, il est considéré comme un pionnier dans l’industrie des stratégies interactives. Nate Elliott aide les entreprises à élaborer des stratégies de marketing interactif, en particulier les chaînes de marque tels que les médias sociaux et la publicité vidéo en ligne. Ses clients viennent de presque tous les secteurs – y compris les biens de consommation, les produits pharmaceutiques et les services financiers – et de partout dans le monde.

Sa conférence s’intitule : « Affinité, intention et la répartition du budget marketing – Évaluer comment Facebook aura un impact sur votre commercialisation ».  Cette présentation sera en anglais.  « Chaque jour, des milliards de recherches se font sur Google, et dans le processus, ils créent ce que John Battelle a qualifié de «base de données des intentions»: un enregistrement massif des désirs du monde qui aide l’entreprise à générer des dizaines de milliards de dollars de recettes publicitaires. Mais Facebook, peut-être la seule autre société qui a recueilli autant de données que Google, n’a pas eu la même chance jusqu’à présent de convertir ses données en dollars. Pourquoi ? Parce que contrairement à Google, Facebook a involontairement construit une « base de données de l’affinité»: un record massif de ce que les gens aiment plutôt que ce qu’ils ont l’intention de faire.

La base de données de l’affinité est potentiellement aussi précieuse que la base de données des intentions – mais ni Facebook ni les responsables du marketing n’ont réussi à trouver la façon de faire ou de mesurer cette valeur. La question est : qui peut trouver la valeur cachée de cette base de données de l’affinité, et comment ce changement affectera les pratiques du marketing ? »

Gregory S. Smith, CIO de The Pew Charitable Trusts sera un autre conférencier. Ce dernier a été nommé au top 100 des leaders en technologies de l’information par le Computer World magazine. Guillaume Brunet, associé chez Substance stratégies numériques est considéré comme l’un des 40 meilleurs marketers en ligne du Canada, fera aussi partie de la conférence.

Les organisateurs soulignent que l’événement se veut interactif, ainsi les conversations avec les participants passeront par la mobilité sur les différentes plateformes. Finalement, des études de cas seront présentées pour mieux comprendre l’expérience vécue dans les organisations dont la Banque Nationale du Canada, le Mouvement Desjardins, le Groupe St-Hubert, la Société de Transport de Montréal (STM), VIA Rail Canada, l’Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) et la Ville de Montréal.

Pour en savoir plus : www.intracom2013.com

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Analysis

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Odesia is making a turnaround with the help of new acquisitions [Interview]

ODESIA Group is a global technology solutions provider serving enterprise level Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, manufacturing, media and telecommunications industries. ODESIA’s team goal is to empower enterprise level companies with the ability to improve the efficiency of operations, enhance process performance, productivity and profitability, and make better overall business decisions by implementing Unified Business Intelligence solutions that present the right information, at the right time, and the right place.

The firm made the recent acquisition of Gestion Passerelle last week.  Odesia also acquired this summer Interfacing Technologies.  Those two acquisitions aim to bring complementary solutions to Odesia’s customers.  Gestion Passerelle is a Business & IT talent networking and recruitment firm that equips corporations with experienced professionals.  It has an expertise in management consulting and IT.  This headhunter firm has over 14 years of experience in the management of competencies for project management and the comprehension of business processes.   Gestion Passerelle was acquired for $850,000 and the issuance of 300,000 shares.

“It solidifies our recruitment and project management expertise.  Thus, we will be able to offer this new expertise to all our Odesia customers, while on the other hand, the customers of Gestion Passerelle, specialized in the financial services, will have access to our technologies in Business intelligence, software and scorecards”, suggests the CEO of Odesia, Mr. Nicolas Bonnafous.

Interfacing Technologies is bringing expertise to Odesia in software for Business Process Management. It was bought for $1.5 million cash and the issuance of 4.0 million shares.  “This acquisition of Interfacing represented the first step to create new innovative solutions under our Unified Business Intelligence (“UBI”) strategy”.

Odesia’s strategy

According to the CEO of Odesia: “Our growth in the near term will be largely driven by acquisitions.  We had a $750,000 private placement this year that reinforces our balance sheet.  New acquisitions will be also largely financed by the exchange of Odesia shares. In the past 5 months, the stock price has increased by around 50% from $0.21 to $0.30. The market capitalization is now at $11.4M, while we have $15 M in revenues for the last four quarters (TTM) and we are expecting around $20M in revenues at the end of 2012.  Our target is to double our revenues next year. We are looking for acquisitions in some hot sectors, such as big data.  We want to be a consolidator in our industry by continuing to acquire complementary assets and expertise.”

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Analysis

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter:@InfocomAnalysis

Coveo partners with Salesforce in CRM solutions

Coveo, the Quebec-based company has announced the launch of Coveo for Salesforce.  Coveo transforms users’ and companies’ ability to gain insight from overwhelming amounts of diverse, unstructured and structured data across systems — on-premise, in the cloud and in social channels. The goal is more efficient customer service, increased sales, shorter sales cycles, faster innovation for better product development and increased profitability. Coveo’s unified indexing technology securely connects with and crawls systems to create a virtual integration layer, by federating and normalizing structured and unstructured information.

The Company’s three lines of business bring insight to CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and Contact Centers for sales & service, WCMs (Web Content Management) for one-to-one marketing, and Enterprise Content for engineering and operations. Coveo role-based Insight Consoles(tm) provide advanced navigation into consolidated, correlated information mashups, within applications, including Coveo for Salesforce. Coveo’s has more than 400 customers, such as CA Technologies, YUM!Brands, GEICO and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Coveo for Salesforce provides enterprise a unified indexing engine in the hands of end users, through a limited free trial offer activated by end users, in the cloud.

Salesforce administrators can start gaining relevant insight from diverse systems including Microsoft SharePoint, Twitter, Gmail, Websites, Microsoft Exchange, Lithium and more, directly within Salesforce. Additionally, Coveo for Salesforce brings together information from across the Salesforce infrastructure, including Service Cloud and Sales Cloud, and Salesforce Knowledge.

According to Louis Tetu, CEO of Coveo, this new product should facilitate the dissemination of knowledge about customers across the organization: “Our vision is to bring highly relevant information from anywhere, to any system, to help employees work smarter and faster, through better and more relevant insight. We are starting with Coveo for Salesforce and our early indications are that this undoubtedly is a game changer, keeping users within Salesforce and making the platform even more valuable for them. For years, CRM has promised the 360-degree view of a customer or case — and yet systems continue to proliferate and fragments of that information exist in many of them, as well as in social media and online communities. Our advanced indexing technology makes bringing this data together instantly and securely a welcome reality for Salesforce users.”

Bruce Rogers, Chief Insights Officer of Forbes Media, pinpoints: “Coveo’s technology has the potential to fuel the next quantum advance in business productivity achieved by increasing the value that companies generate from their existing knowledge as well as related crowd-sourced knowledge.”

Industry analyst, Michael Maoz, VP of Gartner, suggests: “The opportunity and need is out there for an approach that delivers highly relevant, intelligent knowledge in real time, regardless of its location. Knowledge has to be delivered to the right person, using any device or channel, to enable companies to excel as never before in engaging the customer.”

Customer Relationship Management software are very popular these days.  CRM seems to be a real and decent solution for companies to increase sales.  Salesforce.com’s is surely benefiting from this popularity; the stock increased 687% since its IPO in 2004.  According to Forbes, Salesforce is the most innovating firm in the world.

CRM seems to have surpassed the status of a management fad.  Total Quality Management (TQM) and BPR (Business Process Reengineering) are some management fads that resulted in many negative consequences for organizations.

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Analysis

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

“Convergent.io Raises $10 Million from Andreessen Horowitz” is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/convergentio-raises-10-million-from-andreessen-horowitz-2012-08-24

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Analysis

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Our new article “Notesolution Aims to Revolutionize Education Industry [Exclusive] ” is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/notesolution-brings-aims-to-revolutionize-education-industry-exclusive-2012-05-28

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Our new article “Zuora’s Shawn Price on Disruption and the Tech Bubble” is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/zuoras-shawn-price-on-disruption-and-the-tech-bubble-2012-05-28

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Our new article “Epilogger: a Canadian Startup Making Waves in the Events Industry [Exclusive Interview] ” is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/epilogger-a-canadian-startup-making-waves-in-the-events-industry-exclusive-interview-2012-05-25

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

10 apps alternatives for 10 expensive software

Here are 10 good apps alternatives for 10 expensive and popular software according to Business Insider.

10- Use OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Word

9-Use Thunderbird instead of Outlook

8-Use GIMP instead of Photoshop

7-Use iMovie or Movie Maker instead of Final Cut
6-Use VLC instead of QuickTime or Windows Media Player

5-Use Spashtop instead of LogMeIn

4-Use PDF Editor Instead of Adobe Acrobat

3-Use TweetDeck Instead of Twitterific

2-Use Avast Antivirus Instead of McAfee or Norton Antivirus
1-Use Evernote Instead of Microsoft OneNote

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

iWeb now at 107th place in the Branham 300

iWeb is ranked 107th overall in the 2012 edition of the Branham300, annual list of 300 largest technology companies in Canada, ranked by revenue, and ranks 18th among the 42 Quebec companies in the list. iWeb is a provider of cloud computing infrastructure of many companies listed in the standings.  With revenues exceeding U.S. $ 36 million in 2011, iWeb continues its ascent from the 241st place in 2006 to 107th place today.

 

“The 2012 rankings suggest that the Canadian ICT industry is doing well, very promising indicator for future growth in the domestic market, says Chouinard, iWeb co-founded in 1996 with Martin Leclair. We are delighted to be recognized among the leading Canadian IT, and particularly proud that our growth rate of 24% compares favorably with the average ranking of 11.75%. It would be great to break the “Top 100″ next year! ”

 

According to the Branham Group, Canadian industry of information technology and communications (ICT) has recorded a healthy growth in 2011, the combined turnover of the top 250 Canadian ICT companies increased by 11.75% in one year to spend $ 73.9 billion to $ 82.6 billion. The previous year, growth was only 3.66%.

 

iWeb, who recently launched a service Cloud servers powered by its Smart Layer technology, intends to continue its financial and technological growth. Since its founding, the company has created over 200 jobs, opened four data centers and, after being publicly traded on the stock exchange for eight years, was privatized in June 2011.

 

About iWeb. Com

iWeb enables more than 20,000 global customers to deliver today’s Internet technologies and innovations to create tomorrow’s Web, by providing a web infrastructure, server and modular Cloud and on request.

 

About Branham Group

Branham Group is a company of strategic consulting and industry analysis of information technology internationally. Focusing on planning, marketing and partnerships, the Branham Group based IT companies and institutions whose services are not similar. Branham annually publishes a list of the leading Canadian ICT and continuously monitors the outsourcing industry in Canada

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

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