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Investing Insights and Industry Analysis: Canadian Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Technology companies are changing the world at a rapid pace and create exciting investment opportunities for investors. The industry has also rewarded investors handsomely. Investors are certainly familiar with the hardware side of the industry and rightfully so; these companies have given us compu ...

Canadian business executives underestimate the impact of digital transformation

Only 22 per cent of Canadian business executives think that digital transformation will disrupt their enterprises, according to a new IDC survey. “Business leaders have a less urgent view of digital transformation (DX) as compared to their IT counterparts,” said Tony Olvet, group VP of research ...

Snap Inc. acquires Fund V portfolio co. Metamarkets

We’ve had a busy run of late on the portfolio M&A front.  Aquisio, RiskVision, and now San Francisco-based Metamarkets. Metamarkets provides an AI-based big data SaaS platform, delivering an analytics dashboard for programmatic ad marketplaces at large and medium sized organizations. The company ...

Lumo Interactive goes global with a SaaS platform for the event space

In 2011 it became clear to Lumo Interactive that simply providing custom interactive displays for tradeshows and events wasn’t enough to maintain a sustainable business, so it began providing a software-as-a-service platform to help agencies and small businesses create their own displays. Now in ...

Defining and demystifying AI for the channel

Not too long ago, “AI” was little more than a film title to most people. In terms of a description, you might have gotten the odd tech-savvy individual talking a bit about intelligent machines and robots and the like but for the most part, nothing specific. Today, AI is transforming our world. ...

Who will be the Stripe for insurance?

A few years ago, we began to see SaaS companies integrate payment processing into their software. This push to integrate payments was due to a couple of factors. First, it offers a better user experience – why send somebody off-platform to pay for a product or settle an invoice? Next, adding paym ...

The reports of AI killing jobs have been greatly exaggerated

Elon Musk has warned that artificial intelligence (AI) is the biggest risk we face as a civilization, but several Canadian business leaders believe this apprehension is overstated, especially when it comes to its applications in the workforce. AI will be one of the most disruptive technologies mov ...

Master third platform technologies with these 3 experts

VANCOUVER – Artificial intelligence is just like teenage sex – everyone is talking about it and no one is doing it. That and other insights on third platform technologies were discussed at the CanadianCIO Summit event on Thursday. The panel and networking event served as a west-coast companion ...

Shopify is still a buy, Industrial Alliance says

Ahead of the company’s third quarter results, Industrial Alliance Securities analyst Blair Abernethy says Shopify (TSX, NYSE:SHOP) is still a buy. On November 1, Shopify is expected to report its Q3, 2017 results. Abernethy thinks the company will generate EBITDA of $600,000 on revenue of $166.8 ...

New McAfee tool uses analytics to help threat hunters

LAS VEGAS – With security teams overwhelmed by alerts and the time it takes to sort through data feeds to make sense of them and find root causes, vendors are increasingly offering products with analytics in a bid to help ease the load. McAfee is the latest with the release Wednesday of a product ...