Information Tech

Industry Highlights

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With one of Canada’s only institutions, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), combines a business school with an information technology school, Durham Region has evolved to being an information technology hotbed. UOIT offers an in depth curriculum in IT, including gaming and software engineering, and Durham College has one of the leading Digital Media schools in Canada with over 1800 digital media students. This is also a unique partnership as both UOIT and Durham College share an integrated campus environment.
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Durham Region boasts an accelerating information technology cluster and includes many of Canada’s fastest growing technology companies. In fact, 360 Incentives and Search Engine People are recognized nationally and internationally through awards such as Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Samasource Impact Award and Peter Perry Business Achievement Award. These companies are also recognized by OMERS Venture Capital Fund, Profit Magazine and the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX).

featured Information Tech employers

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One of Canada’s fastest growing software technologies, 360 Incentives is focused on bringing a better approach to the world of incentives and rebates by offering industry-leading technology and uncompromising, personalized customer service. 360 partners with companies that want to offer incentive and rebate programs that engage and motivate their channels and build customer loyalty by offering an efficient way to redeem their claims. Visit Website
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Recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing companies, Search Engine People is Canada’s most experienced and most trusted search engine optimization, pay per click and inbound marketing company. Founded in 2001 as an SEO company, SEP has rapidly evolved into a highly-respected, full-service digital marketing agency providing online marketing services to small, mid-size, and enterprise businesses. Visit Website
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WorkSite software integration tools and offers best-in-class technology products. The company delivers a full range of content management solutions, including in-house developed iManage WorkSite integration tools, consulting, training and support services, as well as additional products from key technology partners. Visit Website
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Scarsin created a unique platform which helps Business Intelligence (BI) teams achieve a much higher level of efficiency, alignment and focus. Integrated Insight Environment (i2e) by Scarsin is an enterprise platform designed to integrate all critical BI processes. i2e unifies collaborative forecasting, data management, web and mobile scorecards and more. Visit Website

Information Tech News

Tiko 3D Raises $3.3 CDN Million on Kickstarter

Spark Innovation Centre would like to congratulate Thrive Accelerator Program client, Tiko 3D on becoming fully funded through Kickstarter, with a significant raise of $2.95 million USD, with over 16,000 backers. In just three hours, Tiko hit their $100,000 goal and continued to climb over the 30 day campaign. Tiko 3D is the creators of an affordable, elegant, and easy to use 3D Printer. The Tiko team is bringing delta printing technology to the masses in a user-friendly, affordable desktop device. Since they launched their campaign, Tiko 3D has taken the tech world by storm, being globally featured and recognized on Readwrite, Gizmag, CNet, Geeky Gadgets, and Your Tech Report. Tiko 3D became a Spark Centre client in March 2014. In the beginning stages, Spark worked with the company on legal and manufacturing strategies. In August 2014, they applied to Spark Centre’s Ignite Start-up Competition, and in the end Tiko 3D was announced as the General Entrepreneur winner, awarded $25,000 to use towards their business. Since that time, Tiko 3D has entered Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program which offers strategic advisory and business support services to achieve a faster market commercialization. “Spark Centre is an awesome support network that takes tech savvy entrepreneurs and gives them a foundation upon which they can grow their company,” says Matt Gajkowski, Founder & CEO of Tiko 3D. “Working with Spark Centre has helped us go from prototype to product to a viable business.” “The Tiko team is a winner!” said Dennis Croft, President & CEO of Spark Innovation Centre. “They are committed to launching a high quality product for an affordable price, and proved it...

Jennifer Osborne boldly leads Durham tech company into uncharted territory

by Jennifer Osborne never set out to become president of Search Engine People; her employees demanded it. “When I started I got to choose my own title, so I went with what was best for the company,” she said of the initial title of director of business development, which she chose upon starting with the company in 2005. She describes the moniker as a catch-all for a position that required her to step into many different roles, including leading divisions such as paid search, human resources, enterprise sales and client services. When she playfully complained during a meeting about having to order four different business cards her employees offered a solution. “Everyone said ‘hey, you should just be president,’ so as far as I know I’m the only president elected by a jury of my peers.” Ms. Osborne was the first person founder Jeff Quipp hired when he began looking for someone to help him with the business side of the digital marketing company. That ability to fit into any role has been crucial to the company’s remarkable growth — it has been featured on the Profit 500 list of Canada’s fastest growing companies for six consecutive years. (Click Here to read the full...

Scarsin’s Data Centre Move Triples Capacity to Support its Growing Global Customer-Base

Providing customers with the highest level of data reliability, availability and security is critical to Scarsin’s ongoing growth strategy. Toronto, November 12th, 2014 – Scarsin Corporation, a software development and services company specializing in providing enterprise-class Business Intelligence (BI) to global organizations, announced that the company has successfully completed its first customer migration to Peer 1, the award-winning Toronto-based data centre. Scarsin’s BI platform, Intelligent Insight Environment (i2e), is a strategic decision enabling SaaS (hosted) system. i2e’s value proposition of enabling informed insights anywhere and at anytime requires highly available, reliant and secure infrastructure. As Scarsin continues its accelerated growth, it determined that its Uxbridge-based hosting site would not be able to scale fast enough to maintain its high performance and service objectives. To read, click...