Toronto is Canada's Cloud Computing Capital

Posted by Rob Lewis

Last week Krista Napier of IDC Canada singled-out 10 interesting Canadian companies in the cloud computing space.

Napier warns this isn't a Top 10 list but rather a selection of up-and-coming companies from three cloud categories: software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

"Cloud computing is still only in the nascent stages in Canada, but is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years," says Krista Napier, Senior Analyst, Competitive Intelligence and Emerging Technology at IDC Canada.

"Still, the barriers to adoption in the short run must not be underestimated, and this poses challenges for emerging ICT firms with limited track records that are bringing cloud solutions to market," says Napier. "Showcasing ROI and cloud success stories will be key for emerging vendors to succeed in the cloud."

Interestingly, nine of the ten companies highlighted in Napier's IDC report are from the Greater Toronto area:

Company:
PollStream Inc.
Website:
http://www.pollstream.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

PollStream is a leading provider of interactive engagement and community building solutions. PollStream clients leverage our two-way dialogue solutions to effectively engage, educate and inform customers and employees online. Our Poll, Quiz, Comment Engine, Sparkplug and Hive solutions tap into participants' fundamental desire to declare and compare ideas, opinions and recognition. PollStream quickly transforms... more

Company:
FreshBooks
Website:
http://www.freshbooks.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2003, Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, accidently saved over an invoice, snapped and decided to create a better way to manage his books and bill clients. Since then, FreshBooks has emerged as the #1 cloud accounting specialist for small business owners by helping more than 5 million people track time, organize expenses and invoice clients in the cloud. Known for extraordinary customer service... more

Company:
Enomaly
Website:
http://www.enomaly.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Enomaly is the leader in empowering telecom, IDC and managed hosting operators to deliver the benefits of Cloud Computing to their customers As one of the earliest pioneers of cloud computing, Enomaly has the experience to help you monetize the cloud. Our Elastic Computing Platform (Enomaly ECP) has often been described as the world's first true IaaS platform. Our v1 and v2 product generations were deployed over... more

Company:
Teradici Corporation
Website:
http://www.teradici.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Teradici drives innovation to fundamentally change the way people use and deploy computers, by developing technology and solutions that deliver a true, uncompromised PC user experience over IP networks. Our focused approach in designing advanced image processing algorithms implemented by highly integrated, high speed silicon enables the physical separation of the computer and the user. With our unique concept... more

Company:
BoardSuite Corp.
Website:
http://www.BoardSuite.co
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Designed by directors Directors on boards have significant risks and responsibilities. BoardSuite was created to mitigate risk by providing directors and officers a simple yet powerful solution to address their responsibilities surrounding good governance and compliance. Provided as a FREE SaaS-based service, BoardSuite enables executive leadership teams to securely and effectively manage their governance and... more

Company:
Rypple
Website:
http://www.rypple.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Long before Rypple, we started a software company called Workbrain. Workbrain helped huge companies schedule and pay people. Within a few years, we grew to over 650 people. Like every big company, we set up a "Performance Management" program. We thought that formal reviews would help us manage people and the business. They did. Sort of. Our process helped the company but not our people. It calculated bonuses and... more

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Nulogy is a leading provider of specialized solutions for complex supply-chain challenges. Nulogy has deepened this commitment by taking an active role in the industry’s key organizations. Nulogy provides a high level of customer service, in both product development and technical support. Our team ensures that customers’ needs are not only met, but exceeded. more


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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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