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We started the Canada Cloud Network to showcase the home-grown Canadian start-up ventures we believed had the potential to become the nations billion-dollar firms of tomorrow. On this note we are very pleased to announce and profile CloudSearchPortal, a new Cloud service from local Toronto firm ACIS Consulting. As reported here on, the Cloud Search Portal provides “ESaaS” – Enterprise Search as a Service, a hosted version of powerful Search software for you to use on demand, for scenarios like: Adding more sophisticated Search to your web site – Improve e-commerce success rates Search your internal email and file folder archives – Search can support goals like E-Discovery Meet the team – GovCloud 2.0 As an example of how and where this service might be applied, check out our executive briefing document on using ESaaS in the governm... (more)

Cloud Innovation – Hot Topics

Our next series of white papers and solution guides will cover the following topics, and also provide a focus for developing new start-up innovations: # Telco Cloud Services: The role Telcos will play in delivering next generation Cloud services: IPv6: Platform for the X Internet SIP & SAML: Integrating social media with unified comms through Identity 2.0 Identity 2.0 – Achieving Mobile Commerce through Federated Identity # Private Cloud Managed Services The most likely first step for many enterprise customers will be the adoption of their own Private Clouds, with best practices addr... (more)

Microsoft Private Cloud 2.0 – Platform for Public SaaS Entrepreneurs

For budding Canadian Cloud entrepreneurs, we’re creating the ‘Canadian SaaS Entrepreneur‘ program. This is intended for very early stage venture ideas, where as the title suggests the ideas are for Software-as-a-Service business ventures, the building blocks of an Apps Store Digital Economy. Private Cloud 2.0 The program is based on using the template resources provided through the book of the same name, this puts the core foundation in place that is your SaaS revenue and cost model, and via a great intro to the industry from one of its veterans. Via local SaaS experts like myse... (more)

Cloud UVC: Unified Virtual Collaboration

The Canadian government calling out for insights into the gaps in their R&D innovation strategy is timely and provides a context for the market opportunity for Telco Cloud Services. Telcos can offer Cloud platforms that not only meet the core IT needs of governments but can also be aligned with these high-level strategic priorities. Most notably and critically important in these difficult financial times, it can be positioned as economy-boosting 'Innovation Infrastructure', on a SaaS basis. Unified Virtual Collaboration One of the hottest application areas for Telco Cloud servic... (more)

Open Government = Social Innovation

Our McS consulting practice specializes in fast-tracking cutting edge, new innovations such as Cloud computing, Open Government and Social Innovation. These can be utilized by start-ups, providing them a unique invention to launch and grow their business, and it can also be leveraged by large organizations and governments. The essential ingredient is that rather than these being seperate, standalone topics, the critical point is how they overlap and enable one another. As the title suggests, Open Government is actually a form of Social Innovation. Canadian Federal Government rese... (more)