For many businesses, Big Data may have been (and probably still is) the go-to agenda item in the board-room. Understanding, measuring and gaining business intelligence from our growing plethora of digitized customer data will remain top of mind for the foreseeable future. People are now aware that their personal data is worth something.
Next week, the who's who of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry around the world will arrive in Montreal, Canada, for the biannual World Congress of Information Technology (WCIT). With all the economic upheaval making business headlines, why does this specialized gathering matter?
How would you feel if mall security cameras didn't simply monitoring you for stealing, but instead kept tabs on the specific brands, styles, colours and sizes of clothes you tried on, the magazines you leafed through at newsstands, what you ordered from the food court, and everything you actually bought during your visit?
Canadian businesses should invest in increasing the productive capacity of the Arab world because there is immense opportunity with an educated and eager workforce. The challenge will be to ensure that Canadian investors do not appear complicit in the political trappings of the inefficiencies of the Arab bureaucracies.