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SAS’s Nevala drills down into what it takes to achieve analytic success

It is a connundrum executive teams of numerous organizations who have hit major road bumps in their analytics development journey must surely discuss among themselves or with others: Why do some rollouts fail miserably while others succeed?

The answer to the question, said Kimberly Nevala, strategic advisor and advisory business solution manager with SAS, can be crystalized in six key attributes that companies who make “good use of analytics” adopt and practice.

SAS executive Kimberly Nevala,  delivering the keynote speech yesterday at the Analytics Unleashed live and virtual event.

In a keynote speech yesterday at the second annual Analytics Unleashed event, organized by IT World Canada and sponsored by SAS, Informatica and shinydocs, Nevala detailed six attributes that organizations need to have to not only achieve success, but to adapt to changing times.

Attribute One: Those firms that succeed in using analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), she said,

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Government of Canada invests over C$4 million to support electric vehicle and clean technology

Today, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Fed Dev Ontario) announced an investment of over C$4 million to support two Ottawa-based tech companies: BluWave-ai Inc. and Tehama Inc.

BluWave-ai is a cleantech company that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to help utility companies add renewable energy sources to their electricity grid. It obtained a repayable contribution of C$1.7 million aimed at building and commercializing software products to manage Electric Vehicle (EV) fleet operations while reducing energy consumption and carbon-emitting vehicles.

Tehama offers cloud-based remote workplace Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions for SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) and large enterprises. It is seeking to integrate new technologies and expand its cybersecure platform, and obtained a repayable contribution of C$2.7 million.

The combined investment leverages C$12.6 million in private sector support to the region.

“Today’s announcement will help home-grown technologies, while supporting the creation of over 85 high-quality jobs across the Ottawa region.” said

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Municipalities’ chance of attack ‘critically high,’ MISA delegates told

If a group of IT security experts from Ontario municipalities left a recent meeting A: worried, B: feeling vulnerable C: discouraged or D: all of the above, that would not have been surprising, especially after what they had just been told.

The session, which took place earlier this month in Guelph at InfoSec 2022, organized by the Ontario division of the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA), examined the many emerging ransomware attack threats they all continue to face.

According to Andrew Hunter, a cyber security advisor with Ottawa-based security firm Field Effect, municipalities are a key target to attackers for a number of reasons: “First and foremost, they have data, they own data and criminals are after that. They can monetize it and they can leverage it for other attacks.”

In addition, he said that unlike a small-to-medium-sized business that might be forced to fold because

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Gartner predicts worldwide public cloud end-user spending to reach almost $600 Billion in 2023

Gartner’s latest forecast reveals that worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is expected to grow 20.7 per cent to total US$591.8 billion in 2023, up from US$490.3 billion in 2022. This is higher than the 18.8 per cent growth forecast for 2022.

“Current inflationary pressures and macroeconomic conditions are having a push and pull effect on cloud spending,” said Sid Nag, vice president analyst at Gartner. “Cloud computing will continue to be a bastion of safety and innovation, supporting growth during uncertain times due to its agile, elastic and scalable nature.”

Nag added that while cloud spending is growing, organizations can only spend what they have. He said spending could even decrease if overall IT budgets shrink, since cloud is continuing to be the main portion of IT spend and proportionate budget growth. 

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is forecast to experience the highest end-user spending growth in 2023 at 29.8 per

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MISA InfoSec conference focuses on the need for information sharing

The recent release of key recommendations from a group of cyber security experts will form the cornerstone of the Ontario government’s security policies and help in the creation of a four-year strategic plan, the province’s chief information security officer (CISO) Rhonda Bunn said today.

First formed in October 2020, the 10-member expert panel committed to providing the provincial government with a final report within two years that outlines the steps that broader public sector (BPS) organizations, which include school boards, municipalities, hospitals and other provincially funded agencies in Ontario, must take to remain secure.

During her keynote speech in Guelph at InfoSec 2022, organized by the Ontario division of the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA), Bunn whose formal title is CISO of the province’s cyber security division, Government Information Technology Ontario (GovTechON) and the ministry of public and business service delivery, stressed the need for information-sharing.


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