From FMI 2016 in Chicago

FMI Connect 2016

Photo by Jason Corey

FMI Connect in Chicago was an opportunity to meet with customers and collaborators in the US Grocery Industry.  Great event.  I had a chance to meet with several different players in the industry.  Despite the fact it feels like the CPG dominate this conference in various sessions I had a chance to meet with several grocers

Public vrs Private Cloud

Interesting question to ask.  Over the past two years we have seen a significant movement to the public cloud, specifically public cloud providers AWS (Amazon), Microsoft, and Google.  Now we are seeing another shift in the industry that back to private cloud.

A 451 Research study (VofE Cloud) found that there is an increasing desire to repatriate into a provide cloud configuration to drive down cost and gain better control of enterprise date. On average, those who planned to migrate workloads from public to private cloud environments within two years expected to move 40% of their public cloud workloads to private clouds.

Office 365 in Canada

Office 365 in a Canadian Data Centres

They are up and running.  Microsoft's two Canadian Data Centres (in the GTA and Quebec City area) are up and running.  We are now able to offer an office 365 solution on Canadian soil using one Canadian data centre as the primary and the second as a backup.

Managed Services is about the User Experience and Driving Innovation

Small and medium business increasingly are turning to managed services providers (MSP) to meet their technology needs. However, in many cases it is without a clear understanding of the expected outcome.

Fresh St - Lockers

H.Y. Louie director of marketing Mark McCurdy shows Fresh St. Market's new refrigerated pickup lockers at the Fresh. St. Market in West Vancouver. PNG

One of our customers (Fresh St.) achieved a first in Canada today.  The introduction of Refrigerated delivery lockers.  We are pleased to have helped out with systems integration and providing the hosting infrastructure.  Excellent to see our customers drive innovation in Canada.

We view lockers as an import stepping stone in making online groceries and home delivery more affordable and viable.