This week in the channel:
– Softchoice named one of Canada’s “best large workplaces”
– Comwave launches unlimited Internet
– RackForce opens second Toronto-area cloud delivery centre
– Alphamosaïk joins Negotium Technologies
Softchoice named one of Canada’s “best large workplaces”
On April 10, Softchoice Corporation, a leading North American solutions and services provider, announced that it is honoured to be named a “Best Large Workplace in Canada” by the Great Place to Work Institute, which recognizes organizations that create and maintain a “superior work environment built on trust,” according to a release. The award is chosen based primarily on employee feedback and this marks the eighth straight year the company has received this award.
“We are committed to unleashing the potential of our people because it is our people who delight our customers and make Softchoice a truly great company,” David MacDonald, president and CEO of Softchoice, said in a release. “We think it is vital employees feel a sense of belonging and fulfillment, which is why we focus on promoting from within, and providing development programs that nurture well-rounded future leaders.”
Growing and developing its own talent is a core focus, especially in light of the company’s continued growth and expansion. In 2012, Softchoice’s efforts in this area resulted in 183 internal promotions, four of which were to vice president level positions in sales, services, finance and IT.
“These results are a product of the company’s growing solutions and services business as well as a holistic approach to employee development,” Softchoice stated in a release.
“In a year when we have accomplished so many great things, that is an achievement that I value greatly,” MacDonald said. “Being named a Best Workplace for the eighth year in a row only serves to strengthen my belief in the remarkable people we have at this company and our extraordinary future potential.”
Comwave launches unlimited Internet
With a mission statement to innovate, keep things simple, and improve overall customer experience and satisfaction, independent communications provider, Comwave, recently announced that it is launching high-speed Internet services across Canada.
Comwave is one of Canada’s largest independent communications companies and a leader in VoIP home phone lines, hosted PBX solutions for offices and long distance savings for landlines and mobile phones. Comwave serves over 500 cities in Canada and over 1100 in the United States.
“More people than ever are using services like Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV and online gaming, which unfortunately has resulted in some folks getting sticker shock by the big phone and cable companies billing for using too much Internet. The internet should not be capped,” Yuval Barzakay, president and CEO, said in a release. “As well, adding a cost effective Internet solution to our great stable of VoIP and long distance products, allows us to create aggressively priced bundled solutions that no other telecommunications company can compete with.”
Comwave’s home phone with Internet bundles start at $49.95 and include six months of free home phone service. The high-speed Internet plans are all-inclusive, simple and have no hidden fees. Comwave’s plans also include your modem, dry loop, and in-home installation.
“What many people are going to love is that the service is unlimited, which means customers do not have worry about how much they download – ever,” according to a statement from Comwave.
High-speed Internet is currently available in Ontario and Quebec with plans to roll out nationally later this summer.
RackForce opens second Toronto-area cloud delivery centre
On April 9, Kelowna, B.C.-based hybrid cloud and hosting provider RackForce, announced that it has selected IBM Canada’s new Barrie, Ontario data centre as the site for its second Toronto-area cloud delivery centre. As a leading provider of green cloud and hosting services to enterprise and government customers spanning all organization sizes and industry verticals, RackForce says it has opened the new delivery centre to meet strong customer demand for its services.
The company reported strong growth of its central Canada customer base, which grew over 100% in 2012, and has driven the need for RackForce to open the additional Toronto-area delivery centre.
After a long search and review of many sites RackForce selected IBM’s new state-of-the-art Barrie facility due to its “close strategic proximity to Toronto, exceptional infrastructure, security features and environmentally friendly ‘green’ operation,” according to a release. The Barrie cloud delivery centre provides additional capacity as well as redundancy for RackForce’s other centres in Toronto, Calgary and Kelowna.
“No other data centre in the Toronto-area has the infrastructure and features to support our needs” Tim Dufour, RackForce president and CEO, said in a release. “When I toured the IBM facility I was very impressed with the advanced infrastructure and design. It’s a great facility for delivery of our cloud services, and it further supports our close working relationship with IBM”.
“Our customers expect our services are delivered from secure, scalable, efficient data centres,” Rick Ellery, RackForce VP of sales, said in a release. “The new Barrie facility and our existing Kelowna GigaCenter are two of the best in Canada, and provide great regional diversity.”
Alphamosaïk joins Negotium Technologies
On April 9 it was announced that AlphaMosaïk, a Montreal-based systems integrator and 10+ year Microsoft Gold Partner, and Negotium Technologies, and IT consulting firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Sacramento, New York, and Paris, have confirmed a merger transaction between the two companies.
“This transaction is in keeping with the ongoing trend in the IT industry towards consolidation; the most competitive and successful companies are growing and offering increasingly complete and integrated services both domestically and abroad,” said André Poirier, president of Negotium, said in a release. “Moreover, this move is part of our growth strategy; we are expecting to triple our revenues to reach our target of $100M in annual revenues by 2016.”
The executive team agreed to continue operating under the name Negotium Technologies and to work together in the company’s ongoing expansion.Negotium will now count nearly 200 employees in its offices in Montreal, Sacramento, New York, and Paris and will position the company as a leader in Quebec’s midmarket and large enterprise technology solutions space.
“From the outset, it was clear to us at both companies that there is natural fit between our respective cultures,” Alain Cloutier, president of AlphaMosaïk, said in a release. “We are convinced that this merger will allow our employees to continue developing their expertise in a familiar and stimulating environment, and that the company’s new strategic position will help them to further develop their careers.
“We have serious ambitions for Negotium; this transaction confirms our commitment to grow both domestically and internationally,” Poirier said. “With the enthusiasm and optimism generated by today’s announcement, we can realistically expect to achieve our growth targets.”