Amazon’s Canadian ambitions to provide huge boost to tech sector
With Amazon switching much of its focus to Canada in the aim of capitalising on the country’s unfulfilled ecommerce potential, the commercial giant’s ambitions could pay off big for the nation’s technology sector.
The company has been heavily linked with two factory leases in Vancouver and Toronto, whilst simultaneously listing up 300 highly skilled tech jobs in Vancouver alone, looking to secure the workforce to power its regional ambitions.
These jobs titles that Amazon have listed include software development engineers, research scientists, and data engineers.
The marketplace is attractive to the ecommerce company both in terms of business population and commercial value, with Amazon able to tap into the market potential of Prime subscribers and other more merchant orientated Amazon Web Services.
The likes of Microsoft, Amazon and Apple have all similarly been drawn to Canada’s big cities for the same reasons, with Vancouver being particularly attractive due to its geographical location.
The city is within close proximity of Seattle and in line with the time zone of Silicon Valley further south, with both of these US cities being renowned as key tech hubs of the United States.
Furthermore, Vancouver real estate is still significantly cheaper than other US cities, making Amazon’s expansion a logical move with the city’s growing tech base and its relatively cheap costs.
Indeed, there has been a significant housing boom in Canada’s major cities of late, however, this merely reflects the growing potential that people and businesses are seeing in the country, something that Amazon has also recognised.
Health Catalyst: An agile approach to healthcare data
Healthcare Catalyst is quite literally a healthcare providers’ catalyst for change when it comes to their measurable, data-informed improvement in analytics, software and services.
Founded in 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Health Catalyst is dedicated to enabling health care organisations to build a healthcare-specific, open, flexible, and scalable data platform and fully integrated suite of analytics applications.
This enables health system partners, including Northwell Health in New York which serves a population of 11 million, to realise measurable value within months. “Our customers have recognised the potential to use data, to meaningfully improve their clinical, financial and operational business performance outcomes,” said Mike Doyle, Chief Customer Officer.
Formed by a group of healthcare veterans – with a quest to develop a data warehouse that could handle the complexities unique to healthcare data – they revolutionised the clinical process models and use of analytics and discovered the solution now known as Adaptive Data Architecture, which is agile, flexible and can be implemented in a matter of weeks compared to a matter of years.
Today, Health Catalyst helps clinicians in more than 250 hospitals that care for more than 100 million patients each year.
Health Catalyst offers a solution in three parts:
Data Operating System
Cloud-based DOS is a healthcare-specific, open, flexible, and scalable that provides customers a single environment to integrate and organise data.
Analytics applications build on top of the data platform and allow customers to make measurable clinical, financial and operational improvements.
World-class team of analytics and domain experts leverage technology to help customers shorten time-to-value and achieve sustainable, measurable improvements.
The fully integrated data platform and suite of analytics applications helped clients during the pandemic, in ways even Health Catalyst could never have imagined. Health Catalyst offered products and services to support customers’ agile response to the pandemic in four phases:
“By having the data operating system, our clients were able to take advantage of the integrated source of data to meet challenges that they were facing in their local geographies due to the pandemic in ways that we could never even have predicted,” said Doyle.
Doyle highlighted Health Catalyst’s Value Architecture group, which helps the company ensure that its technology and expertise are delivering measurable and meaningful value to our clients. “I think another key differentiator is our open platform that our clients are able to use to accelerate their own integration of data, but it is customisable, configurable in ways that makes it unique for them in ways other cookie cutter analytics just can’t match.
“We like to start every discussion by listening and understanding how we can help our customers avoid making mistakes and getting the most out of their investment in data.”
Speaking about their partnership with Northwell, Doyle said: “We're very grateful for this partnership and want to thank these visionary leaders who are able to envision a future using data that is light years beyond what we can think of today.”