May 19, 2020

Blackberrys only accounted for 3% of smartphones in Canada in 2017

blackberry
software
zaymalz malz
1 min
Blackberrys only accounted for 3% of smartphones in Canada in 2017

A new report from comScore has revealed that just 3% of smartphones used within Canada last year were Blackberrys, marking the end of an era for one of the country’s leading technology firms.

According to data from Gartner, Blackberry’s market share dropped to 0.0% in Q4 2016 and has not recovered since, whilst a report from Ipsos Reid showed that the company was responsible for 40% of the Canadian market back in 2011.

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Although there are still some users of the brand, the 3% recorded last year highlights the company’s meteoric fall in the hardware market, as well as its operational transformation, becoming one of the country’s leading software providers.

Having ditched its hardware business last year, the company has since focused heavily on establishing itself with this changed approach.

This has seen Blackberry signing autonomous vehicle partnerships with Baidu, Qualcomm and Jaguar within the past 12 months.

Further, the firm has also launched its Blackberry Jarvis cybersecurity software for autonomous vehicles, and unveiled its enterprise mobility and security solution, Blackberry Enterprise BRIDGE, in collaboration with Microsoft.

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Jun 14, 2021

Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR

CDW
NASCAR
3 min
CDW is a leading provider of information technology solutions, optimized business workflow and data capture systems for the auto racing company.

The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.” 

NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well. 

2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer. 

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