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TCBC-trans-SmallThe Toronto Cloud Business Coalition (TCBC) and two new and related groups, IoT Coalition Canada and the Canadian analytics and big data business coalition, are inviting CIOCAN members to participate in defining Canadian best practices in key technology/business areas. The groups use a unique process to co-create best practices guidance on issues identified by members as important to Canadian enterprises.

In 2015, TCBC published 10 Best Practices reports (example here). For 2016, subjects include:
• Cloud (12 working groups): For IT management: Optimizing hybrid IT environments in Canada, the economics of cloud/hybrid IT: IT management economics, on-ramps to the cloud (networking focused), cloud security from the user in. For non-IT executives: The economics of cloud: a senior management guide, sustainability and the cloud, the cloud/hybrid IT value proposition for Canadian small businesses. For the supply chain: The economics of cloud/hybrid IT: a supply-side perspective, defining the cloud broker model. Focused on corporate innovation: cloud-enabled process change, the human element in IT evolution (skills), funding innovation: financing options for early-stage tech businesses.
• IoT (6 working groups): IoValue: Intelligent Cities, IoValue: Intelligent Industry, IoValue: Intelligent Customer Experience, the IoT ecosystem: definition and development, backing the winner(s) in building the IoT stack, privacy and security
• Analytics and Big Data: Topics to be defined in the fall, starting with a September 22nd kick-off meeting in downtown Toronto

Working group meetings are held monthly for one hour via teleconference until the group has completed the work needed to publish a Best Practice report (typically, 4-6 meetings). All TCBC members who participate in working groups are recognized on the cover of the resulting Best Practice report (and in subsequent works, like this book based on the 2015 cloud work) as contributors, and are invited to share the work product with peers, colleagues, professional networks, etc. Members may be asked to participate as panelists in events and/or to provide media commentary, but these are not required activities.

Membership in TCBC and the related IoT and analytics/Big Data groups is complimentary for CIOCAN members. If you have questions or would like to register to work on one or more of the topics listed above, please contact Michael O’Neil: michael.oneil@insightaas.com