SAP Conference examines lagging Canadian productivity

Terry Dawes, , Nov 18, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Summary of a recent conference hosted by business software company SAP focusing on innovatoon and productivity in Canada. We hear the usual story: despite what Canadians may tell ourselves, we are lagging in research, innovation and productivity. Speakers targeted the education system, research spending, and Canada's aversion to risk-taking. Canada needs to look forward, to things like the internet of things, while focusing on the customer experience, said speakers. "Dynamic companies knowingly couple investment with risk-taking and see a corresponding increase in productivity. But many companies don’t think they need, for example, government or outside help, and suffer the productivity consequences." But at the same time, notes Terry Dawes, "By the end of the evening, it’s safe to say that most attendees, in engaging in a conversation rather than a pure sales event, may have forgotten that they had just been successfully marketed to."

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