Small Business Owners in HRM are Technology Savvy

If ever I had to put together an army, I’d recruit Costco shoppers for their sheer loyalty. My comments in last month’s column garnered more feedback than usual, most of it illuminating the privileges of membership which I so callously discounted in my remarks.

In my world, the privileges of membership usually relate to technology groups. One such group is the company I work for, and recently my business partner, Dave Nicholson, did a survey  to find out how small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – in the Halifax Regional Municipality make use of technology.

What he found was quite interesting. Read more

How Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Halifax are Using Technology

Recently my business partner, Dave Nicholson, did a survey  to find out how small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – in the Halifax Regional Municipality make use of technology.

What he found was quite interesting.

Read the survey results on our web site: www.nicomit.com.

Official Microsoft SharePoint Competancy

We’ve been working with SharePoint for a long time, and now we are being recognized formally as having a SharePoint competancy under Microsoft’s Gold Certified Partner program!

Our competancy comes with a specialization in Portals and Collaboration.

Congratulations to Brad and Charles on writing and passing exams to help us achieve this competancy.

And thank you to Dave for working so hard at keeping us on track year after year with our Microsoft Gold certification. This year there are fewer than 30 companies across Canada that belong to Microsoft’s Partner Excellence Program, and Nicom is one of these companies.

Achieving an official SharePoint competancy is huge for us because of the wide use of this technology. Well done!

The 100%’s keep on rolling in with our certifications

This time it was Ian McLaws who’s rolling in the one-hundred-percents. Ian just passed his “Customization and Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics CRM™ 4.0” exam, with a perfect score in 4 out of 5 categories (and he missed the fifth by just one question!)

This now makes Nicom fully CRM certified, and once we get the customer references we will be able to add this as a formal Microsoft Competency.

Since we now use CRM in-house, our sales staff is already familiar with its capability, and now we will have Microsoft working more closely with us at finding new opportunities and with technical support.

It’s the people that make the company, and our congratulations go to Ian for making our company that much better.

Pat and Dave

Mini Laptops Easy on Back and Pocketbook

I don’t really “get” shopping at Costco. For starters, you have to pay to become a member, which essentially means you need to buy the right to become their customer.

Then when you get there, you feel you have to buy in quantities that rival army rations. And on your way out, they practically frisk you to make sure you’re only carrying what you paid for.

I guess they want to make sure you don’t have 394 pounds of hamburger hidden somewhere.

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