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The Globe and Mail: For Canada’s tech to thrive, startups must grow up

For Canada's tech to thrive, startups must grow up

When Microsoft Corp. offered to buy his software startup for more than $10-million (U.S.), Carl Rodrigues agonized about the decision for three days.

It was 2006 and his firm, SOTI Inc., had nine employees and $800,000 in revenue. Friends and family urged him to sell, convinced the giant from Redmond, Wash., would crush him if he said no. Saying yes would have made the Pakistan-born Canadian immigrant a multimillionaire – but he wanted to keep building.

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AndroidHeadlines: SOTI’s MobiControl Update 13.3 Adds Android Remote View

SOTI's MobiControl Update 13.3 Adds Android Remote View

SOTI’s MobiControl update 13.3 adds the Remote View feature for Android for Work devices and introduces several other functionalities to this enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, the Canadian company announced on Monday. The latest version of MobiControl is available for download from SOTI’s website, while its Android clients can be found on the Google Play Store. The EMM firm is offering a 30-day trial of its product that’s available as a subscription service, with prices starting at $4 monthly per device.

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IoT Agenda: When your mobile-first operations are mission critical and IoT optimized

When your mobile-first operations are mission critical and IoT optimized

The problem: As we hurriedly enter the “mobile-first” era, companies are transforming their operations by leveraging mobile technology. Reduction in the costs of highly capable mobile devices, sophistication and proliferation of mobile apps, and growth of mobile-supported cloud services have put mobile technology at the forefront of business transformation. But as we reinvent business in this new mobile-first world, we often forget about a very important detail, and that is: How do we effectively support these now “work from anyplace and anytime” mobile workers?

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The VAR Guy: Meet the Channel: Roula Vrsic, SOTI

Meet the Channel: Roula Vrsic, SOTI

This week we sat down with Roula Vrsic, chief marketing officer at SOTI, a company that develops enterprise mobility management (EMM) and other mobile security solutions for enterprise businesses. Vrsic has been with SOTI since 2013, and previously worked in several executive-level roles at companies including WatchGuard Technologies and BorderWare Technologies.

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EnterpriseAppsTech: Enterprise mobility in 2016: The year in review

Enterprise mobility in 2016: The year in review

As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, the first week of the year provides an appropriate time to look back at the previous 12 months, and the key stories which influenced the enterprise mobility sector during that time. Rather than detailing the most important stories of the year chronologically as in previous years, this time Enterprise AppsTech is looking at the biggest hitters from 2016 in five key emerging areas.

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BrianMadden.com: Catching up with SOTI on Android for Work, remote control, and RMAD

Catching up with SOTI on Android for Work, remote control, and RMAD

Earlier this year I wrote  We haven’t covered them much at BrianMadden.com, but they do have a significant presence in the mobile space going back 20 years, so they should definitely be on our radar. Among other things, they specialize in managing ruggedized devices and Android.

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Fleet Owner: Q&A: What the future holds for mobile technology and trucking

Q&A: What the future holds for mobile technology and trucking

Better navigation is clearly one benefit gain by trucking via the wider use of mobile technology solutions. But how about getting higher freight rates? Is that possible as well? Fleet Owner recently conducted an email question and answer session with Ron Hassanwalia, COO of Mississauga, Ontario-based enterprise management firm SOTI, Inc. to delve into those and other opportunities presented by mobile technology in the trucking and logistics spheres.

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Field Technologies Online: Mobility Management Solutions Add Value For Field Workers

Mobility Management Solutions Add Value For Field Workers

Mobility – from drivers with smartphones and dispatchers with tracking software to field workers with tablets – is everywhere in field operations, transportation and logistics. But most companies use just a fraction of the data being gathered by these mobile devices, and even fewer are spending time analyzing the data in ways that can improve their businesses, customer satisfaction and profitability.

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PCMag: Editor's Choice - SOTI MobiControl

Editor's Choice - SOTI MobiControl Review

4.5 Stars, Editor Rating: Excellent

SOTI MobiControl (which begins at $48 per device per year) has been around since 2004, starting as a Windows PC/CE management tool and then expanding to take on the broader role of mobile device management (MDM). With deep Windows roots, it's no surprise that SOTI MobiControl has tight integration with Active Directory (AD) and incorporates the concepts of multi-level privileges based on group membership. The latest version (v.13) includes a wide range of features such as remote device control, which works just as you would expect if you were remotely connecting to a PC.

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The Mississauga News: Brain drain to Silicon Valley needs to be plugged, says Mississauga executive

Brain drain to Silicon Valley needs to be plugged, says Mississauga executive

The CEO of Mississauga-based software company SOTI recently advised government officials they need to change their way of thinking if they are going to stop the significant brain drain of Canadian IT talent to the U.S.

“Building brands in Canada is a struggle thanks in large part to failing government programs that invest in start-ups without much thought to retaining those companies and jobs here,” Carl Rodrigues said at the 15th Annual Research Money Conference in Ottawa.


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Mobile Commerce Daily: McDonald’s unpacks in-store tablets as mobile-centric sales initiatives continue

McDonald’s unpacks in-store tablets as mobile-centric sales initiatives continue

McDonald’s UK is rolling out a new sales tactic enticing consumers to visit its stores and take advantage of new Samsung Galaxy tablets that enable users to browse the Internet, play games or interact on social media networks.

The British subsidiary of the global fast-food chain has joined forces with enterprise mobility management platform SOTI to equip McDonald’s restaurants with Samsung Galaxy tablet devices.

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IT Business Canada: Mayors’ trip promoting ‘The Corridor’ to Silicon Valley gets mixed reaction from entrepreneurs

Mayors’ trip promoting ‘The Corridor’ to Silicon Valley gets mixed reaction from entrepreneurs

At the CityAge conference in San Francisco, Toronto Mayor John Tory stood next to a large, simplified map comparing the distance between Toronto and Waterloo, Ont. to that of San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. – about the same, the map showed, alongside statistics demonstrating that technology startup community in the region.

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POS News: SMB Retailers- Embrace Mobility to Attract More Customers, Streamline Operations

SMB Retailers- Embrace Mobility to Attract More Customers, Streamline Operations

Mobility is changing the retail landscape and retailers who don’t embrace it may be left behind. Today, mobile technologies influence every step of the shopping experience and touch every part of the value chain, from buying products and managing inventory to operating stores and marketing and promotion. And customers love it.

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InfoWorld: More like Windows: How Android N targets the enterprise

More like Windows: How Android N targets the enterprise

Apple's iPhone and iPad have long ruled the enterprise, with high market shares in every survey. Apple's iOS devices were the first post-BlackBerry device to take enterprise security and management seriously, and Google was slow to follow suit in Android..

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Brian Madden: Friday vendor notes: Soti MobiControl EMM has deep roots with rugged devices

Friday vendor notes: Soti MobiControl EMM has deep roots with rugged devices

Soti is one of the well-known EMM vendors in the space that we haven’t spent much time covering at BrianMadden.com, so last week at RSA I sat down with them to get acquainted. I spoke with Roula Vrsic, VP of marketing, and Graham Watts, senior product manager, and today I’m sharing some notes from that conversation.

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PC Magazine: How EMM Is Evolving Into a Smarter Mobile Business Hub

The definition of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is changing as fast as our notion of what mobile is and what it can do for businesses. At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week, the question of what EMM means for privacy and security proved to have complex answers for business users and the organizations employing them. But it's only one piece of EMM's larger evolution around truly mobile business.

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Website Magazine: The Immense Impact of Mobile

The consumer demand for mobile technology has never been greater and the brands that differentiate with mobile tech are quicky proving to be the most successful. - See more at: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/ecommerce/archive/2016/02/01/the-immense-impact-of-mobile.aspx#sthash.qWvqz2MF.dpuf

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VAR Guy:The VAR Guy Interview: Carl Rodrigues, SOTI

The VAR Guy Interview: Carl Rodrigues, SOTI

In this audio interview conducted at the SOTI Sync conference in Toronto, The VAR Guy Senior Executive Editor Charlene O'Hanlon sat down with SOTI President and CEO Carl Rodrigues to discuss SOTI's push beyond mobility management and into the Internet of Things, and what that means for the company.

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Financial Post: Canadian tech firm SOTI Inc to double workforce with $150-million investment

Canadian tech firm SOTI Inc to double workforce with $150-million investment

Canadian software company SOTI Inc. plans to spend $150 million to expand its offices and eventually double its current global work force of 450, adding most of the new jobs in Mississauga and Waterloo.

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Business Solutions: Businesses Budget For Mobility Solutions For 2016

Businesses Budget For Mobility Solutions For 2016

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CDN: BlackBerry announces acquisition of Good Technology

BlackBerry announces acquisition of Good Technology

Less than half a year following its acquisition of Israel-based security company WatchDox, BlackBerry is at it again.This time, the Canadian smartphone maker has acquired former rival Good Technology, which offers secure applications and containerization. The deal worth $425 million in cash was announced this weekend. .

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FierceMobileIT: iOS 9 will have many lives for enterprise users

iOS 9 will have many lives for enterprise users (That is the Question)

I recently sat down with Aaron Davis, director of products and solutions at enterprise mobility management firm SOTI to discuss the implications of the new Apple mobile operating system, iOS 9, for the enterprise.