The rapid pace of technological change is one of the most significant economic events of this
To understand how entrepreneurs are adapting to these changes, we assessed the level of digital
maturity of Canadian businesses by combining the use of digital technologies in their operations
(digital intensity) and their ability to implement change (digital culture).
We found that companies with a higher level of digital maturity enjoy higher sales and profit growth
than their peers, across all regions and industries. They are also more likely to export and
The full results of the study will be published with the launch of BDC Small Business Week on
Digital technologies improve business performance
These results are similar to what we found in a
of manufacturers. In that study, we found that manufacturers who adopted Industry
4.0 technologies saw real benefits.
boosted their productivity
reduced operating costs
improved overall product quality
What are digital technologies?
Digital technologies refer to any information and communication technology that is used to support
or accomplish a business activity.
Business management and productivity tools
Accounting and budgeting software as well as
to boost efficiency.
Lead a digital transformation in your business
Follow these five steps to help create a culture of continuous innovation
Digitizing your business is about much more than investing in new computers and software. It
means changing your company’s culture to use data and technology to make more informed,
faster decisions, and to better meet customer needs. A critical element of the process is
to adopt a mentality of continual innovation and quality improvement.
BDC Business Advisor Jivi Cheema says entrepreneurs should follow these five steps to lead a
out what they are
Our goal is to make ourselves irrelevant.
How to develop a digital culture
These entrepreneurs decided to make the digital shift and are busy transforming their
company’s culture to get there.
Discover what happens next
Transforming your company culture
Building a culture of continuous improvement can make your competitive
strategy a reality
Continuous improvement can be an accelerator of your competitive strategy, and it is often
the key element of a successful strategy implementation. In essence, it entails a people-oriented philosophy centered on a relentless
focus on the voice of the customer (i.e., customer obsession).
BDC Senior Business Advisor Patrick Choquette and Business Advisor
Andreas Pollmueller explain how organizations are making it part of their culture.
8 steps for a successful technology purchase
Doing it the right way will help you make a profitable investment
A big technology purchase can give your business a leg up in productivity and competitiveness, but it can also cause major headaches.
BDC expert Jonathan Pastrikos proposes the following eight steps to ensure you make a successful technology purchase.
Unleash the power of data to make better business decisions
Follow these four steps to collect valuable business data
You probably have tons of data about your finances, customers and operations. All this data can be an invaluable hidden resource that increases your efficiency and profit margins.
BDC expert Rayhan Abdulmughnee offers this four-step guide to unleashing the power of data in your business.
The cost was a fraction of the returns.
Digital transition: E-commerce boosts this retailer’s sales by 30%
Stuart Tidd decided to expand his printer parts business into online sales. A carefully planned transition to e-commerce paid off big time.
Find out how he did it
In the end, our employees felt ownership of the product.
Logistics company finds tech solution to northern shipping problem
Shipping firm BBE isn’t in the software business. But its innovative technology has sparked a promising new business line that could change an industry.
Find out how she did it
Technology roadmap template and checklist
These two tools will help you clarify your technology vision
A technology roadmap is a planning tool that aligns your business objectives to long- and short-term technology solutions.
This template and checklist are designed to help you create your roadmap. Modify them as necessary to reflect your company’s circumstances and objectives.
Download the tools now