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10 Kilometers of Road Yields Mountains of Inspiration

We all come from different backgrounds at the D&B Cloud Innovation Center, and we’re proud of our diverse representation from all corners of the globe. Sharing the good fortune to call gorgeous Vancouver, Canada our home, we are always looking for ways to connect with each other outside of the office. So when the idea of putting together a corporate team for the annual Vancouver Sun Run came up, it was a no brainer that we would be involved. After putting a team together and starting a training routine (our office is a few minutes from the sea wall route) we soon realized that this run was more than just another athletic endeavour – it was a way to really connect with each other, in a way that’s hard to do in the hustle and bustle of everyday office life. Read More…

By on April 21, 2015

Arthritic to Agile: The Software Revolution

In this series, Mark talks about life at the D&B Cloud Innovation Center and the technological, cultural and company transformation the team is part of within Dun & Bradstreet.

When my cloud analytics startup, Indicee, was acquired almost a year ago, many people I spoke with were confused as to why Dun & Bradstreet had acquired the company, its software and its development team. “But doesn’t Dun & Bradstreet do financial stuff?” was something I got asked on a regular basis.

Many more people were confused by my choice to join the rest of my team as part of the newly founded D&B Cloud Innovation Center. After all, I’m a startup guy. A software, startup guy at that. Taking a position within a large, established, financial data company apparently just didn’t fit. Read More…

By on April 7, 2015

Local Entrepreneurs Swap Stories at Six:Forty

We recently took part in the British Columbia Technology Industry Association’s (BCTIA) popular Six:Forty event. Billed as “a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to share their story – how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way.” It’s a tremendous opportunity for any CEO or business leader to share their personal story of success with a room of like minded individuals. Read More…

By on March 19, 2015

Introducing our 2015 Ministry of Fun

As everyone on our team here at the D&B Cloud Innovation Center is aware, our culture of spontaneous fun combined with superbly executed celebrations is overseen by a dedicated group of ambitious, effervescent team members (that’s right; effervescent). Together, we form the infamous Ministry of Fun! In the past, we’ve seen city-wide ping pong battles, Gulf Island boating excursions, curling bonspiels, pub nights (also known as PPPP/4P/The Pseudorandom Post-Work Pub Pilgrimage) epic Guitar Hero battles, and more! Read More…

By on February 10, 2015

Proud Sponsors of Vancouver’s HTML500!

In case you were living under a rock this weekend, you may have missed hearing about one of the largest coding events to ever take place in Vancouver: HTML500. Lighthouse Labs presented a bursting at the seams event that will certainly impact future software developers that were in attendance, as well as the growing number of technology-based businesses that make up one of British Columbia’s fastest-growing sectors.

Here’s a quick rundown of what our day as a sponsor was like.

Arriving just after 8 AM, we quickly got checked in and were able to set up our host table which would soon be filled with 10 exuberant students. Read More…

By on January 27, 2015

Nine Momentous Months at the Cloud Innovation Center

Whoosh. There goes 2014. Since Indicee was acquired and the D&B Cloud Innovation Center founded last April, it’s been 9 months of whirlwind of activity for the team here in Vancouver. From customer focus groups, to global product workshops, to ping pong parties, we’ve been working hard and growing fast.

Most exciting of all is that development on the next generation of D&B’s flagship credit decision product, DNBi, is moving along at pace. Over the past few months, we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside product teams in New Jersey, Texas, Ireland and the UK, in defining the business requirements for our first cloud-based, global D&B product, being built right here in our own backyard.

It’s fair to say that the next year is going to be absolutely huge as we take the new DNBi to market around the world. While we have a lot of stuff to get done between now and then, we wanted to share some of our journey as a team in 2014, and our experience working globally within D&B as we look to launch in 2015. Read More…

By on January 13, 2015

Technology In British Columbia: An Infographic

The launch of the 2014 British Columbia Technology Report Card last month was exciting for anyone working in BC tech. This latest report shows how our tech sector has become a real engine for growth and is now one of the largest contributors to the BC economy.

Growing substantially in GDP, industry revenues and wages, it’s a great time to be in the industry and there is plenty to be proud of. However, it’s clear that we still have some way to go to if we are to reach our full potential and catch up with our provincial peers and other international tech sectors. Read More…

By on November 27, 2014

Giving Back with TechPong

On October 1, we joined 19 other Vancouver tech companies to battle it out in an epic night of ping pong. It was the first annual TechPong tournament, and the stakes were high: up for grabs were top pong bragging rights, a seriously huge trophy, and the opportunity to give something back to the community in which we live and work. This was ping pong with a purpose. To take part, the team had to raise a minimum of $1000 for charities working in the city’s Downtown Eastside.

Thanks to the overwhelming support from the global D&B team and some Herculean push-up efforts (check out John completing 70 in a row), we smashed it! We raised $6245 in total and topped the TechPong 2014 fundraising leaderboard. Overall, the tech community raised a staggering $72,000 for Downtown Eastside charities as part of the event—an incredible achievement for a great cause. Read More…

By on October 23, 2014

Welcome to the Cloud Innovation Center

It’s been a few months since Indicee was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet and while we’ve been a little quieter than usual, it’s not because we haven’t been busy. The team here have been wrapping their heads around the 235 million business records in the D&B database (the largest commercial database in the world), getting to know the rest of the global team, and roadmapping a whole new generation of products.

We’ve also added a number of new faces to the Vancouver crew and our engineering team is growing rapidly. Know some awesome people? Send them our way! Read More…

By on September 11, 2014

5 Cautionary Spreadsheet Tales

When it comes to complex data mashing, spreadsheets should be handled with great care. Errors can easily leak out from spreadsheets, contaminating reports and causing mistakes that can cost companies millions of dollars.

A study by financial modeling company F1F9 found that close to 90 percent of spreadsheet documents contain errors. In fact, the report found, spreadsheets contain errors in one percent or more of all formula cells: in large spreadsheets with thousands of formulas, there will be dozens of undetected errors. Read More…

By on September 1, 2014

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