In this section you can learn and improve your understanding of the link between digital technologies and productivity from actual technology adoption experiences that are featured in these learning documents, videos and success stories.
You will see real examples of Canadian companies going through the technology adoption process. Some of these important steps include: identifying areas for productivity improvement; and assessing methods, technologies and operational changes on how to implement and integrate the new systems. As you will see, the journey doesn't end there, as training and ongoing continuous improvement plans are essential to ensure the best possible results for your technology investment.
The Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) was created as a pilot program to deliver support from November 2011 to March 31, 2014. DTAPP funding is no longer available. For help finding other available innovation resources and support programs, please visit the Concierge Service website.
As a result of hundreds of digital technology adoption projects across the country, NRC-IRAP has created learning documents to improve Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises' (SMEs) knowledge and understanding of the link between adopting digital technologies and improvements in productivity.
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Case Study: ERP propagates growth for builder of plant research chambers
This case study tracks the journey and success of a small Canadian manufacturer that selected an oversized enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for global growth. While the choice was the right one and the system solved many problems, its size and complexity posed new challenges. After three years, the company needed to fine-tune the ERP system, and asked for support from the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
Case Study: Helping SMEs plug into digital technology expertise at local colleges
The Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region with technology resources that are critical to their survival and growth. The college helps local industries address their digital technology needs through its curriculum, consulting expertise and access to laboratory facilities. With support provided by the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), the centre has not only been able to increase its existing capacities for helping SMEs, but also add new services.
Case Study: International Institute of Logistics of Montreal (IILM)
The International Institute of Logistics of Montreal (IILM) supports small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Quebec interested in optimizing their logistics operations. The DV Hardwoods and Ruchers D.J.-F. Inc. cases illustrate how IILM has tailored its services, within the context of the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP), to provide solutions to very different problems in forestry and agri-food production.
Case Study: Building a digital backbone with ERP
This case study illustrates the journey of a small Canadian enterprise in moving from traditional systems to digital technology. It shows how holistic adoption of digital technology through a world-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is essential to meeting a company's needs for productivity, production, shipping, customer service, order entry, accounting and operations. As a communications backbone, the ERP system allows the firm to custom-build superior customer tools.
Whitepaper: Productivity into profits: A guide to digital technology adoption for SME productivity leaders
Succeeding in a highly competitive global economy can be a challenge for Canadian SMEs. Studies show that adopting digital technology boosts competitiveness and profitability by improving enterprise productivity and that compared with other countries, Canadian SMEs are slow to adopt such digital technologies. This white paper presents an internationally recognized and proven process to help enterprises embrace digital technology with confidence.
Look and listen to these short videos featuring Canadian SMEs sharing their knowledge and experience relating to digital technology adoption.
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