This week I traveled to the ICANN conference in Toronto http://toronto45.icann.org/ and also visited several of our customers in and around Toronto. The amount of construction going on in Toronto is incredible and the Ontario economy is doing very well according to the customers I visited. The ICANN events were interesting and it was great catching up with my friends and customers from around the world that were attending the conference. The folks I spoke to at ICANN are optimistic about the future growth opportunities that the new Top Level Domains will bring about, and it is good to talk to people who are enthusiastic about the opportunities that are unfolding in their business sectors. Coincidentally the Canadian press has an article today that points to the optimistic view of the Canadian business folks I met with this week:
manufacturers are feeling optimistic about their futures as they
foresee a sales shift over the next three years towards Europe and
developing countries, according to a study released Thursday by their
industry's main association.
Sales within their home
provinces, to the rest of Canada and to the United States will remain
the dominant markets for Canadian goods, but most companies expect to
expand their reach to other markets, according to the survey of 649
Canadian companies released by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
"Companies expect globalization pressures
will propel a shift in where they do business," the analysis conducted
in August by a coalition of 52 industry associations found."
of the customers I met with have tremendous storage needs in multiple
global locations, and they are looking for ways to cut costs on their
data storage. Zerowait has provided many of them with NetApp storage support for many years, and they are also embracing our SimplStor products for their archiving and image/graphics storage requirements.
to this globalization of our business niche, and the requests of our
Australian customers for a local office, Zerowait opened our Australian
office in 2011 and our business is thriving in Australia. Over the next
few years we expect our global business to grow to about 50% of
Zerowait’s revenues. Working internationally has challenges, but our
customers like that we help them control their enterprise storage costs
around the world with our affordable storage support and hardware
The Oil and Gas industry has always been global, and
has always required vast amounts of storage. During the first week in
November, Farat Buta, our EU sales manager, will be traveling from the
UK to the SEG show in Las Vegas
to work with us in booth 107. Farat will be working with many of our
international clients who will be there, helping them meet their storage
growth objectives with our affordable storage products and services.
Finally, in November Zerowait will be celebrating its 21st
year in business. When I look back over the past 21 years and see what
our team has accomplished and how we have built the company from my
dream into an international company I am very impressed with our staff.
But more importantly, I am very optimistic about the next 21 years and I
know that we can help our customers in new ways as technology improves
and globalization increases.