Sunday, 18 July 2010


Mike and I have been very busy lately.  A lot of it is what I call "foundation" building: like for a house.  It never looks like much, never mind looking like a house, but its important.   Can't build a house without it.

Consulting:  Mike continues to work on the contract for Florida Power and Light and will go back on-site in August.  All goes well there - ahead of schedule really.  He was offered another contract the other day but had to turn it down because the client wanted him full-time on-site.  He has been for two interviews recently for 2 more contracts and waiting to hear back, and he has another interview on Tues.!  The one on Tues. is for a company that has interviewed him before, then they went and contracted someone else (cheaper), now that hasn't worked out well for them (duh) they are asking him back.

We took another look at the Alberta government website for Requests for Proposals recently.  Last year, there wasn't anything there we could apply for.  This year - wow!  Must be the Canadian stimulus money at work. (Which was a fraction of the US stimulus money thank god, Canadians will at least be able to pay it back sometime before our great great grandchildren are born.)  So we are busy writing up several of those, which could be huge moola if we get even one.  We will have to hire a couple of people too.

We have actually started the process to bring a guy, Carlos, up from Mexico City to work for us. Incredibly, he has experience and skills that are highly specialized in our field - these are hard to find in Canada and even in the US - and if you can find them north of the border of Mexico, they are expensive.  He found Mike online through LinkedIn (the business Facebook) and offered his services.  We checked him out with some of his previous employers he did contracts with in the US - they raved about him.  Silly man, he wants to come to Calgary to live in winter!

Software:  We have now signed Partnership documents with a firm in Germany ( who has software/services very similar to Qtility (except they are much more mature than us and have a large client base already).  We are now their only Canadian Partner.  This means we sell and service THEIR software (and they help us by referring their client contacts to us) AND they are taking a look at our software because ours compliments theirs in ways they haven't developed yet so we think that there will be some mergering of the two.  Not only that - their existing client base should also be interested in OneFileEverywhere since they are our target market.  So a cross-selling, revenue-sharing arrangement with the firm in Germany will be ideal. (Could there also be a trip to Germany soon????)  Phone meetings and a demo of Qtility and OFE are in the works.

A development and sales partner in the Middle East (he used to live in Calgary and is still a Canadian citizen and Mike knows him well) is putting together a Request for Proposal for the Saudi government which will include our Qtility software.  He and his team have taken our software and built upon it and translated what they built into arabic.  Potentially this is huge moola too.

OneFileEverywhere did have a working demo last week but it was found that it didn't work when someone went to it through Internet Explorer. (We all use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome mostly - less spam and viruses).  So the techs are back at work fixing it.  In the meantime, our partners in OFE in India have put us in touch with their contacts at a large construction/commercial development firm in India to talk to about trying out OFE.  In their industry, a lot of documents have to be shared and passed around to various sub-contractors for each project.  OFE is perfect for that.

I have been contacting all the various local provincial and city Economic Development programs to see how they might help us grow, since banks and angel investors are giving us the cold shoulder.  We have a face-to-face meeting set up on July 26 with a very key guy in this area to tell him all about ourselves and ask how he can help.  He knows where all the government money lives and how to get to it.

So, whew!  Poor Mike is literally chained to his computer these days, typing furiously.  There is only so much I can do to help.  We did get out into the foothills yesterday with the dogs for a drive and a hike on a closed-off dirt road to nowhere (something we haven't done for a long time).  And, when we got home, a group of the neighbours invited us over for a backyard beer and chat.  So it was a nice break - we'll try to do it more often.

Mike HAS taken up jogging lately, first thing in the morning, early, with the dogs. Me?  No thanks.  I walk them later at a nice sedate pace. ;)


  1. Sounds like your really busy mom and mike! it looks like all your hard work is really starting to pay off

  2. Thanks Simon, I hope so! Especially by November so I can go back to Mazatlan!

  3. Susan - when are you getting a chance to slow dow? I had to take a siesta after I read your blog!!! When are you going back to Maz? We are leaving Wpg on about Oct 26. We don't really rush; takes about 6 days. Hope to see you folks again this season.
    Sandie and Mike Pigden