The Financial Post takes a look at 11 people and companies we’ll be watching closely in the new year.
In the soaring atrium of the Royal Ontario Museum during a fall day in Toronto, men in khakis and blue blazers sip their drinks underneath looming dinosaur skeletons, paying only passing attention to the awards ceremony playing out on the nearby stage.
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An exuberant host announces the awards in various categories, but all the winners are companies you’ve likely never heard of, given that they’re niche consultants being feted for selling enterprise device management software created by Mississauga, Ont.-based SOTI Inc., another company you’ve probably never heard of either.
Heartland Computers Inc., based in McHenry, Ill., takes the top prize for selling the most SOTI software in the past year, and company executives receive their award on a stage flanked by a fossilized dinosaur and an enormous gilded Buddha statue from the Ming Dynasty in China.