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Colin Dickinson

Colin Dickinson
Colin Dickinson is the CEO and managing partner at Sparkrock. Given his business and accounting knowledge, Colin provides valuable insight as well as strong comprehension as to how Sparkrock can help organizations address their individual business challenges. He is passionate about the non-profit community and regularly contributes to local youth based non-profits by volunteering his time and fundraising.
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[WEBCAST & CALCULATOR] Calculating Your Total Cost of Moving to the Cloud

by   Colin Dickinson on 11.27.15

If you’re trying to decide between an On-Premise solution or a Cloud solution, there are many things you must account for. Although the logistics, spacial, and technological differences should be discussed, cost difference is possibly the most important and perhaps the most hard to calculate decision criterion.

To help potential Cloud users gain a deeper understanding of the robust pricing structures offered by Cloud providers, we held a webinar titled “Pricing Structure and the Total Cost of Moving to the Cloud” to help make a sometimes complex topic much easier to grasp. Click below to view the webcast:

Topics: Technology

Sparkrock Earns Certified For Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015

by   Colin Dickinson on 10.20.15

It’s official!

As of October 2015, Sparkrock ERP solution is Certified for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD) NAV 2015. What does it mean to be CfMD? Solutions that are Certified for Microsoft Dynamics are:

  • Designed for a unique business and industry need
  • Abide by the governmental policies and regulations
  • Tested for seamless integration with Microsoft Dynamics
  • Used and recommended by other companies and organizations
  • Low-risk to use, fast to implement, and simple in maintenance

Topics: News Release

[WEBCAST] An Overview of Microsoft's New Canadian Cloud

by   Colin Dickinson on 08.07.15

With the announcement of Microsoft’s Canadian Cloud in June, we thought it would be helpful to discuss the Cloud as it relates to our nonprofit and public sector clients through a series of webinars. To kick off our Executive Webinar Series, we provide an overview of Microsoft’s Canadian Cloud to help you navigate through the information provided (or not provided) by Microsoft. Click below and enjoy!

Topics: Technology

Looking forward with Microsoft Dynamics

by   Colin Dickinson on 07.20.15

If you’re working with technology, you know that forward-thinking is the best kind of thinking. So how is Microsoft Dynamics making sure that it’s one step ahead of the game? According to, we’ve got plenty to look forward to!

Topics: Technology

Action Group sees the value of integrated HR, Payroll, Employee Scheduling and Accounting

by   Colin Dickinson on 07.02.15

Action Group, an Alberta-based social services organization, made a strategic decision and chose Sparkrock to provide their enterprise needs for Accounting, HR, Payroll and Employee Scheduling. Operating in the social services sector for over 30 years, they provide key services to the community by supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Topics: News Release , Finance

Microsoft Cloud Touches Down in Canada

by   Colin Dickinson on 06.04.15

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced their plan to deliver commercial cloud services from Canada. Coming in 2016 for Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online this new service strengthens the competitive landscape of ‘Canada’s Cloud' and opens up possibilities for non-rpfoits and public sector organizations.

Topics: Technology

Top 10 Cloud Myths CIOs Should Look Out For

by   Colin Dickinson on 02.04.15

The Cloud by its very nature is susceptible to hype and misconceptions. From a consumer perspective, “in the Cloud” is a mystical place where most of the technical details are hidden. It is the subject of numerous books, articles, blogs and Hollywood movies. So it is not surprising that some misunderstandings have arisen. With no shortage of myths about the Cloud, research firm Gartner has compiled a list of the top 10 most misleading ones, with the CIO in mind, which I have summarized below and added in our own thoughts;

Topics: Technology

The Year That Was - Highlights From 2014

by   Colin Dickinson on 12.30.14

Well another year is coming to an end. Now is the time to reflect upon New Year’s resolutions from the previous year and spend some time coming up with new ones. While all of us at Sparkrock are looking forward to the start of 2015, I wanted to take the time to reflect on what a fantastic year 2014 was for us. We moved into new offices, re-designed our company website, embraced The Cloud even more, added many new customers and had several major product releases. Here are some of our highlights of 2014:

Topics: Fundraising , Technology

What is the Impact of Gen Z on Post-secondary Education Institutions in Canada?

by   Colin Dickinson on 08.29.14

“After 2012/2013, a major decline in the size of the youth cohorts would begin to affect [postsecondary] enrolments”

Topics: Outcomes-Impact

Alberta School District, The Latest Educational Organization To Select Sparkrock EDU Suite

by   Colin Dickinson on 07.22.14

In late 2012 Palliser Regional Division No. 26 (Palliser) began the process to find a replacement solution for their existing financial management solution provided by Alberta-based Bellamy Software. This new solution needed to replace the functionality currently in place including a range of specific integrations, while also taking advantage of the latest in ERP technology and school administration software.

Topics: News Release

Futurpreneur Canada To Provide Improved Young Entrepreneur Support By Implementing Sparkrock ERP

by   Colin Dickinson on 07.04.14

Futurpreneur, formally the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, is an organization that helps young individuals with a solid business plan get financing and access to expert advice – bringing great business ideas to life and forming better communities. As part of Futurpreneur’s long term strategic plan, they wanted to implement a new solution that would allow them to help more young entrepreneurs and provide better insight into company information as a whole.

Topics: News Release