How a Unique Sports Property Changed the Face of Curling

As the country’s top curlers travel to Ottawa to compete to represent Canada and the 2018 Winter Olympics, we couldn’t help but reminisce about this summer’s Everest Curling Challenge. 

Earlier this year, Everest Funeral Concierge, the first nationwide funeral planning and concierge service, set out to redefine the sport of curling with the launch of the Everest Curling Challenge (ECC). A live, 17 hour broadcast that aired across North America, the ECC was a unique opportunity to engage with curling fans during the sport’s off-season. Leveraging a partnership with TSN and ESPN3, Everest was able to deliver this net-new sport property to a broader audience. 

It was an all-hands-on-deck project for the Republic team, who, guided by our belief that there is always an opportunity to craft a story and amplify it through meaningful content, worked closely with Everest and its partners to deliver a special experience for fans. From developing an online voting campaign enabling fans to vote their favourite teams into the competition, social and digital advertising, event planning, sponsorship development, social media management, content development and everything in-between, we were able to immerse ourselves into the sport and witness firsthand the passion and sportsmanship of the community. 

The ECC demonstrated the power of rallying a group of people behind a shared belief. By reaching curling fans and their desire to grow the sport in new ways, Everest was able to push the boundaries and create a successful sport property.

Missed the broadcast earlier this year? Watch the full highlight reel for a little taste of the action! 

SOTI First to Combine Mobility and IoT Management with the Introduction of Linux Support

SOTI simplifies management of complex mobility and IoT deployments for business-critical mobility solutions


Niagara Falls, CANADA – SOTI SYNC – September 26, 2017: Today at SOTI SYNC, the company’s global customer and partner conference, SOTI announced the first Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution to manage mixed mobility and IoT deployments, with the introduction of support for Linux. This is part of the newest update to the company’s flagship EMM product, SOTI MobiControl, available from October 31, 2017.

SOTI MobiControl will now enable remote support of Linux-based devices, machines and intelligent IoT endpoints. Remote access empowers IT departments to diagnose and fix a problem in the field, while file sync ensures devices have the latest content such as files and configurations. SOTI MobiControl protects Linux devices against unauthorized access and exploits, by hardening Linux endpoints against attacks, ensuring devices are not left with default passwords, and automating and scheduling OS and app updates to patch vulnerabilities. All communication between the device and SOTI MobiControl is secured, preventing attacks.


This announcement comes on the heels of the SOTI ONE platform launch on May 9, 2017, further demonstrating the company’s visionary advancements into managing the next wave of enterprise mobility.


“We recognized a major gap in the marketplace: the need for a single, integrated solution to secure and easily manage mobile devices, as well as the dedicated-devices commonly in use by businesses. We are also seeing a plethora of IoT endpoints, many of which are on Linux, that will access the corporate network and therefore require intelligent management,” said Graham Watts, Principal Product Manager at SOTI. 


“Mobility is changing the way we work. Businesses need to support mobile workers wherever they are – in the field, warehouse, storefront, or hospital room – no matter the form factor or OS. SOTI has been laser focused on empowering our customers to do exactly this for 20 years. Our newest version of SOTI MobiControl with Linux support is a powerful step along the important journey of enabling our customers to take full advantage of the next wave of mobility. Our proactive roadmap and delivery of visionary technology addresses the problems the enterprise will face, readying them for the mobile-first future with unmatched security and control.”


Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be 30 billion devices connected to the internet.[1] That’s billions of endpoints from sensors, actuators, printers, scanners wearables robots and other devices not yet imagined, which will be tasked with delivering essential business operations with technology not yet developed. With its lower cost and open-source nature, many of these endpoints will be running Linux and all require comprehensive, full life-cycle management and security. In today’s hyper-connected world, SOTI MobiControl goes beyond traditional mobility management of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, by securely managing the growing list of IoT devices running the Linux OS. SOTI MobiControl is the only solution to offer full management of Google Android, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows and now, Linux.


From our homes, offices, hospitals, schools and factories, Linux is all around us, but until now, Linux management has been largely ignored by traditional mobility management vendors. From state-of-the-art supercomputers and mission-critical enterprise servers, to tiny sensors and endpoints, Linux is an open-source, low-cost alternative to expensive commercial operating systems, and the operating system of choice for over 80 per cent of IoT devices and 67 per cent of IoT gateways.[2]


In its newest update, SOTI MobiControl 14 has many new functionalities to help IT departments reduce downtime and workload, decrease maintenance-related expenses and cut cost through automation and scheduling. These updates directly address concerns felt by 52 per cent of employees who, according to a global study carried out by Arlington Research, feel mobility downtime seriously hinders their ability to work.


·       SOTI MobiControl 14 introduces a re-designed administration console that simplifies the management of large, complex mobility and IoT deployments. The re-design includes powerful search capabilities, new dynamic dashboards, and reporting enhancements that will empower IT Administrators to quickly troubleshoot and resolve mobile issues and improve visibility into their device deployments.


·       SOTI MobiControl 14 also adds enhanced API support to enable full automation of device and application management from strategic enterprise solutions. Additionally, it includes many enhancements to improve the management of Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows devices.


In addition to the updates to SOTI MobiControl, SOTI ONE’s integrated suite of solutions are helping businesses deliver on a connected future. Available for beta trials, SOTI Snap, a cross-platform, rapid mobile applications development solution enables companies to take the cost, complexity and coding out of mobile application development for business. SOTI is also announcing SOTI Central, the company’s online community and marketplace for partners and customers to get answers from product experts, interact, and browse a library of products and services built around SOTI ONE solutions.


General availability for SOTI MobiControl 14, SOTI Snap and SOTI Central will commence on October 31, 2017.


To learn more about recent developments to the SOTI ONE platform, visit:

·       Blog: What’s New in SOTI MobiControl 14

·       Blog: SOTI Snap – Zap the App Gap

·       Blog: SOTI Central – An Online Community for Collaboration




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About SOTI Inc.

SOTI is the world's most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions, with more than 17,000 enterprise customers and millions of devices managed worldwide. SOTI's innovative portfolio of solutions and services provide the tools organizations need to truly mobilize their operations and optimize their mobility investments. SOTI extends secure mobility management to provide a total, flexible solution for comprehensive management and security of all mobile devices and connected peripherals deployed in an organization. For more information, visit



[1] Gartner, “Eight Dimensions of Business Ecosystems Enable the Digital Age,” by Betsy Burton, Marcus Blosch, Hung LeHong, Kristin R. Moyer.  April 12, 2017

[2] Eclipse Foundation, “IoT Developer Survey Results.” April 18, 2017


SOTI Continues Rapid Growth in Business-Critical Mobility with Global Expansion, New Customers, New Partners and Industry Accolades

Global Enterprise Mobility Management leadership position validated with growing business, industry awards and analyst recognition

Niagara Falls, CANADA – SOTI SYNC – September 26, 2017: SOTI, the world's most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions, today announced continued revenue growth, expanded operations, an increased partner ecosystem and impressive feedback from industry experts with the most recent evolution of its innovative platform, SOTI ONE.

With the launch of the SOTI ONE platform in May, the company has grown the number of customer trials by 57 per cent from the previous year. The positive response globally demonstrates the strength and need for a platform like SOTI ONE. The business has also achieved 38 per cent revenue growth in its channel ecosystem; with nearly 3,000 channel partners including resellers, distributors and 150 OEM partners operating in 195 countries around the world. 

Building on a 20-year history of supporting business-critical mobility, SOTI continues to grow globally with operations in 195 countries, including operational expansion in the UK, Australia and its global headquarters based in Canada this year. 2017 brought the company its largest year in revenue growth, and new customers including McDonald’s, Kiabi and St Ives.

“Mobility has evolved from a ‘nice to have’ to fundamental to the success of the operations and systems that run today’s business, which we call ‘business critical',” stated Carl Rodrigues, CEO of SOTI. “With continued technology advancements, increasingly companies are looking to establish relationships with partners who have the ability to support their business-critical mobility needs. At SOTI, we pride ourselves on being trusted and reliable advisors to our partners, as we continue to develop innovative mobility solutions for the biggest mobility challenges faced by the enterprise.”

SOTI continues to be recognized by the industry for its innovation and leadership through awards such as the Deloitte Fast 500 as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, Innovator of the Year at the Stevies, the Ingenious Award for innovative use of technology to help businesses perform, Elevate Toronto’s Spotlight Awards as a technology unicorn, and as one of PC Mag’s “Best Mobile Device Management Solutions.”

Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, Ovum and The Radicati Group are also taking notice of SOTI:

·       The Gartner 2017 Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites[1] gave SOTI top placement in the category devoted to special-purpose device support, and recognized SOTI with a Visionary placement within the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Suites, 2017[2].

·       SOTI received the 2017 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Each year, Frost & Sullivan selects the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers and focus on delivering strong ROI of their services or products.

·       Ovum named SOTI as a Leader within their 2017-2018 EMM Solutions Decision Matrix in EMM. The analyst firm recognized SOTI for new mobile application development and BI capabilities, complementing SOTI’s already strong EMM functionality, continuing to develop its vertical market focus, and for embracing a platform approach to endpoint management, of which EMM is a fundamental element. 

·       For the second consecutive year, The Radicati Group once again named SOTI a Top Player in its prestigious Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Market Quadrant. SOTI was recognized for the breadth and depth of functionality of SOTI MobiControl, its solid strategic vision, and well-established presence in business-critical mobility. SOTI was also lauded for providing a single pane of glass for managing and securing not only smart phones, tablets and PCs/laptops, but also, connected peripherals, IoT devices and a growing spectrum of connected endpoints.

Frost & Sullivan was particularly impressed with SOTI’s customer centricity and MobiControl’s comprehensive set of capabilities at competitive price points. “SOTI is considered a visionary for its ability to recognize the need for a concerted and coordinated effort to optimize security and management across multiple Android versions. SOTI is also at the front of the curve when it comes to IoT device support, including wearables. These visionary moves continue to burnish the SOTI brand in the North American marketplace,” said Industry Director, Jeanine Sterling at Frost & Sullivan.


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SOTI is the world's most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions, with more than 17,000 enterprise customers and millions of devices managed worldwide. SOTI's innovative portfolio of solutions and services provide the tools organizations need to truly mobilize their operations and optimize their mobility investments. SOTI extends secure mobility management to provide a total, flexible solution for comprehensive management and security of all mobile devices and connected peripherals deployed in an organization. For more information, visit




[1] Gartner, “Critical Capabilities for EMM Suites,” by Rob Smith, Chris Silva, Manjunath Bhat, Bryan Taylor, Terrence Cosgrove. June 28, 2017

[2] Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites,” by Rob Smith, Bryan Taylor, Manjunath Bhat, Chris Silva, Terrence Cosgrove. June 6, 2017


SOTI Awards Top Channel Performers at 2017 SOTI SYNC Customer and Partner Conference

SOTI ONE platform launch accelerates outstanding performance in partner ecosystem

Niagara Falls, CANADA – SOTI SYNC – September 25, 2017: SOTI, the world's most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions, today announced the recipients of its SOTI Partner Awards. The winners were announced at SOTI SYNC, the company’s third annual global conference for SOTI customers and partners, taking place in Niagara Falls, Canada.

The SOTI Partner Awards celebrate excellence in driving innovation within the enterprise mobility market, as well as recognizing growth in both revenue and customer deployments. The award winners are:

·       Global Partner of the Year – Lowry Solutions

·       Value Added Reseller of the Year for Americas – QSG

·       Value Added Reseller of the Year for EMEA – Zetes

·       Value Added Reseller of the Year for APAC – Soliton Systems K.K.

·       Value Added Reseller of the Year for Emerging Markets – Ntegras

·       Rising Star of the Year – Digital Dimensions

·       OEM Partner of the Year – Panasonic

·       Cloud Partner of the Year – Barcoding, Inc.

·       Marketing in Motion Award – Emkat, Inc.

·       Market Maker Award – Data Select

·       Disruptor of the Year – Coppernic

SOTI is committed to delivering solutions that connect the mobile and IoT ecosystem for businesses globally, providing them with the ability to manage the broadest range of mobile and connected IoT endpoints, users, applications, content, and more. Through the strong capabilities and value of its solutions, SOTI partners are strategic enablers of business transformation, differentiated customer experiences, seamless workflows, and innovative products and services across industries. 

The SOTI Partner Awards were presented by Sonya Verheyden, Vice President, Marketing, SOTI, who says, “It is inspiring to see our partner network grow. The SOTI Partner Awards were a prime opportunity to welcome and celebrate the achievements within our business. The SOTI ONE platform energizes our channel partners and helps them explore opportunities to deliver integrated connected experiences, business efficiencies, and differentiation that impacts their customers’ bottom line.”

“This year’s launch of SOTI ONE is the next step in our commitment to providing our customers with solutions that deliver tangible business benefits, streamline systems and create more efficient work practices. We take pride in working with our global partners through the SOTI Partner Program and work hard to provide them with solutions they can trust to position them as strategic IT business advisors.”

The SOTI Partner Program offers best-in-class pre-sales, post-sales, sales enablement, and marketing programs to empower its partners to grow their business. Today’s SOTI Partner Program winners exemplify the true spirit of the program.

The SOTI ONE platform is fueling global growth:

·       Accelerated revenue growth: The company achieved 38 per cent revenue growth in the SOTI channel ecosystem in 2017.

·       Expanding partner ecosystem: SOTI’s channel partners have grown from 2,000 in 2016 to nearly 3,000 in 2017 across 195 countries.

·       OEM network acceleration: SOTI’s OEM partner network has strengthened by 50 per cent, rising from just over 100 partners in 2016 to 150 in 2017.

·       The SOTI ONE platform – Strengthening Innovation: Over the past 12 months, the SOTI Partner Program has experienced considerable growth, fueled by the launch of the SOTI ONE integrated mobility solutions platform. The platform’s unmatched capabilities in addressing mobility and IoT issues, for operations and business process effectiveness, has provided the ability for SOTI’s partners to grow their revenue and market share by offering additional value to their customers and partners.


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SOTI is the world's most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions, with more than 17,000 enterprise customers and millions of devices managed worldwide. SOTI's innovative portfolio of solutions and services provide the tools organizations need to truly mobilize their operations and optimize their mobility investments. SOTI extends secure mobility management to provide a total, flexible solution for comprehensive management and security of all mobile devices and connected peripherals deployed in an organization. For more information, visit


Republic Bolsters Talent Roster with Addition of Vlad Omazic 

Purpose-driven strategy and storytelling agency adds digital and advertising strength to team

Toronto, ON, September 11, 2017 – Kathy Murphy, President of Republic, today announced that Vlad Omazic is joining the Republic team as Account Director reinforcing the trans-disciplinary agency’s commitment to recruiting and fostering great talent from all marketing disciplines. 

Omazic is joining Republic from Anomaly. He brings a breadth of expertise from an advertising background, across a variety of disciplines including digital, social, and xm as well as deep account management experience. Omazic has built a respectable resume of successful work including the launch of new integrated brand platforms for a number of Hershey brands including Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers and Chipits, as well as Converse and Lincoln. Omazic is known for his approach leading collaborative relationships with both internal teams and clients. 

“We are building the agency we’ve always wanted to work for, a place where talent from across marketing disciplines can come together to tell the stories of the brands and companies making a difference in their industries and in the world,” says Murphy. “Vlad’s experience and personality are a perfect fit for our unbiased approach to marketing. He’s a fantastic addition to the team and is going to provide value to our clients from day one. And, most importantly, he’s smart, nice and fun.” 

Omazic is coming to Republic after the recent announcement of Joline Matika joining the agency as Vice President. The agency recently went to market with a number of new campaigns which made an impact in the Canadian market including the creation and execution of the Everest Curling Challenge on TSN, the launch of Marquee Health Group Limited and two new campaigns designed to drive tourism and attract small business investment for the Town of Bracebridge. Republic also recently won a project with Insurance for Children and continues to bring its purpose-driven strategy to its growing client base. 

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Republic brings talent together from across marketing disciplines for one purpose: to tell the stories of the brands and businesses that are making a difference - in their industries, in their communities and in our world. Republic partners with a roster of catalysts, change-makers and community builders like Muskoka Brewery, Everest Funeral Concierge, Canada Company, Insurance for Children, Canadian Tire, Starbucks, Aramark, SOTI, the Town of Bracebridge, Lawrence Plaza, Fowler Construction and Marquee Health Group Limited. #FreeYourStory. 

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Team Gushue Captures Everest Curling Challenge

Everest Curling Challenge: Final - Gushue 6, Epping 5


Fredericton, NB, August 27, 2017 Christy Sullivan, --- Team Brad Gushue secured the win at the inaugural Everest Curling Challenge in Fredericton, edging Team John Epping by one in the eighth end for a final of 6-5. Gushue and his team of Cathy Overton, E. J. Harnden, and Lisa Weagle took home the $200,000 prize.


In an incredibly close game that was tied in both the fifth and going into the eighth and final end, Gushue started with the hammer and scored three in the first. After a blank end in the second, Epping took one in the third making it 3-1. He then went on to steal one in both the fourth and fifth ends, tying things up at 3-3. Gushue took the lead in the sixth after scoring two, only to have Epping tie things up again in the seventh. Headed into the final end it was 5-5 and Gushue had the hammer. With two rocks in play for Epping, Gushue was able to score one for the win.


In the exciting matchup, play was stopped in the second end after the slider on second E. J. Harnden's shoe started coming off, but after a shoe loan from fellow curler – and Epping teammate – Mat Camm, play resumed.


The final matchup at the Everest Curling Challenge featured players from each of the original competition teams participating in the event.

Teams Set for Inaugural Everest Curling Challenge

The draft for the Everest Curling Challenge is complete. Eight of the best skips in the world drafted completely new teams consisting of two men and two women on Thursday evening at Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Take a look at the new foursomes that will compete for a $200,000 grand prize this weekend.


Fredericton, NB, Thursday, August 24, 2017 via ---


Team Homan

Skip - Rachel Homan

Third - Mat Camm

Second - Jill Officer

Lead - Geoff Walker


Team Jones

Skip - Jennifer Jones

Third - Marc Kennedy

Second - Joanne Courtney

Lead - Tim March


Team Gushue

Skip - Brad Gushue

Third - Cathy Overton

Second - E. J. Harnden

Lead - Lisa Weagle


Team Koe

Skip - Kevin Koe

Third - Emma Miskew

Second - Patrick Janssen

Lead - Dawn McEwen


Team Epping

Skip - John Epping

Third - Kaitlyn Lawes

Second - Brent Laing

Lead - Rachelle Brown


Team Jacobs

Skip - Brad Jacobs 

Third - Lori Olson-Johns

Second - Brett Gallant

Lead - Laine Peters


Team Carey 

Skip - Chelsea Carey

Third - Ryan Fry

Second - Dana Ferguson

Lead - Ben Hebert


Team Sweeting 

Skip - Val Sweeting 

Third - Mark Nichols

Second - Jocelyn Peterman

Lead - Ryan Harnden




Team Jones vs. Team Jacobs - Friday, August 25 at 6:30pm ET on TSN 1/3/4

- The last two Olympic champion skips will go head-to-head in Jones and Jacobs.


Team Sweeting vs. Team Epping - Saturday, August 26 at 9am ET on TSN 1/3/4

- Epping got in thanks to the last chance fan-vote.

- Sweeting replaces Victoria Moiseeva who was unable to make it because of an illness. She will face off against her regular lead in Brown. 


Team Koe vs. Team Carey - Saturday, August 26 at 1pm ET on TSN 1/3/4

- This one is a battle between the two skips who won the 2016 Canadian championship. 

- Skip Koe will take on his normal lead in Hebert.


Team Homan vs. Team Gushue - Saturday, August 26 at 6:30pm ET on TSN 1/3/4

- Homan and Gushue won the Scotties and Brier respectively last year and both went 13-0 at their world championships to claim gold.

- Gushue will take on his normal lead in Walker while Homan will face her regular front end in Weagle. 


The winners will advance to the semi-finals on Sunday morning and afternoon. The final two play for $200,000 Sunday night at 6:30pm ET on TSN 1/3/4.