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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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"And the Nominees are...." Alliance 2017 Customer Awards Nominees

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Jan 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Drum roll please…

We’re proud to announce the nominees for the Alliance 2017 Customer Awards! 

For the past few years, we have presented awards to our valued customers at our annual conference. We greatly appreciate everything our clients do, and these awards are a way for us to thank them for their efforts in their implementations, cooperation, and positive contributions to society. These customers and their nominations were truly exceptional, and their accomplishments should be viewed as examples of technological excellence in nonprofit, education, and public sector organizations everywhere. 

 And this year’s nominees are:

Altus Dynamics President, Colin Dickinson, officially welcomes the Canadian Cloud

Posted by Colin Dickinson on May 19, 2016 5:16:15 PM

It is a great week for Altus Dynamics and our family of clients as we welcome the official opening of Microsoft’s new data centers in Canada, which will deliver Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online to more of our Canadian organizations, helping them realize the benefits of Microsoft Cloud.

[WEBCAST] What Technology Enables the Canadian Cloud

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Dec 4, 2015 9:20:00 AM

By now we’re all pretty familiar with Microsoft’s Canadian Cloud. We have some background info on the project, know its pros and cons, and have an idea of its various pricing structures and TCO. But perhaps one of the last questions we need to answer to truly understand the Cloud is an obvious one: how does it work? In the November installment of our Executive Webinar Series, we explain the technology that enables the Canadian Cloud to provide you with a deeper understanding of what this Cloud craze is all about. Enjoy the webcast!

[WEBCAST & CALCULATOR] Calculating Your Total Cost of Moving to the Cloud

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Nov 27, 2015 9:04:39 AM

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:

Altus Dynamics Earns Certified For Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Oct 20, 2015 12:53:00 PM

It’s official!

As of October 2015, Altus Dynamics 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

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

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Aug 7, 2015 10:48:00 AM

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!

Looking forward with Microsoft Dynamics

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Jul 20, 2015 4:54:09 PM

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!

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

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Jul 2, 2015 1:08:00 PM

Action Group, an Alberta-based social services organization, made a strategic decision and chose Altus Dynamics 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.

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Microsoft Cloud Touches Down in Canada

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Jun 4, 2015 4:46:00 PM

Opening Possibilities for Non-Profits & Public Sector Organizations

Top 10 Cloud Myths CIOs Should Look Out For

Posted by Colin Dickinson on Feb 4, 2015 4:30:00 PM

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;

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