MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Technology Association
today launched its extensive annual survey of executives of Quebec
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies. The AQT
Barometer, the only one of its kind in North America and already an
inspiration to other groups, provides a picture of business practices
and key issues, while also highlighting the growth requirements of a
strategically important sector of the Quebec economy.
An Annual Index Built on 4 Performance Indicators
The AQT Barometer provides a detailed profile of Quebec ICT companies
and identifies indicators that serve as benchmarks to track the
sector's progression. These indicators also serve to develop the AQT Index, which is designed to measure the annual growth of the ICT sector on the
basis of human resources, innovation, income, and marketing data.
"The 2012 questionnaire was expanded to further refine some of the data
collected in the inaugural year. More specifically, data pertaining to
marketing methods, income sources, and various funding sources,
including R&D tax credits and the Refundable Tax Credit for the
Development of E-Business, explained Nicole Martel, Chief Executive
Officer of AQT. It will be interesting to see if companies are
following through on their plans to increase recruitment through
Why do companies take part in this survey?
Participating companies receive a personalized report from SOM, giving
them more than 30 indicators to gauge their performance relative to
The results help identify trends in the Quebec ICT industry.
The analysis provides an overview of the progression of business
The aggregated data helps define the orientation of presentations to be
made to governments.
Data Collection Period/Publication of the Results
Information on business issues and practices was collected from more
than 650 companies through the 2011 AQT Barometer initiative. Over the
next few weeks, SOM, a survey firm, will independently collect data
from 2,000 Quebec ICT companies. AQT members will have premiere access
to the overall results in May 2012 and then the AQT Index will be made
widely available to the media.
The Performance Indicator information sheets issued in 2011 and
distributed in collaboration with McCarthy Tétrault are currently
available on the AQT Web site. The 2012 edition of the survey was made
possible through the support of the ministère du Développement
économique de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE).
ICT companies wishing to be heard by taking part in this ten-minute
online survey are invited to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a password.
About the Quebec Technology Association (AQT) www.aqt.ca
The Quebec Technology Association (AQT) www.aqt.ca represents the
leaders of growth-oriented small and medium-sized Quebec Information
and Communications Technology (ICT) companies with between 4 and 1,000
employees. The AQT Growth Accelerator gives them access to best
practices in management and marketing, and connects them with a vast
business network. The AQT is a self-sustaining entity with more than
500 member companies and affiliate members.
SOURCE QUEBEC TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION (AQT)
For further information:
AQT - Valérie Danger, 514 874 2667, extension 118, or email@example.com