ComputerWorld Canada — now with more stuff

Good day, and welcome to 1999.

Now that we’ve all had a chance to give a little and get a little, to drink some egg nog and then some champagne, it’s time for all you IT types to get back to some serious work. We at ComputerWorld Canada have been working as well, and beginning with this issue you’ll see some additions to the publication.

Also, we’ll soon be launching our new and improved Web site. This publication, plus Network World Canada and CIO Canada, will be hitting the Web in a big way.

Debuting in this issue, you’ll find a bigger and better Solutions Builder section. (Check out page 18.) Coding, application integration and development processes are central to our mandate and to our readers, and we’re going to give you more coverage in those areas. The larger section will deliver more news, more opinions and more product information.

But one thing will disappear from the pages of Solution Builders: reviews of development tools. They’re moving over to our new Reviews section. Once a month — alternating with the larger Solution Builders section — we will now be delivering a full page of practical advice on what to run out and get and what you want to avoid like a user looking for the “Any” key.

And now’s the time when we ask for your assistance: we’re looking for reviewers. Hardware, software, tools, productivity apps, gadgets and gizmos – if you’re a computer professional who wants to mess around with a new technology, write up a review and get paid for it, let us know. Contact assistant editor Karen Hill at (416) 290-0240 or

So look for Reviews in issue number two, and every even-numbered issue after that. Solution Builders will continue to be published every two weeks, but the section will be larger in the odd-numbered issues.

Also, check out our expanded New Products section — two pages, no waiting. (Page 30 and 31.)

And that brings us to the Web. Having a Web site is good but having a great Web site is even better, so we’ve been giving ours a facelift. The first iteration will offer a new look and feel, with follow-up versions offering new functionality. By the time all is said, done, coded, consulted and signed-off, the site will offer the complete content of the current issue, a searchable database of past articles, a readership poll, our Cartoon Competition, contact information, subscription services, an IT calendar, Careers listings, fresh daily news and opinions, plus a bunch of other good stuff.

So check out, hang out there a while, and then click on the ComputerWorld link. Then let us know what you think.

But remember, like all good sites, the project is an ongoing one, so come back once in a while to see what’s new. It’ll be worth your time.

And Happy New Year from all of us at ComputerWorld Canada.