Articles By Howard Solomon

UK chooses ODF format for saving electronic documents

Governments have a certain amount of power when it comes to setting IT standards. The bigger the government the more likely it wants things narrowed down. And the bigger they are the more muscle they

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

SAP to house Canadian data here

Yielding to customer pressure on information sovereignty, SAP Canada will set up a data centre north of Toronto to assure organizations personal data won't leave the country. "It's an emotional thing that I don't

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

How Dutch bureaucrats created a national intranet

A number of governments around the world -- including various levels in Canada -- are embracing open data, filling up Web sites with links to hundreds of datasets that, hopefully, can be repurposed.

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

The bot traffic dilemma

Usually bots are bad, which is why some CSOs ensure their organizations’ Web sites block them. There is a risk, a study by a security vendor has discovered, although not in the way

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Nominations for CIO of the year award now open

Nominations are now open for the Information Technology Association of Canada/CanadianCIO magazine chief information officer of the year award. The inaugural award will be presented Nov. 12 in Toronto as part of ITAC's Ingenious Awards

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Why vendors need ‘a kick in the pants’

Tired of your applications breaking? Frustrated by the inability of consulting firms you hired to get applications to work together? Angry that despite vendor promises the last software upgrade isn't giving measurable performance

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

BC raked over coals for lack of digitization strategy

Among the organizations that are great generators of paper, arguably governments rank in the top three. So it was no surprise that the B.C. information and privacy commissioner has discovered 33,000 boxes of

Published on: July 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Sexism and IT: Another chapter

The low number of women in information technology careers has been the subject of commentary for decades.  There are various reasons why, some in the industry say: Women just don't go into tech, or those that do

Published on: July 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

BES 10 now a hosted service

CIOs have another way of adding BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to their arsenal of mobile management tools -- renting it. BlackBerry said today that service providers are now able to offer BES 10

Published on: July 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Fortinet firewall hits 1Tbps

There are several constants in the IT world: The demand for more CPU power, for more storage and for more firewall throughput. Fortinet Inc. says the day will soon come when 1 Terabit

Published on: July 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon