CDN readers’ top stories of 2010

The editorial staff at CDN have announced our top newsmakersfor 2010. But every day, our readers pick their top stories by choosing whichstories on our Web site that they’d like to read. Based on traffic, here areCDN’s top stories of 2010:

  1. Ten technologies that should be extinct (but aren’t)

Got an urgent message you need to transmit immediately?Sending a telegram is likely not the first option that comes to mind. And whenit’s time to boogie down, you probably don’t shove a cassette into youreight-track player or slap an LP onto your phonograph.

These technologies served their purpose for a while, theneither evolved into cheaper, faster, better forms or simply disappeared. Yetother technologies–such as fax machines, landline phones, and instant cameras–justrefuse to die, despite better digital alternatives.

  1. Internet “Judgment Day” is looming. Are you ready?

We have 17 more months until what John Curran, CEO andpresident at ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers), calls,”Judgement Day.” That’s when we’re expected to run out of InternetProtocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses.

What this means for vendors and partners in the IT communityis that they’ll need to ensure that end-user customers can interact andcommunicate with the entire Internet, which will be built around the newInternet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) standard because we’re rapidly running outof IP addresses, the unique numeric identifiers that computers use to talk toeach other and connect to the Internet.

  1. IT reseller found murdered

The founder and president of Toronto-based systemsintegrator Daedalian eSolutions Inc., Paul Maasland, was found dead near hiscottage home in Bracebridge, Ont., according to the Ontario Provincial Police(OPP).

The OPP are calling it murder and have opened aninvestigation into the mysterious Maasland death. The police would not say howMaasland, 55, died.

  1. The real impact of Avaya/Nortel consolidation

With new entrants such as Wind Mobile, World Roam MobilityInc., and the consolidation of manufacturers such as Avaya with Nortel, howwill we manage, survive and succeed with these new vendor relationships?

We believe that this trend is one of the top issues thatwill affect and impact us as telecom business channel and customers in Canada.

  1. HP eliminating 9000 positions, Canadian impact unknown

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) has announced plans to cut9,000 jobs as it restructures its enterprise services business and automatesthe services it offers enterprise customers.

An HP spokesperson told CDN that a geographic breakdown ofthe cuts is currently unavailable as final decisions have not yet been made. Aswell, HP said it plans to replace approximately 6,000 of those positions toincrease sales and delivery services, meaning a net loss of some 3000 positionsglobally.

We also had a number of very popular slideshows in 2010. Hereare your favourites:

  1. Part one: 20 women in the IT channel

Why are there fewer women than men who hold seniorleadership roles in IT? Just take a look around the office, in meetings and atindustry conferences and events; in some cases, there may only be a handful ofwomen in the room.

We interviewed 20 female senior-level executives in the IT channeland heard their stories and experiences in the workplace. What came out ofthese interviews, were unique and motivating stories that show that while theseexecutives may be female, they regard themselves as, people who work in the ITfield that just so happen to be women.

  1. 10 Canadian technology brands that are no more

During the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s a widely-heldconcept was Internet time: the idea that, with the instantaneous communicationsenabled by the Web, in the IT world time moved a little quicker.

While time still does seem to move a little more quickly inthe IT world, we don’t hear the phrase Internet time much anymore. We alsodon’t hear about these 10 once high-profile Canadian technology brands anymorethat, whether through acquisition, merger or old-fashioned bankruptcy, are nolonger with us.

  1. Part two: 20 women in the IT channel

In part one of our slideshow series, we profile the first 10women (in alphabetical order) from our list of 20 women in the IT channel.

For our second and final women in the IT channel slideshow,we take a look at the remaining 10 women that round out our list.

  1. Meet five Canadians who should be on HP’s CEO short list

With the resignation of Mark Hurd as CEO of Hewlett Packard(NYSE: HPQ), speculation is rampant as to who will succeed him at the helm ofthe technology giant.

Many names are being bandied about, from internal candidatesto executives from HP competitors in a range of markets.

As HP’s board of directors puts together their short list,here are five Canadian IT leaders that should be given serious consideration.

We’ll also give you five Canucks that likely won’t make theshort-list, but would still be interesting outside of the box choices.

  1. Channel executive shuffle: Who’s in and who’s out so far in 2010

We’re only half-way through 2010, and already the IT channelhas seen many changes with new names taking charge, old names getting newpositions, and some veterans moving on all together.

Catch-up on all the channel changes in the first half of2010 in this CDN slideshow.