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Give up trying to stop attackers at the perimeter, says ex-CSIS official

It's not just me. After listening to former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) turned security consultant Ray Boisvert tell the annual SecTor security conference in Toronto on Tuesday about

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Interconnect firm expands to UK

A global direct interconnection startup has bought a British counterpart to gain an automation platform. IIX Inc., based in California and headed by Canadian Al Burgo, said Wednesday it has bought Allegro Networks

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Howard Solomon

CIOs and suppliers: Making the most of the relationship

Anyone who has been a CIO will tell you that a significant amount of time is spent managing relationships with suppliers. These can be good or not so good at times, but the

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Gary Davenport

Is your project red, yellow or green?

Struggling to differentiate projects that are progressing well from projects that are in serious trouble? It’s difficult to tell if a project is actually red, yellow or green from the content of some

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Yogi Schulz

CIRA adds more DNS protection for .ca subscribers

Canada's domain name authority has added a new service to help organizations reduce the impact of malicious attacks to their DNS (domain name system) infrastructure. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has created

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Howard Solomon

Three Canadian cities make long list for Smart Communities

Three Canadian cities are among the 21 regions in the running for the 2015 Smart Communities competition. Selected from 300 entries, the winner will succeed Toronto, which won the title of Intelligent City of

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Howard Solomon

Canadian city CIOs discuss the way they’re moving to ‘mobile first’

In some organizations it’s the employees who are clamoring for the increased use of mobile technology. In others, it’s senior management that want to see their firm quickly make strategic use of smartphones,

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Shane Schick

Microsoft adds muscle to Azure

Microsoft has made it clear the company won't be left behind in the race to provide on-premise as well as virtual cloud services to enterprises. The announced the G-series of virtual machines for

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Howard Solomon

Group pushes framework to help CIOs better manage technology

An association of vendors has created a group to promote the emerging IT4IT open standard and reference architecture for managing information technology. The Open Group said Monday its IT4IT Forum will be an

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Funding your innovation

In our roles as CIOs, most of us constantly battle for money to fund work on innovation and R&D. Usually, such investments are not an easy sell to the CEO or the Board.

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Michael Issaev

How CIOs could harness Marc Andreessen’s optimism

You don't have to have helped create the first Internet browser (Mosaic) and one of the IT industry's earliest successes (Netscape) to be a credible judge of innovative ideas, but Marc Andreessen is

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Shane Schick

Coalition of vendors unmasks cyber espionage group

More than one IT security expert has said enterprises and vendors need to work more closely to fight the rising amount of cyber crime. Last week some of the biggest names in IT

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Peering into the future of IT

ORLANDO – Worldwide IT spending is projected to surpass US$2.9 trillion in 2015 – a 3.9 per cent increase from 2014. Where will these new investments be made? What will be the impact

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Jim Love

Technology predictions for the coming year

Last month I went to the CANARIE conference in Toronto to hear Duncan Stewart, director of technology at Deloitte Canada, present his predictions on technology in 2014.  The presentation was based on the 2014

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Don Sheppard

Put IT security in hands of a chief risk officer, says Canadian expert

Organizations must take IT security away from the information technology department and put it in the hand of a chief risk officer if they want to make a meaningful dent in the increasing

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

YouTube popularity attracting criminals

Enterprises are increasingly using YouTube as their vehicle for hosting internal an external videos. However, researchers at vendor Trend Micro have discovered that criminals are exploiting the popularity of site by finding ways

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Alpine’s Chorus analytics framework sings with more languages

Having a mountain of data doesn't do much good if there isn't a tool useful enough to pull meaningful conclusions from it. Alpine Data Labs believes the latest version of its Chorus analytics

Published on: October 19th, 2014 Howard Solomon

“The alignment of IT and business” doesn’t make sense, so don’t say it

When you open an IT publication, join an online IT community, or participate in any IT event, there is one phrase that you often repeatedly hear: IT needs to be aligned with the

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Michael Gladstone

Words of wisdom from big data conference

One of the problems with big data is that it's big -- if you can't get a handle on it, then the value is negated. That's one of the themes that came out

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Software that improves customer relationships and business strategy

IT professionals and decision makers are becoming increasingly aware that implementing technology without a clear cut need does not contribute to customer retention. New forms of technology may enable IT professionals and decision

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Arik Kalininsky

So you think you can blog? Announcing the winners

Great news bloggers, we moved the announcement of the blogging contest winners up by a week, thanks to our dedicated editorial committee who worked tirelessly to evaluate the submitted blogs. I can ensure

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Hibah Ahmed

On the good ship Lollipop: A sweet week for Android fans

If your sweet tooth was starting to ache when earlier reports emerged that the next Android would be boringly dubbed “Android L”, you can start licking your lips again in anticipation. Android 5.0

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Sean Carruthers

Rogers snares Cisco Canada head to lead enterprise division

Rogers Communications is beefing up its weapons to get more business from the business sector. The company said Friday it has hired Nitin Kawale away from his post at Cisco Systems Canada effective Dec. 1

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

#FF: Can you guess the Ontario CIO in this case study?

Like the gossip columns of yesteryear, Twitter is a great place to run what we used to call "blind items": interesting stories of important people without actually getting specifics. This Canadian talent firm's

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Shane Schick

Government looking for ISPs to provide rural high-speed Internet

The federal government is looking for Internet service providers that will provide high-speed Internet service to rural areas in the country and it is willing to fund up to 75 per cent of

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

Three C’s help Ontario town’s open data project gain steam

The open data initiative of the south western Ontario town of Oakville is gaining momentum. The town’s online data catalogue grew last week with the inclusion of new data sets on coyotes, cemeteries and

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

Apple launches iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2

Apple's newest tablet devices are the iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2. The devices comes with features that previously were available only on iPhones. These include Touch ID, a finger sensor for

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

Firms aiding state snooping risk involvement in rights abuse: UN

The top United Nations human rights official criticized the “disturbing lack of transparency” in government online surveillance policies and practices and laid down some guiding principles for businesses approached by state agencies to

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 details leaked

Apple Inc. appears to have accidentally leaked details of its new tablet devices on Wednesday ahead of the expected announcement of the products believed to be scheduled today. Images of the iPad Air

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

Roundup: Gartner Symposium and IT Expo 2014

I attended the Gartner Symposium and IT Expo in Orlando last week. We did a daily summary of the event (links posted below) and I think I captured what stood out for me.

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Jim Love

Salesforce, Microsoft forge ahead with alliance at Dreamforce

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com’s unlikely alliance with Microsoft Corp. will eventually see more Salesforce mobile apps made available for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, according to executives. The two software makers announced the

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Don’t fear cloud computing, mobility, says Citrix security lead

Cloud computing and mobility have been in the headlines recently, but not for showing how enterprises use them for making huge productivity gains. Instead they're signs for some of insecure systems thanks after

Published on: October 16th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Canadian enterprises have to think beyond desktop: Citrix

If being mobile is the ability to go anywhere and do anything, Citrix Systems Inc.'s global mobility roadshow might be considered the ultimate example. The  one-day conference is making stops in a number

Published on: October 15th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Build vs Buy: Key Steps to Overcome Capital Constraints in the Data Center

Download this Executive Report from CyrusOne to understand the clear and tangible benefits of buying versus building your own data centre.

Published on: October 15th, 2014 IT World Canada Team

Seven Critical Success Factors for Choosing A Reliable Data Center Provider

This Executive Report from CyrusOne provides insights into seven key factors which impact the success of your data centre – from the provider’s experience and financial stability through to service level agreements and

Published on: October 15th, 2014 IT World Canada Team

BlackBerry Passport – exactly what you want it to be

Is the Passport the new business tool or the next pocket protector? You be the judge. I’ve taken one for a test drive and shared my findings with other CIOs. I was also

Published on: October 15th, 2014 Jim Love