Thursday, June 09, 2005Sun Media gets e-mail Sun Media Corp., with over 170 newspapers scattered across Canada, including major papers such as the Ottawa Sun and Toronto Sun, and such television holdings as 24 Hours Vancouver, gets lots of e-mail. So much in fact, the company can’t really put a figure on the amount or how it’s managed.
Sunday, May 15, 2005Consumers still wary of online banking safety Online banking was supposed to revolutionize the financial services industry, shutting down branches and saving the banks oodles of cash. But in 2004, the number of Canadians doing their banking on the Internet stayed the same for the first year since the banks first went online, according to TNS Canadian Facts, a Toronto-based market research firm.
Thursday, May 12, 2005IT looks for answers to linux questions As the discussion around the advantages and disadvantages of the Linux operating system grows louder, IT managers are finding themselves caught between the rhetoric being voiced by its proponents and detractors. “I think it is difficult for an IT manager to sort through the marketing FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) coming through from all sides,” said David Senf, manager of IDC Canada Ltd.’s IT/business enablement advisory service in Toronto. Senf spoke at the LinuxWorld Expo in Toronto in April.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005Q&A I Matthew Anderson Matthew Anderson is vice-president and CIO, University Health Network, Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospital. In this role, Matt is responsible for leading the organization’s IM strategy, which aims to improve the patient experience, achieve the best clinical outcomes and ensure accountability through IT. Matt is also charged with managing the organization’s complement of information services, including telecommunications, health records, performance measurement, risk management, medical engineering and medical imaging – an annual expenditure of more than $100 million. Matt spoke to CGR senior writer Brian Eaton recently about how this English major leveraged his university electives all the way to the VP’s office. Excerpts from their conversation follow:
Monday, May 02, 2005Canadian tech lives on after its champion dies on Everest A Canadian who made great strides – literally and figuratively – in the service of information technology lost his life while doing so. Ottawa native Sean Egan, 63, died today after leaving a Mount Everest base camp (located at a height of 17,500 ft).
Thursday, April 14, 2005Canada’s IT industry emerges from slump For the first time in years, the hardware sector of Canada’s IT industry is growing, according to data from IDC Canada Ltd. In 2004, Canadian companies spent about $13.4 billion on hardware; this will increase to almost $14 billion in 2005 and reach about $14.6 billion in 2008.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005Does IT matter? Pundits sound off in Toronto Last evening two tech experts brought to the CN Tower a debate over whether IT is a strategic investment or more of a utility. They explored both sides of this issue, which stems from a controversial article that one of the combatants wrote way back in 2003.
Monday, April 04, 2005T.O. tackles telco bills The City of Toronto needs to conduct proactive audits and more frequent reviews of its telecom expenditure to avoid the type the mismanagement uncovered by the auditor general’s report, some experts say. They were reacting to last week’s report by Toronto Auditor General Jeffrey Griffiths, which revealed the City had grossly overspent on telecom products and services.
Thursday, March 31, 2005Grid project probes our origins Finding clues that explain the origins of the universe involves a tremendous amount of data collection and storage that can run into many petabytes. This detective work is part of a Conseil European pour la Recherché Nucleaire (CERN) project called ATLAS, a particle physics experiment to begin in 2007.
Thursday, March 31, 2005BMW Canada steers own VoIP BMW Group Canada owns and operates its own voice-over-IP (VoIP) system. Mount Sinai Hospital owns its own, but lets a service provider maintain it. QIEM uses VoIP as a service. Which model is right for you?
Thursday, March 31, 2005Software ‘black box’ helps CGI Drilling down to the root of an application performance problem used to be a headache for Montreal-based IT service provider CGI Group Inc.
Thursday, March 31, 2005Ministry of Natural Resources consolidates If there is one thing Canadian IT organizations know better than anyone, it is the curse of distance. Trying to set up convenient network access for individuals spread out over millions of square kilometres is no easy task. But Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has overcome this hurdle with its implementation of a Citrix Systems Inc. MetaFrame Presentation Server.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005More VoIP options for Eastern Ontario Businesses in Ottawa and eastern Ontario have another option for voice over IP (VoIP) now that the u-telco Telecom Ottawa has entered the market.