Editorial Viewpoint: How much are you worth?

Ibuprofen for those pounding unscheduled-downtime headaches: $6.95

Alka-Seltzer for those queasy “I can’t believe we programmed the whole thing” tummies: $4.79.

Somebody crazy enough to tackle the job of CIO: priceless.

Well, you may not exactly be priceless, but who knows, maybe you’re worth more than you think. You can find out by checking the results of our first annual salary survey, scheduled for publication in our May issue. Not only will you find the going rate for CIOs, but also for the key people in your IT department. For more information see page 34.

This month’s case study on Bombardier’s far-reaching supply chain management efforts is well worth the read, particularly if you’ve got large-scale change-management issues to deal with. Gartner is impressed enough with how Bombardier has managed big organizational change that they’re citing them as an example of best practices in this area.

Bombardier got on top of the problem the old fashioned way — by ponying up the dough to hire some great talent in this area. Unfortunately, large-scale change experts are about as hard to find as fleas on a polar bear — there may be a few of them around, but try to get your hands on one.

And speaking of change (wait for it… there’s a world-class segue coming at you), how things have changed since the good old college days — mine and yours too. A recent poll of 2,684 students at 150 Canadian universities and colleges found that 87 percent of respondents are having virtual sex over Instant Messenger, webcams or the telephone. Talk about making the rest of us feel like Luddites. I mean, I’m still having problems programming my VCR.

When I found this salacious tidbit of information in one of those subway newspapers, I immediately dismissed it as being preposterous. Then about 12 seconds later I flipped to another page and came across this factoid from Vonage Canada and Decima Research: more than half of us (53 percent) have engaged in phone sex with a close friend or partner.

We may be in the Information Age, but this is more information than I need to know. So I thought I’d share.

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