October 2014 in review: Canadian Tire money gets a makeover   

In the United States and elsewhere in the world, people in the IT community were talking about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s regrettable comment that women should not ask for a raise and instead trust in the system that they would be justly compensated.

It was a comment he later apologized for and something that brought renewed focused to the gender pay gap – here’s hoping this would bring about some real changes in the workplace.

But in Canada, people were also talking about the transformation or a beloved icon. Canadian Tire announced that it was introducing a digital version of its Canadian Tire money, the quintessential Canuck coupon which has been good as money in Canadian Tire stores since 1958.

The move is part of a push to bring the company’s loyalty program in-line with the 21st century’s mobile and data analytics-focused world.

Canada hits an all-time high – in data breaches.

Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien revealed in his annual report to Parliament that 228 data breaches across the federal government were reported for the 12 month period ending March 31. Human error accounted for just over two-thirds of those breaches.

The number was more than twice the number reported for the previous fiscal year. And it doesn’t include the embarrassing discovery that the agency lost an unencrypted USB drive when it changed offices early in the year. That was reported in April, after the fiscal year covered in the most recent report.

In the race for domination of cloud computing, Microsoft and IBM have found big names to partner with: Each other. In October, the companies said they will now work together to make some of their put their enterprise software interoperable on each other’s cloud platforms.

In other news:

Lacavera gives up CEO post, remains chairman of Wind Mobile

A survey pinpoints a shortage of data analytics skills in Canada

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