Year in review: November 2011

Ottawa’s DragonWave Inc., a manufacturer of microwave backhaul radios, announced an agreement to buy the microwave transport business of Nokia Siemens Networks for about $14 million.
One Canada’s biggest business software, hardware and services providers got bigger when Softchoice Corp. announced it will buy Unis Lumin for $17 million in cash.
Treasury Board president Tony Clement talked with ComputerWorld Canada about the federal government’s shared services vision, social media and the paperless government.
In a Flash it was over: In the face of rising popularity of HTML 5, Adobe Systems says it has stopped developing Flash Player for mobile browsers.

Canadian businesses are too slow to react and too scared of change, speakers at SAP World’s Toronto event told an audience. Read why.
The hacking collective called Anonymous threatened “to remove Toronto from the Internet” if Occupy Toronto protestors were evicted from a park. We covered the issue both in text and in a video debate.
The number one smart phone maker in the world now is …. Samsung. It sold 24 million handsets in the second quarter. 
After being forced to withdraw an earlier ruling on setting wholesale access rates for independent Internet providers, the CRTC came up with a new plan – one that many ISPs complained will force them to raise rates. 
The Conservative government’s anticipated lawful Internet access law could financially wipe out small Canadian Internet service providers, warned a lawyer for a group ISPs. 
Who’s up in the cloud? The Toronto International Film Festival, which is why director of IT Kalyan Chakravarthy  won one of ComputerWorld Canada’s IT Manager of the Year awards. 
Dave Dobbin, who helped launch cellular startup Mobilicity in 2011, was replaced by COO Stewart Lyons after helping the new company sign up 250,000 subscribers.
Telecom equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks said it plans to cut 17,000 jobs around the world – almost a quarter of its workforce – and will focus on wireless products to slash costs.
As wireless devices take over the world, small wonder Montreal’s Trellia Networks, which offers a cloud-based mobile device management software, was bought by Wyse Technology.
Do you recognize the name Federico Faggin? You should. He led the design and development of the first microprocessor 40 years ago. Here he looks back on his work. 

Research In Motion says it will offer a mobile management platform called Fusion, which will oversee BlackBerry, Android and iOS-based devices.


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Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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