Articles By Brian Jackson

Embrace social networking before it’s too late, experts caution

Terms such as "Web 2.0", "Enterprise 2.0" and "social networking in the enterprise" are bandied around rather freely these days.Senior executives realize they had better wrap their corporate heads around the reality these

Published on: March 31st, 2008 Brian Jackson

Three ways to ensure you get enough business bang for your IT buck

Like any other corporate investment, money should also be earmarked for IT based on expected returns to the business, experts say. They also note that standard financial methods don't help you accomplish that.

Published on: March 30th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Ontario budget seeks to address IT skills shortage

Ontario's budget, unveiled Tuesday, parcels new spending to the IT industry in the form of provisions for e-health, and spending on skills training.While welcoming these initiatives, IT industry insiders say they aren't enough

Published on: March 27th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Canadians very vulnerable to identity theft, survey shows

While ID theft is rapidly growing, most Canadians are unaware of the seriousness of the threat and are taking only the most basic steps against preventing this menace, a new survey indicates.Almost half

Published on: March 26th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Business intelligence cures complexity, cost overruns in Canadian hospitals

When a recent outbreak of C. difficile – a common intestinal bacteria caused by the use of antibiotics – cropped up at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Ont. they had a new

Published on: March 25th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Video: SMB Owners consider brand important, but unsure how to create it

A strong brand isn't restricted to the domain of behemoth mega-chains, small business owners can create a strong brand too.An Ipsos-Reid survey comissioned by Hewlett-Packard Canada shows SMB owners are fairly savvy when

Published on: March 24th, 2008 Brian Jackson

MSNBC, other high profile sites compromised in massive hack attack

MSNBC Sports Web site became the latest victim in a string of hacker attacks that has compromised more than 26,000 other sites, according to a new alert by a Web security firm.San Diego,

Published on: March 20th, 2008 Brian Jackson

SAS seeks to extract meaning – and business benefits – from the Web 2.0 world

One might argue that it's next to impossible to find any real meaning out in the blogosphere – but SAS Institute Inc. would emphatically disagree. In factCary, N.C.-based SAS hopes to offer its

Published on: March 18th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Smart strategies for IT project success

When designing an IT project make sure the recipe includes all the ingredients that foster business adoption, experts say.Doing that prevents the all too common phenomenon of a runaway project that completely exceeds

Published on: March 17th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Smart strategies for IT project success

When designing an IT project make sure the recipe includes all the ingredients that foster business adoption, experts say.Doing that prevents the all too common phenomenon of a runaway project that completely exceeds

Published on: March 17th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Microchips – and common sense – help bust debit fraud

Merchants offering customers Interac Direct Payment (IDP) to facilitate sales can now get computer chip technology machines to help guard against fraud, but industry insiders say using common sense is still the best

Published on: March 14th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Unified communications the best prescription for Canadian university

When the University of British Columbia (UBC) wanted to reach more medical professionals with its professional development lectures, Noreen Kamal turned to online collaboration.The university's director of technology, she took some seed funding

Published on: March 13th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Canadian robot Dextre sets off on a space adventure

As Space Shuttle Endeavour rocketed into space at 2:28 a.m. ET on Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the offices of Brampton, Ont.-based MDA Ltd. were dark and quiet – despite their

Published on: March 12th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Robots could bring big benefits to small Canadian businesses

While Canadian small and mid-sized manufacturers don't make much use of robotics, a European Union project may change all that.Dubbed SMErobot – the project aims at introducing prototype robots into the lower-scale manufacturing

Published on: March 11th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Smart systems help you manage your health online

The government agency behind linking all health care providers in Ontario through a dedicated network plans to recruit hesitant physicians, consolidate information, and allow citizens access to their records from home in the

Published on: March 11th, 2008 Brian Jackson