Articles By Neil Sutton

Is the green IT message too muddy?

Small businesses are keen to embrace a more environmental approach, but the resources necessary to make that change are so diffuse it can be a challenge to even get started. The Canadian Federation

Published on: November 9th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Are Canadian businesses dimwits when it comes to technology?

Canadian businesses are making small gains on an international competitveness index, but a slew of factors, including lost investment opportunities and a lack of education, are preventing this nation from blossoming, say two

Published on: November 5th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Have you hugged your spam filter today?

You could call anti-spam experts the Foley artists of e-mail. If they'er doing their job right, you don't even notice them.Foley artists are the people responsible for over-dubbing sound effects on movies. If

Published on: November 1st, 2007 Neil Sutton

Who are you calling a small business?

Canada may be a nation of small and medium businesses, but the IT problems they face are often enterprise-sized.This week (Oct. 14 to 20) is small business week: an event designed to raise

Published on: October 17th, 2007 Neil Sutton

E-mail crowned king of marketing media

E-mail marketing is by far the most cost-effective means to reach an audience, regardless of potential interference from spammers, according to an industry association in the know.Recently published information from the Direct Marketing

Published on: August 10th, 2007 Neil Sutton

SMBs could be selling their IT departments short

A recent survey indicates that up to half of medium-sized Canadian businesses will go through an ownership change in the next 10 years, resulting in some turmoil for the IT departments that are

Published on: July 26th, 2007 Neil Sutton

‘Inertia’ the main limiter on SMB growth: study

According to a recent study, SMBs are failing to embrace overseas trade due to a reluctance to tackle complicated paperwork and regulations.The study, conducted on behalf of UPS Canada, suggests that about a

Published on: July 19th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Canoe.ca to migrate to new content platform

Canadian portal Canoe.ca will adopt a new content management system designed to optimize searchresults and increase its search engine profile.The site received an overhaul recently and wasrelaunched in July of this year. But

Published on: July 18th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Grand & Toy moves into SMB services market

Grand & Toy Monday said it is shifting its focus away from office stationary and towards a full suite of business services for the SMB market.The firm is traditionally associated with its mall

Published on: July 9th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Marketers cheer Do Not Call List

The Canadian marketing industry is championing a CRTC cause that will severely cut back on the number of people receiving phone calls at the dinner hour.The Do Not Call List took a significant

Published on: July 5th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Recruiter gives soft skills the hard sell

A Toronto-based recruiter claims to focus on the soft skills just as much as the hard by providing job candidates with surveys and scenarios designed to test their ability to fit in with

Published on: June 28th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Vancouver Olympics 2010’s CIO gets in shape

Organizing the IT infrastructure that will power the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 is no fun and games.Ward Chapin, a veteran of the financial services industry, accepted the role of CIO with some trepidation.

Published on: June 13th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Dell delves into tough channel questions

TORONTO – Michael Dell claims partial responsibility for driving the price of PCs down dramatically over the last decade. He'd like to do the same for all of IT.Dell was in Toronto Wednesday

Published on: May 30th, 2007 Neil Sutton

Confessions! Jon ‘maddog’ Hall tells all!

TORONTO -- To Jon “maddog” Hall, the word “Luddite” isn’t something to be ashamed of but something to shoot for. Hall, the executive director of Linux International, gave a presentation Tuesday at the

Published on: May 1st, 2007 Neil Sutton

The IT industry is still big: It’s the desktops that got smaller

It sits there in the corner of my office, waiting for me. One of these days, it'll take over and I'll be stuck with it for years.I'm making it sound worse than it

Published on: April 18th, 2007 Neil Sutton