Who are Canada’s Top 100 Solution Providers? Computer Dealer News will once again recognize Canada’s top solution providers.

New this year is a ranking of the largest system builders. More than 250 people packed the Schmooze Club in Toronto the last time CDN revealed its Top 100 Solution Providers. This year’s version should be equally exciting for the IT industry. NexInnovations claimed top spot with more than $600 million in revenue. Will Xwave Solutions, Compugen or Softchoice unseat it? We shall see at the April 24 event at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. CDN, Canada’s top IT channel publication, has commissioned Evans Research Corp. of Toronto to determine the top 100 Canadian solution providers by revenue as well as the top 25 system builders in the country. The event will begin with an invitation-only educational session for senior channel executives hosted by Kevin McGrath, CEO of Intuition Consulting. McGrath will give an overview on partner profitability and the drivers of return on investment in his presentation. That will be followed by the awards ceremony and evening festivities, to which all members on the list will be invited. Sponsors for this year’s gala are Ingram Micro Canada, NEC Display Solutions and Hewlett Packard Canada. If you’re an IT solution provider and want to be on the Top 100 list, visit www.itbusiness.ca/cdn for more details. The April 28 print edition of the magazine will profile the fastest rising company and the most outstanding newcomer to this list, in addition to interviews with the leading solution providers. These profiles are an effective way to measure channel trends and identify success strategies. In addition to unveiling The Top 100, CDN will recognize and present awards to the Top 5 Solution Providers, the Fastest Riser, the Top System Builder and Newcomer of the Year. The Computer Dealer News Top 100 has become one of the industry’s must-attend events. As well as a great networking opportunity it promises to be just plain fun. Post-awards ceremony guests will enjoy exceptional food and drink and exciting live entertainment.

Contact: Paolo DelNibletto pdelnibletto@itbusiness.ca

Communications & Networking

Equipment manufacturers are now shipping products that comply with the WiMAX standard, which allows transfer rates of up to 40 Megabits per second at distances of over 10 km. Find out more in the February issue of Communications & Networking magazine, which also includes information on a new definition of spyware, plus an opinion from technology writer Luigi Benetton on why corporations should choose Wi-Fi. Stay tuned for the March issue, which includes a feature on voice over IP and information on the status of 802.11n, a yet-to-be-released wireless standard that would allow transfer rates of up to 600 Mbps.

Contact: Greg Meckbach gmeckbach@itbusiness.ca

Sales contact: Brad McBride bmcbride@itbusiness.ca

Technology in Government

The March Snapshot looks at voice over IP in several public sector settings. While vendors push the efficiency and increased functionality IP offers, users seem to be still motivated by reduced costs. TIG will also be running a round table examining case management in the health care sector.

Contact: Kathleen Sibley ksibley@itbusiness.ca

Sales contact: Brad McBride bmcbride@itbusiness.ca

Computing Canada

Coming up in the March 17 issue of Computing Canada: Converging voice and data networks is a strategy many enterprises are examining. But as they look to gain efficiencies in this area, we point out the pitfalls and talk to companies who have been down the convergence road, including those who say hybrid IP and circuit-switched systems are the way to go.

Contact: Patricia MacInnis pmacinnis@itbusiness.ca

EDGE

In its March/April issue, EDGE magazine takes a special look at how to fix a troubled outsourcing deal, mostly notably from the perspective of auditing the deal after the fact, and making sure that industry norms and service performance obligations all add up, both financially and operationally. We will be asking CIOs for some practical advice on how to make the most out of these arrangements.

Contact: Martin Slofstra mslofstra@itbusiness.ca

Sales contact: Brad McBride bmcbride@itbusiness.ca

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