The open source experience

Open source is generally recognized as a platform for infrastructure, the foundation upon which things are built. But the business-specific applications built on top of that are a harder sell.The jury is still

Published on: April 30th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Mind the Storage

Organizations that have invested in multiple storage area networks (SANs) are still seeing their data – and storage requirements – grow. This is why storage virtualization is appealing, because it presents multiple storage

Published on: April 29th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Will the enterprise open up?

Open source has always been the underdog on the software scene, but it continues to draw intense interest from users and vendors alike in North America. Users want to avoid vendor lock-in and

Published on: April 22nd, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

The open source attitude

Open source has always been the underdog on the software scene, but it continues to draw intense interest from users and vendors alike in North America. Users want to avoid vendor lock-in and

Published on: April 3rd, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

St. Joseph’s says thin clients guard data

In January, a researcher's laptop that contained the personal health information of 2,900 current and former patients at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children was stolen out of his car. As a result, Ontario

Published on: March 29th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Microsoft tackles integration of legacy ERP, CRM systems

Microsoft provided details of its plan to transform business applications at the 11th annual Microsoft Convergence conference earlier this month, which involves doing a better job of getting CRM and ERP in synch.“There's

Published on: March 27th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Bruce Telecom installs routers to prepare for IPTV opportunities

An independent telephone company since 1910, Bruce Telecom started an Internet division in 1995 and today has some 18,000 accounts, half of which use high-speed DSL.Previously the service provider was using six Redback

Published on: March 26th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Best practices the key to telecommuting

There are a lot of benefits to telework, including increased productivity, retention and morale. But if a telework program isn't rolled out correctly, it can lead to problems and even failureOf Canada's approximately

Published on: March 6th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

The threat of SARS 2.0 means governments need to start preparing now

One way to curb disease is through the rapid dissemination of data, taking into account everything from human travel to bird migration to weather. Through communication systems, data mining, modelling and analytics, we

Published on: March 5th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Alliance pushes hybrid hard drive technology

A number of hard drive manufacturers have banded together to promote the use of hybrid technology.Hitachi, Seagate, Samsung, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Western Digital have formed the Hybrid Storage Alliance to illustrate how hybrid

Published on: February 8th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

7 steps for successful business transformation

While transformation or drastic change is becoming a necessity for some companies, transformation for the sake of transformation isn't the answer either. Knowing when the status quo isn't working anymore – and when

Published on: February 5th, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Comparing Canada-US Security

There's generally an adoption lag between Canada and the U.S. with newer, more advanced technologies - and that's what one might expect with sophisticated security tools. But according to recent findings from Info-Tech

Published on: February 2nd, 2007 Vawn Himmelsbach

Skills shortage, IP communications drive demand for outsourced WANs

Many firms are looking to selectively outsource specific management tasks, which they either don't feel competent in handling or may even view as a commodity.By turning to a managed service provider, they're hoping

Published on: December 9th, 2006 Vawn Himmelsbach

Companies turn to managed services as security increases in complexity

Escalating threats are forcing people to look at new ways of fortifying their security capabilities, and in many cases enlisting the help of a third party makes more sense than doing it in-house.

Published on: October 5th, 2006 Vawn Himmelsbach