Articles By Dan Perley

The road to better tech management in the GoC starts with these steps

Organizations whose CIO reports to the CFO rather than the CEO invariably have IT departments that are more penny-wise and pound-foolish, more fearful of new and open technologies, less developed technologically, and also

Published on: December 14th, 2006 Dan Perley

Small contractors at mercy of the primes in large government IT contracts

Due to the proposed PWGSC procurement changes, many large and mid-sized contractors fear a situation which would lock many of them out of contracting directly with the Crown.Well, guess what? There are –

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Dan Perley

Today’s public sector IT professional can expect to be overworked, underpaid

Once upon a time, back when Tunny's Pasture here in Ottawa still had cows, my mother landed a job with the federal taxation department. It was about 1964 and their computing department, which

Published on: June 12th, 2006 Dan Perley

Harper’s new cabinet has chance to better support horizontal collaborations

We were basking in hot, sunny southern California weather when my colleagues and I got the word about the new federal ministry - the cabinet that will run the Harper government. Based on

Published on: March 24th, 2006 Dan Perley

Spinning the technology compass: What’s ahead in government IT in 2006?

By the time you read this, the bells of Christmas will have not only tolled, but faded, the Yule log will have burned to charcoal, the Christmas decorations will be snugly back in

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Dan Perley

GOSLING a shining example of IT innovation through shared ideas

According to, GOSLING (Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments) is “a voluntary, informal learning and knowledge-sharing community of practice, involving civil servants and other citizens who actively assist the engagement of free/libre

Published on: November 7th, 2005 Dan Perley

ebXML can help speed up the Government Online architectural effort

Whereas most international standards bodies traditionally advance with all the speed of the great tree sloth, the advent of ebXML — and its companion standards — comes as somewhat of a surprise. By

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Dan Perley

Public sector has unprecedented number of computer platform choices

This industry has more than its share of myth-makers and FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) rakers. During the early 1980s with DEC, Honeywell and Data General as key minicomputer makers, there was at

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Dan Perley

It’s time for governments to take the lead in helping people work at home

In 1983 I attended a product introduction for Ottawa-based Mitel's Kontact ""executive workstation,"" which was really an integrated desktop workstation with two telephone lines, personal contact directory management, un-hosted point-to-point e-mail, agenda/calendar, word

Published on: March 8th, 2005 Dan Perley

IBM’s ability to charge full-steam ahead with open source is good news

During my formative years in this business, I worked with many types of minicomputers and midrange systems: Honeywell, Data General, Digital Equipment, SGI, NCR, Perkin-Elmer and many more — even a Russian VAX

Published on: January 24th, 2005 Dan Perley