Articles By Dave Webb

The evolving administrator

So, what hat are you wearing today? Chances are, if you're a network administrator, it's more than one. IT educator Jason Eckert says the job involves skill sets that didn't exist in the

Published on: November 27th, 2007 Dave Webb

What’s in a trend?

Richard Stiennon is the chief marketing officer for IT security company Fortinet, but he's also played the trend game working for analysis firm Gartner. He spoke to IT Business Out Loud's Dave Webb

Published on: November 13th, 2007 Dave Webb

Big Iron’s back

Mainframes were supposed to fade away as the industry moved deeper into client/server computing, but rumours of its death turned out to be greatly exaggerated. IBM, among others, continues to do a brisk

Published on: November 5th, 2007 Dave Webb

How’s your alignment?

As IT comes out of the wiring closet and begins to play more of a strategy-setting role in the enterprise, those responsible for managing technology are seeing their roles changing. Universiyt of Waterloo

Published on: October 2nd, 2007 Dave Webb

Terry Matthews tees off

Billionaire entrepreneur and Mitel chairman Terry Matthews –Sir Terry if you happen to visit him in Britain – has spread his investments into golf resorts and film, but he still works mainly from

Published on: September 18th, 2007 Dave Webb

Catching more flies with virtual honeypots

Google senior staff engineer Niels Provos, with doctorate student Thorsten Holz, co-authored Virtual Honeypots: From Botnet Tracking to Intrusion Detection, published on Pearson Education's Addison-Wesley imprint. He speaks to IT Business Out Loud

Published on: August 29th, 2007 Dave Webb

State of the Union

Craig Pelling, CEO of CounterPath Solutions, a Vancouver-based softphone developer, has held posts overseas with Cisco Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spoke to IT Business Out Loud's Howard Solomon about how the capital markets

Published on: August 22nd, 2007 Dave Webb

Wi-Fi to the rescue

In the event of a large-scale catastrophe, how prepared are local governments and their emergency responders to cope? Communication is critical, and often those on the ground don't get the whole picture quickly

Published on: August 10th, 2007 Dave Webb

Phones of the future

Research firm In-Stat recently released “Big Trends Influencing the Global Handset Market,” an analysis of the factors that will affect the design and functionality of mobile handsets over the next five years. IT

Published on: August 2nd, 2007 Dave Webb

Undoing the math

Many introductory texts begin with a discussion of the algorithm as the fundamental paradigm of computer science. Karl Fant of Theseus Research thinks that's wrong-headed; that it causes unnecessary complexity, that many computer

Published on: July 20th, 2007 Dave Webb

Rebuilding ITIL

The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is one of the most widely used sets of best practices for IT leaders bent on wringing better results out of their IT infrastructures. Sharon Taylor, lead architect

Published on: July 11th, 2007 Dave Webb

Is it easy being green?

The green IT bandwagon has picked up steam of late, but HP says they've been in on it for years. Its hardware recycling programs, Dynamic Smart Cooling services, and even its Halo video

Published on: July 5th, 2007 Dave Webb

Widgets while you work

SAP recently created a new business division to focus on the business users, bringing together many of the front-end products SAP has acquired. The tools are intended to help users display their enterprise

Published on: June 25th, 2007 Dave Webb

HP thinks green with storage array lineup

LAS VEGAS – There are two clearly emerging trends coming out of Hewlett-Packard Co.’s HP Americas StorageWorks Conference this week: HP’s going green, and the future is in blades.The company introduced a new

Published on: June 19th, 2007 Dave Webb

Canadian Telecom Summit: The changing enterprise

John MacDonald, now president of enterprise solutions for MTS Allstream, recalls walking into a customer's office (when he worked for another company, of course) and telling him, “My objective is to exceed your

Published on: June 19th, 2007 Dave Webb