Articles By Geoffrey Downey

U of Waterloo nets $2.3 million Microsoft investment

The University of Waterloo is the first to get a piece of Microsoft Canada's new education fund, but there's plenty more available.Officials said Wednesday the university will receive $2.3 million of the $10

Published on: August 14th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Bar code expansion poses threat to retailers’ IT systems

No one is billing it as Y2K II, but upcoming changes to the universal product code should not be taken lightly, retail experts warn.The 12-digit bar code used to identify products is getting

Published on: August 13th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Mainframes: Cheaper than you think

Penny-pinching IT managers should think twice about replacing a mainframe with servers, according to a recent study.According to English research firm Xephon, Unix minis and PC servers cost about 2.2 times as much

Published on: August 8th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Xerox looks outside for e-learning tutor

A Canadian company hopes its e-learning program will take flight by tapping into the nature of sales people.London, Ont.-based Juggernaut Studios Inc. is providing online learning for Xerox Corp.'s North American sales force.

Published on: August 6th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Microsoft prepared to renew talks with engineers

The war of words over the word engineer has escalated to include terms like ""court"" and ""legal action"" and ""enforcement."" In a question and answer session with Microsoft Canada Co.'s training and certification

Published on: August 1st, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

The engineers strike back

MCSEs who choose to keep using the term engineer could find themselves in court, according to at least one provincial engineering organization.Microsoft Corp. issued a press release last Thursday stating Microsoft certified systems

Published on: July 31st, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Veritas brings Linux to Cluster Server line

Linux is ready to handle the corporate jewels, according to several high-tech leaders, but one analyst says Unix's days aren't over yet.Veritas Software Corp., in conjunction with partners IBM and Intel Corp., Monday

Published on: July 29th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

An MCSE by any other name

Microsoft Canada Co. has fired the latest salvo in the ongoing war of words over the use of the term engineer.The software maker announced on Thursday that Microsoft certified systems engineers (MCSEs) will

Published on: July 25th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Recruitment watch: Can’t buy me love

A slumping economy notwithstanding, money is still not the best way to keep employees, according to a Meta Group analyst.In a recent Webcast, Meta's program director for human capital management (HCM) Maria Schafer

Published on: July 25th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Liberate buyout frees Sigma to take on global market

Liberate Technologies says its US$62 million purchase of Toronto-based Sigma Systems will give it the critical mass to compete on a global scale.Liberate CEO Mitchell Kertzman Wednesday said by combining their offerings the

Published on: July 24th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Comdex Canada shrinks in size again

TORONTO - The marketing director, or hair-and-makeup guy as he called himself, looked across the showroom floor and shared his conclusion about Comdex Canada: it ain't what it used to be.He spoke of

Published on: July 23rd, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Cap Gemini plans for Oracle E-Business Suite launch

In his heart, Edward Valenzuela knows the headlines and jokes will write themselves, and if it were up to him the date would be pushed ahead or behind 24 hours.April 1 is the

Published on: July 22nd, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

University athletics department bulks up on software

The University of Lethbridge recreation facilities centre traded in its booking software because it thought it had become what its customers are trying to avoid: flabby.Bill Halma is the supervisor of recreation services

Published on: July 16th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

On the show floor: Enclosures, storage, monitors

TORONTO--The marketing director, or hair-and-makeup guy as he called himself, looked across the showroom floor and shared his conclusion about Comdex Canada: it ain't what it used to be.He spoke of days past

Published on: July 10th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey

Tenet becomes virtual network operations centre

According to Tenet Computer Group Inc., you can't NOC its new network monitoring solution.Carlos Paz-Soldan, vice-president of technology and services for the Toronto-based company, says it has signed a partnership agreement with Priority

Published on: July 9th, 2002 Geoffrey Downey