Articles By Gerry Blackwell

Keeping your cool

Welcome to Calgary, the epicentre of Canada's energy industry. Power is in abundance here – or so you would think. But it doesn't always mean you can get the power you need when

Published on: February 1st, 2007 Gerry Blackwell

Paradise by the dashboard light

Dashboards.those graphical displays of business intelligence that blink on executives' PC screens, always had a high cool factor. Even Luddite CEOs could use them. If the light shone red, it meant trouble in

Published on: December 13th, 2006 Gerry Blackwell

Mind Search

Bertelsmann AG, the German media conglomerate, pays very close attention to what it calls issues management. The company wants to know about trends and developments in the surrounding environment that could adversely affect

Published on: December 13th, 2006 Gerry Blackwell

Telework

Today those concerns have largely disappeared. Technology barriers have also come down, and urgent new incentives from higher real estate costs, to increased commute times, to heightened business continuity concerns and environmental issues,

Published on: May 25th, 2006 Gerry Blackwell

The Transformer

After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. gulf coast last year, Crawford & Co., an Atlanta-based firm that provides insurance companies with outsourced claims administration services, was one of the first on the scene

Published on: May 25th, 2006 Gerry Blackwell

A handful to consider

The war for the corporate palmtop is heating up. As more and more CIOs grasp the potential benefits of extending network resources and applications out to mobile workers, handheld device manufacturers and platform

Published on: January 10th, 2006 Gerry Blackwell

All In One Place

Seven years ago, the health care system of Newfoundland and Labrador recognized it had a serious data management problem. For starters, it lacked an accurate and accessible central registry of citizens eligible for

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Gerry Blackwell

All In One Place

Seven years ago, the health care system of Newfoundland and Labrador recognized it had a serious data management problem. For starters, it lacked an accurate and accessible central registry of citizens eligible for

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Gerry Blackwell

The same team

OH, to have been a fly on the wall at that first meeting of the Hudson's Bay Co. Strategic Technology Alliance. There they were: IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, all in the same room

Published on: March 4th, 2005 Gerry Blackwell

Seeking a balance

Brian Ludmer, a partner at Ogilvy Renault in Toronto and a busy mergers and acquisitions lawyer, admits he sometimes takes his Blackberry with him up the slopes when he goes skiing. Ludmer takes

Published on: January 5th, 2005 Gerry Blackwell

Taking control of content

When the dot-com bubble burst a few years ago, the red hot market for Web content management systems (CMSs) briefly tanked. If the Internet wasn't going to be the future of marketing, the

Published on: November 8th, 2004 Gerry Blackwell

Still in the market

Remember e-marketplaces, those Web portals where buyers and suppliers would find each other and then transact business electronically? E-markets were supposed to revolutionize procurement and supply chain management and deliver enormous cost benefits.

Published on: July 27th, 2004 Gerry Blackwell

The Future is Seamless

We live, says wireless telecom guru Chander Dhawan, in a lazy society. Which is why Dhawan, founder and principal consultant at Toronto-based DOLNET Computer Communications Inc., believes we'll eventually need — or, rather,

Published on: May 11th, 2004 Gerry Blackwell

Rebirth: Technology still pays

If you're a typical CIO, the analysts tell us, you're bewitched, bothered and bewildered. You're uncertain about which way to jump. And if you're a CEO, you're a little skeptical about the value

Published on: April 16th, 2004 Gerry Blackwell

Sixth Sense

Jim Sanders has been a lifelong client of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the $71-million-a-year non-profit enterprise he now heads, and since 1983, he has been totally blind. But his life,

Published on: February 9th, 2004 Gerry Blackwell