Articles By Howard Solomon

Third time’s the charm for Toronto to be named Intelligent City of the Year

If you don’t succeed, try, try again, goes a saying. It worked for Toronto, which on its third attempt has been named the Intelligent City of the Year. The announcement was made Thursday

Published on: June 6th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Crafting the best customer experience

TAMPA – There’s an e-word tossed around a lot here at this week’s IBM Corp.’s SmarterCommerce conference, and it’s not e-commerce: It’s “experience.” Almost every presentation by an IBM official, and almost every

Published on: May 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Aspera part of IBM’s plumbing in e-commerce

TAMPA – A lot of the talk at IBM Corp.’s SmarterCommerce conference here this week is about the glory of applications businesses use to mine customer data for insights for making immediate online

Published on: May 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Linking to partners isn’t as easy as you think: IBM exec

TAMPA - John Mesberg, IBM Corp.’s vice-president of commerce solutions, oversees a broad a portfolio of products and services for procurement, supply chain and e-commerce buyers of technology that companies can match. It’s

Published on: May 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

IBM puts customer engagement products under one roof

TAMPA -- IBM Corp. has no shortage of software for helping organizations with what is broadly called customer engagement – everything from analytics to price optimization – and separate channels for selling them.

Published on: May 13th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Federal privacy office loses drive with personal data

Mistakes can happen in any organization, but when the office of the federal privacy commissioner loses an unencrypted hard drive with personal information, it must sting. But that’s what happened on Feb. 14

Published on: April 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Canadian business intelligence solution adds infographics

To say the business intelligence software market is crowded would be an understatement. Giants like IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, SAS, Microsoft are there, as well as significant players Tibco, Information Builders, MicroStrategy… All

Published on: April 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Citrix makes pitch for business Chromebook users

With an increasing number of applications being run from browsers, Google created Chromebooks as another way to wean users off the Windows platform. Sales of the small laptops made by Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Dell,

Published on: April 11th, 2014 Howard Solomon

How Microsoft’s Cortana will make you a better brother

SAN FRANCISCO - We got a first look at Microsoft Corp.'s mobile digital assistant Cortana at its Build conference on Wednesday. Cortana, the name plucked from videogame franchise Halo in which an artificial

Published on: April 3rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Canadian availability unknown for new Nokia Lumia devices

SAN FRANCISCO -- There’s lots to say about Nokia’s latest smartphone, the Lumia 930. It has a 5-in. screen, can be charged wirelessly, has a 20 MP camera, will ship with Windows Phone

Published on: April 3rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Telus acquiring Enode to boost security

Telus Corp. is strengthening its security offerings by buying a Quebec City-based risk management consulting firm it has been a partner with for many years. The telecommunications company said this morning it will

Published on: March 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Wanted: Linux professionals

About 77  per cent of hiring managers say finding Linux talent is a priority this year,  up from 70 per cent last year, and there’s “explosive demand” around the world for people with

Published on: March 6th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Cisco to open Internet of Things lab in Toronto

Cisco Systems Inc. will set up a $100 million “Internet of Everything” innovation lab in Toronto where organizations can develop M2M solutions when it moves into its new Canadian headquarters next year. In

Published on: March 5th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Microsoft elevates cloud boss Satya Nadella to new CEO

Microsoft Corp.’s new CEO says his first day on the job is “a very humbling day for me.” In an email to employees Satya Nadella, who has been with the company for 22

Published on: February 4th, 2014 Howard Solomon

2013: A year of disappointments

As the year closes, it is difficult to look back on the last 12 months in the Canadian IT sector with anything but pangs of disappointment. The year began with hope the country’s

Published on: December 23rd, 2013 Howard Solomon