Articles By Joaquim P. Menezes

Software-powered “smart heart” will go on and on

Over the past 12 months, the world has witnessed phenomenal breakthroughs (or near breakthroughs) in healthcare technology including: The world's first brain-controlled arm and hand, which someday could offer amputees or severely paralyzed

Published on: June 11th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

IBM charts “Rational” path to a smarter planet

A smart system that monitors the delicate ecological balance at a bay in Newfoundland, a traffic-tracking system in Chicago that combines video surveillance and real-time analytics, and an intelligent toll system in the

Published on: June 4th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Toronto firm finds smarter, swifter path to workplace wellness

Vibrant physical health in times of economic turmoil is a considered important by most Canadians. In a recent Ipsos-Reid survey conducted on behalf of Loblaw Company Limited, 57 per cent of Canadians polled

Published on: June 1st, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Samsung SP-P400B projects a wonderful image

From the looks of it – not to mention its size, dimensions and weight – the Samsung SP-P400B LED projector is just what the doctor ordered if your job requires you to do

Published on: May 25th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

How a Canadian firm achieved double-digit growth in a down economy

Dan Snider calls it the "napkin to cash process" – the entire concatenation of events that starts with a sales rep getting the customer's name, and concludes with collections."We've implemented CRM to automate

Published on: May 21st, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Selling to SMBs

"The pessimist," observed Winston Churchill, "sees difficulty in every opportunity -- the optimist, opportunity in every difficulty."It's a saying information and communications (ICT) vendors, especially those focused on the small and mid-sized businesses

Published on: May 15th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Opportunities “abound” for self-employed IT professionals

Self-employment among Canadian IT professionals is growing, and tech industry observers hail this as a good sign."We're seeing many more IT folk willing to work on a consulting basis," said Rod Miller, regional

Published on: May 13th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Digital whiteboards and cool COWs transforming patient care at Ontario hospital

Efficiency-boosting electronic whiteboards, a noise-free "nurse call" system, and computers-on-wheels (COWs) to give caregivers any-time, any-place access to patient data -- these are just some ways technology is quietly but decisively transforming the

Published on: May 12th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

35 per cent of Canadian SMBs “lack even basic security”

An overwhelming majority of Canadian small and mid-sized businesses (nine in 10 or 94 per cent) understand the importance of protecting their corporate information, a new survey indicates.That's the good news.The bad news

Published on: May 7th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Canadian firms lead in telework, lag in mobility

Recent surveys testify to the dramatic growth of telework in Canada. The number of Canadian organizations offering telework has grown from 25 per cent in 2007 to 40 per cent in 2008, according

Published on: May 6th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Skills that help Canadian IT professionals find work in a turbulent market

While the employment situation in Canada's IT sector is as turbulent as in other industries, there are many "bright spots" that IT professionals can take advantage of, industry watchers say."In general, candidates who

Published on: May 4th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Designers, marketers dazzled — and frazzled — with profusion of new apps

The proliferation of new design tools, and umpteen upgrades, represents an opportunity for designers and marketers, but also a huge challenge, said members of an expert FITC 2009 panel. Communicating with the Screen

Published on: April 30th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

How Canadian firms can claim SR&ED tax credits for software development

Canadian companies developing a new software product or process -- or improving an existing one -- may be eligible for substantial SR&ED (scientific research and experimental development) tax credits if they meet certain

Published on: April 28th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Skimping on staff training is “risky” for Canadian firms

As Canadian firms struggle to contain costs and keep the lights on, employee training is an area hard hit by the financial downturn.According to surveys by analyst firm Info-Tech Research Group, cutting "discretionary

Published on: April 27th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

1.9 million computers hacked in colossal bot attack, Canada affected too

Canadian companies and consumers are among those affected by a gargantuan global hacker attack that's infected 1.9 million computers worldwide with malware, according to security firm Finjan Inc.This colossal botnet (network of hijacked

Published on: April 23rd, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes