Articles By Rob Carnegie

Stereotype of IT geek doesn’t hold up for public sector IT professionals

IT professionals have what some would call a well-deserved reputation for lacking people skills. Descriptive terms such as ""computer nerd"" or ""techno-geek"" suggest that prowess in technical matters comes at the expense of

Published on: June 23rd, 2004 Rob Carnegie

Outsourcing IT jobs is like the Honda Element: Either you get it, or you don’t

Local governments that outsource their information technology (IT) operations should consider switching back to in-house employees. Coming from a long-time proponent of outsourcing, these words might sound like heresy. For certain CUPE national

Published on: April 19th, 2004 Rob Carnegie

Protecting servers from theft is the first step in achieving IT security

In spite of increasing threats to computer system security, most local government IT departments have been concentrating on barricading the doors while leaving the windows wide open. Every year, security becomes an increasingly

Published on: February 4th, 2004 Rob Carnegie

Markham, Ont.’s e-voting experiment could pave the way for rest of Canada

Canadian voter turnout continues to dip to new lows with every election, and local governments are typically on the leading edge in the race to the bottom. Online voting could, however, be the

Published on: December 3rd, 2003 Rob Carnegie

Wireless antennas threaten to explode like spam on tech horizon

Wireless data communications technologies have opened a world of possibilities to local governments seeking to extend their Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) to new locations. Before the advent of fast digital radio technologies, many

Published on: June 5th, 2003 Rob Carnegie