Articles By Tim Warner

The impact of P2P technology is just starting to emerge

A useful law, much quoted, usually without attribution, is Roy Amara's observation that we tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long

Published on: October 20th, 2006 Tim Warner

The PC is in need of some innovation

A story on digg.com reports that a computer cluster running OpenVMS as its operating system has been running 10.5 years without crashing. The same day we see speculation that Apple will release an

Published on: August 16th, 2006 Tim Warner

The way companies innovate is changing

Nicholas Donofrio, IBM's executive vice-president of innovation and technology, is too smart to be simply following in the footsteps of other failed IT prognosticators such as Thomas Watson and Bill Gates when he

Published on: May 31st, 2006 Tim Warner

A match made in innovation heaven

Two key technology trends are emerging in 2006, and although they may appear at first glance to be independent of each other, time will prove they are very much inter-related: The global ubiquity

Published on: March 2nd, 2006 Tim Warner

In the IT industry’s game of chicken, Gates just blinked

Microsoft’s huge turnaround last month is recognition that technology shifts are rapidly eroding the business model the company has relied on for the last 25 years — a model that assumes a PC

Published on: December 20th, 2005 Tim Warner

Microsoft’s business model may be in final jeopardy

Google buzz is becoming a constant roar. But the ongoing speculation about Google's next moves - nation-wide free Wi-Fi, video search, Google buys AOL, Google browser, and so on - really reflects the

Published on: November 21st, 2005 Tim Warner

A tale of two mergers — and the lessons they offer

Two mergers in the news recently —from opposite ends of the spectrum of the IT industry — nicely demonstrate where it’s worth focusing one’s attention in order to understand our business.Oracle gobbling up

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Tim Warner

The unbearable vagueness of language

The title Computing Canada is not as anachronistic or laughable as the Association for Computing Machinery, but it runs pretty close. It's an irony that as this journal celebrates a milestone anniversary, its

Published on: September 27th, 2005 Tim Warner

Phish and chips: A tale of Canadian banking

Canada's banks are moving towards implementing smart cards instead of magnetic stripe-based cards (magstripe cards), with the first transaction planned for early in 2007. They're making this move in an effort to reduce

Published on: May 5th, 2005 Tim Warner

J.P. Morgan Chase assumes bellwether position

I SINCERELY hope J.P. Morgan Chase's cancellation of its outsourcing deal with IBM will set CxOs to wondering about the wisdom of outsourcing IT. When this deal was announced it was characterized as

Published on: October 25th, 2004 Tim Warner

A loss of control isn’t always as bad as it sounds

A CIO who focuses on yesterday's issues — such as outsourcing and security — misses the bigger picture: That innovation is happening rapidly in non-traditional spaces of the IT world. One consequence of

Published on: September 23rd, 2004 Tim Warner

Enterprise dinosaurs battle it out in Jurassic Park

The U.S. Justice department is taking Oracle Corp. to court to block its hostile takeover of PeopleSoft Inc., on the grounds the merger would result in higher prices and less choice. For industry

Published on: July 22nd, 2004 Tim Warner

The dawning of the age of stealth computing

The march of Moore's Law is bringing us to the point where computers will routinely be associated with ordinary things. Consider the recent case of a Montréal man who was found guilty of

Published on: May 6th, 2004 Tim Warner