Why government Open Data initiatives are a boon for business

An initiative to make public information residing in government databases more accessible to citizens is gaining ground and slowly unlocking business opportunities for many Canadian start-ups, according to adherents of the initiative. David

Published on: November 11th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

B.C.’s Green Party hires Toronto-based green IT provider

There's never a good time for your technology to fail, but Rebecca Helps still regrets that her database system crashed during the Green Party of British Columbia's annual general meeting.The executive director of

Published on: October 4th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Ontario privacy commissioner seeks solution to ‘abandoned patient records’ problem

Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner is putting pressure on businesses and doctors to practice better information and records management and stem the leaking of personally identifiable information. In a report released yesterday Ann Cavoukian calls

Published on: May 12th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Information overload overwhelms nearly half of Canadian execs

Daily corporate correspondence, e-mail, voicemail, SMS messages, online video, business stats and graphs -- the typical Canadian executive is deluged by a sea of information, according to recent survey.Quite often this avalanche of

Published on: May 11th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Student registration system helps schools get their numbers straight

 At best, keeping track of students in a typical school can be a headache. Doing the same at a larger scale, for example in the district level, can quickly turn into a

Published on: May 3rd, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Assembling your life in the cloud – Microsoft researcher shows how

A top Microsoft Corp. researcher hopes that someday technology can help us easily recall the events of our lives, not just the weddings and graduations, but also all the little things that fill

Published on: October 21st, 2009 Sharon Gaudin

Eight spectacular tech fiascos and what they teach us

Related article: IT failure: A tale of three perspectives"IT projects have terrible track records. I just don't get why people don't learn," exclaimed Mark Kozak-Holland, author of Titanic Lessons for IT Projects (that's

Published on: October 21st, 2008 Jake Widman

Majority of data breaches linked to employees

The dangerous combination of prevalent of Web-based social networking tools and lax attitudes towards security has turned employees into the biggest threat to an organization's sensitive data.

Published on: September 2nd, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Dealing with bunglers and prima donnas on your IT security staff

Think your security staffers are trustworthy? Competent? Knowledgeable? Ask a security professional for horror stories and you might think again.Here's one from Kevin McDonald, executive vice president at managed services provider Alvaka Networks,

Published on: July 22nd, 2008 Lisa Vaas

Data centre on wheels

Portable data centers will be key to supporting the surging demand for online services, but equipment vendors need to start designing products especially for them, a Microsoft engineer said Wednesday.Microsoft has already shown

Published on: June 27th, 2008 James Niccolai

Canadian hospitals use online collaboration to cut surgery wait times

"Sorry you just have to wait," are words parents with children who need surgery just dread hearing. Now they may not have to hear these ominous words so often if the new online

Published on: June 25th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Peel police boosts public safety with new records management system

One of Canada's largest police services – the Peel Police in Ontario – have gone live with a new records management system, which includes everything from digital mug shots to court case preparation

Published on: April 17th, 2008 Vawn Himmelsbach

Data loss-prevention efforts stymied by poor processes

Protecting corporate data entails more than securing the perimeter; it requires that companies identify the data to be secured and explicitly define with processes how to prevent leaks. And according to a recent

Published on: November 14th, 2007 Denise Dubie