Sometimes, more than just the content needs to be managed

To most people —especially those to whom computing is a means to accomplish some other task rather than an end in itself —systems software is boring. To paraphrase the old Clintonian phrase, "it’s

Published on: September 12th, 2006 Evan Leibovitch

Web 2.0 champions are too enthusiastic about sharing

Apparently Web 1.0 Web sites have reached their expiry date and must be discarded and replaced with Web 2.0 editions. That's the way it sounds from reading all of the online press out

Published on: September 12th, 2006 Grant Buckler

Businesses can learn a thing or two from home PCs

How completely things have changed. Twenty-five years ago, most people thought home computers were pointless. Even 10 years ago, they were more the exception than the rule. Cell phones and handheld computers were

Published on: September 12th, 2006 Grant Buckler

Privacy should be valued

When companies are asked about the privacy concerns surrounding the collection of sensitive customer data, they generally have a ready answer - the information isn't identifiable as it's stored under a number, not

Published on: September 12th, 2006 Poonam Khanna

Americans get a crash course on selling to Canadians

It's well known that the Canadian dollar has been in the US$0.90 range for quite some time now. Manufacturers (including those in our own IT sector) are naturally bewailing this, since it makes

Published on: July 13th, 2006 Charles Whaley

Introducing new changes to old favourites isn’t easy

I was sitting on a plane recently awaiting takeoff, when the pilot came on the intercom and announced that there would be a delay - the plane we were on was not the

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Lynn Greiner

Creating a culture of constant innovation

How can we add constant innovation and creativity to our thought processes and job descriptions? The South African author William Plomer put it this way: “It is the function of creative man to

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Peter de Jager

Goliath and Goliath

Now, if I were a suspicious person, I might say that such placement is meant to suggest something faulty about the software giant's products by its chief competitor in the search market. But

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Shane Schick

There are many reasons to get over our unfounded fear of smart cards – saving money and potentially lives

The only thing that is clear at this point is that a smart card would replace the current system of passes and tokens. How it would work in the context of the entire

Published on: June 12th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

Vendors offering soup to nuts? That’s just nuts

You know what? Oracle doesn't need an OS. When Larry Ellison mused about coming up with his own Linux distribution recently, he was dreaming about his company's stack. It's an ego-stroking fantasy not

Published on: June 2nd, 2006 Shane Schick

It’s time for executives to step forward and take ownership of all business information systems

It boils down to who should be responsible for what, and where accountability lies.I wonder if when CEOs, CFOs and CIOs get together, they have the same kind of discussion. And as information

Published on: June 2nd, 2006 Martin Slofstra

Go ahead – make those snap judgements

A few years ago I met with a hiring manager who left me waiting in his office while he finished up a meeting. His office looked cozy and pleasing - with plants, holiday

Published on: May 31st, 2006 Flavian DeLima

Alert – you’re boring your listener

Researchers at MIT have developed a mind-reading machine. OK, so it doesn't reveal its targets' innermost thoughts, but it does gauge their emotional state. It's called an Emotional Social Intelligence Prosthetic (ESP), and

Published on: May 31st, 2006 Lynn Greiner

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