Tech firms partner with Ottawa schools to battle IT talent crunch

David Dapaah and his gang descend on the BlackBerry smartphone on the table with one intent- crack it wide open and spill its guts out. Just as they've done with the desktop PC,

Published on: June 9th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Despite recession, many IT posts still difficult to fill

CIOs and security executives looking to add IT staff in the coming months say they are challenged to fill positions, despite the recession and unemployment statistics.In the U.S., survey data from ISC-squared and

Published on: June 8th, 2009 Denise Dubie and Joaquim P. Menezes

Six steps to prepare IT for the revival

Anne Agee is living a dual life at work these days. On the one hand, like 75 per cent of Canadian and U.S. organizations, she's preparing for a cut to her IT budget

Published on: May 27th, 2009 Michael Fitzgerald

IT hiring will pick up again by year’s end, recruiters say

Information technology (IT) recruiters in Canada and the U.S. are cautiously optimistic that the end of the market decline is in sight, and by year end firms are going to start hiring again.

Published on: May 26th, 2009 Patrick Thibodeau and Joaquim P. Menezes

Canadian firm relieves small merchants of cash handling cares

A Montreal-based cash logistics vendor is actually cashing in on the credit crunch by relieving small merchants of cash-handling burdens.The service is very popular in the U.S.Garda World Security Corp.’s Cash Link service

Published on: May 8th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Ballmer’s pep talk makes grads feel better about their future

It's a tough time to leave school and start a business but Steve Ballmer did his best on Wednesday to make a hall full of Stanford University students feel better about their future.It

Published on: May 8th, 2009 James Niccolai

Economic downturn may be coming to an end, tech analysts say

The federal government Wednesday reported a 6.1 per cent contraction in the U.S. economy during this year's first quarter-a grim headline in the making. But economists and IT industry analysts saw some hopeful

Published on: May 4th, 2009 Patrick Thibodeau

How to prevent unhappy employees from stealing company data

The insider threat has always existed, but in an era of economic upheaval and uncertainty, the problem is only magnified. A recent Ponemon Institute LLC survey of 945 people who were laid off,

Published on: April 29th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

Jobs and cash woo IT workers to Saskatchewan

While workers are laid off across most of Canada, Saskatchewan is one province actively recruiting job seekers, including IT professionals. During a recent trip to Toronto, Saskatchewan politicians boasted of short commutes, affordable

Published on: April 2nd, 2009 Brian Jackson

“Gatekeepers with teeth” help Canadian firms invest wisely in tough economy

Ashraf Ali understands the importance of giving his company’s gatekeepers some serious armaments so they can have the power to decide whether to kill or let go.The president of Markham, Ont.-based Fastek International

Published on: April 1st, 2009 Brian Jackson

Top 10 ways to trash telecommuting

In "The Naked Sun," he envisioned Solaria, a civilization whose telepresence technologies are as good as being face-to-face -- superior, in fact, according to the Solarians, who have developed a collective phobia about

Published on: March 31st, 2009 Bob Lewis

Canada’s IT skills shortage persists despite recession, layoffs

Despite a cruel economy that's resulted in scores of layoffs across North America, Microsoft's Canadian partners, who specialize in serving small businesses, are still challenged by an IT skills shortage, according to a

Published on: March 31st, 2009 Brian Jackson

Investing in Business Technology during a Recession: a roundtable discussion

But there's one thing that's at the root of any survival tactics - and that's the technology tools you use to support your business - whether it's a CRM application to get closer

Published on: March 11th, 2009 Denise Deveau

Top 10 sites to help you land a job … and stay afloat until you do

As the economy continues to suffer, many people are cutting their budgets, looking for work, or preparing a plan of action in case a layoff comes. Fortunately, the Web offers some powerful new

Published on: March 11th, 2009 Mark Sullivan