New analytics app for iPad, iPhone could benefit frontline workers

A business intelligence software maker is hoping to transform the iPad from a consumer gadget to a valuable business tool.Last week, MicroStrategy Inc., based in McLean, VA, rolled out its mobile BI (business

Published on: July 12th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Brampton’s Webpage not just another digital facelift

When the City of Brampton decided to revamp its Intranet and Internet portals, the growing Ontario municipality was dead set on making sure improvements weren't just skin deep.City planners, technology decision makers were

Published on: July 8th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Maximizer Entrepreneur and Team Editions target smaller SMBs

A few months ago I wrote about the the broadened Web access footprint and pared down total cost of ownership of Maximizer CRM 11 , a customer relations management tool aimed at small

Published on: July 5th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Visualization tools help business analysts ‘show’ developers what they want

When Jan Scheetz was asked for a wish list of what she wanted in an electronic physician-order system for patient rehab regimens, she wasn't shy about her requirements. According to Scheetz, the ideal

Published on: June 30th, 2010 Esther Shein

Pricey lesson – the glitch that cost Zappos.com $1.6m

How much are easy-to-consume, intuitive user interfaces worth to companies today? On the list of "must haves" for CIOs, tech pros and non-IT executives involved in large software development projects, quality user-interface design

Published on: June 9th, 2010 Thomas Wailgum

Jobs’ anti-Flash remarks tainted by Apple’s business agenda

At the heart of the great war of words between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen lies a simple question: Is Adobe Flashreally bad technology? If the answer is yes,

Published on: May 10th, 2010 Tom Kaneshige

Microsoft Office 2010 offers exciting changes

I review plenty of software packages throughout the course of a year, and it's rare that I come across one that I believe will truly make a difference in the way that I

Published on: May 5th, 2010 Preston Gralla

Why Microsoft can bully smaller firms into patent submission

Actually, I don't think we should kill all the patent lawyers. Some of my best friends are patent attorneys -- no, really. But I'd happily stick a knife into the American patent system.In

Published on: May 5th, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Small firms look to Adobe CS5 for greater cost savings, collaboration

Cost savings, better designer-developer collaboration, and multi-platform compatibility are key benefits small and mid-sized creative outfits expect in the latest iteration of Adobe's design suite -- Creative Suite (CS) 5.At least one Toronto-based

Published on: April 28th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Top 10 skills you need to succeed as a project manager

Project managers might just have the toughest job in IT, responsible as they are for ensuring that high-stakes IT projects are completed on time and on budget. According to a new report from

Published on: October 26th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

How Canadian firms can claim SR&ED tax credits for software development

Canadian companies developing a new software product or process -- or improving an existing one -- may be eligible for substantial SR&ED (scientific research and experimental development) tax credits if they meet certain

Published on: April 28th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

How to get executive buy in for software development projects

The software development department might envision a marvelous solution to the company's IT or business need, but the technology goal can't be achieved unless the Big Boss commits to the new strategy. How

Published on: September 30th, 2008 Esther Schindler

Hot IT skills that will land you a job in a tough economy

Despite high energy prices, rising inflation, falling retail sales, and a host of other troubling economic indicators, IT hiring is still showing some signs of life. You just need to have the right

Published on: September 3rd, 2008 Todd R. Weiss

Five ways to profit big time from a Web 2.0 development style

Yahoo's Flickr unit reported this afternoon that the latest update to the photo sharing Web site went live just before 5 p.m. with 9 changes made by three of its developers. The "deployment"

Published on: July 18th, 2008 Heather Havenstein