New federal CIO sees consolidation of IT infrastructure as high priority

But he brings a wealth of experience to the position both from the private sector in the insurance industry, and the public sector. Most recently Cochrane was CEO of the IT branch of

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

Hydro Quebec bids adieu to old technological Tower of Babel with business services management

Hydro Quebec is pulling the plug on the mishmash of configurations, processes and terminologies that have characterized its IT systems with the deployment of a business services management solution.The software, BMC Atrium CMDB

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

Whistler deploys new ERP system to ease burden on IT department

At the height of the ski season, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, B.C.'s streets and slopes explode with almost 10,000 second-home owners and another 20,000 visitors, in addition to the 9,500 permanent residents.

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

Local governments in B.C. are in the spotlight with Bill 25

B.C.'s local government IT departments are about to take delivery of a new database that will raise the bar in terms of the data security expectations imposed upon them. Bill 25 is a

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Rob Carnegie

Educators examine pros, cons of open source platforms

Perhaps Cranston hasn't heard of Moodle. Moodle - modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment - is an open source software package used by more than four million people in 150 countries. It is designed

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

Dramatic changes in education

Across Canadian campuses, there is a revolution taking place. And like the song says, this revolution will not be televised.Instead, it will probably be Webcast. High-speed networks and advances in videoconferencing technology will

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

Open document format puts an end to being locked into vendors and technologies

There's already an alphabet soup of standards out there. So why are so many governments getting excited about ODF? Open Document Format, which was developed by the OASIS industry consortium and uses the

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Vawn Himmelsbach

NRC, UNB researchers developing intelligent e-mail tool

A National Research Council scientist is developing a tool inspired by social networking software that will rank, filter and distribute e-mail messages to Canadian emergency services departments.The application, called EM-Flow, will use intelligent

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Shane Schick

Cape Breton police use IBM open source tools to analyze investigations

The Cape Breton Regional Police are preparing to use an open source database tool to analyze information about their investigations - starting with a murder case that's already been solved.Officials from the police

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Shane Schick

SOA, VOIP cited as technologies of interest to public sector in recent IDC/TIG study

Henry, federal chief technology officer and senior director, enterprise technology and application strategies at Treasury Board Secretariat, says most of the approximately $5 billion annual federal IT spend for information technology - which

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

IT in education is better-preparing students for the rapidly changing real world they face after graduation

Here's a snippet:Man#4: Who'd ‘ave thought, 30 years ago, we'd all be sitting here drinking Chateau de Shlasseler, eh? Man#1: Aye, in them days we was glad to have the price of a

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Kathleen Sibley

Canadian telehealth project aims to build capacity in Middle East

With the help of $1 million in seed funding from Canadian benefactor Peter A. Silverman, the three-year agreement signed last October is meant to share medical knowledge and research through distance learning that

Published on: June 24th, 2006 Fawzia Sheikh

Today’s public sector IT professional can expect to be overworked, underpaid

Once upon a time, back when Tunny's Pasture here in Ottawa still had cows, my mother landed a job with the federal taxation department. It was about 1964 and their computing department, which

Published on: June 12th, 2006 Dan Perley

Digitization of census data to be used for policy debates and decisions

A national project to understand Canada's development by digitizing census data has turned researchers across the country into a team of teleworkers.Led by the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI)

Published on: June 12th, 2006 Shane Schick