Talking transformation with Elspeth Murray

EDGE: There is a lot of hype around business transformation. Is it just a trendy buzzword, or is there something behind it?MURRAY: I don't think it is a trendy buzzword. Long-term success is

Published on: February 4th, 2007 Martin Slofstra

ITIL refresh project focuses on services

When Version 3 of ITIL is published this spring - the target date is April 23, though that may or may not be met - it should better reflect the way IT delivers

Published on: February 2nd, 2007 Grant Buckler

Guerilla Marketing

Since founding IT consulting firm ThoughtWorks in 1993, he has mostly passed on traditional marketing techniques preferring what he calls “guerilla reputational advertising” through word of mouth and references.Being active in “hundreds” of

Published on: January 31st, 2007 Lynn Greiner

CIOs face critical talent shortage

The latest evidence comes from CNC Global which released its “2006 in Review: IT Staffing Requirements in the Canadian Market,” a compilation of national statistics including year-end numbers that confirm the demand for

Published on: January 31st, 2007 EDGE Staff

Best Practices 2006: Web 2.0

A shiny nickel to whoever can tell us just what Web 2.0 is. Sure, it's a catchy tag, but what it means, exactly, is up for grabs. This year, we've had various people

Published on: December 20th, 2006 ITBusiness Staff

IT employment index shows growth in consulting

An index to measure IT job opportunities in Canada suggests that, despite a summer lull, there is more work available now than there was this time last year.The Advanced Technology Employment index, a

Published on: October 17th, 2006 Neil Sutton

Small contractors at mercy of the primes in large government IT contracts

Due to the proposed PWGSC procurement changes, many large and mid-sized contractors fear a situation which would lock many of them out of contracting directly with the Crown.Well, guess what? There are –

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Dan Perley

E-documentation not very useful

Last week, to my great joy, I received an immense box from a vendor containing an anxiously awaited toy: A new backup unit for the server at our site.Scrambling through the carton, I

Published on: August 16th, 2006 Lynn Greiner

Action needed on skills shortage

According to the Software Human Resources Council (SHRC), there was only a 1.9 per cent unemployment rate in the tech industry at the end of 2005. This figure is extremely low, even if

Published on: August 15th, 2006 Poonam Khanna

SHRC technology roadmap to examine wireless industry

Three months after stating its mandate would expand to take in technology hardware as well as software sectors, Canada's Software Human Resource Council has identified the first hardware sector on its list of

Published on: August 15th, 2006 Grant Buckler

Separate the project manager from the technical manager

At least that's what it looks like, if you use as a yardstick the number of individuals who have received formal project management training. In practice, however, there still is a gap between

Published on: July 20th, 2006 Ron Scott

Executive Roundtable-Building better business ties

The contribution of information technology to business strategy has become too important. At the recent Canadian Information Processing Society's Informatics conference in Victoria, Computing Canada editorial director Martin Slofstra moderated a panel consisting

Published on: July 17th, 2006 Martin Slofstra

IT jobs: English-speaking only need apply

Language and cultural problems are among the barriers blocking foreign-born or -educated workers from being hired by Canadian IT companies, according to a preliminary survey of the industry.The study, which was commissioned by

Published on: July 13th, 2006 Sarah Lysecki

Skills shortage coming soon, according to CIPS, SHRC

VICTORIA - The Canadian IT industry could be facing a new round of skills shortages unless steps are taken to address the problem, attendees of the Canadian Information Processing Society's Informatics 2006 conference

Published on: July 13th, 2006 Martin Slofstra