Killing off products after mergers causing huge problems for users

Gregg Davis, CIO at Webcor Builders Inc., became concerned last fall when Oracle Corp. bought Primavera Systems Inc., because Webcor was a heavy user of Primavera's SureTrak construction scheduling software. Sure enough, once

Published on: June 17th, 2009 Eric Lai

Google, VMware, Amazon, Skytap – what Cloud vendor’s service reigns supreme?

When putting your systems in the cloud, a few options are available depending on exactly what you want to put there and for how long. Although each vendor offers essentially the same service-a

Published on: June 9th, 2009 Jarina D'Auria,

Rabbits, robots and remote surgery – small Canadian firms offer tech that transforms healthcare

Great ideas, wonderful products, but little money to bring them to market ... it's an age-old problem and currently one that confronts many small Canadian tech vendors with innovative offerings targeting the healthcare

Published on: May 13th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Amid layoffs many companies still hiring IT workers

Shortly after Donnie Reynolds, the chief operating officer at Automated HealthCare Solutions Inc. in Miramar, Fla., learned that Microsoft Corp. planned to cut 5,000 workers over the next 18 months, he and another

Published on: February 3rd, 2009 Patrick Thibodeau

Decadent food, vicious vampires and cell phone companies

"Fried Apple iPie: A warm, delicious crispy fried apple pie with just a hint of cinnamon, smothered in rich vanilla ice cream and topped with an edible iPod-like MP3 player and whipped cream.

Published on: September 22nd, 2008 Mark Gibbs

Four ways smart IT managers deal with sales calls

Ever wonder if your phone is the only one ringing off the hook with technology vendor sales pitches? It's not. Here's how other IT managers deal with the relentless vendor calls and e-mails.

Published on: May 15th, 2008 Computerworld Staff

IBM unveils plans to create global apps market for SMBs

IBM is trying to rally support for an online applications marketplace for small and mid-sized businesses that it plans to launch later this year. Big Blue hopes the initiative will help it generate

Published on: May 5th, 2008 James Niccolai

A pain in the SaaS? – Barriers to software as a service adoption

Software delivery is changing. And software companies without a Software-as-a-Service strategy are going to fall behind their competition. As a software vendor, how do you decide the best SaaS strategy to complement or

Published on: February 14th, 2008 Nancy Sudheer

Partner networks can help tech vendors boost effectiveness

Technology vendors should investigate evolving networks of system integrators, independent vendors, and resellers or lose out on possible business opportunities, according to a Toronto-based industry analyst.</pPartner-to-partner networking is evolving into a defining trend

Published on: January 21st, 2008 Nestor Arellano

IBM purchase of Cognos brings turmoil and opportunity to BI mid-market space

Small and medium-sized businesses in the market for business intelligence (BI) software will benefit from IBM's US$5 billion offer to acquire Cognos Inc., according to industry analysts.Insiders predict there will be "initial turmoil"

Published on: November 13th, 2007 Nestor Arellano

Vendors should stop treating customers like common criminals

Anyone who thinks the computer they've spent their hard-earned dollars to purchase is “theirs” is, it would seem, sadly mistaken.These days, it's apparently “owned” by the software vendors.Why else would they assert the

Published on: December 7th, 2006 Lynn Greiner

Consumers prefer buying from green vendors

TORONTO ­- There's a formula Katherine Bohr uses to help companies assess whether their attempts at social responsibility make a difference or notIt goes something like this: corporate social responsibility (CSR) minus human

Published on: October 20th, 2006 Shane Schick

Vendors working to extend functionality of mobile phones

Research in Motion Inc.'s recent acquisition of Ascendent Systems signals growing interest in the idea of making remote devices - including handhelds such as RIM's BlackBerry - into extensions of office phone systems.Waterloo,

Published on: April 13th, 2006 Grant Buckler