Stuffy insurance firms need infusion of vitality…and Web 2.0

The North American insurance sector is ill equipped to meet the technology needs of a new breed of employees slated to enter the workforce, experts say.The industry, they say, is also unable to

Published on: May 27th, 2008 Vawn Himmelsbach

Ten god-awful Google flops and fiascos

Google Incorporated is arguably the most successful Internet company today. But Google didn't get to where it is without takings risks--some of which have failed spectacularly.For example, remember the Google Accelerator, which was

Published on: May 23rd, 2008 Tom Spring

Maid to order – iRobot shows how to cash in on customer creativity

Jump to: videoWhen Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot Corp. released their circular vacuum robots to the market, they expected customers would use the Roomba to clean their homes, not name them and teach them how

Published on: May 22nd, 2008 Brian Jackson

Five tech strategies to help you ‘tell your story’ and make a sale

"Sell the sizzle not the steak," is a favourite marketing mantra.But tech-based businesses are better off expounding on the benefits their product or services provide if they intend to break into the market,

Published on: May 21st, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Free products equals big profits on the Web, says Wired editor

If there aren't any free lunches, you better be giving away some.That's the advice Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson has for you, especially if you're selling over the Web.Anderson reminded a room full

Published on: May 16th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Malware menace growing – and what you can do about it

Large businesses using social networking tools are vulnerable to far greater security attacks than their systems are equipped to handle, say Internet security experts.In addition Web-based technologies such as VoIP (voice over Internet

Published on: May 16th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

A “petite” mistake can cause big damage, Canadian retailers warned

In a Web-enabled world populated by buyers with highly developed personal preferences, Canadian retailers must learn to abandon traditional mass marketing strategies and adopt more customer centric approaches to selling.Ironically, in their rush

Published on: May 14th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Online games offer serious lessons in business collaboration, says Canadian expert

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) are considered a consumer thing. But they offer a terrific model for corporate collaboration – fostering a synergy that generates astounding business benefits, says a Canadian expert

Published on: May 8th, 2008 Joaquim P. Menezes

Using Facebook for fun and business – a newbie’s guide

There's a lot of buzz about Facebook, but what is it, exactly? What does it do? Can anybody join? How much does it cost?In this article, I'll give you the basics of joining

Published on: April 29th, 2008 Julie Sartain

A corporate mashup can work marvels for your business

Big vendors like Oracle, IBM and Microsoft are all over the show floor at the Web 2.0 Expo this week, testimony that new Web-based technologies are making their way into the enterprise. But

Published on: April 25th, 2008 James Niccolai

Businesses using Web 2.0 should embrace mass collaboration

In 2006, author and technology think-tank head Don Tapscott teamed up with Anthony D. Williams to write Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (Penguin Group), a book about the Web 2.0 economy that

Published on: April 23rd, 2008 Thomas Hoffman

New mashups add muscle to your business tasks and applications

A strong argument could be made that any new type of software can't make it to the enterprise without a link to Excel, the lifeblood of many businesses.Makers of mashuptools are making their

Published on: April 23rd, 2008 Heather Havenstein

10 IT skills in demand today

Technology pros looking to find new work or secure their current jobs should get schooled on wireless, Web 2.0 and virtualization while also boning up on business basics. "IT professionals with the right

Published on: April 21st, 2008 Denise Dubie

Why podcasting hasn’t hit primetime…yet

Last week, I said something in a Slashdot posting that rubbed people the wrong way. I compared Twitter to podcasting, asking whether Twitter's competition and revenue-related challenges would relegate the service to the

Published on: April 17th, 2008 Ian Lamont