Making the Move – When Companies Shift to a New Digital Home

by Jamie O’Brien Moving, in whatever context, is always fraught with unexpected variables, whether it is moving to a new physical home, or to a digital one. Every business, from time-to-time, has to move from one digital home to another as computer operating systems (OS) change and evolve. Over the past quarter century this has meant moves from Unix, DOS, or Windows 3 to Windows NT, 95, 98, or XP, then to Vista, 7, and  …>> more

On se déplace – Quand les entreprises se tournent vers une nouvelle maison numérique.

Par Jamie O’Brien Se déplacer, quel que soit le contexte, est toujours chargé de variables inattendues, qu’il s’agisse de déménager dans une nouvelle maison physique, ou de passer à une nouvelle maison numérique. Chaque entreprise, de temps en temps, doit passer d’une maison numérique à l’autre car les systèmes d’exploitation informatiques (SE) changent et évoluent. Au cours du dernier quart de siècle, cela s’est traduit par un passage d’Unix, DOS ou Windows 3 à Windows  …>> more

IT Security: The door you didn’t know was open

As an IT security professional with many years in the business, I can’t remember a time when IT security has been as crucial to the success and survival of businesses. No matter how good a business thinks its IT security is, the bad guys have figured out how to pick the locks. According to Bob Martin from CISCO Systems, “With breaches at more than 13 retailers and a number of unknown breaches that were never  …>> more

The IT Cheshire Cat

Remembering the glory days of innovation in corporate IT For lovers of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat has special appeal. Distinctive among Wonderland characters, the Cat is enigmatic creature that maintains a cool, grinning outsider status. The Cat appears and disappears at will, at times revealing only its toothy grin as evidence of its presence. Innovation within the Information Technology department, it seems, is like the Cheshire Cat. It appears and disappears  …>> more

Blackberry blues and the future of tech in Canada

As one of the few Canadians attending a recent international IT meeting, I found myself on the receiving end of several expressions of condolences about the fate of Blackberry – some more sincere than others. I have to admit, both as a happy ‘berry’ user for many years and as a proud Canadian, to experiencing at least a twinge of sadness at the negativity that seems to surround this one-time flagship of our industry in  …>> more

NSA, PRISM and public-cloud data: how safe is it?

It came to light this week that the National Security Administration (NSA) has had access to user data in public-cloud applications such as Facebook, Google, Apple and six other applications as well as a host of phone companies. It appears that a secret NSA program called PRISM has been scanning search histories, emails, files and even live chats. Previously it was classified as Top Secret but as a result of this expose, NSA has now  …>> more