Canadian IT Manager's Blog

Broadly connecting Canadian Infrastructure and Development Managers through career, industry and technology insight.

July, 2007

  • An Interview with Paul Bassett, Leading Software Engineer and Computer Science Authority

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this series of blogs, I have an exclusive interview with Paul Bassett . Paul is a leading software engineer and an authority in computer science and in this interview...
  • The Case for Frame-Based Software Engineering

    <Previous Next> Q1 : Paul, your latest article in IEEE Software, The Case For Frame-Based Software Engineering, is generating buzz. What's its essential message? A: The evidence, Stephen, is by now fairly conclusive: Object Orientation has...
  • How Frame Technology is Different

    <Previous Next> Q4: Is frame technology similar to anything out there now? A: Great question, Stephen. Here is how frame technology is not similar to object orientation: Instead of thousands of look-alike classes we never need more than a...
  • Effects of Frame Technology on Project Lifecycle

    <Previous Next> Q7: Fascinating revelations, Paul, about how to manufacture custom software cost-effectively. Does frame technology affect other phases of the lifecycle? A: Indeed, it's been called a "paradigm shift," a greatly overused term...
  • Viral Spread Potential

    <Previous Next> Q8: If the technology is that powerful, it ought to spread virally. Is that what you expect? A: It's more of a hope, Stephen, than an expectation. As with all new paradigms there are significant barriers. First of all, frames...
  • Future Possibilities, Past History and Final Take-Aways

    <Previous Back to Beginning> Q11: What kind of payoffs should the various stakeholders expect? A: Application developers will enjoy the speed with which they can design, create, test, and modify high quality systems. They will also like the...
  • Podcast on High Performance Computing

    Traditionally, high performance computing (HPC) has been regulated to the realm of academia. Researchers use it when they need the ability to do some serious number crunching in order to complete years of processing in just days or to visualize complex...
  • Interview with David Donnelly from UNIS LUMIN Inc.

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog, I interview David Donnelly , an award winning senior technology leader and the Director of the Applications Development Services Department at UNIS...
  • Stories, Career Tips and Open Questions

    Q11: Amongst your many awards and accomplishments, which three are you most proud of and why? How can the readers learn from your stories? A: We have all designed things, constructed things, and delivered things that we are proud of, but in the end...
  • IT/Business Alignment and Future Trends

    Q9: From the IT leader perspective, how do you see technology integrated into business performance, strategy, goals, and objectives? What would be your key priorities for ensuring business and IT alignment? A: Too often, I have watch business and IT...
  • Top Software/Platform Issues and Best Resources

    Q7: What are the top software development and platform issues that need to be addressed in business? A: The two things that are top of mind for me are the rate at which technology is changing and the nature of software development work. As I stated...
  • Rules for Effective Leadership

    Q6: From your many years in senior management roles, which ten qualities and skills work best for effective leadership? A: In my view, leadership is often about finding the right balance between conflicting drivers. A strong personality is essential...
  • Skills for New Hires and Effective Team Development

    Q4: Which specific skills do you look for in new hires to your team? A: From a technology perspective, the skills depend upon the expected role and tasks that the new hire will assume. We have .NET architect roles, developer roles at various levels...
  • Five Essential IT Roadmaps

    Q2 : David, you actively maintain competence in technologies such as Voice over IP (VoIP), mobile applications, Agile and .NET development. Can you pinpoint five areas that managers need to keep on their radar maps? Why? A: Looking forward 12 to 36...
  • Sharing Lessons From Major Projects - Electronic Medical Records System, Fraud Management System, CRM/ERP, Strategic Planning

    Opening Comment: David, you bring an enviable record of extraordinary accomplishment with notable contributions in business, technology, innovation, and leadership. Considering your demanding schedule, we thank you for finding the time to do this interview...
  • Introducing David Donnelly

    As Director of Applications Development Services , Mr. Donnelly founded the department with teams of developers responsible for both consultative practices and commercial software manufacturing lines of business. David is responsible for the design, development...
  • Access 2007: An IT Manager Kicks the Tires - Part 3

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) On 26-Jun-2007, I published a quick blog entry noting that the developer extensions and the Access 2007 runtime were finally available for download. But the next day, a recall was issued because...
  • Where Does the Time Go?

    I was told that July and August would be the "down" time for my teammates and I at Microsoft, but someone lied. During the rest of the year, we're preparing presentations, trying out technologies, planning tours, visiting user groups and traveling the...
  • Access 2007: An IT Manager Kicks the Tires - Part 2

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) It's all about SharePoint. Access 2007 and SharePoint are now joined at the hip. While it would be wrong to suggest that the future of both products depends upon the collaborative features they...
  • Future-proofing Your Career

    Adam Cole (Toronto, Manager Applications and Development for McKesson Canada) Are IT professionals doomed to become relics of the past? The author of an Info-Tech Research Group survey posits that "the future of the IT professional no longer lies in acting...
  • There's Often a Price to Pay for Lowest Cost

    David Canton (London, ON., Lawyer) When negotiating an agreement for the purchase of goods or services, some buyers try to get the vendor down to the lowest possible price. That may not be the best approach, however, because it can affect the quality...
  • When Poor Usability is Fatal

    Adam Cole (Toronto, Manager Applications and Development for McKesson Canada) I have always been a proponent of "the user interface is the application". (That is, it doesn't matter what is happening behind the scenes, in most cases an application is judged...
  • [Interview] Part 5: Hari Panday - Future IT Trends and Career Tips

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this series of blogs, I have an exclusive interview with Hari Panday : President and CEO, ICICI Bank Canada, International Executive, Business and Technology Thought...
  • [Interview] Part 4: Hari Panday - Top Business Issues and Integrating IT

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this series of blogs, I have an exclusive interview with Hari Panday : President and CEO, ICICI Bank Canada, International Executive, Business and Technology Thought...
  • [Interview] Part 3: Hari Panday - Doing Business in Canada and Internationally

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this series of blogs, I have an exclusive interview with Hari Panday : President and CEO, ICICI Bank Canada, International Executive, Business and Technology Thought...