Canadian IT Manager's Blog

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

July, 2007

  • 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...
  • [Guest Blogger] Business Analysis - Part 1 (Self Assessment)

    I'm very happy to introduce a new guest blogger here on the Canadian IT Managers blog. I met Blaine Bey in Halifax at the CIPS Informatics conference . He's a consultant with Sierra Systems in Victoria and will focus mainly on business processes and other...
  • 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...
  • [Podcast Interview] Charles Hughes

    I had an exclusive interview with Charles Hughes , President 2005-2006, British Computer Society; Chair, IFIP Task Force for the International Professional Practice Program; Founder, eManagement Limited. The podcast with Charles appears below. Of particular...
  • [Guest Blogger] Access 2007: An IT Manager Kicks the Tires - Part 1

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) OK. I have a confession to make. Before crossing the floor to becoming an IT Manager, I was a developer. Some would say, not a real developer, only someone who made his living designing and deploying...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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] Part 1: Introducing Hari Panday

    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 1: Introducing Allen Atwell

    In this blog series, I have an exclusive interview with Allen Atwell, a top international IT expert and authority, a leading senior executive and the Chief Technology Officer at MessageLabs. As Chief Technology Officer, Allen drives all global research...
  • 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...
  • [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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • [Interview] Part 2: Allen Atwell - Career and Business Insights

    In this blog series, I have an exclusive interview with Allen Atwell , a top international IT expert and authority, a leading senior executive and the Chief Technology Officer at MessageLabs. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS , I.S.P. , MVP Opening Comment...
  • [IT Manager Podcast Series] Defense in Depth

    There seems to be a story in the news every day about a company whose computer systems have been breached and client information has been leaked. It's every IT manager's worst fear. This month's podcast from the IT Manager Podcast Series has industry...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...