Canadian IT Manager's Blog

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

August, 2007

  • Here We Go Again - Getting Ready to Turn the Clock Back

    Was there anyone that enjoyed the early time change this past March from standard to daylight savings time? While some IT departments got through it unscathed, others ended up with issues especially if the proper patching wasn't applied. I don't think...
  • Waiting for SP1?

    The announcement went out today that Windows Vista SP1 beta will be released in a few weeks to a select group of beta testers and that it's expected to be released to manufacturing in the first quarter of 2008. You may be thinking, "Great, I've been waiting...
  • Interview with Pravir Vohra, Group CTO of ICICI Bank

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog, I interview Pravir Vohra , Group CTO, ICICI Bank; international senior technology visionary, executive and innovator. I encourage you to share your...
  • IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Process Automation and Leveraging Across Companies

    <Previous Next> Opening Comment: Pravir, with your extensive history of global successes in technology, innovation and leadership, we are indeed fortunate to have you come in and do this interview. Thank you! A: Thank you. I am glad to participate...
  • Retail Technology, Technology Management and Deployment

    <Previous Next> Q2 : Let's extend the last question to your prior roles with ICICI: Retail technology, Technology Management, Technology deployment internationally A: Retail technology : We supported program and project management activities...
  • Cash Management, Supply Chain Management and Technology Challenges

    <Previous Next> Q3: What are your recommendations in cash management? A: The cash management scenario in India is rather different than in most countries across the world. The fact on the ground is that many of our banks still maintain paper...
  • International Trends, Technology Issues and Aligning IT with Business

    <Previous Next> Q6: From an IT perspective, what should we watch for internationally? A: I am afraid it is rather hard to predict international trends. Just about 15 years ago, who of us would have imagined IP networks becoming as ubiquitous...
  • Key Priorities in 2007/2008 and Internet Trends

    <Previous Next> Q9: What are your key priorities for 2007 and 2008? A: Technology refresh and future-proofing are aspects that constantly engage my attention. We do not want to fix something that is not broken but we also do not wait till...
  • Career Tips, 3 Life-shaping Experiences and 3 Questions Seeking Solutions

    <Previous Back to Beginning> Q11: You have a long and distinguished career in IT. Based upon your deep insights, what would be some career tips for the ICT professional and the reasons behind them? A: IT is a knowledge driven industry and...
  • IT Executive Roadmap Tour - Coming to a City Near You

    One of the toughest things about being the IT manager in a small or medium sized company is that you tend to wear many hats and need to be up to speed on so many different technologies to be able to do your job effectively. This fall, myself and my colleagues...
  • Fresh New Look

    In case you're wondering if you're in the right place, you are! Overnight we updated the look and feel for the Canadian IT Managers blog along with our other blog properties, the Canadian Developers blog , the Canadian User Experience blog and the Canadian...
  • Podcast with Leonard Brody, co-founder of NowPublic.com

    This is the next podcast in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog, I introduce Leonard Brody, co-founder of NowPublic.com, international top-ranking thought leader, entrepreneur, speaker, business visionary, and...
  • Leonard Brody Podcast Time Index

    Listen to podcast in MP3 format. Interview Time Index (MM:SS) and Topic 00:30: Leonard, can you outline some key successes in your remarkable background and lessons you learned from them? "...Success is a very personal thing and the goals you set...
  • Guest Blogger - Stuart R. Crawford

    My name is Stuart Crawford. I love to help people achieve the success that they want to achieve. My focus is on Information Technology and how IT help you achieve your personal, company and lifestyle goals. I am a Certified Coaching Practitioner specializing...
  • An Interview with Fiorenza Albert-Howard

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. Here I have an exclusive interview with Fiorenza Albert-Howard , a top international computing and engineering pioneer, author, and business IT executive. I encourage...
  • Beating a Mainframe at Chess and Sharing Remarkable Experiences

    <Previous Next> Opening Comment: : Fiorenza, we are indeed fortunate to have you come in and do this interview. You have a long and remarkable history of success with deep insights that provide value to our audience. Thank you! A: I want to...
  • Priorities and Advice for Managers

    <Previous Next> Q4: You have many demanding roles. What are your key priorities for 2007 and 2008? A: First I want to do a respectable job as the newly elected VP for the CAAS - Canadian Academy for the Advancement of Science, to establish...
  • How to Survive Future Trends

    <Previous Next> Q7: What should businesses know about future trends in the Internet environment and in IT? What are the implications and business opportunities? Why should businesses care? A: Future trends are approaching the reality to a...
  • Manager Insights, Career Tips, Astronauts and Admirals

    <Previous Back to Beginning> Q8: Managers are continually looking for insights that will save them time and enable success. What defining problem/solutions can you share from your prior roles? A: Build a good team of employees; they...
  • Building Software with the End User Experience in Mind

    Remember the old days of WordPerfect? I was a WP whiz when I was in school, mostly because I could remember all the key sequences that would let me use the features really efficiently. I don't even think there was a mouse with it - it was all key strokes...
  • Gadget Guy, Gadget Guy

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) Cross-post from Bringing Closure . So, I have a bit of a reputation as a geek at work. That's not entirely a bad thing, I guess, for an IT Manager. Some of my colleagues poke good-natured fun at...
  • Illuminating the Black Art of Security

    A while ago I had an opportunity to talk to Bruce Cowper , one of the organizers of an upcoming security conference happening in Toronto, called SecTor . If you're at all concerned or interested in security you should consider going, especially if you...
  • The Business Value of Online Communities

    I've recently started joining some of the online communities I've been hearing so much about like Facebook , SecondLife , Twitter and Flickr and I have a confession to make - I'm quite addicted to them. Especially Facebook. In fact, I'm thinking of starting...
  • An Interview with Dr. Paul Crookall, Leading Government and Executive Thought Leader

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. Here I have an exclusive interview with Paul Crookall , an award-winning and internationally recognized leading government and executive thought leader who is also...
  • Career Lessons

    <Previous Next> Opening Comment: Paul, your record of accomplishment over a long and sustained career is most impressive both nationally and internationally. With your very busy schedule, we are indeed fortunate to have you do this interview...