Stories by Patricia Pickett

SAPPHIRE - SAP inks MS, RIM deals

SAP used an annual gathering of customers to announce new alliances: a joint, detailed road map with Microsoft for better integration between Microsoft .Net and SAP NetWeaver, and the combination of SAPs customer relationship management (CRM) and mobile business solutions with Research in Motion Ltd.s (RIM) BlackBerry wireless handheld platform.

Software vendors make critical selling mistakes

Not long ago, Kevin Lam, manager of business performance for Telus Communications in Calgary, had a meeting with a software salesperson who was trying to sell him the latest in a certain vendor's roster of products.

SAP inks Microsoft, RIM deals

At its Sapphire '04 user conference in New Orleans last week, SAP announced two technological alliances: a joint detailed road map with Microsoft for better integration between Microsoft .Net and SAP Netweaver and the combination of SAP's CRM and mobile business solutions with Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry wireless handheld platform.

EMC adds ILM to certification program

Information and storage management vendor EMC Corp. has expanded its Proven Professional training and certification program to include an emphasis on its information lifecycle management (ILM) solutions.

Upgrade leads Sasktel down XP path

Regina-based communications company and provincial crown corporation Saskatchewan Telecommunications (Sasktel) never had much of a reason to move off of its mostly Windows 95-based desktops - until a new CRM package forced the move to the XP operating system in June of last year.

B.C. prepares data for 2010 Olympics

It was a search for one version of the truth that compelled Tourism British Columbia to tap into a Web services-enabled solution in a bid to link its 18,000 tourism operators and tourism marketing districts.

Lakehead opens technology center

Thunder Bay, Ont.-based Lakehead University late last week unveiled its new high-tech teaching and learning facility, the Advanced Technology and Academic Centre.

Number of female IT grads remains low

TORONTO (04/02/2004) - A recent survey of 10 universities by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) suggests the average number of women graduating from computer studies programs remains flat.

BrainShare: Novell talks OES

Novell says the announcement of its Open Enterprise Server (OES) product at this year's BrainShare user conference is in keeping with the vendor's promise at last year's event to give customers more flexibility and choice and to support Linux in the enterprise.

Open Text cuts 130 jobs

TORONTO (03/17/2004) - Waterloo, Ont.-based enterprise content management (ECM) vendor OpenText Corp. on Tuesday said it is improving operational efficiency by cutting 130 jobs from IXOS Software AG, the German ECM software maker it recently acquired.

Samsung launches into color laser space

TORONTO (03/11/2004) - Toronto-based Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. on Wednesday launched its 2004 printer lineup, which includes mono laser and multi-function printers (MFP), as well as its first color laser solution.

Suiteworks pushes teleworking in Canada

TORONTO (02/06/2004) - Friday marks the first Stop Commuting Day in Barrie, Ont. A bedroom community about 100 kilometers north of Toronto, Barrie was chosen by SuiteWorks Inc. as the site of its first telework center, a 2,200 square-foot, 120-seat facility that will offer Barrie's 31,500 commuters a local workplace alternative.

'Aggressive' companies neglecting security

TORONTO (01/05/2004) - A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has found that almost half of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. have suffered a recent breach of their information security, despite higher precautions taken since 9/11. And one Canadian security expert says he's not surprised.

Survey: Starting IT salaries to decline in 2004

TORONTO (11/21/2003) - IT recruitment firm Robert Half Technology (RHT) has unveiled the results of a recently-conducted salary survey that suggests there will be a slight drop in Canadian IT starting salaries in 2004 compared to 2003.