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Google Announces Intent To Open Canadian Region Cloud Centre

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

On March 9th Google announced its intention to build a Canadian Region Cloud Centre based in Montreal.  This is a significant announcement for Canadian customers and it means that all of the big three hosting services will have Canadian resident facilities to support cloud access from Canada.  AWS and Microsoft already offer this option for businesses who wish to connect their hosting and storage to a Canadian location. 

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Topics: cloud computing, data security, Canadian IT

Tech Industry Responses To Trump Travel Ban Shows Global Integration

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 @ 07:02 AM

Whatever your political stripe the broad response of the Tech industry in Canada and the US to the immigration and travel ban proposed by the Trump administration shows graphically how broadly based the industry is when it looks for talent.

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Topics: it, Canadian IT

Incremental Change May Not Reflect 2017 IT Issues

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 @ 07:01 AM

As the new year starts off it is common to look at what the researchers are saying about the newest trends in IT, technology in general and what may be the flavour of the coming months. 

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Topics: IT network, Canadian Pricing, Canadian IT, IT connectivity

Canadian Government Builds New Centralized Website

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 08:12 AM

Any organization that has set out to build a new website after having built its presence over time will acknowledge that creating the revised site can be a difficult and monstrous task.  When that new site is designed to become the online portal to the government of Canada it is easy to see that it will become controversial and will be a major challenge.

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Topics: Canadian Legislation, Canadian IT

Amazon Web Services - AWS - Opens Canadian Data Centre

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 08:12 AM

Canadian cloud services users have always had to be cautious in their choice of providers if they want to make sure that their data remains in Canada and subject to Canadian legislative jurisdiction.  

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Topics: Software, cloud computing, data security, Canadian IT

Canadian Credit Cards For Sale

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

Regular readers of this blog will know that we spend a fair bit of time dealing with warnings, updates and suggestions on dealing with IT security and data protection.  At times it seems like we never talk about anything else and I wish we didn't need to cover this topic so heavily.  

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Topics: data security, Canadian IT

Integrated Retailing Improves Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

As we have all experienced the retail environment is rapidly changing.  At one time the physical retail store was the core of every retailer's business but for many in today's environment it is only one component of a retail system.

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Topics: sales, Customer service, Canadian IT

Microsoft Cloud Officially Opens in Canada

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

Of course Microsoft has been selling cloud services and cloud based software in Canada for several years now.  Office 365 has been one of their hard pushes and is a cloud based app which is targeted at all sizes of business.

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Topics: cloud computing, data security, Canadian IT

Rapid Technology Changes Challenge Government Action

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 08:04 AM

Everyone knows that we live in a time of rapid technology change.  This is especially true in communication technologies as the mobile revolution has built a whole new way to attack many activities.

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Topics: technology tools, privacy, Canadian Legislation, spam, Canadian IT

Internet of Things Continues To Grow

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

A recent article has pegged the value of the internet of things (IofT) as a $300 billion industry. When you think of all the items you can now connect to your home network:

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Topics: software tools, Canadian IT, IT connectivity