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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

269.7 Million PCs Means A 6.2 Percent Decline In Sales For 2016

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 08:01 AM

A recent Gartner report looking at the worldwide market for PCs in 2016 shows the fifth year in a row where sales have declined substantially.  In the report it sales that the 2016 level of sales equals that of 2007 almost a full decade ago. 

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Topics: Computer, it

Bitcoins And IT Impacts

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 @ 07:06 AM

Wouldn't it be nice to have the ability to create money?  Well in essence that is what happened back in 2008 when Bitcoins were invented.  

Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the inventor (or inventors perhaps) who created this online virtual currency.  For more of the story behind this event follow the link to the Wikipedia reference which outlines it in some detail.  

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Topics: data security, it, bitcoin

Xerox Resets | Does New Structure Lead To Improved Focus

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

In 2009 Xerox made a large acquisition to be able to move to penetrate the technology outsourcing business on the computer and systems side.  Understanding that much of the growth of business technology systems business required a congruence between the hardware and print business and the network business that was connecting all the devices the strategy was to get a foot in both camps.  

On January 29th Xerox announced it was splitting into two public companies, one focused on document technology (the 'old' print business) and one on business process outsourcing by the end of 2016.  The two companies will be independent with two CEOs, two boards and separate business operations.  It essentially says that the combined strategy has not worked and that a different structure is needed going forward.

It is very interesting to look at this announcement in light of the split that HP has also undergone.  In the HP situation the decision was to create two companies with different market targets based upon size and business type.  HP Inc. retains the personal computer and printer business while a newly formed Hewlett-Packard Enterprise would focus on the services, server and storage businesses primarily focused on larger enterprises.

Whereas HP defined the new roles by market segment primarily by size keeping services and hardware in both new entities, it appears that Xerox has decided to keep its traditional hardware business in one company and spin the technology services business of into a new entity.

Of course both strategies have merit depending upon the strengths of the originating operations and there are businesses that have successfully rebuilt themselves like this before.  One which comes to mind is IBM which has transformed into almost exclusively a services business after selling off its hardware operations to Lenovo, first on the PC side and then in a subsequent deal on the server side as well.

What a new Xerox will end up looking like is anyone s guess at this point.  Will the retrenching of the traditional document focused print side stay as is or will it be able to make changes to compete in an area of business that is very different than it was only ten years ago.  

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Topics: Printer, office technology, it

2016 Hiring Challenge For IT In Canada

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

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Topics: Software, it, Canadian IT

New Government, New IT, Things To Consider

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

The Canadian IT World

A little over a month ago Canada elected a new majority government.  To say it has a different view of the country and the issues being faced than the previous one would be an understatement.  Already we can see that in some ways it is going to fundamentally change the way the country operates.  Whether those changes are for good, bad or are just different will only be known as time passes.  

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Topics: Canadian Legislation, it, Canadian IT

Good Practices From Highlights Of Canadian IT News

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

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Topics: it, Canadian IT