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IDC says Canadian IT spending set to rebound in 2017

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:42:39 +0000

Canadian tech spending will rebound in 2017, but mobile device sales will continue to stall, according to IDC Canada’s IT predictions for the year ahead. Although IT investment slipped on the low oil and gas prices that hampered Canada’s economy this year, “2017 will see stronger IT spending growth than 2016,” said Lars Goranssson, general…



Optimism drives tech sector hiring in 2017, but skills shortage remains a challege – Hays

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:35:04 +0000

Canadian IT employers are among the country’s most optimistic. Hays found that more than three-quarters anticipate business growth in the new year



Focus on customer experience is key to city’s success too: panel

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:49:03 +0000

Two CIO, a startup founder, and the City of Toronto's chief corporate officer are all using a customer-first approach combined with technology to cut costs and improve service.



Shopify, Ceridian declared Canada’s best places to work by Glassdoor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:59:07 +0000

Tech companies have a reputation for treating their employees well, but if reviews on job search engine and review site Glassdoor are to be believed, Shopify Inc. has gone above and beyond. The Ottawa-based e-commerce firm came in at the top of Glassdoor’s Canadian list of the 25 best places to work in 2017, receiving…



Canada’s tech industry needs more women, ITAC says

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:37:52 +0000

Canada has an ICT skills shortage problem, and more women joining the industry is the answer, according to a report released today by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). The organization reports that Canada will need 182,000 ICT workers by 2019, and an additional 36,000 on top of that by 2020. While Canada isn’t…



Does focusing on data security constrain growth? Yes and no, experts say

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:00:56 +0000

Ann Cavoukian, who served as Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner from 1997 until 2014 and now works for Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big Data Institute, believes that focusing on privacy and data security will not constrain a company’s growth. Quite the opposite, actually. “It’s a threat to not address security and privacy,” Cavoukian says, citing…



Could Amazon’s ‘cashier-free’ grocery store be the future of retail?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:57 +0000

Have you ever wanted to walk out of the grocery store without paying? Now you can – sort of. Amazon Inc. has opened a new grocery store in its hometown of Seattle without any lines or checkout counters. The 1,800 square-foot retail space, dubbed Amazon Go, allows shoppers to grab the items they would like…



Shopify acquires Toronto app development studio Tiny Hearts

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:25:45 +0000

Ottawa-based e-commerce darling Shopify Inc. announced today that it would be acquiring Toronto-based mobile product development studio Tiny Hearts Ltd., known for apps such as Wake Alarm, Quick Fit, and Next Keyboard; motivational print online store Busy Building Things; and for its service work for companies including Philips, Wealthsimple – and yes, Shopify. The acquisition…



Canada’s brain drain under control – but mainly flowing to cities, LinkedIn says

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:00:02 +0000

It’s too early to tell if a Trump presidency will drive talent north, while the U.K. is seeing an influx of Canucks despite the uncertainty of Brexit



HP announces security enhancements for printers, printing services division

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:45 +0000

HP Inc. wants to set a new benchmark for Internet of Things (IoT) security with its newest product and service enhancements. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company announced today that it would be placing security first in redesigns of both its printers and Managed Printing Services (MPS), by pre-configuring the former and adding enhanced security services…



MLB gets QuickSight analysis from AWS

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:44:21 +0000

LAS VEGAS – It’s the bottom of the ninth inning and the home team is losing by one run. The good news is that the team has a runner in scoring position at second base. The bad news is there are two outs and the opposition has brought in a left-handed reliever to close out…



E-tailers got a better deal from Cyber Monday than Black Friday, Adobe finds

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:58:31 +0000

Black Friday might get the lion’s share of press, but this year’s Cyber Monday was the better deal for online retailers, Adobe Systems Inc.’s marketing research division has found. Data collected by Adobe Digital Insights indicates that between Friday Nov. 25 and Monday Nov. 28, Canadians spent a total of $692 million, with the average…



Canadians are keeping their e-commerce dollars in the country, PayPal says

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:39:01 +0000

Nearly three-quarters plan to buy gifts online from Canadian e-retailers this holiday season while becoming more comfortable with social commerce



4 tips from FICO for banks seeking IFRS 9 compliance

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:36:15 +0000

Financial institutions across the globe have been in a tizzy since new regulations were announced that banks would need to get a better grasp on their data. But one finance-focused data analytics firm is working to address banks’ concerns and help them get a grip on their implementation plans. FICO is offering up some pearls…



Android malware steals Google account information from 1 million users

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:00:02 +0000

There’s a reason to make sure devices you or you administer have the latest software — the older the software, the more likely hackers can find vulnerabilities. Proof of that was demonstrated this week when Check Point Software said it has discovered a new malware campaign that targets devices running Android 4 (Jelly Bean, KitKat)…



Amazon re-imagining databases with Aurora

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:08:27 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Amazon Web Services, Inc. took a shot at traditional database vendors at its Re: Invent show. AWS CEO Andy Jassy said Aurora is a commercial style database service that companies such as NetFlix, Expedia, Fan Duel and GE are using today. This next level Aurora has more layers built on top of…



City staff think Toronto can save $1.2B, create 19,000 jobs with tech

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:38:38 +0000

Note: An earlier version of this article, referenced in the link, incorrectly stated that digital transformation could save the city of Toronto $1.2 billion annually rather than over 10 years. ITbusiness.ca regrets the error. TORONTO – Implementing a smart city strategy could eventually save the city $1.2 billion over 10 years and create at least…



What does each generation prefer in the workplace? [infographic]

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:18:36 +0000

It isn’t just age that separates different generations in the workplace, but motivations, according to the Staples Business Advantage 2016 Workplace Index. The report found that Baby Boomers are the only generation that still find the most motivation from having a sense of purpose at work, with both Millennials and Gen X reporting salary was…



Staples developing commercial drone delivery service with Vaughan-based firm

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:34:18 +0000

Commercial drone delivery could arrive sooner than you think, if the Canadian arm of Staples Inc. has its way. On Tuesday, the office supply giant announced that it was collaborating with Vaughan, Ont.-based firm Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) to develop, implement, and commercialize a drone delivery service. In a Nov. 29 statement Mike Bhaskaran, executive…



Foster innovation and inclusivity through storytelling, Google-led report says

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:54:41 +0000

A three-month national dialogue series tapping 1,000 Canadian found that fostering inclusivity through innovation and breaking down silos between the arts and business communities are critical to building a creative and entrepreneurial Canada