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New technologies and adoption trends that influence IT strategy, and the issues and opportunities they represent.

SmartONE – Smart Communities, Smart Cities and IOT

There are many articles, conferences and general banter about Smart Communities, Smart Cities and IOT. – AND - I am not complaining, because it is an area of great opportunity and a place where North America lags much of the world in implementation. Any attention is good attention, as far as I am concerned, and it is an area where I would love to see flourishing activity.

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A Glimpse into the Data-Driven Future: Interview with Paul Lewis, CTO, Americas at Hitachi

In this interview, Paul Lewis, Chief Technology Officer, Americas at Hitachi, discusses how organisations will apply data driven strategies to effectively compete in the future. Paul’s background as a leading technology practitioner, considering the needs of consumers and how organisations apply technology to meet those today, strongly influenced his comments.

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IoT Survival Guide for CIOs

Fifteen senior IT leaders representing a dozen industries gathered at a roundtable in Toronto to tackle the thorny issues associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). The event was produced by the IT Media Group and the sponsor was Salesforce. The conversations uncovered high interest in the topic, yet most companies are not adequately preparing for IoT. This article will describe why IoT should be on your corporate agenda, the barriers preventing companies from embarking on the IoT journey, and strategies CIOs can use to thrive in the new IoT world.

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Digital Transformation - Data Analytics and the Dissolution of Baggage Carts

I play the flute. Well, if you’ve got it, flout it.

How long is this flight? 6 hours ?!? I don’t want to complain for that long.

Show me a normal person; and I’ll show you a person you don’t know very well.

If there was a list of things that would make me feel more comfortable, lists would be at the top.

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Cloud Integration & the CIO

While Cloud continues to gain momentum in most organizations, it still brings with it a number of challenges, one of the biggest being integration with on-premises applications. We’ve heard plenty of comments regarding integration issues at IT Media Group Master Series Roundtables across the country, and a great many surveys, reports and articles in the public domain point to the organizational damage they do.

For example, a survey by research firm Dynamic Markets entitled “Cloud for Business Managers, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly” found that one in two organizations abandoned a Cloud application in the three years prior to the survey due to integration problems, and 54% of businesses missed project deadlines in the six-month period prior to the survey due to Cloud integration problems.

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Digital State of Mind

As a parent of a teenager, I have lived in digital frustration for a few years now. I found myself constantly anxious from watching my daughter being consumed by virtual communications around the clock. My husband and I tried all sorts of methods to correct this extreme “phenomenon”; unfortunately, nothing worked. While this was hardly a unique behaviour for her generation, it was daunting for me to be supportive of such an unhealthy and unproductive life-style. My mind couldn’t stop drawing parallels to “when I was growing up…”

So I have to admit that I am a late-boomer on the digital front. I prefer the pleasure of flipping pages and inhaling the aroma of a real book. I didn't have the urge to own smart devices and become connected to the Internet of things. I didn't open any social media accounts, except for LinkedIn, until I decided to use them as tools to spy on my daughter. The information I gathered from my spying was surprisingly useful. Putting data and context together, I felt like I had a better handle of my daughter’s mind and her circle of influences.

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Why BYOD has CIOs pining for a security blanket

When The IT Media Group hosts its CIO Master Series roundtables, participants are often struck by how similar their challenges and approaches are with respect to the issue being discussed. At our recent Toronto roundtable, “Securing Information in a Mobile World”, not so much.

Most of the conversation was around BYOD, and it was readily apparent that organizations are all over the map on this issue, with financial institutions leading the way on seriously controlling their BYOD environment, while other organizations range in response from fairly strict control to trying to hold back the BYOD tide while deciding what to do about it. Many organizations are piloting point solutions, but an affordable homogeneous solution that provides blanket security wherever the device goes and whatever end point form factor it reaches is still the stuff of dreams.

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Great wearable devices you didn’t see at CES

Sometimes we tech writers get advanced peeks at digital gadgets that the general public – and yes, even CIOs – won’t have a chance to get their mitts on for months or even years. That was never more evident than at CES earlier this month when a phalanx of large and serious-looking men – Navy SEALs, I took them to be – escorted me and a few fellow scribes into a highly restricted area that CES producers won’t even admit exists; the place where tomorrow’s tech toys strut their stuff today.

This year, Fortress Future, as we call it, housed some jaw-dropping prototypes of wearable technology that I’m prevented by non-disclosure to speak about. But hey, these NDA breaches take years to work their way through the courts, and I’m not going to live forever.

And besides, when I think about my CIO readers, who must somehow find ways of riding herd on this stuff when it’s strapped, clipped, inserted or otherwise affixed to those legions of fresh-faced young employees strolling through the company doors, I feel a certain obligation to spill the digital beans, so to speak.

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Loblaw’s Big Data Play

Loblaw and Shoppers logosMake no mistake about it, Big Data played no small role in the recent $12.5B acquisition of Canada’s largest retail pharmacy chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, by Canadian retail giant Loblaw. And while there have been many mergers and acquisitions involving actual Big Data companies in recent years, the Loblaw deal is perhaps the biggest Canadian corporate merger to have been driven, to a significant degree, by Big Data itself and the means of obtaining that data.

What Loblaw covets is Shoppers’ Optimum loyalty program, which market research firm Environics ranks as the second most popular in the country, with 10 million members. That means detailed data on the shopping habits and preferences of 10 million Canadians, many of whom are in key demographic categories: teens and twenties, interested in Shoppers’ extensive cosmetics and personal grooming lines, and seniors, a growing demographic fueled by the aging Boomer generation.

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UOIT conference showcases many sides of Innovation

Innovation 2013 conference iconA wealth of dynamic new ideas and technologies were front and centre at the recent Innovation 2013, a one-day conference produced by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Faculty of Business and Information Technology in association with One Million Acts of Innovation, a non-profit group working to stimulate Canadian innovation by connecting people and sharing inspiring ideas. The IT Media Group was UOIT’s media partner for the event.

About 140 business leaders, IT executives, faculty and students gathered at UOIT’s Oshawa, Ontario campus in mid-June for a slate of thought-provoking presentations and workshops.

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Montreal Transit taps SAP and data analysis to create loyal customers

Toronto: June 5, 2013 -- A pilot project for an innovative loyalty program launched by the Montréal Transit Commission or STM (Société de transport de Montréal) takes advantage of mobile technology and real-time data analysis to deliver personalized offers and information to riders based on their profiles and preferences.

Pierre Bourbonnière, Director of Marketing for STM, together with Marc Aboud, Managing Director, SAP Canada Inc., described the program and its origins at an Economic Club of Canada breakfast session.

STM experiences an annual net increase in ridership of about 2%. This is made up of about 15% new riders offset by about 13% drop-off of previously regular riders.

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Big Data in the Real World

Last year was, so the pundits declare, the year of Big Data. Certainly, the hype reached fever pitch and continues today. Big Data stories and forecasts appear almost daily across the pages of every publication or web site that relates to technology or business. Inevitably, following the hype are the naysayers, ”More data just means more noise,” and the vendors who can’t pass up a good buzzword so they label everything as having some kind of Big Data relevance.

Moreover, every discussion of Big Data includes the total of every element of digital data generated and stored throughout the world. For example, the oft-quoted stat from IBM, "Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data,” or perhaps a more easily digested, but no less gobsmacking stat, “90 per cent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years."

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Embracing Location Economics

Building on the success of the Executive Insights Roundtable last November, DMTI Spatial, a provider of industry-leading Location Economics solutions, hosted another group of senior financial services executives in the GTA for an engaging and insightful session. Once again, John Pickett, principal of The IT Media Group, facilitated the session and Asif Khan, president of the Location-based Marketing Association (LBMA), was a guest speaker. Held on Jan 29th at the Gardner Museum, the event provided participants in the Finance and Insurance sectors the opportunity to discuss ways in which location-based information can help their organizations mitigate risk and identify opportunity. After the session, DMTI provided participants with a delicious dinner prepared by renowned chef, Jamie Kennedy.

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Hosted computing forecast: cloudy with a chance of pain

As months go, August wasn’t the best for cloud computing. First there was the big stir caused by pioneering Apple seeder, Steve Wozniak, who said at an August 5 event in Washington, D.C., “I really worry about everything going to the cloud. I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.”

Talk about biting the hand you gave birth to. The Woz really sank his chops into Apple, which has invested heavily in its online backup storage product iCloud over the past year.

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Keep an eye on your digital wallet

Digital WalletIf consumer financial transactions are part of your business and you don’t have a strategy around the digital wallet, you’ve got some catching up to do.

For those of you who have spent the last decade in a hut with the lost tribe of Borneo, perhaps a brief explanation would be helpful. The digital wallet is the electronic equivalent of the leather wallet. It resides on your smart phone, facilitates transactions with a simple wave of the phone through a technology called Near Field Communication (NFC), and it can be loaded with numerous credit and debit cards, various types of credentials, personal health information, etc.

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Consumer tech at work: Can’t beat ‘em? Manage ‘em

Consumer tech in the enterprise was a hot topic in 2011. It’s an issue that once again pits the CIO’s responsibility to manage risk and information integrity against the end-users’ desire for more convenient technology; and, the economy of supporting standard devices and applications against the cost of technology anarchy. But this one is not going away and it will remain one of the dominant issues for CIOs in 2012.

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Private cloud: If you build it, they may not come.

The chances are pretty good that you have already implemented a private cloud or are planning to do so in 2012. According to Gartner, 54% of organizations fall into this category. There is also a good chance that you haven’t yet figured out whether the move to cloud has, or will, save you any money. This blog will dispel a couple of myths about private cloud and provide you with some reasons why you should already be on your cloud journey.

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Past Attendees


ADP - VP Architecture & Infrastructure

AESO - VP, Information Technology

Agnico Eagle Mines - VP, IT

Agrium - Global Mgr., IT Security

Agrium - Senior Director IT Shared Services

Aimia - SVP & Global CIO

Ainsworth Engineered - Director IT

Air Canada Vacations - Director IT

Alberta Energy Regulator - Director, Office of the CIO

Anthem Properties - VP IS

AON Risk Solutions Canada - Head of IT

Aviva Canada - VP, Architecture & Strategy

Bank of America Merrill Lynch - CTO

BC Ferry Services - VP & CIO

Bellatrix Exploration - Director, Information Technology

Bentall Kennedy - VP IT

Black Press - CTO

BlackBerry - VP Corporate IT

BMO Financial Group - Head of Services Delivery

Bombardier Aerospace - CISO

Bonavista Petroleum - Head of IT

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Global CIO

Bow Valley College - Director, IT Services

Bridgewater Bank - Head of IT

BuildDirect - VP IT

Bulk Barn - Head, IT

Burnco - CIO

Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec - VP, IT Planning, Architecture, Governance, Operations

Calfrac Well Services - Head of IT

Canada Mortgage and Housing - VP, Information & Technology

Canadian Depository for Securities - CIO

Canadian Direct Insurance - CTO

Canadian Payments Association - VP & CIO

Canucks Sports - Head of IT

Capgemini - Service Delivery Director

CAPREIT - CIO

Cardel Homes - VP MIS

Cargojet - CIO

CCS Corp. - VP IT

Centerra Gold - Director IT & Comm

CIBC - Senior Director, Infrastructure Planning & Engineering

CIBC - SVP & CIO, Retail and Business Banking Technology

CIBC Mellon - AVP, Enterprise Architecture

CIBC Mellon - SVP & CIO

Cineplex Entertainment - CTO

City of Brampton - Senior Manager, IT Architecture & Planning

City of Richmond Hill - CIO

City of Toronto - Director of Strategic Planning & Architecture

CN Rail Service - Chief Information Security Officer

Coast Capital Savings - VP Technology

Concordia University - AVP & CIO

Crescent Point Energy - Head of IT

Dairy Farmers of Ontario - Head of IT and Administration

Dale Parizeau Morris Mackenzie - VP, IT

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP - Director, Information Technology

DealerTrack Canada - Director, Technology

Defence Construction Canada - Corporate Manager, IT

Deloitte - Director, Cyber Risk

Dentons - Canada CIO

Devon Energy - Director, Integrated Business Services

Direct Cash - VP IT & Security

Dynamic Tire Corp - CIO

D+H Partnership - VP, Head of Canadian Mortgage Technology

eHealth Ontario - VP, IT Systems & Services

Encana - Director, InfoSec

Enbridge Inc. - VP, Technology and Information Services

Enerflex - CIO

Enerplus - VP. IS

ENMAX - VP, IT & PMO

Essential Energy Services - Director, IT

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers - VP IS

FGL Sports - VP, Information Technology

Fix Auto Canada - COO & SVP

Flightnetwork.com - CIO

FT Services - CIO

FundServ - CIO

Genus Capital Management - CTO

Genworth Financial Inc. - VP IT

Golder Associates - CTO

Gran Tierra Energy - Director IT

Grant Thornton LLP - CIO

Greenwin Inc - VP, Information Technology

Groupe Dynamite - Director, IT

GSK Canada - IT Director

GTAA - Acting CIO

H&R Block Canada - VP IT

Hewitt Equipment Ltd. - VP & CIO

Hitachi - CTO, Americas

Home Trust Company - CIO

Home Trust Company - CTO

Home Trust Company - VP & CISO

Horizon North Logistics - CIO

IBM Canada - Associate Partner, Payments Industry

Indigo Books and Music - CIO

ivari - SVP & CIO

JP Morgan Chase Canada - Executive Director, Information Risk Management

Keyera Energy - Director, Information Technology

KnowledgeOne - CIO

LaFarge Canada - Director, IT

Landmark Cinemas Canada - VP, IT

LCBO - Director, Applications Systems

LCBO - SVP & CIO

Leisureworld Senior Care Corp - VP IS

Lightstream Resources - Head, Information Services

London Drugs - GM IT

Loto-Quebec - Corporate Director, InfoSec

Magna International Inc - VP & Global Leader, IT (CIO)

March Networks - VP Professional Services & CIO

McCain Foods Limited - Manager InfoSec

McInnis Cement - Director of Information Technology

Medical Pharmacies Group - VP, Information Technology

MEG Energy - Manager, Information Technology Solutions & Services

MMM Group - CIO

Montreal Police Service - CIO

Morguard Investments - CIO

Moulding & Millwork - CIO

National Bank of Canada - Information Security Officer

National Capital Commission - Chief, IT infrastructure & Support Services

NHL Players' Association - Head, Security & Technology

Northbridge Financial Corp - CIO

OEC Group Canada - Vice President, Information Technology and Client solutions

Oildex - VP, Architecture & Infrastructure

Olympia Financial Group - CIO

OMERS - SVP IT

Ontario Pension Board - CTO

Ontario Trillium Foundation - CIO

Osum Oil Sands Corp - Manager, IS

Ottawa Police Service - CIO

Pacific Western Transportation - CIO

Packers Plus - Global IT Director

Pason Systems - Manager, Digital Communications & Corporate IT

Patient News - CTO

Peel District School Board - CIO

Pengrowth Corp - Director IS

Penn West Exploration - Snr. Manager, IT Operations

Peterson Investment Group - Head of IT

PFB Corp. - CIO

Pizza Pizza - CIO & VP, IT

Precision Drilling - VP, IT

Precision Drilling - Director, IT Infrastructure & Security

PSP Investments - Snr. Director, Internal Audit & Business Infosec

Public Works and Government Services Canada - Director, IT Security Directorate

PwC - Managing Director, Real Estate Technology Advisory

Qantas - Global CIO

Queen's University - Director, Information Technology

RBC Royal Bank - Head of Application Security, Data Protection & Security Consulting

Regal Lifestyle Communities - CIO

Revera Inc. - CIO

Revera Inc. - Security Architect

Ricoh Canada - VP,IT

RioCan Property Services - VP IT

Rogers Communications - SVP, Customer Experience IT

ROM - CIO

Russel Metals - VP,IS

Scotiabank - Head, Systems Architecture & Platform Modernization

Scotiabank - VP - International Systems Technology

Scotiabank - Director, Architecture & Engineering

Sears Canada - Divisional VP, Information Technology Services

Secure Energy Services - GM, IT

Shaw Communications - VP, Technology Operations

Shaw Communications - Director, Risk Management

SMART Technologies - Director, IS Corporate Services

Smartcentres - Director IS, IT

Societe de Transport de Montreal - Division Head - Security and Compliance

Street Capital Financial - CIO

Sun Life Financial - AVP, Data & Business Intelligence Services

Sun Life Financial - VP Application Ops & Services

Suncor Energy Inc. - Director, Application Portfolio Optimization, I&PM, Business Services

Symcor - CTO, VP Technology Services

Talisman Energy - SVP IT & Business Services

TD Bank - Enterprise Architect

Teknion - SVP, CIO

TELUS - Chief Security Architect

Tervita Corporation - VP, Information Technology

The Hudsons Bay Company - VP Technology

The Hudson's Bay Company - SVP & CIO

The Source - VP, Information Technology

TMX Group - VP, CISO

Toromont Industries - VP & CIO

Toronto District School Board - Chief Technology Officer

Toronto Hospital for Sick Children - Director of Technology

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) - Chief Enterprise Architect

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) - CIO

Toyota Canada - National Manager, IS

Transamerica Life Canada - CIO

Trican Well Services Ltd. - Director, Business Information Systems

Tridel Corporation - CIO

Trillium Health Partners - IT Director, Applications & Clinical Informatics

UFA Cooperative - VP & CIO

University of Calgary - Executive Director, Development Services

University of Ottawa - CIO

University of Ottawa - Senior Director IT Services & Infrastructure

University of Waterloo - Director, Technology Entrepreneurship

Vancity - VP Technology & Solutions

Viterra - Director Enterprise Technology

World Health - Director IT

Wolseley Canada - CIO & COO

Yellow Pages Group - Director - Enterprise Data Management

York Region District School Board - CIO

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