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

The Definitive Guide to Turning your Business and Data Center into an AI Factory

AI factories and foundries moved into the popular lexicon when Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang used these terms in his recent keynote address. Traditionally, foundries transform raw materials into basic components, and factories assemble products.


The Harsh Truths About Cybersecurity

The pandemic compelled organizations to focus on their security postures as threats evolved globally. Consequently, CIOs realize they can't address cyberattacks with a "one size fits all" approach. Instead, security strategy is considered a holistic journey where enterprises use tactical measures in combination with a long-term vision to ensure that each initiative provides a building block for a future-ready environment.

To explore this critical topic, I participated in a panel at the Leadership in Tech Summit: Priorities for Turbulent Times. Along with Melissa Carvalho, RBC's Global Cyber Security Vice President and Negin Arminian, Menlo Security's Cybersecurity Strategy Senior Manager, we examined the harsh truths facing the modern enterprise. Watch our panel discussion video:


Strategic Insights Report: Evolving Cybersecurity Essentials

Organizations expect their CIOs to protect enterprise data and technology assets from the growing volume of cyber threats. Unfortunately, the speed at which cyber-attacks emerge poses tough challenges for resource-constrained IT departments.


Coffee, Chat, and TV: AI is the Enabler of the Human Experience

If you ever get a chance, I HIGHLY recommend talking to people.

Not just people around you *most* of the time, like your immediate or extended family, or the nosy neighbor, or the mail professional who happily delivers package upon package of online orders to your porch on what seems to be an hourly basis.


The NEXT Big Thing

I didn’t go to Vegas looking for the next big thing. I went as a Canadian media delegate to attend Hitachi NEXT, Hitachi Vantara’s annual smart data conference. The event brought together 10,000 people with the goal of sharing insights and knowledge about data, the new currency for the digital economy.


Reducing Friction with DataOps

Businesses are intolerant of inefficiency of any kind, especially if it takes the form of people, process, or technological bottlenecks. Businesses expect their day-to-day operations, their hierarchies and organizational structures, their supply chains, and their IT operations to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible… to be frictionless.


Canadian Thought Leaders Share Insights to Prepare for Digital Disruption

On February 27, more than 120 companies gathered at Activate Digital 2018 in the heart of Ontario’s technology innovation corridor. We were presented with material that explains how digital transformation will fundamentally change our businesses. The conference also allowed us to interact with Canada’s leading IT thought leaders. The event was hosted by Long View Systems and included 15 technology partners.


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.


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.

Click the photo below to watch the interview


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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

Avison Young - VP Global Enterprise Architecture & Integration

Aviva Canada - VP, Architecture & Strategy

Bank of America Merrill Lynch - CTO

BC Ferry Services - VP & CIO

Bell Business Markets - Director, Strategy & Planning

Bell Canada - National Director, Digital Transformation

Bellatrix Exploration - Director, Information Technology

Bentall Kennedy - VP IT


BFL CANADA - Director, Cybersecurity & IT Risk Management

Black Press - CTO

BlackBerry - VP Corporate IT

BMO Financial Group - Director, Technology & Operations Transformation

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 Goose - CTO

Canada Live - VP of Technology

Canada Mortgage and Housing - VP, Information & Technology

Canada Protection Plan - Head of IT

Canadian Depository for Securities - CIO

Canadian Direct Insurance - CTO

Canadian Payments Association - VP & CIO

Canucks Sports - Head of IT

Capgemini - Service Delivery Director


Cardel Homes - VP MIS

Cargojet - CIO

CBI Health Group - CIO

CCS Corp. - VP IT

CDSPI - Board Director

Centerra Gold - Director IT & Comm

CI Global Asset Management - VP of Enterprise Infrastructure $amp; Operations

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

Colliers - Head of Technology & Data

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, Risk Advisory

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 - EVP, Technology

eHealth Ontario - VP, IT Systems & Services

Encana - Director, InfoSec

Enbridge Inc. - VP, Technology and Information Services

Enerflex - CIO

Enerplus - VP. IS


Equitable Bank - CIO

Equitable Bank - CISO

Equity Financial Trust - VP, IT

Essential Energy Services - Director, IT

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers - VP IS

FGL Sports - VP, Information Technology

Finastra - SVP, Head Technology Managed Services

Fix Auto Canada - COO & SVP - CIO

Freedom Mobile - Head, Customer Applications, Experience, & Strategy

FT Services - CIO

FundServ - CIO

Genus Capital Management - CTO

Genworth Financial Inc. - VP IT

Geotab - Board Member

Golder Associates - CTO

Gran Tierra Energy - Director IT

Grant Thornton LLP - CIO

Grand River Hospital - Director, Data Governance & Analytics

Greenwin Inc - VP, Information Technology

Groupe Dynamite - Director, IT

GSK Canada - IT Director

GTAA - Acting CIO

H&R Block Canada - VP IT

Haventree Bank - VP, Technology

Hewitt Equipment Ltd. - VP & CIO

Hitachi Vantara - GVP & Global CTO

Home Trust Company - CIO

Home Trust Company - CTO

Home Trust Company - VP & CISO

Horizon North Logistics - CIO

HSB Canada - VP IT

IBM Canada - Associate Partner, Payments Industry

Indigo Books and Music - CIO

Interac Corp - Director, Platform Engineering

ivari - SVP & CIO

JP Morgan Chase Canada - Executive Director, Information Risk Management

Keyera Energy - Director, Information Technology

KFC Canada - CTO

KnowledgeOne - CIO

LaFarge Canada - Director, IT

Landmark Cinemas Canada - VP, IT


LCBO - Director, Applications Systems


Leisureworld Senior Care Corp - VP IS

Lifeguard Digital Health - Chief Security & Informatics Officer

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Senior Director, Customer Engagement Technology

London Drugs - GM IT

Loto-Quebec - Corporate Director, InfoSec

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

Manulife - Global Head of Private Markets & Real Estate Technology

March Networks - VP Professional Services & CIO

MaRS Discovery District - Managing Director, Fintech and Commerce

McCain Foods Limited - Manager InfoSec

McInnis Cement - Director of Information Technology

Medical Pharmacies Group - VP, Information Technology

MEG Energy - Manager, Information Technology Solutions & Services

Metrolinx - EVP & CIO

Minto Group - VP IT

MMM Group - CIO

Montreal Police Service - CIO

Morguard Investments - CIO

Moulding & Millwork - CIO

MullenLowe Group - Global 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

OPTrust - AVP, Enterprise Data Services

Olympia Financial Group - CIO

OMERS - EVP, Data & Technology


OMERS - SVP, Data & Advanced Analytics

Ontario Pension Board - CTO

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan - SVP, Product & Delivery

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

Pythian - CTO

Qantas - Global CIO

Queen's University - Director, Information Technology

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

RBC Royal Bank - VP, Technology Platforms & Risk Management

RBC Royal Bank - Global Cybersecurity VP

Regal Lifestyle Communities - CIO

Revera Inc. - CIO

Revera Inc. - Security Architect

Rheem Manufacturing - CISO & Enterprise Architect

Ricoh Canada - VP,IT

RioCan Property Services - VP IT

Roche - Head of IT Americas – Operations

Rogers Communications - SVP, Customer Experience IT


Russel Metals - VP,IS

Salvation Army Canada - Board Director

SCI Group - CIO

Scotiabank - Head, Systems Architecture & Platform Modernization

Scotiabank - VP - International Systems Technology

Scotiabank - Head, System Architecture & Platform Modernization

Scotiabank - Global Head, GBM Compliance & Transformation

Sears Canada - Divisional VP, Information Technology Services

Secure Energy Services - GM, IT

Shaw - Head, Customer Applications, Experience, & Strategy

Shaw Communications - VP, Technology Operations

Shaw Communications - Director, Risk Management

SMART Technologies - Director, IS Corporate Services

Smartcentres - Director IS, IT

SmartOne Solutions - President & CIO

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

Sunco Communication - COO

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 - CISO & Global Head of Infrastructure Services

Toromont Industries - VP & CIO

Toronto District School Board - Chief Technology Officer

Toronto Hospital for Sick Children - Director of Technology

Toronto Parking Authority - CIO

Toronto Police Services - CISO

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 Toronto - Director, Centre for Management & Technology

University of Waterloo - Director, Technology Entrepreneurship

Valencia Risk - Managing Director

Vancity - VP Technology & Solutions

Viterra - Director Enterprise Technology

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company - Director of Innovation Outpost

World Health - Director IT

Wolseley Canada - CIO & COO

WSIB - Board Director

Yellow Pages Group - Director - Enterprise Data Management

York Region District School Board - CIO

York University - Board Director

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