Stories by Shane Schick

  • CeBIT 2012: Big data becomes the big topic

    The CEBIT trade show is an unbelievably vast series of more than 23 airplane hanger-sized halls, with thousands of vendors taking up booth space and a seemingly infinite number of products on display to the attendees moving from one exhibit to another. Trying to absorb it all is overwhelming - not unlike the challenges facing enterprise IT departments grappling with so-called "big data."

  • Toronto's Platform Computing acquired by IBM

    <a href=""><u>IBM</u></a> on Monday added to its long list of Canadian software acquisitions with the purchase of Platform Computing, a company whose ability to manage "grids" of computing workloads will help Big Blue make gains in the cloud computing market.

  • CIO study says IT leaders could one day be CEOs

    Canadian CIOs have all the key leadership competencies they need if they were motivated to one day take on a CEO job and running an entire enterprise, based on research findings presented at an industry event on Thursday.

  • VMware brings virtualization to white box makers

    VMware (NYSE: VMW) on Monday was expected to kick off its annual user conference in San Francisco by announcing an OEM agreement with Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) that would bring its virtualization technology to system builders.

  • IBM tries to get information on corporate agendas

    IBM on Tuesday said it will offer corporate customers consulting services and software that will help business units and IT departments in distinct vertical markets understand how to manage information more effectively.

  • Websense to take fear out of Facebook, Web 2.0

    Websense used the InfoSecurity Canada show to introduce a software-based gateway product aimed at protecting enterprise customers from the dangers of social networking sites and other advanced online services.

  • AMD offers breathing room with Business Class PC

    AMD's decision to move into the business PC market this week reminds me of the first line of Shopgirl, a novella by Steve Martin, which points out that working in the glove department at a large retail store means "you are selling things that nobody buys anymore."

  • Five ways of defining cloud computing

    As with nearly every IT trend, including service-oriented architectures and Web services, just because we're all talking about cloud computing doesn't mean we're talking about the same thing.

  • Dave DeWalt and the mission for McAfee

    You didn't have to know that Dave DeWalt is the CEO of McAfee to realize he is an American visiting Canada this week. No one up here is quite so tanned in April. But that wasn't the only way DeWalt stood out to me as a leader of the world's second-largest security software firm.