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Web 2.0 technology: Suitable for the enterprise?

Information Week

By inmedia

Right now, the most popular headline on Information Week is Growing Pains: Can Web 2.0 Evolve Into An Enterprise Technology?

The article explores the benefits and risks associated with using Web 2.0 technologies like wikis, blogs and social networks in the workplace, apposed to solutions developed specifically for the enterprise. After weighing the pros and cons from an IT organization, business organization and business competitiveness perspective, Web 2.0 technologies are deemed a losing proposition. However, the article notes that because Web 2.0 technologies can be more affordable and have simpler administration, they can quickly overtake legacy platforms, and already have done so in some areas.

Phishing for millions

Computerworld

By inmedia

Wow. I thought only grannies and the gullible fall for those dodgy phishing emails. A Computerworld article tells the tale of a scam that took a grocery chain for $10 million before it was discovered. Although I’m sure the guys behind this one are slightly more adept than that Nigerian guy who keeps bombarding me with his ridiculous emails.

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Beware: IT horrors lurk ahead!

By inmedia

Those looking for a fright this Halloween need look no further as the media isHalloween Computer littered with IT horror stories that are bound to keep many of you up at night. From dismal insight into the Canadian data centre to security breaches in the enterprise and the looming shortage of skilled IT workers. No less frightening but presented in a more playful fashion, eWeek has compiled what it considers the 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 and CIO is sharing a variety of technology disaster stories.

The Ottawa inferiority complex theorem

By Francis Moran

Here at inmedia, we regularly have the pleasure, challenge and reward of working with some phenomenal Ottawa companies where our assignment is generating the kind of media and analyst coverage that will move their business yardsticks in the global markets into which they sell.

At the same time, we all too regularly come across a deep-seated inferiority complex about the real ability of companies in this town to compete on the world stage.

This city is where inmedia was born and, notwithstanding that much of our business now comes from outside Ottawa, it’s where most of us live and it’s where we have the deepest community roots. We’re passionate about Ottawa and we care deeply that the technology sector in this city succeeds globally. So it is with the same trepidation that a parent feels about correcting a wayward child that I broach today’s difficult subject, around which I have developed a theorem. The theorem states:

“The likelihood that an Ottawa company will hire an Ottawa service provider to help it tackle its global markets is inversely proportional to the confidence it has in its own ability to actually tackle those markets.”

And there’s a corollary to my theorem:

“The likelihood that a prospective client will be sceptical about our ability to engage with global media and analysts declines exponentially the farther I travel from Ottawa.”

Maybe it’s not just an Ottawa thing, maybe it’s a Canadian thing. But it’s a worrisome thing. And here’s why.

An Ottawa technology company must export or whither on the vine. Such companies are turning to global markets and saying to their prospects, “I’d like you to put the wellbeing of your business in the hands of my small Ottawa company.” Then they turn to me and say, “There’s no way I’m putting the wellbeing of my business in the hands of your small Ottawa company.”

Talk about choking on your own dogfood.

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