Articles By Howard Solomon

Meet Microsoft’s answer to Siri: Cortana

SAN FRANCISCO – We got a first look at Microsoft Corp.’s mobile digital assistant Cortana at its Build conference on Wednesday. Cortana, the name plucked from videogame franchise Halo in which an artificial

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 4th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Windows Phone winning more business users: Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO –Enterprise users are warming up to Windows Phone, according to Microsoft Corp. “Customers across different device form factors are very interested in the innovations we’re bringing with these two releases” that

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 3rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

BlackBerry sees light at the end of the earnings tunnel

BlackBerry suffered another quarterly loss and continues to sell fewer smart phones. But thanks in part to layoffs and cost cutting says it is on the way to returning to profitability. The company

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 28th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Courts won’t let BlackBerry exec leave for Apple — yet

Senior staff in IT companies often leave for new opportunities in this fluid industry, but the way they do it is always of interest. Almost always the conditions of departure are governed by

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 26th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Tough tablets are not a tough sell

Field workers appreciate the new generation of ruggedized tablets that help them do their jobs. But sometimes putting a tough shell around a standard sized device isn’t enough. For those who need more

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 25th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Cisco brings more affordable video conferencing to channel

It isn’t often that you hear Cisco Systems officials talk about going down market with a product. But that’s what the company is doing with its latest video conferencing end points. One in

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 12th, 2014 Howard Solomon

IBM Pulse 2014: No splash for cloud version of Maximo asset management suite

LAS VEGAS – The cloud is the centre of attention at IBM’s annual Pulse conference, which highlights its latest products and strategies for making everything-as-a-service. Interestingly, there’s only a little light being shone

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 25th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Canadian mobile data traffic going up, up and away

If you want to know why wireless carriers are expected to eagerly bid for frequencies during the ongoing 700MHz spectrum auction, the latest projections from Cisco Systems Inc. should explain all. Mobile traffic

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 5th, 2014 Howard Solomon

B.C. Interior home to newest Telus data centre

Telus Corp.’s latest Internet data centre is now open in southern British Columbia. One of eight across the country, the $75 million facility 115,000 sq. ft. facility in Kamloops is part of $3 billion

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 3rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Lenovo buying Motorola handset business from Google

It apparently hasn’t taken long for Google to tire of being in the handset business. It has struck a deal to sell its Motorola Mobility handset divison to Lenovo for US$2.9 billion. Google

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 30th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Why visual analytics may benefit from a dose of gamification

In Toronto for a company meeting, Jim Goodnight talks about upcoming applications The SAS Institute is known for business intelligence software used by the biggest corporations around the world. It isn’t known for

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 9th, 2014 Howard Solomon

JDS Uniphase buys itself a channel

JDS Uniphase has remade itself several times after the former Canadian carrier optical networking component giant crashed when the dot-com bubble burst a dozen years ago. On Wednesday it made another move, this

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 13th, 2013 Howard Solomon

A private Dell is still looking for channel partners

Dell Canada officials say the privatization of the company three weeks ago means it will get stronger as a provider of end-to-end solutions. That was the message sent Tuesday to customers at an event in Toronto

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 20th, 2013 Howard Solomon

OpenText debuts enterprise information management products

After months of giving hints about its next-generation platform, OpenText Corp. has revealed what it dubs its Red Oxygen enterprise information management products that it hopes will breathe new life into the company.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 20th, 2013 Howard Solomon

IT World Canada wins three digital publishing awards

This is a guest blog by Howard Solomon, editor of our sister web site, IT World Canada. I’m pleased to tell readers that the hard work of IT World Canada’s staff has been

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 15th, 2013 Howard Solomon