Shared Services Canada leader responds to critics

TORONTO - Shared Services Canada, the government agency that merged most federal data centres and networking to save money and make IT more efficient, has its critics – including the RCMP and Statistics

Published on: June 17th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Shared Services Canada finally getting into action

It’s been a slow process — nearly five years to be exact — but the federal government has formally embarked on starting the consultation process on its IT transformation agenda to revamp internal

Published on: September 23rd, 2016 Ryan Patrick

How BlackBerry is getting help from both Ottawa and the United Kingdom

As BlackBerry Ltd. prepares to roll out its latest smartphone the Classic, the Waterloo, Ont.-based company appears to be getting a huge helping hand from Ottawa. Export Development Canada is lending US$850 million to Vodafone

Published on: December 16th, 2014 Nestor Arellano

3Quotes are better than none in IT procurement

Getting quotes from a provider sounds simple enough. However, this critical part of the IT procurement process tends to trip up a lot of implementation projects. For starters, searching or calling up providers

Published on: November 4th, 2014 Nestor Arellano

Firm challenges OEM refresh cycles, costly service contracts

For many businesses, technology purchases often mean being tied to an original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) pre-determined refresh cycle that push them replace hardware even if they are still working and costly support and

Published on: July 22nd, 2014 Nestor Arellano

Ottawa solution providers are bleeding red ink

ST. JOHN'S, N.F.L.D. – I’m at the TechSelect Canada conference on the Rock and 99 per cent of the time these are joyous occasions where solutions providers, vendors and Tech Data Canada come

Published on: May 27th, 2013 Paolo Del Nibletto

Shared Services boss looks for IT savings, big and small

This year's GTEC public sector technology conference was a heady experience for Liseanne Forand and her staff at Shared Services Canada (SSC), the organization announced Aug. 4 to take over swathes of the

Published on: October 24th, 2011 Grant Buckler

McMaster gets a price advantage from Audcomp and HP

A new five-year strategic partnership between Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and Hamilton's McMaster University launched this spring will see all university departments receive preferred pricing on HP products through solution provider Audcomp Computer

Published on: June 18th, 2009 Jeff Jedras

Toronto has a vision for greener procurement

In any initiative to build a greener procurement system, information technology buying is bound to be in the mix. So the channel community will want to pay attention to the work of Greening

Published on: June 15th, 2009 Jeff Jedras

Bringing print rationalization to the federal government

If VARs can crack the federal government IT market the potential for business growth is lucrative, and a recent event held in Ottawa may point to one way the channel can get its

Published on: June 11th, 2009 Jeff Jedras

Ottawa backs down again on procurement

“The government is finally listening,” said Herman Yeh, president of Canadian Information Technology Providers Association, a group of VARs that sell to the government and several vendors. “It's absolutely outstanding. We're incredibly encouraged

Published on: September 12th, 2006 Shane Schick and Howard Solomon

Ottawa VARs wait and hope

After a concerted media and fax campaign aimed at the Conservative government, Ottawa agreed last month to delay the final version of its new tender - officially called a standing offer - which

Published on: August 21st, 2006 Howard Solomon

Ottawa VARs still mad at Feds

“We're very dismayed that some of the critical changes we were most adamantly against were not changed,” said Chris Coates, a spokesman for the Canadian Government Inform-ation Technology Providers Association, which represents some

Published on: July 17th, 2006 Howard Solomon

Public Works takes tough line on printer buying rules

Printer manufacturers and their reseller partners shouldn't expect the Public Works department to more than tinker with a controversial new purchasing policy unveiled this month.That was the message delivered to in an

Published on: July 12th, 2006 Howard Solomon