Who is the “voice” of the Information and Communications Technology industry in Nova Scotia? Does it need a “voice” to begin with? And if so should it come from industry, government, or a combination of both?
Forwarding an article from the local paper…
January 9, 2012 – 6:58pm By BILL POWER Business Reporter [the Chronicle Herald, Halifax Nova Scotia]
A contract for logistics software will allow Nicom Maritime, a division of Nicom IT Solutions Inc., of Halifax, to help officials at Virginia International Terminals in Norfolk track one of North America’s busiest flows of containers, partner Pat d’Entremont said Monday.
You know where it’s all headed eh? Disposable tablets.
That’s right. Tablet PCs are being produced so cheaply in India that they are starting to become a single-use device. Companies there are currently selling these machines for as low as $30 US apiece, and predict they can bring them down to $10. So it isn’t hard to imagine a world where, for example, conference attendees receive their delegate packages burnt onto flash memory in a tablet PC.
So instead of killing trees, we’ll be littering our planet with discarded equipment.
And what about paper? Remember all the talk about the paperless office?
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I was recently honoured by being given the opportunity of being the first “connector” in the Greater Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program, to help immigrants find employment. Have a look at the following link for a description of this program: http://www.greaterhalifax.com/en/home/about_the_partnership/services/connectorprogram/communicate.aspx
After the recent municipal election I met with Dean Smith, President of Intelivote Systems Inc. of Dartmouth, the company behind the online voting engine. I was looking for some good lessons that I could relate to business situations, such as insights on data security and system integrity, but I quickly came to realize this story is more about business processes and procedures than about technology.
Smith and his team spent a year setting up the election using their configurable system, making custom changes to handle unique situations, running proofs of concepts, testing over and over again, and even suggesting legislation changes to permit online voting.