Malcolm Gladwell and Billy Beane join OpenText in Toronto for Enterprise World 2018

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 22, 2018 by itnerd

OpenText which is a leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced that Malcolm Gladwell, author of five New York Times bestsellers and Billy Beane, legendary baseball executive will be keynote speakers at OpenText Enterprise World 2018. These world-class speakers join Mark J. Barrenechea, Vice Chair, CEO and CTO, OpenText on the Enterprise World stage, where he will address the future of technology, and the intelligent and connected enterprise.

Barrenechea will open Enterprise World 2018, and be joined on the first day by award-winning author Malcolm Gladwell, who brings his unsurpassed ability to be both entertaining and challenging to the Enterprise World stage. Gladwell is a much sought-after speaker, who took the business world by storm with his books The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.

Day two of the Enterprise World program features Billy Beane, one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today. Beane is credited with molding the Oakland Athletics into one of baseball’s most consistent winners by implementing a statistical methodology that has come to be known as the “Moneyball” philosophy. His compelling story was told in the best-selling novel and Oscar nominated film – Moneyball.

With over 90 industry experts delivering more than 200 breakout sessions, Enterprise World will provide both inspiration and professional development over the course of the three-day program.

  • Insight from top OpenText executives: Muhi Majzoub, EVP, Engineering, and Patricia Nagle, SVP, CMO, will offer insight on OpenText’s progress against its roadmap and provide their take on the evolving world of business, AI, and automation.
  • Industry-relevant sessions: The Enterprise World program features 10 tracks covering the wide range of EIM and Industry solutions. Each session is aligned by focus – Business or Technical – ensuring that attendees can garner actionable insight.
  • The OpenText Women in Technology Summit – July 12: The summit brings together prominent leaders for an important conversation about increasing, promoting and supporting women in technology to create an inclusive business environment. The day-long event will feature inspiring keynote speakers, including Megan Smith, Third Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2014–2017), CEO of Blendoor Stephanie Lampkin and Jodi Kovitz, CEO and Founder of #MoveTheDial. The summit will also feature interactive panel sessions and multiple networking opportunities.
  • Developer and Innovation Labs: The popular innovation and developer labs are returning to Enterprise World this year, where attendees can interact with the technologies that will help drive customer experience and enterprise automation. Attendees can see first-hand how cutting-edge low-code applications can transform their business.
  • Training course and workshops: Attendees can maximize their investments in OpenText solutions with informative and engaging training sessions on best-practices on use, implementation and administration.
  • Enterprise Expo: The exhibition hall at Enterprise World will feature in-depth information and resources from across OpenText’s pillars, as well as representatives from 20+ OpenText partners.
OpenText Enterprise World takes place July 10-12, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Registration for OpenText Enterprise World is now open and early-bird pricing is available.


PC Optimum Issues Continue With The Mass Theft Of Points

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 22, 2018 by itnerd

It seems that the problem plagued PC Optimum program that is being rolled out by Loblaws has a new and serious issue to deal with. According to the CBC, points are being stolen and then the thieves go on a shopping spree:

CBC News interviewed eight people across Canada who say they’ve each had more than 100,000 points stolen from their accounts after Loblaws merged its two rewards programs — PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum — to form PC Optimum on Feb. 1.

The reported thefts are just one more problem plaguing Loblaws, which is already dealing with technical glitches with PC Optimum, and fallout from a bread price-fixing scandal, including related fallout over asking some people to send ID to collect a $25 gift card as compensation for the overpriced bread.

In the theft cases CBC News investigated, many of the stolen points were redeemed for products at Loblaws-owned stores in Quebec.

All the complainants reported what happened to PC Optimum, but they told CBC they were having difficulty getting their cases resolved. After CBC News contacted Loblaws this week, almost everyone quickly got their points back.

Despite the fact that Loblaws has “strong security measures in place”, there’s clearly an issue. And it isn’t the first time as Loblaws has been pwned before. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that Loblaws needs to give whatever “strong security measures” that they have a very quick rethink as clearly they aren’t strong enough and haven’t been for a while now.

Best Buy In The US Dumps Huawei Phones

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 22, 2018 by itnerd

Both CNBC and CNET are reporting that Best Buy will be parting ways with Huawei and won’t be selling their phones in their stores. This comes after AT&T and Verizon backed away from dealing with the Chinese phone maker.

This continues a pattern of pressure from the US government to keep Huawei out of the market due to spying concerns. And you know that this will really hurt as Best Buy is everywhere in the US and not having access to their stores will make it difficult for Huawei to get any traction in the US. But it also brings up another question. Huawei has a presence in Canada both on the retail side, and with telcos buying their gear. One wonders if that will start to change if the US continues to go down this path.


Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Statement On Facebook’s Data Breach Is A #Fail

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 22, 2018 by itnerd

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence yesterday via a statement posted to his Facebook page, and by doing an interview with CNN. Now I’ll let you look at the statement and see his interview on CNN for yourself. But here’s why I think this response is a #fail:

  1. It’s late: This story broke almost 6 days ago and the leader of a company that has two billion people using his product was nowhere to be seen or heard from. That lead to #WheresZuck trending on Twitter (ironically). If people are to trust the leader of a company in a crisis, that leader needs to be seen and heard from in real time and not days later. Otherwise their credibility as a leader takes a serious hit. No to mention the credibility of the company. Not to mention that the delayed statement from Zuckerberg is now a story that’s almost as big as the data breach.
  2. The statement can be seen as disingenuous: If you read it, the statement sounds like it was written by his lawyer and not by Zuckerberg. It sets out some specifics about how the breach occurred and offers some vague solutions for preventing it from happening again. The bottom line is that it reads as if it is meant to cover Zuckerberg’s posterior rather than to own up to the mistakes that his company made.
  3. The apology was slow in coming: Zuckerberg never apologizes in the statement that he posted to Facebook. The closest he comes to that is to say “I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform.” Though to be fair, he does say that he’s “really sorry” later on CNN. But you’d think that he’d be using the words “I’m sorry” on every platform that he has access to starting with his own as that would make people believe that he is truly remorseful about what has happened.
  4. It brings up the ghosts of crises past: One of the things that the statement that he posted on Facebook made me think of was that Zuckerberg himself once said people who willingly hand over their personal data “dumb f—-.” And that many of the same excuses that he used at that time are in play here. Which implies that he hasn’t learned anything from the past. Which means that we have question if he is serious about fixing this going forward.

The bottom line is that Zuckerberg and company come out of this sounding like they are more sorry about the $50 billion in market cap that Facebook stock has lost, and all the unwanted attention that they’re now getting from various governments and regulatory agencies rather than the data breach and how their users feel about that. By the time this is over, this will go down as the textbook case study as how not to handle a crisis. And if Zuckerberg is particularly unlucky, his #fail of a response to this crisis may result in the moment that Facebook jumps the shark because their users feel that they have no choice but to quit Facebook.

LinkedIn’s Top Companies of 2018 In Canada Named

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2018 by itnerd

Today, LinkedIn released the first Canadian edition of Top Companies 2018: the most sought-after companies where people want to work in Canada. TD Bank takes the title of most desirable company, and Vancouver’s tech darling, Hootsuite, slides into the top 5. Canadian companies comprise over 75 per cent of the list with 19 of the 25 companies headquartered here.

The Top Companies results are based on the actions of LinkedIn’s more than 546 million professionals (over 14 million in Canada alone) and looks at four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention.

Canada’s Top Companies realize they must find new ways to woo professionals and set an example for the way corporate Canada treats employees. Among the themes emerging are: travel opportunities, experience as a new currency and family and health-related initiatives.

Here is what the highest ranked LinkedIn Top Companies are doing to attract and keep talent:

  1. TD Bank Group: Employees feel like they have a voice thanks to a yearly feedback survey in which more than 80 per cent of employees said they felt engaged at work in 2016. One of the things employees rate the highest is flexible working hours.
  2. RBC: Employees are encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and are offered a wellness program that rewards healthy behavior with credits employees can use toward things like gym memberships, workout classes and weight-loss programs.
  3. Hootsuite: The company’s “stretch program” encourages employees to spend one day a week trying a new position.
  4. Amazon: Amazon’s inventors have won more than 2,300 patents in the past year, covering everything from Kindle cases to predictive restaurant ordering.
  5. KPMG Canada: The company’s Global Opportunities program has sent Canadian participants to work in overseas offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, China and Switzerland.

The complete Canadian Top Companies list and research methodology are copied below. You can read the blog post featuring top companies across the world here and the Canada-specific list here.


The Top Companies list is a part of the LinkedIn List franchise, which celebrates companies and individuals making an impact in the professional world, and it spotlights the companies that attract and retain top talent globally. The list is fueled by the billions of actions of our 540M+ members to unveil where professionals really want to work and stay and looks at data including job seeker reach and interest, engagement, and retention paired with editorial lens.


adidas Originals Launches New Cases For iPhone

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2018 by itnerd

adidas Orginals is proud to announce a collection of new cases for spring in summer. The new cases range from iPhone 6/6s/7/8(+) and iPhone X.


New collections include adicolor & AOP Beach and Floral. Color updates on Metallic Clear Cases, Dual Layered


The new adicolor cases in sunning colors are Originals classics done in flexible TPU for iPhone 7/8, + and X. The cases have two-tone looks with contrast trefoil logo front and tonal primary color for a uniform yet authentic attitude. Energized by the full spectrum, playfully iconic. The cases are available in five colors: black, blue, green, red and yellow.



The design leaves nothing to be desired, either – that particular adidas Originals spring summer style will especially appeal to those that love that street-sportswear look. It’s made of ultra-light TPU that’s impact-resistant for optimal protection for your device. The case features an all-over trefoil print for a stylish look. The cases are available in metallic silver and are available for iPhone 7/8+ & X.


These seasonal adidas Originals cases helps protect your phone from impact and wear and tear. It’s made of ultra-light TPU that’s impact-resistant for optimal protection for your device. The case features Floral and Island print for a stylish look and are available for iPhone 7/8(+) & X.


The dual-layered hard cases take protection to the next level, they combine technical sophistication with a uniform look, and feature a TPU base and embossed a didas Trefoil. A soft rubber core provides ultimate protection and grip, while the hard outside boasts a cool print from the adidas apparel line. TPU is a sturdy, non-slip rubber material that will protect your mobile device while keeping it comfortable to hold. Polycarbonate is a durable, robust material that encloses the base from the outside. The cases are available for iPhone 7/8+ & X.


An essential re-imagined in this adidas Originals collaboration with XbyO for Zen-like simplicity. Made from expertly cut alcantara give this collection pieces that are soft to touch, feel great and offer a generous grip. Featuring a white ‘X’ on the front to put a new twist on street wear and offers detailed elegance. The cases are available for iPhone 6/6s/7/8(+) & X.


Flash back to the ’90s with this reinvented snap case inspired by the Equipment running shoe. The cradle from flexible TPU guarantees easy removal of your phone. Detailed in authentic style with a tone-on-tone card pocket on the front and a heat-transfer Equipment ADV logo for a clean look and are available for iPhone 6/6s/7/8(+) & X.

XBYO RANGE: $39.95

Telegram Ordered By Russians To Hand Over Encryption Keys….Not That It Can

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2018 by itnerd

Secure messaging service Telegram has lost a bid before Russia’s Supreme Court to block security services from getting access to users’ data. Those security services, namely the FSB which is Russia’s spy agency wanted access to Telegram’s encryption keys so that they can snoop on all communications. Here’s the problem with that…. At least beyond the fact that Russia wants to spy on Telegram users…. Telegram doesn’t hold users encryption keys. Thus it’s impossible to comply with orders to hand them over. Too bad the company has 15 days to comply or bad things will happen. Though their lawyer plans to appeal. We’ll see how that plays out.