Thursday, January 25, 2007

Technology Newsletter - Alberta - January 25, 2007 - Issue 1 - It's Back

As I did in 2005 and some of 2006, I am returning to the sending out of a newsletter on issues, news and ideas that are related to the technology sector in Alberta in nature, but important to Canadians in a wholistic form or way.
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Don Hill is returning to the 'public' airwaves in Alberta, this month - a documentary series for
What exactly is leadership? And what is leading in the 21st century?
It’s a question put to over 50 leaders in a series of conversations for INSPIRING LEADERSHIP,
a new CKUA Radio Network series about leading in the 21st Century.
You’ll hear from people at the top of their game:
Preston Manning, Elizabeth May, leading academics like Henry Mintzberg, and business leaders such as Charlie Fischer and Eric Newell conversations that make a difference. Leadership comes in many flavours. Whether you’re managing in the middle, running a small business or a large multinational -- perhaps you’re a volunteer at the local community league or a coach -- INSPIRING LEADERSHIP speaks to contemporary leadership, best practices, and the challenge of leading.
The documentary series begins January 20th at 8 AM on the CKUA Radio Network.
The complete article is here:
The 20 part series will be on-line, inclusive of many 'web extra' audio files and support materiel at
You can listen to a 'sneak preview' of INSPIRING LEADERSHIP here: (click on the 'what's new' prompt)

Edmonton Trucking Services Company Launches Proprietary Quote and Waybill System

18 months after launching a beta version of their proprietary waybills and quoting system, Fast Lane Transport is now offering a stable version of this system through their website.

Edmonton, AB January 15, 2007 -- Fast Lane Transport, Ltd., an Edmonton based trucking company specializing in hotshot trucking services, recently finalized its proprietary online waybills and quoting software system. Serving British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Fast Lane Transport has successfully been providing shipping solutions for customers since its founding in 2000.

Recognizing that the highly competitive shipping industry needed refining especially in the areas of quote generating and waybill administration, the management team at
Fast Lane Transport, Ltd. set out in 2004 to begin developing a software program where customers could get quotes online at any time.

Developed exclusively for and by Fast Lane Transport, the company's state of the art system allows customers to create three types of quotes based on their particular destination and shipment details. Furthermore, with the new system customers can easily convert their quotes into a waybill and store all of their information online for future reference.

Quoting Layne Petersen, Founder and Owner of Fast Lane Transport, "We are very proud of the new software that was built by our information technology team. Our customers have been commenting that it saves them both time and money and streamlines their shipping department, a factor that we had in mind when designing the program. With the added ability to run related reports, I believe we offer a tool that is second to none in the courier services industry."

Fast Lane Transport is committed to providing superior customer support and has included an online user guide for customers who may need help with the user friendly system. In addition, staff members are available to train local customers from the comfort of their own office for no charge or to handle any questions that they may have over the phone.

About Fast Lane Transport, Ltd.

Fast Lane Transport is a Canadian trucking company specializing in local industrial
courier services as well ashot shot trucking services outbound from Edmonton, Alberta to outlying areas, and anywhere in Canada's four western provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

GPS-Wireless 2007 Early Registration Deadline Approaches

Join more than 200 mobile information professionals from the largest auto manufacturers, wireless carriers, mobile electronics vendors, homeland defense and computer companies at the industry's oldest and largest marketing conference, GPS-Wireless 2007. Featured topics include New Technology, LBS, Mobile Resource Management, Automobile Markets and Web Portals. More than 10 hours' networking time and an exhibit reception also will be offered.

San Francisco, CA - January 18, 2007 -- Mobile information industry executives still have time to register and save at the GPS-Wireless 2007 conference (, which is March 1-2, 2007, at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport Hotel. The deadline for early registration savings is Friday, Jan. 19, 2007.

GPS-Wireless 2007, sponsored by Global Technology Communications, LLC, allows executives to find out where the mobile information technology market is going. Consumer and Enterprise market segments are booming in the mobile information industry. GPS navigation is now a household name. Some applications are hot...while others continue to develop. Mobile information companies need to stay on top of a changing and challenging market, to assess what the competition is doing, and make new marketing strategies. New for 2007 is a Web Portal Executives Panel.

GPS-Wireless 2007, in its 11th year, features nearly 40 speakers from the top companies. This year's speakers come from Microsoft, Magellan GPS, Garmin, Networks in Motion, TeleNav, @Road, NAVTEQ, Tele Atlas, deCarta, Qualcomm, MapQuest, wireless carriers, auto manufacturers, web portals and many others. GPS-Wireless 2007 includes an Executives Panel, Location Based Services, Mobile Resource Management, New Technologies, Automobile as a Mobile Information Platform Panel and Web Portal Executives Panel.

GPS-Wireless 2007 costs $699 for the first attendee and $599 for additional attendees from the same company. Hurry to receive this low rate as the registration fee will go up to $799 after Jan. 19, 2007, at 5 p.m. PST. On-site fees are $899.

Current conference sponsors include Microsoft, deCarta, NAVTEQ, Networks in Motion, @Road,, Synergy Systems, ALK Technology, GeoMicro and Telogis. GPS-Wireless 2007 will feature nearly 20 tabletop displays during a two-and-a-half-hour hosted reception, an event that has become known as one of the best networking opportunities in the industry. Contact us immediately for information on sponsorship as each year these opportunities are sold out.

Other conferences cost two to three times as much as GPS-Wireless 2007 -- and offer fewer speakers and no networking opportunities. GPS-Wireless 2007 offers a keynote luncheon, networking coffee breaks, continental breakfast, two hosted receptions, buffet luncheon, a 300-page binder full of market information and significant lodging reduction at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport Hotel.

To register or sponsor at GPS-Wireless 2007, go to or contact via email. To make discounted hotel room reservations, call the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport Hotel at 1-650-342-4600 and mention GPS-Wireless 2007, or reserve a room from a link on our website,

Corporate Blogging Moves Into Investor Relations Services

Corporate Blogging and Investor Relations Website Launches - Aggregates Best of Breed Blogs. Corporate Blogging is ideally suited to Investor Relations and Corporate Communications activities. Although concerns over corporate controls, governance, and risk are diminishing, a general lack of information and expertise available to the Investor Relations and Corporate Communications industry has slowed the adoption of corporate blogging by public companies. Corporate Weblogging now offers a knowledge resource and access to the latest and most valuable commentary, insight and advice available through blogging experts today.

Vancouver, BC -- Corporate Weblogging announced today the launch of its Corporate Blogging Knowledge Center which provides a first of its kind resource for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications professionals. The Corporate Weblogging site aggregates and organizes content from top expert blogs providing the most current and valuable expert information, advice, insight and commentary on corporate blogging available anywhere on the Internet today. The Corporate Weblogging site also provides an extensive knowledge base of articles and reports focused on corporate blogging and blogging for public companies.

Information Organized around Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Issues

Corporate Weblogging organizes and filters blog content into six categories: Corporate Blogging, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Corporate Governance, Reputation and Crisis Management, How to Tips, and PR. Blog content is further organized by tags covering over 50 different topics such as: Best Practices, Blog Law, Blogger Relations, CEO Blogging, Code of Ethics, Copyright, Disclosure, and XBRL.

"Public companies in growing numbers are beginning to consider a corporate blog as an exciting new addition to an Investor Relations or Corporate Communications program" said George Fleming, founder. "Blogging is ideally suited to Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. By their nature, public companies are on the leading edge of most business sectors. At the same time blogging is at its best when introducing and discussing leading edge ideas and products."

Expert Blog Content

In developing a knowledge center focused on blogging for public companies Corporate Weblogging has sought to aggregate content from the top experts including: Business Blog Consulting, BlogWrite for CEO's, Corporate PR, Charlene Li's Blog, Stephen Spencers Scatterings, Pro Blogger, Business BlogWire, BlinnPR Report, Blog Editor, Bloggers Blog, Blog Spotting, Brandstorming, Buzz Marketing with Blogs, CorpCommBuzz, Crisisblogger, Holmes Report Blog, IRDaily, LexBlog Blog, Micro Presausion, BlogPulse Newswire, PR Blog, PR Communications, PR Squared, Scatterbox by Steven Silvers, Scobleizer, The Bivings Report, The Blog Herald, Diva Marketing Blog, Business Logs, Corporate Engagement, Jonathon Schwartz's Weblog, Better Business Blogging, Naked Conversations, Marketing Nirvana, Marketing Excellence Blog, Marketing Profs Daily Fix Blog, Marketing Shift, and CopyBlogger.

About Corporate Weblogging

Created to provide blogging and content solutions specifically for public companies, Corporate Weblogging offers a range of services specifically designed for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications needs. Corporate Weblogging has developed a set of proprietary blog and blog content web applications specifically designed for the unique requirements of corporate clients. From targeted content solutions to blog authoring and management systems to communications and RSS tools, our goal is to provide clients with a cost effective means of exploiting the tremendous opportunities that blogging and RSS offer.

Software Best Practices Conference to be Held in Toronto, ON on May 10, 2007

CAI and the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute are hosting a one-day seminar in Toronto, ON on May 10, 2007 that will show CIOs and senior IT practitioners how to leverage software best practices to dramatically improve the productivity and quality of their software development and maintenance organizations.

Toronto, ON (PRWeb) December 10, 2006 -- CAI and the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute are hosting a one-day seminar in Toronto, ON on May 10, 2007 that will show CIOs and senior IT practitioners how to leverage software best practices to dramatically improve the productivity and quality of their software development and maintenance organizations.

The conference will include keynote presentations by Ed Yourdon, noted author and international IT consultant, David Herron, Principal in the David Consulting Group and author of "Function Point Analysis," Capers Jones, author and Chief Scientist Emeritus of Software Productivity Research (SPR), Dr. Vic Basili, Director of the Frauenhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, and Bob Lawhorn, CTO of CAI. The venue for the conference will be The Suites at One King West in Toronto, ON on May 10, 2007. The event is a full day catered affair with breakfast and lunch included.

The read more about our speakers, please visit our online repository of thought leader interviews at

The registration fee is $695.00. Group rate and early bird discounts are available. To register for this event, please visit our event registration page at For telephone registration please call us at 610-530-5225.

This conference is being organized by the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI), an organization founded by CAI and dedicated to the promotion of best practices in IT. The Institute advances the work of organizations and individuals who are focused on the role of metrics and process management in the creation and support of software. For more about the Institute, please contact Michael Milutis, the Institute's Executive Director, at

Computer Aid (CAI) is an IT outsourcing firm that has been providing software development and maintenance services to Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies for over 25 years. For more information about CAI, visit us on the web at

Wireless users want short video clips, not TV shows: study
Canadian Press

TORONTO — Mobile television services on cellphones have had little commercial impact so far and that's likely to continue in 2007 despite a significant amount of money invested in the technology, according to a Deloitte research report released Monday.

The 2007 edition of the consulting firm's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions study — based on observations from Deloitte's staff, clients and others — says there's not much demand in Canada for television programs on cellphones.

But John Ruffolo, national leader with Deloitte's technology, media and telecommunications practice, said shorter clips of about five minutes in length — such as highlights from sports events — are gaining in popularity.

He noted that NBC is also making short video clips from “The Office,” a comedy that has been transplanted to the United States from Britain.

“It's content you can't get anywhere else. I think they're going to get very, very popular,” Ruffolo said.

Among other predictions from the study: — Audience participation in influencing the outcomes of popular shows will likely continue through 2007, thanks to broadband Internet connections, mobile phones and availability of equipment at the receiving end that's capable of handling thousands of simultaneous calls and text messages. In 2007, the key forms of participation will generate increasing revenues.

— During 2007, mobile is likely to consolidate its position as the primary network for voice calls. In 2007 many network operators will need to change their strategies to address this trend — including providing reliable service within buildings and build greater capacity within cities to cope with growing call volumes.

Thank you

Norman Greenfield

Edmonton/Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Media and Government Relations
Corporate, Marketing and Political Communications
New and Old Media
Registered Federal, B.C. and N.B Government Lobbyist


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