Coffee Briefing, June 22, 2021 – IBM to merge its Toronto offices; the edtech booms; Cisco’s new 5G industrial routing portfolio; and more


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In case you missed it

The recent tech news that we may not have had access to yet, or these are the news that we reported on that we think is worth reviving.

IBM Canada to merge its Toronto offices, creating 500 new jobs in the GTA

Yesterday IBM Canada announced that it will merge four Toronto offices into one flexible workspace in the neighborhood downtown. The company says its decision to switch to a hub design has accelerated over the past year as virtual work environments have become mainstream. “We are looking at a flexible return-to-work model,” IBM Canada President Claude Guay said in a June 21 press release. “A lot has changed over the past 15 months, and our employees have told us that flexibility between home and office work environments is important to them. Continuing to support this work-life balance for IBMers is a priority for us as a company. “

No IBMer is going to lose their job with this merger, said Grace Chaoui, spokesperson for IBM Canada. TI World Canada. IBM has also confirmed that it is maintaining its headquarters in Markham.

The new office will include an AI and hybrid cloud customer showcase center, collaboration spaces for employee and customer use, and space for IBM Garage. IBM also noted that the larger space at 16 York is expected to accommodate some of the new employees who will fill 500 vacancies in the Greater Toronto Area – some of the more than 800 open positions in Canada. The company says it hires people with cutting edge technology skills in various areas of its business, including the IBM Technology unit, IBM Services, IBM Garage and more. [Learn more about the announcement here]

North America has more than 40% global market share for edtech and e-learning

According to research data analyzed and published by, North America is the dominant player in the e-learning and education technology (edtech) industry, accounting for 42% of the global market and 37% of global revenues in 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis is reshaping education around the world, disrupting nearly every aspect of school. Analysts say the pandemic was only part of the driving force and the upward trend is likely to continue after the pandemic. According to Definanzas, the global e-learning market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 18% between 2021 and 2025. During this period, the incremental growth of the sector will be approximately $ 185 billion. . For the year 2021, research estimates growth at nearly 17%. [ More on it here]

IBM, ManpowerGroup and Royal Alberta College Partner to Close Skills Gap

IBM Canada announced last week that it has partnered with global recruiting firm ManpowerGroup and the Edmonton-based non-profit educational institution Royal Alberta College (RAC) to bridge the long-standing digital skills gap that has now been further exacerbated by the pandemic. The company says this a collaboration was formed using IBM SkillsBuild, a free digital training program that helps adults develop valuable new skills and find employment, regardless of background or education, with professional work preparation and technical skills and earns them badges digital technologies recognized by the market. The partnership will help make technology more diverse and inclusive, attracting people with non-traditional backgrounds.

The Canadian partnership is one of 30 global partners (spanning 12 countries) and supports IBM’s goal of training 500,000 people globally by the end of 2021. [Read more on it here]

Cisco’s New 5G Industrial Routing Portfolio

Last week, Cisco announced a new portfolio of Catalyst Industrial Routers to allow companies to unite their IoT deployments across their entire IT infrastructure. The company says the new wallet provides the modularity needed to make the network sustainable with a wide variety of access technologies, including Wi-Fi 6, 5G, 4G, Private LTE, FirstNet, and Wi-SUN.

The new portfolio includes:

  • Three new Catalyst 5G industrial routers to securely connect mobile and fixed assets: These new routers are based on Cisco IOS XE to extend the corporate network and SD-WAN to the edge. This unified architecture provides IT and operations teams with consistent tools, eliminates training on new devices and technologies, and improves security. The new Catalyst routers are modular and also offer integrated edge computing for developing business applications and making decisions at the edge.
  • New series of Cisco IoT gateways for essential indoor or outdoor connectivity at scale: Packaged with Cisco Cloud IoT Operations Dashboard, these cloud-simple gateways are economical and offer quick and easy configuration; just plug it in and turn it on to connect previously unconnected assets. [Click here for the complete announcement here]

ICYMI – IT World Canada

Ontario privacy bill could include multi-million dollar fines for businesses [Full story]

Ontario is on the verge of creating its own provincial privacy law that would include a right to privacy and a requirement for businesses to report privacy breaches. This week, the province said it was considering these measures in part because the proposed overhaul of federal privacy legislation, which Ontario has relied on so far, is flawed.

Six more new features coming soon to Android [Full story]

It seems like Google IO was only yesterday, but Google has already announced new features for Android later this year. Although the June 15 announcement is not as revolutionary as the Android 12 preview during its IO event, even small improvements can go a long way.

Why consolidating your cybersecurity makes it stronger [Full story]

It’s time to put your cybersecurity defenses to the test. “The bad guys have been to the gym for the last year or so and they’re buff,” Grant Asplund, chief security evangelist for Check Point Software Technologies, told a recent ITWC briefing. “If you’re not too buff, they’ll take you down.”

ICYMI – IT Companies Canada

Google Cloud Accelerator Canada 2021 First Promotion Announced [Full story]

Google has unveiled the 12 startups from across the country that will be participating in the 10-week program, which will combine “the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology with startups doing interesting work in the cloud.”

Technation panelist says some resignations from organizations that insist on 5-day workplace attendance [Full story]

The technological future of work continuation of the lecture series Last Wednesday, as keynote speaker, Ashok Krish, Global Head of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), shared his thoughts on the digital workplace and the impact of workspaces after the pandemic.

Marketing and digital teamwork, a winning combination for MLSE [Full story]

Speaking to ITWC President Fawn Annan for an episode of CMO Talks in June 2021, a podcast series on the challenges of marketing, Hosford, chief marketing officer of MLSE, and Teherany, chief technology and marketing officer digital, described the team’s efforts to make a difference in the digital and marketing aspects of one of the world’s largest sports companies.

ICYMI – Daily Channel News

Red Hat Shares Roadmaps for OpenShift Application Services [Full story]

Red Hat presented his roadmaps for three OpenShift Application Services during a session of the June segment of the Red Hat Summit Virtual Experience Last week. These services, which are part of the company’s unified platform for building cloud-native applications, are managed cloud services that support applications using real-time data feeds, machine learning, and applications. microservices.

Avanan Launches Global Partner Program, Expands Use of Cloud Messaging and Collaboration Security Solutions [Full story]

Cloud messaging and collaboration security firm Avanan this morning announced the launch of a new Global Channel Partner Program.

Dell Launches Telecommunications Infrastructure Solutions [Full story]

Dell Technologies has taken a leap forward in the lucrative telecommunications space with the announcement of products and services to help vendors modernize their infrastructure and prepare for 5G.


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