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As Canada’s Global I.T. Ranking Falls, the I.T. Community Speaks Out

Mississauga, ON, November 28th, 2011-- The Economist Intelligence Unit’s International I.T. Competitiveness Index, recently released for 2011 by the Business Software Alliance, shows that Canada has fallen from fourth to seventh place in Information Technology. This is compared to growth in other countries, including the developing nation of India, as well as Mexico, Malaysia and Singapore.

During its annual “I.T. Professionalism Week” (Oct 31-Nov 4 2011), CIPS (Canada’s Association of I.T. Professionals) asked practitioners in the Canadian I.T. community over Facebook and LinkedIn what the country should do to stop its fall in Global I.T. Competitiveness.

Over the CIPS Facebook Page one commenter, Ruth Morton of Microsoft Canada, criticizes the current Education system, saying that “we need to be doing a better job at helping our children understand and get creative with technology in our schools” and that we “need to better equip our teachers and guidance counsellors with the use and understanding of technology in the classroom no matter the subject focus...”.

Len Inkster, I.S.P., ITCP of the Canadian I.T. community critiqued the industry on the CIPS LinkedIn Group as he noted that companies discriminate against older I.T. practitioners, forcing them out of I.T. and into other professions, instead of utilizing their experienced and productive minds, and ultimately hurting Canada’s I.T. sector.

Finally, a recurring observation from industry leaders is that Canada will not regain its lost c