The front page of IT in Canada features IBM Smarter Cities client Windsor-Essex and their use of IBM social software to improve the lives of their citizens. The feature hones in on the region's use of IBM software to recycle wasted materials into building materials for nonprofits and the needy. IT in Canada is a respected outlet from the same publisher as CRN Canada and Gov't Executive Canada .
Projects like this have helped the region attract the right kind of attention. In 2010 and again this year Windsor-Essex was named one of the Smart 21 Communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a global economic and social development think tank.
The organizations implemented a number of IBM solutions to meet several needs, including WebSphere Portal to present content online, Lotus Web Content Management Software, Lotus Quickr for file sharing and team collaboration, Lotus Sametime for instant messaging and unified communications, and the Domino server to support application development.