Computing Canada (CC) “Blogged Down” – Dennis McPeak, Technical Architect, 2005 Computing Canada IT Leadership: Project Team of the Year Award

There's a new editorial feature, Blogged Down (BD), in Computing Canada (CC) which features an upcoming interview that appears here in the Canadian IT Managers forum (CIM). Computing Canada (CC) is the oldest, largest, most influential bi-weekly business/technology print publication with an audience that includes 42,000 IT decision makers in medium-to-large enterprises. For more than 30 years, Computing Canada continues to serve the needs of Canada’s information technology management community—you can request your free subscription at:

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This is the 8th interview in the series, Blogged Down. The interview is with Dennis McPeak, Technical Architect, RBC Financial Group. In 2005, Dennis and his team were the recipients of the 2005 Computing Canada IT Leadership Awards: Project Team of the Year Award.


Interview: Dennis McPeak: Technical Architect, RBC Financial Group

Index and links to Questions



When working on projects, how do you address a resistance to change



What are your top five recommendations for keeping a lid on scope creep?



When a project occupies a significant time period, how do you handle the natural transitioning of team members to other duties?



As a leading front-line technical architect and project manager, can you profile three challenges, how you solved them, and lessons learned that you want to share?



What are the five biggest issues facing the banking industry in 2006 and in 2007? How can they be addressed?



What are the five biggest issues facing corporations today and what are your recommendations for meeting these challenges?



How would you define your job as a technical architect? What do you see as the critical skills required by technical architects?



How do you see your work evolving into the future and why?



Provide your five predictions of future trends, their implications and business opportunities?



For the future, which specific new internet technologies do you find will have the greatest impact on history?



What are your views on IT Governance?



Can you talk about the challenges around compliance?



What are the critical issues facing IT managers today?



Which are your top five recommended resources?



Provide commentary on three topics of your choosing.



Now for some lighter questions: What is your favorite passion? What is your favorite gadget?


Dennis McPeak’s Profile:

Dennis McPeak graduated with a BSC in Applied Mathematics and is currently a Project Manager and Technical Specialist with 20 years experience in Financial Information Systems application development and maintenance. Dennis is currently with the Finance Solutions team at the RBC Financial Group. In 2005, Dennis and his team were the recipients of the 2005 Computing Canada IT Leadership Awards: Project Team of the Year Award. This is a significant achievement as the Computing Canada IT Leadership Awards represent the highest of honours for the industry with an estimated size of 500,000 to 800,000 professionals:

Dennis can be reached at

The first CC Blogged Down interview was with software architect and Microsoft MVP, Roger Sessions appearing here Jan 10, 2006:

The second CC Blogged Down interview appearing  Feb 7, 2006 was with cryptologist and security authority Bruce Schneier:

The third CC Blogged Down interview appearing March 10, 2006 was with senior protocol analyst and security expert, Laura Chappell:

The fourth CC Blogged Down interview appearing March 21st, 2006 was with Trevor Eddolls author, editor, founder and CEO of iTech-Ed ltd.:


The fifth CC Blogged Down interview appearing April 10th, 2006 was with Ben Grebinski, 2005 CC IT Executive of the Year; Superintendent of School Operations, Administrative Services and Technology, Regina Catholic Schools:


The sixth CC Blogged Down interview appearing April 26th, 2006 was with Paul Bassett, I.S.P. (ret.): leading software engineer and computer science authority; senior consultant, Cutter Consortium:


The seventh CC Blogged Down interview appearing May 10th, 2006 was with Dr. Norm Archer: Professor Emeritus and Leading International Authority on eBusiness:


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Thank you,
Stephen Ibaraki, I.S.P.

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