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Enterprise IT Standards Strategy


  • Cancer Care Ontario determines its architecture
  • Vendors provide solutions that meet Cancer Care Ontario architecture with the best quality services at the best price
  • Cancer Care Ontario leverages all possible value from solutions that support its architecture
  • Cancer Care Ontario's architecture and Information Technology Standards are supported by our procurement policies
  • No competition between technology stacks or other supplementary solutions
  • CCO leverages the technology’s full capability and functionality under the same licenses
  • Cancer Care Ontario will publicize our architecture, Information Technology Standards and supporting technology stacks


  • Simplifies hardware and software environment selection
  • Enforces stability, consistency and standards to maximize cost-effectiveness and financial value
  • Facilitates leverage of structured building blocks at all levels of technology usage in organizations, as per industry recognized best practices established by TOGAF
  • Increases agility in taking advantage of new and emerging technologies
  • Improves business and IT alignment
  • Supports electronic collaboration initiatives

Considerations during selection and design

  • Technology impact (compatibility) to existing technical solutions
  • Full life-cycle cost of new technical solutions taking into account people, processes and technology
  • Human resources impact such as existing and available skills and capabilities
  • Strategic alignment of technology to business and IM/IT plans
  • Ensure value for money, optimize costs and effectiveness of technology toward business benefits 
  • Understanding of compliance requirements and risks management


  • The CCO Board of Directors is the final approval body for the adoption of CCO’s Information Technology Standards and any related revisions.
  • The IM/IT Committee is the governing body that reviews and recommends  technology standards, and any related revisions to the CCO Board of Directors and to ensure oversight in the adoption and management of the Information Technology Standards.
  • The Architecture Review Board is the governing body to establish and advise information technology standards to the IM/IT Committee. The Architecture Review Board is responsible for long term direction for CCO Enterprise Architecture, decisions and ruling on architectural fit to technology standards and changes to CCO Information Technology Standards.

CCO Information Technology Standards

CCO Information Technology Standards are technical standards adopted by CCO but developed by recognized standards development organizations and widely used throughout industry and other government jurisdictions, to support seamless interoperability in the delivery of e-government services.

Establishing Technology Standards provides a strong foundation that is flexible in design to accommodate rapid growth and change without limiting or restricting our ability to provide innovative solutions.  

Adherence to the CCO Information Technology Standards is mandatory for all vendors and service providers under contract to Cancer Care Ontario to provide software or architecture.

CCO Information Technology Standards are procured as per CCO Procurement Policy .

CCO Standard Technologies

Technology Function Comments
MS Office Suite Office Productivity n/a
Lync Communications (Desktop & Mobile), Team Collaboration n/a
MS Project Project/Time Management n/a
SecureZip (PKWARE) Encryption/File Security Data exchange with CIHI
Rhapsody® Integration Engine (Orion) Integration Engine n/a
First Data Bank Reference Dataset n/a
PBX Telephony Device and Software n/a
Sharepoint Team Collaboration & Content Management, Workflow Automation Engine Web Content Management Portal e.g. External Collaboration
SitePublish CMS Content Management Web Content Management (non-portal) e.g. CCO public website
MS Exchange Email n/a
SAS Data Analysis/Mining Tools n/a
SQL Server Reporting Services Reporting Tools, Reporting Engine n/a
Excel Reporting Tools Spreadsheet
SAP Business Objects (Crystal Reports) Reporting Tools Legacy tool for reporting
MS Business Intelligence (SQL Server Analysis Services) Business Intelligence Platforms eReports
OBIEE Business Intelligence Platforms Siebel integration
MircoStrategy Business Intelligence Platforms n/a
EPICOR Finance & Procurement Tools n/a
Contract Advantage Procurement Tools Contract Management Solution
MS CRM Customer Relationship Management Corporate
Siebel Customer Relationship Management Campaign Management
Team Foundation Server Requirements/Code Management n/a
Visual Studio Application Development Tools & Environment n/a
MSDN Application Development Tools & Environment n/a
Xamarian Mobile Application Development n/a
. Net Framework Application Server Software n/a
UAG (Forefront) Portal Server Software Legacy. To be replaced by WAP pending approval
ASP.NET Application Development Tools & Environment Development platform for web applications
IIS Web Server n/a
Apache Web Server Web Server for applications not compatible with IIS
InRule Business Rules Engines n/a
Windows Workflow Foundation Workflow/Automation Engines Workflow Engine
Forefront Identity Manager Identity Management n/a
BizTalk Workflow/Automation Engines Enterprise Service Bus
SC Orchestrator Workflow/Automation Engines Scheduling and Batch job management software
ArcGIS Server Enterprise GIS Server Engines n/a
Visual Crossing Map Services GIS Server Engines MicroStrategy integration
SQL Server Relational DBMS n/a
Oracle Relational DBMS DBMS for Enterprise Data Warehouse and GIS
SQL Developer Application Development Tools & Environment Oracle development tool
Informatica Data Linkage/Load/Integration ETL Tool
BizTalk Messaging Services Enterprise Service Bus
MSMQ Messaging Services Messaging queuing capabilities for applications and SOA
Windows Desktop Operating Systems n/a
Windows Server Operating Systems n/a
Oracle (Solaris) Operating Systems OS for EDW Platform
Redhat Enterprise Operating Systems Specific services e.g. Logging, Monitoring and Access Services, DNS
HP UX Operating Systems Legacy. Used for Oracle Datebase
Last modified: Fri, Mar 13, 2015
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