Other
News
10/26/2007
06:03 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

802.11n Wireless: Is Now The Time To Deploy?

CMP Information Week
InformationWeek Daily - Monday, Oct 29, 2007


Editor's Note

Thoughts On The World's Obsession With Google

People are so curious about Google. Whenever we post images of Google offices, like the photos I took of its new digs in Ann Arbor, Mich., they draw readers like bees to honey.

They want to know: What would it be like working for a company's whose stock price is flirting with $700 a share? What about all those Google perks, like the free hot lunches and the subsidized masseuse services? How often do those staff ski trips to Squaw Valley come up?

I think there's so much interest because employers generally still have the cost-cutting mentality that emerged in 2001 and affected professionals nationwide. Companies everywhere spent freely on employee perks in the roaring mid-to-late '90s, then the recession hit, and it all changed. I've talked to so many people in varying professions who have said raises are still lower or nonexistent, bonuses have disappeared, business travel is scrutinized, even after we've emerged from that ugly recession of several years ago.

There's still insecurity about the economy. There's the credit crunch, and the rising home foreclosure rates. There's continued problems with the automotive industry -- one that our country was essentially built upon in the 20th century -- and increasing global competition. There's continued fears across the U.S. workforce about their jobs going overseas to lower-salaried professionals.

Then we have Google. Who treats its employees well. Whose single share of stock could buy you a personal computer. Of course people are hungry to see and hear how the company works.

I've been in Google's Ann Arbor offices a few times, and in many ways it's just like any other. People sit at their desks and work. But Google does have some kind of magic that keeps people wanting to know about them, work for them, drive up their stock.

Just the other day, Google reported that it handily beat sales and earnings projections for its third fiscal quarter. Yet still some analysts questioned -- 'is the company spending too much, hiring too rapidly?

If you're an investor, sure, you want analysts asking the hard questions. But I hope Wall Street doesn't try to neuter Google of its desire to spend on its employees. Investors have only one thing to thank for Google's success, and that's the people who develop its products and sell them.

Feel free to add your thoughts about Google here.

Mary Hayes Weier
mhayes@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com

Quote of The Day

"Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all." -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Top Stories

802.11n Wireless: Is Now The Time To Deploy?
At issue for most enterprises is not whether they'll deploy the emerging 802.11n wireless standard, but when and how.

White Paper

Public Knowledge Group Calls For Copyright Law Changes

The group's six-point policy change includes seeking a law to exempt search indexing from infringement claims.

Predicting The Future Of Communications In Boston

Perennial reports of the phantom "Appleberry" from Research-in-Motion and Google phone aren't likely to come to fruition at next week's VON show.

Intel Begins High-Volume Production Of Next-Gen Processors

The chips will eventually replace older models throughout Intel's product line for PCs, laptops, servers, and consumer products.

Green Grid Members Open Energy Efficient R&D Data Center

APC and Schneider Electric's new 100,000-square foot facility is part of the consortium's charter to improve overall efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

Private Firms Complete $8.3 Billion Purchase Of Avaya

CEO Louis D'Ambrosio looks forward to an expansion of Avaya's communications-enabled business processes portfolio under the new ownership.

'Bot Master' Gets 12 Months In Federal Prison

Jason Michael Downey used an IRC account to compromise PCs to attack and subvert other computers and increased the size of his bot network to about 6,000 machines.

Nokia Opens Its First Major Retail Store In Mainland China

The Shanghai facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art audio and video system, including display screens that help visitors identify different areas of the store.

Verizon Wireless Drops Its 'Open' Stance For 700 MHz Auction

Verizon's challenge to the FCC hasn't been entirely relegated to the dustbin, however, as mobile phone association CTIA has filed a similar appeal.

Apple Stores Gird For Friday Leopard Launch

Apple is confident that the slick new interface that Leopard brings to its desktops and laptops will help it cut into Microsoft's dominance of the PC operating system market.

Vonage Settles Its Patent Infringement Litigation With Verizon

The VoIP software provider's litigation with AT&T is its only remaining major intellectual property dispute.

Qualcomm, Texas Instruments Boost 2Q Wireless Chip Sales

Analysts with iSuppli predict the global wireless semiconductor revenue will increase by 4.5% in 2007, reaching $56.1 billion.

Microsoft's Halo 3 Sparks 100% Jump In Xbox 360 Sales

But Microsoft's cost of revenue for its gaming division increased 99%, or $584 million, in part because of a jump in warranty-related expenses.

All Our Latest News

On The Go

See InformationWeek's daily breaking news on your mobile device, visit wap.informationweek.com and sign up for daily SMS notifications.

In This Issue


The latest research, polls, and tools

Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.

The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.

Latest InformationWeek Blog Posts

The Next Generation Tech Worker
CIOs need to decide: Where is the training going to come from -- self instruction, corporate programs, academia -- or some combination thereof?

AT&T Punts MediaFLO Proving Mobile TV Still Isn't Ready For Primetime
It looks like AT&T Mobility has delayed the launch of its MediaFLO mobile TV service until sometime in "early 2008." Will mobile TV ever really take off?

6 Problems With Mac OS X Leopard
While Leopard is a significant improvement over previous Mac OS X releases, it has some notable shortcomings. IPhone users, database developers, people still running Classic Mac apps and folks who are obsessive about backing up will find some disappointments. Read on for a roundup of six Leopard problems.

How Dumb Is Too Dumb to Operate a Computer?
Over at GnuCitizen.org, Petko D. Petkov makes it clear that computer users are the weak link in Internet security. In a blog post, Petkov points out that the term "drive by download," as defined by Wikipedia, doesn't quite work.

Why Cigna Chose Startup For Key Security Function
Getting a foot in the door of big business is the hardest part of being a tech startup. So how did Aveksa, a 3-year-old software company, land a deal with Cigna? It had the right application at the right time to help the health insurer fill a gap in its IT security strategy.

CTIA Wrap Up. What Really Happened This Week?
The lack of real news and even any sort of buzz at this fall's CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show was a real disappointment. While Microsoft's announcement is certainly noteworthy, nothing set the show on fire. Hell, the parties were barely fun.

Mobile Business Expo: Mobile Business Applications Are Here And They're Delivering Value
Yesterday at Mobile Business Expo (MBX), we took the deep dive into mobile business applications. Not only are businesses deploying applications other than mobile e-mail, many of these applications are powerful and they deliver real ROI.

Sure, Apple's 'Leopard' Is Overhyped -- But Here's Why It Matters Anyway
The Apple community is giving Leopard the lite version of the hype orgy that the iPhone received four months ago. All this for a mere software dot-release. It's easy for a sensible person to dismiss the whole thing as flummery, but in fact there are some meaty new benefits to Leopard that are worth looking forward to.

EU 'Blue Card' For Techies Could Give U.S. A Black Eye
Is the United States locking the door and nailing it shut to foreign tech talent while Europe is getting ready to roll out the red carpet? Some people think so.

White Paper

Get Better Results from your IT investments
In today’s environment, you need to get the most out of your assets and people … all the while serving the strategic needs of your business and dealing with growth and acquisition issues. In addition, it is critically important to quantify results of those investments for leadership and accurately track service level agreements.

Unified Communications: Building the Modern and Mobile Workforce
A new generation of Unified Communications products is changing the way people work. By integrating voicemail, email, IM, presence and other technologies, employees can collaborate more effectively. Is your strategy in motion?

Best Practices in Delivering DNS/DHCP Services
Given the importance of reliable delivery of DNS/DHCP services, IT managers should be committed to implementing ‘best practices’ for sourcing and deploying DNS/DHCP network appliances. Best practices lead to optimal deployment; where the architecture successfully manages network complexity and preserves the network’s integrity.

Relieving Congestion on WAN Access Links for Improved Application Performance -- StreamCore
The increasing number of remotely-accessible business applications and the consolidation of Data Centers, combined with the convergence of voice/data over IP, have turned WAN into a strategic corporate resource in constant demand. This paper explains how competition between various traffic may be detrimental to mission-critical applications.

Job Listings

Featured Jobs:

Agilent seeking IT Specialist in Santa Clara, CA

KPMG seeking Sr. Manager, Oracle Advisory Services in Atlanta, GA

Hebrew Senior Life seeking Network Server Analyst in Roslindale, MA

Sharpe Partners seeking Web Developer in New York, NY

Integral Systems seeking Software Build Integration Lead in Lanham, MD

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit our "Career Center.

Get More Out Of InformationWeek

Try InformationWeek's RSS Feed

Discover all InformationWeek's sites and newsletters

Recommend This Newsletter To A Friend
Do you have friends or colleagues who might enjoy this newsletter? Please forward it to them and point out the subscription page.

Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

More than 20,000 IT terms, more than 20,000 definitions:
All at your fingertips, all in TechEncyclopedia

Saw a TechWeb feature you want to see again?

You are subscribed as #emailaddr#. To unsubscribe from, subscribe to, or change your E-mail address for this newsletter, please visit the InformationWeek Subscription Center.

Update your subscriber profile.

Note: To change your E-mail address, please subscribe your new address and unsubscribe your old one.

Keep Getting This Newsletter
Don't let future editions of InformationWeek Daily go missing. Take a moment to add the newsletter's address to your anti-spam white list: InfoWeek@update.informationweek.com

If you're not sure how to do that, ask your administrator or ISP. Or check your anti-spam utility's documentation. Thanks. We take your privacy very seriously. Please review our Privacy Policy.

InformationWeek Daily Newsletter
A free service of InformationWeek and the TechWeb Network.
Copyright (c) 2007 CMP Media LLC
600 Community Drive
Manhasset, N.Y. 11030

spacer
© 2007  |  CMP Technology LLC  |  Privacy Statement  |  Terms Of Service
spacer

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 20, 2014
CIOs need people who know the ins and outs of cloud software stacks and security, and, most of all, can break through cultural resistance.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.