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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in January 2007
Outsourcing Reaches Its Tipping Point
Commentary  |  1/30/2007  | 
Author Malcolm Gladwell says a tipping point occurs when a phenomenon starts to multiply exponentially, as though it were an infectious virus. Outsourcing's tipping point occurred this week when Accenture announced it would have more workers in India than in the United States by August.
South Korean Spammers Get Arrested
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Sophos welcomes news that two men have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in large South Korean spam incidents
It's Not A Best-Seller, But Better Read It Anyway
Commentary  |  1/26/2007  | 
It's not going to make it onto the New York Times best-seller list, but the IT Infrastructure Library just might save your job. If you've ever seen things go disastrously wrong, then come to the understanding it was going to happen again--that's the time to read the ITIL titles.
Metaphorical Cold Water In Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
John Kusters is an enthusiastic World of Warcraft player. Nonetheless, he poured cold water on one of the main theses of my article: That virtual worlds, like World of Warcraft and Second Life, are becoming mainstream. He says they're inherently solitary pursuits, and therefore appeal to solitary people, who are comfortable spending hours at a time alone in front of their computers.
Tech Pros Get Ready: We've Only Seen Tip Of Outsourcing Iceberg
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
In the United States, there's been much hue and cry about the thousands of tech jobs that have been offshored to India over the past couple of years. But viewed in football terms, outsourcing is only in the first five minutes of the first quarter. Get ready for tens of thousands more American IT jobs to head overseas in the next few years.
MySpace Lawsuits Called Losers
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Four families are suing MySpace for failing to prevent adults from contacting and subsequently sexually assaulting their daughters. The lawsuits charge MySpace and parent company News Corp. with negligence, gross negligence, fraud, fraud by nondisclosure, and negligent misrepresentation. As InformationWeek's Antone Gonsalves reports, the assaults occurred in late 2005 and early 2006. Auth
Airport Security Gets Cold Feet
News  |  1/17/2007  | 
New airport scanners don't work as promised, leaving passengers shoeless again
Why Offshore Outsourcing May Pave Way For The Next Google
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
Corporations like IBM and GE led the charge to India and beyond. But cheaper bandwidth and new technologies mean small businesses can now get in on the savings offered by offshore outsourcing--a welcome development for the entrepreneurial minded.
Blancco Protects Stolen PC Data
News  |  1/16/2007  | 
Blancco has just released Blancco - Stealth Cleaner 2.0, a technologically advanced erasure software
McAfee Reports on Identity Theft
News  |  1/16/2007  | 
McAfee announced the availability of a white paper from McAfee Avert Labs highlighting global identity theft trends
ACS To Open Second Outsourcing Center In Jamaica
News  |  1/12/2007  | 
About 600 local employees will staff the facility, which will provide near-shore business process outsourcing services to U.S. customers.
Top 7 iPhone Questions Steve Jobs Doesn't Want You To Ask
Commentary  |  1/11/2007  | 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the star of the Mac(world) universe this week, with his unveiling of the uber-cool iPhone. While the device is earning kudos in many circles as a "leapfrog" device, it's also prompting a backlash. In that vein, we present a David Letterman style list of questions, which take a few pointed but not necessarily unfair potshots at Apple's as-yet-unproven product.
Why More U.S. Tech Jobs Could Be Lost To India In 2007
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
Despite all the outrage over outsourcing from Lou Dobbs and other protectionists, the practice of sending jobs to low cost countries like India has to date had only minimal impact on the U.S. labor market. But that may be about to change, according to a new survey from Merrill Lynch.
PayPal's New Authentication Scheme
News  |  1/10/2007  | 
EBay's payment arm test-drives random-number generator
Keywords And Metatags Don't Infringe Trademarks
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
In a recent blog post, law professor Eric Goldman noted that a ruling in J.G. Wentworth SSC Ltd v. Settlement Funding LLC reinforces other judicial opinions that using trademarked terms as keywords and metatags does not constitute a trademark violation. The plaintiff in the case, J.G. Wentwor
Kimberly-Clark Outsources Accounting Positions To India's Genpact
News  |  1/8/2007  | 
The move is part of a major cost reduction initiative that the papermaker outlined in 2005.
Making and Re-Making the Grade
News  |  1/8/2007  | 
If at first you don't succeed, tamper with the grades afterward
CES 2007: A Shocking Introduction From Taser
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
The Business Journal of Phoenix pun-ishes its readers with its CES coverage: "Taser International Inc. is hoping for a stunning debut appearance when it introduces its new personal protection device Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."
Reason Number Six Why IBM Outsources: Those High Electricity Rates In Vermont
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
In addition to a hangover, Vermonters rang in the new year with higher electricity rates thanks to a 9% increase by Green Mountain Power Corp., which supplies much of the state's electricity. Among the opponents of the hike was that bastion of populist outrage--IBM.
What The One-Laptop-Per-Child $100 Laptop Will Look Like
Commentary  |  1/3/2007  | 
The Associated Press has an intriguing description of the user interface and software that comes with the One Laptop Per Child $100 laptop. It abandons the application-document-folder-desktop metaphor that's been used for PCs since the original Apple Macintosh in 1984, instead arranging files chronologically, in a "journal."

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