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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in January 2009
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Does The Internet Help Markets Malfunction?
Commentary  |  1/31/2009  | 
Consider: "So the Internet does not only facilitate the functioning of markets; it may also facilitate their malfunction." If that is in fact the case, does your company's application of the Internet's information free-flow have downsides as well as benefits? And if so, are you fully aware of what those unintended and unhelpful consequences are?
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Sales Up, Profits Down At ACS
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Dallas-based outsourcer reports mixed results for second quarter.
California State IT Is A Monumental Disaster
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
I love California -- I swear I do -- but to call the state's current IT situation a monumental disaster would be to insult the words "monumental disaster." Despite a $40B state deficit, California is nevertheless planning nine "strategic" projects scheduled to consume 58 years and $3.6B. Come take a look into the abyss.
Down To Business: Hold Governments To Most IT Organizations' Standards
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Fiscal responsibility is everyone's responsibility, now more than ever.
Sprint Back In Court Over Early Termination Fees
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A California judge is ordering a new trial in a class-action lawsuit against Sprint regarding its contract cancellation fees that could potentially cost $300 million.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
Do Layoffs Make SAP More American?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
I received a few analyst research notes yesterday following SAP's announcement of quarterly earnings, and its plan to reduce its 51,536-strong global workforce by 3,000 heads. I thought I'd share with you the most interesting tidbits, including one analyst's observation about the cultural barriers SAP faces with upcoming layoffs.
Satyam Taps Goldman To Explore Sale
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Outsourcer looks for a buyer in an effort to emerge from cooked-books scandal.
Readers Talk Back On 'What CEOs Want From CIOs'
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
My recent post on "What CEOs Want From CIOs" triggered some insightful responses from readers, including how one CIO forged a career-changing relationship with the CEO; the business value CEOs perceive when CIOs leverage existing systems with new, expansive technologies; four tips from a headhunter on how CIO candidates can best-position themselves to CEOs; and why a new CIO peer-level grou
Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Vint Cerf puts out the word that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps such as BitTorrent or Skype.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Satyam's Crisis Will Spawn New Outsourcing Models
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
In the past, IT services vendors often resisted terms clients tried to include in their offshoring contracts. But in the aftermath of Satyam's financial fraud mess, outsourcers will be more willing to bend on client demands, especially if they're anxious to pick up work from Satyam's ex-customers.
Intacct Announces SaaS Upgrade, Plans To Take On Oracle
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The small SaaS vendor wants to play in the big leagues. But first it must prove it can be profitable.
Paul Krugman On The Problems Of Turning Broadswords Into BlackBerrys
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Economist Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize laureate and columnist for the New York Times, takes a look at the Merchant Princes series of science-fiction novels by Charles Stross, finding in them powerful parallels to real-world economics -- the problems of moving medieval societies into modernity.
Whirlpool Outsources Global Tech Ops To IBM
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Big Blue will handle IT operations for the appliance maker in 40 countries.
What CIOs Want From IT Vendors
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
In hard times like these, businesses are looking to slash costs -- so should CIOs beat on their vendors relentlessly for price cuts? It's a tempting short-term alternative, but it's probably not the right strategy. The next wave of leaders among IT vendors will be those that offer innovative programs to share some of the current risk in return for a bigger slice of future rewards.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
The issue that needs your fresh thinking: the one-size-fits-all, non-negotiable maintenance fees most software companies charge.
Oracle's Charles Phillips: You Get What You Pay For
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
A team of InformationWeek editors sat down earlier this month with Oracle president Charles Phillips, a very busy man who has done very few press interviews. I really appreciated his time because I thought Phillips was the best person at Oracle to speak directly to some discontent I've been hearing about the software industry's maintenance fee structure.
Outsourcing Bill Of Rights Proposed
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Satyam's financial fraud scandal has one services vendor pushing for an industry-wide set of ethics to ease outsourcing fears.
Apple Gets iPhone Patent
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company gains legal muscle against Palm and other rivals launching similar multitouch technology devices.
Verizon Reports $1.24 Billion Income In 4Q
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company's wireless tail continues to wag the company dog to higher sales, profits.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Improves Security
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Updates include architectural changes that mirror features found in Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Mozilla's Firefox.
New Zealand Man Buys MP3 Player, Gets 60 Pages Of Sensitive U.S. Military Data
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
New Zealand's Chris Ogle probably thought it was his lucky day when he scored a used MP3 player cheap. But his luck soured when it turned out to be broken -- and loaded with 60 pages of U.S. military data and personally identifying information.
Will IE8 Reset The Browser Performance Bar?
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
The honest PC user must admit that Firefox is neither as good as widely proclaimed, nor is Microsoft's Internet Explorer as bad. That viewpoint, which is what my personal experience has taught me, has only been reinforced by my recent test of Internet Explorer 8. (I got the IE8 beta by downloading Windows 7, with which it was bundled.
IBM Cuts More Than 3,000 Jobs, Workers Claim
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Big Blue is shedding positions in software, sales, research, and other departments, an employee group says.
Nicholas Carr Redirects Google-Tea Heat To Real Source
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
The always-interesting Nicholas Carr turns the recent kerfuffle about Google searches and tea kettles on its head by focusing on the real issue: "But this isn't really about Google, which is only supplying us with services that we want. It's about us." Whether or not you believe we humans are boiling the Earth (I don't), you'll enjoy Nick's analysis of Google's "moral quandary."
Global CIO: Cut Steve Jobs Some Slack
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
If Apple's guiding force wants to take a leave of absence or keep details of his health private, we must realize that some are given special status.
Schwarzenegger's 'Restructuring' Plan Provides Comic -- Not Financial -- Relief
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
Since most of you are slogging through your third or fourth plan to reduce expenses in the past five months, sit back, take a deep breath, and have a laugh or two at some of the approaches the truly great state of California is taking to reduce its $40B deficit. And no, I am not making these up -- they're right from "The Governor's Road Map For More Efficient Government."
Citrix Invests In Desktop Hypervisor Startup
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Virtual Computer, a startup that has just released in beta its NxTop bare-metal hypervisor for desktops, acquired Citrix as a strategic investor.
Venture Capitalists Trim Investments As IPOs Dry Up
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The MoneyTree survey reports that the fourth-quarter plunge in VC investments was enough to pull down investment figures for the entire year.
HP Blurs Data Center Lines With Server/Switch
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The ProCurve ONE embedded server blade and Data Center Connection Manager alter the roles various vendors and devices play in the data center.
Senator Quizzes Microsoft On Layoffs
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
Microsoft's plans to lay off 5,000 workers have ruffled the feathers of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a long-time critic of the U.S. H-1B visa program. Microsoft, a top 10 employer of H-1B visa holders, has been among the most vocal tech companies over the last several years urging Congress to raise the cap on H-1B visas. Now Grassley is urging Microsoft to furlough those temporary foreign workers first before handing out pink slips to Americans and permanent U.S. residents.
Online Job Searches Rise As Economy Slides
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Unemployed workers turn to the Internet to get careers back on track.
Google Finds Spam Volume Bouncing Back
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
One theory is that spam will continue to be a vector for virus infections and blended-threat attacks, which direct message recipients to infected Web sites.
AMD Rounds Out 45-nm Opteron Line
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The quad-core chips can plug into motherboards running AMD's older 65-nm Opterons, giving customers a quick speed boost.
Samsung Sees First-Ever Quarterly Loss
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Plunging sales of appliances, liquid crystal displays, and memory chips led to Samsung reporting its first-ever quarterly loss of about $14.4 million.
Microsoft's Data Center Delay A Sign Of The Times
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The work stoppage in Des Moines, Iowa, comes shortly after Microsoft announced plans last week to lay off 5,000 employees as part of a $1.5 billion spending cut.
Feds' Internet Site Goes Web 2.0
News  |  1/26/2009  |'s new features are designed to improve access and transparency.
California Dreamin': Cut IT By $1.5B But No Job Losses
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
Hey -- you think you've got a tough job? How would you like to oversee 8,000 to 10,000 IT workers, 130 CIOs, and a budget of about $3 billion? That's the state of California's IT sprawl, where CIO Teri Takai is charged with cutting $1.5B in costs over five years without reducing headcount. I respect the challenge, but the no-layoffs plan is sheer lunacy.
Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win, But 5 Ways To Beat Them
Commentary  |  1/24/2009  | 
Although this is "Global" CIO, I'm going strictly local for the Super Bowl and picking my hometown Pittsburgh Steelers to beat the Arizona Cardinals, 24-16. Arizona fans, feel free to write back and explain how the Cards will win -- and to get you started, here are five areas where the Steelers could be vulnerable.
How To Rip DVDs To Your iPod
Commentary  |  1/24/2009  | 
I periodically find myself "cleaning" my iPhone -- removing old podcasts and apps, rearranging the screen icons -- in an electronic analog of how I de-gunk my wallet. (No dollar-off coupons in the iPod, though.) The only really unpleasant part of the process is dealing with stuff that everybody does but iTunes still refuses to support. Namely, ripping protected DVDs
DTV Delay Still A Bad Idea
Commentary  |  1/24/2009  | 
With more households going digital, the U.S. Senate's plan to push back the mandated DTV transition date from Feb. 17 to June 12 makes less sense than ever. Hey, if we're supposed to be entering a new age of personal and national responsibility, let's bite the bullet and exercise some technological leadership here.
Intel Denies Trying To Derail AMD Spin Off
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The sparks started flying after the SEC disclosed AMD had received a formal letter from Intel requesting a meeting and the two companies need to enter negotiations.
WiMax Forum Launches Global Roaming Program
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The collaboration could help boost the rollout of WiMax as it enables customers to get service on multiple networks from different providers.
RIM CEOs Face $80 Million Fine For Backdating
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Canadian regulators are seeking a record fine against Research In Motion's leaders for a backdating scandal that netted them about $1.6 million each.
GE Pushes Smart Grid Via 'If I Only Had A Brain'
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
The current economic crisis has blurred memories of the fuel-price crisis, but now there's supposedly a low-energy-prices crisis that's heating up the alleged boiling-the-Earth crisis. To escape the vises of these crises we need an infusion of IT into the distribution and usage of energy, so GE's jumping into the smart-grid business with a Super Bowl ad featuring a dancing scarecrow singing, "If I Only Had A Brain."
HP Releases Software Update For MediaSmart Home Server
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The server supports Windows PCs and Apple Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software.
VeriSign Acquiring Certicom After RIM Bails
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
All three parties will be forced to engage in some fence mending because RIM's and Certicom's products are intertwined.
Fidelity Reportedly Selling India IT Operation
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The recession is prompting many financial services companies to sell their India-based IT captives.
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