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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in January 2010
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Healthcare Providers Want "Red Flag" Exception
Commentary  |  1/31/2010  | 
Dentists, physicians, and veterinarians are asking the Federal Trade Commission to exclude healthcare professionals from regulations designed to mitigate the risks of identity theft. I say: Step up and protect your customers from identity theft.
Google Docs, Sites Dropping IE 6 Support
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Old browsers are being put out to pasture so new Web technologies can run free.
Apple iPad Arrives Amid Controversy
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Skeptics dismiss the iPad as underwhelming and limiting while developers see dollar signs.
Texas IT Firm Adding 100 Jobs
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
A Dallas-based IT services firm with 500 employees is looking to add 100 new jobs this year to support its growing business in managed IT services, applications development, project management, and infrastructure services. About half of the new jobs are based in Dallas while others will be spread around the U.S.
Down To Business: What Could Doom The IT Recovery?
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
The economy (stupid). Absent more responsible and disciplined fiscal policies, the U.S. tech rebound will be a short-lived phenomenon.
New Initiative A Good Sign For Virtualization Security
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
A recent agreement involving three major IT vendors is good news for companies with lingering concerns about virtualization security.
CA Names McCracken Chairman
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
CEO William E. McCracken assumes the role of chairman after a unanimous board vote.
Global CIO: Oracle's Ellison Challenges IBM, NetApp And—Well—Everyone
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Practical Analysis: IT Managers Have Had Enough
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Our annual salary survey indicates that security pros aren't getting a sufficient sense that their work and expertise are valued.
Google Social Search Reaches Beta
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
It just got easier to tap the wisdom of your friends online.
Oracle CEO Ellison: Sun Will Be Profitable In February
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Making a huge commitment to Sun's viability and value, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun will become profitable next month and will remain in the black thereafter. Setting up that unexpected promise, Ellison said, "So we're hiring, not firing. We're not cutting Sun to profitability, we're growing Sun to profitability."
Tech Resellers See Revenue Gain
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Commercial resellers saw a rise in sales in December, indicating that tech spending among small and medium-sized businesses is on the rebound.
Oracle-Sun Layoff Claim Was Irresponsible Garbage: Ellison
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison served notice on competitors yesterday but saved his toughest talk for the UBS investment analyst who recently floated the rumor that Oracle would dismiss more than 13,000 Sun employees, or half its total workforce. Ellison called that claim "garbage" that was "highly irresponsible" and then set the record straight: Oracle will be adding employees.
Apple iPad Backlash Begins
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The pre-release hype has given way to complaints about the device's supposed shortcomings.
Oracle Bringing Its Support Fee Philosophy To Sun
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
There's been a lot of debate about business software maintenance and support fees, with SAP this year offering a two-tiered support fee. Oracle at its Oracle-Sun integration presentation made it clear that it very much likes having one fee level, and that it'll move Sun that direction as well.
Global CIO: Apple's Steve Jobs Torpedoes Another Stale Business Model
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Jobs and the iPad are revolutionizing the book business while picking a big fight with Amazon. What can you learn?
Symantec To Offer Hosted Medical Image Archiving
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The security vendor's hosted storage archiving service will provide hospitals with disaster recovery capabilities for medical images.
Apple iPad Promises Media Revolution
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The early speculation is that the tablet brings publishers hopes of new revenue for digital content while ushering in a shift in how users interact with the Web.
Oracle-Sun: The OnStar To Your Data Center?
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Listening to the all-day Oracle-Sun event, which is still going on … A couple of execs have mentioned Oracle having a telemetry connection into your data center, to aid in support, to monitor, and even make pro-active changes or recommendations, if you want. It's typical of the incredible trust Oracle is asking companies to have in it.
Trade Commission To Investigate Apple
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The U.S. International Trade Commission will explore Nokia's complaint that Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe on the phone maker's patents.
Global CIO: Oracle-Sun Biggest Challenge Isn't Technology—It's People
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Sun's founder and its CEO exhort Sun employees to embrace Oracle, and Larry Ellison promises miminal Sun layoffs. Can they make it work?
Oracle Cramdown Vs. SAP Kumbaya?
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
In a phone conversation today, SAP CTO Vishal Sikka contrasted SAP's acceptance of customers' heterogeneous IT environments and its consequent focus on widespread interoperability versus a certain competitor's alternative approach of "making lots of acquisitions and buying more and more pieces and cramming it all down their customers' throats."
PC Processor Shipments Surge 31%
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The worldwide microprocessor market left the recession behind, buoyed by growth in mainstream and performance processors for laptops and desktops and X86 server chips.
Truckers Hit With Nationwide Texting Ban
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Feds say drivers of big rigs and buses could face criminal and civil penalties if caught using their mobile devices on the road.
Most Hospitals Increasing IT Spending
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Government regulatory issues and financial incentives were named as the top drivers in a survey of hospital IT executives.
Mars Rover Not Dead, Just Stunned
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The robot is wedged in the Martian sand, but NASA insists it will continue to function if it can survive the oncoming winter.
Warning Signs Preceded Cyber Attack On Google
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
The news of a cyber attack from within China on Google and other companies has prompted a range of reactions, including Google's decision to reassess its operations there and a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But no one should be surprised by what happened. Two months earlier, a U.S. government report warned that the private sector was susceptible to this very risk.
AOL Buys Online Video Firm
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The $36.5 million acquisition of StudioNow will allow AOL to distribute professionally created video through its site.
Apple Defends iPhone Partner AT&T
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The iPhone maker says it's confident its exclusive U.S. carrier will improve the network traffic problems that have plagued users.
Oracle Sues Rimini Street For 'Massive Theft'
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Rimini's heavily discounted support offerings for Siebel, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft apps are illegal, Oracle claims in court documents.
McDonald's Extends Huge IT Services Deal With ACS
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
McDonalds's Corp., which has been one of the few global corporations that have managed to grow during the global downturn of the past 18 months, must be very pleased with the role IT outsourcer ACS is playing as the massive restaurant chain has signed a five-year extension for ACS to continue supplying IT services ranging from desktops to data centers.
Global CIO: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Top 10 Reasons For Buying Sun
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
New customer value, Sun's great technology, an IBM fixation, resetting the IT landscape, something deeply personal, and more.
Larry Ellison's Like Hugo Chavez, Says Nitwit Blogger
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
While Oracle CEO Larry Ellison surely has his detractors as well as his fans, what are we to make of a supposedly knowledgeable IT blogger who likens Ellison to Venezuela's brutal socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez?
Judge Slashes Music Sharing Fine
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The $1.92 million fine levied against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally downloading music was cut to $54,000.
IBM, Mayo Partner On Aneurysm Diagnostics
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Advanced medical imaging, analytics, workflow software, and private clouds are helping Mayo Clinic doctors detect the brain disease -- and the technologies could aid other research.
Symantec Announces Backup Exec 2010 To Address Duplicate Data Issues
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
Backup Exec 2010, a new backup and deduplication service for midsized and growing businesses released today by Symantec is aimed at the explosive growth of data experienced by businesses of all sizes. The elimination of duplicate data promised by the company also promises to cut storage costs and reduce recovery time in the event of a disaster.
Apple Tablet Revealed By Analytics Data
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Flurry, a company that collects online data about ads, claims to have detected Apple's widely anticipated tablet device.
Google Founders To Sell 10 Million Shares
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The stock sale will be executed over a period of five years and will result in Sergey Brin and Larry Page giving up their majority voting rights.
'High Value' Government Data Made Public
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The newly published data sets are the first concrete deliverables of the Obama administration's directive toward broader open government strategies.
IBM Predicts Brain Aneurysms
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
IBM and its longtime research partners at the Mayo Clinic are using predictive analytics to increase the speed and accuracy in detecting deadly brain aneurysms and have achieved successful detection rates of 95%, up from 70% via manual interpretation.
Bill Gates: Recovery Will Take Years
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Microsoft chairman says there are no quick fixes for the deficit-burdened economy.
Sun CEO's Farewell: Sun Is A Brand, Oracle's Your Company
Commentary  |  1/24/2010  | 
With the 9-month Oracle-Sun saga about to close-or rather to begin-all of the strategy speculation and MySQL melodrama and EU equivocation has made it easy to overlook the real core of this whole deal: Sun's people. In a farewell memo to the Sun team, CEO Jonathan Schwartz provides an elegant reminder that the two greatest technologies the world will ever know are the human brain and the human heart.
Polycom Pairs With Juniper To Battle Cisco
Commentary  |  1/23/2010  | 
Looking to meet the growing demand for network-based video services, Polycom has joined up with Juniper to combine Polycom's online video capabilities with Juniper's high-performance network expertise. Plus, both realize the need for strategic partnerships if they hope to be able to compete vigorously with Cisco.
SAS Is Fortune's Best Company To Work For
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Fortune named SAS its best company to work for, hardly a stunner to anyone in this industry. Here are a few excerpts from interviews we've had with CEO Jim Goodnight the past year, on tech education, the scourge of open offices, and the "plummeting business" of ERP.
Cisco's Next-Gen Collaboration And Augmented Reality
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
At its major technology event next week in Barcelona, Cisco will be showcasing new tools for what it calls "the third wave of collaboration" as well as recent developments in the rapidly emerging field of augmented reality. For those who can't make it to Barcelona, Cisco is holding a full-day virtual event.
Microsoft Points Draw Class Action Suit
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
Attorney says Xbox Live customers aren't getting what they pay for when they use Microsoft's virtual currency.
FCC Launches Consumer Task Force
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
This week the Federal Communications Commission also said it will work to tighten restrictions on "robocalls" by telemarketers.
SAS Revenue Up In 2009
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
The analytics vendor reported growth rates for its industry solutions were highest in banking, government, health care, insurance and retail.
AMD Sales Boost 4Q Revenue
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
Share prices dipped, but the chip maker beat Wall Street estimates.
Is The US Afraid To Admit That China Declared War On It?
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Had the Chinese shot intercontinental ballistic missiles into 33 US-based businesses including those in the finance and defense industries as well as the Mountain View-based headquarters of Google, there would be no question in anyone's mind as to whether war had been declared on the US. Is there any difference now that a Chinese government-backed organization has cyber-attacked 33 US businesses<

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