Could Your Next ERP System Come From China?
Ufida is a $150 million-a-year ERP company that's China's largest domestic enterprise software vendor. I talked with Ufida's VP of international business about its plan to come to the United States.
The Wall Street Journal's 10-Year-Old Advice For CIOs
General Motors CIO Ralph Szygenda has a terrific track record, and he and his work were profiled yesterday in the Journal. But the Journal really laid an egg with the GM/Szygenda piece by presenting a circa 1996 snapshot of the CIO position and the role of business technology. So if you recognize yourself in the image of the CIO presented by the Journal story, be afraid --
Second Life Lawsuit Over Cybersex Toy Theft
You know it had to come to this eventually in the reality substitute called Second Life: Thieves are stealing virtual people's virtual crap, and reselling it to other avatars for real money. And when they're caught red-handed, they've got this great defense -- how can it be criminal, it's only a video game?
"Did I Mention It Was Free?"
Scott McNealy took his "software wants to be free" act to the NICSA Technology Summit 2007 in Las Vegas, even featuring a showman's hypnotic cadence. And it was a fine presentation, if you believe one thing: Open Source = Sun Microsystems.
Facebook's Business Technology Future
Doubtful that Facebook execs will lose too much sleep over what business IT teams want and need from social networking. But that's where last week's big Facebook hook-ups just might get interesting. Its new partners, Microsoft and Research In Motion, have a deep understanding of how business IT works.
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?
Who's Afraid Of Web 2.0?
CIOs are -- and they should be, according to a leading IBM researcher. IT needs to get off its cost-containment hobby horse and start mashing up-- or end users will do it for them.
EBay Is Retirement Plan Of Last Resort For Aging Rockers
Once the glory has faded and your music is most fondly recalled by folks north of 40, all some rockers have left are their memories. So when they need some extra coin, and a reunion concert or small-venue tour won't be on until next summer, they can always turn to their collection of instruments. Fortunately, these days they don't have to hock them; there's eBay.
AT&T Suit Against Vonage Makes Mockery Of U.S. Patent System
Is the U.S. patent system irretrievably broken, or are aggrieved parties justifiably defending their turf against infringement by companies unfairly trying to benefit from the fruits of their labors? Looking at AT&T's lawsuit against Vonage, it definitely seems to me like it's the former.
CIOs, IT Spending, And 'Pressure On Growth'
What's your IT budget looking like for next year -- increase, decrease, or stand pat? And what does that say about an organization's commitment to IT as an innovation engine?
Is SaaS The End Of IT?
That depends on what your definition of "is" is, to paraphrase a famous presidential equivocation -- and your definition of IT.
Dumb iPhone Commercial Of The Week (Plus, Dell Discovers Devo)
So now the iPhone helps a pilot bust his plane out of a 3-hour tarmac delay by enabling him to surf to Weather.com? That's the preposterous story line of Apple's latest commercial, which was inescapable on Sunday whether you were watching football during the day on FOX and CBS, or game seven of the American League Championship Season in the evening.
Jury Of His IT Peers Would Throw The Book At Convicted Hacker, Poll Shows
By an overwhelming margin, InformationWeek.com readers would hit 26-year-old convicted hacker Joseph Patrick Nolan with the maximum sentence of 10 years in jail plus a $250,000 fine, according to results of a CIOs Uncensored online poll. That maximum sentence got the vote of 65% of respondents, while 14% voted for 1 year in prison and a $50,000 fine; another 14% voted for 1,000 hours of community service
5 Things Facebook Must Do To Be Really Useful
So Mark Zuckerberg was telling the audience at the Web 2.0 Summit the other day how he's going to double Facebook's workforce, presumably to broaden its appeal beyond its 47-million current users. (What, all those students and on-the-job time-wasters aren't enough?) Here's an idea for you, Mark: Make Facebook into a truly useful tool, one where you can do more than just post pictures and ping people you're al
Two Pricing Puzzles: The Risk Of The Rising Rupee, And Free Cyberexorcisms
What's the right price for an IT service? Based on some overnight news releases, this question is vexing IT service companies around the globe. For rapidly growing Indian service companies, the issue is how to continue making a profit on U.S. contracts while the Indian rupee surges in value against the dollar. Meanwhile, two U.S. cybersecurity firms have decided that the key is to give their services away -- well, at least for a day.
Intel Eyes Silicon Photonics As Future Speedway For Computing
The problem with today's computers is that, as fast as they are, they aren't fast enough. More precisely, the thin copper wiring used to link state-of-the-art processors can't support bandwidths greater than 15 to 20 gigabits per second. That's where optoelectronic devices come in, and that's why Intel is working on silicon photonics -- aka chips with built-in lasers. They can deliver communications speed of 40 Gbps and more.
Career-Maker Or Reputation-Breaker: BI Projects And Today's CIOs
A recent survey on the impact of BI projects offers little value because all the respondents are IT folks, rather than hard-core business users. But what's not so silly -- in fact it's quite scary -- is that this example serves as yet another reminder that in far too many companies, the IT community is totally detached from customers and is thereby becoming increasingly irrelevant. Is this hitting close to home?
Google's GrandCentral Is Hottest Mobile App Ever
The neatest new app I've seen in a long time is a simple idea inspired by the messy patchwork of mobile handsets, work phones, and personal landlines all of us juggle every day. It's called GrandCentral, and it gives you a single phone number through which you can screen and route all your calls. It also records voice mails for easy access via a Web interface or on your mobile handheld.
Former Homeland Security CIO Gets Board Position
Steve Cooper, former Homeland Security CIO, was appointed to the board of a nonprofit organization working on interoperability standards among emergency responders. Chalk up another small victory for CIO credibility.
Who's The CIO Of The Year?
InformationWeek is looking for nominations for its Chief of the Year. If you know of a worthy tech exec -- a person who's visionary, innovative, influential, an impact player -- please let us know.
TCB: Self-Help Books For CIOs
Unfortunately, there isn't such a thing as a CIO manual. (Is there? -- please share.) But there does seem to be an endless supply of self-help-style, personal-productivity tomes for busy executives. What are the best ones for time-challenged tech execs?
Intel Flirts With No-EMail Fridays
OK, so Intel hasn't actually asked employees to take a permanent e-mail break one day a week, but the chip giant -- like several other forward-thinking companies -- has been pilot-testing temporary moratoriums on time-wasting communications. The idea is gaining ground in Corporate America, as noted recently in The Wall Street Journal.
The Slow, Painful Crawl Toward E-Health
The Commonwealth Fund's recent survey of health care opinion leaders released in July 2007 showed that 67% of health care opinion leaders thought the acceleration of health IT would be very effective or effective in improving quality and safety in health care.
Yes, the U.S. health care system, where we spend more than $2 trillion, has problems that reach far beyond its IT. And as the above survey shows, not everyone thinks IT will be all that helpful -- a third in this
All-You-Can-Eat IT Service
Sinu provides IT service and tech support to small businesses for a flat monthly fee, regardless of how much time is spent fixing technology problems.
iPhone Unbricked, But Apple Still Locked
The penultimate chapter in Apple's sad iBricking saga has begun, with news that "good" hacker Erica Sadun has led a team that's come up with a way to have your iPhone cake and eat it, too. Their "jailbreak" procedure lets users unlock their phone and download third-party apps, without getting bricked. (The final chapter will be written if, and only if, Apple opens the iPhone. Don't hold your bre
RIAA File-Sharing Verdict Delays Day Of Reckoning On Downloading
I'm sorry to disappoint the record companies, but the Recording Industry Association of America's legal victory against Jammie Thomas, who was ordered by a Minnesota court to pay $220,000 in damages for sharing songs over Kazaa, changes nothing. Kids still steal most of their music, and the recording industry hasn't accepted the reality that it has to bag both the CD and DRM before it has a prayer of reviving itself.