News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in October 2009
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Blue Coat Identifies Halloween Trick
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Blue Coat has identified a new malware trick just in time for Halloween. Unsuspecting victims are redirected to one of two malware sites after searching for Halloween related sites. These distribution sites are typically used for hosting of warez, pirated digital content, but have been switched to malware distribution in the past 12 hours.
QBE Outsources Tech Ops To IBM
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will assume responsibility for help desk, network, and disaster recovery functions.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
IBM And HP Seeking $700M Microsoft Outsourcing Deal
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
IBM and Hewlett-Packard are among the finalists for a $700 million outsourcing contract from Microsoft to manage huge portions of its global IT infrastructure, according to a media report from India.
Benioff Discloses All In 'Behind the Cloud' Except...
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Five copies of "Behind the Cloud" have arrived at my desk, two intended for fellow IW staffers and three for me, an embarrassment of riches. It's Marc Benioff's book on how was created and built into a successful company. I am reading it avidly… but some disclosures will apparently have to wait for the sequel.
TV Web Site Opts For Cloud Servers
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Catbird Monitoring VMs In Amazon EC2
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
A version of Catbird's vSecurity Cloud Edition is available as an app in Amazon's EC2-approved catalog of application services.
Down To Business: How Do You Define Prosperity?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
In its measure of the "wealth and well being" of 104 countries, a U.K. think tank provides ample food for thought as we consider the attributes that truly matter in this connected global economy.
IBM Takes $150M From Sun And HP Accounts In Q3
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
IBM says its Migration Factory service had a busy third quarter as it displaced Sun and Hewlett-Packard Unix servers and storage systems for 235 separate customers, accounting for $150 million in revenue for IBM. For the first nine months of the year, IBM said, the corresponding revenue total is $400 million.
Oracle Fading In Rear-View Mirror, Says SAP CEO
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Trying to apply some sort of favorable spin to SAP's disappointing quarterly results, CEO Leo Apotheker implied that while things at SAP aren't exactly booming, the situation at Oracle is even worse.
Microsoft HealthVault Deal Puts EHRs Overseas
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
A Bangkok hospital will use Microsoft HealthVault personal electronic health records to track patients via the Web.
Google's 'Gov Cloud' Wins $7.2 Million Los Angeles Contract
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Wipro's Profits Jump 21%
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Chairman sees stabilizing demand and price environment for IT services.
New iPhone App Gives 24x7 Swine Flu Coverage
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Swine flu is permeating everywhere these days--not just the virus, but news about it. But if you're still not getting your fill of H1N1, Harvard Medical School has released a new iPhone app that provides real-time updates while you're on the move.
Defense CIO Touts Benefits Of Open Source
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Deputy CIO David Wennergren points to reliability, security, and lower TCO as among the potential benefits of using open source in the U.S. military.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
$100 Million Healthcare Cost Database Announced
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Built with settlement money from health insurance companies, it will help drive down medical costs, says New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
E-Health Records Option Extended To Families
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Dossia, whose consortium members include Wal-Mart and Intel, is making it easier for employees' dependents to sign up for electronic health records.
MedPlus Tapped For Health Information Exchange
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
New Mexico will work with technology partner MedPlus to build an electronic infrastructure connecting the state's healthcare providers.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
President Obama Details Smart Grid Funding
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The government plans to spend $3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds to upgrade the nation's power grid. R&D efforts are already underway at some leading tech vendors.
EMC Adding Big Data Center Plus 400 Jobs: A Cloud Hub?
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
Five weeks ago, EMC said it would add 400 jobs in Research Triangle Park over five years. Three weeks ago, it announced its new Atmos Online Compute Service. And yesterday it bought a 450,000 square-foot warehouse in RTP to serve as a data center and R&D facility. If we triangulate in the Triangle, could that mean that mean EMC will base its new Atmos cloud business there?
What To Expect When You're Expecting A Recovery
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
A trio of new surveys makes it clear that while small busineses are hoping for an ecomomic recovery soon, many remain worried that a double-dip recession could drive them out of business.
Global CIO: Why Are Microsoft, Oracle, And HP Bashing IBM?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Mark Hurd, Larry Ellison, and Steve Ballmer have all recently taken some fairly empty shots at IBM. But if Big Blue is such a loser, why do those three CEOs keep talking about it?
Lockheed Locks Down Federal Health IT Contracts
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Awarded $170 million in contracts, the company will provide services for government health information technology systems.
Fidelity Sees Surge In Mobile From Gen X And Y Customers
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
A search for "chief wireless officer" shows it's a very exclusive club. One name that'll come up is Fidelity Investments' chief wireless officer Joseph Ferra, whose 10-year advocacy for mobile IT has driven huge growth for Fidelity Anywhere, particularly among Gen X and Gen Y clients.
H1N1 Flu Tracked By E-Prescription Data
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Public health officials in Rhode Island are electronically monitoring possible swine flu outbreaks based on drug data from pharmacies.
White House Uses Open Source To Open Government
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The site now runs the open source Drupal content management system, which includes social networking tools that can be used for communications and participatory government.
Wells Fargo's Innovation Balancing Act
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Wells Fargo's Executive Vice President of Information Services, Wayne Mekjian faces all of the challenges most bank IT executives face, like an increasing focus on security and privacy and a move to consumer friendly services like mobile banking. But he's also had to digest the integration of acquisitions. And yet, the bank still manages to focus on innovation. Mekjian shared some of his challenges and innovations in a video interview.
Twitter, Facebook Waste $2B Annually In U.K. Economy
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Calling the personal use of social media by businesspeople during the workday "a productivity black hole," a British IT services company said more than half of the 1,460 surveyed employees said they spend up to 40 minutes per week on such sites. I'd say that while those numbers might be accurate, the conclusion is astoundingly shallow.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard CEO Hurd's Strategy: The Infrastructure Company
Commentary  |  10/25/2009  | 
Promising that HP can combine massive scale and innovation, CEO Hurd says it will separate itself from IBM and others by having a complete end-to-end line of hardware, software, and services.
Mobile Service Tracks Alzheimer's Patients
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
The Comfort Zone service combines GPS and wireless technologies to enable caregivers to monitor Alzheimer's patients.
Uncle Sam Mulls The Move To Windows 7
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Many government agencies participated in the Windows 7 beta program, but the public sector is expected to trail businesses in adopting Microsoft's new operating system.
The Top 10 Offshore Nations In The World
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Which countries around the world are the best choices for your offshoring projects? This study by respected outsourcing/offshoring consultancy Tholons includes some nations that are obvious (India) but also some that are unexpected: will the neighbors of the U.S. to the north and the south both make the list?
Global CIO: Informatica Joins Ranks Of Elite Enterprise Software Companies
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Informatica CEO Sohaib Abbasi says cloud computing presents an enormous opportunity for the data-integration specialist, whose latest financial results topped all analysts' predictions.
FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rule Making
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The move opens up a vehicle for comments, but how and to what degree the Internet should be free or regulated remains to be decided.
Down To Business: Tech Patents Revisited: Alternative Approaches
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
The fact that patent reform has repeatedly died in Congress shows there are no pat answers. But here are a few strong ideas.
Google, Verizon Jointly Back 'Open Internet'
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The search giant and wireless carrier find rare common ground on a few core net neutrality principles.
Web 2.0 Summit: The Browser Is What Matters
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Google's Sundar Pichai provides some hints about his company's upcoming browser-based Chrome operating system.
Latest TrueCrypt Release Adds Windows 7 Support
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Every small business needs good desktop encryption software. The latest version of my favorite product, TrueCrypt, makes it a better choice than ever.
Web 2.0 Summit: Intel CEO Expects PC Sales Surge
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Paul Otellini sees businesses moving to replace their aging hardware and promise in moving to a more distributed approach to healthcare.
Nokia Sues Apple Over iPhone
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The suit claims the iPhone infringes on 10 Nokia patents involving wireless data, speech coding, security, and encryption.
Web 2.0 Summit: Fed CTO Talks Healthcare IT
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra says government spending on IT can help cut healthcare costs and improve care quality.
EU Online Music Pact May Be Model For U.S.
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Amazon, EMI, Apple, and Universal took part in the agreement, which could have ramifications for U.S. regulatory action.
Global CIO: New Tech Firm Hiring Hundreds In U.S. To Take On The World
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Two offshore-services execs and a prominent American CIO plan to open IT-services centers across the U.S. as low-risk and and price-competitive alternatives to offshore providers.
SAP Salvages Maintenance Contract With Siemens
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
When software vendors issue a press release on a deal, it's usually for a new customer win. But after some scuttlebutt last month about souring negotiations between SAP and marquee customer Siemens, SAP decided to put out a different type of release Wednesday: Siemens has renewed its maintenance contract with SAP.
Should Your Enterprise Network Be An Internet Hot Spot?
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
Thursday's Windows 7 consumer launch finds me wondering about a seemingly radical idea suggested by a chief technology officer. Namely, enterprises should open up their networks, effectively turning them, as far as users are concerned, into Internet hot spots. The emergence of both cloud computing and Windows 7 could push this forward, though one will be able to argue that this is simply conventional networks in hot-spot clothing.
MetroPCS Gets Windows Mobile Smartphone
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
The Samsung Code could be popular with businesses that want mobility without long-term contracts.
Secret Service To Revamp Ailing IT Systems
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
In an effort to avoid 'mission failure,' the agency plans to deploy new storage systems, virtualize servers, modernize databases, and expand mobile and wireless capabilities.
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