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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in November 2008
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Twitter In Controversial Spotlight Amid Mumbai Attacks
Commentary  |  11/29/2008  | 
Never before has a crisis unleashed so much raw data -- and so little interpretation -- than what we saw as the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, unfolded. Amid the real-time video feeds (kudos to CNN International), cell phone pictures, and tweets, we were able to keep abreast of what seemed to be happening, and where it was going down, all the while not really knowing those other key, canonical components of journalistic information gathering -- namely, who or why.
India's Outsourcers Undaunted By Mumbai Terror Attacks
News  |  11/27/2008  | 
Nasscom said the country's software and services companies remain fully operational.
Down To Business: Google's Schmidt: An Economic Solution Is Within Our Grasp
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
He calls for bold government-supported R&D and infrastructure programs, starting with energy and extending to other tech sectors. But how far should the government reach -- and meddle?
Will Oracle And SAP Offer Big-Business SaaS? Sort Of
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
The question has been out there for some time: Will SAP and Oracle ever deliver software as a service to their large enterprise customers? The answer is, sort of.
History Reloaded: Changing The Past To Suit The Present
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The authors of a new report argue that revisions to the White House Web site reflect a willingness by the Bush administration to whitewash history.
CIO Salaries And The Capitalist's Killer Instinct
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
"Although CIOs are an emerging presence in the executive suite, few IT executives have the business qualifications or capitalist's killer instinct for making money," says executive search firm Egon Zehnder. So what about you: Are you an animal-spirits capitalist or a pay-me-whatever-you-want Milquetoast?
SAP User Group Fires President
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
ASUG, which had been dealing with member complaints about SAP price hikes, said Steven Strout's departure resulted from a "strategic decision" by the board of directors.
MySpace Suicide Jurors Near Verdict
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The panel has reached a decision on three of four counts of fraud and unauthorized computer access.
Piece Of Cake: Sara Lee Outsources To HP
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The confectioner is turning to Hewlett-Packard for help with infrastructure management.
Google Pins Gmail Bug On Phishing
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
In response to reported security vulnerabilities in Gmail, Google puts the blame on some users who fell for a bogus e-mail scam.
SAP's Pain Equals CIO Gain?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
In essential physical therapy, short-term pain might be unpleasant but it's also an indispensable prerequisite for long-term health. So yesterday when SAP's new CEO said that offering the company's core ERP products in a SaaS model will end up "hurting our margin, and hurting our stock," I hope he wasn't saying SAP will try to wait out -- or worse yet, try to ignore -- the inexorable forces of
Fewer Than Half Of Available PCs Reused
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Transportation costs, import tariffs, and environmental legislation are among the hindrances cited by refurbished PC exporters.
Samsung, InterDigital Settle Cell Phone Patent Suit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The multimillion-dollar arbitration involves Samsung's sale of 2G products and 3G patent licensing.
Beatles On iTunes Talks Hit Snag
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Negotiations to bring the Fab Four's music to Apple's download service face roadblock.
Visual Studio Users Face Patent Threat
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
A California company has filed infringement suits against Microsoft customers that use the app development software.
Thanksgiving Memory: Those Who Came Before Us
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
The following is a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal published on Nov. 22, 2000.
"In 1864, a coal miner, Elias Williams, lit the fuse to a blasting cap and was hoisted to the top of the shaft. Just as he reached light, the bucket he was in broke. He fell back to the bottom of the shaft hard, breaking bones and knocking away his breath. With just enough presence of mind remaining, he grasped a handful of dust to smother the sputtering fuse, inches from the
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
Windows Vista, Multimedia Codec Vulnerabilities Found
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Certain administrative rights are required for the vulnerability to be exploited, making it a risk primarily for malicious insider scenarios.
Google Gmail Vulnerability Being Investigated
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
A known cross-site scripting glitch could let an attacker hijack messages sent to the victim's Gmail account by redirecting specific messages, says a security researcher.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
Palm Forced To Cut Jobs As Competition Rises
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The one-time king of the smartphone market has lagged behind Research In Motion and Apple, and it will be cutting an unspecified number of positions.
SAP CEO: SaaS Hurts Our Profits
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
Gen Y Employees: Your Future--And Your Biggest Threat
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
Our excellent sister site Dark Reading has summarized three reports about a group representing the latest in in-house IT security threats: they don't know or don't care about IT security policies, they're heavy users of cutting-edge technologies, and they care more about securing their home PC than their work PC. They're your Gen Y employees, and they're your future.
Apple First Rejected IBM's Papermaster For Top iPhone Job
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The chip engineer apparently didn't succeed in his first effort to land the position in Cupertino.
Small-Town Tech Firm Reversing Outsourcing Tide
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Eleutian Technology, based in rural Wyoming, is poised to do big business teaching English to Korean and Chinese students over the Internet.
Kiss SCO Goodbye, Again
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 

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Sprint's CDMA Chief Garcia Leaves
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Keith Cowan, who has been serving as Sprint's president of strategy and corporate development, takes his place temporarily.
Steve Ballmer Must Testify In 'Vista Capable' Suit
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
E-mails show that Microsoft's CEO knew of decision to lower specs for Vista PCs.
Cops Eye Web Site's Role In Streaming Video Suicide
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Police investigating the death of Abraham Biggs Jr. are looking at forum moderators and users.
Video: AMD 'Shanghai' Quad Core Makes Compelling Server Upgrade Argument
Commentary  |  11/23/2008  | 
AMD's just-launched, rearchitected Opteron -- code-named 'Shanghai' -- is the centerpiece of the company's compelling case that now's the time for businesses to upgrade their servers, notwithstanding the current economic squeeze. Check out my video with Randy Allen, senior VP of AMD's Computing Solutions Group, to hear his arguments about Shanghai's performance, virtualization abilities, and energy savings.
This Presidential Blackberry Thing Is More Complicated Than We Thought
Commentary  |  11/22/2008  | 
Earlier this week, The rANT posted a screed blasting the powers that be for denying President-Elect Obama his prized Blackberry once he enters the White House. Well, it turns out that Blackberry has already been hacked.
Symantec Estimates Cybercrime Economy At $276 Million
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
However, the potential value of the credit card information and bank account credentials being sold, if criminally exploited to its maximum potential, could reach $7 billion.
CIOs Join Board Of IT Vendor: A Smart Move?
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
Most CIOs are generally reluctant to publicly endorse specific technology vendors, and with good reason. So it was a bit surprising this week to see the CIO of Gap Inc. and the former CIO of Yahoo not only endorse a low-profile tech vendor but also join its board of directors.
Florida Teen's Suicide Streamed Live On Internet
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Some thought the event was a hoax until Abraham Biggs Jr.'s body was found by police.
MySpace Suicide: Defendant Thought Hoax Was 'Funny'
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Court prepares to wrap up first week's testimony in the controversial case.
Internet Explorer 8 Will Ship In 2009
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Microsoft has put to rest speculation that its next browser will drop before year's end.
Down To Business: Does Tech Expertise Matter To Tech Organizations Anymore?
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
Of course it does -- but employers are looking for well-rounded people, not just a resume of certs.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
Can You Define The Business Value Of Your IT Organization?
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
One approach is to compile an "IT Annual Report," an approach being taken by a growing number of CIOs. At this week's CA World, a panel discussion with three business-technology leaders revealed a wide range of ideas and approaches for creating an IT Annual Report that can articulate business value, foster a sense of teamwork, and underscore the need for key metrics.
Google's Lively Set To Die In December
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The 3-D interactive chat environment will join the list of Google misfires when it closes, less than six months after launch.
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Resolutions For Managing IT In 2009
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
The second half of 2008 has already been brutal for business. The prospects for early 2009 aren't glowing, but now's the time for business owners to think hard about the strategy and decisions that will carry the company through next year.
Cell Phones As Wallets One Step Closer
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The GSM Association called for most mainstream cell phones to have NFC technology, which paves the way for phones to be used as contactless payment devices.
HP Revamps Online Customer Support
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Consumers of HP notebooks, desktops, printers, and monitors can get information from an overhauled peer-to-peer support forum, free online classes, and video tutorials.
Jury Selection Underway In MySpace Suicide Trial
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Lori Drew is accused of posing online as a teenage boy in order to harass the victim.
Tech Outlook 2009: IT Optimism Shunts Aside Convertible-Debt Doubts
Commentary  |  11/19/2008  | 
If that headline doesn't grab you, I don't know what will. And it should, because, depressing as the past few weeks have been, it's hard to tell whether the economic glass is empty or half-full. On the plus side, in a new report, Swiss securities giant UBS predicts tech sales could be down as little as 6% in 2009, and a rebound could begin as early as late Q1. At the same time, the BreakingViews financial site warns that a bunc
Verizon-Alltel Merger Nearly Done, U.S. Cellular Next?
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The sixth largest cell phone provider has 6.2 million subscribers and uses the same CDMA infrastructure utilized by Verizon and Alltel, making an acquisition relatively easy.
CA To Overhaul Big Iron With Mainframe 2.0
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The management company claims mainframes can represent only half the cost of distributed client-server architecture for light workloads.
Yahoo CEO Casts Departure In Positive Light, Lists Successes
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
Jerry Yang praises the company's tangible progress, despite a tough external environment, and says he'll "always bleed purple."
Image Gallery: How Tech Tools Are Saving Great Works Of Art
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
New labs at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center employ high- and low-tech tools from Microsoft Windows and Gmail, to specialized lighting, an electron microscope, and a room-sized X-ray machine.
Apple Hit With Another iPhone 3G Lawsuit
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
The complaint said the iPhone is not as fast as advertised, and the casing is susceptible to cracking.
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