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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in December 2007
Wipro Reportedly Trying To Acquire Capgemini
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
There are reports coming from India that IT outsourcing vendor Wipro is preparing a $7 billion bid for Capgemini. The companies aren't commenting directly on these reports, but a Wipro exec did say something that underscores this fact: Indian companies are under the gun to move beyond their Indian workforces.
Three New Year's Resolutions For CIOs
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
It's the week before the new year, when we try to distance ourselves from that lingering platter of holiday cookies and contemplate what we'll do next year to live simpler, leaner, easier lives. For many CIOs, that will include taking a second look at 2008 IT spending plans.
Your Customer: The New Insider Threat
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The bad guys could be recruiting your customers, too
IBM's CIO: A Conversation With Mark Hennessy
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
What's it like being the CIO at one of the most IT-intensive companies in the computer industry? It's a team effort.
Intel Says Nuts To Reports Of 45-Nm Penryn Delays
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Unsubstantiated reports out of Taiwan claim that AMD's recent quad-core bug troubles have caused to Intel push back the launch of the first 45-nm versions of its desktop Core 2 Quad processors. Only problem is, Intel says it ain't so.
How Dell Is (Far Too Much) Like Starbucks
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
What can a powerhouse PC vendor and a high-priced coffee destination possibly have in common? Both have capitalized on promising beginnings and pushed them to the limit. Then each continued onward into uncharted territory, where additional growth came at the expensive of some of the stuff that made them great in the first place.
CIO Must Read: "Breakthrough IT"
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
In his new book, consultant Patrick Gray examines how to take your IT organization from a cost-centric services provider to a valuable business partner. Here's a hint: Do your homework.
Will Today Be The Busiest Day In FedEx's History?
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Think you're swamped? FedEx is handling a weekend's worth of e-commerce shopping today, leading the company to project that this will be the busiest day in the company's history. Tomorrow, you can join us for a Webinar with the head of e-commerce applications, and hear how things went.
Gartner: Phishing Attacks Cost Over $3B in '07
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Gartner survey shows phishing attacks escalated in 2007
Consumer Reports Rating Of iPhone Over Blackberry Is Out Of Sync
Commentary  |  12/16/2007  | 
Both in naming its winner for best cell phone service provider (Verizon) and best smartphone (Apple's iPhone), Consumer Reports' "Best & worst cell phone deals," in its January issue, is stunningly out of sync with the anecdotal evidence on the street. Most glaring is its generally tepid assessment of RIM's BlackBerrys, which should be at the top of the heap because, to apply the Apple mantra, "they just work."
A CIO Makes A Case For Common Sense
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Getting IT projects right isn't rocket science, says Dave Bent, CIO of United Stationers. It's a matter of Project Planning 101.
The Reverse Consumer Effect: RFID
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Radio frequency ID technology was supposed to revolutionize the supply chain. Instead, it's moving into the mainstream, in the reverse of one of the most important technology trends of the last several years.
Five Hot-Button Issues For Enterprise Mobility
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
What are the big issues for mobility in your business as you move into 2008? Is it device management, security, line of business applications, or just finding budget to deploy more smartphones?
Beware of 'Flirting Robots'
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
PC Tools uncovered new software that flirts with females or males seeking relationships online in order to collect their personal data
Study: Leaks Affect Consumer Confidence
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
New YouGov survey from data security company Check Point highlights links between corporate data losses and consumers' perceptions
We Need To Talk: End Users And IT Security
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Another survey points to end users as the weakest of the weak links in the IT security chain. More evidence that security training is a must -- as in mandatory -- for all employees.
It's Not Easy Being Green
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Are "green computing" initiatives on your list of New Year's resolutions? If so, do you think you'll stick with those energy-efficiency efforts longer than your new diet?
Led Zeppelin Reunion Posted On Web; Who Should We Sue?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
The litigious environment surrounding alleged copyright violation has spun completely out of control. The latest from the RIAA is that you're a criminal if you rip your own CDs. Porn producers are suing YouTube knockoffs for illegally posting their copyrighted, X-rated content. And now, clips from Le
CIO = Chief Incompetence Officer?
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
A new survey says IT projects continue to fail at an alarming rate, and that a significant number of business managers and even corporate board members accept IT failure as a given. If true, that's bad news, for a lot of reasons. But how true is it?
Thought For The Day: Superstar CIOs
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
First, CIO turnover will increase. Then stars will emerge. Demonstrating shareholder value, taking responsibility for international business processes, and taking ownership of the ROI of all technology investments across the enterprise are the keys.
AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona Bug Revealed
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Two developments surrounding the bug in the Barcelona quad-core server processor indicate that AMD is headed toward a rapid resolution of the problem, with volume shipments ramping up in 1Q of 2008. First, we have the full technical details on the glitch. Second, AMD is working on a silicon fix, and samples will be available in January.
'Tis The Season For Mudslinging
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Nothing gets that holiday season name calling flowing more fluidly than mentioning H-1B visas.
IT Spending: Deja Vu All Over Again
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
When it comes to IT budgets, CIOs are preparing to do more with less -- again. Is this a blip, or a return to the bad old days of IT penny pinching?
Bug In AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona And Phenom May Be More Serious Than Previously Suspected
Commentary  |  12/9/2007  | 
On Friday, I thought I'd identified the translation-lookaside buffer (TLB) bug which AMD said was responsible for problems it's having with its new Barcelona and Phenom quad-core processors. Now, two readers claim that the bug is more serious than I suggested. The reason is, while there is a BIOS workaround, they claim the fix results in a big performance penalty. (There's also an operating system fix wi
John Lennon, Then And Now
Commentary  |  12/8/2007  | 
How did you get your news 27 years ago, on Dec. 8, 1980, the date John Lennon was gunned down in New York City?
Murphy's Law Applied To Outsourcing
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
Boeing's aggressive effort to outsource development of its new 787 jetliner has resulted in delays, missed deadlines, and unhappy customers and suppliers, all of which, more than likely, has a very familiar ring to many CIOs. How are all these negative lessons-learned affecting future outsourcing plans -- if at all?
AMD Bitten By Barcelona Quad-Core Bug
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
What AMD has here is a failure to communicate. That's the only judgment one can make, in light of the scrappy semiconductor maker's about-face Thursday regarding shipments of its Barcelona quad-core processor, launched on Sept. 10. For the past three months, AMD has downplayed reports of tight supplies and delays in ramping up manufacturing of the cutting-edge chip. Now, the company seems to be simultane
What Do You Want For Christmas?
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
According to a new survey, the most-wanted high-tech toys for technology professionals this holiday season are HDTVs and video game players. But what's at the top of CIOs' wish lists?
Never Apologize, Never Explain
Commentary  |  12/6/2007  | 
When it comes to a privacy breach, what's the best policy -- contrite or circumspect? Two incidents showcase different approaches.
Is The H-1B Visa Cap Capping U.S. Innovation?
Commentary  |  12/6/2007  | 
Restrictions on visas for foreign IT pros to work in the United States will drive more tech jobs and creativity offshore, says a new study released today. While that argument isn't new, the report has a collection of government and other stats to help back it up.
At Your Services: The CIO As Operations Chief
Commentary  |  12/6/2007  | 
More companies are adding business services to the CIO's responsibilities. Witness Fidelity Investments' latest move.
Digg Jumps The Shark
Commentary  |  12/5/2007  | 
Has success gone to Digg's head? The popular community destination, which drives lots of traffic to needy news sites and blogs (like yours truly's) has decided to update its story-input interface. It's a mistake; a big mistake.
Are Fears About The Economy Getting You Down?
Commentary  |  12/5/2007  | 
Uncertainty about the economy is giving some tech professionals jitters about their jobs and wallets. Are the fears warranted or not?
Stop The Presses! IT Is Strategic
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
And if the Wall Street Journal says it's so, then it must be true. Meanwhile, the CIO takes on the role of "unusual savior."
What Kind Of Tech Talent Do You Need?
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
If you're looking to hire IT staff next year, what kind of talent are you hunting for? On the flip side, if you're searching for a new tech job, what skills do you offer prospective employers?
Poor Performance At Top Of Users' Windows Vista Gripe List
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
My recent post, "Top 5 Things Microsoft Must Fix In Windows Vista In 2008" prompted a slew of comments, consistent with the zeitgeist that the almost-year-old operating system continues to gain adherents on the consumer side, even if it's still spottily deployed in the corporate arena. Still, I have to say I was surprised by how many readers agreed with my main point, which is that Vista's performance ai
The CIO And IP
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
Somebody's got to do it -- take a systematic approach to realizing the potential revenue encapsulated in the IP of new applications, research projects, and business processes. It should be the CIO.
Fastest Intel Quad-Core Ever, QX9770, Coming In Early 2008
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
The latest addition to Intel's Core 2 Extreme processor family will hit the streets in the first quarter of next year, in the form of the ultra-fast QX9770.
Microsoft Says Verizon Announcement Will Give CIOs More Choices For Mobility
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
If anyone besides Google stands to gain from a wireless market with open network access, it's Microsoft. Open networks could allow Microsoft to leverage its massive global user base of Windows and Exchange with millions of Windows Mobile smartphones to create a mobile world where businesses can seamlessly integrate their Windows products from e-mail server to desktops to smartphones. This has been the promise of Windows Mobile from the beginning, but after more than five years the reality has ye
Phishing Jumped 300% on Thanksgiving
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Company reports significant spike in online threats on first day of holiday weekend
Who's The Child Now, Or Wii (Why) Most Adults Don't Play Video Games
Commentary  |  12/2/2007  | 
I got the heck beat out of me a few months back, when commenters vehemently objected to my characterization of Xbox 360 gaming -- and by implication, PS2, Gameboy, and Wii as well -- as an activity appropriate mainly for children. ("If you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about," was how I put it.) Now, I've got some evidence to back up that opinion, in the form of


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