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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in February 2006
American IT Jobs Give Bush Valuable Bargaining Chip In Talks With India
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
George Bush's visit to India this week provides the perfect high-profile opportunity for the President to urge Congress to eliminate all numerical caps on H-1B foreign worker visas. Such a move would help the United States in a number of ways, while holding very little downside for the American economy.
It's Not Wise To Neglect Certain SOX Requirements
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
If you're still harboring doubts about meeting your SOX deadlines, you might want to check out a webinar tomorrow (Feb. 28) that features Michael Horowitz, commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). The event, titled, "Upward Mobility: Leveraging Your Sarbanes-Oxley Investment for Broader Risk Management," will take place 1 p.m. EST. Co-hosted by compliance vendor Axentis and Business Finance Magazine, speakers will also include
A Club Apple Wants Out Of
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Windows users most likely yawned at last week's warning that Apple's Safari Web browser contains a critical vulnerability that exposes Mac users to attacks using malicious Zip files with virus-laden payloads. Subsequent reports of an exploit that makes it possible to take advantage of this latest Mac OS X flaw surely elicited no sympathy from long-suffering Internet Explorer devotees.
Outsourcing To Vietnam: Is Your Job Going To Hanoi?
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
For many Americans, the mention of Vietnam still conjures memories of a war in which U.S. troops suffered more than 50,000 casualties. Images of bloodied soldiers being frantically medevaced into waiting Huey helicopters and napalm igniting the jungles across Southeast Asia have become part of the national consciousness. Fast-forward 30 years, and what has Vietnam become to America?
Bush's Pro-India Stance Shows He's Got The Facts Right About Outsourcing
Commentary  |  2/23/2006  | 
Legislative efforts to restrict the outsourcing of IT and other services jobs to India would hurt America more than they would help it. Most business people and economists know this, and it appears President Bush knows it, too.
Small Companies Could Get Permanent SOX Breaks
Commentary  |  2/20/2006  | 
So how many of you are surprised that the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking to possibly withdraw the Section 404 requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley for small businesses? It seems to be one of those controversies that won't go away. We learned that an advisory panel is expected tomorrow to urge the SEC to eliminate Section 404 compliance for smaller companies. The agency has twice extended the SOX comp
ACS to Cut 1,700 Jobs, Former CEO Gets $4 Million Payout
News  |  2/10/2006  | 
Cutbacks will focus on service company's operations in Mexico, according to an SEC filing.
Don't Kid Yourself, Automation Is Hard
Commentary  |  2/7/2006  | 
Listen to technology vendors and automating compliance processes seems like a snap. Listen to the companies trying the reach the level where they can even think about automating their processes and you come away with a more realistic picture. No one is patting their CIOs on the head for waving the magic automation wand yet. At first, I was a little alarmed to read the surveys that showed a majority of organizations felt they would be approaching 2006 with few, if any, more compliance processes
GM's Outsourcing Risk: Vendor 'Dream Team' Can't Be Anything Less Than Gold Medalists
Commentary  |  2/7/2006  | 
General Motors' hand off of up to $15 billion in technology contracts to a handful of service providers--including one offshore player--represents more than just a make-or-break IT strategy. It's a test case for the notion that bitter rivals can be forced to play nicely together on behalf of a single customer.
Be Careful What You Wish For
Commentary  |  2/6/2006  | 
Both my colleague Mitch Wagner, and I have been following the Chinese censorship issue that has caught Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Cisco like deer in the headlights, and triggered a firestorm of international criticism. If my email and responses to our blogs are anything to go by - our readers have been avidly following this issue as well, responding with a mix of cynicism, business practicality and a longing idealism.
GM's Global Gamble
News  |  2/3/2006  | 
General Motors put the pedal down on its plan to spend about billion on IT services. Can it take GM in a new direction?


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