News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in February 2010
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Guerra On Healthcare: Meaningful Use Proposal Has Some Seeing Red
Commentary  |  2/28/2010  | 
The more health IT pros look at draft rules, the less they like them.
Global CIO: Microsoft Slams Oracle For Limiting Choice But Seeks x86 Hegemony
Commentary  |  2/28/2010  | 
Riddle me this: Oracle's integrated systems limit competition, which is bad, but it should kill Sparc to limit Wintel competition, which is good.
RSA: Microsoft Tries To Turn Shady Internet Trustworthy
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The company is releasing software to improve the process of online identification and authentication.
DoD Loosens Social Media Restrictions
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
Soldiers and other Department of Defense employees may now access and use sites such as Facebook and Flickr via unclassified Defense networks.
IBM, Shell Team Up On Oil Exploration
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
Big Blue will lend its analytics expertise to Shell's efforts to extend the life of gas and oil fields.
Twitter Phishing Attack Hooks UK Cabinet Minister
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The company is warning people not to surrender personal details to fake Twitter login pages.
Toyota Failure Proves Quality Isn't Scalable
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
There's a computer-industry lesson embedded within the bad news surrounding Toyota's unintended acceleration problem. It's out of the same playbook which in an earlier day saw GM morph from an innovator--electric starter, automatic transmission--into a lumbering behemoth. It's this: Quality is not infinitely scalable.
Apple iPhone Users Buy More Apps
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Users of competing mobile devices appear to be less keen to open their wallets.
Google Culls Gmail Labs
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The company is promoting six Gmail Labs experiments and getting rid of five.
Server Market Data Signals Rebound
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Data on worldwide server sales indicates that businesses are starting to increase spending on their IT infrastructures.
Microsoft Decapitates Waledac Botnet
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
A major source of spam and malware has been cut off from its controllers.
FCC Wants Broadband Public Safety Network
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
As part of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC wants to make a portion of the 700-mhz spectrum available for a nationwide wireless public safety network.
Senate Considers P2P Security Bill
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Legislation would require software developers to tell users when files are being shared via peer-to-peer networks.
Guerra On Healthcare: EMR Standards Committee Struggles
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
In its latest meeting, the federal HIT Standards Committee struggles to find a point of balance between concrete legislation and guidance on standards.
FCC Chief Proposes Mobile Spectrum Auction
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Julius Genachowski sees broadcast television spectrum as a major part of the agency's strategic planning as it works to accommodate a surge in mobile data traffic.
Google Faces European Antitrust Scrutiny
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The European Commission says it is looking into three separate complaints about Google.
Force10 Fixin' To Switch HP, Cisco Customers
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
Force10 Networks is making hay of the impending termination by Cisco of its partnership with HP. The scrappy Ethernet vendor launched a promotion on Wednesday intended to get HP resellers to push Force10 switches instead of competing Cisco and HP ProCurve gear.
Nebraska Expands Health Information Exchange
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The Nebraska Health Information Initiative, which served mostly the Omaha region until now, is expanding statewide.
Google Execs Convicted In Italy
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The ruling in a YouTube privacy case, if not overturned on appeal, could put an end to online user-generated content in parts of the world.
Intermedia Launches Hosted UC For SMBs
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The offering combines unified communications with the low-cost, turnkey appeal of SaaS, but it is still not clear that SMBs see the value of UC.
Apple Says CIOs Opening Floodgates For Macs
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
"It's amazing how many CIOs are visiting Apple and are interested in the Mac," Apple COO Tim Cook said Tuesday, noting that the old enterprise fixation on standardization is giving way to a focus on creativity. Cook made those and other scintillating comments at a Goldman Sachs investors conference.
Web Dashboards: A Window Into Government Performance
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Federal, state, and local agencies are building Web portals to make data available to the public, but there are still issues over what data to release, how much, and how to ensure its quality.
Global CIO Quick Take: Cisco TelePresence Shaping Next-Gen Hotels
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
TelePresence suites help Starwood Hotels innovate today and be relevant to the tech-immersed business travelers of tomorrow.
Global CIO: CIOs Shattering Social Media Taboos, RightNow Says
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
As the social web's business value has outstripped security concerns, CIOs have begun buying, RightNow claims.
Global CIO: Capgemini Splits CIOs Into 3 Groups, And 2 Are Deadly
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
The good news: 39% of CIOs are in good shape. The bad news: 61% fall into the lethal categories.
Global CIO Quick Take: GoodData Helps Enterasys Master The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
GoodData's technology, management philosophy, and "market-disruptive price point" have helped Enterasys drive more business value from IT.
Global CIO: There's No Money Left
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
That sucking sound you hear is the sound of yearly software maintenance fees.
Intel Unambiguous: U.S. IT Leadership Matters
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
What's notable about Intel CEO Paul Otellini's speech Tuesday is how he treats the U.S.'s overall competitiveness as vital to the company's future.
Intel Reveals It's Been Hacked
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The company's annual report says that some of the attacks have been successful.
Piper Jaffray Sees Gold Rush In Cloud Software
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
Investment advisor Piper Jaffray interviewed 100 CIOs and IT managers, then wrote up its conclusions in a 320-page report, neatly summarized by its title: "The Future Is In the Cloud." Spending on software as a service and cloud computing will grow from 5.7% today to 13.5% of all software spending in five years, it predicts.
In-Home Telemedicine Study Launched
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
Mayo, GE, and Intel will explore how videoconferencing and electronic health monitoring can help sick, elderly patients remain in their homes and avoid costly hospitalizations.
Intel, VCs Investing $3.5 Billion In U.S. Tech
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The tech giant wants to help boost the U.S. economy by promoting venture capital investments and more hiring of college grads.
Wireless Leads RadioShack To 26% Profit Gain
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The retailer's strategy of beefing up its mobile phone offerings led the company to earn $75.7 million in fourth-quarter net income.
HP Not Rolling Over On Cisco's Severed Ties
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
Monday's post was not the whole story as regards Hewlett-Packard's response to Cisco's impending termination of the partnership agreement between the two. While the statement HP e-mailed me might create the perception that it's a mature--albeit wilting--flower, shying away from a good fight, a look beneath the sur
Xerox Files Patent Suit Against Google, Yahoo
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The company claims that its automatic query and information integration patents are being violated.
White House Calls For Healthcare IT Task Force
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The Office of Management and Budget is calling for a coordinated effort to implement goals of the HITECH Act across various government agencies.
VeriSign Launches Seal Of Approval For Non-Transactional Sites
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
Building on its Secured Seal brand, VeriSign introduces a new trust mark reputation management program for SMB and enterprise sites that don't need SSL certifications.
Global CIO: NBC's Olympics Web Strategy Pounds Another Nail In Coffin
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
In trying to force web viewers to watch the Olympics on NBC's terms, the network showed how pathetically out of touch it is with that vital audience.
Global CIO: Future Of Outsourcing: The Xerox-ACS Vision
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Can Xerox apply its R&D to ACS's everyday, paper-shuffling kind of problems?
Free Software Foundation Asks Google To Kill Flash
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
Noting that Apple has ditched Flash for "for suspect reasons and using abhorrent methods (DRM)," the FSF wants Google to deal Flash a "death-blow."
HP Responds To Cisco Alliance Cutoff
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard is taking the high road in response to the Cisco's impending cut off of its reseller relationship. Click ahead to read HP's statement.
Apple's Giant New $1B Data Center From The Air
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
While this 37-second YouTube video won't be confused with Citizen Kane, it does provide a striking perspective on the massive, remote, expensive, and indispensable digital powerhouses behind the cloud computing platform. And just think of the marketing opportunity: Apple could put a logo the size of New Jersey on the roof.
Feds Tackling Health IT Privacy, Security Issues
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
While the federal government is enticing healthcare providers with billions of dollars in stimulus funding to digitize patient health data, the feds also appear serious about the data privacy and security concerns these efforts raise.
Global CIO Quick Takes: AstraZeneca Saves Millions With BDNA
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Well-done global IT-asset management can turn beancounting into strategic insight—and generate big savings.
Adobe Blogger Challenges Apple's 'Great Man'
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
Adobe blogger John Dowdell wants Apple to start communicating openly about its actions rather than through comments relayed by unattributed sources.
Motorola Exec Leaving For CEO Post
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
Dan Moloney, president of Motorola's home and set-top box unit, will become chief executive of Technitrol, an electronic components producer.
Nokia, Apple Dispute Leads To Another Investigation
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
The U.S. International Trade Commission, already investigating Apple, will now examine claims that Nokia infringes on Apple's technology patents.
Google Gets OK To Buy Cheap Energy
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
The company has been approved by federal regulators to operate a market-based rate authority to purchase energy at low rates.
Global CIO: Oracle Needs More Than Ellison's Talk To Beat IBM's Systems
Commentary  |  2/21/2010  | 
IBM's counterattacking on multiple fronts, emphasizing 50 years in optimized systems and questioning Oracle's abilities.
Oracle's Ellison Reaffirms Rapid Profitability For Sun
Commentary  |  2/21/2010  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison reaffirmed Saturday that Sun's formerly unprofitable operations will become profitable "right away" as part of Oracle. That follows his promises late last month that Sun will be hiring more people than it lets go, and that Oracle's prize acquisition will turn a profit this month (February).
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