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Microsoft Security Flaws Create A New Market
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
It's happened again: Someone other than Microsoft has ridden in on their white horse and delivered a patch designed to protect Microsoft customers while Redmond readies its next regularly scheduled download of fixes. Russian programmer Ilfak Guilfanov, senior developer with Belgian software maker DataRescue, opened the barn doors in January when he issued an unauthorized piece of workaround code to help companies
Tips On Information And Records Retention Management
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
Knowing that proper information management can be the most effective means of reducing risks and bolstering regulatory compliance efforts, ARMA International, the not-for-profit professional membership association for records management professionals is offering some simple tips on setting your records and information management policies.
Maybe It's Just That Nobody Gives A Cr-- Uh, Darn
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
Nonprofits and political organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are campaigning against America Online's plan to give preferential treatment to some E-mail newsletters and other bulk mail, provided that the senders are willing to pay a fee. Bennet Haselton, of the political group, posted an explanation on Slashdot. It's thoughtful--but demonstrates why Peacefire and the EFF are missing the
Morgan Stanley E-Mails Reveal Outsourcing's Dirty Little Secret
Commentary  |  3/28/2006  | 
If you're an outsourcing vendor looking to crack the financial services market, it might help if you're about to go public or need an ADR listing in the U.S. According to E-mails disclosed this week in a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley, vendor selection is at times based on more than just domain expertise, CMM Level 5 capability, full ITIL compliance, or any of the other bullet points that service providers li
Apple's Demand For A State-Sponsored Monopoly Shows That DRM Aims To Stop Competition, Not Piracy
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Companies touting DRM technology claim it's intended to protect data from unauthorized copying. But Apple's angry response to a French plan for iTunes interoperability has let the truth slip out: DRM is designed to lock in customers, not lock down data.
Outsourcing Is A Win-Win For Business And Consumers, So Why Are Corporations So Shy About Their Offshore Plans?
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
Dell and IBM are set to add thousands of workers to their payrolls in India as they turn more and more work over to the country's low-cost workforce. Surprisingly, and unlike most of their corporate peers, they're coming clean out about their plans. Michael Dell told reporters this week that his company will add 10,000 jobs in India over the next three years. IBM issued a press release heralding a new center in Bangalore that will house all its SOA solutions development. Here's why more companie
Michigan's Anti-Outsourcing Legislation Would Cost More Jobs Than It Would Save
Commentary  |  3/14/2006  | 
Democrats in the Michigan state senate on Monday introduced anti-outsourcing bills designed to put more of the state's residents out of work while raising their taxes. OK, that's not what the bills are "designed" to do, but that surely would be the outcome if they become law. And this from a party that offshored its leadership to Canada!
Don't Overlook Project Management Applications
Commentary  |  3/13/2006  | 
The first, and potentially highest, hurdle in shifting compliance management from a labor-intensive manual activity to an automated process is defining the scope of the project. That entails chores like identifying stakeholders and their roles, setting milestones and determining things like workflow and sign-offs. In fact, this is where many companies pressing toward compliance automation get stuck and flounder. And when sighting down on a compliance problem, it's easy to overlook some obvious
Careers: You Vs. Offshoring
Commentary  |  3/13/2006  | 
IT pros have to live segmented lives. As business people, they need to accept offshoring. It's a viable business strategy, and opposing it makes as much sense as being categorically against just-in-time inventory. But as individuals with careers on the line, they need to view their entire IT careers as a stark battle against offshoring--constantly assessing the risk of their particular job being moved, and positioning their skills and roles to guard against that.
Technicolor Digital Cinema Lab Launched To Debug Technology
Commentary  |  3/9/2006  | 
Thomson's Technicolor Digital Cinema division held a press conference on Wednesday to unveil its new digital cinema test Center lab in Burbank, Calif.
By The Numbers: IBM Getting Bigger In India, Smaller In The U.S.
Commentary  |  3/8/2006  | 
Whoa! In the course of reporting that IBM plans to move all the design and development of its business consulting offerings to India, one company exec told me that IBM's current employment growth rate in the country will continue "for quite some time." So let's look at what that means.
Google's Slip-pery Slope
Commentary  |  3/7/2006  | 
Google in many ways has positioned itself as the industry's anti-Microsoft. Since its inception, it hasn't been given to preannouncing products or features years in advance, then watching as the starstruck masses hung on every move related to those (oft-delayed) products. Its corporate credo of "Don't Be Evil" comes off as the antithesis to the evil empire in Redmond (though recent events in China raise questions
Indian Bloggers Weigh In On Bush, Outsourcing, Nukes
Commentary  |  3/7/2006  | 
There are many reasons why India is a natural ally and trading partner for the United States. Its progressive economy, IT and outsourcing prowess, and English language affinity are among them. Most important, India is a fully functioning democracy. Its freedom of expression was on display last week during President Bush's visit. Indian bloggers were quick to voice their thoughts on the summit and related issues. Many praised the growing ties between the United States and India, while others cond
Simple Ideas Can Be Big Ideas
Commentary  |  3/1/2006  | 
As we continue to find out, there are many ways to skin the compliance cat, especially when it comes to archiving. And every once in a while simple ideas crop up that are relatively inexpensive to deploy and can really help the compliance cause. Here's an example: We've all heard that archiving is less than half the battle in proving compliance with several key regulations. Once the data is archived, you have to be able to quickly search and discover the files critical to any ongoing litigation
Commentary: The Chief Offshore Information Officer?
Commentary  |  3/1/2006  | 
How far can offshoring go in the IT world? Some new data suggests that the threat is greatly exaggerated.

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