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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in March 2007
Beating A Very Dead Horse
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
More data to support my side of the debate about the relevance of CIOs (Optimize's own research and my conversations with CIOs themselves indicates CIOs are gaining in influence and relevance, not risking losing it). This comes from a recently release study from KPMG and Harvey Nash, as quoted at
CIO: Starts with 'Innovation'
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Just got off the phone with the CIO of an East Coast-based $750 million retailer who called to follow up on a recent conversation (the other part of the conversation was off the record, so I need to protect his identity here). We got to talking about my first blog posting about the debate over the relevance of the CIO. My take: it's actually on the increase. "I couldn't agree more," he said. "Yes, [as a CIO] I need to focus on cutting costs, but we [CIOs] haven't lost one step on
Welcome to the CIO Nation!
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
Welcome to CIO Nation, the motherland for the leaders of the free world (of technology). This is a blog of the CIOs, by the CIOs, and for the CIOs, and in it, dear citizens, you?ll get nothing but inside info on what your colleagues and peers are doing to address the challenges and opportunities affecting your role...
Beyond Bangalore: India's Next Outsourcing Hot Spots
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
A leading Indian economist cautions that outsourcing-fueled inflation in tech hubs like Bangalore could cause social disruptions in the country. It's also not good news for companies looking to boost profits through offshoring. So here's a look at what some lesser-known Indian cities have to offer.
Death Threats Force Designer To Cancel ETech Conference Appearance
Commentary  |  3/26/2007  | 
Designer Kathy Sierra abruptly cancelled her appearance at the O'Reilly ETech conference here in San Diego this week, after receiving graphic and sexual death threats that made her afraid to leave her house, she wrote on her blog today.
Finjan Unveils Web Trends Report
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
Finjan, a leader in web security products, published the latest findings from its Malicious Code Research Center
GenMobi Offers Age Verification
News  |  3/22/2007  | 
GenMobi Technologies introduces age-and-identity verification technology that can be used for social networking sites
Programmers Left Their Heart In...Houston?
Commentary  |  3/21/2007  | 
California may be the tech industry's center of gravity, but a new analysis suggests there's a far better state for those making their living as programmers: Texas.
Outsourcing's Next "Victims": Deaf People
Commentary  |  3/20/2007  | 
Somebody has to write those subtitles that allow the hearing impaired to watch movies. Increasingly, that work is being outsourced to India--with some unintentionally hilarious consequences.
Still in the Dark
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
Reports from FBI, SEC show consumers still don't have a grip on the real threats from the Web
Windows Vista Diary: Free Sidebar Gadgets From Google
Commentary  |  3/17/2007  | 
Want to beef up Vista's relatively thin complement of Sidebar Gadgets, those little applets that reside on your desktop and let you do things like track the temperature or play video poker? Now there's a free way to do so, thanks to Google.
One Small Step for Spam
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
One giant leap for people who hate it
What Bill Gates Didn't Say: H-1B Limits Will Lead To More Outsourcing
Commentary  |  3/13/2007  | 
Bill Gates last week asked Washington to up the supply of H-1B visas available to U.S. companies. He failed to mention that Microsoft and other American tech companies will ship hundreds of thousands of more jobs overseas if the visa cap isn't raised.
A Band About Nothing: Remembering Boston's Brad Delp
Commentary  |  3/11/2007  | 
The moldy oldie (aka "Classic Rock") stations people my age listen to had their collective needles stuck this weekend on the monster album of 1976, in memory of the untimely passing of Brad Delp, 55, lead singer of the band "Boston."
Last We Checked, The Average IT Manager Made $99,000 …
Commentary  |  3/9/2007  | 
And the average IT staffer $73,000 in salary and bonus. Those are just the start of the findings from last year's InformationWeek Salary Survey, in which 10,000 of you participated. Please take this year's survey, at (Links to a salary tool and last year's articles after the jump.)
Gates Takes Immigration Case To Washington
Commentary  |  3/7/2007  | 
Do you believe Bill Gates' message that the United States has a tech-talent shortage -- near term and long term? The answer should shape your reaction to three main issues Microsoft's chairman discussed during congressional testimony this week: H-1B visiting worker visas, tech education, and immigration.
Walter Reed Disgrace Shows Outsourcing's Dark Side
Commentary  |  3/6/2007  | 
The abysmal conditions at the Army's Walter Reed hospital reflect an appalling lack of respect for men and women who suffered grievous injuries fighting for this country. They also show what can happen when an outsourcing project goes awry.
Gartner: Identity Theft Increases
News  |  3/6/2007  | 
Approximately 15 million Americans were victimized by some sort of identity-theft related fraud in the 12 months ending in mid-2006
Exposing Second Life's Data Centers
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Today InformationWeek undresses Second Life and leaves it naked and trembling. We lift up its skirts and peer at its naughty bits. We open up its dresser drawers and paw through its unmentionables. In other words, we go inside the data centers and describe some of the server and software technology that keeps the virtual world running.
Windows Vista Diary: Caught In A Vicious Update Cycle
Commentary  |  3/4/2007  | 
When we last left our hero, he was grappling with an annoying Vista activation problem (eventually solved by a Microsoft patch). This week, he's caught in Windows Update hell, and he's apparently not alone.
IP Breaches Plague 32%
News  |  3/4/2007  | 
Reconnex announced the findings of a new a survey focusing on the importance of protecting Intellectual Property
MessageLabs Releases Report
News  |  3/1/2007  | 
MessageLabs announced the findings of its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for February 2007

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