News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in March 2008
CIO As Acquisition Partner
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Is the CIO an effective position to enlist in your company's mergers and acquisitions strategy? It makes sense, given that integration is one of the major challenges in an M&A move, particularly integration of the IT variety.
Griefers Post Seizure-Inducing Graphics On Epilepsy Board
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Attackers targeted a messaging board for the nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation and posted JavaScript code and flashing computer animation to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in some users.
Are Vendors Accountable For Over-Promising Software Demos?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
It's a classic. An on-stage software exec confidently gestures toward the demo of newly "announced" software, expounding on its life-changing features before a packed audience. But the software doesn't really work yet; it isn't even shipping until next year. So is this demo an act of fraud? That's an interesting question in light of the lawsuit Waste Management has filed against SAP.
Security Showdown: OS X Caves First, Vista Buckles (Due To Flash), Ubuntu Wins
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At the 2008 edition of the PWN to OWN security showdown at CanSecWest (Canada Security West) in Vancouver, an Ubuntu distribution of GNU Linux took top honors after Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows Vista eventually caved under hacker pressure. All OSes were up-to-date with the latest patches.
And The Survey Says …
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
The CIO must be the most surveyed profession on the planet. No wonder a new survey says CIOs are dissatisfied with their jobs -- they're tired of being surveyed.
The CIO And SharePoint
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Why should CIOs pay close attention to this particular Microsoft product (as opposed to the myriad others you support in your organization)? Because it's viral (meaning its use is probably growing in your company, whether you know it or not), and it needs to be managed closely to get the most of out it.
The 'Weekly Watch' On Content Management
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
With all the activity in the content management market, I thought it would be a good idea to start a weekly ritual of quick blurbs and sound bites from vendors, users, and anyone else who'd like to throw their message in the mix.
Squeezing Costs Out Of IT
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
If your company is looking for ways to squeeze more out of IT these days (and who isn't), server virtualization is one of the moves some organizations are making to find savings. Just ask Kent Kushar, CIO at wine maker E&J Gallo.
Video: Intel Ships QX9770 Quad Core, I Build A PC With It
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
After a long wait, Intel's hot new Core 2 Extreme QX9770 quad-core processor is finally here. Intel has been in something of a stealth mode with this chip, sending out review units -- like the one I used to build the PC shown in the new video included in this post.
Recession And IT Attitude
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
It's part of a CIO's job to keep things positive in the IT organization. How are your IT colleagues holding up under the pressure of economic uncertainty?
How To Select An Indian Outsourcing Partner
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
Straight talk and tips on improving the offshore Indian vendor selection process from IT management consultant Dustin Walling.
Why Is Windows XP Still So Much Faster Than Vista?
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
I've finally completed my project to build a performance PC with Intel's upcoming, top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX9770 quad-core processor. Since I had all that speed to spare, I decided to do a dual-boot setup, installing both Windows Vista and XP. Boy, was I surprised. I'm a big Vista fan, but it's shocking to be reminded just how much faster Windows XP really is. And, as a Vista fan, this makes me a
Mission-Critical Apps Continue To Descend From The Clouds
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
There's a lot of interesting scenarios these days around the intersection of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and content management. Thanks to companies like Google, Salesforce.com, and Amazon, cloud-based computing is no longer some mythical, business-led, revolutionary approach to accessing technology. Everyday, mission-critical applications are being neatly packaged and delivered to business users regardless of time, place, or device.
The Recession And IT Hiring
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
Has the (possibility of) recession affected your company's IT hiring plans? Because a lot of organizations say that that will be the first thing to go.
Clarke Never Crossed Sci-Fi Humanities Divide
Commentary  |  3/23/2008  | 
I'm a bit late weighing in on the death of Arthur C. Clarke, who was buried Saturday in Sri Lanka, having taken (me, not him) some much-needed time off to contemplate various things. (Hey, if there's one key element in Clarke's writings, it's long time spans where nothing much happens.) So here's my contrarian thought, amid all the laudatory obits about this sci-fi pioneer.
5 Assertions By Nicholas Carr That Do Matter
Commentary  |  3/21/2008  | 
Set aside the emotions engendered by Nicholas Carr's writings. The author of the infamous "Does IT Matter?" spoke at Search Engine Strategies in New York this week and raised a number of cogent issues that should be keeping IT managers and CIOs awake at night.
When Google Speaks …
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
... CIOs should listen. Google's CIO Douglas Merrill gave a (brief) interview to The Wall Street Journal earlier this week. Plenty of IT people picked up on it. If you haven't read it, you need to.
A CEO And A CIO Share Thoughts On IT Spending In This Economy
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
Do you spend on IT or pull back during tough economic times? It partly depends what you're spending that money on. Here are the views of a software company CEO, and the CIO of a world-famous company, on that topic.
Is Ripping DVDs To Your iPod Legal? (And Here's How)
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
Over the holidays, someone I know became the happy owner an 80-GB Apple iPod Classic. However, it quickly became apparent that, while music is easy to get onto the device, movies are a problem. Most DVDs are encrypted, and resist easy conversion. But if you've paid for the thing, why shouldn't you be able to rip videos to your very own iPod?
New Credit Card Breach Will Test PCI
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
The latest exposure of more than 4 million credit and debit card numbers may strain the validity and stability of the credit card industry's controversial security rules.
Mac Security
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
Apple does a pretty good job keeping itself in the news, so normally I don't feel they need my help. But a couple of recent news items seem significant. The first is the news that Apple is making pretty significant inroads in US personal computer market share. They're at 14%, up from 9% this time last year. That's a huge jump in one year.

The second bit of news is the cornucopia of
More Than Half Of IT Pros Foresee A Recession
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
IT people tend to be a pretty optimistic bunch. So it's discouraging to see that 58% of IT pros in our recent survey say the economy is in a recession or headed toward one.
Video: Can Coke Get Its Bottlers On A Common IT Platform?
Commentary  |  3/14/2008  | 
When a large company tries to convince partnering companies to invest in a common technology platform, it's rarely a walk in the park. One example of this is Wal-Mart's slow-going RFID initiative. Now Coca-Cola faces this challenge in an initiative to get 300 bottlers worldwide standardized on SAP's service-oriented architecture.
Digital Pennies From Analog Dollars Are Web Content Conundrum
Commentary  |  3/13/2008  | 
NBC chief executive Jeff Zucker put his finger on the new-media conundrum, in a speech touting the network's online success in serving up half a billion video streams last year. Good news, right? Not completely, because while old-media broadcasts command mucho bucks for commercials -- $2.7 million for a 30-second Super Bowl spot -- you can get yourself a banner ad on a hot Web site for a few thousand.
Fight The FUD: Lies, Damned Lies, And Linux
Commentary  |  3/12/2008  | 
When it comes to IT security, Linux generally scores outstanding marks. There is, however, one notable exception to this rule: A threat that Linux, and many other open-source apps, just can't seem to shake.
Airbus Deal Critics Ignore Boeing's Outsourcing
Commentary  |  3/12/2008  | 
The Air Force is getting lots of ack-ack for its decision to award a $35 billion airborne tanker contract to Europe's Airbus instead of Chicago-based Boeing. National defense shouldn't be outsourced, the critics say. There's just one problem with that argument -- Boeing itself sends key military work offshore.
AMD Names New CIO
Commentary  |  3/12/2008  | 
He's Ahmed Mahmoud, and he comes to the chipmaker from the IT shop at Dell, which has had its share of high-profile IT alumni.
Oracle: They Do So Much But Can They Do Everything?
Commentary  |  3/12/2008  | 
It's always a challenge for something baked into an enterprise platform to be as competitive as the pure-play providers. And in most cases, if content management is the set of applications you're trying to incorporate, it can be even more daunting.
Build-A-PC Chronicles: Intel's QX9770 Rocks, But My Project Hits A Snag
Commentary  |  3/11/2008  | 
I'm becoming convinced that PCs have distinct personalities. Maybe I've been at this too long, but the idiosyncrasies I encountered in my latest quad-core PC build project have convinced me that gremlins lurk in every system. Fortunately, I was saved by a novel diagnostic indicator, which Asus included with the motherboard.
Hard Data On Opportunities And Threats For India's Outsourcers
Commentary  |  3/11/2008  | 
Our just-published original research gives a glimpse into clients' satisfaction with their India-based IT outsourcers, and it's a key part of an in-depth package on "What's Next For India." Here are just a few data points that note strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for India's IT outsourcers.
Coca-Cola's CIO Talks Innovation
Commentary  |  3/11/2008  | 
The décor in the executive wing at Coca-Cola's headquarters -- Ming vases, mahogany furniture, plush carpets -- could have been lifted straight out of 1886, the year Coke was born. No question, Coke is a company steeped in tradition. But equally important for Coke is continued innovation, and that's where CIO Jean-Michel Arès and his team are helping out.
iPhone SDK Developers Angry At Apple's Tight Control
Commentary  |  3/9/2008  | 
Steve Jobs giveth, but only a little bit, and only when his hand is forced. This is the case with the iPhone SDK, which is both a parry against Google's Android tool kit and a recognition (in the wake of Apple's iBricking scandal) that iPhone owners want third-party apps, no matter what. But Apple's stated intention t
Turmoil In The Financial Industry
Commentary  |  3/7/2008  | 
No, not that turmoil. CIO turmoil. A couple of financial heavyweights get new top tech execs.
CIOs Should Teach High School
Commentary  |  3/7/2008  | 
The Wall Street Journal had an article yesterday about corporations funding high-school curricula, particularly in accounting, engineering, and science. Bravo, I say. Not only that, CIOs should make a point of getting involved in these kinds of activities: teaching -- or at least visiting -- high school classes.
Video: AMD To Ship Bug-Free Barcelona
Commentary  |  3/7/2008  | 
AMD won't be laboring under the fallout from the bug which marred the launch of its Barcelona quad-core server processor much longer. A fixed chip will ship to AMD's partners -- including Tier 1 server vendors Dell, HP, IBM, and Sun -- by the end of March. That's what Kevin Knox, AMD's VP for commercial business, told me in a highly entertaining (well, it ain't bad) video interview. Read on to view the c
In Post-Enron Era, E-Mail Governance Still A Challenge
Commentary  |  3/6/2008  | 
E-mail governance might not be the sexiest thing when it comes to content technologies, but don't tell that to your CIO or general counsel. Besides keeping them out of jail, a solid e-mail governance strategy drives compliance, improves information retrieval, and reduces paper.
Intel Cuts Forecast On Falling Flash Prices
Commentary  |  3/6/2008  | 
Flash memory prices are tanking, and financial analysts everywhere are having a cow because Intel on Wednesday cut its first-quarter gross-margin forecast to 54% from 56%. Hey, is anything really new here? Flash prices periodically crater, and there's always downward pricing pressure -- these are commodity parts, remember. Yet just two days ago, these same analysts were ecstatic over Intel's new Atom process
Plan B If You Can't Hire H-1B Visas Workers
Commentary  |  3/5/2008  | 
Some folks predict the volume of H-1B visas petitions employers file starting April 1 will be lighter than last year. But that's not because demand is waning for foreign tech talent. Rather, companies are being more selective in the kind of talent they're seeking, given the odds aren't good they'll have their visa applications approved.
Innovation Is As Innovation Does
Commentary  |  3/5/2008  | 
Do you have an interesting innovation story to tell? We're looking for great case histories to feature as part of a new online project we're developing -- and you could win a free lunch with management guru C.K. Prahalad in the bargain.
Betrayal Of Trust: When An Engineer Lies
Commentary  |  3/5/2008  | 
How would you behave if ethical push ever came to shove? That's the question which came to mind when I saw the story, "Engineer Pleads Not Guilty To Perjury." Turns out a New York City inspector approved a bunch of building renovations without really checking them out. Later, rotting support beams trapped and killed two firefighters. Now the engineer is going on trial.
Spring Is In The Air, And So Are H-1B Visas
Commentary  |  3/4/2008  | 
Get your engines running! It's almost time for the H-1B visa race to begin! The U.S. government starts accepting petitions on April 1 for the 85,000 visas allotted annually, and if history repeats itself, those visas will run out in a flash. So make sure all your T's are crossed and I's are dotted on those forms now.
CIO Turnover At The Feds
Commentary  |  3/3/2008  | 
A new survey says there's been considerable turnover among federal CIOs and that more of them are reporting to CFOs than did just a year ago -- a lot more. Sound familiar? It should, because the same thing appears to be happening with CIOs in the private sector. What goes around comes around, I guess. But what, exactly, is going around?
Intel's Atom Processor Won't Solve UMPC Confusion
Commentary  |  3/3/2008  | 
Call it Silverthorne, call it Atom, but whatever Intel calls it, the company hasn't erased the confusion caused by its desire to popularize a new category of handheld portables variously called Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) or Ultramobile PCs (UMPCs). The real question is, do consumers want these things? The answer: Mostly, only the early adopters.
Who's On eBay: Pete Townshend's Magic Bus
Commentary  |  3/2/2008  | 
Want to own a piece of rock 'n' roll history? If you'd been a quick eBay bidder, you could have picked up a VW camper owned by Pete Townshend, leader of The Who.


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