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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in March 2009
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Netbooks vs. Smartphones
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
I started my day swapping messages with an IT manager who thought InformationWeek missed the mark with our cover story on smartphones, because he thinks netbooks are the answer for his road warriors. We discussed how quickly the two devices might converge. Now I end the day reading about how Hewlett-Packard's testing Google's Android cell phone operating system for use on netbooks. Convergence ahead.
H-1B Visa Applications Expected To Slow
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Experts believe the weak economy will lead fewer companies to apply for H-1B visas this year, but that the 85,000 visa cap eventually will be filled.
Google's Stimulus Package: A Venture Capital Fund
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The company will invest up to $100 million in consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech, and health care startups through Google Ventures.
Microsoft Offers Server For Tiny Businesses
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Windows Server 2008 Foundation, aimed at organizations with 15 or fewer computer users, will be sold through computer manufacturers.
Boeing Lands $17B Outsourcing Deal From India
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Although it has a subsidiary called Boeing India and just opened an advanced technology center in Bangalore, Boeing has landed a $17 billion outsourcing deal to deliver 100 airplanes to Indian airline companies over the next several years. No comment was available from the Obama administration on the Indian economy's decision to ship some of "its jobs" overseas.
Apple, Dell, Intel Sued Over Encryption Patent
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The PACid Group named 19 tech companies in its lawsuit claiming infringement of its patent on generating encryption keys.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
Nehalem Launch Emphasizes Upscale Drift Of Commodity Servers
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Question: When is a commodity server no longer a commodity server? Answer: When the system is so darn powerful it can run your data center. That's the deal with the latest crop of server CPUs, including Intel's Xeon 5500 unveiled on Monday, and AMD's upcoming six-core Istanbul. It's all of a piece with my theory that processing power has become ubiquitous, and figuratively free.
Software Vendors Get An F For Mobile Preparedness
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
With most CIOs planning or building out enterprise-wide mobile strategies, you would think enterprise software companies would be rushing to lead the charge with suitably broad product roadmaps and strategies of their own. But, as my colleague Mary Hayes Weier points out in her excellent news-analysis package, you would be wrong.
Operators Agree To Standardize Marketing
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
AT&T's, Sprint's, T-Mobile's, and Verizon Wireless' marketing practices could deliver a more consistent experience for the end user.
Time For An Enterprise Mobility Strategy
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
The mobile Internet has arrived for business. Do you have a strategic plan to take advantage of it? Or does your mobile business app strategy begin and end with a policy for what level of manager gets a BlackBerry and whether the iPhone's allowed?
Obama Axes Wagoner And Other Government Silliness
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
The chief executive of a public enterprise that stands to pile up more than a trillion dollars in losses this year is effectively replacing the chief executive of a private enterprise that stands to pile up billions of dollars in losses this year. Does anyone think this is a smart idea?
bMighty News Flash: Monday March 30, 2009
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Google still hiring, SBA fraud, Web filter TCO, Fujitsu targets midmarket, new HP servers, new Nehalem servers, Dell's colorful Inspiron, AT&T adds 6 phones, Nokia 5800 firmware, Alcatel-Lucent battles Google Voice, Mitel Dashboard for SMBs, disaster recovery for SMBs, Conficker flaw, Facebook trounces MySpace, XML sitemaps faster. . .
Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum and remove features from its car navigation devices.
Annual Strategic Security Survey
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
If it's spring, it must be InformationWeek's Annual Security Survey, where we gather and analyze changes in security practices. Please join the 40,000 security professionals, IT staff, and managers who have participated in this landmark survey in recent years.
We Need More Storage Than Library Of Congress, CIO Says
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Kaiser Permanente CIO Phil Fasano says KP's medical-imaging projects have become so massive that they exceed the storage requirements and consumption of the Library of Congress. And those requirements, he says, are still growing.
Can This Profession Be Saved? An IT Leader Says Yes
Commentary  |  3/29/2009  | 
An IT leader who also heads up E-commerce shares his views on the initiative and responsibilities business-technology managers need to seize to shake off stereotypes as detached techies. You'll enjoy Bobby Nakanelua's observations on how IT pros can demonstrate that they're valuable teammates rather than roadblocks to be avoided.
Video: Inside's Tenth Anniversary Victory Tour
Commentary  |  3/29/2009  | 
Something is happening and you don't know what it is, goes the song. Strangely, it's turning out that the Web operating system we all thought would one day challenge Windows and serve as a portal to a universe of online-hosted apps turns out to be cloud computing. I breathed the buzz of cloud's success the other day as I caught up with the New York City edition of's tenth anniversary, cross-country victory tour, and I shot a video.
Faceless Twitter Users Exposed By Other Social Networks
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Just by comparing Flickr and Twitter, researchers connected the dots in the completely anonymous Twitter graph with only a 12% error rate.
Mac OS X Proof Of Concept Exploit Code Published
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The software has the ability to create a new system volume, call to some OS functions, and change the user ID, without administrative privileges.
Harrah's Names Tech Chiefs, Sans CIO
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Harrah's Entertainment, the world's largest casino company and a leading tech innovator, has promoted two execs to succeed Tim Stanley, the company's former CIO and senior VP of gaming and innovation. Stanley, InformationWeek's 2007 Chief of the Year, resigned from Harrah's effective Jan. 31, c
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 27, 2009
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small businesses want less stimulus, more tax cuts, free small businesses resources, Amazon, Google, IBM layoffs, Facebook needs $, Google Checkout fees rise, SMBs virtualize blades, Sun VDI 3, Microsoft attacks Mac, Apple WWDC, Windows 7 Release Candidate, Verizon netbooks, Accolade Systems sues Apple, Skype for iPhone, Opera Mobile 9.7, BlackBerry SlingPlayer, U4EA/Vidtel video communication services, TNCI integrated communications, Conf
Satyam Hopes Clients Can Convince Bidders To Buy
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Efforts by Satyam's suitors to determine the true value of the company have been hampered by several years' worth of fraudulent financial reports along with some recently filed class-action lawsuits. So Satyam is hoping those bidders can get a glimpse of the real company by speaking with clients involved in ongoing major projects.
Steelers Investor: IT CEO, Hall of Famer, 4 Super Bowls
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
The Pittsburgh Steelers have welcomed new investor John Stallworth, best known as a Hall of Fame wide receiver who helped the team win four Super Bowls during his 14-year career. Less well known is that Stallworth, near the end of his NFL career, started an IT services company that he sold in 2006 for $69 million.
Nvidia Countersues Intel In Nehalem Licensing Dispute
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Intel has been in volume production of products using the Nehalem microarchitecture since late last year.
Next Stop For Tech Entrepreneurs: Space Travel
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Microsoft software pioneer Charles Simonyi's second flight to the International Space Station is the latest trend for executives with deep pockets.
Apple iPhone Sued Over Multiple Patents
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The company faces multiple lawsuits regarding the iPhone's camera, the manner by which it accesses iTunes, and its e-book capabilities.
IBM Sees Costs Aligning With Green Tech
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The company is soliciting ideas and promoting its own recommendations on conserving resources through its Smarter Planet approach.
Google Lets Go Of 200 Marketers
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The company says it's offering outplacement support and severance pay.
'Fallout 3' Wins Game Of The Year At GDC
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Other game developer awards went to LittleBigPlanet, Prince Of Persia, Dead Space, God Of War, and World Of Goo.
Satyam Founder Could Face Lie-Detector, Narco Tests
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Satyam's founder could face lie-detector tests and "narco tests" that use barbituates to lower a subject's inhibitions in answering questions. Investigators believe founder B Ramalinga Raju and his brother are withholding vital information about the $1.5B accounting fraud they have admitted to perpetrating at Satyam over the past several years.
Cisco CEO Touts Latest Collaboration Strategy
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Cisco's new management approach will enable the company to tackle 28 key objectives this year instead of the one or two it could handle in the past, John Chambers says.
IBM Layoffs Include Wide Ranging U.S. Job Cuts
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Internal documents show Big Blue is eliminating more than a thousand positions in its Global Business Services unit alone.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday March 26, 2009
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small business optimism, Opera browser geolocation, hosted virtual desktops, MacBook Pro memory upgrade, Voice-powered Google search for BlackBerry, ContactsCalendarSync for G1 Android, Alltel My Circle, Adobe Flash for Android, mobile app store growth, Wedge Networks security appliance, protecedpdf Small Business Edition, Google services for Web sites, Twitter premium, Twitter best practices...
IBM RFID Helps Track Norwegian Beer, German Cars
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
RFID supply-chain solutions are helping Norway's largest brewer increase profits, improve customer service, and get fresher beer to thirsty Norwegians. And Volkswagen's group CIO said his RFID project could lead to a paperless production and logistics chain throughout the entire corporation.
New York Library Looks To BI Software For Help
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The massive library system, facing a $23 million budget cut, hopes business intelligence software will help it make the right decisions about staffing and hours.
Global CIO: Will Your Talent Pool Fix You Or Ruin You When Growth Returns?
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Plan now for staffing needs when the economy ramps up. Look to retraining, mentoring, and career development to keep valuable staff engaged and skill sets polished.
Malware Controlling Hardware Is Not A Necessity
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
The last two weeks have brought us two different attack vectors affecting servers and PC's alike. First Invisible Things Lab's Joanna Rutkowska and Rafal Wojtczuk presented the details of an attack on Intel's System Management Module which lets the malware do whatever it wants and effectively hides from everything else. Meanwhile, An
NIST Gets Funding Increase
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Obama gives national standards body an 8% increase in operating cash.
Google, Mozilla Back 3-D Acceleration Web Standard
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The Khronos Group will lead development of an open, royalty-free standard for presenting accelerated 3-D graphics online.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday March 25, 2009
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Google invests in Pixazza, economy crimps pay-for-performance outsourcing, Firefox architecture instability and memory leaks, no local Windows Azure, proprietary software model broken, is Linux Wal-Mart?, Hitachi 2.5" hard drive, Xobni ends beta, Dell servers and storage, T-Mobile 3G USB laptop stick, Sprint WiMax in 10 cities, Samsung SMB dealer program, Skype leading international carrier, botnet malware targets routers and modems, value
Lawsuits Could Derail Satyam Sale
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Company says it can't predict financial impact of investors' class-action claims.
Global CIO: The Ugly And Dangerous Prejudice Against Outsourcing
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
If American businesses yield to the anti-outsourcing caterwaulers, then don't be surprised to see them go after other equally legitimate business tools next.
Oracle's Phillips Sees Grid Computing For The Masses
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Looking past a limited audience of advanced users to a much broader market, Oracle plans to release this summer a new version of its Real Application Clusters (RAC) technology featuring "significant ease-of-use enhancements" that will make possible "grid computing for the masses." Whether the masses are hungry for grid computing is another matter.
Red Hat CEO: Proprietary Software Model Broken
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Unlike proprietary software, open source code forces developers to earn customers' subscription money every year, said Jim Whitehurst, at the Open Source Business Conference.
Yahoo Names Chief Marketing Officer
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Elisa Steele has held positions at NetApp, Sun, and AT&T.
Few Companies Preparing For Looming Carbon Restrictions
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Only about 18% of U.S. companies with between 1,000 and 10,000 employees expect to implement carbon management tools during the next 18 months, a new report shows.
Wozniak Joins DeepDyve Advisory Board
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
The Apple co-founder will offer advice on technology trends and user experience to the search engine company.
Should TARPfare Bums Be Allowed To Outsource?
Commentary  |  3/24/2009  | 
A Pennsylvania lawmaker is blasting JP Morgan Chase for accepting $25 Billion in TARP funds while planning to outsource thousands of U.S. tech jobs to India. And you thought AIG bonuses were a hot-button issue.
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