Interop Video: Management Guru With A Heart Of Globe
Tuesday's morning keynote at the killer Interop conference was given by C.K. Prahalad, a business professor who's not only got a keen sense of how technology impacts the globalized marketplace, but a social conscience and a sense of humanity, too. Who knew such a powerful combo was even possible?
Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
Hello, Would You Like A New Job?
When was the last time you got a call from a headhunter? Have those calls cooled down lately? Think it's due to the weak economy, or do you think it's possible that you're just not that "hot" anymore?
Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
U.S. IT Salaries Are Down. Did You See This Coming?
While I expected the current economy to crimp IT salaries, I didn't see this one coming. InformationWeek's annual U.S. IT Salary Survey showed a $2,000 dip in the median total pay. This marks the first median drop in our survey since the tech bubble burst. How does the data match your reality?
Life Inside The One-Man (Or Woman) IT Shop
Got a lot on your plate? How would you like to be the IT shop? While the common belief is that one-person IT departments are typically the stuff of start-ups and mom-and-pop businesses, that's not always the case.
Web 2.0 Expo Reveals: Mobile Is The New Desktop, Social Nets The New Media Companies
Remember, you read it here first. Wolfe's three laws of the brave new Web 2.0 world are: Mobile is the new desktop, the home page is dead, and social networks like Facebook and MySpace presage the media company of the future. These catchy Web 2.0 catch-phrases popped into my head during a heavy week of session-sitting at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Here's why I'm optimistic that those of us who are ready to embrace the virtual future are going to be in for a fun ride.
Keeping IT Staff Happy In Tough Times
Money is always quick and easy bait to keep valued staff from leaving. But how do you retain -- or even attract -- key talent when budgets are tight?
Video: Ruby On Rails For Absolute Beginners
I don't know much about Ruby On Rails, the open-source framework which allows you to develop Web applications. Fortunately, walking the halls of the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, I ran into someone who does, and he's offering a free online course where you can learn about it for yourself.
MashupOS: Can You Have Security and Web 2.0?
Okay, you have a web browser, and you have Web 2.0 applications -- mashups, in other words. And you have a choice -- convenience or security. The convenience of running mashups that combine related data from unrelated sources versus the minefield of running web services from multiple unknown, untrusted sites in a browser that was designed for visiting one known, trusted web site at a time. What's the answer?
At Last, A Homegrown CIO
Weyerhaeuser's new CIO comes from within, proving some companies aren't afraid to put an in-house IT veteran in the top technology spot.
Web 2.0 Manifesto: 'Nobody Knows Anything'
The people who really understand the Web know that nobody really understands the Web. (Zen enough for you?) Or, to put it more accessibly, to succeed, you can't try to out-think what your users want. You just have to try ... stuff. Which is why I'm so excited to be headed out to the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.
Don't Be A Control Freak
How can CIOs control the end run around IT? They can't -- that's the lesson from a new CIO survey. Live with it, loosen up, and keep track of where IT dollars actually are going.
5 Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short
For two weeks now, I've been the relatively happy owner of an iPhone. Still, I have some major complaints, and I know the folks in Cupertino are just waiting to hear what I've got to say. The problem is that the iPhone is a great gadget and conversation-starter, but not yet a true corporate tool.
What's The Hardest CIO Job?
It must be tough to run IT in a big bank these days, what with all the regulation and oversight going on. Logistics and shipping companies put a strain on IT systems. Google's CIO just left, perhaps for good reason. However, my nomination for the toughest CIO job is ...