News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in April 2009
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Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
5 Tips For Taking Business Video Viral
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Putting up an online video can snare millions of viewers for your business and the cost for you can be almost nothing. It's time to take another look at the business potential of online video.
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
IBM Will Flex Financial Muscle In Cloud, Analytics, Outsourcing
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Flexing its considerable financial muscle in strategic categories, IBM says it "will leverage our cash position to be opportunistic to accelerate our progress" in cloud computing and business analytics, while also reporting a whopping 50% jump in signings for long-term strategic-outsourcing deals in the financial-services sector.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
Interactive Ad Unit Guidelines Revised
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The IAB issued the first Universal Ad Package, with four ad standards, in 2002.
bMighty bSecure: SMB Security On A Budget - And On Demand!
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
When times get tough, it's all too tempting to push security concerns aside. But that's a fool's game. Fortunately, there are ways for small and midsize companies to address security issues without breaking the bank. To learn more, check out the On-Demand version of bMighty bSecure, which brings together business and security experts to show you how to do exactly that.
Verizon Seeks Extension For Alltel Spinoff
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company says it needs more time to divest in wireless assets it obtained from Alltel because of difficulties related to the economic climate.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday April 30, 2009
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SMBs are looking to increase IT spending and create new jobs in the next six months, Acer on track to surpass Dell as the world's second-largest PC maker, IBM adds social networking to DeveloperWorks Portal for IT professionals, and more. . .
IBM CIO's Strategy: Run, Transform, Innovate
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Like other CIOs, IBM's Mark Hennessy knows that a dollar saved on data center operations is a dollar earned for business-technology innovation. IBM has moved the dial on its IT budget 10 percentage points toward innovation in recent years, and Hennessy says there are still more operational efficiencies to be gained.
Riverbed Revenue Jumps 21% As It Sasses Cisco
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Sparked by strong revenue growth in services and 500 new customers, Riverbed Technology reported revenue grew 21% in the first quarter to $88.5 million, and that it expects second-quarter revenue to be up by 13%-15% year over year. Emboldened by that success, Riverbed execs also told analysts they're beating Cisco "nine out of 10 times" even as Cisco and others offer discounts of 80% or more.
Global CIO: How Avnet Is Rethinking IT To Enable Global Business
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A broader move from regional to global IT teams lets the company remain responsive to regional market needs while gaining the benefits of its global scale.
Time Warner Ready To Spin Off AOL
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The fate of the partnership may be decided at an all-hands meeting at AOL's ancestral headquarters in mid-July.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
Going On A Job Interview? Here's Some Help
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Job interviews rank up there with root canal for most people. Wouldn't you want to know in advance the trickiest question your prospective employer might ask on your job interview?
Acer Could Replace Dell As World's No. 2 PC Maker
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Despite reporting disappointing first-quarter financial results and lowering its netbook shipment forecast, Acer is still growing while Dell's performance is suffering.
IT Helps Seal Our Borders
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The economic stimulus package includes about $980 million aimed at beefing up surveillance of our borders. Much of that fuels a huge bet that technology projects can help secure them.
CIO At The CIA Recognized As IT Leader, Change Agent
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
For the second time in three weeks, the understandably low-key CIO of the CIA, Al Tarasiuk, has been in the public eye, this time in recognition for being named as a top IT leader and change agent at an industry event.
Google Book Search Settlement Faces DOJ Review
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The query follows the deal Google reached last year with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.
IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The state's Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months.
New ProCurve Threat Module: Flexibility Requires Planning
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
HP ProCurve announced a new module for their ProCurve 8212 and 5400 modular switches. The Threat Management Module offers firewall, VPN, and IPS functions simultaneously on the switch backplane which is unlike Cisco's approach with the Catalyst 6500 requiring separate security modules firewall, VPN, and IPS. The cost, however, is lower performance per module. ProCurve needs to increase module performance to make it a replacement for appliances.
Global CIO: Upheaval In The IT Industry: The End Of The World As We Knew It
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
The old model where hardware was hardware and software was software is gone, finished, and not to be seen again.
Sun CEO Schwartz To Staff: We've Fueled Entire Industries
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
In a memo to employees announcing the Oracle deal, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz makes every effort to emphasize the high value Oracle is placing on Sun's people. And, perhaps releasing his inner publicist, Schwartz also says Sun has "fueled entire industries with our people," driven the discovery of new drugs, and "transformed social media."
More Companies Requiring IT Security Certification
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The study reflects responses from more than 1,000 IT employees.
Swine Flu Prompts Calls For More Telecommuting
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Currently, 60% of federal agencies include telework in plans for continuity of operations, but just more than 7% of federal employees telework regularly.
Apple Hires Former AMD Graphics Expert
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Bob Drebin's hire could indicate that Apple is expanding its role in the development of graphics technology for its products.
CIOs and Risk: Not Me, Must Be The Other Guy/Gal!
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
My parents used to love telling me how, when I was a lad of about two or three years old, I would gleefully throw my two older brothers under the bus whenever my mom or dad inquired about a broken lamp or a spilled soda.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Microsoft Releases Office 2007 SP2
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The productivity suite update adds built-in support for Open Document Format and a slew of other tweaks, including improved Outlook performance.
HP Peps Up Its Mid-Range Business Laptops
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The ProBook s-series represents HP's new mainstream business laptop brand, replacing most of the Compaq line.
U.K. Imposes Deadline To Fix Sick E-Health Program
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The CIO of Britain's Department of Health says outsourcers working on the long-delayed project have seven months to get it right -- or they may have to get out.
Boston Seeks Lead In Mobile Innovation, Startups
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
State funding and MIT connections fueled more than $500 million in investments in Boston-area mobile and wireless startups last year.
Richard Stallman Slams SaaS
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
If you're known by the enemies you keep, then Software as a Service received a boost the other day when it was bashed by Richard Stallman, the free-software GNUru. Stallman is such a control freak about his particular vision of software "freedom" that he says the following about SaaS: "You must not use it!"
Q & A: Gen. Colin Powell On Leadership In Times Of Change
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks with InformationWeek about "commander's risk," cybersecurity, H1-B visas, Facebook, and his most immediate concerns for the United States.
Microsoft In $3 Billion Cloud Deal With HP-EDS
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Redmond is using partners to push hosted offerings deeper into the corporate market.
Satyam Installs SAP And Its Employees Get Well-Deserved Praise
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Most of Satyam's 40,000 employees, who had nothing to do with the financial fraud that nearly destroyed the company earlier this year, have spent the past three months dutifully serving their customers and fulfilling their professional obligations. So it was nice to see a big client lavish praise on Satyam's employees upon completion of a complex SAP project vital to India's security and national defense.
Microsoft Ramps Up Virtualization Management, Management Services
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company's push into two new areas is expected to be explored at its annual Microsoft Management Summit.
Obama Promises Massive Commitment To Scientific Research
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Microsoft strategy officer Craig Mundie among those named to help the administration shape its science policy.
Foreign IT Pros Working In U.S. Earning More Than Americans
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Researchers analyzed skills and pay data on more than 50,000 IT professionals who participated in InformationWeek salary surveys from 2000 to 2005.
Apple 'Pretty Messed Up' When Steve Jobs Returned
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Jobs' comments made to the SEC during his stock backdating deposition reveal the lengths the co-founder had to go to reset Apple's direction.
Apple Corrects Shareholder Vote To Grant Voice On Pay
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company says it expects to see regulations requiring some form of shareholder input on compensation at public companies in the near future.
Satyam Used Computers To Create 7,500 Fake Invoices
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Company officials employed an elaborate network of applications to facilitate accounting fraud.
Twitter Backlash Bubbles Up
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
I was going to weigh in with yet another opinion about whether microposts reminiscent of that 1970s ad -- "if u cn rd ths msg, u cn gt a gd jb" -- presage the post-literate future or are instead our decade's pet-rock moment. However, what's more interesting is the brewing battle over whether Twitter backlash is for real or just a made-up story attempting to throw cold water on the popular Web 2.0 time-suck.
Qualcomm To Pay Broadcom $891 Million In Patent Litigation Settlement
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Broadcom's bonanza could help it fulfill its unsolicited bid to take over Fibre Channel storage networking company Emulex.
Infosys, Wipro, And Tata All Seek To Hire More Non-Indians
Commentary  |  4/26/2009  | 
Infosys, Wipro, and Tata are all looking to hire more non-Indian workers to allay protectionist concerns and to recast their image as creators of jobs rather than relocators of jobs, and Wipro's plans include a second U.S.-based development center. But an ill-advised comment from the head of HR at Infosys could make this effort much more contentious than it needed to be.
Amazon Says CIO Interest In Its Cloud Services Is Surging
Commentary  |  4/25/2009  | 
Amazon says CIO interest is rising rapidly in its enterprise-caliber Amazon Web Services, and that commitment for the new business starts at "the very highest levels of the company."
Napster Judge Hears Hollywood, RealNetworks Arguments
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The movie studios sued RealNetworks in 2008, accusing the company of violating their copyrights.
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