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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in May 2007
CIO Gregor Bailar Leaving Capital One
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Capital One said today its CIO, Gregor Bailar, is stepping down Sept. 1 to pursue philanthropic interests. Bailar was at the helm of the company's IT department when InformationWeek named Capital One the no. 1 company in the presitgious InformationWeek 500 list in 2005. For those who want to make hay about the shortening tenure of the CIO, even among the good ones, think again... (read on after viewing the video by clicking "Continue reading..." below) To see Bailar speaking on agile programmin
Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying softwar
Linux Supporters Arrogant? You Be The Judge
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
Never one to shy away from a good argument--the mark of the employed blogger is a very thick skin--I'd like to continue the debate kicked off by my recent post, on Dell's decision to offer PCs equipped with Ubuntu Linux. My tepid post, in which I gingerly chided Dell for not caveating its Ubuntu offerings up the wazoo, while at the same time complimenting the previously direct-sales-only PC powerhouse a
Dell Ubuntu PCs Are Best Friend Linux Ever Had
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Is Linux its own worst enemy when it comes to gaining converts on the desktop? That's what I said in a recent post, in reference to Dell's impending release of systems equipped with Ubuntu Linux. And, boy, did I get an earful of reader comments. This time, I've got another beef: Now that Dell has formally announced the machines, the Dell page offering the Ubuntu boxes for sale (
Dell's Ubuntu Offering Shows Why Linux Is Its Own Worst Enemy
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
Dell is moving full speed ahead with its rush to deliver Ubuntu Linux on a bunch of upcoming laptops and desktops, but there's a potential problem looming: Multimedia support on the machines may be spotty.
MarkMonitor, Steele Foundation Ink Pact
News  |  5/23/2007  | 
MarkMonitor and The Steele Foundation have formed an alliance to provide businesses with a comprehensive solution to the surge of costly crime
Loose Lips Sink Product Launches
Commentary  |  5/22/2007  | 
I was flying out to Interop Monday morning when I heard two execs a row ahead of me talking about a big upcoming product announcement. They might as well have just chucked all their expensive corporate security technologies out the window.
Criminal Ring Continues Exploits
News  |  5/21/2007  | 
MessageLabs revealed new data on the levels, victims and sources of targeted email attacks in April 2007
Oracle Acquisition Is Latest Twist In Obsession With SAP
Commentary  |  5/16/2007  | 
Ah, obsession. It drives the plot of the world's most famous love stories. It gave Glenn Close a role in "Fatal Attraction." It manifests as a disorder that keeps psychiatrists busy. And it lingers between the lines in every announcement that has come from Oracle and SAP this week: an obsession, with the other company.
Some CIOs Taking Budgeting Precautions For Possible Downturn
Commentary  |  5/15/2007  | 
OK, so two that I'm aware of... But my momma once said that it only takes two determined people to botch everyone else's best-laid plans. Of course, she was saying this to my little brother and me while whupping our asses for spilling paint all over the garage. But there are two companies (one in retail, one in financial services) that are sufficiently worried about a downturn in the market (the word they used was "recession") that the CEOs have asked their CIOs to prepare a "plan B" budget fo
Why Is Everyone So Afraid Of IT Analysts?
Commentary  |  5/14/2007  | 
The ink was barely dry on last year's InformationWeek cover story analyzing the credibility of IT analysts when the e-mails started hitting my inbox. Some readers applauded our efforts to examine the criticism often leveled at the analyst market, while others thought the story fell flat for lack of specific or new examples. Funny thing about the latter -- whenever I'd get a supposedly jilted customer
Internet Age Verification: Why Are We Kidding Ourselves?
Commentary  |  5/12/2007  | 
I've singled out Linden Lab for criticism for its scheme to require users of Second Life to offer proof of age before accessing adult content. But Linden Lab is only following standard practice on the Internet, where operators of porn sites and the government agree to pretend that we can verify the ages of people who access adult content online by requiring them to submit electronic documents.
Newspaper Reporting Being Outsourced To India
Commentary  |  5/11/2007  | 
Farewell, Nation, this may be my last blog post. Some in the IT community, particularly those whose jobs had been displaced or were about to be displaced by Indian outsourcers, said I'd get my comeuppance after I wrote a column a few years ago about my sister-in-law potentially losing her job overseas. It seems my turn on the unemployement line may come sooner than I think as journalism jobs are now being sent to Indi
NY CPB Delays Google-DoubleClick Merger
News  |  5/10/2007  | 
Google must create safeguards and disclose how it tracks Internet usage before it's allowed to collect even more data
Frequent Traveler Fights Back!
Commentary  |  5/10/2007  | 
This has probably happened to a fair number of you frequent travelers: you're being helped at a hotel registration desk, when the phone behind the counter rings. You know what inevitably happens... Yep, the person serving you picks up the phone to deal with the call-in customer instead. Well, last night, after I got stuck in Dallas on my return home from the Software 2007 show and was put up at a local hotel chain, this happened to me. Here's what I decided to do...
What's the Most Innovative Software?
Commentary  |  5/9/2007  | 
That's a trick question, because most of the innovation I'm seeing at the Software 2007 conference in Silicon Valley this week isn't in traditional, on-premise software, it's in software services.
Too Much Innovation?
Commentary  |  5/8/2007  | 
Is there such a thing as too much innovation? Yes, say CIOs at the Software 2007 conference. Well, that's not entirely true -- it's not a matter of too much innovation but, how it scales...
Advice to Software Vendors From The CIOs of Disney, FedEx, Unilever, and Motorola
Commentary  |  5/8/2007  | 
Here are the quick, one-paragraph answers the CIOs on the panel here at the conference offered as advice to software vendors in how to deal with large customers like their companies...
The Real Value of Web Services
Commentary  |  5/8/2007  | 
Now on stage at the Software 2007 Conference are CIOs from four large companies -- Fedex, Unilever, Disney, and Motorola. Rob Carter, CIO of Fedex, just said that by using Web services, Fedex is able to transform the whole paradigm of how and why customers use Web sites. Rather than relating to Web sites as "desinations" where users "go somewhere to do something," Fedex is using Web services to create "connections," where customers can embed features and technologies in their own applications an
CIOs, Your Vendors Are Avoiding You!
Commentary  |  5/8/2007  | 
I'm sitting in ballroom A at the Santa Clara Convention Center for Software 2007, watching Marc Benioff walk through a product demo (when are software CEOs who keynote industry events going to resist the temptation to put an audience to sleep with a demo and instead talk about compelling issues like overhauling restrictive maintenance contracts, promoting customer-driven innovation, and the like?). Earlier today I moderated a panel that included Dennis Moore, head of emerging technologies at SAP
The Future of Software - You Decide
Commentary  |  5/8/2007  | 
Hey, Nation, we're looking for help on ideas that would help improve the state of enterprise and desktop software. We're polling our readers, but also would love for additional help through this blog. So here's the question, and please post your answers below: As you look at the future of software, what ideal (but realistic) feature or features would you like to see built into either an enterprise or desktop application?
More Than A Quarter Of Companies Do Not Enforce Wireless Security
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
According to a survey by Infosecurity Europe, 26 percent of companies do not enforce wireless security. So all those Wi-Fi networks out there are wide open?
Why Green Computing Now Matters To CIOs
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
I spoke this morning with Ned Renzi, a partner in Pittsburgh-based VC Birchmere Ventures, and he's the first investor I've talked to about the whole "green" computing phenomenon who's been able to capture why some CIOs are starting to pay attention to the concept, and why all should start thinking about it soon. And the reason isn't solely based on an inconvenient truth...
Tips To Offshore-Proof Your Tech Career
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
For IT professionals, the word "offshore" is probably on the same list of dreaded terms as "death" and "taxes." But unlike dying and paying Uncle Sam, being a casualty of offshoring isn't inevitable.
Phoenix CIO Breakfast Taking Shape
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Phoenix, New York City, and Washington are shaping up to be the first of the cities in the CIO Nation "CIO Breakfasts" (check my blog of April 2 for more info on how you can participate). If you're a CIO in any of these cities and are interested in attending, please let me know (post a response here or e-mail me at These are no-obligation opportunities to simply gather with your peers, exchange ideas and best practices, and of course get a free omelette. The Phoenix timeframe
A CIO Who Understands Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
I just got off the phone with a retail CIO -- someone who really understands how to make Web 2.0 technologies work in the enterprise -- who told me how they're scrapping a blog approach for franchise updates and going instead with a wiki/RSS combination that is catching fire. He asked for anonymity because he wants to be selective about who knows what they're working on, but if you're interested in connecting with this CIO, post a response here or shoot me an e-mail at and I'll
The IT Paycheck Battle of The Sexes
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Hey ladies -- if you're out there -- take a look at these numbers. You're earning about 86 cents for every dollar your male IT counterpart makes. (But you sort of knew that already, didn't you?)
Age Is Just A Number, Or Is it?
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
Feeling old? Apparently for some people, the IT profession makes them feel older than they are because employers are ready to put them out to pasture.

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