News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in May 2010
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Server Shipments, Revenue Increase
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
After a two-year slump, server shipments are up more than 23% year-over-year and factory revenue increased almost 5% in the first quarter.
Constant Contact To Add SMB Tools
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
NutshellMail acquisition will enable small business email marketers to interact with customers through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Memorial Day: Marcus Lutrell And His Navy SEAL Brothers
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
On this Memorial Day weekend, we have a special chance to hear stories of the unimaginable courage, honor, and sacrifice of the U.S. military. Here's a haunting excerpt from Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, one of those books offering a brief glimpse into the secret lives of these extraordinary warriors who eagerly put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of us.
Senators Propose Mandatory IDs For Prepaid Cell Phones
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Citing the Times Square bombing suspect, who used a prepaid cell phone, two Senators have proposed legislation that would end anonymous use of prepaid mobile phone service.
Google's 'Screw Up' Looks Expensive
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Google's Street View snafu may end up being one of the more costly copy-and-paste mistakes in recent memory. In the past ten days, there have been six lawsuits filed against Google in the U.S. for alleged illegal data interception.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, & Cisco Face Looming Identity Crises
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Many leading IT companies are best-known for their legacies instead of their present potential—and that's going to become a big problem.
Audi Offers In Car Internet Access
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The optional hotspot, available in the 2011 edition of the A8 sedan, comes with WPA2 encryption and connectivity for up to eight mobile devices.
Microsoft Piles On Dynamics Apps Upgrades
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Free new features include a financial reporting module, CRM integrations and an SAP connector.
Firefox Home Headed To iPhone
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mozilla may not be able to get Firefox approved for the iPhone but perhaps it will be able to win acceptance for its personalization and synchronization technology.
Health IT Fosters Blood Transfusion Safety
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mediware's Bloodsafe Tx mobile device integrates with e-medical record systems and ensures that patients receive correct blood transfusions.
EMC Settles Federal Kickback Suit For $87.5 Million
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The U.S. government had charged EMC with misrepresenting prices and illegally paying consultants to recommend its products.
Steve Ballmer: Planetary King Of Info Tech Profit
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
I like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's dismissal in the Wall Street Journal of all the frothy media churn over Apple surpassing Microsoft in market cap: "I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are." Next question, please?
Will Android Overtake iPhone In Enterprise?
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
With all the chatter about Apple surpassing Microsoft in market-cap, a related detail might deserve more attention: Q1 sales of Android smartphones topped sales of iPhones by 25%, according to a consumer research firm. With consumer engagement driving enterprise adoption, can we expect to see the Google mobile OS starting to crimp the iPhone's style in the business world?
Yahoo, Zynga Partner On Games Distribution
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The pact makes Farmville accessible across the Yahoo network and allows product integration of Zynga games with the Yahoo Application Platform.
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Embraces Cloud Computing's 'Idiocy'
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
After Ellison's colorful rants about the cloud's absurdity, idiocy, and nonsense, Oracle's expanding its cloud technology, advocacy, and marketing.
HIT Standards Committee Struggles With Additional Demands
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
As a result of the recently passed healthcare reform legislation, additional tasks, including enrollment transaction specifications, are falling to the committee.
Symantec Enhances SMB Security Suite
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
For small and midsize businesses, Symantec will offer improved endpoint security, backup capabilities, disaster recovery and messaging security this summer.
CIO Profiles: In Their Own Words
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010  | 
IT leaders share their top priorities, biggest mistakes, and career dreams if they weren't a CIO.
Gov 2.0: Cloud Success Hinges On Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Microsoft says the private and public sectors must work closely together for government to realize the promises of cloud computing.
Android 2.2: Ready For Enterprise?
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Google is touting its new mobile platform's business-friendly features, but licensing Microsoft's ActiveSync may not offer enough security to make Android ready to work in the enterprise.
Ariba Launches Cloud Trading Platform
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Buyers and sellers gain one-stop, software-free selling and procurement. IBM adds collaboration and social networking tools.
IBM Adds Heft To Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
I confess that I still think of IBM as stodgy, so my head has been turned around by the leadership I'm seeing out of Big Blue on Enterprise 2.0. Two new Pearson/IBM Press books written by IBMers provide a sound intro for managers looking to get pointed in the right direction so they can help their organizations get beyond the hype and extract some real value from E2.0 technologies.
Microsoft Is Hiring In Boston
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
The Cambridge consolidation of NERDs is underway: Microsoft is relocating two of its suburban-Boston development groups into a new office space in Cambridge that will almost double the size of its facilities there. And about that NERD thing: that's Microsoft's own name for its New England Research & Development center.
Financial Services Like The Cloud, Provided It's Private
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
The panel was on "Financial Services in a Cloud Connected World." Its members were representatives of New York's big banks, a Wall Street consultancy and an industry advisory group, all assembled for the first event the morning after the CA World 2010 party at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was time to get serious about cloud computing.
Global CIO: The Innovation Revolution And IT's Indispensable Role
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson has a new theory on how leading companies are leveraging IT to unlock unprecedented waves of innovation -- and are reinventing R&D.
Global CIO: How Manpower CIO Makes The Cloud Real
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Denis Edwards and his IT team have a strategy for where cloud computing works best. For those types of applications and tasks, the question becomes, 'Why wouldn't we?'
Sybase IQ Upgrade Takes On Text Analysis
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Analytic database handles structured and unstructured data. Federation and loading options improve.
Colorado's Big Brother E-Commerce Law
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Forcing online retailers to reveal their customers and their customers' purchases will be challenged as unconstitutional.
Congress Considering Rewrite Of Telecom Law
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
House and Senate leaders are looking to take up the contentious issue of whether to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, subjecting it to more regulation.
Microsoft Says China Piracy Killing Thousands Of U.S. Jobs
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Insisting that software piracy in China has become so pervasive that "there is no software market to speak of" in the fast-growing country, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday that enhanced enforcement in China of intellectual-property rules could save U.S. firms tens of thousands of jobs, Bloomberg reports.
Novell ID Manager 4 Spans Enterprise, Cloud
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Identity Manager 4 targets automated ID management ecosystem, including tie-ins to and Microsoft's SharePoint.
Performance Monitoring Aims To Improve EHR Satisfaction
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
By monitoring system performance on the backend, an Alabama health system hopes to make its e-health record rollout go smoother for users.
IBM Lands $31M In Subsidies For 600 Jobs
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
IBM is planning to hire 600 and possibly up to 800 employees at a proposed new services-delivery center in Columbia, Missouri, and in return will receive various financial incentives totaling about $50,000 per job. It's a great deal for IBM, but is it also a great deal for state and local taxpayers?
Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's Top 10 Insights
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
HP released strong financial results last week and in a Q&A session afterward with financial analysts, CEO Mark Hurd offered a range of insights into the company's emerging grand strategy. Here's our take on the 10 most-significant strategic thoughts offered by Hurd.
Global CIO: The Myth Of The Social-Misfit, Business-Bozo CIO
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Piling on to the popular myth that CIOs know tech but nothing else, a new study's flawed conclusions show that the real know-nothings are the researchers.
Dossia Expanding EHR Platform Reach
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
The employer consortium is offering its e-health record software to other companies via the cloud and is also developing an EHR package for small and mid-size businesses.
Can SAP Deliver IT Simplicity?
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Apps vendor talks real-time; customers hear "removing IT infrastructure."
Google Sued For Vacuuming WiFi Data
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Having admitted it 'screwed up,' Google may have to pay up.
FCC Clears Verizon, Frontier Landline Deal
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Frontier Communications has agreed to pay $8.6 billion to acquire nearly 5 million Verizon telephone lines in 14 states.
Parents Want Online Communication With Pediatricians
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
While patients are pushing their doctors to use more e-mail and Web communications, the doctors are concerned about liability and reimbursement issues.
Top 3 Pluses & Minuses Of Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Getting ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, June 14- 17, I've been thinking about the value of the online collaboration tools most of us are beginning to embrace. My early take is that the positives are engagement, empowerment, and the potential to spur innovation. The downsides are the dangers of groupthink gone wild and the security risks of exposing valuable company data. Click through for my "top three" lists of E2.0 pluses and minus Refresh Uses Open Source, Cloud
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Updated site allows more in-depth analysis of where and how the federal government is spending money.
Facebook CEO Promises 'Simpler' Privacy Controls
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Mark Zuckerberg says his company "missed the mark" on privacy controls and will deliver changes 'in the coming weeks.'
eBay's $2,000-Per-Second Data Center
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
eBay's new $287 million data center in Utah was built in just 14 months and is responsible for managing all transactions and revenue from and, which in 2009 totaled $60 billion or about $2,000 per second. Maybe it's no surprise that two of the project's leaders are former tank commanders and West Point graduates. And don't miss the photos!
Global CIO: The Golden Age Of IT Has Begun: 6 Reasons Why
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
The simultaneous transcendence of predictive analytics, real-time computing, and mobile power is creating tremendous new opportunities for CIOs.
Global CIO: 'The New Polymath': 12 Reasons CIOs Must Drive Innovation
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Industry pundit Vinnie Mirchandani offers a dozen insightful examples from his new book on why today's CIOs must excel at many things.
Global CIO: Cloud Computing 2.0: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
With cloud computing nearing the end of the hype/confusion/hype stage, CIOs must focus on quantifiable business benefits and long-term viability.
HP Helps Wal-Mart Transform From Photos To Publishing
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard is helping Wal-Mart expand into the publishing business by sweeping aside the old photo-printing model and letting customers select and print everything from greeting cards to branded images from concerts, TV shows, and movies. With other huge retailers signing on as well, HP expects its new retail publishing business will grow 300% this year.
IBM Platform Promises Easy Predictive Modeling
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
Decision Management system launches with customer-service and insurance-claims applications.
Down To Business: Analytics For Every Action
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
The challenge for companies now is less about the maturity of the software tools and more about instilling an analytics culture.
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