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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in June 2006
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Mobility
Commentary  |  6/28/2006  | 
Our two most relied upon computing/communications devices--the laptop and the cell phone--are making headlines today. The failure rate on laptops (and desktops)--failure defined as necessitating replacement of a hardware component--is dropping, but remains higher than a rate I'd consider optimal.
Account And Data Theft By India's Outsourcing Workers Rare Compared To In-House Thievery At U.S. Banks
Commentary  |  6/28/2006  | 
That the arrest on theft charges of an HSBC employee at the bank's outsourcing operations in India made big headlines shows that hiring low-wage staff in that country for sensitive financial work must be...a pretty safe business practice. Yup, you read that right, and here's the proof.
Fortent Gets Funding
News  |  6/28/2006  | 
Fortent, a company created to deliver a comprehensive suite of risk and compliance solutions to financial institutions, launched today
Program Analyst Job Pays $454.5 Million, So It Seems Or Not
Commentary  |  6/26/2006  | 
Funny thing with numbers, they can tell much or little about the truth. Take, for instance, whether foreign nationals who enter the United States with H-1B visas in hand are paid the prevailing wage as the law requires.
Putting Tuition Money Where Your Mouth Is
Commentary  |  6/20/2006  | 
Teenagers never listen to their parents, right? But when it comes to not pursuing tech careers, kids seem to be tuning in. I've been hearing a lot lately from IT pros who say they're telling their own kids not to go into technology careers. That's the same advice many nontechie parents have been giving their kids since the dot-com bust. With so many companies purportedly offshoring, outsourcing, and hiring
Why U.S. Tech Firms Need More, Not Fewer, Indian Workers
Commentary  |  6/20/2006  | 
Less than one-half of IBM's revenues derive from sales to customers in the United States. Earlier this week, Indian outsourcer TCS bagged two deals worth more than $30 million in Latin America. Here's why these two facts combined show why American tech services firms have no choice but to continue adding staff in India and China while trimming down their more expensive U.S. workforce.
Yahoo Mail Exposure Left Plenty Of Opportunity For JavaScript Worm
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
The Yahoo Mail worm exploited a JavaScript on-load function for HTML images, a function intended for Web applications to deliver a specific image-handling instruction to a browser. The on-load tag leaves space for 3 to 4 Kbytes of JavaScript to run in the browser. That's more than enough...
Homeland Security Chief Devises His Own Spam Solution
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff no longer has a problem with spam. Not wanting to be deluged with lots of garbage, Chertoff no longer uses e-mail.
IBM Chief Palmisano Says Offshore Outsourcing Could Help Save World from Terrorism
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
In a letter to the Financial Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano says his multi-billion dollar investments in offshore production facilities are part of a campaign to transform the company from classic multinational (read: evil, exploitive, outdated, bad for world peace) into "a new actor" known as "the globally integrated enterprise." The GIE, says Palmisano, is a benevolent form of industrial organization that creates lasting wealth and meaningful jobs around the world. It can even disarm te
H-1B Debate About More Than Numbers
Commentary  |  6/12/2006  | 
Every time InformationWeek writes about the emotional issues of IT employment, such as H-1B visas this week or career planning against offshoring in April, some readers zero in on the numbers and debate their relevance and veracity with a fire-spitting passion. And bless them for it.
IBM's India Plan Includes A Hefty Dose Of Automation
News  |  6/9/2006  | 
It's doing research to turn many manual IT tasks over to machines in order to push down the operating costs of its services group.
How 6 Billion IBM Dollars Helped Chase Apple Out Of India
Commentary  |  6/6/2006  | 
In just the past two days, Apple Computer said it's cutting and running from a fledgling tech services operation in India, while IBM announced plans to invest a further $6 billion in the country over the next three years. These can't both be smart business decisions, can they?
Everyone's Waking Up To The Importance Of India To IBM
Commentary  |  6/5/2006  | 
The NY Times has an article today highlighting India's importance to IBM, saying IBM now employs 43,000 people there, or about 13% of its total workforce. BusinessWeek recently ran its own take on this move. InformationWeek
The Federal Information Tax
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
The most shocking thing about AT&T's surrender of its customer call data to the National Security Agency is that AT&T sold its shareholders short--it gave away all that valuable data for nothing, except perhaps the goodwill of government regulators. Data brokers know better. Knowledge is both power and payday. "Today, information is everything," ChoicePoint proclaims on its


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