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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in June 2007
AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.
Why Tainted Toothpaste Matters In The Outsourcing Discussion
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
As a talent war escalates in India, many companies are looking to China as the next big opportunity for offshore outsourcing. I have two words for you: tainted toothpaste.
MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson. Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $
How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is a mighty paradox. On the one hand, it's more robust and feature-rich than any of its predecessors. For the most part, it's also more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' Heel, which'll enable you to crash the OS in under 10 seconds.
National ID Cards The 'Sleeper' Immigration Issue?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
A largely overlooked section in the comprehensive immigration reform being debated in the Senate calls for the Social Security Administration to come up with fraud-resistant cards within two years to aid in electronic worker verification, possibly including biometric information. One top immigration scholar says this could be the "sleeper" issue of the debate, since it affects every U.S. employee.
CIO Gregor Bailar Responds: It's Time To Give Back
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Just heard back from outgoing Capital One CIO Gregor Bailar, who's departure I wrote about below and promised a response from the horse's mouth. Capital One, you may know, was the top company in the InformationWeek 500 list two years ago. Check out the last paragraph in Gregor's response about his insight into the future role of the CIO in this industry -- very interesting and right in l
AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores Pegged For November Debut
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Now comes renewed word that AMD's quad-core Phenom desktop processor line is poised to hit the market in November. The news, circulating in stories out of Taipei this weekend, isn't actually anything new--AMD publicly copped to a planned 2H 2007 introduction back in May. But it is stoking industry interest in what looms as a new round in the architectural wars, between AMD's impressive "10h" design and Intel's equally strong "Core"
How Do IT Workers Know How To Act?
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
Figuring out what IT workers should look at, shouldn?t look at, and what liability lies in between is not as easy as it, uh, looks.
YouTube, You Screwed?
Commentary  |  6/19/2007  | 
More businesses want to get involved with YouTube. It's young, it's hip, it's "Web 2.0." But don't mistake YouTube for child's play. As a Pittsburgh law firm is learning, there can be ugly repercussions to posting video for the whole world to see.
The H-1B Debate: Beneath The Policy, The Personal
Commentary  |  6/18/2007  | 
I've spent the last few weeks researching an article on H-1B visas, and it's been both illuminating and painful to dig underneath the press releases of high-tech firms, lobbying groups, and politicians and talk to the individuals directly affected by how many H-1B visas are issued -- and how many of those guest workers actually get green cards.
With Immigration, Tech CEOs' Policy Pitch Runs Into Washington Realities
News  |  6/15/2007  | 
As tech leaders lobby for openness in ''trade and talent'' immigration reform hits a skid.
CIO Dossier: Ben Holder, Unifi
Commentary  |  6/15/2007  | 
Challenge: Add even more complexity to an already complex IT role by taking on telecom cost-reduction project. Solution: A call to arms, CIO Nation! Ben?s got his own ideas but let's get him some additional CIO input. Ben Holder, CIO of Unifi, a textile manufacturer located in Greensboro, N.C., is in the discovery phase of overhauling the telecom bill-paying and management systems at the company. Not traditionally an IT operation at many companies, telecom is yet another part of the business wh
More On The Value of Younger IT Folks
Commentary  |  6/14/2007  | 
Following on the previous entry about BNSF's legacy migration, here's a reader's post from back in February on Chris Anderson's Long Tail blog that underscores the shift in the hierarchy of value within IT. The CIO doesn't always have the best answers, there isn't necessarily a direct correlation between age/experience and intelligence/talent, and it's a CIO like Jeff Campbell at BNSF who recognizes that that'll be the greatest asset to their company moving forward...
India Talent Shortage Reaches Tipping Point
Commentary  |  6/12/2007  | 
For any business that doesn't already have its foot in the door in India, it may be too late. The IT talent shortage there has hit a tipping point, and I predict that before long, only the in-crowd will be assured good access to top talent. That means big companies with strong ties to established service providers.
CIO Dossier: Jeff Campbell, BNSF Railway
Commentary  |  6/11/2007  | 
Challenge: Convert bloated, NATURAL-based, legacy transportation-support system to Web-based front end without breaking the bank or working through the decade Solution: Hand it off to a couple of 20-something brainiacs who did it in several weeks for one-fifth the cost. For this week?s CIO Nation Dossier, I spoke with BNSF Railway CIO Jeff Campbell about a project that blew my hair back. For years, BNSF had been pondering how to modernize its legacy transportation-support system and give it an
Google Pitch For Lifting H-1B Visa Limits Heralds 'In-Sourcing' Surge
Commentary  |  6/7/2007  | 
Having winnowed the domestic pool of highly experienced IT and engineering talent by hounding thousands out of the business through years of layoffs and false complaints about the math-smarts of American students, big business has hit on the latest tack for controlling high-tech labor costs: In-source the jobs it was previously outsourcing, by getting the government to lift the cap on H-1B visas.
Give Me Your Tired, Your Not-So-Poor...
Commentary  |  6/7/2007  | 
Immigration is a topic that has occupied the American mind since a group of English settlers had their visas stamped at Jamestown, VA, in 1607. However, while a great deal of the debate in the past centered around the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" who were the majority of those searching for a place in the United States, some of today's arguments concern a less desperate group: highly skilled workers, many o
I Wish More CIOs Were Like This...
Commentary  |  6/6/2007  | 
...at least when it comes to candor. An online letter recently sent to US Airways frequent flyers explaining some of the IT-related problems customers have been experiencing since the merger with America West is chock-full of frank mea culpas that you don't see coming from many businesses these days, much less a major airline. It's clear in the letter that frustration over problems in integrating the two airlines' reservation systems is percolating, as CIO Joe Beery says he'd like "to be buried
Apple MacBook Pro Laptops Push Santa Rosa Platform
Commentary  |  6/5/2007  | 
Leave it to Apple to steal everybody's thunder. For most of this year, it's been the hard-keypad-less iPhone which has stolen attention away from Web-surfing smartphones you can actually buy now. Today, Apple has shifted the spotlight away from some Intel teasers out of Computex in Taiwan, and gotten us all talking about its new Macbook Pro laptops, whi
Phoenix CIO Breakfast Is Set For July 31
Commentary  |  6/5/2007  | 
I couldn't book something in Death Valley on July 31, so I had to settle for the cooler climes of Phoenix -- but if you're a CIO from the greater Phoenix area (or happen to be visiting that day), I invite you to join me and up to eight CIOs for the first in this season's series of informal CIO Nation Breakfasts.
How Is Porn Like The Mainstream Press?
Commentary  |  6/3/2007  | 
What do purveyors of dirty pictures have in common with journalists? Answer: They're both getting screwed by the Internet. The New York Times turned up the apparent fact that the two professions are bedfellows of a sort, in its weekend story "For Pornographers, Internet's Virtues Turn To Vices."
Another Incident Of Dumb Cops Arresting A Guy For Using An Open Wi-Fi Connection
Commentary  |  6/1/2007  | 
A Michigan cop, who'd obviously been hit over the head with a billy club one time too many, levied criminal charges against a man who used an open, public Wi-Fi network outside the cafe that was running it.

GPLv3 No Longer Has Novell Worried About Linux Licensing
Commentary  |  6/1/2007  | 
Who elected Richard Stallman king of the free software world? (Okay, he did.) With the GPLv3 license on the cusp of adoption, the Free Software Foundation president is again hitting the virtual stump to promise that he won't quit revising the license until all software is free, free as in beer. Meanwhile, Novell, which heretofore had been worried about GPLv3, now says on


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