IT Budgets: Still Guardedly Optimistic?
InformationWeek last week held its annual Editorial Advisory Board meeting. The Editorial Advisory Board is made up of several leading CIOs (and former CIOs) and technology-oriented executives and investors. The most incendiary topic: the economy.
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Verizon Communications are among those hoping to reduce their exposure to lawsuits.
Time For Congress To Enforce 'Prevailing Wage' H-1B
A great idea hit me after reading George Will's column last Friday, lamenting our "shortage" of qualified high-tech workers. Sadly, Will sidestepped the controversial issue of whether foreign nationals undercut U.S. engineers by working for less under the H-1B visa program. So why not enforce domestic pay levels for these folks, and lift the current annual cap of 140,000 H-1B green cards? Under my
A Peek Inside Bill Gates' Head
As Bill Gates packs up his "#1 software architect" mug and prepares to leave his daily duties at Microsoft, we take a look at the character traits that put him on top of the software industry.
Video: Socialtext Turns Wiki Into Killer Web Platform
I'm big on community-centric sites as the next Web wave. My three regular readers know that from my recent post, Joomla Rocks, Or How To Build A Professional Web Site For No Money Down. While Joomla is indeed fantastic, there's another platform that's probably better out of the box for corporate users. It's called Socialtext, and I've got a video with company chairman Ross Mayfield to show you the high p
What Big Vendors See In The Clouds
This week we profile the cloud computing strategies of eight tech vendors. As we debated how to describe them on the cover of our magazine -- leaders, stalwarts? -- we settled on "behemoths." That's right, the unifying characteristic is just their bigness.
Archiving Market Constricting as Size Gains Importance
Messages, tracking them, collecting them, monitoring them, and archiving them may be the biggest challenge many IT managers face. Recently, a raft of products emerged to take on those different functions and now they are being rolled into integrated solutions.
CIO: The Buck Doesn't Stop Here
How involved are CIOs in corporate decisions? Fewer report being involved at the front end of important decisions, more being brought in only afterward. That's not a good sign.
Looking Into The Work-Trend Crystal Ball
A new report forecasting the top 10 workplace trends of the future says video and Web conferencing will make business travel extinct while social networking sites and other Web 2.0 technologies emerge as the primary tools for job recruiting. Is your organization ready to support these and other workplace trends? Or maybe you're already making these shifts.
Group Seeks High-Speed Broadband In Every Home
A new group called InternetforEveryone.org said it would bring together Internet users, content creators, and innovators to make universal, affordable, high-speed access a national priority.
SQL Injection Remains Scary Back-Door Security Threat
I got onto the subject of SQL injection thanks to Intel software blogger Kenneth Graf, who caught my attention with a post provocatively entitled, "Your password is potentially dangerous." (Who knew ? :) While SQL injection is nothing new, it remains a downright terrifying security threat, since it's a very easy way for hackers to get into the database behind your Web site.
The Aggressive IT Department
Is it important for IT departments to be perceived as aggressive? Because they aren't. In our recent "Tomorrow's CIO" research survey of 720 corporate managers and CIOs and VP-of-IT level executives, only 6% of those on the corporate side describe their IT departments as more aggressive than the rest of the company. Is that bad, or business as usual?
AP Correct In Calling BS On Blogosphere
No one else has voiced support to the AP for drawing a line in the virtual sand and attempting to preserve the tattered remnants of the profession of journalism, so it falls to me. Here goes: Just like the New York Mets with their firing of manager Willie Randolph, the AP botched big time the implementation of its copyright cease-and-desist claim against a tiny Web site, but the basic point was correct. Here's why.
Mac OS X Security Threat Discovered
The malicious code distributed from a hacker Web site has been given a "critical" security tag, but can infect only certain versions of the Mac OS.
Yahoo Execs Exit Stage Left
Though it's easy to make Yahoo's failure with Microsoft or the company's partnership with Google a scapegoat for these departures, there are some who are just moving on.
Firefox 3 Bugs Reported
Security flaws were found in Firefox 3 just hours after the open source Web browser was released Tuesday.