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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in June 2008
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IT Budgets: Still Guardedly Optimistic?
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
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.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
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
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Acer, Apple, Dell, and HP Sued For Patent Infringement
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Saxon Innovations, an intellectual property licensing company based in Tyler, Texas, says the tech vendors violated several of its patents.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Progress Buys Two SOA Tool Vendors In Two Days
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Mindreef and Iona Technologies are expected to bolster Progress' portfolio which includes management tools and business process management software.
PC Market Rises On Notebook Sales; HP, Dell, Acer Hold Top Rankings
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
For the last five years, first-quarter PC shipments have grown by an average of 12%, making this quarter part of the norm, iSuppli said.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Government Search Engine Expands With Vivisimo
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
USASearch.gov bolsters its search affiliate program to enhance news, images, frequently asked questions, maps, and weather forecasts, as well as government contact information.
Google Picks Bell Canada Exec To Be CFO
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Patrick Pichette was most recently president of operations at Bell Canada. He will report to Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive of Google.
A Peek Inside Bill Gates' Head
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
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
Google, Microsoft Back Online Health Records Privacy Framework
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The Markle Foundation rolled out a set of best practices backed by medical professionals, health insurers, consumer groups, healthcare providers, employer coalitions, and tech companies.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
What Big Vendors See In The Clouds
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
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
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
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.
High Tech Hiring, Salaries Remain Strong, Says AeA
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The American Electronics Association said 51 of the nation's top 60 urban areas have been adding high-tech jobs.
T-Mobile To Prorate Cell Phone Termination Fees
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Facing lawsuits and the FCC, all four major U.S. wireless carriers will soon have prorated cell phone cancellation policies.
SQL Injection Remains Scary Back-Door Security Threat
Commentary  |  6/23/2008  | 
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.
Blogger Huffington Blasts 'Old' Media
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The founder of The Huffington Post said traditional news organizations have failed to uncover and report the truth.
The Aggressive IT Department
Commentary  |  6/23/2008  | 
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?
FCC Moves Forward With Free Wireless Plan
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Despite opposition from wireless carriers, the FCC is seeking public comment for its free Wi-Fi plan.
Supreme Court To Hear AT&T Access Fee Appeal
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
A federal appeals court had ruled that AT&T was charging wholesale prices to ISPs that were too high for them to compete with AT&T in the retail market.
Bill Gates Waxes Philanthropic At Microsoft 'Exit Interview'
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The Microsoft chairman will retire from full-time duties this week, but expects to remain busy with his foundation's work.
Microsoft Deleted Windows Interoperability Documents, Feds Say
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The court-mandated committee overseeing Microsoft's compliance with a federal antitrust settlement said the software company broke a pact when it removed some information.
Web Sites Push For More Transparency and Accessibility In Government
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
OpenCongress and MetaVid give citizens an open window into government activities.
Microsoft, AT&T, Covisint Partner On Health Data Exchange
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The agreement lets consumers who use Microsoft's HealthVault share their health data with their doctors.
Top Court OKs Bell Canada Takeover, But Price Is An Issue
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Investment banking analysts speculated that the proposed $35 billion takeover price would be revised because of the generally deteriorating financial climate.
AP Correct In Calling BS On Blogosphere
Commentary  |  6/21/2008  | 
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.
Mozilla's Pain, TippingPoint's Gain -- And, Perhaps, A Tipster's Game?
Commentary  |  6/20/2008  | 
The recent news of a Firefox security flaw illustrates the dangers of security through obscurity. In this case, however, the obscurity I'm talking about doesn't involve the software.
Delta Airlines Tests Cell Phone Boarding Pass
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The program, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration, is being tested at New York's LaGuardia Airport on some flights.
FCC Gives Sprint Nextel 30 Days To Vacate 800-MHz Band
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The plan to reconfigure parts of the wireless spectrum is designed to prevent interference with public-safety communications systems.
NMPA Seeks To Guard Songwriters' Earnings, Protect Copyrights
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
National Music Publishers Association fights for legislation that protects copyrights, tries to make sure songwriters get fair royalties, and sues infringers.
Calif. Asks ISPs To Block Newsgroups Exchanging Child Porn
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
Attorney General Jerry Brown hopes Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint will extend their agreement with New York to the Golden State.
Mac OS X Security Threat Discovered
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
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
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
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.
CIOs Uncensored: Do You Have What It Takes To Be Tomorrow's CIO?
Commentary  |  6/19/2008  | 
It's a tall order to fill. Here are some indicators of what will be required of future CIOs.
HP To Shrink Printer Operations From Five To Three Units
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
The laser-jet and commercial printer operations will form one unit, while the ink-jet and consumer supplies operations will constitute another. The third unit will focus on billboards, signs, and professional photography.
Firefox 3 Bugs Reported
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
Security flaws were found in Firefox 3 just hours after the open source Web browser was released Tuesday.
Hackers? Ha! It's the IT Staff That Has the Keys -- and Uses Them
Commentary  |  6/19/2008  | 
You thought your biggest security worry was hackers stealing your company's private information? Think again. A recent survey indicates that IT guys are routinely accessing their companies' private information. Why? Because they can.
WD Unveils Dual-Drive Storage For Homes, Small Businesses
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
My Book Mirror Edition uses one drive for storing content from desktops and notebooks and the other for storing another copy for added protection.
HP, VMware Link Arms To Manage Virtual, Physical Resources
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
In the past, HP has linked its systems management software to VMware's through an external interface.
Computer Searches Admitted In Double Murder Case
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
Computer engineer Neil Entwistle is charged with murdering his wife and baby daughter in a Massachusetts case.
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