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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in June 2009
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30% Of Auto-Industy Supply Chain Will Die, Expert Says
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
With bankrupt Chrysler about to resume production and as both it and General Motors struggle with huge losses and drastic new ownership structures, at least 30% and perhaps even 40% of the suppliers that feed the U.S. automobile industry will not be able to survive, says a restructuring expert.
Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Supreme Court May Review Conviction Of Ex-Qwest CEO
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Joe Nacchio is serving six years in prison for illegal insider trading while head of the telecom firm.
Indian IT Firms Cutting Billing Rates At Unprecedented Levels
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Indian IT services firms have been cutting their rates by 35% or even 40% as global clients continue to look for ways to reduce costs in the global economic downturn. The depth of this latest round of rate cuts is "unprecedented," according to an industry expert based in India.
IBM Wins Round Against Dell Exec
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
David Johnson cannot assume full duties in Round Rock until lawsuit is resolved.
Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
The Pirate Bay Goes Legit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Buyer Global Gaming Factory X plans to introduce commercial business model to infamous file-swapping site.
Pirate Bay Takes On YouTube
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
VideoBay is in "beta extreme" and comes with the warning, "Don't expect anything to work at all."
SAP Looking At 35% Margins And Doubled Revenue By 2014
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A leaked SAP strategy document says the company expects to reach an operating margin of 35% by 2014 and also expects current revenue to double during that five-year period. Right now, archrival Oracle has an operating margin of 51%, so it will be interesting to see how each side spins its profit story to its customers.
Nokia Siemens' Acquisition Of Nortel's LTE Unit Contested
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the face of objections from creditors and suppliers, Nortel wants a judge to approve the proposed $650 million sale.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
Top 10 Companies For US Patents In 2008: IBM Again #1
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
IBM was awarded 4,186 patents last year to lead the Top 10 list, marking the 16th straight year IBM has earned more US patents than any other company in the world. IBM's achievement - that's more than 11 patent granted every single day for the entire year - also marks the first time any organization has been awarded more than 4,000 US patents in a single year.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
Universal Cell Phone Charger Gets EU OK
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Manufacturers endorsing EU agreement include Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, and RIM. Concept has been endorsed in the US by the CTIA wireless association.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
CIOs Don't Listen To Vendors Anymore, Says Salesforce CEO
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
During the global economic downturn, an IT industry that delivers too much complexity and not enough flexibility has lost a lot of credibility, says CEO Marc Benioff, and a major repercussion has been the rise of the reference-account CIO as sales driver. Is your commission plan all set up?
Judge OKs Former IBM Exec's Dell Move
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
David Johnson can begin work in Round Rock while breach of contract case is heard.
Macintosh Malware + Twitter = Greater Vigilance (If You're Smart)
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Tweets from a respected Macintosh evangelist inadvertently contained links to a Trojan horse aimed at Macintosh computers. The incident should serve as a warning to Mac-using SMBs that while their Macs aren't nearly as subject to malware attacks as Windows machines are, that's not a guarantee that nothing bad can happen.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
Global CIO: How 22% Annual Fees For You Equals 51% Operating Margins For Oracle
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
The enterprise-software powerhouse is rightfully proud of its financial prowess. But in this brutal economy, are its customers getting a fair return?
Lenovo Joins HP In Free Windows 7 Upgrade
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Buy a PC running Windows Vista Vista now, get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it ships in September.
Cisco Touts Telecommuting
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
A survey released by the networking powerhouse says work-at-home employees can save companies money. And then there's the bandwidth.
Palm Posts $105 Million Loss
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Palm has essentially bet its future on the success of its Pre smartphone and webOS operating system.
Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, Appeals Court Rules
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Judge who ruled against Pirate Bay in filesharing case did not have a conflict of interest, despite involvement in a copyright protection group, appeals court said.
Graduate Science Enrollment Rises, Bringing More Diversity
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
More students than ever are pursuing graduate education in science and engineering and those doing so represent a greater proportion of non-white ethnic groups and of women.
Recovery In Sight For PC Market
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Stronger consumer PC shipments -- especially netbooks -- will revive the battered hardware sector, Gartner says.
Oracle's Larry Ellison Touts Company's New Hardware Chops
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
In Tuesday's eagerly anticipated earnings call, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison might have been expected to talk about the company's $23.5 billion software business or its Q4 operating margins of more than 50%. But in a sign of the changing times, he talked not about software but instead about a hardware-based Oracle product that "is shaping up to be our most exciting and successful new-product introduction in Oracle's 30-year history."
AT&T Expands Smart Grid Ambitions
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The carrier is teaming with Cooper Power Systems to sell wireless grid sensors to power utilities.
iPhone Hammers Blackberry In Crossover Purchase Preference
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
Among smartphone users who don't currently have Blackberries, only 14% say they plan to buy a Blackberry as their next smartphone. But among smartphone users who don't currently have an iPhone, 38% say the iconic Apple smartphone is the one they're going to buy. Eh, cut-and-paste, schmut-and-paste!
Tesla Gets $465 Million For Electric-Car Production
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Tesla plans to use $100 million of the funds from the Department of Energy for a powertrain manufacturing plant.
Microsoft Exec Predicts Mobile Ad Boom
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Improved networks and emerging markets are expected to fuel mobile advertising's growth from $3.1 billion to $28.8 billion within five years.
Ellison: Oracle Plans To Be No. 1 In On-Demand Software
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
It may take 10 years, the CEO acknowledges, noting that Oracle is currently only "a little bit" involved in cloud computing.
Google China Blocks Porn Accuser's Name
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The Chinese government's condemnation of Google as a purveyor of porn continues.
Apple's Jobs Doing Well Following Liver Transplant
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The co-founder and CEO took a a six-month leave of absence from Apple to recover from an undisclosed illness that many industry watchers believed was related to the previous surgery.
Enterprise 2.0: Confronting Social Media's Dirty Little Secret
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
I'm encouraged that the dirty little secret of Web 2.0 and social media technologies is finally being openly addressed by early adopters and vendors alike. At the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, there's been frank discussion this week of the question average users have been whispering (so that their bosses don't hear them): Namely, what can this stuff do for me that's actually useful?
Apple Beefs Up iPhone Business Security Features
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
The new iPhone 3.0 OS and Configuration Utility 2.0 add several features aimed at satisfying enterprise IT departments. Some of them may be overkill for SMBs, but others will prove attractive to any business whose employees use iPhones for business.
Cloudmark Goes After SMS Exploits
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The carrier-grade mobile messaging security system provides content filtering, reputation data, and monitoring of text and multimedia messages.
CSC In $29 Million Navy IT Deal
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The outsourcer will support the fleet's naval enterprise network under a one-year task order.
Oracle Takes Share From SAP, But Is It Signing New Licenses?
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
Oracle's acquisition binge has allowed it to take customers and market share from SAP, analysts say, but their bigger focus is on whether Oracle can stem its recent declines in new-license revenue. We'll find out for sure later today when Oracle releases its quarterly numbers, but here's what some analysts are projecting.
IBM's Patent Lawyer: From Reform Advocate To Mr. Fix-It
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
When I was researching an article on the U.S. Supreme Court re-shaping patent law two years ago, everyone kept telling me I needed to talk with David Kappos, IBM's top patent lawyer. Guess President Obama got the same advice.
Enterprise 2.0 Panelists: Get On With The Cloud Already
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
In a "customer visit" session kicking off the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston Monday evening, executives from IBM, Google, and EMC laid out their companies' cloud computing value propositions and then fielded questions from a handful of potential buyers. Much has changed -- and still much hasn't -- from the first "Evening In The Cloud" session at Enterprise 2.0 a year ago.
Citrix CEO Templeton Forecasts Consumerization Of IT
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
In yet another stark example of the type of fresh thinking CIOs need to embrace to overcome tomorrow's business-technology challenges, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton says IT organizations need to create self-service models to lower the cost of infrastructure and give employees more flexibility and power. He even says employees should be given the freedom to provision their own apps and services.
Global CIO: Hey, CIOs -- Augment Your Strategic Reality With This Great New Technology
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
During this difficult economic time, augmented reality has the potential to help you enhance your role as a visionary business technology leader, inspire your team, and steal the march on your competitors.
The Apple iPhone 3G S And The CIO
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
Not too long ago, a mythical CIO finally authorized the Blackberry for corporate use, and overnight was transformed from know-nothing whipping-boy to rock-star hero. But now comes the iPhone 3G S and the troops are threatening an all-out uprising unless they all get one. A real-life IT exec from the U.K. tells this tale of woe in "The CIO and the iPhone."
Hewlett-Packard Acquires HR Business-Process Outsourcer
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
Hewlett-Packard has acquired full interest in an HR business-process outsourcing firm formed as a joint venture between EDS and Towers Perrin in 2005 and called Excellerate HRO. Now that HP's wholly owned services unit, EDS, has full control over the venture, HP is likely to become more aggressive in courting outsourcing deals in the HR sector.
Google Tries Blocking Pornography In China
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
The engineering effort may require disentangling from search indexes associated with other Google search sites, like
FCC Examining Exclusive Handset-Carrier Deals
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Hearings will likely focus on AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple.
Is Oracle Looking To Acquire GoldenGate For Data Migration?
Commentary  |  6/19/2009  | 
Reports are circulating that Oracle will trump this week's acquisition of Conformia with the purchase of GoldenGate Software, whose data-migration and real-time integration tools are already widely used to link Oracle with Siebel and other environments.
Virginia Probes Outsourcing Deal, CIO Fired
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
The state's $2.3 billion contract with Northrop Grumman is under fire from legislators.
Federal Jury: Music Downloader Owes $1.92 Million
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Decision is a victory for the RIAA in its crackdown on illegal music file sharing.
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