News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in July 2007
Terrorism In Second Life? Give Me A Break
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Here in America, we have our share of stupid journalism, but we have trouble competing in the global market. For evidence, I point you to an article in The Australian about terrorists in Second Life.

The CIO Role: Beware The Enabler
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
I'm in a un-PC mood, so I'm thinking of IT and its relationship to business in terms of a dysfunctional family.
Post Pokes Pogue Over Positive iPhone Press
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
A tabloid tempest in a teapot may be brewing, following an item in Page Six of The New York Post, which is shocked (shocked!) to discover New York Times tech columnist David Pogue praising Apple's iPhone within the pages of the Old Gray Lady while writing a book on the side about how to use the device.
SiNSYS Implements Fraud Manager
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Fair Isaac announced that European payment card processor SiNSYS has successfully implemented Fair Isaac's Falcon Fraud Manager
Are The Carriers Killing Business Mobility?
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Welcome to Take 5, a regular feature on Over The Air where we sit down with a wireless industry insider to talk shop about mobility and business IT. This week's guest, Daniel Taylor, was the head of the Mobile Enterprise Alliance. Unfortunately, the MEA has decided to dissolve (more on that here) and Taylor is moving on to a new role
AMD Promises Aggressive Quad-Core Road Map
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Promising quad-core processors soon and an aggressive technology road map aimed squarely at beating back Intel, AMD chairman Hector Ruiz yesterday positioning himself as the calm at the center of his company's recent financial storm, which saw $600 million in second-quarter losses. But AMD's commitment to ship Barcelona and Phenom this year, coupled with an aggressive processor road map, could put the scrappy
RSA Adds 1,500 New Customers in Q2
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
RSA announced that more than 7,800 customers, including about 1,500 new customers, selected RSA solutions in the second quarter of 2007
Intel Quad-Core Xeon MP To Fuel Blade Server Consolidation
Commentary  |  7/24/2007  | 
Let's admit that most of us are interested in quad-core processors because they're buzzworthy, and because we'd all like to own a really hot desktop PC. The truth is, where quad is really important is in servers, and that's why today's announcement by Intel of its Xeon 7300 Series MP processor (aka Tigerton) is so significant.
What's The Difference Between A CIO And A CTO?
Commentary  |  7/24/2007  | 
I mean, besides that middle letter. Or is that the only difference?
Blindness To Perceptions Of Average User Is Real Linux Handicap
Commentary  |  7/23/2007  | 
I've beaten up on Linux in a couple of recent posts, arguing that there are too many distros and that it's a myth that Linux is technically superior to Windows. From the 300+ responses I received, a new thread emerges: Linux supporters seem more interested in preaching to the converted than in doing the hard work
Where Will Businesses Look For Help With Mobile Device Management?
Commentary  |  7/23/2007  | 
According to a new survey, use of mobile business applications in top enterprises is set to skyrocket through 2009. The survey, sponsored by a vendor (in this case Mformation), claims that almost 60 percent of managers in top U.S. enterprises already use smartphones as strategic devices. But does this mean CIOs will actually pay for more mobile device management?
Will Automation Be An IT Job Killer?
Commentary  |  7/23/2007  | 
We've shared ways that U.S. IT pros are planning their careers with one eye on offshoring as a risk factor. We haven't spent enough time on the automation risk. Today's news of Hewlett-Packard buying Opsware for $1.6 billion cash shows how a lot of companies will look to automation to cut IT people, regardless of where in the worl
Actimize Examines Employee Fraud in Financial Cos
News  |  7/23/2007  | 
Actimize announced the results of an Actimize peer-review survey examining employee fraud within financial services institutions
Forget Harry Potter: Books We'd Really Like To See
Commentary  |  7/20/2007  | 
Can you tell a book by its cover? In a post-literate society, the wrapper's beside the point. Indeed, if the prerelease Web leak of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" proved anything, it's that a little bit of content is king (or wizard). Whether most people actually read complete books anymore is a separate question.
Can Google, The FCC, And AT&T Turn Wireless Carriers Into Dumb Pipes?
Commentary  |  7/20/2007  | 
As my colleague Eric Zeman pointed out earlier today, Google is ready to bid in the FCC's upcoming auction of 700-MHz spectrum. Google is using its clout to push for an open access plan to spectrum, something that could turn the wireless carriers into dumb pipes -- and Google into one of those pipes.
Case Dismissed: IT Worker, Fired After Reporting Child Porn, Vows To Fight On
Commentary  |  7/19/2007  | 
Dorothea Perry, the help desk technician who got fired after finding and reporting child pornography on a law professor's workplace PC, has suffered another setback. A state court judge has dismissed Perry's wrongful termination suit against New York Law School.
The iPhone Is Breaking Down The Dual-Mode Access Wall For The Enterprise, Too
Commentary  |  7/18/2007  | 
Tim Ferguson at silicon.com argues that carriers need to do a better job of catering to the enterprise and other business customers. Before that happens, though, carriers need to open up to Wi-Fi and dual-mode smartphones.
10 Rules For Avoiding Identity Theft 'Mistakes'
Commentary  |  7/18/2007  | 
The federal government is trying to clean up its act when it comes to ID theft. That includes lecturing CIOs on the basics of information security.
Too Many Linux Distros Make For Open Source Mess
Commentary  |  7/18/2007  | 
Remember the 1980s worries about how the "forking" of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption? That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux, where upwards of 300 distributions vie for the attention of computer users seeking an alternative to Windows.
Borders Opens New CIO Chapter
Commentary  |  7/17/2007  | 
The book industry is a fickle one. Ask Judith Regan. Or Cedric Vanzura, who just got written out of the technology strategy at Borders.
Shocker: Mark Cuban Is Right, YouTube Is Doomed
Commentary  |  7/17/2007  | 
It's not often you see something about Mark Cuban where you're inspired to read more, but that was the case today when I saw this just-posted IEEE Spectrum interview with the maverick Mavericks owner.
Intel's Quad-Core Salvo Casts Light On Battle With AMD
Commentary  |  7/17/2007  | 
Intel's announcement that it's going to release a new high-end quad core processor and cut pricing of its existing line up puts competitor AMD in a tough position.
Marshal Warns of New Spam Tactics
News  |  7/17/2007  | 
Email and Internet content security provider, Marshal, warned of the emergence of three new forms of spam
CIO Closes Data Barn Door
Commentary  |  7/16/2007  | 
A year ago, Ohio University suffered an embarrassing incident of comprised personal data. Now the CIO brought in to clean up the mess is articulating the measures he's taking to beef up network security. They sound familiar.
Intel Intros Core 2 Extreme QX6850 As Price War Looms
Commentary  |  7/16/2007  | 
The news that Intel will launch its fastest quad-core processor yet, the 3.0-GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6850, comes just as a bruising price war is beginning between the chip behemoth and its smaller rival, AMD.
Intel To Cut Quad-Core Processor Prices On July 22
Commentary  |  7/16/2007  | 
Intel has sent a message to its 130,000+ resellers and white-box builders, informing them that it will cut the prices of its still-new, quad-core processors next week. From all appearances, the move is the chip giant's way of returning fire in a price war initiated by AMD.
CIOs Are A Frustrated Bunch
Commentary  |  7/13/2007  | 
A new study says top tech execs are more unhappy at their jobs than any other group of execs surveyed. What do CIOs want?
Online Games to Cause Software Security Issues
News  |  7/13/2007  | 
Why online games are a harbinger of software security issues to come
Crimeware URLs in May Break APWG Record
News  |  7/13/2007  | 
The APWG announced that the number of phishing URLs deployed to spread crimeware among consumer PCs rose to a record in May to 3353
Ubuntu Aftermath: Puncturing The Linux 'Urban Legend'
Commentary  |  7/12/2007  | 
Most of us, even confirmed Windows users, have accepted on some level the idea that Linux really is a better operating system, on a technical level. Not me; not anymore. After my long slog preparing Ubuntu Linux's Achilles' Heel: It's Tough To Install On Laptops, I'm now filing that one in the "urban legend" folder.
If The iPhone's Not A Business Tool, How Come It Runs Etelos CRM Suite?
Commentary  |  7/12/2007  | 
Well, is it or isn't it? A lively discussion is brewing over that question in our discussion forum, with some iPhone lovers saying it was NEVER intended to be a business tool, while other equally devoted iPhoners are saying it's a PERFECT business tool.
Hell Hath No Fury Like An Apple Fanatic Tweaked
Commentary  |  7/11/2007  | 
Since the iPhone is one of the most hyped, overanalyzed, and lathered-up technology products ever introduced, and since InformationWeek reaches millions of people who buy and use technology products for a living, we asked one of the top CIOs in the world to assess the iPhone's viability as a business tool. And boy oh boyzee, were the Apple faithful agitated by what that CIO wrote.
To Microsoft, Or Not To Microsoft?
Commentary  |  7/11/2007  | 
Dave Robinson has an autographed photo of Bill Gates in his office.
Ubuntu Linux Ain't Easy As Dell
Commentary  |  7/11/2007  | 
It's tough to challenge conventional wisdom, especially when that challenge raises doubts about the wildly popular version of Linux called Ubuntu. But doubts are exactly what I had after finishing my Ubuntu "safari", in which I worked through numerous glitches to get laptop and desktop installs up and running.
Two Texans Accused of Zombie Computer Scam
News  |  7/10/2007  | 
Sophos announces two men have been charged by the Texas Attorney General's Office with organized criminal activity and money laundering
If I Were CIO For A Day: The Top 10 Things I'd Do
Commentary  |  7/9/2007  | 
My colleague and friend, Bob Evans, editorial director of the Business Technology Group at CMP Technology, the publisher of InformationWeek, sent me this entry. By Bob Evans In the song "If I Were the King of the Forest" from "The Wizard of Oz," the Cowardly Lion promises that "As I'd click my heel, all the trees would kneel. And the mountains bow and the bulls kowtow." While I surely can't match such
Fidelis XPS Addresses Insider Threat
News  |  7/9/2007  | 
Fidelis Security Systems releases Fidelis XPS v4.0 extrusion prevention system for enterprise data leakage
Why Windows Vista Shouldn't Crash In 10 Seconds Or Less
Commentary  |  7/9/2007  | 
My recent blog post, How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less, provoked a firestorm of responses, mostly from people calling me an idiot for daring to suggest that the operating system shouldn't tank if you persist in holding down the Windows key and the letter "E." That sequence will open up Windows Explo
Microsoft's Canada Plan Highlights Need For Immigration Reform
Commentary  |  7/9/2007  | 
Microsoft for years has sought an end to limits on the number of visas granted to foreign high-tech workers. But the demise of the immigration reform bill appears to have the company taking a different tack: It now wants to park overseas talent in Canada.
Dan's Adventures In iPhone Land
Commentary  |  7/5/2007  | 
Hello, and welcome to CIOs Uncensored. Here you'll find a forum for the concerns of the CIO community, voiced by the CIO community.
That 'Hallmark' E-Card May Contain Malware Tidings
Commentary  |  7/5/2007  | 
"Recieved" was the giveaway; one of the few spelling rules I've retained is "I before e, except after c." So when I my e-mail read, "You have recieved A Hallmark E-Card," I was immediately suspicious. The random capitalization made me wary, too.
Top 8 iPhone Videos Reveal Apple's Inside Secrets, More
Commentary  |  7/4/2007  | 
Maybe you can't get ahold of an iPhone, because 700,000 customers got in line ahead of you. Or perhaps you don't want one, put off by the hefty price tag and lack of a hard keyboard. Still, you're curious, right? So join me in viewing the following collection of videos, which reveal not only the detailed innards of the iPhone, but also--yes, it's a Conan O'Brien parody--how the iPhone can double-duty as an electric shaver with a Web interface.
July Fourth Is Time To Hail America's Tech Heroes
Commentary  |  7/4/2007  | 
Independence Day typically revolves around fireworks, beaches, and picnics, with a little patriotism thrown in for good measure. It strikes me that nothing affirms the truth about the freedoms we enjoy more than the realization that the vast majority of technological innovations we enjoy--from radio and television to computers and the Internet--came to us by way of talented Americans, people who weren't always recognized in their own time for the heroes they were. So let's honor them this July F
Universal iTunes Dispute Spotlights Better Ways To Sell Online Music
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
It's shaping up as a good news, bad news kind of week for Steve Jobs. On the plus side, he's launched the most popular modestly featured smartphone ever. (I can't say I was surprised that the iPhone we were ogling at my office today feels heavier than my trusty BlackBerry.) In contrast, it couldn't have come as good news that the world's biggest record company, which has been selling its songs through the only online music store that matters, finally told Jobs to take the metaphorical gun away f
iPhone: Now The Work Begins
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Okay, the iPhone?s here. Now what?


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