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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in July 2009
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Piracy Verdict Gets Student Fined $675,000
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The verdict, $22,000 per track, is far less than the legal maximum the jury could have levied.
Too Many Collaboration Platforms
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
Chatting in the lounge of our Global CIO virtual event this week, one CIO raised his concern about having too many collaboration platforms. A wiki here, e-mail alerts there, a SharePoint group there, and pretty soon the discussion's fragmented, and IT has a bunch more platforms to support.
VoloMedia Granted Patent For Inventing Podcasting
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
But blogging pioneer Dave Winer, among others, says there's plenty of prior art contradicting VoloMedia's claims.
Amazon Kindle E-book Deletion Prompts Lawsuit
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Amazon angered customers when it remotely deleted two books in from Kindle e-book readers without notifying their owners.
Apple Fixes iPhone SMS Vulnerability
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Moving to close a hole revealed at the Black Hat security conference on Thursday, Apple has released iPhone OS 3.0.1.
HTC Lowers Revenue Forecast
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The smartphone maker is feeling the heat from a downward trend in handset pricing and from China's delay in rolling out its 3G network.
iPhone Smackdown: TechCrunch's Arrington Versus Forrester's Colony
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
I hate to dive into the traffic-trolling antics of TechCrunch's Michael Arrington, but I will (and not just because I'm chasing clicks, too). In his post about why he's abandoning the iPhone, he's apparently coming around to the view I've espoused for years. Namely, there are better options out there. He's opting for an Android; I say Blackberry's better.
Google's Global Dominance
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
While Google's search share of 60% in the U.S. will certainly be tough for Microsoft and Yahoo to attack, the challenge in many other major countries around the world will be even more daunting: Google's worldwide search share is 67%, according to ComScore.
EDS Wins Tennessee Medicaid Deal
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
HP tech services subsidiary will upgrade state's health information systems.
Can Wal-Mart Sell The Power Of The Sun?
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
I'm a huge fan of Wal-Mart and its passionate commitment to customers and its ability to do things at an unmatched scale and with unmatched efficiency. Even so, I'm not buying an investment advisor's frothy analysis of how Wal-Mart is looking to harness the power of the sun to become one of the country's largest producers - and sellers - of electrical power.
Pirate Bay Tossed Out Of Netherlands
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The organizers of the Pirate Bay have 10 days to block traffic to and from the Netherlands, or face stiff fines.
SAP Demos Commitment To Business ByDesign
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Enhancements and testing of the software-as-a-service suite indicate that SAP intends to make the offering more broadly available next year.
Student On Trial Admits Sharing Music Online
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Joel Tenenbaum could face up to $4.5 million in penalties if the RIAA prevails and he is found guilty of illegally downloading 30 songs.
Carriers Respond To Bans On Texting While Driving
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The four major wireless operators agree that the practice is dangerous, but not all believe national legislation is the best way to solve the problem.
Memory Chip Market Recovering
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Rising demand and limited supply will boost prices for DDR3 DRAM chips in the second half of the year, iSuppli says.
BlackHat Bombshell #2: iPhones And Other "GSM" Phones Open To SMS Hack
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
With one bombshell already having been dropped at the BlackHat Conference (that most implementations of SSL are configured to give up everything including logins, credit cards, etc.), researchers dropped another one today when they demonstrated how the SMS infrastructures of GSM-flavored operators such as AT&T and T-Mobile are hackable to the point that cell phones can be hacked and their users can be tri
Nintendo Profits Tumble
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The lack of blockbuster Wii video-game titles caused Nintendo's profits to plummet 60% in its first quarter.
Alcatel-Lucent Reports $19.7 Million Profit
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The communications equipment supplier's stock rose on news of its first profit in more than two years.
Mac And iPhone Security Issues Mounting
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
New ways to break the iPhone's security and reports of new Mac exploits should serve as a warning to Mac-based businesses not to become complacent.
Down To Business: Are Some CIOs Wearing Too Many Hats?
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
There's no right or wrong approach to setting CIOs' responsibilities, but anecdotal evidence suggests we could be stretching them too thin.
Senate To Review Microsoft, Yahoo Deal
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Subcommittee on antitrust will closely examine search alliance, chairman vows.
Windows 7 Boosts Momentum For Microsoft And CEO Ballmer
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
With Microsoft's Windows franchise generating more than $10 billion in operating profit in fiscal 2009 despite the Vista disaster, Windows 7 has become a make-or-break product for Microsoft. So the optimism that CIOs and others have begun expressing for Windows 7 and CEO Steve Ballmer could very well signal a reversal in the giant company's stumbling fortunes.
Black Hat: Fighting Russian Cybercrime Mobsters
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
McAfee and the FBI teamed up at Black Hat to discuss Russian online organized crime. The standing room only presentation was part fact and part hype. With a mission to publicize the FBI's work, Russians were made to be some of the most organized and threatening of all cybercriminals. While this could be true, the connections to American and other hackers around the world were drawn and cannot be ignored.
Global CIO: IBM's Game-Changing Plunge Into Predictive Analytics
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Why IBM's plan to buy SPSS will greatly accelerate the evolution of not only IBM but also that of the entire IT industry.
Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Fraught With Risk
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Shareholders punish Yahoo over pact's terms while pundits say a host of issues could derail alliance.
Online Music File Swapping Trial Underway
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The recording industry is squaring off against a Boston student charged with illegally downloading music over the Internet.
The Top 50 Global Enterprise App Vendors
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Quick: in 2008, in the category of global enterprise apps, whose revenue was almost twice that of its rival's - SAP or Oracle? And if I offered to bet you a year's salary that Sage Group generated more revenue from global enterprise apps than did Microsoft and Salesforce.com combined in 2008, would you take the bet? AMR's list of the Top 50 app vendors offers the answers.
Lawmakers Aim At Texting While Driving
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The proposed legislation would reduce federal highway funding for states that don't ban texting or sending e-mails while driving.
Apple Fears Jailbroken iPhones Could Kill Phone Networks
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Fighting an attempt to win a copyright law exemption that would sanction the use of unauthorized iPhone software, Apple claims phone networks are at risk when it's not in charge.
Homeland Security Names A New CIO
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The agency's new IT leader, Richard Spires, has private sector experience and previously led systems modernization efforts at the IRS.
Pirate Bay Founder Stonewalls Hollywood Firms
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The file sharing firm is claiming harassment from entertainment companies suing to stop it from facilitating sharing of copyrighted material online.
Q&A: Veterans Affairs CIO Explains IT Overhaul
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The recently appointed Chief Information Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs discusses why 45 IT projects were put on hold and his plan for avoiding the mistakes of the past.
Ericsson Nortel Deal May Face Patent Hurdles
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
RIM and Nortel pensioners group continue to complain about the deal; now the value of LTE intellectual property is at issue.
Microsoft, Yahoo Finally Ink Search Pact
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Microsoft's search tools will appear on Yahoo's sites while Yahoo takes on sales role.
SuccessFactors Up, Salesforce Down In Analysts' Forecasts
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
Maybe it's the law of big numbers, maybe it's marketing, maybe it's execution - but longtime SaaS poster-child Salesforce.com just had one analyst cut his rating estimates for the $1.2 billion company, while another analyst boosted his ratings and estimates for up-and-coming SaaS provider SuccessFactors. Which way are the clouds blowing?
Microsoft, Yahoo Said To Close Search Deal
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Partnership would reportedly see Yahoo farm out search to Redmond while retaining sales role.
Verizon Seeks Court Approval Of Advertising Accuracy
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
AT&T has charged that Verizon's claims of having "America's Most Reliable Wireless Network" are misleading.
Graphics Chip Sales Point To PC Market Recovery
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Shipments rose 31% in the second quarter, an indication that computer makers are preparing for a robust back-to-school season.
Google Sells 5% AOL Stake To Time Warner
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
The search giant is taking a $717 million loss on the $1 billion it paid in 2005 for the share.
Cardinal Health's New CIO On Board Of Firm IBM Is Buying
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
It's been quite a week for former Motorola CIO Patty Morrison: first she's named CIO of $91 billion Cardinal Health, and then a couple of days later IBM agrees to acquire SPSS, on whose board she sits, for $1.2 billion. And third, tomorrow Morrison will be a featured speaker at our online Global CIO Summit virtual event: "Driving Business Value and Customer Value in the Global Economy."
IBM To Acquire SPSS For $1.2 Billion
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Big Blue also revealed a separate deal to buy out security and compliance vendor Ounce Labs for an undisclosed sum.
Inside Terremark's Secure Government Data Center
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Terremark's new cloud-computing facility for U.S. government customers features concrete walls, bomb-sniffing dogs, motion-sensing videocams, and a promise of 100% service availability.
Enterprises Iffy On Windows 7 Migration
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
Being a big fan of Windows 7, I was surprised to find that there's no mad rush by enterprises to migrate to the new operating system, and that Microsoft's ending of support for XP is the biggest factor in pushing businesses to upgrade. These are the early results of a just-completed InformationWeek Analytics survey on Windows 7, of which I'll offer a partial peek, if you click
Bank Of America To Shut 600 Branches Due To Surge In Online And Mobile Banking
Commentary  |  7/28/2009  | 
After two decades of aggressive expansion in the bricks-and-mortar side of its retail-banking business, Bank of America is reportedly set to close about 10% of its 6,100 nationwide branches as more and more consumers handle their banking needs online and with mobile devices rather than visiting their local branch. My only question is, why have they waited so long?
GM Prepares For New CIO
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
Ralph Szygenda's incoming successor, Terry Kline, will have to prove he's a tough negotiator with IT providers, at a time when the troubled automaker is at its most vulnerable.
What Not To Be: 'Black Hole Cost Center'
Commentary  |  7/27/2009  | 
As the CFO office's liaison for IT--associate VP of IT finance, to be exact--Bill Miller of Nationwide Insurance sees one of his jobs as making sure IT isn't seen as a "black hole cost center."
Hear 12 Top CIO Strategies At Our Online Global CIO Summit
Commentary  |  7/27/2009  | 
Want to hear a dozen of the world's top CIOs discuss global strategies, top priorities, and board-level issues? Join us online this Wednesday, July 29, for the Global CIO Summit virtual event for a day-long program that lets you attend the panel discussions, ask questions, meet and network with peers. Click ahead to register and for more info on speakers and the agenda.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Cisco CEO John Chambers
Commentary  |  7/27/2009  | 
Cisco's aggressive moves outside its traditional networking markets hold a lot of potential for it and its customers. But with so much going on, CIOs want and need to know: What business is Cisco in today?
Amazon Profits Fall Despite Revenue Increase
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
Despite a weak economy, Amazon has managed to outpace the e-commerce market as a whole.
Microsoft Offers Browser Choice
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The software maker proposes letting buyers in Europe select Web browser from a "ballot screen."
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