News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in September 2009
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Google's Postini May Shape Wave Security
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Two years after being acquired by Google, Postini is looking to extend its messaging management tools to other Google services.
Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
HP Hires Sun's Senior VP Of North American Sales
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HP has hired Randy Seidl, a key Sun sales executive to head up its Americas sales organization, putting more pressure on Sun.
Personalized Health Project Integrates E-Medical Data, DNA
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
HP Considers Merging Printer, PC Units
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The company is planning to combine the once-joined units to minimize slippage in its printer business.
TSA Awards $493 Million Contract To CSC
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Transportation Security Administration has replaced Unisys with Computer Sciences Corporation as its primary managed services provider.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
Join Our Windows 7 Wednesday Virtual Event: Path To Enterprise Adoption
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
In getting ready for Wednesday's 10 am eastern Windows 7 Virtual Event, hosted by the InformationWeek Business Technology Network (i.e., us, and you can register here), I've been trying to get a feel for just how rapidly enterprises will adopt the new operating system.
IBM In Canadian E-Health Deal
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will create a database to store millions of digitized patient records.
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
Bank Drops Google Suit Over Errant Gmail
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
After obtaining information about the Gmail account holder who accidentally received confidential information, Rocky Mountain Bank and Google have agreed to end the bank's lawsuit.
Federal Contracting Databases Prone To Errors
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The GSA will award a contract in October to re-architect databases rife with inaccuracies, duplications, and poor system capabilities.
IBM Preparing Self-Service Software Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
IBM has been investing in cloud computing for several years, although Willy Chiu, VP of IBM Cloud Labs, acknowledges it may be difficult for those outside IBM to develop a picture of what its cloud initiative will finally look like.
'Giant iPhone' May Be Next From Apple
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Newton exec's return to Cupertino intensifies tablet computer speculation.
New York Health System Launches $400M EMR Program
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Major hospital network plans to deploy one of the largest electronic medical record initiatives in the nation.
Global CIO: Ballmer Blasts IBM For All The Wrong Reasons
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Days before launching Microsoft's "New Efficiency" strategy, Steve Ballmer took some swipes at IBM and its strategy, which is bizarre because Ballmer's taking Microsoft down a path IBM's already on.
Xerox Shares Plunge On ACS Deal
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Worries about debt and integration issues cast pall over merger agreement.
FCC Seeks Comment On Spectrum Needs
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
As more consumers use devices like the iPhone for mobile Internet services, the FCC is asking if there is enough licensed spectrum to handle it in the future.
Mac Security A Myth? Really?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
As the launch date for Windows 7 approaches, more and more articles about flaws in Mac security are hitting the Web. Should Mac-based businesses be worried?
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Oracle customers hear a lot from you about your competitors, but rarely do they hear how you feel about them and what your vision and strategy for them is. You're missing a huge opportunity.
Feds Refresh Stimulus Tracking Site
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Recovery.gov now includes better mapping and navigation and more data, but roadblocks to a smooth launch remain.
Xerox In $6.4 Billion ACS Buy
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Xerox will pay cash and stock to acquire IT and business process outsourcer Affiliated Computer Services.
Can Windows 7 Go Viral?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
It seems highly likely that most of your organizations will move to Windows 7 in the coming years, unlike your violent indifference to Vista. Along the way, there's a test of Win 7 to watch for: Will it go viral among employees?
AT&T Claims Google Voice Violates FCC Rules
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
AT&T claims Google violates regulations by blocking calls to some rural communities.
Intuit's New QuickBooks 2010 Eases Installation, Improves Reporting
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The latest version of the popular small-business accounting software also speeds editing of multiple list entries and makes it easier to customize forms and reports. Plus: new links to services like document management and e-mail marketing.
Congress Mulls D Block Spectrum Fate
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Lawmakers are trying -- again-- to create a wireless public safety communications network on the D Block of the 700 MHz spectrum.
Global CIO: Mergers & Acquisitions Offer Huge Opportunities For CIOs
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Here's how CIOs can help optimize M&A outcomes via skills in business-process optimization, strategy, and leadership, says the Center for CIO Leadership.
Google Looking To Acquire One Company Per Month
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that with the worst of the recession behind us, his company will resume making acquisitions and hopes to complete one deal per month. While Schmidt didn't rule out large acquisitions, he did note, in an equivocation worthy of the Oracle at Delphi (as opposed to the equally acquisitive one at Redwood Shores), that such larger deals are "unpredictable."
Congressman 'Crowdsources' Healthcare Bill
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Texas Republican John Culberson has posted the House healthcare bill online and invited constituents to annotate it using a Web 2.0 collaboration tool.
Global CIO: Bill Gates Blasts China Over Corporate Software Piracy
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Gates blasted Chinese companies for using software they don't pay for and described how profits from companies that DO pay for software have allowed him to help millions of children around the world.
Down To Business: IT Pros: Don't Count On The Government
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
There are simply no federally orchestrated "solutions" when customers ultimately are dictating the terms of global commerce.
Secrecy Is A Stupid Way To Sell Software Security
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
It makes my day when someone out to "expose" the flaws in open-source software ends up doing exactly the opposite.
Nuclear Agency Network Falls Short Of Requirements
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
An internal investigation at the National Nuclear Security Administration blames network delays and cost overruns on poor planning and project management.
Bill Gates Calls Out China On Software Piracy In Business
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
In a Q&A session at Carnegie Mellon University this week, Bill Gates said two of the five most-profitable businesses in China don't pay for the software they use. And he said those are only two examples of a massive trend in that country.
Protecting Laptop Data: New bMighty How-To Guide
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
The data on your company's laptops may be your firm's most vulnerable asset. But the latest addition to bMighty's IT Management How-To Center can show you how managed laptop data-encryption and backup services can safeguard that data even if the laptop itself goes missing.
Coverity Reports Reduction In Code Defects
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
The company started scanning open source code for reliability and integrity three years ago and has a Department of Homeland Security contract.
Global CIO: IBM Exec Says India Will 'Lead Second Wave Of IT Adoption'
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Indian companies were much less likely to slash IT budgets during the recession than other firms, and an IBM exec says that makes those Indian firms "more forward-looking." Is that the case?
Oracle CEO Ellison Vows To Whip IBM In Hardware
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
In a rare public interview, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pledged to give IBM the same sort of beatdown in the hardware business that Oracle's given IBM in the software business. Short-term, though, he said Sun-his not-so-secret anti-IBM weapon-is losing $100 million a month.
iPhone To Enter South Korea
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
The country has long kept its mobile market closed in order to protect and improve LG Electronics and Samsung.
Meg Whitman Announces Gubernatorial Run
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
The former eBay CEO, a California Republican, vows to create private sector jobs and cut state payrolls.
Oracle Mulls Shift To Subscription-Based Pricing
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Oracle, it seems, is trying to hammer out a strategy to more heavily embrace the most radical faction of the SaaS movement, one that completely upends the traditional software vendor profit model: Subscription-based pricing. If what Oracle said Tuesday in a Web event is true, this could be a huge shift for the software giant.
Net Neutrality Opposed By State Legislators
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
The American Legislative Exchange Council asserts that regulating wireless and wired carriers in the same manner is "likely unconstitutional."
Wipro Expands In UK, Names Ex-CEO Of SAP To Board
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Wipro Technologies has opened a new UK headquarters in London and expanded its suburban Reading facility to add centers of excellence and support customer projects. With 26% of its revenue coming from Europe, Wipro needed to enhance its regional capabilities and decided to focus on the UK since it is home to several major Wipro customers.
Microsoft Data Center Exec Bolts To Cisco
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
Debra Chrapaty played major role in company's effort to roll out cloud-based offerings.
Global CIO: Oracle And SAP Race For Mid-Market Opportunities
Commentary  |  9/22/2009  | 
As SAP and Oracle rush to court mid-market customers, are they missing the real contest: the traditional on-premises model versus hard-charging SaaS? Meanwhile, don't count out Microsoft.
FCC Head Net Neutrality Remarks Spark Reaction
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
The Federal Communications Commission Chair's suggestion that consumer protections applying to wired networks be extended to wireless networks elicits swift pushback.
NASA Names CIO
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Linda Cureton leaves her position as NASA Goddard's CIO to fill the space agency's top IT job.
Oracle To Offer SaaS To Midsize Customers
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Mid-market software-as-a-service will include the option of subscription-based pricing, the software company said.
Lab To Market Cloud-Based E-Health Record System
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Practice Fusion's electronic health record system will be available free to BioReference Lab's 15,000 affiliated physicians.
Microsoft DRM Patent Could Revive Peer-to-Peer Music Nets
Commentary  |  9/22/2009  | 
Here's an odd twist that might give new life to the dying horse of music digital-right management. Microsoft has just been awarded a U.S. patent for a distributed DRM system -- it works over peer-to-peer networks -- which uses encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism. This is significant because, while centralized music stores like Apple's iTunes have forsaken DRM, the Microsoft patent would enable peer-to-peer networks to reemerge as viable, albeit protected, content source
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