News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in January 2006
More Guidance On Regulations
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
We can all use a little guidance when it comes to identifying how regulations will affect our business processes and IT environments. The hard part is figuring out how compliance requirements change based on geographic variables and vertical markets. And such guidance is starting to emerge. Two directories/guides were recently announced; both are free after registration, but only one is currently available. The Object Management Group (OMG) and the OMG Regulat
What Are The IT Giants Afraid of?
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Congressional subcommittees and caucuses are often annoying and self-important, and probably no one attends at least half of their hearings save for the panel members themselves, their staff and the people called before them to testify about whatever. Nonetheless, in an atmosphere infused with constant references to exporting freedom, democracy and other rights,
RFID Connects U.S. Outsourcing With India And China
Commentary  |  1/29/2006  | 
Savi Technology Inc., a privately held company that generated revenue of approximately $90 million in 2005, is working with retail companies and ship-vessel operators to build out an international supply chain. This supply chain is enabled by radio frequency identification technology (RFID). The goal is to gain access to real-time data transmitted from the RFID tags on containers in transit to make split-second decisions that could redirect cargo in transit. The application will become more va
Keep The Knives Away From Storage
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
Will storage concerns outweigh security this year? It seems like a stretch but that's what a recent survey by Glass House Technologies indicates. According to Glass House's "2006 Storage Budget Survey", 2006 will be a year for holding down costs and that means IT will be wringing out more efficiency from storage architectures. Now, Glass House is a provider of independent services that help organizations solve enterprise storage problems and focuses on in
Sprint Scraps Major IT Outsourcing Deal With IBM
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
Sprint is bringing back work and employees it gave to IBM under a $400 million outsourcing pact and redoing its multibillion-dollar call center deal with the IT services firm.
Opinion: Don't Ignore India And Hope It Will Go Away
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
Maybe India and other developing countries will become the centers for future tech innovation. Maybe India's contribution will be limited to low-cost, low-end jobs. But India's tech industry is not going away, and American IT managers shouldn't underestimate it, or ignore it, says Rob Preston.
If Compliance Costs Are Still Rising, Something Is Wrong
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
Analysts and vendors have been telling us Sarbanes-Oxley compliance costs should go down each year, but in a recent reader poll, more than half of our respondents claimed they are expecting just the opposite. A third of respondents did, however, expect their compliance costs will go down this year. That tells me one of three things is happening: Either the promised return on investment from tools already applied to the p
Globalization, Offshoring Are Key To Ford's Turnaround
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
Ford Motor Co.'s plan to cut 34,000 jobs to help restore profitability is just the beginning of the automaker's campaign to ensure its competitiveness in the 21st century. And while labor unions and some media commentators will frame the move as more proof that American workers are being sold out, the truth is more complex--though not by much.
Counterpoint: You Don't Have To Be A Busybody To Worry About Privacy
Commentary  |  1/23/2006  | 
Bob Evans turns his razor-sharp pen on self-styled "privacy advocates" who object to the government subpoenaing search records in defense of the Child Online Protection Act. But you don't have to be a kook to be worried about government setting a big bucket to scoop up thousands of gallons of information about Internet searches.
Readers Take Us To Task For Outsourcing Coverage
Commentary  |  1/17/2006  | 
We've received quite a bit of feedback to our recent outsourcing coverage, and two of our reporters' trips to India to write firsthand about companies there. Jim Ball of Ball 5 Enterprises in Olney, Md., set the tone for many indignant readers, writing: "I, along with all of those now unemployed because of outsourcing to India, have absolutely no interest whatsoever in reading about all those folks that are enjoying the jobs we all once held."
Vendor Partnerships Mean Added Functionality
Commentary  |  1/17/2006  | 
Market dynamics often mean good news for users when it comes to technology products, especially when competition drives prices down, but there are other dynamics that work to your benefit; for instance, when vendors partner to deliver more features and services to round out their offerings. The market for compliance-related software and services is still young, and you've probably heard me warn here before not to expect these products to meet all your requirements. Not to say that all complianc
Outsource More, Spend Less
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
India Inc. Now a Source of Jobs for Westerners
Commentary  |  1/17/2006  | 
While the debate rages over whether outsourcing is a positive or negative for Western economies, here's some fresh evidence that shows why the flow of capital from developed countries to emerging markets, to which offshoring contributes substantially, is not a one way street.
IBM Inks $1.1 Billion Outsourcing Deal With Gap
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
The 10-year pact calls for IBM to support and manage mainframes, servers, networks, and data centers, as well as provide help-desk and disaster-recovery services.
In India, For India
Commentary  |  1/12/2006  | 
It's a bright sunny day in Bangalore, and Microsoft has rolled out the red carpet for its research director, Rick Rashid; the government's minister of science and technology Kapil Sibal; and some of India's top academics for the one-year anniversary of the company's India research lab, which employs 30 scientists and may soon double in size. Sibal, a well-known lawyer, walks up the stairs of the Taj Residency hotel and the press photographers' flashbulbs pop. Hundreds of guests at Microsoft's sy
Ron In India, Days 2 & 3: Remote Infrastructure Management; Offshore Management Centers
Commentary  |  1/11/2006  | 
The traffic is still unbelievable but I realized today as I examined the sheet metal around me that it was all intact-no dents, dings not so much as a bumper out of place. There are rules, just not ones that I'm use to but they do appear to work. I have no idea what they are-perhaps the constant honking is really a form of Morse Code.
Report: 2005 A Record Year For Outsourcing
News  |  1/11/2006  | 
The number of outsourcing contracts increased 9% last year, but the majority of that work is still performed within the United States.
HP Labs In India Tries To Connect
Commentary  |  1/11/2006  | 
At Hewlett-Packard's Bangalore, India offices near the Forum, one of the new shopping malls going up around the city, fourteen researchers in a pocket of the building are trying to do something rare in this country's IT industry: develop products that can be used by ordinary Indians. Late in the day on Monday as part of a weeklong reporting trip to Bangalore and Delhi, I visited HP to see what's on those researchers' minds.
Offshoring Is So 'Right Now,' But The Future Belongs To Automation
Commentary  |  1/10/2006  | 
Here's another aspect of offshoring that's lost on Lou Dobbs, John Kerry, and other misinformed critics of the practice. If India didn't exist, much of the IT and call-center work that's taking place overseas would be automated by now. Either way, a job in the United States is still lost.
Infosys' Oasis
Commentary  |  1/9/2006  | 
On the bottom bookshelf in the office of Nandan Nilekani, president and CEO of Infosys Technologies, India's colossus of IT outsourcing, sit copies of "The World Is Flat," author Thomas L. Friedman's bestselling take on global business. The covers face out. Nilekani was one of Friedman's key sources for the book, and he's not shy about promoting it. In the corporate library on Infosys' pristine campus are tacked newspaper clippings of Bill Gates' 2002 trip to India, when he visited the company f
Ron In India, Day One: Golden Arches And Machine Room Suites
Commentary  |  1/9/2006  | 
I'm in India this week tagging along with a group of IT professionals from CMP Media and United Business Media (UBM) as they investigate opportunities for outsourcing. Before I talk about our visit today with HCL, one of the largest remote-infrastructure-management firms in India, I'll say a couple of things about my travel experience. Today I was in Delhi. Right now I'm on a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Delhi to Bangalore for meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Then it's back to D
Disaster Recovery Hot Area In IT Employment
Commentary  |  1/9/2006  | 
Prepare for the worst. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina reminded corporate chieftains that they must be ready to implement a systems recovery plan when disaster strikes. The latest government payroll stats suggest business leaders are adhering to that advice.
Dodging Traffic And Talking Business In Bangalore
Commentary  |  1/8/2006  | 
Within a few hours in Bangalore, you can go from wending your way down a dirt road outside a 17th-Century mosque lined with trinket-sellers, barefoot urchins, and men herding sheep in the street, to drinking beer in the walled-off gardens of the old British Bangalore Club, where Winston Churchill used sup. It's not that other cities don't abut rich and poor, extravagant and destitute. But here they're in high relief. And quite literally, nearly crashing into each other.
A Universe Of SOX Assistance
Commentary  |  1/6/2006  | 
Two years into the regulation, the issues of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, technical and otherwise, are so diverse and complex that an entire sub-industry has emerged to assist companies looking for resources, technology or just good old advice. Most of those resources have a Web presence, so from time to time I'll point you to some of the more useful Web content. Here's three sites to check out: The Sarba
It's Not The Size Of The Data Breach That Matters: All Of Your Customers Are Affected
Commentary  |  1/6/2006  | 
The oft-forgotten element of the endless procession of consumer data breaches is how companies manage the aftermath. It's an undertaking that can be summed by two words: Damage control. And one company that found itself on the wrong end of a breach last month--Marriott Corp.--is only getting half of the effort right.
Outsourcing Boosts Accenture's First Quarter Sales And Profits
News  |  1/6/2006  | 
Sales of application development, infrastructure management, and other IT and business services rose 18%, while consulting sales increased 8%.
ITAA President Quits, May Run For Senate
News  |  1/5/2006  | 
Harris Miller all but declares run for Virginia seat held by Republican George Allen.
HP to Buy CSC? That Could Really Hurd
Commentary  |  1/5/2006  | 
Wednesday's edition of The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Hewlett-Packard and private equity firm Blackstone Group are in talks to acquire defense IT specialist Computer Sciences Corp. This follows reports that private capital is also behind a possible buyout of Affiliated Computer Services. These deals could happen, but...
Why The U.S. Needs Offshore Workers: Other Voices
Commentary  |  1/4/2006  | 
This blog often extols the virtues of offshore outsourcing. We think it's good for the economy, corporate profits, domestic employment and even international relations. But we're not the only ones who believe this.
Product Design And Development Is Outsourcing's Next Big Thing
Commentary  |  1/3/2006  | 
Software development, customer service, back office work--the offshoring of these business activities is now pretty much commonplace. So what's "the next big thing" headed overseas? It could well be new product design and development.


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