News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in October 2009
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Blue Coat Identifies Halloween Trick
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Blue Coat has identified a new malware trick just in time for Halloween. Unsuspecting victims are redirected to one of two malware sites after searching for Halloween related sites. These distribution sites are typically used for hosting of warez, pirated digital content, but have been switched to malware distribution in the past 12 hours.
QBE Outsources Tech Ops To IBM
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will assume responsibility for help desk, network, and disaster recovery functions.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Benioff Discloses All In 'Behind the Cloud' Except...
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Five copies of "Behind the Cloud" have arrived at my desk, two intended for fellow IW staffers and three for me, an embarrassment of riches. It's Marc Benioff's book on how Salesforce.com was created and built into a successful company. I am reading it avidly… but some disclosures will apparently have to wait for the sequel.
TV Web Site Opts For Cloud Servers
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Catbird Monitoring VMs In Amazon EC2
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
A version of Catbird's vSecurity Cloud Edition is available as an app in Amazon's EC2-approved catalog of application services.
Down To Business: How Do You Define Prosperity?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
In its measure of the "wealth and well being" of 104 countries, a U.K. think tank provides ample food for thought as we consider the attributes that truly matter in this connected global economy.
Microsoft HealthVault Deal Puts EHRs Overseas
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
A Bangkok hospital will use Microsoft HealthVault personal electronic health records to track patients via the Web.
Google's 'Gov Cloud' Wins $7.2 Million Los Angeles Contract
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Wipro's Profits Jump 21%
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Chairman sees stabilizing demand and price environment for IT services.
Defense CIO Touts Benefits Of Open Source
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Deputy CIO David Wennergren points to reliability, security, and lower TCO as among the potential benefits of using open source in the U.S. military.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
$100 Million Healthcare Cost Database Announced
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Built with settlement money from health insurance companies, it will help drive down medical costs, says New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
E-Health Records Option Extended To Families
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Dossia, whose consortium members include Wal-Mart and Intel, is making it easier for employees' dependents to sign up for electronic health records.
MedPlus Tapped For Health Information Exchange
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
New Mexico will work with technology partner MedPlus to build an electronic infrastructure connecting the state's healthcare providers.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
President Obama Details Smart Grid Funding
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The government plans to spend $3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds to upgrade the nation's power grid. R&D efforts are already underway at some leading tech vendors.
What To Expect When You're Expecting A Recovery
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
A trio of new surveys makes it clear that while small busineses are hoping for an ecomomic recovery soon, many remain worried that a double-dip recession could drive them out of business.
Lockheed Locks Down Federal Health IT Contracts
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Awarded $170 million in contracts, the company will provide services for government health information technology systems.
H1N1 Flu Tracked By E-Prescription Data
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Public health officials in Rhode Island are electronically monitoring possible swine flu outbreaks based on drug data from pharmacies.
White House Uses Open Source To Open Government
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The Whitehouse.gov site now runs the open source Drupal content management system, which includes social networking tools that can be used for communications and participatory government.
Mobile Service Tracks Alzheimer's Patients
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
The Comfort Zone service combines GPS and wireless technologies to enable caregivers to monitor Alzheimer's patients.
Uncle Sam Mulls The Move To Windows 7
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Many government agencies participated in the Windows 7 beta program, but the public sector is expected to trail businesses in adopting Microsoft's new operating system.
FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rule Making
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The move opens up a vehicle for comments, but how and to what degree the Internet should be free or regulated remains to be decided.
Down To Business: Tech Patents Revisited: Alternative Approaches
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
The fact that patent reform has repeatedly died in Congress shows there are no pat answers. But here are a few strong ideas.
Google, Verizon Jointly Back 'Open Internet'
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The search giant and wireless carrier find rare common ground on a few core net neutrality principles.
Web 2.0 Summit: The Browser Is What Matters
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Google's Sundar Pichai provides some hints about his company's upcoming browser-based Chrome operating system.
Latest TrueCrypt Release Adds Windows 7 Support
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Every small business needs good desktop encryption software. The latest version of my favorite product, TrueCrypt, makes it a better choice than ever.
Web 2.0 Summit: Intel CEO Expects PC Sales Surge
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Paul Otellini sees businesses moving to replace their aging hardware and promise in moving to a more distributed approach to healthcare.
Nokia Sues Apple Over iPhone
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The suit claims the iPhone infringes on 10 Nokia patents involving wireless data, speech coding, security, and encryption.
Web 2.0 Summit: Fed CTO Talks Healthcare IT
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra says government spending on IT can help cut healthcare costs and improve care quality.
EU Online Music Pact May Be Model For U.S.
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Amazon, EMI, Apple, and Universal took part in the agreement, which could have ramifications for U.S. regulatory action.
MetroPCS Gets Windows Mobile Smartphone
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
The Samsung Code could be popular with businesses that want mobility without long-term contracts.
Secret Service To Revamp Ailing IT Systems
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
In an effort to avoid 'mission failure,' the agency plans to deploy new storage systems, virtualize servers, modernize databases, and expand mobile and wireless capabilities.
Health IT Metrics Taking Shape
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
The U.S. will release a preliminary definition of "meaningful use"-- a key criterion for healthcare IT providers seeking federal stimulus funding -- in December.
Government Technologist: Energy's $32 Million Cloud Experiment
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
The Department of Energy has embarked on an ambitious project to see how cloud computing can be used by scientists at its national labs. Is it taking on too much, too soon?
Web 2.0 Summit: PayPal's Platform Plans
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
With talk of the death of cash, PayPal president Scott Thompson painted a rosy future for payments delivered through mobile devices.
Google Search Appliance Gets Smart
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
Corporate searchers can now look forward to more relevant search results, thanks to improvements in the Google Search Appliance.
Government IT Spending To Slow
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
IT spending by civilian agencies will grow 3.4% annually over the next five years, a significant slowdown compared to the previous five years, according to a new report from TechAmerica.
Why A Linux Live CD Could Save Your Small Business
Commentary  |  10/20/2009  | 
Could Linux really protect your business against an online banking disaster? Absolutely -- and the major arguments against this approach simply don't hold water.
SCO Terminates CEO Darl McBride
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
Under a restructuring plan, the company will continue to pursue intellectual property litigation against, among others, IBM and Novell.
InformationWeek SMB Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers
Commentary  |  10/19/2009  | 
Whether your company's data center is a couple of servers stashed in a closet or a gleaming, state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility, you're still facing the same set of challenges: how to keep the IT lights on while controlling costs, take advantage of new technologies to stay competitive, and position your company for an economic recovery in the midst of the toughest times for IT that many of us can remember. On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, help is on the way.
IBM Server Chief On Leave Following Arrest
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
Robert Moffat booked on insider trading charge along with other tech and investment bigs.
Sprint Nextel To Acquire iPCS For $831 Million
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
The deal ends litigation in which iPCS sought to block or retard Sprint's WiMax and iDEN networks.
Facebook, Twitter Join Google In Net Neutrality Battle
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
New rules governing online communication are expected later this week and Internet companies are making sure their concerns are heard.
Indiana Cancels $1.3 Billion IBM Contract
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
The state cut IBM loose, saying the company failed to deliver on a multi-year welfare modernization effort.
Global CIO: In Oracle Vs. SAP, IBM Could Tip Balance
Commentary  |  10/18/2009  | 
The big IT players are realigning and while Oracle's love-fest with Salesforce.com is nice, Oracle will need a whole lot more friends than that to compete against not just SAP but also IBM.
SEC Charges Billionaire, Tech Execs With Insider Trading
News  |  10/16/2009  | 
Executives from IBM, Intel, and McKinsey are among those charged.
Google Tips For Burying Ugly Search Results
News  |  10/16/2009  | 
To manage your search engine reputation, Google suggests saying less is more, except when saying more is more.
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