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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in April 2009
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Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
5 Tips For Taking Business Video Viral
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Putting up an online video can snare millions of viewers for your business and the cost for you can be almost nothing. It's time to take another look at the business potential of online video.
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
Interactive Ad Unit Guidelines Revised
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The IAB issued the first Universal Ad Package, with four ad standards, in 2002.
bMighty bSecure: SMB Security On A Budget - And On Demand!
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
When times get tough, it's all too tempting to push security concerns aside. But that's a fool's game. Fortunately, there are ways for small and midsize companies to address security issues without breaking the bank. To learn more, check out the On-Demand version of bMighty bSecure, which brings together business and security experts to show you how to do exactly that.
Verizon Seeks Extension For Alltel Spinoff
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company says it needs more time to divest in wireless assets it obtained from Alltel because of difficulties related to the economic climate.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday April 30, 2009
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SMBs are looking to increase IT spending and create new jobs in the next six months, Acer on track to surpass Dell as the world's second-largest PC maker, IBM adds social networking to DeveloperWorks Portal for IT professionals, and more. . .
IT Helps Seal Our Borders
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The economic stimulus package includes about $980 million aimed at beefing up surveillance of our borders. Much of that fuels a huge bet that technology projects can help secure them.
Google Book Search Settlement Faces DOJ Review
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The query follows the deal Google reached last year with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.
IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The state's Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months.
New ProCurve Threat Module: Flexibility Requires Planning
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
HP ProCurve announced a new module for their ProCurve 8212 and 5400 modular switches. The Threat Management Module offers firewall, VPN, and IPS functions simultaneously on the switch backplane which is unlike Cisco's approach with the Catalyst 6500 requiring separate security modules firewall, VPN, and IPS. The cost, however, is lower performance per module. ProCurve needs to increase module performance to make it a replacement for appliances.
More Companies Requiring IT Security Certification
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The study reflects responses from more than 1,000 IT employees.
Swine Flu Prompts Calls For More Telecommuting
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Currently, 60% of federal agencies include telework in plans for continuity of operations, but just more than 7% of federal employees telework regularly.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling BluWiki.com
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Microsoft Releases Office 2007 SP2
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The productivity suite update adds built-in support for Open Document Format and a slew of other tweaks, including improved Outlook performance.
HP Peps Up Its Mid-Range Business Laptops
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The ProBook s-series represents HP's new mainstream business laptop brand, replacing most of the Compaq line.
U.K. Imposes Deadline To Fix Sick E-Health Program
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The CIO of Britain's Department of Health says outsourcers working on the long-delayed project have seven months to get it right -- or they may have to get out.
Boston Seeks Lead In Mobile Innovation, Startups
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
State funding and MIT connections fueled more than $500 million in investments in Boston-area mobile and wireless startups last year.
Q & A: Gen. Colin Powell On Leadership In Times Of Change
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks with InformationWeek about "commander's risk," cybersecurity, H1-B visas, Facebook, and his most immediate concerns for the United States.
Microsoft In $3 Billion Cloud Deal With HP-EDS
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Redmond is using partners to push hosted offerings deeper into the corporate market.
Microsoft Ramps Up Virtualization Management, Management Services
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company's push into two new areas is expected to be explored at its annual Microsoft Management Summit.
Obama Promises Massive Commitment To Scientific Research
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Microsoft strategy officer Craig Mundie among those named to help the administration shape its science policy.
Foreign IT Pros Working In U.S. Earning More Than Americans
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Researchers analyzed skills and pay data on more than 50,000 IT professionals who participated in InformationWeek salary surveys from 2000 to 2005.
Apple Corrects Shareholder Vote To Grant Voice On Pay
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company says it expects to see regulations requiring some form of shareholder input on compensation at public companies in the near future.
Satyam Used Computers To Create 7,500 Fake Invoices
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Company officials employed an elaborate network of applications to facilitate accounting fraud.
Qualcomm To Pay Broadcom $891 Million In Patent Litigation Settlement
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Broadcom's bonanza could help it fulfill its unsolicited bid to take over Fibre Channel storage networking company Emulex.
Napster Judge Hears Hollywood, RealNetworks Arguments
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The movie studios sued RealNetworks in 2008, accusing the company of violating their copyrights.
Facebook Users Approve Terms Of Use
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The changes increase user control while improving account deletion and limiting sublicenses and reducing data exchanges between application developers.
Tech Mahindra-Satyam Deal Clears Regulatory Hurdle
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
Competition watchdogs in Germany have signed off on the proposed merger.
Clearwire Subject Of Class Action Complaint
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Frustrated customers say service hasn't been as fast or reliable as advertised, and when they seek to cancel their service they're pressured to pay early-termination fees.
Department Of Defense Pursues Private Cloud
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The agency is launching development and testing tools that should make it easier for military developers to test and deploy software themselves without the red tape.
Judge Extends Fed Scrutiny Of Microsoft 18 Months
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The Department of Justice claims the software maker is not fully complying with an antitrust agreement.
Pirate Bay Defendants Seek Retrial
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Claiming bias in the case, the defendants are pinning their hopes on the appeals courts to avoid jail time and the hefty penalty.
State AG Wants Craigslist To Nix Hooker Ads
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal says social networking site should use IT to eliminate sex listings.
Qualcomm: Settlement Talks In Progress; Earnings Delayed
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Its long-running intellectual property battles with Broadcom may be nearing a resolution, wireless technology provider Qualcomm said.
E-Prescription Adoption Picking Up
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Over the past two years, tens of thousands of U.S. clinicians have traded in their paper prescription pads for electronic prescribing software.
UK Wants Nationwide Broadband Access
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
British pols are backing a plan that would extend high-speed Internet links to all parts of the country.
Pentagon Creating Cyber Warfare Command
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
The Defense Department will unify information security for all the military branches under a command focused on waging cyberwarfare.
Satyam Leader Claims Heart Not Up To Polygraph
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Attorneys for outsourcer's disgraced chairman say he's not healthy enough for a lie detector test.
Symantec Acquires Startup 50 Company
Commentary  |  4/22/2009  | 
Mi5 Networks, which makes a Web security appliance, will be integrated into Symantec's product line later this year.
Northrop Grumman To Compete For $50 Billion In Federal IT Work
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Outsourcer will bid for jobs funded by the GSA's Alliant program.
Homeland Security Saving $47 Million With Volume Software Licensing
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
The agency is also busy getting rid of as many printed reports as possible in favor of sending them out electronically or posting them online.
Microsoft, Mayo Clinic Launch Online E-Health Records Service
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
Mayo Clinic Health Manager is Microsoft's bid to get consumers to tap into its HealthVault platform for managing personal health records online.
Ubuntu Releasing A Cloudy 'Jaunty Jackalope'
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
The 9.04 edition of Canonical's Linux distro for desktops and servers dovetails with cloud computing inside the firewall and on Amazon's EC2.
Oracle's Alternatives Dim Without Sun
News  |  4/20/2009  | 
By becoming a systems vendor, Oracle will move from being a software company to one that packages solutions "from database to disk."
IT Venture Capital Investments Drop Sharply
News  |  4/20/2009  | 
Startups only got $3 billion in 549 deals in the first quarter -- a drop of 61% from the same quarter a year ago, according to the latest Money Tree survey.
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