News & Commentary
Content tagged with Team Building & Staffing posted in September 2008
Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
The Economy And Jobs: More Than You Can Handle?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Feel that? It's the economy quaking. With the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout bill, stocks seesawing, and loads of uncertainty looming, it's possible you'll have more candidates than you ever imagined applying for jobs at your company. Are you ready to handle that?
Appeals Court Reviews Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio's Conviction
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The latest chapter centers on whether a trial judge had unfairly blocked financial expert Daniel Fischel from testifying on Nacchio's behalf.
Down To Business: Should Your People Come Before Your Customers?
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
One school of thought is that if you treat your people right, they'll be far more motivated and equipped to engage with (and maximize returns from) your customers.
'Networked Workers:' Connected, Distracted, Stressed
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A new Pew Study suggests 62% of the workforce is more likely than the average American adult to own a cell phone, laptop, and a BlackBerry, Palm, or other PDA.
Dell Unveils Privacy Feature For Notebooks
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The Latitude E6400 contains a software-based option that prevents people sitting next to the user from reading the screen.
Google Founded By Sergey Brin, Larry Page... And Hubert Chang?!?
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Chang claims that he collaborated on Google's original PageRank algorithm and should be recognized as a company founder.
Under Fire, Unisys CEO McGrath Agrees To Step Down
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
In its second quarter financial report, announced July 23, Unisys reported a loss of $14 million on sales of $1.34 billion.
Is Innovation India's Next Big Thing?
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
People tend to think of lower-cost IT services -- and not "innovation" -- when Indian outsourcer Wipro Technologies' name is mentioned. So, it may come as a surprise that $1 billion, or about a quarter of Wipro's revenue last year, was generated through R&D services -- including designing semiconductors, automobile parts, and a variety of electronic devices. Looking ahead, Wipro says those R&D services will become an even bigger chunk of the company's business.
Circuit City Switches CEOs As Schoonover Resigns
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Circuit City also reported Monday that it expects its second-quarter results to be slightly better than its previous forecast.
What's Hot? SAP Skills And Pay
Commentary  |  9/22/2008  | 
A scarcity of experienced talent combined with the growing popularity of SAP's NetWeaver platform and other products has helped pump up pay considerably for SAP-related skills in recent months, according to a new report.
Wall Street Crisis Won't Impact IT Jobs... At First
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
The grim meltdown may have a bright side for some financial workers as top-notch IT pros laid off when the tech bubble broke eight years ago were quickly hired.
Down To Business: IT Priority No. 1: Free Up Money For New Projects
Commentary  |  9/18/2008  | 
If you think you can lay low under the corporate radar or continue to argue that the 80-20 rule is an immutable law of IT physics, then you're due for a wake-up call.
Interop: O'Reilly Says Think Big, Don't Just Thirst For 'Great Money River'
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
The open source activist said improving the world should take priority over getting wealthy.
Bill Gates Tops Forbes List Of Wealthy Americans
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
Computer entrepreneurs fared well on the magazine's annual list of the superrich.
Tesla Picks Silicon Valley For Electric-Car Plant
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
The company expects to eventually employ about 1,000 people at the location, where the first vehicles are set to roll off the assembly line in late 2010.
U.S. IT Leadership Slips, Taiwan Gains
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
An Economist Intelligence Unit's findings prompted the Business Software Alliances to warn U.S. policymakers against indifference and complacency.
IW500: Canadian CIO Delivers Cautionary Tale About Internationalization
Commentary  |  9/15/2008  | 
The CIO of a Canadian heavy equipment company delivered a warning about what happens to companies that fail to take local customs into account when doing business internationally: What happens when your contractors just stop showing up?
Cuil's Out For Search Pioneer Louis Monier
News  |  9/15/2008  | 
Monier, Cuil's VP of product, has resigned but will remain as a consultant at the search startup, which claims to search an index three times the size of Google's.
IW500: CIOs Are Anti-Social On Social Networking
Commentary  |  9/15/2008  | 
I can't say I'm surprised by what CIOs told me at the InformationWeek 500 conference about Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites: They're just not into those services. However, the CIOs see that young people have a very different attitude. Social networks are their primary channel for communication, and so companies need to be hospitable to social networks to continue to attract young recruits.
IW500: Getting Ready For The InformationWeek 500
Commentary  |  9/14/2008  | 
In a couple of hours, I'll be driving to the InformationWeek 500 Conference, which starts today. It's a two-day annual event where elite CIOs and high-level IT managers gather to learn from each other about how to optimize their careers and departments for success
Whose DBA's Earn Six-Figure Salaries?
Commentary  |  9/11/2008  | 
Think your DBA job pays well? Not as good as some database administrators, according to a research study sponsored by Ntirety and produced by Unisphere Research. One hint: it's all about location, location, location.
High-Tech Trade Associations Discuss Merger
News  |  9/11/2008  | 
A marriage of the AeA and ITAA would bring together the largest number of tech companies in the U.S. in a single trade organization.
Change Is Always In The Air For CIOs
Commentary  |  9/9/2008  | 
Time for a change? If you're a CIO, it's always time for change. Whether it's the more optimistic, positive sort of change (i.e., growing the business) or the less pleasant (heck, painful) kind of change, like cutting costs, you'd better be ready.
What's Really Behind The Talent Gap
Commentary  |  9/8/2008  | 
It's been a long-running complaint that there aren't enough young people entering the IT field. But judging by the laundry list of experience and skills some employers demand from IT job candidates, you have to wonder if young people just starting out their careers even have a shot at being hired.
IT And Business Alignment Remains CIO's Top Concern
News  |  9/3/2008  | 
Other top worries include IT talent-related issues such as "building business skills in IT," according to a Society for Information Management report.
CIOs Look To Hire More Help Desk, Tech Support Personnel
News  |  9/3/2008  | 
In the skills category, network administration of LANs and WANs was the technical skill in highest demand, followed closely by Windows Server 2000/2003 administration.
Insurer Says Technology Acquisition To Transform Patient Care
News  |  9/3/2008  | 
Health Care Service hopes patients will have better outcomes and its costs will be reduced with its purchase of disease management software maker MEDecision.
NASA's Mississippi Facility Closed From Gustav Impact
News  |  9/2/2008  | 
The storm, ironically, forced the shutdown of a center which hosts hurricane research.
Help Wanted: Finding The Perfect IT Person
Commentary  |  9/2/2008  | 
What do IT staff, mechanics, and laborers all have in common? They're among the 10 hardest job titles to fill nationally this year, according to a new study.
Struggling Alcatel-Lucent Names Top Executives
News  |  9/2/2008  | 
New CEO Ben Verwaayen and Philippe Camus will preside over a company whose core was once the manufacturing heart of the old AT&T.


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