In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Careers: You Vs. Offshoring
2. Today's Top Story
- What Google Search Reveals About Us
3. Breaking News
- McAfee Update Breaks Hundreds Of Apps
- IBM Eyes 50,000-Plus Indian Employees
- Analyst, End-Users Mad About Windows Live OneCare Updates
- Cisco Plans To Buy Video Surveillance Expertise To Improve Security
- Intel Targets A Mobile Internet As The Path For Growth
- Web Services By The Dozen
- BlackBerry Faces Challenges Beyond The NTP Lawsuit
- Consumer Technology Hits Business World
- Microsoft Takes On Yahoo, Google For Web Ad Dollars
- Oracle Puts On A New (Inter)face
- Brief: Google Shows Maps Of Mars
- Brief: Fraunhofer Shows Thought-Controlled Typing
- Chinese Bank Hosts Phishing Site
- Math Nerds Prepare To Celebrate Pi Day
- Free CipherTrust Toolbar Pegs Phishing, Spots Spam
- Analysis: Avaya's Peer-To-Peer Toothache
- Brief: GoDaddy Escalates Domain Registration Protest
4. Grab Bag
- The Pirate Bay: Here To Stay? (Wired News)
- Publishers' Soul Searching Over Google Plan (FT.com)
- Google, U.S. To Face Off In Federal Court (The Mercury News)
5. In Depth
- Langa Letter: How To Safely Add Or Replace A Hard Drive
6. Voice Of Authority
- Get A Sneak Peek At The InformationWeek Spring Conference
7. White Papers
- The Fast Track To Higher-Value Enterprise Services And Relationships: Managed Communication Services
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Careers: You Vs. Offshoring
IT pros have to live segmented lives. As business people, they
need to accept offshoring. It's a viable business strategy, and
opposing it makes as much sense as being categorically against
just-in-time inventory. But as individuals with careers on the
line, they need to view their entire IT careers as a stark battle
against offshoring--constantly assessing the risk of their
particular job being moved, and positioning their skills and
roles to guard against that.
InformationWeek's cover story this week is just the latest
burst of offshore momentum, with IBM consolidating all the
development for one of its key initiatives in Bangalore. It
provides a good chance to start a conversation: What career moves
are you making to protect your IT career against offshoring? What
strategies are working for you that your peers might also benefit
Some won't like the assertion I started with--that, on the job,
there's no point opposing offshoring. My point: Offshoring isn't
the right answer for every problem, but it makes sense for some.
So being known as the anti-offshoring/outsourcing guy/gal in the
office would seem to damage one's credibility--and maybe cut one
off from opportunities to advance from offshoring/outsourcing,
like moving into a role coordinating and managing such work.
But even for people who take that practical stance, I think it's
OK--even wise--for individuals in developed markets to assess an
IT career starkly in terms of its position against offshoring.
David Foote, head of research for the IT HR consultancy Foote
Partners, puts it plainly in saying IT hot jobs today are defined
by how "offshore-resistant" they are. He puts them in three categories: enabler jobs,
customer-facing jobs, and infrastructure jobs.
So what offshore-resistant career strategies are working out
there? Is anyone feeling more offshore-resistant than they were a
year or two ago? Visit my blog and let me know.
McAfee Update Breaks Hundreds Of Apps
For over five hours Friday, McAfee's anti-virus software
erroneously flagged hundreds of legitimate executables as a
malicious virus, leading some customers to quarantine or delete
the offending files and render applications such as Microsoft
Consumer Technology Hits Business World
Consumer technologies such as MP3 players, DVD drives, cell
phones, and instant messaging are driving the innovation agenda.
It's time for companies to stop ignoring or restricting personal
tech and instead tap into that energy.
Microsoft Takes On Yahoo, Google For Web Ad Dollars
Microsoft plans to overhaul its Web presence--consolidating
E-mail, instant messaging, online PC security, and search at
its Windows Live site, along with new offerings like an online
marketplace--to increase traffic and create valuable space
Oracle Puts On A New (Inter)face
The new SQL Developer interface, available for download today,
offers some of the same graphical capabilities as the vendor's
Brief: Google Shows Maps Of Mars
In honor of the birthday of 19th century astronomer Percival
Lowell, Google Inc. on Monday offered views of the planet Mars
through a service developed in conjunction with NASA researchers.
Brief: Fraunhofer Shows Thought-Controlled Typing
Demonstrations of the use of electroencephalogram signals to
control electronic equipment continue to proliferate, with one of
the Fraunhofer Institutes and a Berlin medical charity
demonstrating a "mental typewriter" at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.
Chinese Bank Hosts Phishing Site
A Chinese bank's server is hosting spoofed sites that phishers
are using to dupe customers of American banks, an Internet
monitoring company said Sunday.
Analysis: Avaya's Peer-To-Peer Toothache
Avaya's new peer-to-peer SIP solution, dubbed one-X Quick
Edition, could leave users drilling their own teeth if they're
not careful. Quick Edition's predictability and availability
could suffer because of its unique P2P networking.
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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
The Pirate Bay: Here To Stay? (Wired News)
The entertainment industry claims it has file-sharing sites on the
run. But Sweden-based torrent tracker The Pirate Bay says it isn't
going anywhere. And there's a national movement behind the site.
Publishers' Soul Searching Over Google Plan (FT.com)
Publishers have been left divided over Google's plan to scan
books digitally and make them searchable online. Opponents are
concerned about the potential violation of copyrights and remain
suspicious of how Google may seek to use scanned digital copies
of books. Academic publishers, however, support the Google
project, which they see as opening up new audiences and marketing
opportunities for their scholarly works.
Google, U.S. To Face Off In Federal Court (The Mercury News)
In a widely anticipated hearing in San Jose federal court,
lawyers for the Mountain View, Calif.-based search engine and the
government will square off Tuesday over whether Google should be
forced to turn over a vast array of data, including one million
Web addresses. The case is viewed by many experts as a test of
how vulnerable the voracious search habits of the nation's Web
users might be to the prying eyes of government.
Larry Bossidy Keynotes InformationWeek Conference
The InformationWeek Spring conference is only a couple of
weeks away, and events Editor-in-Chief Brian Gillooly has podcast
interviews with two of the keynote speakers. First, Larry
Bossidy, the influential former CEO of Honeywell, talks about his
presentation on the topic of "Confronting Reality." In the
podcast, Bossidy talks about why it's so difficult for even
leading executives to confront reality and achieve consistent
growth. The ideas are based on his book, and he'll be at the
conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Fla., on April
3rd to talk with attendees about these important concepts.
Rob Carter, FedEx CIO, Talks About The '6x6 Transformation'
Also, InformationWeek's old friend Rob Carter, CIO of
FedEx, will introduce "The Inside Story of FedEx's IT Platform
Transformation." He'll provide exclusive insight into FedEx's
famous "6x6 Transformation" project, which wraps up this May
after three years.
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