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Careers: You Vs. Offshoring

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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
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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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 from?

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.

Chris Murphy
cjmurphy@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

What Google Search Reveals About Us
Billions of search terms can paint a detailed picture. But who gets to see it?


3. Breaking News

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 Excel inoperative.

IBM Eyes 50,000-Plus Indian Employees
And they're doing high-level work. Look at last week's decision to consolidate SOA work in Bangalore.

Analyst, End-Users Mad About Windows Live OneCare Updates
Not everyone is happy with updates Microsoft issued for its OneCare security service. In fact, some are cautioning others to steer clear.

Cisco Plans To Buy Video Surveillance Expertise To Improve Security
Cisco plans to spend millions to acquire SyPixx and technology that merges video surveillance with IP networks.

Intel Targets A Mobile Internet As The Path For Growth
A new chip architecture, WiMax cards for notebooks, and new devices called Ultra Mobile PCs highlight the Intel Developer Forum.

Web Services By The Dozen
The buying and selling of Web services is in its infancy, but StrikeIron provides customers with a range of hosted services and content databases.

BlackBerry Faces Challenges Beyond The NTP Lawsuit
Shaking NTP off its back is just half the battle. Now RIM is trying to stay ahead of a horde of hungry and fierce competitors with new "prosumer" features such as VoIP and instant messaging.

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 for advertisers.

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 JDeveloper tool.

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.

Math Nerds Prepare To Celebrate Pi Day
Pi Day Tuesday honors the infinite numerical challenge whose first three numbers--314--connote March 14th.

Free CipherTrust Toolbar Pegs Phishing, Spots Spam
Security vendor CipherTrust on Monday released a free toolbar for Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes that graphically displays the likelihood that individual messages are spam or phishing attacks.

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.

Brief: GoDaddy Escalates Domain Registration Protest
Domain name registrar GoDaddy.com has appealed to the U.S. Department of Commerce, asking it to reject a new agreement between VeriSign and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names.

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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.


5. In Depth

Langa Letter: How To Safely Add Or Replace A Hard Drive
Want to expand your PC without having to rebuild your operating system? Fred Langa shows you how to do that--and more.


6. Voice Of Authority

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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