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Casting About

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Casting About
2. Today's Top Story: CSC For Sale
    - Who Will Buy CSC? IT Services Vendor Puts Itself On The Block, Plans To Cut 5,000 Jobs
    Related Story:
    - CSC Explores Sale Of Company, Plans Job Cuts
3. Breaking News
    - Apple Refreshes Mac OS To 10.4.6
    - Another Bug Spoofs Internet Explorer Addresses
    - AMD Begins Shipping Chips From New Mega-Fab
    - NY Attorney General Files Spyware Suit
    - Brief: Air France Will Test In-Flight Cell Phone Use
    - Bossidy Sees Leadership Quality In Dell, Missing In Bush
    - When It Comes To Developing A Competitive Strategy, Intuition Alone Won't Cut It
    - Brief: Cell Phone Users Pine For Biometrics
4. Grab Bag: From Microsoft To The Space Station
    - Ex-Microsoft Guru Books Rocket Flight (Seattle Times)
    - IBM To Work With Startup On Chip That Uses Less Power (NY Times - reg. required)
5. In Depth: Enterprise Software Update
    - Oracle Buddies Up With IBM On Enterprise Apps
    - SAP Buys Risk Management Vendor
    - Microsoft To Acquire Business Intelligence Vendor ProClarity
    - Virtualization, On-Demand, And Open Source Stirring Stagnant Software Market
    - IBM Teams With Novell On Linux-Based Middleware
6. Voice Of Authority: Offshore Outsourcing
    - Paul McDougall's Blog: U.S. Needs More H-1B Workers Or More Offshore Outsourcing: Take Your Pick
7. White Papers: E-Procurement
    - The E-Procurement Benchmark Report--Less Hype, More Results
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Casting About

Last week those of us who opine in this space each day reached something of an internal milestone: our 100th daily news podcast. That's 20 weeks' worth of audio versions of this newsletter (all of which are available here).

It's been a fun and interesting ride so far, as we've adapted this core InformationWeek product to the latest medium for information presentation and, we hope, met the needs of an increasingly mobile and time-crunched audience.

At the same time, we're continuing to build an archive of podcasts on other topics and issues that our reporting staff considers pressing to readers. Some recent topics include digital films and entertainment, Oracle's Fusion and open-source initiatives, adware, and an exclusive InformationWeek interview with Bill Gates.

Having built this library of audio content, I'd like to solicit your feedback on our podcasts. Are you using them? Do they have the right content you're looking for? Is the length (typically shorter than 10 minutes) right for you? When and how do you listen to them?

I'd welcome E-mails or comments at my blog entry. I'd also ask you to complete our poll and tell us what material is most valuable or appealing to you in a podcast format.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Who Will Buy CSC? IT Services Vendor Puts Itself On The Block, Plans To Cut 5,000 Jobs
The subject of rumors for months, Computer Sciences Corp. is exploring "strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, including a potential sale of the company."

Related Story:

CSC Explores Sale Of Company, Plans Job Cuts
Computer Sciences Corp. plans to cut around 4,300 jobs during fiscal 2007, which began April 1, and about 700 employees in fiscal 2008. The outsourcing firm said a majority of the cuts will occur in Europe.


3. Breaking News

Apple Refreshes Mac OS To 10.4.6
The new edition fixes multiple bugs and one serious security flaw.

Another Bug Spoofs Internet Explorer Addresses
When it rains, it pours: Yet another vulnerability pops up in Internet Explorer.

AMD Begins Shipping Chips From New Mega-Fab
AMD is now manufacturing Athlon 64 and Sempron microprocessors at the new fab and will increase production to 20,000 wafers a month in 2007.

NY Attorney General Files Spyware Suit
The suit, which accuses Direct Revenue of secretly installing millions of pop-up ad programs and spyware, is seeking a stop order, an accounting of the company's revenues, and penalties.

Brief: Air France Will Test In-Flight Cell Phone Use
The airline is readying a six-month pilot of the European-developed GSM mobile phone standard. The trial will be conducted on short-haul flights in Europe, and to and from North African destinations.

Bossidy Sees Leadership Quality In Dell, Missing In Bush
Business management guru and ex-Honeywell CEO says adaptability is a key quality for organizations to advance.

When It Comes To Developing A Competitive Strategy, Intuition Alone Won't Cut It
Data analysis is a not-so-secret weapon for successful companies, author and consultant Tom Davenport tells InformationWeek Spring Conference attendees.

Brief: Cell Phone Users Pine For Biometrics
A survey of U.S. cell phone users revealed that most of them want biometric protection and wireless banking transaction capability in their mobile phones.

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John Soat With 'News2Me'
More online ID theft, customers don't trust Microsoft, and more.

Eric Chabrow With 'FedEx-pert On IT'
See excerpts from Rob "CIO of the Year" Carter's keynote address.

Elena Malykhina With 'The Acronym Game'
Think you're up on all the latest technology trends? Elena puts a few folks to the test.


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4. Grab Bag: From Microsoft To The Space Station

Ex-Microsoft Guru Books Rocket Flight (Seattle Times)
Charles Simonyi created some of the most widely used computer software programs on Earth. Now he's ready to take on the next frontier: space. Formerly a top researcher at Microsoft and co-founder of Intentional Software in Bellevue, Wash., Simonyi has booked a seat aboard a Russian rocket for a flight to the International Space Station.

IBM To Work With Startup On Chip That Uses Less Power (NY Times - reg. required)
IBM plans to announce an alliance on Tuesday with a small Silicon Valley company that has designed a flexible microprocessor chip intended to perform tasks like video processing using less than a tenth of the power of today's chips.


5. In Depth: Enterprise Software Update

Oracle Buddies Up With IBM On Enterprise Apps
Oracle makes a DB2 plug-in available for Enterprise Manager and pledges to work with IBM on JD Edwards sales and implementations.

SAP Buys Risk Management Vendor
Software from the privately held Virsa Systems addresses concerns stipulated by Sarbanes-Oxley and other mandates.

Microsoft To Acquire Business Intelligence Vendor ProClarity
The acquisition will become part of Microsoft's growing portfolio of business intelligence software, including new tools for SQL Server and an upcoming server version of Excel.

Virtualization, On-Demand, And Open Source Stirring Stagnant Software Market
Software makers are failing to give their customers and themselves the tools and mind-set needed to grow in tomorrow's business environment. But that's changing, said Jason Maynard, director of equity research for Credit Suisse Securities, at the InformationWeek Spring Conference.

IBM Teams With Novell On Linux-Based Middleware
The bundles--geared for the SMB market--are easier to integrate with Windows than were past offerings, the vendors promise.


6. Voice Of Authority: Offshore Outsourcing

Paul McDougall's Blog: U.S. Needs More H-1B Workers Or More Offshore Outsourcing: Take Your Pick
As Congress considers a massive expansion of the H-1B visa worker program, opponents of the plan should consider this: Failure by federal lawmakers to allow more skilled IT workers into the country will result in more U.S. corporations simply outsourcing their computer work to India or some other offshore locale where skilled help is plentiful and cheap. Is that what you really want?


7. White Papers: E-Procurement

The E-Procurement Benchmark Report--Less Hype, More Results
The third in a series of AberdeenGroup benchmarks of E-procurement performance since 1998, this study examines the hurdles, strategies, and results of nearly 150 enterprises using E-procurement today. This study also identifies best practices for maximizing the value of E-procurement.


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