"Aawww, Rubbish!" made some excellent points; however, it missed a major area: data life cycle management (May 8, 2006). Simply put, you have to remember to take out the garbage. While there are circumstances in which input data is bad, often we find that the data captured was good. The garbage problem frequently arises when data isn't retired and removed when it has been superseded, has become stale, or is no longer valid.
Michael L. Morris,
VP Millican & Associates
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Keep IT Talent In U.S.
I'm in complete agreement with the need to do away with the H-1B cap ("Time To Doff H-1B Cap?" May 8, 2006). The United States needs skilled knowledge workers. We're faced with two choices: hire skilled knowledge workers outside the United States, such as via outsourcing, or hire them and have them work here. The latter is more attractive for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the ability to retain expertise within our borders.
Kevin C. Desouza,
Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.