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FAA Worried About Vista Specs; Software 2007 Coverage

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: My Lunch With FedEx CIO Rob Carter
2. Today's Top Story
    - FAA Memo Reveals Concern Over Vista Hardware Specs
3. Breaking News
    - Software 2007 Coverage: 'Software As A Service Is Evolving'
    - Software 2007: Q&A With Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff
    - Sun Shows Java Twist On Apple's iPhone
    - Bogus Computer Expert Goes From Witness To Prisoner
    - Microsoft Provides Peek At Next Version Of SQL Server
    - Review: Fujitsu LifeBook P7230 Ultralight Notebook
    - AT&T Bids For Satellite Broadband In Rural Areas
    - Are Handhelds A Helpful Link To The Office Or Not?
    - Comcast Demos 150-Mbps Modem
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Who Wants Samsung's Q1 For Vista Ultramobile PC? (I Do)
    - Woman Gives Birth -- Husband Twitters
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers: Encryption
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: My Lunch With FedEx CIO Rob Carter

I'm here at the Software 2007 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., attended by a who's who of Silicon Valley CEOs and other executive managers, all talking about what's next in software innovation.

I saw many of them at an invite-only lunch that wrapped up a few hours ago, but I spent most of my time listening to what FedEx CIO Rob Carter, seated at my table, had to say about what's happening in the world of software. (In the CIO world, Carter is as close to celebrity as they come.) I have to listen to software vendor celebrities for the next few days, guys like Steve Ballmer and Marc Benioff, and I needed a reality check. I knew Carter would speak on a level of truth I'm not as likely to get from a software exec's marketing-conscious rhetoric.

Here's what Rob Carter had to say on several subjects.

Software as a service: Carter isn't sold on on-demand software for FedEx, also known as SaaS, despite the fact that SaaS adoption is growing and considered among the most obvious examples of innovation. The SaaS poster child, Salesforce.com CEO Benioff, has approached Carter "many times" about Salesforce's SaaS offerings, Carter said. But FedEx already has onsite customer service and sales-force automation software that work great. FedEx is an acquisitive company, Carter noted, and SaaS is more likely to make sense for, say, FedEx subsidiaries.

After lunch I spent some time talking to Benioff, who noted that FedEx subsidiary Kinko's is, indeed, a customer of Salesforce. Still, Carter confirmed what many of us already suspect: Many big companies aren't yet impressed with SaaS to the point they'll consider replacing what they have, if what they have works just fine.

Windows Vista: Carter's security team loves the new security features in Vista. FedEx's chief security officer, in fact, is responsible for the rollout of Vista on company servers. But for now, no plans for Vista on the desktops at FedEx, Carter said. Again, that's a case of things working just fine ... for now.

On IT budgets: Software 2007 conference organizers keep talking about the rebirth of innovation in Silicon Valley this first day of the show, but based on what Carter said, it doesn't sound like IT budgets quite match that level of enthusiasm.

CIOs aren't necessarily holding back on IT spending this year, but there are plenty of business pressures that continue to keep IT spending in check, he noted. Auto and jet fuel costs are a big one, for example ... and things that directly impact FedEx, of course. Are IT budgets improved over the early 2000s? Yes. Will IT spending return to the frenzy of the late 1990s? Not a chance.

Mary Hayes Weier
mhayes@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

FAA Memo Reveals Concern Over Vista Hardware Specs
The internal memo notes that Vista requires double the amount of memory the agency usually uses on desktops and warns staffers to watch out for Microsoft sales pitches.


3. Breaking News

Software 2007 Coverage: 'Software As A Service Is Evolving'
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff and representatives from FedEx, Unilever, Motorola, and Walt Disney highlight their success with on-demand services.

Software 2007: Q&A With Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff
Benioff chats about the potential of getting acquired by a larger vendor and explains why he thinks Salesforce will be relevant for years to come.

Call It The jPhone: Sun Shows Java Twist On Apple's iPhone
At the JavaOne conference, Sun Microsystems debuts software for a high-end cell phone that looks rather similar to the iPhone.

Bogus Computer Expert Goes From Witness To Prisoner
The courtroom star witness pleaded guilty to faking his credentials, possibly putting several cases in question.

Microsoft Provides Peek At Next Version Of SQL Server
Microsoft is offering a sneak peek at the next version of its SQL Server data platform, code-named Katmai, at the company's first-ever business intelligence conference.

Review: Fujitsu LifeBook P7230 Ultralight Notebook
You can squeeze a lot of performance out of this 2.6-pound notebook because Fujitsu has squeezed a lot of features into it.

AT&T Bids For Satellite Broadband In Rural Areas
It's the first time satellite Internet service will be available from AT&T for customers in the former BellSouth nine-state region.

Are Handhelds A Helpful Link To The Office Or Not?
A survey shows that 38% of IT professionals say they're working round the clock because their BlackBerry devices and smartphones keep them tied to the office.

Comcast Demos 150-Mbps Modem
Fast enough to down a 32-volume copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster's visual dictionary in less than four minutes.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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Who Wants Samsung's Q1 For Vista Ultramobile PC? (I Do)
Samsung has released a lightweight platform that packs the power of Windows Vista into the form factor of a stripped-down laptop.

Woman Gives Birth -- Husband Twitters
The mobile, mini-blog platform is being enlisted for some unusual messages.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Cisco seeking Product Mgr III in San Jose, CA

KPMG seeking Information Technology, Architecture Project Manager in Montvale, NJ

University of California Santa Cruz seeking IT Technical Lead in Santa Cruz, CA

Telerik Inc seeking Developer - Support - JavaScript / C# / VB.NET in Newton, MA

ITT Corporation seeking Senior Staff Engineer - Software in Fort Wayne, IN

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers: Encryption

2007 Annual Study: U.S. Enterprise Encryption Trends -- Leading U.S. IT Organizations Shift To Strategic Encryption Approach
Failure to protect customer data and proprietary business information can lead to serious consequences, including loss of customers or difficulty acquiring new ones, as well as irreparable brand damage.


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