Getting Down To The Final Hours To The InformationWeek 500
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Getting Down To The Final Hours To The InformationWeek 500
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Promises To Patch Word 2000 Bug
- Review: Top 5 Improvements In Vista RC1
- Microsoft Threatens EU With Vista Delay
- Analysts: Microsoft Changes Meaning Of 'Release Candidate'
3. Breaking News
- Ad-Supported Software Proves Popular With Small Businesses
- Open-Source Tool Gains Traction To Help Build User Interfaces
- AOL's ICQ IM Service Vulnerable To Attack, Says Firm
- British Museum Unveils WWII Computer Replica
- BBC Video Project Could Reverse 'Immaculate Reception' Play
- Analysis: Creative Can Survive Dancing To iPod's Tune
- Philadelphia Opens High-Tech School Of The Future
- Gateway Names Ed Coleman CEO
- New Border-Crossing Card Could Boost RFID Demand
- CBS To Launch Prime-Time Show On TiVo
4. Grab Bag
- Why Windows Takes So Long To Start Up (IntelliAdmin)
- Apple Files Multifunctional Handheld Device Patent Application (AppleNN)
- YouTube: Waiting For The Payoff (BusinessWeek)
- The Tao Of Backup (Taobackup.com)
5. In Depth
- Ex-Worldcom CEO Ebbers To Enter Prison This Month
- HP Says Chairman Dunn Has No Plans To Resign
- Ex-HP Director Seeks U.S. Probe Of Privacy Breach
- HP Claims Ignorance Of Leak Probe Methods
- Luck May Be Running Out For HP's Dunn
- Broadcom Suffers More Stock Option Woes
6. Voice Of Authority
- As The Network Goes, So Go IT Careers
7. White Papers
- The Goldilocks Principle: Approaches To Software Validation
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quote of the day:
"Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment." -- Robert Benchley
1. Editor's Note: Getting Down To The Final Hours To The InformationWeek 500
You're going to want to stick close to InformationWeek.com Tuesday at 1 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. That's when we pull back the curtains on the big event of the yearthe selection of the 2006 InformationWeek 500.
The InformationWeek 500 is an elite group of large, U.S.-based businesses that have demonstrated innovation and leadership in information technology. This year's companies are focused on streamlining business processes, improving customer relationships, controlling costs, and globalization.
To whet your appetite for the big event less than a day away, here are some fast facts about the companies making up the InformationWeek 500, courtesy of my colleague, Lisa Smith, managing editor of research at InformationWeek. Lisa heads up InformationWeek 500 research for us.
- The average InformationWeek 500 company plans to spend $304 million on IT in 2006, with more than $100 million going to salaries and benefits and $100 million devoted to new technologies and applications.
- Collectively, the companies spend about $150 billion on IT.
- The average InformationWeek 500 company allocates 3.21% of annual revenue to IT, up slightly from 3.0% in 2005, but still lower than in past years.
- About 60% of the InformationWeek 500 companies plan to streamline business processes in 2006. They're using IT to improve customer experiences on the Web, increase customer satisfaction, and create new products and services for customers.
- Three out of 10 InformationWeek 500 companies report seeking a patent, trademark, or copyright on at least one IT-driven business process, product, or service.
- Some 73% of the companies have workers or subsidiaries outside the United States, 61% buy directly from non-U.S. suppliers, and 48% sell directly to non-U.S. buyers, up from 70%, 52%, and 44%, respectively, in 2005.
To get a better idea of what's to come, take a look at some recent winners:
- Capital One, our #1 company in the 2005 InformationWeek 500, uses IT to leverage information and people to gain a competitive advantage in what's essentially a commodity business: lending money. IW's Steve Marlin wrote last year: "What distinguishes Capital One from the rest of the formidable pack in this year's InformationWeek 500 is its information-based strategy, which joins all areas of its businessmarketing, credit, risk, operations, and business technologyinto a single, flexible decision-making structure." To hear about what Capital One is up to now, listen to our podcast interview with current CIO Gregor Bailar.
- E&J Gallo, our #1 company for the 2004 InformationWeek 500, uses IT to stay ahead in the competitive wine business, providing advanced inventory management, wireless communications throughout its factory and vineyards, production control systems, and even an automated system for making its own bottles. Catch up with what Gallo is doing today in a brief videocast.
If you're interested in participating in next year's InformationWeek 500, watch InformationWeek.com for a link where you can preregister. I know it seems early to be thinking about next year's InformationWeek 500, but this feature is sort of like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's a huge job, and as soon as it's over we start work on next year's event.
Microsoft Threatens EU With Vista Delay
There they go squabbling again: Microsoft and the European Union just can't seem to get along. Now Microsoft is threatening to delay the release of Windows Vista in Europe.
British Museum Unveils WWII Computer Replica
The brainchild of Alan Turingoften called the father of modern computer scienceand Gordon Welchman, "bombes" such as the one the replica represents were used to decrypt more than 3,000 messages a day from the Nazi's Enigma machine.
Gateway Names Ed Coleman CEO
Coleman, currently president of Arrow Electronics' Enterprise Computing Solutions, will replace Rick Snyder, who has served as Gateway's interim CEO since February after Wayne Inouye resigned.
Open Source OutlookDownload Report Now
Learn how more than 300 business technology professionals are planning to use open-source solutions in their IT infrastructure in this InformationWeek research report, "Linux: The Impact of Service and Support."
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The Tao Of Backup (Taobackup.com)
Here's a humorous and informative look at basic principles of backup. "A novice wanted to learn the Tao of Backup. The master said: 'To become enlightened, you must master the seven heads of Backup. He who knows the heads will keep all his data forever. He who knows them not will lose all his data,' and with that, the lessons began..."
HP Claims Ignorance Of Leak Probe Methods
Under increasing fire for investigating board members and journalists in a media leak probe, HP officials are now claiming the company had no knowledge of the shady tactics used by hired investigators. Meanwhile, calls are growing for heads to roll.
Luck May Be Running Out For HP's Dunn
Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn may be forced to resign from the company's board, some believe, after her decision to investigate media leaks by fellow board members.
As The Network Goes, So Go IT Careers
Chris Murphy says: We've got an article this week on WAN optimization. Might not sound like the most emotionally charged topicuntil you see comments like this from IT pros who faced network performance problems: "My name became mud as fast as you could spell it."
7. White Papers
The Goldilocks Principle: Approaches To Software Validation
Software validation requires critical thinking and knowledge of the tools available to manufacturers. A new technical information report can be used to get validation just right. This document describes how to apply principles of critical thinking and risk management to produce value-added validation evidence.
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