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Interop Keynote: Cisco's John Chambers

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Loose Lips Can Sink Product Launches
2. Today's Top Story
    - Three Takes On John Chambers' Interop Keynote
3. Breaking News
    - The Impending Internet Address Shortage
    - Samsung Enters Into Cisco's Networking Ring
    - IBM Targets Threats Against Web 2.0 Systems
    - Social Networking Sites Drive Traffic To Each Other
    - SAP Labs U.S.'s Managing Director Resigns
    - Microsoft Takes VoIP, Unified Communications To PBX Systems
    - T-Mobile's Wing Phone Beats Apple To Wi-Fi Punch
    - Secret Service Investigating Lost Alcatel-Lucent Employee-Info Disk
    - Salesforce.com To Host Custom SOA-Building
    - Google Offers Trend-Spotting Updates
    - Cisco Product Rollout Targets Mobile Workforce
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Will The iPhone Be Available Without A Contract?
    - T-Mobile Launches First Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
    - Can Unified Communications Break Down The Silos?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - E2open Helps Build Supply Chain Driven By Customer Demand
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -- JFK


1. Editor's Note: Loose Lips Can Sink Product Launches

I was flying out to Interop on Monday morning when I heard two execs a row ahead of me talking about a big upcoming product announcement. They might as well have just chucked all their expensive corporate security technologies out the window.

Their company must have firewalls and password protections. They might even have intrusion detection and intrusion prevention. Encryption. I bet they even encrypt their critical data. They must have policies about protecting their laptops and handheld devices.

Too bad none of that technology could have kept them from talking about an important product launch on a packed plane. Oh, let me be more clear: It was a plane packed with computer industry people heading to Interop. You know ... the types of people who would be interested to find out that this company is coming out with a new product.

I wonder if someone from one of their competitors was on the plane. Maybe not an executive who they might recognize but some salesperson or PR person -- someone who would be eager to go back to his or her bosses with this tidbit and look like a real hero.

You can have all the best security tools, but if someone is going to sit on a packed plane -- or in a busy coffee shop or at an industry cocktail party -- talking about information best kept under wraps, the technology isn't going to do you any good. Remind your executives and road warriors that a competitor, or a reporter, could be sitting just one row in back of them.

Have you heard of any good loose-lips incidents? Leave a comment on the InformationWeek Blog and let me know.

Sharon Gaudin
sgaudin@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Three Takes On John Chambers' Interop Keynote

(More Conference Coverage: Interop On-Site)

Related Stories:

Chambers Prods CIOs: Add Business Value Now
John Chambers has some feedback and some advice for CIOs. He says half of CIOs are viewed as adding value to their business while half are viewed as expense areas, "and that's not good."

How Do We Get To The World Of Seamless Mobility?
Mobility continues to dominate the agenda at Interop, where John Chambers electrified the crowd with his vision of a new mobile workforce.

Chambers Talks Internet Phase 2
Cisco CEO John Chambers is facing a major shift: Transforming Cisco from the world's largest supplier of switches and routers for wireline networks to the premier vendor of wireless network infrastructure and enabler of new forms of collaboration and innovation for enterprises.


3. Breaking News

The Impending Internet Address Shortage
Sometime in the next six years, the Internet will run out of space. Expediting the migration to IPv6 is the solution to the impending crisis, says the American Registry for Internet Numbers.

Samsung Enters Into Cisco's Networking Ring
The Korean electronics company said its new networking products have the capabilities to support fixed-mobile convergence, a big buzzword at Interop.

IBM Targets Threats Against Web 2.0 Systems
The company rolls out a new network intrusion prevention system to coincide with Interop.

Social Networking Sites Drive Traffic To Each Other
Nearly a quarter of upstream clicks to the top 19 social sites originated from one place on the Web, according to a report from Hitwise.

SAP Labs U.S.'s Managing Director Resigns
Aliza Peleg, an ally of former SAP CEO heir apparent Shai Agassi, is leaving to "pursue career opportunities outside of SAP."

Microsoft Takes VoIP, Unified Communications To PBX Systems
By combining technologies from Microsoft and its partners, businesses won't need to rip out and replace an existing phone system to add new capabilities.

T-Mobile's Wing Phone Beats Apple To Wi-Fi Punch
The Wing is available for $299 with a two-year contract and offers extended battery life, a 2-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Secret Service Investigating Lost Alcatel-Lucent Employee-Info Disk
The telecom equipment provider is the latest company to report the loss of identifying information on its current and retired employees and their dependents.

Salesforce.com To Host Custom SOA-Building
Salesforce wants customers to use its application infrastructure and Apex programming language to generate custom online SOA services.

Google Offers Trend-Spotting Updates
A new service will track the fastest-rising search queries.

Cisco Product Rollout Targets Mobile Workforce
Cisco is offering the Location Solution for the health care industry, the In-Store Mobility Solution for the retail industry, and the First Mile Wireless Solution for the oil and gas industries.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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Will The iPhone Be Available Without A Contract?
Happily, the answer appears to be yes. Users who don't want to get locked in will be able to opt for a prepaid deal.

T-Mobile Launches First Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Its first Windows Mobile 6 offering to be launched in the United States is called the Wing, and it costs $299.

Can Unified Communications Break Down The Silos?
Carriers will need to open their networks, and they're going to have to let in more types of devices (in particular, dual-mode handsets that allow Wi-Fi). Otherwise, all this talk about mobility and unified communications could remain just that: talk.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

Openlink Financial, Inc. seeking Senior Technical Consultant in Uniondale, NY

Agilent seeking IT Associate in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Consultant in Roseville, CA

American Home Mortgage seeking Systems Developer Associate in Melville, NY

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


6. White Papers

E2open Helps Build Supply Chain Driven By Customer Demand
Deliver the right product but underestimate customer demand and you miss out on a big opportunity. Reach the market at the wrong time with the wrong product and the news is even worse. But line everything up correctly -- the right product, at the right time, at the right volume -- and you've scored a winner.


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