InformationWeek's "The Greatest Software Ever Written" drew on writer Charles Babcock's decades of experience covering software development. Because Charlie judged software breakthroughs "in their historical context," everyone could debate the list and supply alternative candidates. It quickly became our most-read online article to date, and in the days that followed about 300 readers shared their opinions, in an unexpected outpouring of memories. (That rich discussion, alas, was lost in a content management system changeover a couple of years ago.) The Apple Lisa, not the Mac operating system (No. 8), should have been on our list, wrote Michael Bell at Medco. Why not John Kemeny's Basic instead of Java (No. 5)? asked Oscar Shultz at CSC. The Morris worm (No. 12) shouldn't have been on the list at all, said another reader. Babcock laid out clear criteria. He wasn't interested in science projects; the code not only had to be technically brilliant, but it also had to be widespread in the real world. Excel made our list (No. 9), but not Windows or Word. And No. 1? That was BSD Unix, for its impact on the Internet and Linux, and for the philosophy behind it that software "should be a freely available extension of man's intellectual powers -- a force that changes his place in the universe." Software expert Ed Yourdon, author of the Yourdon Report, called our list "a darn good starting point, if not the last word."
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.