All too often we fail to keep our priorities straight ("A Thanksgiving Kiss To Our Reader-Partners," Nov. 15). Countless late nights, missed dinners, and precious moments in our kids' growing up. Too soon they're older, too late we're smarter. It's then that all too many of us realize what we missed.
Russ Sherrill Senior VP
Middlesex Savings Bank
Beyond Cost Savings
This article gives the impression that IT-staff training costs offset the cost benefits of using open-source systems such as Linux ("In Search Of Open-Source Experts," Nov. 8). This may be true, but it's not a Linux or open-source deficiency. Judging open source simply on cost savings is looking at only one aspect. The freedom to choose and the opportunity to know what the code does is unparalleled in proprietary systems.
David Krings Software Support Engineer
A free market means a marketplace with little state or governmental control, in which most businesses won't be state owned ("Outsourcing Has A Place In Business," Oct. 25). China isn't even close to a free market. It's a sham to try and defend outsourcing if the markets aren't on equal footing.
Richard Gonzales IT Director
Mountain States Employers Council
In "Embracing Storage," Microsoft Data Protection Server is a separate product that runs on top of Windows and will be available next year. Jeff Price is a senior director in the Windows Server Division (Nov. 15).
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.