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Northern Ireland's IT Peace Dividend Could Show The Way Forward In Iraq

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1. Editor's Note: Northern Ireland's IT Peace Dividend Could Show The Way Forward In Iraq
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Makes Play For Enterprise With New CRM App
Related Stories
    - New Version Of Windows Server Is On The Way
    - Man Sues Microsoft For Flawed Xbox 360
    - Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 R2 Ready For Download
3. Breaking News
    - SAP Lays Out Product Road Map Through 2010
    - Red Hat To Certify, Support Others' Open-Source Software
    - Analyst Downplays Intel's Chipset Woes
    - Blogger, Movie Studio Spar Over E-Mail List
    - Scratch-Resistant CD Keeps Data Alive
    - Sun Offers Servers Based On 8-Core Processors
    - NBC Programs Now On iTunes
    - Study: Tech Is 'Essential' To Kids' Lives
    - RealNetworks To Offer Web-Based Rhapsody Service)
    - ICANN Green-Lights '.Asia' Domain, Stalls On Red-Light District
    - Qualcomm Finally Commits To Wi-Fi Standards
    - 'Frits' Philips, Company Icon, Dies At 100
    - Open-Source Directory Server Released
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - NYSE Members Approve Archipelago Deal
    - Group: Online Content Cannot Remain Free
    - Time Warner CEO Says AOL Is Not For Sale
5. In Depth: Top-Gun CIOs
    - InformationWeek's Chief Of The Year: FedEx CIO Rob Carter
    - Sidebar: Ho, Ho, Ho: FedEx Gears Up For Holidays
    - Carter: Taking Advantage Of IT Bit By Bit
    - Carter's Viewpoint: How To Sustain A Culture Of Change
    - Editor's Note: Hats Off To This Chief Of The Year's Creativity
    - The Most Powerful CIOs
    - Leading CIOs Weigh In On Customer Care, Innovation, Open Source 6. Voice Of Authority
    - Sun Combativeness, Open-Source Peacekeeping A Good Match?
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"By perseverance the snail reached the ark." --Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"Victory belongs to the most persevering." --Napoleon Bonaparte

"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance." --Samuel Johnson


1. Editor's Note: Northern Ireland's IT Peace Dividend Could Show The Way Forward In Iraq

An imposing length of concrete still divides much of Belfast, Northern Ireland, into Protestant and Catholic zones, and many walls on either side still bear graphic murals depicting militant images of "The Troubles." But it's no coincidence, many residents say, that this once strife-torn part of the United Kingdom has achieved sustainable peace at a time when economic growth is being fueled by investment from Citigroup, Fujitsu, Raytheon, Seagate, and other global giants that have chosen Belfast as a site for offshore software development. It all begs the question--could this miracle be repeated in Iraq?

"People have now learned to leave their political baggage at the door and go to work," says Martin Mellon, a director at ASG Software Solutions, a Florida-based provider of systems-management applications and operator of a development center in Belfast. Or, as one weathered patron at centuries-old White's Tavern told me, "People who've got a good job have no time for all that other nonsense."

Thanks to Northern Ireland's small but rapidly growing presence as a destination for offshore IT work, more and more residents will have access to those good jobs, giving peace a chance to take root. You might think it hard to imagine Northern Ireland's experience could hold any lessons for the chaos that is present-day Iraq, but remember, Belfast was once frequently compared to Beirut.

A number of things changed to make the current peace possible, not least among them a peace process that included Protestants and Catholics, Unionists and Republicans. But if you look closer, you can see the impact that offshoring contracts are having on this battered city. You can read more detail about my thoughts on this matter, and more importantly, tell us what impact you think the potential for IT work can have in the Middle East in general or Iraq in particular.

Paul McDougall
paulmcd@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: New Products, Lawsuits For Microsoft

Microsoft Makes Play For Enterprise With New CRM App
Microsoft hopes its desktop domination with Outlook and Office will give Dynamics CRM 3.0 an advantage over established CRM app vendors.

Related Stories:
New Version Of Windows Server Is On The Way
New release of Windows Server 2003 includes a licensing plan that allows IT departments to run up to four Windows sessions on the same computer.

Man Sues Microsoft For Flawed Xbox 360
Robert Byers of Chicago filed the suit in federal court on Friday and seeks unspecified damages and court expenses, as well as the replacement or recall of the Xbox 360.

Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 R2 Ready For Download
The new release features improved performance, support for failover in case of hardware failure, clustering of virtual machines on a single host or multiple hosts, and formal support for Linux.


3. Breaking News

SAP Lays Out Product Road Map Through 2010
Major initiatives include analytics, enterprise resource planning, customer-relationship management, and Mendocino, an application co-developed with Microsoft that the companies will preview on Dec. 23.

Red Hat To Certify, Support Others' Open-Source Software
Service and support for three bundles--including server software, database, development tools, and other wares meant for different types of Web sites--will be ready early next year.

Analyst Downplays Intel's Chipset Woes
In fact, the Piper Jaffray analyst says, Intel's revenue will likely be higher than originally expected this quarter, with tight chip supplies having minimal impact thanks to third parties stepping up to fill in the gaps.

Blogger, Movie Studio Spar Over E-Mail List
A blogger who posted E-mail addresses for movie executives, producers, and agents has drawn the ire of Universal Studios and set off a debate about what constitutes spam.

Scratch-Resistant CD Keeps Data Alive
You can wipe off that drink coaster and slip it into a CD player--that is, if you really wanted to. The Scratch-Less Disc relies on a special polymer, co-developed by General Electric, that's 100 times harder to scratch than the surface of standard CDs.

Sun Offers Servers Based On 8-Core Processors
The availability of the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers using the UltraSparc T1 processor completes a full revamp of Sun's server portfolio over the past four months.

NBC Programs Now On iTunes
The lineup of available prime-time shows includes "Law & Order," "The Office," and "Surface." Classic TV programs and late-night shows are also being offered.

Study: Tech Is 'Essential' To Kids' Lives
People between the ages of 12 and 21 are the first generation to feel that technology is an integral part of their lives and not just a "nice to have," according to a new Forrester report.

RealNetworks To Offer Web-Based Rhapsody Service
Users can stream and listen to songs from RealNetworks' catalog over the Internet without downloading the desktop application that's currently required.

ICANN Green-Lights '.Asia' Domain, Stalls On Red-Light District
The ".xxx" domain decision will likely come early next year, ICANN's president says, calling the delay mostly "procedural."

Qualcomm Finally Commits To Wi-Fi Standards
The vendor has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance, saying it wants to make sure its 3G products are compatible with what the group is doing. Qualcomm is one of largest providers of cellular chipsets.

'Frits' Philips, Company Icon, Dies At 100
Frederik Jacques Philips turned his family light-bulb business into a multinational electronics powerhouse.

Open-Source Directory Server Released
Fedora Directory Server, an offshoot of Red Hat's directory server, is fully open source and features four-way multimaster replication and multiplatform support.

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5. In Depth: Top-Gun CIOs

InformationWeek's Chief Of The Year: FedEx CIO Rob Carter
Under Carter's leadership, the IT department has helped guide the $29 billion company through the depredations of hurricanes Rita and Katrina; competition from DHL, UPS, and others; and a bold IT transformation, called 6x6.

Ho, Ho, Ho: FedEx Gears Up For Holidays
One of Rob Carter's goals as CIO of FedEx has been to create an IT infrastructure that provides visibility across the company's different business segments. At no time is that kind of transparency more important than during the busy holiday shipping season.

Carter: Taking Advantage Of IT Bit By Bit
How will IT impact our businesses--and world--as we enter the new year?

Carter's Viewpoint: How To Sustain A Culture Of Change
The biggest reward in any transformation is a team that always looks ahead.

Editor's Note: Hats Off To This Chief Of The Year's Creativity
Reacting quickly and in creative ways has become a signature of IT "rock star" Rob Carter's management style.

The Most Powerful CIOs
The world's most powerful CIOs--Linda Dillman, Randy Mott, Rob Carter, Robert DeRodes, Gary Reiner, Carl Wilson--talk about power and influence in the industry.

Leading CIOs Weigh In On Customer Care, Innovation, Open Source
FedEx CIO Rob Carter and former Chase.com executive VP Denis O'Leary weigh in on the industry's most pressing issues: customer service, innovation, open source, and Oracle-PeopleSoft.


6. Voice Of Authority

Sun Combativeness, Open-Source Peacekeeping A Good Match?
Sun Microsystems took the plunge Nov. 30 and committed itself to convert much of its software product line to open-source code. Sun will give you its software ... if only you'll use it. As a statement of business strategy, the move sums up multiple past failures, but maybe, just maybe, this time its approach will work, predicts Charles Babcock.


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