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Speed - Or Lack Of It - Kills

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Speed—Or Lack Of It—Kills
2. Today's Top Story
    - Analysts Laud Motorola-Symbol Deal
    Related Story:
    - Motorola To Buy Symbol For $3.9 Billion
3. Breaking News
    - Toshiba To Recall 340,000 Batteries
    - Exploit Rocks IE, Downloads Scores Of Spyware, Adware
    - Microsoft Launches YouTube Challenger
    - 3 Steps To A More Secure Laptop
    - Intel Laser Chip Could Transform Future Data Centers
    - IT Lobbyist Named Federal Cybersecurity Chief
    - IMF Warns Of Asian Electronics Slowdown
    - EU's Kroes Denies Vendetta Against Microsoft
    - Sony Ericsson Launches New Music Download Service
    - Startup Aims To Harness Specialized Chips To Make Supercomputing Affordable
4. Grab Bag: Disney's iPod Challenger
    - Disney Gets Into The Mix (MSNBC)
    - AOL Bringing Downloadable Movies To Viiv PCs (CrunchGear)
5. In Depth: Mobility Matters
    - Sprint Beefs Up Mobile Workforce Security
    - IBM, Telenor Enable Mobile Devices To Study Users
    - T-Mobile's $4 Billion Tops FCC's $14 Billion Spectrum Auction
    - With New Software, PDAs Can Manage Windows Servers Remotely
6. Voice Of Authority: IE Security
    - You're Safer With IE7, Promises Microsoft...And Here's The Proof
7. White Papers: IT Project And Portfolio Management
    - Magic Quadrant For IT Project And Portfolio Management Applications
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing." -- R. D. Laing


1. Editor's Note: Speed—Or Lack Of It—Kills

Being slow to define, build, and deliver new or enhanced systems is a long-standing criticism of many IT organizations and, increasingly, the antithesis of the speed and agility that are so vital to IT's ability to enhance business results.

The good news: IT organizations and the CIOs that lead them are keenly aware that they must be faster and more responsive to the business. Prolonged development cycles are "not an acceptable approach today," says June Drewry, global CIO of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Her peers clearly agree. In a survey of CIOs, speed and agility for the first time appeared on the top 10 list of concerns. In a finding I consider closely related, those same CIOs say alignment of IT and business is among their top three concerns. If inertia is the order of the day in a company's IT department while the overall business imperative is being able to quickly respond and adapt to changing business conditions, then IT and the business are clearly out of alignment.

Other issues cited by CIOs tie directly into the need for speed and agility as well. IT strategic planning, project management capabilities, and introducing rapid business solutions are also major points of concern, the survey finds.

At Chubb, the company is taking advantage of reusable software components, among other technologies, to help it move more quickly. These technologies help business units change rules within applications without IT involvement, says Drewry. At least one important conclusion can be drawn from this example: Some business organizations, if their business priorities are impeded by IT processes and a lack of agility, will be prepared to take matters into their own hands. Better to get out in front of their priorities than to unleash cowboys whose desperation for better systems may cause them to make matters worse.

Is your IT organization finding that speed and agility are indeed more important than ever before? What's driving the need for speed? Can your company adapt to this new priority? Please weigh in at my blog entry.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Analysts Laud Motorola-Symbol Deal
The $3.9 billion matchup is seen as a good fit, especially in terms of integrating mobile computing and sensing technologies like RFID and wireless communications.

Related Stories:

Motorola To Acquire Symbol For $3.9 Billion
Symbol, a point-of-sale and RFID vendor, has suffered financial, accounting, and management woes over the past several years, but is expected to play into Motorola's wireless initiatives.


3. Breaking News

Toshiba To Recall 340,000 Batteries
The flaw, which was shipped with specific models of Toshiba Dynabook and Toshiba Satellite notebooks, affects performance, but reportedly doesn't pose a hazard.

Exploit Rocks IE, Downloads Scores Of Spyware, Adware
The exploit has so far shown up on hard-core porn sites, which are serving up a buffet of badware to visitors. It's thought to be related to WebAttacker, a multi-exploit attack "kit" created by a Russian group that sells for as little as $15 to $20.

Microsoft Launches YouTube Challenger
Microsoft's Soapbox video-sharing service will initially be available by invitation only. The company plans to integrate Soapbox throughout its portfolio of online services, including its Spaces blogging service and Messenger instant messaging service.

3 Steps To A More Secure Laptop
Here's how to combine encryption, tracking software, and a "kill switch" to protect laptops and their critical data.

Intel Laser Chip Could Transform Future Data Centers
The chipmaker says it can create transceivers that can operate about 1,000 times faster than the 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps connections currently used in data centers.

IT Lobbyist Named Federal Cybersecurity Chief
ITAA vice president Gregory Garcia becomes the first assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications within the Department of Homeland Security, a post that's been vacant for more than a year.

IMF Warns Of Asian Electronics Slowdown
Emerging East Asian markets may no longer be able to depend on the electronics sector to sustain their economies, the International Monetary Fund warned.

EU's Kroes Denies Vendetta Against Microsoft
A Microsoft business partner accused the EU Commission of "playing games" by raising concerns over the Vista operating system that could delay its launch in Europe.

Sony Ericsson Launches New Music Download Service
The first to offer the M-BUZZ service will be the W850 and W950 Walkman phones announced earlier this year and scheduled to ship outside the United States later this year.

Startup Aims To Harness Specialized Chips To Make Supercomputing Affordable
PeakStream is working on using graphics chips and other specialized processors to boost performance for scientific and technical applications up to 20-fold.

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4. Grab Bag: Disney's iPod Challenger

Disney Gets Into The Mix (MSNBC)
The latest threat to Apple's iPod empire is coming from an unlikely source: Disney.

AOL Bringing Downloadable Movies To Viiv PCs (CrunchGear)
Internet TV on your regular TV is really hitting the big time, as AOL is jumping into the fray with its AOL and Viiv collaboration effort.


5. In Depth: Mobility Matters

Sprint Beefs Up Mobile Workforce Security
Sprint Mobile Security is meant to protect data in a number of ways, ranging from encrypting files to remotely locking stolen devices.

IBM, Telenor Enable Mobile Devices To Study Users
The system uses sensors like GPS and processing software to adapt to users' preferences. For example, when a user enters a meeting room with several people, the phone will switch to voicemail.

T-Mobile's $4 Billion Tops FCC's $14 Billion Spectrum Auction
T-Mobile declined Monday to discuss in detail its plans for the licenses it won, citing Federal Communications Commission restrictions.

With New Software, PDAs Can Manage Windows Servers Remotely
The Avocent software runs on a BlackBerry or any Windows Mobile 5-based device. Two packages provide different levels of administration features and functions.


6. Voice Of Authority: IE Security

You're Safer With IE7, Promises Microsoft...And Here's The Proof
The most recent bungle in Internet Explorer doesn't affect the still-under-construction IE7, Microsoft has been quick to say. Microsoft gets to crow over this now because it's the first time IE6 has had to be patched against ActiveX-related flaws since IE7 went into widespread testing in January.


7. White Papers: IT Project And Portfolio Management

Magic Quadrant For IT Project And Portfolio Management Applications
Looking to implement an IT project and portfolio management solution that tightly links your technology investments with your business strategies? The Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for IT Project and Portfolio Management Applications delivers thoughtful guidance and detailed research findings on a wide variety of vendor solutions.


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