Analyzing The Outsourcers
Is your organization outsourcing any IT functions? Outsourcing relationships are constantly evolving, and even the leading IT service providers fall in and out of favor. Here's your chance to sound off about the performance of your organization's key IT vendors in InformationWeek Research's Analyzing the Outsourcers survey. Share your experiences with the editors of InformationWeek by completing our brief and confidential
'Outsourced' Programmers Finally Get Same Benefits As Laid-Off Factory Workers--A Fair, But Costly, Development
Companies lay off workers for many reasons--they're employed in a unit that isn't profitable, they worked on a discontinued product, the employer is downsizing, etc. Or they work in an industry that's losing ground to foreign competitors with lower costs. Given the myriad ways in which one could suddenly find himself or herself out of a job, is there any justification for the government singling out the latter category for special benefits--like an extra year's worth of unemployment payments?
Offshoring Is Your Wal-Mart: Don't Take It Head-On
Offshoring is to U.S. IT workers what Wal-Mart is to retail. If you're squarely in its path, competing head-to-head on price, you'll be crushed by the economics in its favor. But that doesn't mean the death of the IT career.
Pearl Jam, The Doors Use Technology To Bypass Traditional Music Delivery
Technology and risk-taking innovators in popular music are taking content delivery where it hasn't been available previously, and in a manner that large record labels sometimes have had to be dragged kicking and screaming. Seattle-based Pearl Jam has led the way in providing instant online access to each of its concerts, and now legendary '60s band The Doors is following its path by making about two dozen previous
The Cost Of Click Fraud
Click fraud is a serious problem complicated by the fact that click fraud data is in short supply. The Click Fraud Index aims to change that.
The good news is that the incidence of click fraud appears to be lower than the disturbingly high figure of 20% to 40% that has been suggested.
The bad news is that at 14%, that's still a lot of bad clicks.
New Data Indicates That Outsourcing Yields Numerous Benefits Beyond Cost Reduction
A new study shows that handing IT projects to third parties--often based in far-flung corners of the globe--isn't saving corporations as much as is widely believed. Predictably, critics of the practice have been quick to seize on the report as proof that outsourcing isn't justifiable considering its supposed impact on U.S. jobs. But they're missing the point.
In China And India, IT Workers Fiddle While Paris And Rome Burn
Were I an Indian or Chinese IT worker or engineer, I'd be smiling after reading Monday's editions of Le Monde or Il Tempo. That's because I'd know that a job currently located in France or Italy is coming my way. I'd also be secure in the knowledge that after this week's events, there's almost zero chance that a multinational I might want to work for--say, IBM or Siemens--is going to choose Western Europe (with the possible exception of the U.K. or Ireland) over my country as t
Don't Put That In Your Mouth, You Don't Know Where It's Been
One of the major objections to open source is that nobody's responsible for the code. Enterprise users need to be sure that the software they're deploying is secure. The way they do that for proprietary code is to bind the authors with contracts, requiring the authors to guarantee that the code has been reviewed for security. But you can't do that with open source because anyone can contribute to open source, and, ultimately, there's no single party that can be held responsible for the software'
U.S. Needs More H-1B Workers Or More Offshore Outsourcing: Take Your Pick
As Congress considers a massive expansion of the H-1B visa worker program, opponents of the plan should consider this: Failure by federal lawmakers to allow more skilled IT workers into the country will result in more U.S. corporations simply outsourcing their computer work to India or some other offshore locale where skilled help is plentiful and cheap. Is that what you really want?