The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Mobility
Our two most relied upon computing/communications devices--the laptop and the cell phone--are making headlines today.
The failure rate on laptops (and desktops)--failure defined as necessitating replacement of a hardware component--is dropping, but remains higher than a rate I'd consider optimal.
Fortent Gets Funding
Fortent, a company created to deliver a comprehensive suite of risk and compliance solutions to financial institutions, launched today
Putting Tuition Money Where Your Mouth Is
Teenagers never listen to their parents, right? But when it comes to not pursuing tech careers, kids seem to be tuning in.
I've been hearing a lot lately from IT pros who say they're telling their own kids not to go into technology careers. That's the same advice many nontechie parents have been giving their kids since the dot-com bust.
With so many companies purportedly offshoring, outsourcing, and hiring
Why U.S. Tech Firms Need More, Not Fewer, Indian Workers
Less than one-half of IBM's revenues derive from sales to customers in the United States. Earlier this week, Indian outsourcer TCS bagged two deals worth more than $30 million in Latin America. Here's why these two facts combined show why American tech services firms have no choice but to continue adding staff in India and China while trimming down their more expensive U.S. workforce.
IBM Chief Palmisano Says Offshore Outsourcing Could Help Save World from Terrorism
In a letter to the Financial Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano says his multi-billion dollar investments in offshore production facilities are part of a campaign to transform the company from classic multinational (read: evil, exploitive, outdated, bad for world peace) into "a new actor" known as "the globally integrated enterprise." The GIE, says Palmisano, is a benevolent form of industrial organization that creates lasting wealth and meaningful jobs around the world. It can even disarm te
H-1B Debate About More Than Numbers
Every time InformationWeek writes about the emotional issues of IT employment, such as H-1B visas this week or career planning against offshoring in April, some readers zero in on the numbers and debate their relevance and veracity with a fire-spitting passion. And bless them for it.
How 6 Billion IBM Dollars Helped Chase Apple Out Of India
In just the past two days, Apple Computer said it's cutting and running from a fledgling tech services operation in India, while IBM announced plans to invest a further $6 billion in the country over the next three years. These can't both be smart business decisions, can they?
Everyone's Waking Up To The Importance Of India To IBM
The NY Times has an article today highlighting India's importance to IBM, saying IBM now employs 43,000 people there, or about 13% of its total workforce. BusinessWeek recently ran its own take on this move. InformationWeek
The Federal Information Tax
The most shocking thing about AT&T's surrender of its customer call data to the National Security Agency is that AT&T sold its shareholders short--it gave away all that valuable data for nothing, except perhaps the goodwill of government regulators.
Data brokers know better. Knowledge is both power and payday. "Today, information is everything," ChoicePoint proclaims on its