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posted in September 2008
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I'm One Of Sprint's First WiMax Customers
Commentary  |  9/30/2008
I became one the first customers in the United States to have real WiMax service today. So far (after a few easy-to-fix bumps), so good.
Open Source Census Finds FOSS Everywhere
Commentary  |  9/30/2008
The Open Source Census, which I mentioned back in April, just dropped a press release this morning about the data it's been collecting. I chatted the day before with Kim Weins, senior VP of OpenLogic, a key co-sponsor of the census, and how they found a few ... surprises in the results.
Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
The Economy And Jobs: More Than You Can Handle?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008
Feel that? It's the economy quaking. With the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout bill, stocks seesawing, and loads of uncertainty looming, it's possible you'll have more candidates than you ever imagined applying for jobs at your company. Are you ready to handle that?
Data Leakage Is A People Problem
Commentary  |  9/30/2008
Cisco commissioned a global survey of IT administrators and computer users about their perceptions on data leakage. Not surprisingly, the study found employees use their work computers for personal use and IT knows it.
SOA Applications In Virtual Machines? Experience Matters
Commentary  |  9/29/2008
Not everybody remembers a little outfit called Wily Technology. It was a Silicon Valley startup that caught my eye because it did something that made eminent common sense: it watched a running Java application the way an end user would experience it on the Internet. In January 2006, CA acquired the eight-year-old company for $390 million.
CIOs In The Financial Storm
Commentary  |  9/29/2008
I've attended three CIO events in the past month and been greatly surprised at each of them to feel the same mood: calm.
Enterprise Search: In Search Of Relevance
Commentary  |  9/29/2008
If an IT team decided to block Web search engines for a day, it would be mere minutes before the howling began. But unplug the enterprise search function at most companies and -- hey, was that a yawn I saw?
Video: Sergey Brin And Larry Page's Great Google Phone Adventure
Commentary  |  9/25/2008
Live on my Flip camera, I captured Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin as they wowed the crowd at Tuesday's New York City intro of T-Mobile's G1 Android phone. Well, it was mostly Sergey who wowed the crowd, playing Paul to Larry's Ringo, though it was actually Larry who made the most forward-looking comment.
Down To Business: Should Your People Come Before Your Customers?
Commentary  |  9/25/2008
One school of thought is that if you treat your people right, they'll be far more motivated and equipped to engage with (and maximize returns from) your customers.
CIO Values: Jon Stevens, CIO Of CDW
Features  |  9/25/2008
Get to know your business partners instead of just managing technology, advises Stevens.
Risk Management Failings Spur Big Financial IT Investments
News  |  9/25/2008
Some companies have increased their investments in risk management and the computing power needed to understand complicated risks since the downturn began.
Dell To Move To Greener Notebook Displays
News  |  9/24/2008
By the end of 2009, Dell plans to ship LED displays with at least 80% of all its notebooks, reaching 100% in 2010.
It Feels Like 'Take Your Smartphone To Work Day'
Commentary  |  9/24/2008
No, this event doesn't exist, but CIOs are starting to feel like it does. The crescendo of "I want to use my iPhone" howls will only grow with gadgets like the HTC G1 phone, the first on Google's Android platform.
Hey Congress! Slow Down On The Bailout
Commentary  |  9/24/2008
It might be a good idea to take more than a week to formulate a response to the biggest financial crisis in our history.
Android: Lacks Polish, But Shows Promise
Commentary  |  9/24/2008
After spending some time with Google's Android platform as realized on the HTC G1, I am reluctant to call it a 1.0 mobile operating system. So much is missing, it feels more like a 0.8 beta. But that shouldn't stop anyone from being excited about the possibilities.
Sergey Brin: 'I'm A Bit Of A Geek'
Commentary  |  9/24/2008
That couldn't be a bigger understatement. Yesterday, at the Android launch, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page showed up on in-line skates. You'll never guess what the first application is that Sergey wrote for the Android phone.
T-Mobile Google Phone Underwhelming Compared To Apple
Commentary  |  9/24/2008
Here's all you need to know about the ready-for-primetime-ness of the new T-Mobile Google phone. When I finally twisted my teenage daughter's arm to look at the pictures I posted of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, at the Tuesday morning launch press conference, what she said was: "Why are they holding a Sidekick?"
The Android Platform Will Curb Apple's Arrogance
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
Google and T-Mobile have finally brought the first Android-powered mobile phone to the market, and not a moment too soon. Apple's iPhone needs some competition.
Is Innovation India's Next Big Thing?
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
People tend to think of lower-cost IT services -- and not "innovation" -- when Indian outsourcer Wipro Technologies' name is mentioned. So, it may come as a surprise that $1 billion, or about a quarter of Wipro's revenue last year, was generated through R&D services -- including designing semiconductors, automobile parts, and a variety of electronic devices. Looking ahead, Wipro says those R&D services will become an even bigger chunk of the company's business.
Join Us For The InformationWeek 500 Conference -- Without Leaving Your Chair
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
I'm reluctant to declare that real-time events are the Next Big Thing on the Internet, because it seems like a Next Big Thing comes along on the Internet about once a month, and they're mostly forgotten the next day. Still, I've seen firsthand how powerful virtual events can be. They're an emerging trend. And InformationWeek is in the middle of it all.
Google's Android: A Quiet Revolution
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
The first phones sporting Google's open-source phone OS Android are set to be announced sometime today, courtesy of T-Mobile (my own cell provider, huzzah!). Android-powered phones are set to compete with the iPhone, Nokia's Symbian, Windows Mobile, and all the rest -- and the way I see it, it'll be in much the same way Google itself competed with AltaVista, Yahoo Search, and so on: quietly, but decisively.
G1 Phone Arrives; See My Android Phone Photos
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
I'm liveblogging from the Google, T-Mobile press conference in New York. See my photos from the event, including a shot of two special guests.
Companies Not Ready For E-Discovery
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
A new survey says companies and their in-house lawyers aren't prepared to meet legal discovery requests. And McAfee's recent hiccup shows that even big companies make mistakes.
When Startups Face CIOs
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
When six startups took the stage at InformationWeek's annual conference last week to make their business pitches, Xkoto wasn't the odds-on favorite. Its Gridscale database load-balancing software isn't sexy or cheap, and end users never see it. Here's how Xkoto CEO David Patrick swayed the judges in his favor.
What's Hot? SAP Skills And Pay
Commentary  |  9/22/2008
A scarcity of experienced talent combined with the growing popularity of SAP's NetWeaver platform and other products has helped pump up pay considerably for SAP-related skills in recent months, according to a new report.
In A Web 2.0 World, Quality Is Irrelevant
Commentary  |  9/21/2008
Quality sucks! Makes you want to read further, doesn't it? Not so much my original lede, which was: In an online world where the Twitter limit is 140 characters, brevity isn't just the soul of wit, it's the currency through which quality is transacted. So does this dichotomy between the inflammatory new and longwinded old spotlight exactly what's going on here? Yes; the definition of what constitutes successful Web 2.0 work has changed. Here's how and why.
Q&A With David Allen: How Growing Businesses Can Get Things Done
Features  |  9/20/2008
Renowned productivity guru David Allen shares his insights about working smarter and tips to help managers promote a culture of productivity and accountability within a department or across an entire company.
Is There A Problem With Oracle And SAP Maintenance Costs?
Commentary  |  9/19/2008
Oracle announced impressive first-quarter earnings yesterday, thanks in part to its highly profitable software maintenance business. At the same time, some complaints have arisen recently from both the Oracle and SAP customer camps about maintenance costs. While enterprise software vendors have to keep shareholders happy, my hope is they're listening to customers, too.
Down To Business: IT Priority No. 1: Free Up Money For New Projects
Commentary  |  9/18/2008
If you think you can lay low under the corporate radar or continue to argue that the 80-20 rule is an immutable law of IT physics, then you're due for a wake-up call.
Harrah's Wants Innovation On Schedule And At Scale
News  |  9/18/2008
CEO Loveman wants Harrah's to grow by improving its analysis of customers' spending patterns so it can make more informed offers in real time.
Interop: O'Reilly Says Think Big, Don't Just Thirst For 'Great Money River'
News  |  9/18/2008
The open source activist said improving the world should take priority over getting wealthy.
Bill Gates Tops Forbes List Of Wealthy Americans
News  |  9/18/2008
Computer entrepreneurs fared well on the magazine's annual list of the superrich.
CIO Values: Michele Goins, Senior VP And CIO At Juniper Networks
Features  |  9/17/2008
Goins uses financial and service-level metrics as well as employee satisfaction to measure IT effectiveness.
Why We Picked China For IT Outsourcing
Features  |  9/17/2008
The decision to outsource product development to China pays off for NeatReceipts.
Apple's iPhone A Tight Fit For The Enterprise
News  |  9/17/2008
Our expert John C. Welch decides iPhone can be a good citizen on any network, but if you want a smartphone designed and purposed for the enterprise, this isn't it.
IW500: Database Virtualization Vendor Wins 'Startup City' Competition
News  |  9/16/2008
A panel of CIOs at the InformationWeek 500 Conference were impressed by xkoto because it provided a product with a simple service, in a narrow niche, which the vendor seemed to understand very well.
Tech Spending Will Be Weaker In 2009 Than Predicted
News  |  9/16/2008
The good news is that tech spending will be better than expected this year. The bad news is that next year things will be worse, said Forrester Research.
IW500: Harrah's Places Its Bet On IT
News  |  9/16/2008
The $10.8 billion resort and gaming company outlines ways to grow by providing new services, during a discussion at the InformationWeek 500 Conference.
Dell Sees Further Softening In Global IT Market
News  |  9/16/2008
The computer maker saw its stock drop to a 10-year low Tuesday, after reporting that global demand for its products continues to erode.
IW500: CIO, Analyst Debate Google Chrome, Outsourcing, Green Computing
News  |  9/16/2008
The InformationWeek 500 panel session titled "Get To The Point" pitted two highly opinioned business technology veterans: Toby Redshaw and Rob Enderle.
IW500: CIOs In Search Of Good IT Talent
Commentary  |  9/15/2008
Hearing CIOs at the InformationWeek 500 conference today talk about the unmet need for good talent was pretty good evidence that IT has to be one of the safest jobs in today's scary economy. That's only true, however, if IT professionals are of the right kind of talent.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Unveils Foundation For Free, Open Web
News  |  9/15/2008
The foundation will receive a $5 million seed grant over five years from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and its leaders said they are seeking additional funds.
The Education Sector Needs You
Commentary  |  9/15/2008
Teaching is a pretty popular second act for people changing professions. The pay, of course, isn't the draw, but rather it's often the altruistic nature of teaching that's appealing to people leaving careers in other industries. Know any techies who've made the move into the education sector? What about you?
How CIOs Stay Strategic
Commentary  |  9/15/2008
Manjit Singh, CIO of Chiquita, was at a meeting with fellow executives when the projector went out. Everyone looked to him to fix it. Singh's advice: If you want to be a strategic, global CIO, don't let your colleagues equate enterprise IT with personal tech. He let someone else fix the projector this time.
IW500: Canadian CIO Delivers Cautionary Tale About Internationalization
Commentary  |  9/15/2008
The CIO of a Canadian heavy equipment company delivered a warning about what happens to companies that fail to take local customs into account when doing business internationally: What happens when your contractors just stop showing up?
IW500: Getting Ready For The InformationWeek 500
Commentary  |  9/14/2008
In a couple of hours, I'll be driving to the InformationWeek 500 Conference, which starts today. It's a two-day annual event where elite CIOs and high-level IT managers gather to learn from each other about how to optimize their careers and departments for success
Anxiously Awaiting Google's Android Phone
Commentary  |  9/13/2008
Forget the hotly hyped Google Chrome browser, what I want to know is, is the long-awaited Google Phone on the verge of release? Some reports say the GPhone is supposed to debut Sept. 23, via T-Mobile. The interesting dynamic here -- far more than the phone itself (if that's possible) -- is that what we have here is a product unveiling which will instantly outpace the iPhone and put Apple on the backb
Large Hadron Rap A Viral Hit
News  |  9/12/2008
Physicists testing the big bang theory in Geneva use hip-hop rhymes to explain their work.
NEC Joins IBM Alliance In 32-NM Chip Development
News  |  9/11/2008
Under the agreement, NEC will share the work in 45-nm and 32-nm CMOS technology it is co-developing with Toshiba, which is also a member of the IBM alliance.
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