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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation
posted in November 2009
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Gartner Sees Stabilization In Server Market
News  |  11/30/2009
Server shipments and revenue increased significantly in the third quarter from the previous quarter.
Microsoft Seeks Patent For Cloud Data Migration
Commentary  |  11/30/2009
On the cusp of launching its Azure cloud computing service, Microsoft is also making a savvy bid to lock up a patent for one of the main worries--vendor lock-in--of cloud users. (The other big concern is security.) The folks from Redmond have filed a patent application for migrating data to a new cloud, which is what you'd have to do when leave your first vendor.
Ericsson To Buy Nortel GSM Unit For $70 Million
News  |  11/30/2009
Nortel's European and Taiwanese GSM and GSM-R operations will go to Kapsch CarrierCom.
Software Testing In A Virtualized World
Features  |  11/25/2009
Google's James Whittaker on how cloud computing and virtualization change the approach to testing.
China Not So Worried About Math, Computer Skills
Commentary  |  11/25/2009
President Obama's making a new push to encourage and improve math and science education, in order to keep up in the global economy. In China, meanwhile, math and computer skills rank low as a requirement for driving innovation, a surprising Newsweek survey finds.
Down To Business: How Indian CIOs Stack Up
Commentary  |  11/25/2009
IBM thinks they're more progressive than CIOs elsewhere in the world, given their emphasis on innovation, customers, and other strategic matters.
CIO Profiles: John P. Burke, CIO Of Ambit Energy
Features  |  11/25/2009
One hard-earned lesson he's learned: You can't earn trust as a leader in a part-time role.
Global CIO: The Thanksgiving Angels Of Flight 3405
Commentary  |  11/24/2009
As Thanksgiving looms, we sometimes overlook those better angels of our nature that are all around us. And that's a mistake.
Senators Urge EU To Finish Oracle Sun Probe
News  |  11/24/2009
With Sun jobs at stake, U.S. lawmakers want the European Commission to speed up its antitrust investigation.
Chip Market Decline Less Than Expected
News  |  11/24/2009
Semiconductor revenue plunged more than $32 billion this year, but iSuppli said it could have been much worse.
HP Earnings Up 14% In 4Q
News  |  11/24/2009
CEO Mark Hurd says the hardware and services company detects an uptick in the economy, even as sales have declined.
Encryption Can Get Board's Attention
Commentary  |  11/22/2009
There are lots of good reasons for IT leaders to pay attention to even the finest details of encryption policies. One of the more practical is that encryption's a board-level concept. As in, the board of directors will feel no hesitation in second guessing decisions not to encrypt data that ends up exposed.Which makes the findings in this week's cover story on encryption all the more surpr
Interop: CIOs Eye Cloud With Optimistic Caution
News  |  11/19/2009
The consensus of the Enterprise Cloud Summit panel was that the cloud promises reduced costs and added IT flexibility, but significant legal and technical challenges remain.
Google Chrome OS Coming. Got A Netbook Strategy?
Commentary  |  11/19/2009
Some CIOs wonder whether netbooks are ultimately a consumer play. The answer is unquestionably no. In our recent InformationWeek Analytics Windows 7 survey of 1,414 business technology professionals, 36% of respondents said they already have some level of netbook use in their organizations today. This saturation is expected to grow to 72% of companies over the next 24 months, with 19% planning extensive deployments. I've been critical of Google for not paying enough att
eBay Founder Starting Online News Site
News  |  11/19/2009
As print journalism suffers from the move of ad dollars to the Web, Pierre Omidyar hopes his service will fill gaps in local Hawaiian news reporting.
Wolfe's Den: Intel CTO Envisions On-Chip Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/19/2009
Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at the chip giant, talks about the explosion of multicore processing, bringing security to cloud computing, and processor-based networking.
CIO Profiles: Mark Dajani, Senior VP And CIO Of Kraft Foods
Features  |  11/19/2009
For everything Kraft's IS department does, there's a value measurement.
Global CIO: Microsoft Data Center Strategy Vital To Azure
Commentary  |  11/18/2009
The company envisions a more just-in-time approach to bringing on data center capacity.
Sprint iPCS Acquisition Opposed
News  |  11/18/2009
A key iPCS investor said the acquisition price is far too low considering Sprint Nextel paid more for similar-sized affiliate networks.
Interop: IT Forecast Says Clouds
News  |  11/18/2009
"The Holy Grail is to deliver IT services on-demand," said Citrix Systems CEO Mark Templeton in his Interop keynote.
Global CIO: Building A Brand Takes IT Flexibility
Commentary  |  11/17/2009
There are fundamental differences in how marketing and IT see their roles, and the world. And it's bad for a company's brand when the CIO and marketing execs don't get along.
Web 2.0 Expo: O'Reilly Warns Of Web War
News  |  11/17/2009
Internet visionary fears an end to openness as Internet rivals consolidate power.
Encryption Is Cloud Computing Security Savior
Commentary  |  11/16/2009
I'm beginning to think that fears about cloud security are overblown. The reason: an intellectual framework is already in place for protecting data, applications, and connections. It's called encryption. What's evolving now, and isn't anywhere near fully baked, is a set of agreed-upon implementations and best practices. Today's post talks about some relevant and interesting work from Trend Micro and from IBM.
Global CIO: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Goodbye Letter To European Customers
Commentary  |  11/13/2009
If Larry Ellison were to bid ciao and adieu to the wonks of the EU, here's what his goodbye letter to Oracle customers might say.
Ericsson Completes Nortel Acquisition
News  |  11/13/2009
The $1.3 billion purchase of Nortel's CDMA/LTE unit makes North America the largest region in Ericsson's global reach.
Military Readies IT Acquisition Reforms
News  |  11/13/2009
Deputy Defense secretary William Lynn says procurement reforms should be ready by the spring.
Global CIO: Cloud Computing's New Name: 500 Reader Suggestions!
Commentary  |  11/13/2009
The CEOs of HP and IBM say "cloud computing" is a lousy name, so we asked you to come up with a new term--and your 500 responses tell us a lot about ourselves.
Global CIO: SAP's Spread Out Payment Plan Is Good But Not Enough
Commentary  |  11/12/2009
The ERP business has become a buyers' market and is likely to stay this way. SAP could be on the verge of capitalizing on that.
Avaya-Nortel Acquisition Gets OK
News  |  11/12/2009
U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies have signed off on the $900 million acquisition of Nortel's enterprise solutions unit.
Cloud Security In Focus Amid Data Theft Fears
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
Yeah, I know, this is another one of those "everything changes" moments where we're prodded into frenzied activity--as opposed to effective action--because an emerging technology has surged ahead of our ability to properly manage it. I'm talking about cloud computing, and the attendant fears not just of data theft, but of breaches of SaaS computing resources themselves. Fortunately, there are a bunch of below-the-radar efforts attempting to address these worries.
One CIO's View On Google Apps And Microsoft Office
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
Today I chatted with Jeremy Vincent, CIO of Jaguar Land Rover, on his choice of Google Gmail for 15,000 users. You'll read the details of that decision in an upcoming story. But an interesting aside from the Gmail deal is Vincent's interest in Microsoft's plan to put its Office suite in the cloud.
Veterans Day And Our Military
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
Today on Veterans Day, we would all do well to remember, thank, and pray for the courageous and selfless men and women of the United States military who put themselves in harm's way so the rest of us don't have to.
Oracle Says EU Doesn't Get Open Source
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
What is it that the EU doesn't understand about how open source works? That seems to be a good part of the substance of Oracle's objections to, well, the EU's objections to Oracle acquiring Sun. Never mind that many governments in the EU mandate the use of open source in their own work, and have a slightly better than passing acquaintance with it.
Microsoft Cloud Sales Exceed Expectations
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop says he's been pleasantly surprised that enterprise customers' demand for cloud-based versions of Exchange and Office have exceeded Microsoft's expectations.
Global CIO: SAP Tells Oracle To Free Java But Keeps Own Software Closed
Commentary  |  11/11/2009
SAP's CTO argues that Java is so vital to global IT that it must be in public domain. So does the same hold true for SAP systems that manage 65% of global GDP?
Global CIO: Why Oracle's Larry Ellison Will Tell The EU To Pound Sand
Commentary  |  11/10/2009
Larry Ellison wants to compete head-on against IBM. He needs Sun to do that. The EU stands in his way. The popinjays better be sure to buckle up their chinstraps.
Admiral Warns Cybersecurity Threat Looms For U.S.
Commentary  |  11/10/2009
This week's 60 Minutes broadcast should make everyone afraid, very afraid, of the real, looming specter of cyberwarfare attacks. As I recently blogged, government agencies are already going full-bore to come up with guidelines to protect federal networks. So when an Admiral goes on national television to say hackers have the ability to take down our power grid, he's
Global CIO: How IT Builds Brands
Commentary  |  11/9/2009
Technology is among three key factors driving brand value
CIOs Flaunt Risk, Say CFOs
Commentary  |  11/9/2009
A recent panel discussion called "CFO/CIO Straight Talk" revealed that some finance chiefs believe their IT leaders don't have a good grasp on risk management and are still too eager to pursue big-bang projects. Looking inward, those same CFOs say their own lack of imagination is also a problem.
Search, And Failure Of 'Consumer Effect'
Commentary  |  11/9/2009
We've written a lot about the consumer effect, how employees fall in love with consumer tech like iPhones and instant messaging, then demand the same experience at work. So why has this effect failed to drive enterprise search?
Global CIO: Cloud Computing's New Name: Who Will Win $100 Million?
Commentary  |  11/9/2009
HP, IBM, and Oracle say "cloud computing" is a bad name, so we're asking you to come up with a replacement name. You might (hah!) win $100,000,000.
Facebook Security Crisis Could Derail Social Nets
Commentary  |  11/6/2009
There's a security problem on the horizon, which could derail the progress of social networking has made in breaking down the barriers between business and personal Internet usage. (Whether that's a good thing or not is a separate argument.) I'm speaking of the rising tide of fake Facebook messages, phishing threats, and malware.
CIO Profiles: Christopher Rence, Chief Information And Business Transformation Officer Of FICO
Features  |  11/5/2009
Our national technology policy must call for the widespread adoption of analytics as a core tool for making sound decisions, Rence recommends.
HP's Hurd, IBM's Palmisano Agree: Cloud Is Lousy Name
Commentary  |  11/5/2009
Sure, Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd and IBM CEO Sam Palmisano spit nails at each other over most things, but on this they agree: while cloud computing has tremendous potential as a technological approach, the term itself is a lousy name. We're with you, guys, but please: whatever the new name is, no more three-letter acronyms, okay?
Qualcomm Reports 4Q Loss
News  |  11/5/2009
The chipmaker was upbeat, however, on news of its $1.3 billion patent deal with Samsung.
Tech Pros Want Security, Healthcare, Green Certifications
Commentary  |  11/4/2009
Techies are seeking professional certifications in emerging areas like healthcare and green IT, and especially old standbys like IT security, according to a new survey.
Is Microsoft Bing Fake Search?
Commentary  |  11/4/2009
Discussing Microsoft's new price cuts for cloud apps, my colleague Mary Hayes Weier reported Microsoft VP Ron Markezich said he's seen no evidence that Zoho or others offering "fake Office capabilities" can match Microsoft Office. Counterpunching, Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu asks if that means Bing is fake search"?
Cisco: It's All About Bandwidth, Stupid!
Commentary  |  11/4/2009
Analysts who've lately focused on a Cisco's decade-long buying binge will surely weigh in on the networking powerhouse's Monday announcement that it plans to acquire Hong Kong set-top-box maker DVN. Yet most of these financial musings, which focus on Cisco's stock price, are missing the point. It's all about bandwidth, stupid.
IBM Taps SAP For Global Single-Instance Project
Commentary  |  11/3/2009
IBM is consolidating its extensive global collection of individual SAP applications and versions into a single global instance that will deliver greater resilience and flexibility to IBM's operations in 170 countries around the world, revealed IBM CIO Pat Toole in an interview yesterday.
Cisco Bid For Tandberg Deemed Fair
News  |  11/2/2009
The report by Ernst & Young answers Tandberg stockholders who believe Cisco's $3 billion offer is too low.
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