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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation
posted in April 2008
Tools, Fools, And The Ability To Measure Effectively
Features  |  4/30/2008
When it comes to software, keep it simple, stupid, at least at the beginning of an IT measurement program.
CIO Values: Michael Fuqua, Senior VP, Global IS, Global Crossing
Features  |  4/30/2008
"Believe in and demonstrate IT as a business enabler and don't avoid risks."
Pay Isn't The Only Gap Between Male And Female Tech Pros
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
You'd think there'd be more female tech pros peeved about earning 10% less than their male counterparts. But interestingly, our new 2008 InformationWeek salary survey of 9,653 IT pros indicates that money matters more to men, while women are most concerned about the job's challenges and responsibilities.
Interop Video: Management Guru With A Heart Of Globe
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Tuesday's morning keynote at the killer Interop conference was given by C.K. Prahalad, a business professor who's not only got a keen sense of how technology impacts the globalized marketplace, but a social conscience and a sense of humanity, too. Who knew such a powerful combo was even possible?
Hello, Would You Like A New Job?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008
When was the last time you got a call from a headhunter? Have those calls cooled down lately? Think it's due to the weak economy, or do you think it's possible that you're just not that "hot" anymore?
Interop: Prof. Prahalad Says IT Matters More Than Ever
News  |  4/29/2008
The business guru told an Interop audience that technology lets companies achieve greater flexibility and customization while lowering unit costs.
U.S. IT Salaries Are Down. Did You See This Coming?
Commentary  |  4/28/2008
While I expected the current economy to crimp IT salaries, I didn't see this one coming. InformationWeek's annual U.S. IT Salary Survey showed a $2,000 dip in the median total pay. This marks the first median drop in our survey since the tech bubble burst. How does the data match your reality?
Life Inside The One-Man (Or Woman) IT Shop
Commentary  |  4/28/2008
Got a lot on your plate? How would you like to be the IT shop? While the common belief is that one-person IT departments are typically the stuff of start-ups and mom-and-pop businesses, that's not always the case.
Web 2.0 Expo Reveals: Mobile Is The New Desktop, Social Nets The New Media Companies
Commentary  |  4/26/2008
Remember, you read it here first. Wolfe's three laws of the brave new Web 2.0 world are: Mobile is the new desktop, the home page is dead, and social networks like Facebook and MySpace presage the media company of the future. These catchy Web 2.0 catch-phrases popped into my head during a heavy week of session-sitting at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Here's why I'm optimistic that those of us who are ready to embrace the virtual future are going to be in for a fun ride.
Be Mindful Of IT Workers' Age Groups
Features  |  4/23/2008
Effective management techniques vary by generation.
Hiring And Motivating The Best IT Workers
Features  |  4/23/2008
A participative culture, in which IT workers make company decisions, gets the most out of your workforce.
CIO Values: Patty Morrison, Executive VP And CIO, Motorola
Features  |  4/23/2008
"Your success is dependent on the quality of your people."
Keeping IT Staff Happy In Tough Times
Commentary  |  4/23/2008
Money is always quick and easy bait to keep valued staff from leaving. But how do you retain -- or even attract -- key talent when budgets are tight?
Video: Ruby On Rails For Absolute Beginners
Commentary  |  4/23/2008
I don't know much about Ruby On Rails, the open-source framework which allows you to develop Web applications. Fortunately, walking the halls of the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, I ran into someone who does, and he's offering a free online course where you can learn about it for yourself.
At Last, A Homegrown CIO
Commentary  |  4/22/2008
Weyerhaeuser's new CIO comes from within, proving some companies aren't afraid to put an in-house IT veteran in the top technology spot.
Venture Capital Slips Only Slightly As Economy Downturn Looms
News  |  4/21/2008
Internet companies saw a 7% decline in venture capital investment dollars from the fourth quarter of 2007, according to the MoneyTree Report.
Web 2.0 Manifesto: 'Nobody Knows Anything'
Commentary  |  4/20/2008
The people who really understand the Web know that nobody really understands the Web. (Zen enough for you?) Or, to put it more accessibly, to succeed, you can't try to out-think what your users want. You just have to try ... stuff. Which is why I'm so excited to be headed out to the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.
Don't Be A Control Freak
Commentary  |  4/18/2008
How can CIOs control the end run around IT? They can't -- that's the lesson from a new CIO survey. Live with it, loosen up, and keep track of where IT dollars actually are going.
CIOs Uncensored: A Focus On People
Commentary  |  4/17/2008
Burger King's CIO feels strongly that helping people -- IT employees and the community -- pays big dividends.
5 Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short
Commentary  |  4/17/2008
For two weeks now, I've been the relatively happy owner of an iPhone. Still, I have some major complaints, and I know the folks in Cupertino are just waiting to hear what I've got to say. The problem is that the iPhone is a great gadget and conversation-starter, but not yet a true corporate tool.
What's The Hardest CIO Job?
Commentary  |  4/17/2008
It must be tough to run IT in a big bank these days, what with all the regulation and oversight going on. Logistics and shipping companies put a strain on IT systems. Google's CIO just left, perhaps for good reason. However, my nomination for the toughest CIO job is ...
CIO Values: Sam Coursen, VP And CIO, Freescale Semiconductor
Features  |  4/17/2008
"Maintain a balanced focus on the efficiency of IT as a business function and its effectiveness in driving value across all other business functions."
Should U.S. Scrap H-1B Visa Lottery?
Commentary  |  4/16/2008
If your H-1B visa petition was among the 163,000 filed earlier this month, you've got about a 50/50 shot that your application was selected in the government's H-1B lottery the other day. Fifty-fifty odds look great if you're playing lotto. But they're not so hot when you're playing games with people's jobs.
The American Red Cross Has A New CIO
Commentary  |  4/16/2008
And he has a familiar-sounding set of priorities: cut costs and streamline business processes. He's also got to get to know a new CEO.
TechWeb's Digital Library Gets Facebook Facelift
Commentary  |  4/15/2008
I've found the perfect excuse to spend part of my workday surfing social-networking sites, and get paid for it, too. I do it by developing Facebook apps. My latest is a feed for the TechWeb Digital Library [login required], which will allow you to see our latest white papers, Web casts, and research reports via a little link residing right on your own personal FB page.
Wireless Providers Agree To Hold Down LTE Patent Royalty Costs
News  |  4/15/2008
The agreement, signed by seven of the industry's powerhouses, calls for keeping patent royalties under 10% of handset and laptop sales prices.
MIT & CIO: Impressive Acronyms, Separately And Together
Commentary  |  4/11/2008
Networking is an important ingredient in a CIO's stew of knowledge. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium looks like a good place to indulge.
AMD Loses CTO Phil Hester
News  |  4/11/2008
Hester will not be replaced, and his responsibilities will be spread among the CTOs of AMD's five business units.
Intel 'Atom' Mobile Internet Device Previewed
Commentary  |  4/11/2008
I've changed my mind about Intel's new downsized Atom processor, which is being pitched by the semiconductor behemoth as a little chip with enough power to deliver a biiiiiig handheld Web-browsing experience. My initial thought was: Who needs a mobile Internet Device (MID), when you're already toting around a laptop, smartphone, iPod, Bluetooth earpiece, and who knows what else? Then I heard about Gigaby
CIOs Uncensored: Where Should Your Next CIO Come From?
Commentary  |  4/10/2008
Is it better to nurture IT management talent within, or look outside for the best possible candidate?
Transforming Your Business Model
Features  |  4/9/2008
A new book examines the two elements you need to embrace to succeed in the New Age of Innovation.
The New CIO: Hire From Outside, Or Promote From Within?
Commentary  |  4/7/2008
By tapping an outsider for its open CIO slot, Cummins decides not to practice what it preaches -- or at least what its former CIO preached.
Top Windows Vista Apps: In Praise Of Microsoft Word 2007
Commentary  |  4/7/2008
Pulling together a list of my favorite Vista apps, I've run into a problem. The piece of software I keep coming back to isn't sexy and doesn't perform any extraordinary technical functions. It's often unheralded and frequently slammed. Yet its user interface is beautifully designed and it's a pleasure to use. If you haven't guessed already, I'm talking about Microsoft Word 2007.
Video: AMD On Data Center Consolidation
Commentary  |  4/4/2008
Is a six-minute discussion about data center consolidation boring? Maybe, but if you want to hear a cogent disposition of the salient issues -- like power and cooling considerations, virtualization, and how to get the most server bang for your buck -- click ahead to see my talk with AMD VP for commercial business Kevin Knox. But whatever you do, don't tell Kevin servers are "hot."
CIOs And Spring Cleaning
Commentary  |  4/3/2008
Given everything that's going on right now -- talk of recession, the presidential election, the baseball season starting up -- it's a good time for tech chiefs to take stock and do a little (or maybe a lot of) housekeeping. Here are a few thoughts.
Down To Business: Don't Succumb To The Recession Noise
Commentary  |  4/3/2008
Every IT manager must anticipate an economic slowdown and plan accordingly, but don't go so far as to make recession a self-fulfilling prophecy.
CIOs Uncensored: Tech-Savvy Execs Are A CIO's Best Friend
Commentary  |  4/3/2008
Embrace your technically astute brothers and sisters--but set limitations.
CIO Values: Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat
Features  |  4/2/2008
"Focus on the business and ensure that you provide solutions that are driving business value."
Startup Of The Week: Attivio Offers A New Approach To Enterprise Search
Features  |  4/2/2008
The company's search engine combs through structured and unstructured data.
The New Age Of Innovation
Commentary  |  4/2/2008
Is there a new paradigm for business in the 21st century? The authors of a new book say yes, and CIOs will need to play a prominent role in it -- or they won't, to their detriment.
CIOs And The Wall Street Journal
Commentary  |  4/1/2008
The financial markets' newspaper of record seems to have taken notice of CIOs. Is it a sign that tech chiefs have finally arrived?
NBC To Broadcast The Internet
Commentary  |  4/1/2008
April Fools'. (Though it's not a stretch to imagine a bunch of television execs sitting around the conference table, and one of them says, "Hey, I've got this great idea." Not.) All of which is a roundabout way of getting at the point that users of all media -- includes Web sites like this one -- want what they want, when they want it, and how they want it.

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