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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation
posted in May 2008
Google Shows First Android GPhone Prototype
Commentary  |  5/30/2008
Sure, Google engineer director Steve Horowitz says "I'm here to tell you there is actually no GPhone" in this interesting Android demonstration video I've linked to. But then he goes on to show off a GPhone prototype he's been working with for the last six months. So let's go to the videotape.
CIOs Uncensored: An Interview With The Last CIO
Commentary  |  5/29/2008
How did it come about that Tomorrow's CIO really is tomorrow's CIO?
Will Apple's 3G iPhone Still Fall Short?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008
In April, shortly after I bought my very own iPhone, I blogged about the device's design flaws, pointing out the 5 Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short. With the new 3G iPhone on the way, the question to ask now is whether all the lingering annoyances are being fixed. Here's my blow-by-blow assessment.
CIO Values: Bill Brown, Senior VP, Infrastructure Services, Iron Mountain
Features  |  5/28/2008
"Concentrate on areas where you may be uncomfortable -- i.e., building relationships, spending time with business partners, etc."
Tomorrow's CIO: The Qualifications
Commentary  |  5/28/2008
What are the attributes that make for a good CIO, today and going forward? Here's another peek at our "Tomorrow's CIO" research survey results, specifically the attributes and abilities both CIOs and executive management are looking for in top technology talent. How does this line up with your own ideas about what it will take to prepare for the challenges of Tomorrow's CIO?
Top 20 Risks U.S. Tech Companies Are Losing Sleep Over
News  |  5/28/2008
If you think the slow U.S. economy is the biggest worry for U.S. tech companies right now, you're wrong.
Architect, Sure, But Of What?
Commentary  |  5/28/2008
The CIO is generally thought of as an architect -- traditionally of a company's IT structure and strategy and, increasingly, potentially, of a company's overall business processes. However, not everyone, it seems, is willing to make the leap to the CIO-as-process-guru hypothesis.
Joomla Rocks, Or How To Build A Professional Web Site For No Money Down
Commentary  |  5/27/2008
Working in a garage-based company that's looking to create its first killer Web site? Or maybe you're toiling in the bowels of a behemoth corporation, wondering why you're mired in an old-fashioned, "waterfall" software-development process when all you wanna do is board that Web 2.0 train, and quickly. Well, I've got the answer for you, and it's called Joomla.
Business Tech Is The Land Of The Living
Commentary  |  5/27/2008
Women prefer careers working with living things, rather than "inorganic matter," according to a study recently blogged about by my colleague, Richard Martin. But how come more females don't seem to realize that a successful career in the business technology field is all about working with people? People are "living things," too, right?
Cleveland Rocks!
Commentary  |  5/27/2008
How did the CIO of a rust-belt financial firm buffeted by the mortgage meltdown mess pull out a big win in Cambridge, Mass., last week? Here's a hint: Make the most of what you've got.
Desert Island MP3s: What's Your Must-Have Music?
Commentary  |  5/24/2008
Here's a holiday weekend thought experiment, which doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore given the high price of gas: If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, what digital tunes would you have to have on your music player to survive the boredom? In the old days, radio stations called this challenge "Desert Island Discs." I'm updating it for the MP3 era; read on for my list.
CIO Values: David Riley, CIO, VP Of IS And Technology, Foundry Networks
Features  |  5/21/2008
"Continue your business education and networking with peers at larger companies."
What CIOs Say About Innovation And Web 2.0 Tools
Commentary  |  5/21/2008
There are plenty of barriers to innovation, including a fear of change, riskiness, cost, and more. But an important element in facilitating innovation is collaboration, and Web 2.0 tools that help people share ideas are helping some organizations to break down the barriers stunting innovation.
Old Is New Department: Microsoft Patents Proactive Virus Protection
Commentary  |  5/21/2008
Microsoft has just snared a U.S. patent for proactive virus protection, which is how security software helps secure your PC when it encounters shape-shifting malware not already in its antivirus definition file. What I want to know is, what does this mean for all the other vendors -- like McAfee, Symantec, Kaspersky, and Trend Micro -- that have been selling proactive protection software for years? Do they now have to pay Microsoft protection; I mean, royalties?
The Consumer Effect In Beantown
Commentary  |  5/20/2008
Boston is a bitter pill for a fan of the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Cavaliers, such as myself. But I guess I'll make the best of it. I'm here to cover -- and participate in -- the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, which got off to a rousing start with a night-before visionary speech by the CIO of Verizon.
Agile Programming And Offshore Outsourcing
Commentary  |  5/20/2008
A small offshore outsourcer, Exigen, is pitching would-be clients on using agile programming -- and an interesting pricing wrinkle -- to make offshore IT projects less likely to flop, and more likely to get done early. Problem is, most companies aren't even close to ready to work with outsourcers in an agile mode.
How SAP Is Trying To Fill The Talent Pipeline
Commentary  |  5/20/2008
Last week, SAP announced new university alliances to prepare future professionals with business, tech, and soft skills needed in the rollout of NetWeaver, ERP 6.0, and other popular SAP products. This week, the company talked to me about the work under way with other third parties to help fill the talent gap now.
Senate Should Stop Complaining About Bush Cyber Security Initiative
Commentary  |  5/20/2008
I've been following the debate surrounding U.S. Senate authorization of funding for President Bush's Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative. A bunch of senators are complaining that they don't know precisely what they're funding and that there's all sorts of secrecy involved. Hey, of course much of the plan is secret! It's about security, stupid.
CIO: A Lot To Live Up To
Commentary  |  5/19/2008
Especially if it stands for "Chief Innovation Officer," which is what Citi has in mind for the acronym. Is it a corporate turning point or management hocus-pocus?
Video: Yahoo Tells All About Mobile Development
Commentary  |  5/19/2008
Roaming the show floor at Web 2.0 Expo recently, I was surprised to hear that Yahoo has a story to tell developers every bit as good as Google's. That's the message that came through loud and clear -- and with a British accent -- in my video conversation with Sophie Major, international program manager for the Yahoo Developer Network.
PayPal Founder Peter Thiel Says Think Contrarily, Act Warily
News  |  5/17/2008
But entrepreneurs need to remember that most contrarian ideas are wrong, the PayPal founder said.
EBay Feedback Cutoff Kicking In, Sellers Angry
Commentary  |  5/16/2008
When eBay announced back in January that it was pulling the plug on its longtime policy of letting sellers leave negative feedback on buyers, those self-same sellers were royally peeved. Now that the policy is set to go into effect, on Monday, May 19, the ire of eBay sellers shows no sign of abating. Boy, are they p.o.'d. Here's what they're telling me.
CIOs Uncensored: Homeland Security's First CIO Reflects On The Challenges
Commentary  |  5/15/2008
Steve Cooper was also the CIO of the American Red Cross, which he says was actually more stressful.
CBS Buying CNET; So Does Old Media Understand The Web? (No)
Commentary  |  5/15/2008
I suppose it makes perfect sense that the network perceived as the favorite of old folks that advertisers no longer covet would attempt to leapfrog its competition by making a big splash in online. However, in moving to acquire CNET Networks for $1.8 billion, just what exactly is CBS getting? A new-age media company at the cutting edge, or a leader of the Web 1.0 world which lately has been slow to adapt?
CIO Values: Steven McIntosh, Senior VP And CIO, Jackson Family Enterprises
Features  |  5/14/2008
"You have to understand how to apply technology to business problems and apply solutions."
Dell Vows To Boost Energy Efficiency In Products
News  |  5/14/2008
The computer maker expects to reduce energy consumption of its notebooks and desktops by up to 25% in two years.
CIO To CEO: It Can Happen
Commentary  |  5/13/2008
How many CIOs make it to CEO? Frankly, you can count them on one hand. But if that's what you want from your career, there's hope: Here's one who made it.
SAP Isn't As Easy As ABC
Commentary  |  5/13/2008
Having a hard time finding professionals to staff your SAP software rollouts? That's apparently the case for many organizations implementing NetWeaver, ERP 6.0, and other SAP technologies, as well as the third-party companies assisting in the deployments.
Look For Data Center Consolidation From HP-EDS
Commentary  |  5/13/2008
Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd says the company will "run the same playbook" with EDS that it's using to make HP more profitable. OK, time to torture the sports metaphor: look for Hurd to call Data Center Consolidation left and right, with CIO Randy Mott as the lineman knocking over anyone who gets in the way.
Google Friend Connect Only Half Open
Commentary  |  5/13/2008
You gotta give Google props for its openness, in terms of its executives speaking in plain English and not treating a launch as an excuse to engage in robotic sloganeering. (Remember "We'll release it when our customers tell us it's ready"?) On the other hand, the problem with Google's new Friend Connect is that it's nowhere near as open as competitive offerings from Facebook and MySpace. Hey, Google, open means open. What part don't you understand?
Girl Gets Stolen Mac Back With 'Back To My Mac'
Commentary  |  5/12/2008
I've spent this weekend -- yes, the life of a tech journalist is that exciting -- not Twittering but rather mulling the significance of the incident involving the White Plains, N.Y., girl who led the police to recover her stolen Mac after she took a picture of the thieves using the laptop's "Back to My Mac" feature.
Google CEO Schmidt Asks: 'What Recession?'
Commentary  |  5/12/2008
The resilience of the U.S. economy in the face of recent recession worries is a wonderful thing to behold. If you're like me, you've resigned yourself to a kind of schizoid view of the current business cycle. Greatly simplified, it boils down to: average people, very worried; businesses, not so much. Or, as Google CEO Eric Schmidt put it in a recent interview: "What recession?"
Are Worms Always Bad?
Commentary  |  5/9/2008
Self-replicating programs, which spread unchecked across the Internet, are always bad. Except when they're good. At least that's the theory behind U.S Patent number 7,296,923, awarded to Symantec for "Using a benevolent worm to assess and correct computer security vulnerabilities."
The New Age Of Innovation: Formulas For Success
Features  |  5/8/2008
Authors Prahalad and Krishnan offer two formulas that add up to business innovation.
The Meaning Of N = 1 And R = G
Features  |  5/8/2008
These concepts go well beyond mass customization and offshore outsourcing.
CIOs Uncensored: GM's CIO: IT Vendors Aren't Helping With Globalization
Commentary  |  5/8/2008
Ralph Szygenda says IT support and collaboration have a ways to go to catch up with the global trend.
Workday Laughs Its SaaS Off In Viral Videos
Commentary  |  5/8/2008
Viral marketing is moving into areas you'd never have thought. Take software-as-a-service, where upstart Workday, a company formed in 2005 by PeopleSoft founder and ex-CEO Dave Duffield, is posting up on YouTube a series of short videos -- OK, they're commercials -- which poke virtual fingers in the eyes of industry powerhouse SAP.
CIO Values: Tom Holmes, CIO At Arise Virtual Solutions
Features  |  5/7/2008
"Provide strong leadership, a clear vision, and the proper resources -- then get out of the way and allow your team to execute."
Video: Can WebEx Banish The Boring Phone Meeting?
Commentary  |  5/7/2008
Corporate calling. Corporate who? Long, boring, time-wasting, day-deadening, you can't get out of it, corporate online Web and phone meeting, that's who. (This is my Internet Age version of a knock, knock joke, and just about as unfunny.) But if all-hands-on-deck meetings are like death and taxes -- i.e., unavoidable -- at least WebEx is working to energize them so that they'll be more useful. Call it collaboration on Web steroids.
Savvy CIOs Market Their Successes
Commentary  |  5/7/2008
If you want your IT group to be thought of as a center of innovation for your organization, you've got to get the attention of business management. Internal marketing can help.
Does Your Top Management 'Get' IT?
Commentary  |  5/7/2008
It seems like an old -- and answered, mostly in the affirmative -- question. But according to an upcoming InformationWeek survey, fewer top execs get IT these days, not more.
Making The Most Of Limited Space, Time, And Money
Commentary  |  5/7/2008
Ken Abendshien is CIO of Midwest Health Systems Data Center, a tech support organization that provides outsourced data center services to 27 small county hospitals and long-term care facilities in Kansas, and two in Nebraska. Some of those sites are really tiny -- treating one or two patients a day. And with those hospitals having even tinier IT budgets, Abendshien needs to stretch his resources very carefully.
Cursive Recognition Is Cure For Crappy iPhone Keyboard
Commentary  |  5/6/2008
It hit me yesterday, when I was reading fellow blogger Eric Zeman's complaint about the difficulties he's had typing accurately on the iPhone's soft keyboard. That's a problem I've kvetched about constantly, most recently in "5 Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short." But I think I've figured out the solution, an
8 Trends In IT CIOs Can't Ignore
Commentary  |  5/5/2008
Accenture's chief scientist sees several IT trends emerging over the next 36 months that CIOs need to embrace. Hint: One leads to the CIO becoming the Chief Intelligence Officer. If you like the sound of that, read on.
5 (More) Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short; Readers Weigh In
Commentary  |  5/3/2008
When I lambasted the iPhone in a recent post for its numerous shortcomings, Wolfe's Den readers responded in droves with comments. As is par for the course, most criticized me for my criticisms of the sainted Apple. (Hey, I own an iPhone now and am trying to get into the iPhone Developer Program, so how anti-Apple can I be?) However, many readers responded with their gripes about still-unaddressed
Interop: Virtualization Is Top Monitoring Challenge, Survey Shows
News  |  5/1/2008
The job of network professionals is becoming more complex, as engineers increasingly deal with WAN optimization and virtualization, a NetQoS exec said.
8 Dirty Secrets Of The Security Industry
Commentary  |  5/1/2008
An IBM security expert ripped the scab off the dirty little secrets of the security industry in a highly entertaining presentation Wednesday at Interop. Joshua Corman, principal security analyst at IBM Internet Security Systems, highlighted the gaping divide between what customers think they're buying (safety) versus what security vendors are most intent on selling (stuff that'll bring in the bucks). Here, in condensed form, is his list.

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