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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation
posted in May 2010
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Memorial Day: Marcus Lutrell And His Navy SEAL Brothers
Commentary  |  5/28/2010
On this Memorial Day weekend, we have a special chance to hear stories of the unimaginable courage, honor, and sacrifice of the U.S. military. Here's a haunting excerpt from Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, one of those books offering a brief glimpse into the secret lives of these extraordinary warriors who eagerly put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of us.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, & Cisco Face Looming Identity Crises
Commentary  |  5/27/2010
Many leading IT companies are best-known for their legacies instead of their present potential—and that's going to become a big problem.
Steve Ballmer: Planetary King Of Info Tech Profit
Commentary  |  5/27/2010
I like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's dismissal in the Wall Street Journal of all the frothy media churn over Apple surpassing Microsoft in market cap: "I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are." Next question, please?
Will Android Overtake iPhone In Enterprise?
Commentary  |  5/27/2010
With all the chatter about Apple surpassing Microsoft in market-cap, a related detail might deserve more attention: Q1 sales of Android smartphones topped sales of iPhones by 25%, according to a consumer research firm. With consumer engagement driving enterprise adoption, can we expect to see the Google mobile OS starting to crimp the iPhone's style in the business world?
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Embraces Cloud Computing's 'Idiocy'
Commentary  |  5/27/2010
After Ellison's colorful rants about the cloud's absurdity, idiocy, and nonsense, Oracle's expanding its cloud technology, advocacy, and marketing.
CIO Profiles: In Their Own Words
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010
IT leaders share their top priorities, biggest mistakes, and career dreams if they weren't a CIO.
IBM Adds Heft To Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  5/26/2010
I confess that I still think of IBM as stodgy, so my head has been turned around by the leadership I'm seeing out of Big Blue on Enterprise 2.0. Two new Pearson/IBM Press books written by IBMers provide a sound intro for managers looking to get pointed in the right direction so they can help their organizations get beyond the hype and extract some real value from E2.0 technologies.
Microsoft Is Hiring In Boston
Commentary  |  5/26/2010
The Cambridge consolidation of NERDs is underway: Microsoft is relocating two of its suburban-Boston development groups into a new office space in Cambridge that will almost double the size of its facilities there. And about that NERD thing: that's Microsoft's own name for its New England Research & Development center.
Global CIO: The Innovation Revolution And IT's Indispensable Role
Commentary  |  5/25/2010
MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson has a new theory on how leading companies are leveraging IT to unlock unprecedented waves of innovation -- and are reinventing R&D.
Global CIO: How Manpower CIO Makes The Cloud Real
Commentary  |  5/25/2010
Denis Edwards and his IT team have a strategy for where cloud computing works best. For those types of applications and tasks, the question becomes, 'Why wouldn't we?'
Microsoft Says China Piracy Killing Thousands Of U.S. Jobs
Commentary  |  5/25/2010
Insisting that software piracy in China has become so pervasive that "there is no software market to speak of" in the fast-growing country, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday that enhanced enforcement in China of intellectual-property rules could save U.S. firms tens of thousands of jobs, Bloomberg reports.
IBM Lands $31M In Subsidies For 600 Jobs
Commentary  |  5/25/2010
IBM is planning to hire 600 and possibly up to 800 employees at a proposed new services-delivery center in Columbia, Missouri, and in return will receive various financial incentives totaling about $50,000 per job. It's a great deal for IBM, but is it also a great deal for state and local taxpayers?
Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's Top 10 Insights
Commentary  |  5/25/2010
HP released strong financial results last week and in a Q&A session afterward with financial analysts, CEO Mark Hurd offered a range of insights into the company's emerging grand strategy. Here's our take on the 10 most-significant strategic thoughts offered by Hurd.
Global CIO: The Myth Of The Social-Misfit, Business-Bozo CIO
Commentary  |  5/24/2010
Piling on to the popular myth that CIOs know tech but nothing else, a new study's flawed conclusions show that the real know-nothings are the researchers.
Top 3 Pluses & Minuses Of Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  5/24/2010
Getting ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, June 14- 17, I've been thinking about the value of the online collaboration tools most of us are beginning to embrace. My early take is that the positives are engagement, empowerment, and the potential to spur innovation. The downsides are the dangers of groupthink gone wild and the security risks of exposing valuable company data. Click through for my "top three" lists of E2.0 pluses and minus
eBay's $2,000-Per-Second Data Center
Commentary  |  5/24/2010
eBay's new $287 million data center in Utah was built in just 14 months and is responsible for managing all transactions and revenue from and, which in 2009 totaled $60 billion or about $2,000 per second. Maybe it's no surprise that two of the project's leaders are former tank commanders and West Point graduates. And don't miss the photos!
Global CIO: The Golden Age Of IT Has Begun: 6 Reasons Why
Commentary  |  5/24/2010
The simultaneous transcendence of predictive analytics, real-time computing, and mobile power is creating tremendous new opportunities for CIOs.
Global CIO: 'The New Polymath': 12 Reasons CIOs Must Drive Innovation
Commentary  |  5/21/2010
Industry pundit Vinnie Mirchandani offers a dozen insightful examples from his new book on why today's CIOs must excel at many things.
Global CIO: Cloud Computing 2.0: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010
With cloud computing nearing the end of the hype/confusion/hype stage, CIOs must focus on quantifiable business benefits and long-term viability.
HP Helps Wal-Mart Transform From Photos To Publishing
Commentary  |  5/21/2010
Hewlett-Packard is helping Wal-Mart expand into the publishing business by sweeping aside the old photo-printing model and letting customers select and print everything from greeting cards to branded images from concerts, TV shows, and movies. With other huge retailers signing on as well, HP expects its new retail publishing business will grow 300% this year.
Down To Business: Analytics For Every Action
Commentary  |  5/21/2010
The challenge for companies now is less about the maturity of the software tools and more about instilling an analytics culture.
Microsoft Is Patent Troll, Says CEO Benioff
Commentary  |  5/21/2010 CEO Marc Benioff, never a particular fan of Microsoft's products, technology, vision, or prospects, can now add its legal strategy to his list of things he can't stand about Microsoft. Commenting on the patent-infringement suit filed against by Microsoft, Benioff called the Redmond company a "patent troll."
Global CIO: Inside HP's Numbers: Mark Hurd's Top 10 Strategic Insights
Commentary  |  5/21/2010
As HP posts strong growth, CEO Hurd nears the end of his sweeping transformation of the world's biggest IT supplier.
CIO Profiles: Denis Edwards Of Manpower
Features  |  5/20/2010
Employment services firm's global chief information officer is taking a good look at SaaS and the cloud.
Novell Acquisition Bids Going Public
News  |  5/20/2010
Up to 20 firms, mostly hedge funds, are considering trying to take over the software company.
iPhone Dictates Response Time For Enterprise Apps: Plattner
Commentary  |  5/20/2010
Follow the logic: enterprise apps are surging onto smartphones, particularly Apple's iPhone. iPhone users will not wait more than 15 seconds to get a response from their device. Ergo, all enterprise apps-even down to lowly dunning reports-must be able to perform at or close to real time. For SAP founder Hasso Plattner, that 15-second maximum might as well be confirmed as a new law of physics.
The HiPPO In The Room
Commentary  |  5/20/2010
I attended the MIT Sloan Symposium yesterday, which largely focused on the democratization and decentralization of IT. "You're no longer in control," says Frank Moss, former Tivoli CEO and now head of MIT's media lab. "Get over it."
Hasso Plattner's Six Steps To Real-Time Database Nirvana
Commentary  |  5/19/2010
In an engaging look at the past and into the future, SAP's founder and chairman laid out the company's development strategy behind "The 'Real' Enterprise 2.0 (powered by in-memory computing)," which he says will give customers phenomenally higher levels of performance and value with absolutely zero risk. Here are his six steps for turning that vision into reality.
Global CIO: Oracle Hammered By SAP For Stifling Customer Choice
Commentary  |  5/19/2010
Oracle says the all-Oracle stack cures IT complexity and cost, but SAP says that strategy leads to dead-end lock-in and dramatically less innovation.
Cisco To Buy Moto Development
News  |  5/19/2010
Moto helped design the Flip Video camera; Cisco says the acquisition will further its aim to develop user-friendly products.
Global CIO: How SAP Is Leading The Mobile-Enterprise Revolution
Commentary  |  5/18/2010
While all IT companies say mobile's strategically vital, SAP is bullishly positioning itself to reap the rewards of a leadership position. See the latest in our SAP Week coverage.
Server Den: CA Seeks IT Automation Sweet Spot
Commentary  |  5/18/2010
Don Ferguson, chief technology officer of CA Technologies, talks about work to build IT management tools that'll bring transparency to highly virtual and dynamic enterprise architectures.
IBM Is Hiring In Missouri: 800 Jobs Over 30 Months
Commentary  |  5/18/2010
IBM said it is opening a third services-delivery center in North America, with plans to begin hiring for the Missouri facility this summer. IBM projects that by the end of 2012, it will have up to 800 employees at the center.
Global CIO: How Will Larry Ellison Counter SAP's Mobile Offensive?
Commentary  |  5/18/2010
SAP sees mobility as indispensable for customers and for SAP's new strategy. Will that effort give SAP a unique advantage over Oracle? Our SAP Week coverage takes a close look.
App Consolidation: Always the Right Time
Commentary  |  5/17/2010
How many applications are in your company? Too many? Our cover story this week explores application consolidation strategy, and why it's important to keep the app-cutting pressure on, even as companies start putting more emphasis on growth rather than cost cutting.
Microsoft Takes Supercomputing To The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/17/2010
Buried beneath the bland verbiage announcing Microsoft's Technical Computing Initiative on Monday is some really exciting stuff. As Bill Hilf, Redmond's general manager of technical computing, explained it to me, Microsoft is bringing burst- and cluster-computing capability to its Windows Azure platform. The upshot is that anyone will be able to access HPC in the cloud.
E-Health Laggards Need To Start Moving Now
Commentary  |  5/17/2010
Healthcare providers starting from scratch with projects to implement e-health record systems in hopes of cashing in on the government's $20 billion-plus meaningful use incentive programs had better get going.
Apple, RIM Gain Market Share
News  |  5/17/2010
Motorola saw a 29% decline in shipments, but a significant boost in profits due to its shift in focus to high-margin smartphones.
FBI CIO Unveils Next-Gen IT Strategy
News  |  5/17/2010
Despite a setback to its Sentinel case-management system, the agency is deploying a high-speed network, new Office-based PCs, and other infrastructure improvements.
Global CIO: SAP's Top 10 Priorities To Become Undisputed #1
Commentary  |  5/16/2010
Welcome to SAP Week, our in-depth look at the company's strategy, products, and customers. Today: 10 steps SAP must take to reclaim its global leadership.
Image Gallery: IT Hall Of Shame
Slideshows  |  5/14/2010
Look back at ten of the most infamous and notorious tech industry frauds, flops, and foibles from individuals to products, ideas to entire companies.
CA Changes Its Name
Commentary  |  5/14/2010
CA, the former Computer Associates, will announce on Sunday that it's changing its name once again. It's not exactly a mind-blower.
Cisco Stock: 4 Reasons It's Not Reflecting Blowout Quarter
Commentary  |  5/14/2010
CEO John Chambers says Cisco just had "probably the strongest quarter in our history" and given that storied history, that's a remarkable perspective. But investors have been pooh-poohing Cisco shares, which have actually even fallen a bit: do they know something CIOs should know? Here are four possible explanations from a great equity-research firm.
Global CIO: Can Tibco Deliver The 2-Second Advantage?
Commentary  |  5/13/2010
Tibco says its new event-driven middleware can dramatically enhance customer engagements and marks the beginning of Enterprise 3.0. (Part 2 of 2-part series.)
Down To Business: War On Business And Innovation
Commentary  |  5/13/2010
The recent griping about Apple is consistent with a deeper and more disturbing anti-business trend in this country.
Sprint, Wal-Mart Launch Prepaid Wireless
News  |  5/13/2010
Common Cents Mobile, Sprint Nextel's latest attempt to shore up its business, will be sold exclusively through Wal-Mart stores.
Real-World Advice On App Consolidation
Features  |  5/13/2010
Former GM CIO Ralph Szygenda on the two main approaches.
SaaS Strategy: What The Top Brass Wants To Know
Features  |  5/13/2010
Here are five areas to cover to deliver the right message to fellow executives and board members about software as a service.
App Consolidation: A Strategy That's Always In Style
Features  |  5/13/2010
Windows 7 rollouts and increased M&A are two good catalysts for app consolidation.
Global CIO: When The Cloud Doesn't Win
Commentary  |  5/13/2010
Here is what we're hearing when CIOs say 'no' to SaaS and cloud computing.
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