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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation
posted in July 2010
American Airlines Goes iPhone But Flunks Alphabet
Commentary  |  7/30/2010
American Airlines has rolled out a new iPhone app that promises to offer everything (except on-time arrivals) from E-check-ins to seat assignments to monitoring upgrades but the, uh, fly in the ointment seems to be that it won't let you log in unless your American Advantage membership number contains at least one letter. The problem is, many don't.
Microsoft Stock 'Inexpensive' As Big Upgrade Cycle Looms
Commentary  |  7/30/2010
With 84% of global PCs still running XP/Vista and 63% of Office users still on versions from 2003 or earlier, Microsoft is looking at some serious growth potential over the next couple of years, says enterprise software analyst Brent Thill.
Global CIO: The CEO Of The Year Is SAP's Bill McDermott
Commentary  |  7/30/2010
With co-CEO Jim Snabe, McDermott's set a vibrant new strategy, restored growth and profitability, and exorcised some wicked demons and ghosts.
Global CIO: IBM Attacked By EU Anti-Capitalists & IT Washouts
Commentary  |  7/28/2010
Two tiny makers of mainframe knockoffs are joining forces with the always-eager EU to try to browbeat IBM into unearned submission.
Slideshow: 12 CIOs' 'Career Killer' Pet Peeves
Slideshows  |  7/27/2010
Don't derail your career by making these missteps with your boss. Get the inside scoop on what not to say in these excerpts from our CIO Profiles.
SuccessFactors Revenue Nears $200M As SaaS Grows Up
Commentary  |  7/27/2010
While's the unquestioned SaaS revenue leader, Taleo, RightNow, NetSuite and SuccessFactors are all closing in on annual run rates of $200 million. With SuccessFactors this week reporting 27% quarterly revenue growth to $46.8 million, these and other high-growth SaaS vendors have proven they've got industrial-strength enterprise chops.
The Best-Paid CEOs Of The Decade: Ellison #1
Commentary  |  7/27/2010
Larry Ellison was the top-earning CEO of the decade across all industries, the Wall Street Journal reports, with total income of $1.836 billion. Apple's Steve Jobs came in fourth at $748.8 million. For Ellison, Jobs, and others, it's surprising-shocking?-to see how a $100 investment in each company's stock performed over that same decade.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Looms Large Over Put-Down Of Oracle President
Commentary  |  7/26/2010
Charles Phillips' claim about Oracle's $70B war chest is belittled in a stunningly public clarification that's also a put-down.
Global CIO: Wal-Mart Reignites RFID Hysteria
Commentary  |  7/26/2010
Wal-Mart's big-time RFID expansion down to individual items has the privacy kooks on red alert--any danger behind their paranoia?
Global CIO: VMware CEO On Future Of Virtualization: Exclusive Interview
Commentary  |  7/25/2010
Paul Maritz explains how CIOs can create one giant computer to go beyond CapEx to OpEx reductions and fund new high-value applications.
Windows Phone 7 As Web 2.0 Pacesetter?
Commentary  |  7/25/2010
Possibly my perspective is collaboratively twisted, because I've been spending so much time looking into Enterprise 2.0 technologies. Probably that's why I think all the chatter about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is missing the point in comparing the new mobile platform to iPhone and Android. What Microsoft is doing is brilliant: they're bringing Web 2.0-ness to mobile more forcefully than any of their co
Global CIO: Top 10 Reasons Steve Jobs & Apple Are The Future Of IT
Commentary  |  7/22/2010
The iPad phenomenon is unprecedented, and CIOs who want to innovate rather than procrastinate need to follow the money to Apple's stunning success.
Global CIO: Twitter Data Center Shows Vital Role Of IT Operations
Commentary  |  7/22/2010
Twitter is building its own data center.
Vint Cerf Eyes Interplanetary Internet
Commentary  |  7/22/2010
I've never much considered the potential latency of packets routed between Earth and Mars. Me, I'm more worried about my cable-modem going down or dropped 3G calls. Fortunately, Vint Cerf, co-developer of TCP/IP and currently a Google evangelist, is among a group of more forward-thinking folks envisioning an interplanetary backbone where network traffic hubs could be hundreds of millions of miles apart.
Global CIO: IBM Doubles Down On Red-Hot Optimized Systems
Commentary  |  7/21/2010
A management shuffle and pointed comments from IBM CEO Palmisano show the drive for optimized systems will accelerate.
Global CIO: Venture Capital Kings Pump $30M Into Jive's Social Business
Commentary  |  7/20/2010
The last time Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia did a joint funding close to this size, the recipient was Google. Will lightning strike twice?
Global CIO: Oracle's Top 10 Retail Insights A Must-Read For All CIOs
Commentary  |  7/19/2010
The power of pervasive consumer technology is causing massive disruptions in not only retail but your business as well--are you clued in?
IBM Failed Us Big Time, Says Texas
Commentary  |  7/19/2010
Citing massive turnover among IBM employees, failure to back up data appropriately, and a high-profile server crash that is jeopardizing the state's ability to pursue several fraud investigations, the state of Texas has put IBM on 30-day notice of possible termination of their $863 million services contract. Texas claims 16 separate instances where IBM has defaulted on its obligations, says
Global CIO: Remembering My Dad, The Greatest Guy I've Ever Known
Commentary  |  7/18/2010
Before my dad died, we had a great supply-chain adventure. Here's a reprint of my column about that extraordinary man.
Global CIO: Who Is The Tech Sector's #1 Acquisition Target?
Commentary  |  7/16/2010
This little-known BI company had 2009 revenue of $157M plus blue-chip corporate customers and proven success on the iPhone and other mobile devices.
Global CIO: Apple CEO Steve Jobs Should Tell Sen. Schumer To Shut Up
Commentary  |  7/15/2010
Schumer's publicity-grubbing letter is a joke, but the ugly threat it represents of a horribly regulated and bureaucratic IT industry is frightening.
Global CIO: In Database Wars, Oracle Blasts Microsoft And IBM
Commentary  |  7/15/2010
As real-time and Big Data pressures mount and CIOs need advanced databases to keep up, Oracle claims 11g is 5-10 years ahead of IBM and Microsoft. First in a series.
Global CIO: What Microsoft Must Do After Blockbuster eBay Deal
Commentary  |  7/14/2010
Now it must convince average companies why they need private cloud computing.
Global CIO: Microsoft Joins Oracle & IBM In Rise Of The Machines
Commentary  |  7/13/2010
A CIO's plea that "We never want another update from Microsoft again" spurs Redmond to join the swelling ranks of IT-appliance providers.
Pay For Computer Science Grads Tops $61,000
Commentary  |  7/13/2010
Average pay for a computer science grad took a bit of a hit--down .5%--but still stands at a healthy $61,112. That's 21% more than the typical finance major.
NASA To Award $5 Million For Tech Innovation
News  |  7/13/2010
Centennial Challenges will fund innovations in low-cost launch technology, energy storage, and robotics.
Tyco Electronics To Acquire ADC For $1.25 Billion
News  |  7/13/2010
Adding ADC's network infrastructure products will expand Tyco's enterprise broadband connectivity portfolio.
Global CIO: Oracle Reveals Strategy And Customers For White-Hot Exadata
Commentary  |  7/13/2010
Transcending data warehousing and OLTP, Oracle's Exadata is triggering an industrywide redefinition of the core IT systems that fire the global economy.
Hewlett-Packard Has Enterprise Upside, Says Morgan Stanley
Commentary  |  7/12/2010
Hewlett-Packard's converged infrastructure technologies and overall enterprise portfolio and strategy should allow the world's largest IT company to outperform expectations and gain share in "IT Data center spending," says a new research note from Morgan Stanley.
Federal IT Contract Passes $1 Billion Mark
News  |  7/12/2010
Alliant government-wide acquisition contract is used by federal agencies to more easily procure IT products and services.
Cisco Picks Brazil As Next Frontier
Commentary  |  7/12/2010
With 6,000 employees and a full complement of Indian and non-Indian execs in place at its Globalization Centre East in Bangalore, Cisco has selected its "next frontier" on its journey to become a truly global company: Brazil.
TwitVid Launches Video Ad Network
News  |  7/12/2010
Twitter video hosing service aims to capture momentum from growing number of companies shifting advertising spending online.
Global CIO: Outsourcing Flip-Flop: A CIO Brings IT Back Inside
Commentary  |  7/12/2010
Reversing a recent decision to outsource IT infrastructure, a bank expects in-house IT to boost speed and customer value.
Cashing Out Via IBM, Not IPO
Commentary  |  7/9/2010
Two high-growth privately held firms that IBM has snapped up this year were tracking toward IPOs but instead elected to take IBM's all-cash offers. The 451 Group says the IBM-acquisition cashouts proved far richer-and quicker-for Initiate Systems and BigFix than going public would have.
CIO Profiles: Jeff Liedel Of General Motors OnStar
Features  |  7/8/2010
Information technology is behind everything OnStar does, says CIO Jeff Liedel.
Global CIO: Five Big Questions For Microsoft
Commentary  |  7/8/2010
A Microsoft exec shares some huge company numbers but those digits spark deeper questions about the company's direction.
Oracle Server Architect Emphasizes Exadata
Commentary  |  7/8/2010
The technological urge to merge is evident in Oracle's high-flying Exadata database machine, which is a platform combining hardware and software in a manner totally tuned towards the objective of fast OLTP. I was put in mind of this by Bob Evans' latest column, Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Hardware Boasts Are Nonsense, Says IBM. That got me thinking about my recent chat with John Fowler,
Hewlett-Packard Layoffs Could Trigger Strikes In U.K.
Commentary  |  7/8/2010
After narrowly averting strikes among its Enterprise Services division in the U.K. earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard could face more labor unrest there following word that 934 HP professional-services employees based in England will be losing their jobs. A union representing the HP employees is seeking for "a job security guarantee."
Secret CIO: Deliver Strategic IT ... And My iPhone On Monday
Commentary  |  7/8/2010
Did our CEO conclude that the iPhone can help our company deliver more shareholder value--and did I miss the memo?
Chinese Contract Manufacturer Expanding
News  |  7/8/2010
Hon Hai is accelerating its move into central China, where wages are lower than in its southern industrial base.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Hardware Boasts Are Nonsense, Says IBM
Commentary  |  7/7/2010
Ellison says his Exadata machine is converting IBM customers, but IBM says Ellison's dealing in smoke and mirrors rather than reality.
iPad Gets Raves At Wells Fargo
Commentary  |  7/7/2010
Apple might not be targeting its iPad at business users, but businesspeople are certainly targeting it. The situation's gotten so intense at Wells Fargo that a senior VP leading an iPad trial can't get her hands on one-her boss took the one intended for her, according to
Foxconn Raises May Not Boost Worker Income
News  |  7/7/2010
Employees at the China manufacturer say overtime restrictions and workload increases mean they are actually working more and earning less after a 33% base salary hike.
China Group Buying Sites Gain Steam
News  |  7/7/2010
Low entry barriers and simple business model have led to more than 300 competing websites offering daily Internet shopping deals.
Global CIO: Are Tech Takeovers Creating Nightmares For Customers?
Commentary  |  7/6/2010
CIOs don't have to like mergers among IT suppliers, but they sure better be able to manage and optimize them.
Nokia To Sell Modem Unit For $200 Million
News  |  7/6/2010
Renesas will purchase Nokia's wireless modem business to develop advanced technologies for LTE and HSPA+.
Andy Grove: Knowledge Work Isn't Enough
Commentary  |  7/6/2010
Intel co-founder Andy Grove doesn't have all the answers in his Bloomberg column on "How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late." But he makes one opinion clear: The U.S. can't innovate if it doesn't also build stuff.
Global CIO: 5 Ways Royal Caribbean's CIO Taps Emerging Tech
Commentary  |  7/6/2010
CIO Bill Martin and his team are making IT relevant to the cruise company's growth initiatives.
Q&A: HUD's Silo Buster
Features  |  7/1/2010
CIO Jerry Williams is focused on consolidating IT infrastructure and management.

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