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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation
posted in August 2008
Busy Week For E-Discovery
Commentary  |  8/29/2008
Three new product releases aimed at the electronic discovery market close out the last week of summer.
Obama Nomination Spotlights 'Net Nation
Commentary  |  8/29/2008
We are all Internet Americans now. OK, Barack Obama actually didn't say that in his nomination-acceptance speech Thursday night. But he could have, because the great thing about this campaign is that you don't have to watch TV or consume the news when it's pushed down to you by big media. You can learn about the candidates when you want, how you want (for example, Obama's speech can be viewed here). All the more reason that it's incumbent upon y
Lenovo Unveils Low-Power Business Desktop PC
News  |  8/28/2008
The ThinkCentre A62 is also available with Lenovo's optional Dash 1.1 card, which lets an IT department remotely manage, boot, audit and update a desktop.
Wells Fargo CIO: No Budget Cuts Yet
Commentary  |  8/28/2008
Agreeing that the banking industry "is challenged from a financial perspective," the San Francisco firm's tech chief says demand for IT services is growing and the IT group sees itself as an equal partner within the organization -- and more than that.
CIO Values: Paul Valle, CIO, Papa Gino's Pizzeria
Features  |  8/27/2008
"Be open to change. Be engaged in the business every day. Don't work in isolation from the management team. Understand the value the organization provides to customers."
Keep IT In Touch With The Company Culture
Commentary  |  8/27/2008
It takes about 30 to 60 days to drill a new natural gas well. That helps explain why CIO Cathy Tompkins avoids pitching 18-month IT projects to her fellow business leaders at Chesapeake Energy, a fast-growing, fast-paced producer of natural gas. And it's an example of how IT needs to be tuned into and share the same culture as the company it's part of.
Disney Exec Wins Award Named For 'Last Lecture' Author Pausch
News  |  8/26/2008
Ed Catmull is the first winner of the award, which will be given annually by Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.
Any Extra Change Jingling In Your Pocket Lately?
Commentary  |  8/26/2008
Tech salaries inched up recently after slumping earlier this year, according to a new wage report from an IT services and staffing firm. Could this the beginning of an upward trend or just a blip?
Heart Scare Prompts Health Care IT Crusade
Commentary  |  8/25/2008
It's amazing how one ignores important stuff until it gets personal. But following my 80-year-old mom's cardiac scare over the weekend, now I'm surfing over to HP and Intel to learn about their major efforts to connect world-class computing to health care, and I'm a new-found advocate for getting every American's medical records into electronic form, so doctors know your history no matter where you run into trouble. So here's what happened with my mom.
Orville Wright, Former MCI Exec And AT&T Challenger Remembered
News  |  8/22/2008
Wright was also the driving force behind MCI's e-mail service -- MCI Mail -- which was popular in the 1990s.
Intel Spinning Atom Processor Into Big 'Little' Market
Commentary  |  8/21/2008
I've always been highly skeptical of Intel's attempt to carve out a new market niche for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). The big question for me: What are these things? They're too big to be smartphones but too small to live like full-function laptops. However, after yesterday's big launch (re-re-launch, if you ask me) of Intel's Atom processor, I'm becoming convinced that MIDs may have a future.
Alaska Air's CIO Weighs In On In-Flight Internet Services
News  |  8/21/2008
As American Airlines begins to offer passengers Aircell's Gogo, Alaska Air is going with a satellite service. CIO Robert Reeder explains why.
Cox Confirms Wireless Ambitions
News  |  8/20/2008
The cable company said it will be using its share of the 700-MHz spectrum to offer mobile content and services.
Payoffs Harder To Come By, But Silicon Valley VC Money Still Flows
News  |  8/19/2008
VC money has been flowing, but money going into the startup pipeline is now failing to come out the other end, and IPOs have dwindled significantly.
CIOs On Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/19/2008
The recent rash of outages at Amazon, Citrix, and Google were a warning sign to CIOs contemplating the move to cloud computing, but service availability is just one of the things to worry about. Privacy, data security, and vendor lock-in are on their watch list, too.
Intel Offers $100,000 Prizes For Innovative Ideas
News  |  8/19/2008
In his Intel Developer Forum keynote, Intel chairman Craig Barrett stressed the importance of investing in technology to improve lives of people in developing nations.
Help Wanted: CIO Job Opportunity
Commentary  |  8/15/2008
Looking for a CIO job? I just happen to know of one in Austin, Texas, where the CIO recently left for, shall we say, "personal reasons."
CIOs Uncensored: Graduate School For CIO Aspirants
Commentary  |  8/14/2008
Columbia's mentoring program lets business technology executives pass on the tribal wisdom.
A Better Way Than SOA?
Commentary  |  8/14/2008
Here in the summer of $4-a-gallon gas, it's serious business to liken something to a honkin' SUV. Yet that's how we portray service-oriented architectures in the illustration on the cover of InformationWeek magazine this week. We're raising the question about development methods that people are asking about SUVs: Do I need, and can I afford, all that horsepower?
Who Will Be Your Next CIO: An Insider Or An Outsider?
Features  |  8/14/2008
Internal candidates are insular and inexperienced, external ones are overburdened with expectations and don't know the ropes. What's the best way to replace a CIO? Two words: Think ahead.
Facebook Most Popular Social Net, But Why?
Commentary  |  8/14/2008
If you're like me, you're of two minds about Facebook. On the one hand, you enjoy dipping in to add "friends" you might not know all that well, upload pictures few will see, and post status updates ("getting ready for the weekend, yo") the world is waiting for with baited breath. At the same time, I can't help but wonder, where the heck is this timewaster in search of a business purpose headed?
CIO Values: Vercie Lark, CIO, Embarq
Features  |  8/13/2008
"Investing more time developing my business or financial skills would have enabled me to communicate more effectively with senior executives early in my career."
Big Challenges In Small IT Shops
Commentary  |  8/13/2008
You think you've got problems stretching your multimillion (or multibillion) dollar IT budget? How hard do you think it is to stretch a multi-thousand-dollar IT budget? That's what many IT leaders in smaller organizations are faced with. At InformationWeek, we write a lot about issues faced by CIOs at large companies. But IT managers in small- and medium-sized businesses face huge challenges, too.
Referral Madness
Features  |  8/13/2008
Small and midsize businesses can gain referrals by marketing their business to customers every step of the way. Here are the seven steps you need customers to take toward making referrals and the tools you should use to get them going.
Expectation Inflation
Commentary  |  8/12/2008
One way IT organizations are dealing with the weak economy is by postponing new hires. Does that mean IT projects are not being completed, expectations not being met? Or are current IT employees being asked to pick up the load? Let me guess.
Why Intel's Nehalem Is Important
Commentary  |  8/12/2008
Everybody's all atwitter about Intel's branding move, which will see its new Nehalem -- that's the code name --- desktop processors hit the market with a "Core i7" identifier. Can you keep this naming stuff straight? I certainly can't. Nope, what's important isn't the branding -- it's the technology inside Intel's upcoming, 45-nm processor family. Here's the deal.
To My Son On The Occasion Of His 10th Birthday
Commentary  |  8/9/2008
Sitting in my cramped, the flight-attendants-are-only-rude and there's no free food besides, American Airlines flight back from LA on Friday, it struck me that turning 10 nowadays -- and Happy Birthday, son; we'll have cake tomorrow -- doesn't involve the same kind of technological coming of age I experienced nearly 20 (OK, 40) years ago. Nope; you young'un's today have gained MySpace, but have lost something intangible in the process. Like, maybe, the thrill of living amid fascinating times, in
CIO Compensation Continues To Rise
Commentary  |  8/8/2008
That's as part of the continuing increase in management compensation, according to recruiting and placement firm ExecuNet. Market forces like globalization and the retiring baby-boomer bulge are keeping executive talent in demand, which is a good thing for job offers and pay hikes. But is the CIO the only IT job category benefiting?
Down To Business: When Good Corporate Deeds Yield Good Returns
Commentary  |  8/7/2008
How is your company practicing its corporate social responsibility?
CIOs Uncensored: How Do You Calculate The Success Of An IT Project?
Commentary  |  8/7/2008
One way, according to the feds, is to redraw the rules. Is any IT project really successful according to its original goals?
Apple MobileMe Memo Shows Jobs Grown Soft
Commentary  |  8/7/2008
Props to Ars Technica for posting Steve Jobs's MobileMe mea culpa. (Hey, blogging = pointing + attitude + the occasional brilliant original post.) So here's my take: However bad Apple's MobileMe mess was -- and it was a disaster -- Apple at its worst is still far better than most companies at their b
CIO Values: Nelson Lin, VP Of IT Services and CIO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Features  |  8/7/2008
"Be a thought leader; ensure that you and your team add value everyday; build trust relationships with the people you work with; focus on continuous improvement; and listen to your team and the feedback of others."
Tech Industry's Financial Results Show Sky Isn't Falling
News  |  8/7/2008
An analysis of second-quarter results for Cisco, SAP, IBM and others shows that businesses are still spending on IT despite the poor economy.
How Long Do CIOs Last?
Commentary  |  8/6/2008
It's not for nothing CIO has been said to stand for "career is over" -- the tenure at the top of the tech pecking order has been notoriously short. However, according to our Tomorrow's CIO analytics report, more than half of tech chiefs (53%) say they've been in their jobs five years or more. Does this signal a new age of job security for CIOs?
Does Brain Drain Hurt More In Health Care IT?
Commentary  |  8/6/2008
In the years to come, many IT shops will be dealing with the brain drain of retiring baby boomers who know all the minute inner workings of technology and the business. But are the generational talent challenges faced by health care CIOs any different? A new report from CSC says yes.
U.S. Health System Is A 'National Tragedy'
News  |  8/5/2008
In his LinuxWorld keynote, McKesson's CIO said the lack of modern technology in doctors' offices, hospitals, and research centers is costing Americans their lives.
Rich Internet Apps: On The Road To Must-Have
Commentary  |  8/5/2008
The relentless pressure of the Web goes like this: One year something's a cutting-edge feature on Google or Amazon, the next people expect it on their 401(k) site, and soon employees wonder why it isn't on the company intranet. IT leaders should know that the use of rich Internet applications are well into that cycle now, with 44% of companies using them, our most recent research finds.
iPhone App Store Proves The Smartphone Is The Computer
Commentary  |  8/5/2008
Paging Scott McNealy: Here's an update to your famous aphorism. It's not about the network anymore. (Well, OK, it is, but don't let facts get in the way of a good blog post.) The new, Web 2.0 truth is this: The smartphone is the computer. Apple put its foot in the door with its iPhone App Store, and now Verizon and all the cell phone operating system makers are joining in the mad rush to make a converged device (formerly called a smartphone) which will soon edge out the laptop.
Deutsche Post Talks About Decision To Drop HP Outsourcing Deal
News  |  8/4/2008
An IT manager at Deutsche Post, which runs delivery company DHL, explains why the company decided to not go through with a multi-billion dollar IT outsourcing contract.
Google Sued For Infringing Patent With AdSense
News  |  8/4/2008
The Patent and Trademark Office's recent narrowing of what qualifies as a patentable software innovation may help Google in this case but could harm the Internet giant in other lawsuits.
Video: Kaspersky, Number 3 With A Bullet, Launches Internet Security 2009
Commentary  |  8/4/2008
You could call Kaspersky Lab the biggest PC security vendor you're not quite sure you've heard of. I took my video camera along for a sit-down with Kaspersky; the folks there told me about the new flagship products launching Monday -- Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Anti-Virus 2009 -- as well as how they rose to No. 3 in the market, after Symantec and Trend Micro. To Buy Online Bookseller AbeBooks
News  |  8/1/2008
Amazon said it plans to have the seller of out-of-print books continue as a standalone operation based in Victoria, British Columbia.
Who Has The Better Gig: CIO Or IT Architect?
Commentary  |  8/1/2008
John Soat has blogged a few times here about whether the next CIO should come from inside or outside the company . But what if no insider wants the job? Seriously. It seems like the hottest role these days is IT architect -- nice paycheck, the thrill of strategy-level tech work, and not nearly so many arrows in the back.
Deutsche Post Kills Huge HP Outsourcing Deal
News  |  8/1/2008
The parent company of DHL decided not to proceed with the multibillion-dollar deal after determining the expected cost savings weren't there, InformationWeek has learned.

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