Open Source Census Finds FOSS Everywhere
The Open Source Census, which I mentioned back in April, just dropped a press release this morning about the data it's been collecting. I chatted the day before with Kim Weins, senior VP of OpenLogic, a key co-sponsor of the census, and how they found a few ... surprises in the results.
The Economy And Jobs: More Than You Can Handle?
Feel that? It's the economy quaking. With the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout bill, stocks seesawing, and loads of uncertainty looming, it's possible you'll have more candidates than you ever imagined applying for jobs at your company. Are you ready to handle that?
Data Leakage Is A People Problem
Cisco commissioned a global survey of IT administrators and computer users about their perceptions on data leakage. Not surprisingly, the study found employees use their work computers for personal use and IT knows it.
SOA Applications In Virtual Machines? Experience Matters
Not everybody remembers a little outfit called Wily Technology. It was a Silicon Valley startup that caught my eye because it did something that made eminent common sense: it watched a running Java application the way an end user would experience it on the Internet. In January 2006, CA acquired the eight-year-old company for $390 million.
CIOs In The Financial Storm
I've attended three CIO events in the past month and been greatly surprised at each of them to feel the same mood: calm.
Enterprise Search: In Search Of Relevance
If an IT team decided to block Web search engines for a day, it would be mere minutes before the howling began. But unplug the enterprise search function at most companies and -- hey, was that a yawn I saw?
Video: Sergey Brin And Larry Page's Great Google Phone Adventure
Live on my Flip camera, I captured Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin as they wowed the crowd at Tuesday's New York City intro of T-Mobile's G1 Android phone. Well, it was mostly Sergey who wowed the crowd, playing Paul to Larry's Ringo, though it was actually Larry who made the most forward-looking comment.
It Feels Like 'Take Your Smartphone To Work Day'
No, this event doesn't exist, but CIOs are starting to feel like it does. The crescendo of "I want to use my iPhone" howls will only grow with gadgets like the HTC G1 phone, the first on Google's Android platform.
Android: Lacks Polish, But Shows Promise
After spending some time with Google's Android platform as realized on the HTC G1, I am reluctant to call it a 1.0 mobile operating system. So much is missing, it feels more like a 0.8 beta. But that shouldn't stop anyone from being excited about the possibilities.
Sergey Brin: 'I'm A Bit Of A Geek'
That couldn't be a bigger understatement. Yesterday, at the Android launch, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page showed up on in-line skates. You'll never guess what the first application is that Sergey wrote for the Android phone.
T-Mobile Google Phone Underwhelming Compared To Apple
Here's all you need to know about the ready-for-primetime-ness of the new T-Mobile Google phone. When I finally twisted my teenage daughter's arm to look at the pictures I posted of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, at the Tuesday morning launch press conference, what she said was: "Why are they holding a Sidekick?"
Is Innovation India's Next Big Thing?
People tend to think of lower-cost IT services -- and not "innovation" -- when Indian outsourcer Wipro Technologies' name is mentioned. So, it may come as a surprise that $1 billion, or about a quarter of Wipro's revenue last year, was generated through R&D services -- including designing semiconductors, automobile parts, and a variety of electronic devices. Looking ahead, Wipro says those R&D services will become an even bigger chunk of the company's business.
Join Us For The InformationWeek 500 Conference -- Without Leaving Your Chair
I'm reluctant to declare that real-time events are the Next Big Thing on the Internet, because it seems like a Next Big Thing comes along on the Internet about once a month, and they're mostly forgotten the next day. Still, I've seen firsthand how powerful virtual events can be. They're an emerging trend. And InformationWeek is in the middle of it all.
Google's Android: A Quiet Revolution
The first phones sporting Google's open-source phone OS Android are set to be announced sometime today, courtesy of T-Mobile (my own cell provider, huzzah!). Android-powered phones are set to compete with the iPhone, Nokia's Symbian, Windows Mobile, and all the rest -- and the way I see it, it'll be in much the same way Google itself competed with AltaVista, Yahoo Search, and so on: quietly, but decisively.
Companies Not Ready For E-Discovery
A new survey says companies and their in-house lawyers aren't prepared to meet legal discovery requests. And McAfee's recent hiccup shows that even big companies make mistakes.
When Startups Face CIOs
When six startups took the stage at InformationWeek's annual conference last week to make their business pitches, Xkoto wasn't the odds-on favorite. Its Gridscale database load-balancing software isn't sexy or cheap, and end users never see it. Here's how Xkoto CEO David Patrick swayed the judges in his favor.
What's Hot? SAP Skills And Pay
A scarcity of experienced talent combined with the growing popularity of SAP's NetWeaver platform and other products has helped pump up pay considerably for SAP-related skills in recent months, according to a new report.
In A Web 2.0 World, Quality Is Irrelevant
Quality sucks! Makes you want to read further, doesn't it? Not so much my original lede, which was: In an online world where the Twitter limit is 140 characters, brevity isn't just the soul of wit, it's the currency through which quality is transacted. So does this dichotomy between the inflammatory new and longwinded old spotlight exactly what's going on here? Yes; the definition of what constitutes successful Web 2.0 work has changed. Here's how and why.
Is There A Problem With Oracle And SAP Maintenance Costs?
Oracle announced impressive first-quarter earnings yesterday, thanks in part to its highly profitable software maintenance business. At the same time, some complaints have arisen recently from both the Oracle and SAP customer camps about maintenance costs. While enterprise software vendors have to keep shareholders happy, my hope is they're listening to customers, too.
IW500: Harrah's Places Its Bet On IT
The $10.8 billion resort and gaming company outlines ways to grow by providing new services, during a discussion at the InformationWeek 500 Conference.
IW500: CIOs In Search Of Good IT Talent
Hearing CIOs at the InformationWeek 500 conference today talk about the unmet need for good talent was pretty good evidence that IT has to be one of the safest jobs in today's scary economy. That's only true, however, if IT professionals are of the right kind of talent.
The Education Sector Needs You
Teaching is a pretty popular second act for people changing professions. The pay, of course, isn't the draw, but rather it's often the altruistic nature of teaching that's appealing to people leaving careers in other industries. Know any techies who've made the move into the education sector? What about you?
How CIOs Stay Strategic
Manjit Singh, CIO of Chiquita, was at a meeting with fellow executives when the projector went out. Everyone looked to him to fix it. Singh's advice: If you want to be a strategic, global CIO, don't let your colleagues equate enterprise IT with personal tech. He let someone else fix the projector this time.
IW500: Getting Ready For The InformationWeek 500
In a couple of hours, I'll be driving to the InformationWeek 500 Conference, which starts today. It's a two-day annual event where elite CIOs and high-level IT managers gather to learn from each other about how to optimize their careers and departments for success
Anxiously Awaiting Google's Android Phone
Forget the hotly hyped Google Chrome browser, what I want to know is, is the long-awaited Google Phone on the verge of release? Some reports say the GPhone is supposed to debut Sept. 23, via T-Mobile. The interesting dynamic here -- far more than the phone itself (if that's possible) -- is that what we have here is a product unveiling which will instantly outpace the iPhone and put Apple on the backb