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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation
posted in September 2009
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Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
HP Considers Merging Printer, PC Units
News  |  9/30/2009
The company is planning to combine the once-joined units to minimize slippage in its printer business.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
Join Our Windows 7 Wednesday Virtual Event: Path To Enterprise Adoption
Commentary  |  9/30/2009
In getting ready for Wednesday's 10 am eastern Windows 7 Virtual Event, hosted by the InformationWeek Business Technology Network (i.e., us, and you can register here), I've been trying to get a feel for just how rapidly enterprises will adopt the new operating system.
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
Global CIO: Ballmer Blasts IBM For All The Wrong Reasons
Commentary  |  9/29/2009
Days before launching Microsoft's "New Efficiency" strategy, Steve Ballmer took some swipes at IBM and its strategy, which is bizarre because Ballmer's taking Microsoft down a path IBM's already on.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  9/28/2009
Oracle customers hear a lot from you about your competitors, but rarely do they hear how you feel about them and what your vision and strategy for them is. You're missing a huge opportunity.
Can Windows 7 Go Viral?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009
It seems highly likely that most of your organizations will move to Windows 7 in the coming years, unlike your violent indifference to Vista. Along the way, there's a test of Win 7 to watch for: Will it go viral among employees?
Global CIO: Mergers & Acquisitions Offer Huge Opportunities For CIOs
Commentary  |  9/25/2009
Here's how CIOs can help optimize M&A outcomes via skills in business-process optimization, strategy, and leadership, says the Center for CIO Leadership.
Google Looking To Acquire One Company Per Month
Commentary  |  9/25/2009
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that with the worst of the recession behind us, his company will resume making acquisitions and hopes to complete one deal per month. While Schmidt didn't rule out large acquisitions, he did note, in an equivocation worthy of the Oracle at Delphi (as opposed to the equally acquisitive one at Redwood Shores), that such larger deals are "unpredictable."
Global CIO: Bill Gates Blasts China Over Corporate Software Piracy
Commentary  |  9/24/2009
Gates blasted Chinese companies for using software they don't pay for and described how profits from companies that DO pay for software have allowed him to help millions of children around the world.
CIO Profiles: Manjit Singh, CIO Of Chiquita Brands International
Features  |  9/24/2009
William Shatner helped this CIO on the road to a tech career.
Bill Gates Calls Out China On Software Piracy In Business
Commentary  |  9/24/2009
In a Q&A session at Carnegie Mellon University this week, Bill Gates said two of the five most-profitable businesses in China don't pay for the software they use. And he said those are only two examples of a massive trend in that country.
Global CIO: IBM Exec Says India Will 'Lead Second Wave Of IT Adoption'
Commentary  |  9/23/2009
Indian companies were much less likely to slash IT budgets during the recession than other firms, and an IBM exec says that makes those Indian firms "more forward-looking." Is that the case?
Oracle CEO Ellison Vows To Whip IBM In Hardware
Commentary  |  9/23/2009
In a rare public interview, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pledged to give IBM the same sort of beatdown in the hardware business that Oracle's given IBM in the software business. Short-term, though, he said Sun-his not-so-secret anti-IBM weapon-is losing $100 million a month.
Oracle Mulls Shift To Subscription-Based Pricing
Commentary  |  9/23/2009
Oracle, it seems, is trying to hammer out a strategy to more heavily embrace the most radical faction of the SaaS movement, one that completely upends the traditional software vendor profit model: Subscription-based pricing. If what Oracle said Tuesday in a Web event is true, this could be a huge shift for the software giant.
Wipro Expands In UK, Names Ex-CEO Of SAP To Board
Commentary  |  9/23/2009
Wipro Technologies has opened a new UK headquarters in London and expanded its suburban Reading facility to add centers of excellence and support customer projects. With 26% of its revenue coming from Europe, Wipro needed to enhance its regional capabilities and decided to focus on the UK since it is home to several major Wipro customers.
Microsoft Data Center Exec Bolts To Cisco
News  |  9/23/2009
Debra Chrapaty played major role in company's effort to roll out cloud-based offerings.
Global CIO: Oracle And SAP Race For Mid-Market Opportunities
Commentary  |  9/22/2009
As SAP and Oracle rush to court mid-market customers, are they missing the real contest: the traditional on-premises model versus hard-charging SaaS? Meanwhile, don't count out Microsoft.
Microsoft DRM Patent Could Revive Peer-to-Peer Music Nets
Commentary  |  9/22/2009
Here's an odd twist that might give new life to the dying horse of music digital-right management. Microsoft has just been awarded a U.S. patent for a distributed DRM system -- it works over peer-to-peer networks -- which uses encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism. This is significant because, while centralized music stores like Apple's iTunes have forsaken DRM, the Microsoft patent would enable peer-to-peer networks to reemerge as viable, albeit protected, content source
Retail CIOs Raise Funds, Ideas To Help 400M At-Risk Children
Commentary  |  9/22/2009
While there are lots of conferences featuring CIOs exchanging innovative ideas and strategic insights, a January event featuring 10 top retailer CIOs will be raising money and awareness for 400 million at-risk children around the world as part of a truly strategic ROI effort: the Retail Orphan Initiative.
Global CIO: Dell-Perot Cashouts And The Media's 'Windfall' Idiocy
Commentary  |  9/21/2009
Ross Perot started Perot Systems 21 years ago with his own name, his own money, and his own ambition. So why are media ninnies calling his take from the Dell deal a "windfall"?
Dell Buys Perot: Told You So!
Commentary  |  9/21/2009
Three months ago, Global CIO asked, "Dell Needs To Make An Acquisition-But Which One?" We listed 15 prospects from financial analysts, and from those we picked Perot Systems as the best fit for Dell. This morning Dell bid $3.9 billion for Perot, and we hope all you sharpies who followed our advice will enjoy the 68% premium Dell's paying for your Perot shares.
Shareholders To Vote On Ballmer's Pay
News  |  9/21/2009
Microsoft CEO's compensation will be subject to non-binding ballot at annual meeting.
IBM System Must Handle Each Hour More Data Than In WWW
Commentary  |  9/20/2009
A proposed giant new telescope will stream incomprehensibly large volumes of data to a computer IBM has agreed to build. The trick is how to handle the data torrent captured by the kilometer-square lens, which is expected to generate more data in a single hour than currently exists on the entire World Wide Web.
Wolfe's Den: Why Intel's Reorg Puts Maloney In CEO Successor Seat
Commentary  |  9/20/2009
How Intel's painful efforts to diversify beyond computer processors have dogged president Paul Otellini, and why they'll challenge Sean Maloney, the man viewed as next in line to lead the company following a management shakeup.
Global CIO: Apple's Next Billion-Dollar Idea: The Enterprise Mobility iCloud
Commentary  |  9/20/2009
Apple has a massive opportunity--and unique qualifications--to connect hundreds of millions of mobile workers with enterprise data and information through Apple's Next Big Thing: the iCloud.
Four Factors Changing The SaaS Landscape
Commentary  |  9/20/2009
A "future of software" panel at our InformationWeek 500 conference offered several fresh insights into why the software-as-a-service landscape is changing. Here are four.
Sprint CEO: Exclusivity Periods Should Be Questioned
News  |  9/18/2009
Dan Hesse says exclusive handset deals foster innovation in the industry, but concedes time limits may be in order.
IW500: Making IT Sexy Won't Attract Kids
Commentary  |  9/18/2009
Are young people staying away from tech careers because young people are foolish and shallow, concerned only with big bucks and glamour? Or are there smarter reasons? The answer to that question will determine how best to attract young Americans into tech careers in the future.
Marc Andreessen Named To HP Board
News  |  9/18/2009
Netscape co-founder Andreessen is well known at Hewlett-Packard, which bought his Opsware Inc. for $1.6 billion in 2007.
MDOP Smoothes Path For Windows 7 Deployment
Commentary  |  9/18/2009
Microsoft is firing on all marketing guns as it moves to create an adoption groundswell for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For enterprise users, another key piece of the ecosystem is about to fall into place. That would be the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2, a multi-tentacled toolkit containing virtualization technologies and a bunch of management tools.
Global CIO: Where Do Oracle's Profits Come From?
Commentary  |  9/17/2009
Oracle's quarterly numbers show all of its profits came from "software license updates and product support"--aka 22% maintenance fees--and only 20% of its revenue came from actual software sales.
Avaya Approved To Acquire Nortel Unit
News  |  9/17/2009
The $900 million purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions unit paves the way for Avaya to be North America's largest enterprise phone equipment maker.
Twitter Succeeds At InformationWeek 500 Conference
Commentary  |  9/17/2009
I'm back from the InformationWeek 500 Conference, where we integrated Twitter into the proceedings. It's commonplace at other conferences, but it was a bit of a risk for us, because it was the first time we'd tried anything like it, and because the InformationWeek community is just plain not early adopters of social media. But it turned out that Twitter integration was a success, significantly exceeding expectations.
Clearwire: Switch To LTE No Problem
News  |  9/17/2009
Clearwire and WiMax are facing stiff competition from companies rolling out 4G networks based on Long-Term Evolution technology.
Oracle Zaps SAP's Apps Slump
Commentary  |  9/17/2009
Oracle president Safra Catz said Oracle's database revenue grew more slowly than normal in Q1 in large part because of slumping sales via some Oracle resellers, "most notably SAP, who is selling less database because its applications business is down 40%." Yikes-you don't often see Oracle spank its own customers, but then again SAP is no doubt a very special case.
Global CIO: SAP Jilted Again By Siemens: Isolated Case Or Deep Problem?
Commentary  |  9/16/2009
Unhappy with the value it was getting in return for its 17% annual fees, and looking to innovate with SaaS, Siemens has bypassed strategic customer/partner SAP twice in the past few months.
IBM Adding 240 Jobs In Vermont
Commentary  |  9/16/2009
IBM is hiring manufacturing and maintenance workers at its Vermont chip-making plant in response to strong consumer demand for cell phones and DVDs using IBM electronic components. The new hires will push total employment at the Essex Junction plant to about 5,000.
India Has Its Own 'H-1B' Problem
Commentary  |  9/16/2009
U.S. worker groups complain that Indian outsourcers import too many employees to this country under the H-1B visa program. Ironically, Indian professionals-and New Delhi-are now stressing over the throng of talent from the People's Republic that is accompanying Chinese business contracts into the Subcontinent.
Adobe To Acquire Omniture For $1.8 Billion
News  |  9/16/2009
The move was announced Tuesday, the same day Adobe reported lower revenue and profits in its fiscal third quarter.
Yahoo Sells $150 Million Of Stake
News  |  9/16/2009
The China-based e-commerce site links sellers and buyers online as well as wholesalers and suppliers.
Global CIO: Oracle Dumps HP After Co-Creating 'Most Successful Introduction Ever'
Commentary  |  9/16/2009
Oracle president Charles Phillips said a new product co-created with HP had generated the biggest new-product pipeline he had ever seen. Despite that, HP is out and Sun in on Exadata 2.
IW500: Q&A With SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight
News  |  9/15/2009
SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight talks cloud computing, education, and software industry consolidation with InformationWeek.
Amazon CTO Vogels: The 4 Types Of CTOs
Commentary  |  9/15/2009
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels sees four types of CTOs, including his own role as a "customer facing CTO."
Intel Grabs 81% Of CPU Revenue
News  |  9/15/2009
The company's share of the global microprocessor market hit a four-year high in 2Q, as the PC market took another step toward recovery
IW500: Amazon CTO On Software Licensing, Cloud Security
News  |  9/15/2009
Werner Vogels says EC2 customers should talk with software vendors about licensing -- something Amazon itself is already doing.
IW500: Coke, Harrah's, Chevron Discuss Innovation
News  |  9/14/2009
IT executives at the InformationWeek 500 conference tell about innovative uses for RFID and touchscreen technology.
U.S. Cellular Seeks Stimulus Grants
News  |  9/14/2009
The wireless operator has applied for $23.5 million in federal stimulus dollars to expand 3G mobile broadband in rural areas.
Casio, Hitachi, NEC Merging Handset Divisions
News  |  9/14/2009
The companies will combine resources to develop ultra-thin devices that utilize Linux, W-CDMA, and Long-Term Evolution technologies.
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