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Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
IBM And HP Seeking $700M Microsoft Outsourcing Deal
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
IBM and Hewlett-Packard are among the finalists for a $700 million outsourcing contract from Microsoft to manage huge portions of its global IT infrastructure, according to a media report from India.
IBM Takes $150M From Sun And HP Accounts In Q3
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
IBM says its Migration Factory service had a busy third quarter as it displaced Sun and Hewlett-Packard Unix servers and storage systems for 235 separate customers, accounting for $150 million in revenue for IBM. For the first nine months of the year, IBM said, the corresponding revenue total is $400 million.
Oracle Fading In Rear-View Mirror, Says SAP CEO
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
Trying to apply some sort of favorable spin to SAP's disappointing quarterly results, CEO Leo Apotheker implied that while things at SAP aren't exactly booming, the situation at Oracle is even worse.
New iPhone App Gives 24x7 Swine Flu Coverage
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
Swine flu is permeating everywhere these days--not just the virus, but news about it. But if you're still not getting your fill of H1N1, Harvard Medical School has released a new iPhone app that provides real-time updates while you're on the move.
EMC Adding Big Data Center Plus 400 Jobs: A Cloud Hub?
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
Five weeks ago, EMC said it would add 400 jobs in Research Triangle Park over five years. Three weeks ago, it announced its new Atmos Online Compute Service. And yesterday it bought a 450,000 square-foot warehouse in RTP to serve as a data center and R&D facility. If we triangulate in the Triangle, could that mean that mean EMC will base its new Atmos cloud business there?
Global CIO: Why Are Microsoft, Oracle, And HP Bashing IBM?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009
Mark Hurd, Larry Ellison, and Steve Ballmer have all recently taken some fairly empty shots at IBM. But if Big Blue is such a loser, why do those three CEOs keep talking about it?
Fidelity Sees Surge In Mobile From Gen X And Y Customers
Commentary  |  10/26/2009
A search for "chief wireless officer" shows it's a very exclusive club. One name that'll come up is Fidelity Investments' chief wireless officer Joseph Ferra, whose 10-year advocacy for mobile IT has driven huge growth for Fidelity Anywhere, particularly among Gen X and Gen Y clients.
Wells Fargo's Innovation Balancing Act
Commentary  |  10/26/2009
Wells Fargo's Executive Vice President of Information Services, Wayne Mekjian faces all of the challenges most bank IT executives face, like an increasing focus on security and privacy and a move to consumer friendly services like mobile banking. But he's also had to digest the integration of acquisitions. And yet, the bank still manages to focus on innovation. Mekjian shared some of his challenges and innovations in a video interview.
Twitter, Facebook Waste $2B Annually In U.K. Economy
Commentary  |  10/26/2009
Calling the personal use of social media by businesspeople during the workday "a productivity black hole," a British IT services company said more than half of the 1,460 surveyed employees said they spend up to 40 minutes per week on such sites. I'd say that while those numbers might be accurate, the conclusion is astoundingly shallow.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard CEO Hurd's Strategy: The Infrastructure Company
Commentary  |  10/25/2009
Promising that HP can combine massive scale and innovation, CEO Hurd says it will separate itself from IBM and others by having a complete end-to-end line of hardware, software, and services.
The Top 10 Offshore Nations In The World
Commentary  |  10/22/2009
Which countries around the world are the best choices for your offshoring projects? This study by respected outsourcing/offshoring consultancy Tholons includes some nations that are obvious (India) but also some that are unexpected: will the neighbors of the U.S. to the north and the south both make the list?
Global CIO: Informatica Joins Ranks Of Elite Enterprise Software Companies
Commentary  |  10/22/2009
Informatica CEO Sohaib Abbasi says cloud computing presents an enormous opportunity for the data-integration specialist, whose latest financial results topped all analysts' predictions.
Global CIO: New Tech Firm Hiring Hundreds In U.S. To Take On The World
Commentary  |  10/22/2009
Two offshore-services execs and a prominent American CIO plan to open IT-services centers across the U.S. as low-risk and and price-competitive alternatives to offshore providers.
SAP Salvages Maintenance Contract With Siemens
Commentary  |  10/21/2009
When software vendors issue a press release on a deal, it's usually for a new customer win. But after some scuttlebutt last month about souring negotiations between SAP and marquee customer Siemens, SAP decided to put out a different type of release Wednesday: Siemens has renewed its maintenance contract with SAP.
Should Your Enterprise Network Be An Internet Hot Spot?
Commentary  |  10/21/2009
Thursday's Windows 7 consumer launch finds me wondering about a seemingly radical idea suggested by a chief technology officer. Namely, enterprises should open up their networks, effectively turning them, as far as users are concerned, into Internet hot spots. The emergence of both cloud computing and Windows 7 could push this forward, though one will be able to argue that this is simply conventional networks in hot-spot clothing.
Handsets Boost LG Earnings
News  |  10/21/2009
The company posted a net 3Q profit of $685.2 million as its handset sales soared.
Google, Workday Outages Show SaaS Isn't Perfect
News  |  10/21/2009
Software-as-a-service lets CIOs pay only for what they need, but CIOs need to make sure they get the system performance they've paid for.
The Top 8 Outsourcing Cities In The World
Commentary  |  10/21/2009
While there's been a lot of talk recently about fundamental upheavals in the global outsourcing industry, this year's list of the top 8 outsourcing cities in the world remains the same as last year's, according to a joint study by experts Tholons and Global Services.
Global CIO: Can Oracle's Larry Ellison Keep MySQL From EU Whiners?
Commentary  |  10/20/2009
Want to know the real cost of the drawn-out dithering of the EU and its fawning groupies? Sun has to lay off 3,000 employees because its acquisition by Oracle is still under review.
Gartner's Tepid IT Spending Forecast
Commentary  |  10/20/2009
Gartner predicts a 3.3% increase in IT spending next year, after plunging in 2009. And more than half of CIOs likely will see no increase, or a cut.
Q&A: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On Sharepoint 2010
News  |  10/20/2009
The Microsoft CEO lays out the company's Internet-facing strategy for its enterprise collaboration tool, SharePoint 2010.
Symbian Foundation Loses Key Contributor
News  |  10/20/2009
Catalyst and futurist David Wood will be leaving as the foundation prepares to release the first version of the open source Symbian.
Sony Ericsson Eyes Profit In 2010
News  |  10/20/2009
The struggling handset maker says its cost-saving measures and high-end new devices will get it back in the black.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital CIO On Inclusion
Commentary  |  10/20/2009
One of our top five InformationWeek 500 award winners was Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In our video interview with CIO Marianne James, it was clear that her focus is being a part of the hospital's business, and making the hospital's business leaders a part of hers. This is a story of inclusion, which has bred extraordinary growth for this community hospital.
EMC Tops IBM In Huge Deal For Storage
Commentary  |  10/19/2009
One of Australia's largest hosting providers has bypassed incumbent storage provider IBM and instead picked EMC to deliver 261 terabytes of of storage. The customer's CTO said big factors were EMC's tight three-way alliance with Cisco and VMware and its willingness to extend service coverage from three years to four.
Global CIO: SAP Preps For Cloud Future Via New Intel Partnership
Commentary  |  10/19/2009
SAP's enhanced research alliance with Intel will accelerate its move into cloud computing and SaaS and strengthens the set of SAP partners trying to shape the future of enterprise software.
Sprint Nextel To Acquire iPCS For $831 Million
News  |  10/19/2009
The deal ends litigation in which iPCS sought to block or retard Sprint's WiMax and iDEN networks.
Global CIO: In Oracle Vs. SAP, IBM Could Tip Balance
Commentary  |  10/18/2009
The big IT players are realigning and while Oracle's love-fest with Salesforce.com is nice, Oracle will need a whole lot more friends than that to compete against not just SAP but also IBM.
Wolfe's Den Interview: HP ProCurve Chief Technology Officer Paul Congdon
Commentary  |  10/18/2009
The CTO of Hewlett-Packard's network equipment division talks about virtualization, managing sprawl, where cloud computing fits in, and his IEEE standards work to make Ethernet the single converged fabric in the data center.
HCL Ties Its Pay To Boeing 787 Sales
Commentary  |  10/16/2009
I just spoke with HCL America President Shami Khorana, who shared some examples of how the company's tying outsourcing pay to client business results--including the sale of Boeing 787s.
Global CIO: IBM CFO Refuses To Comment On Corporate IT Spending
Commentary  |  10/16/2009
CFO Mark Loughridge noted big improvements in IBM's Q3 business, but declined to comment on the outlook for corporate IT spending--probably because he thinks it's still lousy.
Former GM CIO Szygenda Joins Compuware Board
News  |  10/16/2009
Ralph Szygenda takes a board seat as the application performance management firm prepares to acquire Gomez.
For You, iPhone, Anything
Commentary  |  10/15/2009
Here's how one CIO bent--well, blew up--the company's smartphone policy to let the iPhone in the door.
Siemens Buys Solel For $418 Million
News  |  10/15/2009
The purchase of the solar power company will enable Siemens to provide most key components for thermal solar plants.
Oracle Not Telling The Truth About WebSphere, IBM Says
Commentary  |  10/15/2009
Continuing to use its massive Oracle World stage as a platform from which to jab at its competitors, Oracle has been touting benchmark results that show the superiority of its middleware over IBM's. But IBM has shot back, claiming Oracle unfairly rigged the results, used antiquated figures, and generally pumped out a lot of BS to mislead customers.
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Gets Served By Netezza CEO Jim Baum
Commentary  |  10/15/2009
At Oracle Open World, Ellison got called out by Netezza's CEO who told him to start focusing on the priorities of the people whose purchases fuel Oracles' $25 billion in annual revenue: CIOs.
Skype Founders File To Block Software Use
News  |  10/14/2009
Zennstrom and Friis say they still own the software that enables the VoIP service to operate.
AT&T Cleared To Buy Centennial
News  |  10/14/2009
The Justice Department has approved the $944 million deal, which will add about 1.1 million users to AT&T's rolls.
Big Brother Looking To Control Your Smart Grid?
Commentary  |  10/14/2009
Is Big Brother about to muck about with your toaster? That's that latest concern--out of left field though it may be--which is being raised about Smart Grids, the technological push du jour to update our creaking electricity transmission infrastructure with efficiency inducing digital controls. Or, as I call it, the utility is the network.
E-Mail Is Dead, Long Live E-Mail
Commentary  |  10/14/2009
In a provocative and well reasoned article in The Wall Street Journal, Jessica E. Vascellaro makes the case for why e-mail's reign as "king of communications" is over. Allow me to take the counter view.
5.8% IT Unemployment Rivals Rate In Last Recession
Commentary  |  10/14/2009
There's no sign of recovery yet in the U.S. IT job market, with a 5.8% unemployment rate for IT professionals that rivals the worst from the recession earlier this decade, according to our analysis of the government's latest research.
Microsoft Seeks SAP Synergy In Alliance With Capgemini
Commentary  |  10/14/2009
Looking to become more of a player in the highly strategic enterprise ERP space, Microsoft is teaming with global IT-services provider Capgemini to help customers wring more value out of the interactions between SAP's structured-process applications and Microsoft's products aimed at unstructured processes. As part of the deal, Capgemini will establish a Microsoft/SAP interoperability Center of Excellence.
Global CIO: Godiva CIO Leading Strategic Customer-Engagement Program
Commentary  |  10/13/2009
Aligning IT with the customer, CIO Mike Giresi has responsibility for the Godiva Chocolate Rewards Club: "Now we'll have much greater transparency into what the consumer desires and needs."
Global CIO: As IBM Preps For Justice's Probe, Who Started This Nonsense?
Commentary  |  10/13/2009
The bureaucrats at the Justice Dept., the European Commission, and a trade group called CCIA are looking to take from IBM what their supposed "victim" could not earn in the free market.
Dell: IT Can Create $200 Billion In Efficiencies
News  |  10/13/2009
Virtualization could take a large chunk out of the $1.2 trillion spent on IT in North America each year, Michael Dell said at OracleWorld.
Perot Systems To Acquire BearingPoint China
News  |  10/13/2009
The purchase will beef up IT services operations in China of Perot Systems and Dell, which is acquiring Perot.
Electronics Industry Recovery Underway
News  |  10/13/2009
Gartner says growth is resuming, but the effects of the recession on the electronics industry will linger for several years.
How Oracle World Is Just Like Thanksgiving and New Year's
Commentary  |  10/13/2009
I've been to several Oracle Open World events, and I've experienced more than 50 Thanksgivings and New Year's Eves. But it took a cab driver from a tiny country on the other side of the world-Nepal, to be exact-to draw the connection between the three.
CIO To Customers: Name Your Price
Commentary  |  10/12/2009
Working alongside Progressive Insurance business leaders, CIO Raymond Voelker's team developed an application -- called "Name Your Price" -- which flips the online auto-insurance quoting practice inside out. Instead of entering the features you want and getting a price, you can use the apps sliding bar to select a price and see what kind of insurance you can get.
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