Twitter In Controversial Spotlight Amid Mumbai Attacks
Never before has a crisis unleashed so much raw data -- and so little interpretation -- than what we saw as the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, unfolded. Amid the real-time video feeds (kudos to CNN International), cell phone pictures, and tweets, we were able to keep abreast of what seemed to be happening, and where it was going down, all the while not really knowing those other key, canonical components of journalistic information gathering -- namely, who or why.
CIO Salaries And The Capitalist's Killer Instinct
"Although CIOs are an emerging presence in the executive suite, few IT executives have the business qualifications or capitalist's killer instinct for making money," says executive search firm Egon Zehnder. So what about you: Are you an animal-spirits capitalist or a pay-me-whatever-you-want Milquetoast?
SAP User Group Fires President
ASUG, which had been dealing with member complaints about SAP price hikes, said Steven Strout's departure resulted from a "strategic decision" by the board of directors.
SAP's Pain Equals CIO Gain?
In essential physical therapy, short-term pain might be unpleasant but it's also an indispensable prerequisite for long-term health. So yesterday when SAP's new CEO said that offering the company's core ERP products in a SaaS model will end up "hurting our margin, and hurting our stock," I hope he wasn't saying SAP will try to wait out -- or worse yet, try to ignore -- the inexorable forces of
Thanksgiving Memory: Those Who Came Before Us
The following is a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal published on Nov. 22, 2000. "In 1864, a coal miner, Elias Williams, lit the fuse to a blasting cap and was hoisted to the top of the shaft. Just as he reached light, the bucket he was in broke. He fell back to the bottom of the shaft hard, breaking bones and knocking away his breath. With just enough presence of mind remaining, he grasped a handful of dust to smother the sputtering fuse, inches from the
SAP CEO: SaaS Hurts Our Profits
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
Gen Y Employees: Your Future--And Your Biggest Threat
Our excellent sister site Dark Reading has summarized three reports about a group representing the latest in in-house IT security threats: they don't know or don't care about IT security policies, they're heavy users of cutting-edge technologies, and they care more about securing their home PC than their work PC. They're your Gen Y employees, and they're your future.
Video: AMD 'Shanghai' Quad Core Makes Compelling Server Upgrade Argument
AMD's just-launched, rearchitected Opteron -- code-named 'Shanghai' -- is the centerpiece of the company's compelling case that now's the time for businesses to upgrade their servers, notwithstanding the current economic squeeze. Check out my video with Randy Allen, senior VP of AMD's Computing Solutions Group, to hear his arguments about Shanghai's performance, virtualization abilities, and energy savings.
CIOs Join Board Of IT Vendor: A Smart Move?
Most CIOs are generally reluctant to publicly endorse specific technology vendors, and with good reason. So it was a bit surprising this week to see the CIO of Gap Inc. and the former CIO of Yahoo not only endorse a low-profile tech vendor but also join its board of directors.
Can You Define The Business Value Of Your IT Organization?
One approach is to compile an "IT Annual Report," an approach being taken by a growing number of CIOs. At this week's CA World, a panel discussion with three business-technology leaders revealed a wide range of ideas and approaches for creating an IT Annual Report that can articulate business value, foster a sense of teamwork, and underscore the need for key metrics.
Tech Outlook 2009: IT Optimism Shunts Aside Convertible-Debt Doubts
If that headline doesn't grab you, I don't know what will. And it should, because, depressing as the past few weeks have been, it's hard to tell whether the economic glass is empty or half-full. On the plus side, in a new report, Swiss securities giant UBS predicts tech sales could be down as little as 6% in 2009, and a rebound could begin as early as late Q1. At the same time, the BreakingViews financial site warns that a bunc
CSI 2008: You Want Standards, You Have To Demand Them
This morning's Trusted Computing Group summit focused on the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), NAC, and the TNC. The event was well-attended and covered a range of topics from what the TPM is and what it is used for to the TNC's role in NAC and NAC standards. One overwhelming message came out: Users want standards. Vendors are not listening.
Career Tips For IT Pros In A Rotten Economy
The economy has everyone on edge. But during these uncertain times, there are a few maneuvers tech professionals can make to help survive -- and maybe even thrive -- during the downturn.
Does Management Get Virtualization?
We're in the middle of a project where we'd proposed to measure the difference in perception of virtualization between business decision makers and technology decision makers. At the same time, we're looking at the same perceptions for advanced Web technology -- stuff like Ajax, the trend of adding collaboration and BI capabilities into apps. I've been surprised by the results.
Climate Group Urges Smart Technologies
The Climate Group, a global coalition of governments and businesses, today is expected to announce specific policy recommendations for the U.S. federal and state governments to use so-called "smart" monitoring and metering technology to reduce environmental damage.
Debating The Auto Bailout: What If GM Were Intel?
It's always dangerous to discuss politics or religion, so of course I'm going to tackle both today: the politics of a GM bailout and whether that comports with the faith we have in free-market capitalism. I say, yes, we can rescue the American automobile industry and still live with ourselves, economically speaking, in the morning.
Who Can Replace Jerry Yang?
With the ax falling on Jerry Yang, many people will be saying it was long overdue. The Yahoo press release says the board has initiated a search to replace Yang, who will stay on in his previous role of Chief Yahoo! (including the exclamation point) and remain a board member.
CSI 2008: The Business Case For Governance, Risk, And Compliance
There are three legs of a table that, if weakened, put your organization at risk and, if a leg is removed, let the table fall to the ground. IT governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) is fundamentally a return to the basics of information security. Regardless of technology, you need to know what to protect, when it needs protecting, and why it needs protecting. Getting ahead of the game is more effective than catching up later.
Align IT With Customers, Or Support And Enable? The Woodshed Awaits.
My recent post calling for overthrowing the old bromide "align IT with the business" and replacing it with "align IT with your customers" has sparked a lively debate. One commenter, signing is as "Insulted CIO Guest," takes me to the woodshed and feels a pretty good thrashing is in order. Since it's my tail on the line, I'm hard
Shoot The Mantra: STOP 'Aligning IT With The Business'
Recently uncovered fossil records indicate that the tattered cliché of "CIOs must align IT with the business" was first uttered shortly after the discovery of fire. And while that bromide made sense for a few thousand years, it no longer applies here in the early 21st century because today's mandate for CIOs must be to align IT with their *customers*, not with their business. Because one points to the future, while the other merely reflects the recent past.
What Brown Does For HP
UPS spent 18 months working with Hewlett-Packard to develop a wearable printer-scanner that should make its package sorting more efficient and significantly cut paper use. HP can now sell the printer to anyone, including UPS rivals. How's that help UPS? CIO David Barnes explains.
Cisco & The Stalagmite Business
Cisco last week announced results that affirmed expert expectations for declining tech spending well into 2009. Maybe it's time to reconsider the stalagmite business.
Laptop Lapses As Must-Have Gadget; Does Anybody Really Want One For Xmas?
Here's the thought that hit me last night, checking out the tabletop gadget displays at the Consumer Electronics Show's New York press preview: Where are all the laptops? And why don't I care that there are so few? The answer is obvious -- unless you covet a new MacBook, you're not crossing your fingers in hopes of finding a shiny new notebook computer under the tree. Smartphones, netbooks, and digital SLRs, definitely. But laptops? Yawn!
6 Steps Toward Ensuring Data Privacy
U.S. companies and other organizations that handle lots of employee and customer data (isn't that just about everyone?) need to view privacy as a formal practice, to the point where it can become a competitive differentiator, according to one of the nation's leading privacy executives.
Hard Times In Tape Business
Between the shift to disk backup and the economy rolling downhill, times are tough for tape library vendors. While IBM and Sun can shift their sales from tape libraries the size of a small Winnebago to their home-built VTL, the makers of midrange tape libraries are having a tougher time as much of their sales came through OEM deals with EMC, HP, or HDS and those vendors' VTLs don't pay Quantum or Overland's rent. Even media vendor Imation is hurting.
401(k)s Gutted By Risk Management Gone Wild, 'Black Swan' Guy Says
The reason your 401(k)s are underwater -- melted like an ice cream cone on the sidewalk, is how the pseudonymous Stanley Bing puts it -- is because the financial analysts who were managing your nut have been trained all wrong. All those business schools have been pushing out MBAs trained erroneously (insanely!) in risk analysis, which paradoxically is really risky. Oh, now you tell us! Well, that's what Nassim
Obama's Vision For A CTO
All eyes in the tech community are watching to see who will become the nation's first chief technology officer. While there's plenty of speculation and uncertainty about who will fill those shoes, it's clear what the next president expects from the person who fills them.
What IT Folks REALLY Think
Do you know what your IT staffers are thinking? Are you sure? Unless you're in the trenches with them, their concerns may surprise you -- and they'll definitely make you laugh.
Your Incredibly Shrinking Paycheck
Your 401(k) account isn't the only thing that looks pretty shriveled up these days. If you're a tech professional, your paycheck might've shrunk recently, too, says a new report.
FCC White Space Approval Raises Spectre Of Interference
I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad thing (well, actually I am), but the FCC's approval of the use of "white space" broadcast spectrum for Wi-Fi is the kind of move which could only happen in an age when computers have apparently wiped out the collective technical consciousness of the entire radio and television era. Yep, I'm talking the vast potential for interference amongst the coming unlicensed services.