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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation posted in April 2010
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HP-Palm Can Leapfrog Apple In Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
If you look at the volume of mobile apps available for Apple (180,000), Android (40,000), and Palm (1,000), you just might scratch your head and wonder what in tarnation Mark Hurd was thinking when he agreed to spend $1 billion to acquire Palm. But an investment manager who's a massive Apple fan suggests one clear way for HP and Hurd to make the deal a big winner.
Global CIO: Inside SAP: 10 Factors Behind Its Dramatic Turnaround
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
Here are 10 ways SAP's new leaders have reinvigorated the company, redefined its strategy, and reestablished the primacy of its customer.
Most Software Execs See Rebound This Year
News  |  4/29/2010
According to the findings of a new survey, most software CEOs and CFO see a return to pre-recession levels this year and cloud computing, particularly among SMBs, is the big driver for the rebound.
Global CIO: Can HP, IBM, & Oracle Make Peace With Breakaway Banks?
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Three huge global banks plan to revolutionize the CIO-vendor relationship—will their audacious plan trigger major changes from major IT vendors?
Google, IBM, Apple Top List Of Most-Valuable Brands
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
In an annual ranking of the brand value of global technology companies, Google, IBM and Apple held their top three spots from last year while the brand value for each rose significantly. And between HP and Cisco, one saw its brand value soar 48% for the year while the other's tumbled by 7%. Click ahead to see the whole list.
RIM Launching BlackBerry 6 OS In Fall
News  |  4/28/2010
The updated operating system will offer a faster browser, better touchscreen technology, and support for older devices, the company said.
Sprint Nextel Reports $865 Million Loss
News  |  4/28/2010
Prepaid signups held strong in the first quarter as the company held out hope that its nationwide 4G network will return it to profitability.
Global CIO: SAP's McDermott Slaps Back At Oracle And Refocuses On Customers
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
Just 10 weeks after becoming co-CEO, SAP's Bill McDermott has re-energized the company by focusing intensely on delivering great customer value.
IT Group Urges Government To Bolster Industry
News  |  4/27/2010
TechAmerica says the federal government needs to update policy, extend tax credits, and invest in cybersecurity to pull the technology industry out of the recession.
FEMA Blasted For IT Systems Overhaul Waste
News  |  4/27/2010
Inspector General report finds delays, lack of oversight by IT leadership, and questionable ethical behavior at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Global CIO: Global Banks Form Consortium To Counter HP, IBM, & Oracle
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Three huge banks will work together to buy at lower prices and to build their own cloud-based global banking infrastructure and network.
Federal CIOs Urge Changes To Entice IT Workers
News  |  4/26/2010
The government faces big challenges in hiring and retaining young IT pros to meet staffing and evolving technology goals.
CK Prahalad Remembered By Colleague And Friend
Commentary  |  4/26/2010
In his 14 years at the University of Michigan, Professor MS Krishnan worked as closely and extensively with management superstar CK Prahalad as anyone. In a moving tribute, Krishnan shares some candid and vivid memories of Prahalad, a frequent collaborator with InformationWeek, one of the world's great thinkers, and a passionate advocate for the billions of people at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
Global CIO: Oracle President Phillips Says 22% Annual Fees Great For CIOs
Commentary  |  4/26/2010
Oracle plows all of your support fees into new products and innovation and will offer Fusion "at our cost," vows Charles Phillips.
Interop: CIOs Must Bond With Vendor CEOs
News  |  4/26/2010
Executive-level links are crucial when a contract is on the line or if business conditions drastically change, a former top CIO says.
The Hard Sell's Coming For SaaS E-Mail
Commentary  |  4/26/2010
Microsoft CIO Tony Scott fires the opening shot in our cover story this week: In five years, CIOs will be asking why anyone would run their own e-mail.
Global CIO: 10 Tech Acquisitions That Would Rock The Industry
Commentary  |  4/25/2010
Whom should HP acquire? Or IBM, or Microsoft, or SAP, or Cisco, or five others? Here are our Top 10 matchmaking suggestions.
IBM Hiring In Detroit: Several Hundred Jobs Over 5 Years?
Commentary  |  4/25/2010
IBM is looking to add "multiple" positions at its 7-month-old applications-delivery center on the campus of Michigan State University and a local newspaper says the company might ultimately be looking to add "several hundred" new jobs at the center over the next five years.
Image Gallery: 12 Offshore Hot Spots For IT Outsourcing
Slideshows  |  4/23/2010
India is still the dominant player when it comes to IT outsourcing, but other regions are gaining ground. Here's a look at some of the places, vendors, and institutions that will play a big role in globalization's next wave.
Global CIO: Oracle's Phillips Says Standardizing On Oracle Is The IT Cure
Commentary  |  4/23/2010
Phillips says the mix-and-match approach is killing IT organizations, and the only salvation is standardization (on Oracle, of course).
IBM Is Hiring In U.S.: 100 Vermont Manufacturing Jobs
Commentary  |  4/22/2010
IBM says it is hiring 100 full-time, long-term manufacturing jobs at its semiconductor plant in Essex Junction, Vermont. While most people will consider this to be good news, I'm betting the anti-IBM screecher groups will find some way to turn this into another chapter in their fictional class-warfare saga of IBM versus the little man.
CenturyTel To Buy Qwest For $10.6 Billion
News  |  4/22/2010
Qwest, which has suffered from insider trading and accounting scandals, laid off some workers in its fiber optic unit this week, ahead of the stock transaction.
Down To Business: Microsoft The Cloud Innovator
Commentary  |  4/22/2010
Give it some credit: Early signs show a company committed to transforming the way it builds products and serves customers (and generates profits).
Mobile Apps For SAP Help Drive Sybase's Record Q1
Commentary  |  4/22/2010
Riding strong demand for mobile deployment of enterprise apps and data, Sybase posted record first-quarter revenue and earnings and highlighted two of its new mobile apps for SAP as key drivers of that growth.
Global CIO: EMC Embraces Cloud And Says It Loud With Huge Q1
Commentary  |  4/22/2010
EMC says its biggest-ever first quarter proves "there is no doubt" that the private cloud is "exactly where customers are heading."
Google Buys Former Apple Employee Startup
News  |  4/21/2010
Agnilux was founded by people involved in making the application processor used to power the iPad. Terms were not disclosed.
VCs Lukewarm To Health IT
News  |  4/21/2010
The HIT sector has pulled in 20% less in venture capital funding year-over-year.
Global CIO: Microsoft BI Wins Raves From Giant Shipping Company
Commentary  |  4/21/2010
The world's second-largest container shipper is using PowerPivot for Excel to manage massive demand for data and overcome a "nightmare."
Cyberwar Threat At Code Red, Clarke Warns
Commentary  |  4/21/2010
Former counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke has a new book out, and it's scary stuff for all of us concerned about the national security of the United States. Scarier still, the alarms sounded by the book -- "Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It" -- aren't news to anyone who has even a minimal clue about the state of cybersecurity.
How To Get Paid Like Michael Dell
Commentary  |  4/20/2010
Reversing the cash flow cycle so customers pay you up front can fuel growth and minimize your need for external funding.
Global CIO: IBM Layoffs Mostly Outside U.S., Despite Media Indignation
Commentary  |  4/20/2010
Undercutting media hand-wringing over IBM "abandoning the U.S. workforce," IBM says the cuts took place primarily in Europe and Asia.
Global CIO: IBM Sees Surge In Customers' Transformation Projects
Commentary  |  4/20/2010
That's a clear sign that many companies are overhauling operations to drive growth—are you a participant or a spectator?
Global CIO: Steve Ballmer Interview: 'Hockey Stick' Cloud Growth Ahead
Commentary  |  4/19/2010
Microsoft CEO talks about new competition with Google, Amazon, and Salesforce, and why CIOs now are ready for cloud computing.
VC Deals Scarce, But Signs Of Life
News  |  4/19/2010
Venture capital interest in clean technologies and a more active start than last year may signal a turnaround in tech investing.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's New Acquisition Underscores Vertical Strategy
Commentary  |  4/19/2010
Ellison says Oracle can overtake SAP by providing more industry-specific functionality, and his latest deal underscores his belief.
HP Blasts Cisco's Proprietary Data Center Strategy
Commentary  |  4/19/2010
Hewlett-Packard has opened up a new data center featuring all-HP equipment with twice the density and half the power consumption of "previous solutions." Poking the eye of its former partner and current competitor, an HP VP said, "We're Cisco-free in this data center and have a plan to extend this freedom across all of our internal IT data centers next year."
Analyst Says IBM Numbers To Show Tech-Spend Resurgence
Commentary  |  4/18/2010
IT-industry hopes are buzzing that IBM's quarterly results, coming on Monday, April 19, will validate and accelerate the promise triggered last week by Intel's blowout numbers. One analyst who's expecting very big things from IBM believes its numbers will prove that "a resurgence in corporate IT spending" has occurred.
Global CIO: CK Prahalad, Management Genius And Humanitarian: RIP
Commentary  |  4/18/2010
The globally celebrated strategist and scholar who championed the entrepreneurial spirit of the world's poor has died at 68.
Google Data-Center Spending Rises To 'Only' $239M For Q1
Commentary  |  4/16/2010
Not many companies spend $239 million in a quarter on data-center capital expenditures, but for Google that's way down from the whopping levels it reached during its power-spending data-center buildouts in '07 and '08.
Scott McNealy On Steve Jobs And Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  4/16/2010
Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy might be gone but he's not forgotten how to pack a lot of punch into a few words. At a new-product rollout for a company he's advising, McNealy offered the crowd some classic comments on Apple and Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, mistakes Sun made, Microsoft, and how he thinks he'll be remembered.
Global CIO: WestJet's IT Nightmare And The Power Of Customers
Commentary  |  4/15/2010
Just before upgrading its sweeping reservations system, the airline decided to keep customers in the dark.
Does Intel's Blowout Quarter Signal IT Turnaround?
Commentary  |  4/15/2010
As we noted yesterday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini went to great lengths in the company's earnings call to avoid linking Intel's record-setting revenue with a return of robust corporate spending on IT. But a Wall Street Journal article says that "Intel's latest view suggests corporate spending is now flowing into tech again." What's the real story?
Global CIO: Oracle Delivers On Larry Ellison's MySQL Promises
Commentary  |  4/14/2010
Oracle chief architect Edward Screven underscores Oracle's investments in MySQL and its unique value for customers.
NASA, Chrysler Team On R&D
News  |  4/14/2010
Information about robotics, energy storage, radar, and other technologies will be shared by the organizations.
Intel CEO Otellini Sees Signs Of Corporate IT Upturn
Commentary  |  4/14/2010
"We are also seeing signs of corporate demand returning which we believe will continue to improve," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini during an earnings call in which the company announced a blowout quarter. He later added, "You are getting to the point where CIOs are feeling a bit better about their business."
Global CIO: Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Top 10 Reasons Why Mobile Is #1
Commentary  |  4/14/2010
Speaking to 400 CIOs, Schmidt said "the answer should always be mobile first." In his own words, here are 10 reasons why that's so.
The 10 Largest Data Centers In The World
Commentary  |  4/13/2010
The information age's insatiable appetite for ever-larger servings of digital goodies has turned the humble data center of old into the rock stars of 2010, and Rich Miller over at has compiled a list of what he believes are the biggest of an increasingly oversized breed.
Apple iPad And Mobile BI: There's An App For That
Commentary  |  4/13/2010
CIOs intrigued by the iPad as a business tool can now evaluate a mobile BI tool that extracts data from IBM Cognos, various Microsoft products, SAP, Business Objects,, and LifeRay and creates interactive reports for iPad users. The new product is from Mellmo, which says a comparable iPhone app is currently deployed to 50,000 enterprise users.
Global CIO: As Google And Microsoft Slug It Out, CIOs Come Out On Top
Commentary  |  4/12/2010
Google Docs versus Office Online marks only the beginning of what will become very serious competition for CIOs' hearts and wallets.
Cover Story: Google's Battle For The 'Collaborative Backbone'
Commentary  |  4/12/2010
Google has rewritten its Google Docs online word processing and spreadsheet applications, and our cover story looks at the huge bets Google's making.
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