AMD Poised To Launch 6-Core Istanbul
AMD will take Opteron to the next level on June 1, when it formally unveils its 6-core Istanbul processor. The exciting angle for users of high-powered servers (and also viewed from a data-center consolidation perspective) is that Istanbul in 4-socket servers will deliver 24 physical cores. (And you can add virtualization on top of that.) When you add the AMD launch to Intel news last week about its 8-core Nehalem-EX, I'd say we have a have a processing-power revolution on our hands comparable t
Kraft's BPO Guru Says Global Mega Deals Do Not Work
A deep debate over outsourcing dogma could be in the works following a statement by Kraft's SVP of shared services that "there is very little truly global scale advantage" in BPO deals and that the best approach is regional best-of-breeds involving regional pairs, such as North America and Asia-Pacific. The interview with AMR's Phil Fersht is a must-read for anyone involved in outsourcing strategy.
Cool-er Kindle Competitor Stokes Ebook Mania
I'm not a big fan of David Pogue (this video is one reason, though mainly it's because he has a larger audience than I), but I took notice when he reviewed the latest Kindle alternative. What does it all mean? Ebooks are real, and they'll eventually replace print, but for now I'm ticked there are no good portable PDF readers for smartphones.
Apple, Dell, And P&G Head AMR's Supply Chain Top 25 List
AMR Research released its list of the top 25 supply chains in the manufacturing and retail sectors and said a distinguishing characteristic of all 25 is that they place an intensely customer-centric focus on everything from operations to innovation.
From Layoffs To Ripoffs: Wicked New Threats From Ex-Employees
Most companies are "ill-prepared for an onslaught which could prove calamitous" and face "the greatest security threat of our times" from laid-off workers who are "extremely dangerous," say members of a global security-response team. In these dark days, stealing data's old hat; the new threats include tampering with billing systems, changing customer orders, and altering design documents.
Greylock Headquarters Moving To California
The company's decision to shift its venture capital headquarters from Boston to Silicon Valley is calling into question the Boston/Cambridge area's entrepreneurial spirit.
Salesforce Says New-Business Signings Dropped In Q1
Salesforce.com's first-quarter new-business signings came in slightly below last year's as customers took longer to sign, opted for smaller deals, and pulled back on add-ons and upgrades. And while Salesforce is still growing nicely, CEO Marc Benioff was more restrained in the comments he made to analysts than he had been after the previous two quarters.
Intel Nehalem-EX Launch Raises Multicore Ante
Forget four cores -- even though it's the sweet spot of the market. I write that only half in jest, because with announcements from Intel (an 8-core Nehalem) and AMD (6-core Istanbul), the lid has been ripped off the supposed upper limit on cores and threads. Consider that a Nehalem-EX with 8 physical cores and 2 threads per core for 16 total logical threads. In a four-socket server configuration, this can deliver 64 logical cores. [Update: This number has been corrected to 64 logical cor
New Amazon Cloud Service Says Forget Internet, Go Snail-Mail
If it's true that everyone likes newspapers and sausages but no one wants to see either one being made, then perhaps we'll have to add Amazon Web Services into that mix: for uploading very large data files, a new AWS service lets clients bypass the Internet and transfer the data to AWS the old-fashioned way: a physical package moving through the physical world. Who knew?
Meet 50 Of The Top CIOs In The World: The Global CIO 50
Who are the very best at this daunting profession? What are their priorities, and their achievements? What companies are they from, and which industries? Come check out our list - the Global CIO 50 - featuring profiles of some of the world's top CIOs, including 10 from India, eight from China, five from Brazil, and top IT execs from many other countries.
Interop Raises CIO-Level Interest In Cloud, Virtualization: Video
While last week's Interop event in Las Vegas showcased a wide range of innovative enterprise technologies including mobility, WAN optimization, security, storage, smartphones, data center infrastructure, servers, and more, the biggest CIO-level activity was centered around cloud computing, whose acceptance and potential are growing rapidly, and virtualization, which has already become a cornerstone in 21st-century enterprise IT strategy.
Remembering And Honoring Our Heroes On Memorial Day
As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day in honor of America's warriors who have sacrificed so much to keep the rest of us safe, I wanted to share a story about a small American city building a small but lovely memorial to three of its sons who gave their lives in military service to America and in so doing won this country's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.
The Transparency Shuffle: Don't Let Your Mouth Write A Check Your Actions Can't Cash
The White House for months has made grandiose promises of complete transparency into how it's spending taxpayer money, but the reality is proving to be much more murky and unclear. Before making such sweeping commitments, perhaps President Obama should have spoken with some CIOs who know full well the importance of underpromising and overdelivering.
Does Red Hat Need Hardware White Knight After Oracle-Sun?
With its acquisition of Sun giving Oracle contol of the Solaris operating system, Red Hat and its Enterprise Linux might well become the less-favored stepchild in the expanded - and extended - Oracle family. And with the old hardware/software distinctions in the industry being erased, Red Hat is a likely takeover target, perhaps by a hardware company, predicts one financial analyst.
Is Cisco Looking To Acquire Citrix For Virtualization Play?
With cloud computing going mainstream and virtualization a core element in IT strategy, Cisco could be interested in acquiring virtualization stalwart Citrix, say the folks at Motley Fool. And in a time when Cisco is warming to the "unified" approach, a Citrix buy would give Cisco the ability "to build an entire data center on its own platforms."
Information Malpractice: Coming Soon To A Cloud Near You?
Who says selling insurance is dull work? Riveting an Interop audience with his prediction of "information malpractice" and declaring that "data is the new oil" because it offers both tremendous value and tremendous liability, The Hartford's VP of cyber risk and new media markets said that cloud computing has the potential to increase enterprises' exposure on governance, security, and control.
HP To Cut More Than 6,000 Jobs
The cuts follow HP's announcement of a 3.2% drop in revenue and a 17% decline in profits for the fiscal quarter ended April 30.
Interop CIO Boot Camp: CIO Jiu Jitsu And Centers Of Excellence
Every organization's got at least one: the defiant, abrasive, contentious, and inflexible colleague who fights your every initiative loudly and publicly. At Interop's CIO Boot Camp this week, former health-care and public-sector CIO Louis Gutierrez offered advice on how to defang these obstinate outliers and turn them into centers of excellence that can benefit the entire enterprise.
Interop CIO Boot Camp: How CIOs Can Drive Innovation
Interop Las Vegas this week featured a 2-day workshop for aspiring CIOs and one presenter described how CIOs can actively and effectively promote innovation within their organizations. Nationwide Financial Services CIO Emeritus Bruce Barnes says a big part of the formula is quite simple: people do what you pay them to do.
Big Fat Interop Photo Show: HP Mainstreams Unified Comm, Show Floor Shots
OK, so I only actually have four photos so far. But they're fresh from the morning keynotes, where HP announced its unified communications alliance with Microsoft, and VMware discussed how virtualization has become a serious enabling technology for cloud computer. I'll be tweeting (@awolfe58) and posting more photos throughout Interop. Click ahead to see the first batch.
Should Google's Outage Scare CIOs From Cloud Computing?
How much - or how little - should CIOs be concerned about whether Google's recent outage reveals fundamental weaknesses with the cloud computing model? Jeff Kaplan of ThinkStrategies offers a couple of sharp perspectives on why the sky's not falling (nor the clouds), and promises to keep the discussion going this week at Interop in Las Vegas.
CIOs Seek Answers To Top Technology Questions At Interop
Top of mind for CIOs these days are some technologies with the potential to not only attack the dreaded 80/20 ratio and lower the cost of infrastructure (LTCOI) but also trigger some transformative capabilities across the customer-driven enterprise: cloud computing, data-center strategies, SaaS, mobility, IT automation, videoconferencing, unified communications, and much more. And it's all at Interop, starting today.
Podcast: Sybase Sees Mobile Enterprise Tornado
We're in the midst of a mobile enterprise tornado, Terry Stepien, president of Sybase iAnywhere, told me when we did our podcast the other day. (Actually, it's a perfect storm.) Used to be, companies would dole out smartphones to anointed employees. Now, workers are storming the IT gates, demanding corporate e-mail connectivity for their iPhones. And software vendors are partnering up with mobility shops to roll out smartphone clients for their apps. Click on to hear our podcast.
SAP's McDermott Has Crafty Plan To Beat Oracle On Deals
Conversation heard between two SAP sales guys dishing up garbanzo bean salad on the lunch line at Sapphire. Salesman #1: "What's with this maintenance cost controversy? I don't hear customers talk much about it." Salesman #2: "Really? I hear about it all the time. I see deals getting smaller because of it." Well, they might want to talk to big boss Bill McDermott, who is plotting how to leverage the software maintenance-costs drama in a way that only a sales mastermind could.
Steal This E-Book
Sick of reading about MP3 and movie piracy, and how it's killed the music business and is destroying Hollywood, too? Then let's take a break and talk about e-book piracy. The usual suspect -- Cory Doctorow -- posits that the author's real enemy is obscurity, not piracy. Wrong. It's a different "p" word: Poverty.
IBM CEO Sam Palmisano Tells Investors, 'We Got It All'
In a candid and often flinty presentation to investors, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano says there's a simple reason why IBM is able to predict continued strong earnings growth while other companies hedge on forecasts: "We are not like the other companies in the IT industry. We're not. We've completely transformed the IBM company." Not clear enough? Try this: "Now look: We got it all."
CIOs Have Stopped Gutting IT Budgets For 2009, WSJ Says
That huge sigh of relief you're hearing today could be coming from big IT vendors upon reading in The Wall Street Journal that many U.S. businesses have stopped gutting IT budgets and might even be considering spending a bit more next year. As Sunoco CIO Peter Whatnell was quoted as saying, "I think that most people have made their cuts."
Andy Rooney On Why $200-Million-A-Day CIO Needs More $$
While I'd rather chew off a couple of fingers than listen to Andy Rooney, I have to channel the daffy curmudgeon on this one: 'Didja ever wonder why the federal government needs $200 million every single day just to run its computers? And while the rest of us regular shmoes cut back, dontcha think it's a bit much for the feds to tell us that $200 million a day isn't enough, and instead they'll need $215 million a day??'
Sybase Says: Smartphone Is Your Mobile Wallet
Here I've been on a kick the past year saying that the Smartphone Is Your Next Computer. Turns out, while that's true -- more people are leaving lapbricks at home in favor of Blackberrys and iPhones -- there's another trend brewing. Namely, your mobile device is about to become an unwired wallet.
Accenture Said To Be Opening Lower-Priced India Subsidiary
Long known as a high-end provider of business and technology consulting and services, Accenture is reportedly about to open a new subsidiary in India under a separate name with rates well below the premium-level pricing Accenture has traditionally charged, according to the Economic Times of India.
Colgan Air Crew Was Crash Waiting To Happen
If an engineering education teaches one anything, it's that proper process begets beneficial results. The reverse case is scarily evident in the transcripts of the Colgan Air disaster, where a discombobulated crew was a disaster, waiting to happen, which did.
Verizon Adds Business Calling Plans
The carrier is targeting small businesses with wireless calling plans that offer unlimited mobile-to-mobile calls, free technical support, and online management tools.
CIO Title Evolution: CIO And Chief Of Warfighting Integration
In the wake of many CIOs taking on additional operational roles across the enterprise, the general heading the Air Force's Cyber Command has been promoted to the new position of CIO and chief of warfighting integration. It's another sign of how information flow - and the CIO position - are moving to the center of all strategic facets of large organizations.
Mandate For CIOs: Leverage Crises To Bring About Real Change
"Only a crisis--actual or perceived--produces real change." Consider that observation, from the late, great University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman, a rallying cry for business technology execs who need to pull some positive outcomes from what could otherwise be a paralyzing recession. It is for Eastern Mountain Sports CIO Jeffrey Neville, who sees the current economic mess as an opportunity for everyone at the company to think differently about almost everything: supplier and customer r