Rock Star CIO Scores A CEO Seat
A rare few CIOs make the jump to CEO of their companies. Even fewer jump to vendor CEO roles. John Glaser's doing just that.
Glaser Talks About Healthcare's Challenges, Opportunities
When longtime Partners Healthcare CIO John Glaser leaves his position in mid-August to join Siemens Healthcare as CEO of its Health Services Business Unit, he'll be bringing along solid, on-the-ground experience and insightful perspective about the many challenges facing the healthcare industry.
Ray Kurzweil On 'The Singularity' Future
The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences.
If Growth Is Back, Is IT Ready?
As more CIOs get back into growth mode, what are they worried about? Speed and budgets, but so much about business-IT "alignment."
Oracle Offering CTO In A Box
Putting more muscle at the point of revenue, Oracle is supplying its largest customers with "client architects" to advise CIOs "on how to shape their architectures in concert with Oracle's investments," says company president Charles Phillips. He added that these technical advisors "essentially serve as dedicated CTOs for our large customers."
Oracle Woos And IBM Sues: Exec Who Knew Too Much
Oracle has recruited a high-level exec from arch-rival IBM to become senior VP of on-demand services and report directly to CEO Larry Ellison, but IBM is suing to stop the move, claiming she "possesses valuable confidential information about IBM and our operations."
Cisco Quad Exec Talks Enterprise 2.0
Part of the first crop of serious Enterprise 2.0 products, Cisco Quad is the networking powerhouse's ambitious attempt to surge to the head of the pack. (My more holistic market take is that Quad is yet another piece of the pie -- alongside Flip and Borderless Networks -- through which Cisco is expanding itself to ultimately become the world's most important technology company; an Intel of the 2010's if you will.) I sat down recently with Murali Sitaram, the Cisco vice president in charge of
IBM Adds 600 Jobs In Oregon For Mortgage Processing
Expanding its presence in the mortgage-software business, IBM plans to add 600 jobs in Oregon, nearly doubling the size of its mortgage-industry workforce there. Oregon, struggling with an unemployment rate of 10.6%, appears to have edged out bids for the jobs from North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Video: SAP Demos StreamWork At Enterprise 2.0
I'm just back from the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, where the big takeaway was that collaborative tools are moving out of the hype phase into the implementation mode. This means a raft of products, to be followed by a titanic market battle among Cisco, IBM, Google, Jive, and others. One offering on display was SAP's StreamWork, which adds a business-intelligence twist to the whole workplace social tool thing. Click ahead for the video demo.
SaaS Industry Is Collapsing! And The Sky Is Falling.
In 1977, Digital Equipment Corp. founder Ken Olsen said, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." Another prediction's not quite as atrociously bad but almost: 22 months ago, Lawson Software CEO Harry Debes said the SaaS industry will go "nowhere" and within two years "will collapse." But hey, he's not wrong just yet-he's still got two months to go.
John Chambers On Speed: How To Accelerate Decisions
If you think Cisco's been aggressive with acquisitions and product launches in the past, you'd better tighten your shoelaces because John Chambers says the company's new management structure has slashed decision-making times by more than 90%.
Social Networks Pose E-Discovery Risks
Growing corporate use of Twitter, Facebook, and cloud-based applications are creating new e-discovery demands, but c-level awareness of risks remains scarce.
Hewlett-Packard Picks Five Winners Among Global Clients
At HP's Software Universe event this week, five global customers received Awards of Excellence in the categories of Transformation, Business Agility, Cost Optimization, Business Impact, and Outstanding Achievement. One winner rolled out "an IT operational model that can be supported by less than one quarter of the merged staff."
Microsoft Is Hiring 500 Cloud Specialists To Battle Google
Microsoft is hiring up to 500 sales reps for its public-sector cloud-computing solutions to add more firepower to its intensifying competition with Google for the hundreds of millions-and potentially billions-of government dollars being pushed into the cloud.
Analytics Gallery: 2010 State Of Storage Report
A sampling of exclusive InformationWeek Analytics research, as it appears in "Breaking Point: 2010 State of Storage Report," our deep-dive analysis into enterprise data and related storage requirements, as seen through the eyes of real-world business technology pros.
The Use Of Health IT Outside The U.S.
While the push is on for mass adoption of e-medical record systems in the U.S., clinicians in many other countries are already accustomed to using digital health records in the care of their patients. What can we learn from each other?
HUD Constructs IT Transformation
Department of Housing and Urban Development CIO Jerry Williams discusses how IT is moving from overlooked to a central player in the agency's work.
Dell Dives Deeper Into Data Center
A day after I posted "Oracle Seen Axing Opteron On Sun Servers," we have fresh evidence that the processor wars between Intel and AMD are far from over. The news comes in the form of a slew of announcements from Dell, which include servers variously featuring Intel's Westmere Xeon orl AMD's enhanced Magny-Cours Opteron.
Oracle Seen Axing AMD Opteron On Sun Servers
Word has been swirling now for a couple of months that Oracle is going to abandon the use of AMD's Opteron processor on future Sun servers. (Oracle has owned Sun Microsystems since January.) This talk started with an Australian blog post in early May. While Oracle hasn't confirmed the report, it hasn't issued a denial either. Here's what I found out direct from the horse's mouth.
These Private Cloud Stats Surprised Me
We've heard plenty of worries about public cloud computing, so I wasn't shocked that just over 63% of companies have no plans for it, in our recent survey. But I was surprised at the level of interest in private clouds: 58% are using or plan to use this architecture.
Obama Protectionism Will Cut U.S. Jobs: Cisco's Chambers
Saying he expects the Obama administration to raise taxes on profits generated outside the U.S., Cisco CEO John Chambers warned that such a policy will lead to fewer new Cisco jobs in the U.S. and more hiring overseas as the company embarks on a new era of sustained double-digit growth.