Busy Week For E-Discovery
Three new product releases aimed at the electronic discovery market close out the last week of summer.
Obama Nomination Spotlights 'Net Nation
We are all Internet Americans now. OK, Barack Obama actually didn't say that in his nomination-acceptance speech Thursday night. But he could have, because the great thing about this campaign is that you don't have to watch TV or consume the news when it's pushed down to you by big media. You can learn about the candidates when you want, how you want (for example, Obama's speech can be viewed here). All the more reason that it's incumbent upon y
Wells Fargo CIO: No Budget Cuts Yet
Agreeing that the banking industry "is challenged from a financial perspective," the San Francisco firm's tech chief says demand for IT services is growing and the IT group sees itself as an equal partner within the organization -- and more than that.
Keep IT In Touch With The Company Culture
It takes about 30 to 60 days to drill a new natural gas well. That helps explain why CIO Cathy Tompkins avoids pitching 18-month IT projects to her fellow business leaders at Chesapeake Energy, a fast-growing, fast-paced producer of natural gas. And it's an example of how IT needs to be tuned into and share the same culture as the company it's part of.
Any Extra Change Jingling In Your Pocket Lately?
Tech salaries inched up recently after slumping earlier this year, according to a new wage report from an IT services and staffing firm. Could this the beginning of an upward trend or just a blip?
Heart Scare Prompts Health Care IT Crusade
It's amazing how one ignores important stuff until it gets personal. But following my 80-year-old mom's cardiac scare over the weekend, now I'm surfing over to HP and Intel to learn about their major efforts to connect world-class computing to health care, and I'm a new-found advocate for getting every American's medical records into electronic form, so doctors know your history no matter where you run into trouble. So here's what happened with my mom.
Intel Spinning Atom Processor Into Big 'Little' Market
I've always been highly skeptical of Intel's attempt to carve out a new market niche for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). The big question for me: What are these things? They're too big to be smartphones but too small to live like full-function laptops. However, after yesterday's big launch (re-re-launch, if you ask me) of Intel's Atom processor, I'm becoming convinced that MIDs may have a future.
CIOs On Cloud Computing
The recent rash of outages at Amazon, Citrix, and Google were a warning sign to CIOs contemplating the move to cloud computing, but service availability is just one of the things to worry about. Privacy, data security, and vendor lock-in are on their watch list, too.
Help Wanted: CIO Job Opportunity
Looking for a CIO job? I just happen to know of one in Austin, Texas, where the CIO recently left for, shall we say, "personal reasons."
A Better Way Than SOA?
Here in the summer of $4-a-gallon gas, it's serious business to liken something to a honkin' SUV. Yet that's how we portray service-oriented architectures in the illustration on the cover of InformationWeek magazine this week. We're raising the question about development methods that people are asking about SUVs: Do I need, and can I afford, all that horsepower?
Facebook Most Popular Social Net, But Why?
If you're like me, you're of two minds about Facebook. On the one hand, you enjoy dipping in to add "friends" you might not know all that well, upload pictures few will see, and post status updates ("getting ready for the weekend, yo") the world is waiting for with baited breath. At the same time, I can't help but wonder, where the heck is this timewaster in search of a business purpose headed?
Big Challenges In Small IT Shops
You think you've got problems stretching your multimillion (or multibillion) dollar IT budget? How hard do you think it is to stretch a multi-thousand-dollar IT budget? That's what many IT leaders in smaller organizations are faced with. At InformationWeek, we write a lot about issues faced by CIOs at large companies. But IT managers in small- and medium-sized businesses face huge challenges, too.
One way IT organizations are dealing with the weak economy is by postponing new hires. Does that mean IT projects are not being completed, expectations not being met? Or are current IT employees being asked to pick up the load? Let me guess.
Why Intel's Nehalem Is Important
Everybody's all atwitter about Intel's branding move, which will see its new Nehalem -- that's the code name --- desktop processors hit the market with a "Core i7" identifier. Can you keep this naming stuff straight? I certainly can't. Nope, what's important isn't the branding -- it's the technology inside Intel's upcoming, 45-nm processor family. Here's the deal.
To My Son On The Occasion Of His 10th Birthday
Sitting in my cramped, the flight-attendants-are-only-rude and there's no free food besides, American Airlines flight back from LA on Friday, it struck me that turning 10 nowadays -- and Happy Birthday, son; we'll have cake tomorrow -- doesn't involve the same kind of technological coming of age I experienced nearly 20 (OK, 40) years ago. Nope; you young'un's today have gained MySpace, but have lost something intangible in the process. Like, maybe, the thrill of living amid fascinating times, in
CIO Compensation Continues To Rise
That's as part of the continuing increase in management compensation, according to recruiting and placement firm ExecuNet. Market forces like globalization and the retiring baby-boomer bulge are keeping executive talent in demand, which is a good thing for job offers and pay hikes. But is the CIO the only IT job category benefiting?
Apple MobileMe Memo Shows Jobs Grown Soft
Props to Ars Technica for posting Steve Jobs's MobileMe mea culpa. (Hey, blogging = pointing + attitude + the occasional brilliant original post.) So here's my take: However bad Apple's MobileMe mess was -- and it was a disaster -- Apple at its worst is still far better than most companies at their b
How Long Do CIOs Last?
It's not for nothing CIO has been said to stand for "career is over" -- the tenure at the top of the tech pecking order has been notoriously short. However, according to our Tomorrow's CIO analytics report, more than half of tech chiefs (53%) say they've been in their jobs five years or more. Does this signal a new age of job security for CIOs?
Does Brain Drain Hurt More In Health Care IT?
In the years to come, many IT shops will be dealing with the brain drain of retiring baby boomers who know all the minute inner workings of technology and the business. But are the generational talent challenges faced by health care CIOs any different? A new report from CSC says yes.
Rich Internet Apps: On The Road To Must-Have
The relentless pressure of the Web goes like this: One year something's a cutting-edge feature on Google or Amazon, the next people expect it on their 401(k) site, and soon employees wonder why it isn't on the company intranet. IT leaders should know that the use of rich Internet applications are well into that cycle now, with 44% of companies using them, our most recent research finds.
iPhone App Store Proves The Smartphone Is The Computer
Paging Scott McNealy: Here's an update to your famous aphorism. It's not about the network anymore. (Well, OK, it is, but don't let facts get in the way of a good blog post.) The new, Web 2.0 truth is this: The smartphone is the computer. Apple put its foot in the door with its iPhone App Store, and now Verizon and all the cell phone operating system makers are joining in the mad rush to make a converged device (formerly called a smartphone) which will soon edge out the laptop.
Google Sued For Infringing Patent With AdSense
The Patent and Trademark Office's recent narrowing of what qualifies as a patentable software innovation may help Google in this case but could harm the Internet giant in other lawsuits.
Video: Kaspersky, Number 3 With A Bullet, Launches Internet Security 2009
You could call Kaspersky Lab the biggest PC security vendor you're not quite sure you've heard of. I took my video camera along for a sit-down with Kaspersky; the folks there told me about the new flagship products launching Monday -- Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Anti-Virus 2009 -- as well as how they rose to No. 3 in the market, after Symantec and Trend Micro.
Who Has The Better Gig: CIO Or IT Architect?
John Soat has blogged a few times here about whether the next CIO should come from inside or outside the company . But what if no insider wants the job? Seriously. It seems like the hottest role these days is IT architect -- nice paycheck, the thrill of strategy-level tech work, and not nearly so many arrows in the back.