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posted in July 2006
It's opening a joint venture there with three Chinese companies, and Microsoft
Per-processor pricing isn't going to cut it as companies adopt multicore systems and virtualization.
If you've had some nasty or embarrassing illness in the past 12 months, perhaps an ailment so unusual or damning you'd prefer to hide it from your employer, friends, and loved ones, then here's a shocker: There's a good chance a stranger in far-off India knows all about it. And the kicker: It was your health care provider that told him of your secret battle with plantar warts, rampant hirsutism, and pathological addiction to eBay.
The Chinese operations will employ about 5,000 workers by 2010 and focus on providing offshore services for companies in banking, financial services, and other specialized industries.
IBM directed programmers to delete source code that could have been used as evidence against the company, SCO claims in a new court filing.
The company's biggest challenge is finding a way to kick-start its services business, which accounts for about one-half of its total sales.
"We cannot increase our rates, yet health care costs are rising," one CIO says. "So if you're dealing with those two things, you are constantly battling your administrative costs to find better ways to do business."
The firm says its servers were hit by the assailant's code more than 40,000 times throughout 2005.
Following a series of bombs that killed at least 200, bloggers in India expressed emotions ranging from disbelief and shock to anger and sorrow.
Revenues for the three months ended June 30 jumped 39%, net income climbed 43%, and the company added 38 new customers.
U.S. companies outsource to India primarily to save money. But tech wages on the subcontinent are rising at about 15% per year. Many U.S. programmers welcome this news--as Indian salaries rise, it's less likely that their jobs will be offshored. Or so they think. But a conversation I had this morning with the CEO of one of India's fastest-growing outsourcers reveals why jobs sent to India aren't coming back anytime soon.
Researchers from Sony and elsewhere are working to give robots linguistic and cognitive skills that grow and develop spontaneously over time, without communication rules from humans.
In Monday's issue of InformationWeek, I take a closer look at the latest turns in SCO's quixotic court fight against IBM. To get you through the weekend, here's a critical tidbit you need to know about now if you're a Linux user, or if you're even thinking about using Linux.
ING has hired a group of outsourcers in deals worth about $1 billion.
Technology and business services outsourcing is India's Golden Goose. But the country's refusal to open many of its own markets to foreign competition may be putting that gilded bird's future at risk, and along with it, the ability of U.S. companies to freely tap the Indian IT talent they say they need. Here's the connection...
A judge's decision to dismiss 182 of the company's 294 claims against IBM reduces the chance that SCO will prevail, one analyst says.