What we did this week:
Bought security management tools out of the box. Because honestly, who wants to work in the summertime?
Jazzed up our video resumes with guest appearances from various members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Because nothing gets you hired like an endorsement from a guy named Ghostface Killah.
What we’re doing this weekend:
Catching John Mayer live. Go ahead, say it. Say what you need to say.
Every year we endeavor to round up a bunch of salary information and get a grip on how much cash CIOs are taking home.
Basically, we figure out how much all of you are making and then tell you about it. We look not only at salary, but also at how it relates to different-sized businesses in different industries. We look at the economy and how it affects you. We look at how happy you are with your job.
To do this, we need you to fill out a short survey so we can have as much data as possible to work with. Once that’s all done, we look for interesting trends and report as such. This is what came out of last year’s survey. And this is what we put in CIO Decisions magazine.
I could be hokey about it and ask you to fill the survey out because the end result is more information for you about how your peers are faring with their paychecks.
But let’s be honest. If you fill this thing out, we might give you $250. It’s an American Express gift certificate, mind you, but that’s as good as cash. Well, you can’t buy drugs with it.
But you could buy this grill. And really, who wouldn’t want that?
The catch, of course, is you need to be a CIO or have an equivalent title.
In case you missed the above link to the survey, here it is.
And apparently that grill has been discontinued, which is a crime against nature. Still: $250.
Tossing this one up a day early. Don’t bother stopping by tomorrow. We won’t be here.
Anyway, here’s what we did this week:
Gathered up all our CIO Decisions 2008 coverage, videos, blogs and slides and wrapped it all up with a big digital bow.
Checked out Boston’s struggling, but still kicking Wi-Fi program.
Finally got some answers on those pesky SaaS compliance questions.
This weekend? We live in Boston. We started this country, remember? What do you think we’re doing? See you next week.
I am so posting this in Mozilla Firefox 3 right now. And I’m pretty happy about that.
Sure, Opera rolled along a few years ago and made the point that a decent product could put a slight dent in Microsoft Internet Explorer’s market share.
But things lit up a bit yesterday with news that Firefox now has a whopping 19% market share.
A lot of people I know have used Firefox for a while. But that’s just demographics. Everybody I know is voting for Obama, too – I’m 20-something in Massachusetts here, after all.
Nineteen percent, though? Is my grandma using Firefox?
I’ve just downloaded this (note to my IT guys: That’s cool, right?). So there hasn’t been much time to get a feel for performance and new features. The Mozilla folks have put together this handy little guide, though.
From a consumer perspective, this thing still won’t run Netflix instant watch movies. Maybe that’s Netflix’s call? You might want to check if it works with any SaaS applications before conducting a large-scale deployment.
Then again, facing a 19% market share, maybe the people selling SaaS applications should be checking in with Firefox.
1. RSS is great. I hear a lot of people tell me they “can’t get into it.” Whatever. Their loss. My news and information intake grows each day and I love it.
2. These people can’t be serious.
3. Hewlett-Packard recently decided to premier its new data deduplication products, predicting that the technology will shift the balance of storage methods away from tape and toward disk. But just last night the company sends out a release claiming that:
“IDC forecasts the tape market to generate more than $1.4 billion in 2009. This industry continues to experience healthy performance as tape provides SMBs with a cost-effective storage solution to handle the explosive increase in digital data. As the tape market offers small and midsize customers affordable and reliable data protection solutions, HP and Sony have decided to jointly develop a new tape format (again).”
As one of my TechTarget colleagues put it so succinctly: “Lots of people storing stuff these days.”
Oh, so we went to the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston about three weeks ago and interviewed Rishi Chandra, a product manager with Google’s enterprise division.
What follows below is a half-hour of raw interview footage covering Enterprise 2.0 in general and Chandra’s thoughts on cloud computing specifically. So a lot of it is out of context, but we think it’s really worth watching.
And this isn’t even the royal ‘we’: Interviewers are myself, WhatIs.com’s Alex Howard and Barney Beal from the TechTarget Enterprise Applications Media Group. If it’s a really good question, you’re hearing Alex. If it’s meandering, you’re hearing me.
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PCI compliance kicks up a notch today. Retailers apparently “panicking.”
New nanotechnology could mean faster, greener semiconductors.
A good list of open source office software you probably already knew about. Still, worth reading. Though I was shocked to learn that Microsoft Paint “isn’t a serious graphics program.”
An IBM. employee actually explains how to make enterprise social networking work with basic programs. He even uses –gasp – the phone.
What we did this week:
Decided we didn’t want to work anymore and made other departments do our job. This is what passes for leadership these days.
Tried to fit flashlights, canned food and a remote data center into the IT budget.
Watched The Real Niel gush over SOA.
And over at SearchCIO.com, they:
Listened in as IBM screamed “Green data center!” … again.
Practiced masochism by unraveling Microsoft licensing when applied to desktop virtualization.
Apparently, customers are supposed to be happy that Microsoft is going to support its most successful OS for another six years.
If you haven’t already, you really should take a look at Microsoft Senior Vice President Bill Veghte’s letter telling customers that yes, they’re going to have to take Windows Vista sooner or later.
As a PR man, Veghte is masterful. It as if he begins by rubbing a hand on the crying customer’s back, a pat here and there, assuring him that “It’s alright, we’re going to issue Windows XP updates until April 2014.”
“So I can keep buying computers with XP?” the hopeful customer asks, lifting his reddened eyes from his palms and turning his head toward Veghte, who is crouched next to him.
“Well, no,” Veghte says. “But you can buy Vista and then maybe Dell or HP will help you downgrade to XP. When you realize we’re not exactly staying up at night working on XP updates, you can just come back to Vista.”
“Oh,” he adds. “Did you know Windows 7 will be out in about 18 months? It’s really great. And it runs on the same architecture as Vista, so even though you’ll just then finally be migrated to Vista, it won’t be as much work to get into the new OS.”
“Well, if you put it that way,” the customer says, his crying subsiding, “I guess I’ll just get on with my Vista migration now.”
Is Vista security better? Yes, probably. Does it support most critical applications? Yep.
Still, customers aren’t clamoring for it. So Microsoft will just keep forcing it on them. Last day for new XP machines is Monday.
“Windows Vista was a very ambitious release,” Veghte writes in his four-page letter.
And writing a novel is a very ambitious plan for me. But I don’t kick open my roommate’s bedroom door, point an automatic pistol at him, make him read the thing and then make him beg – nay, scream – for a sequel.
Legacies are a funny thing.
Take Hugh Grant. Director Richard Curtis, in the DVD commentary to his film Love Actually, claims a shot of Grant bowing on stage will be the final image in the actor’s nightly news obituary someday.
Grant, also on the commentary, disagrees. He expects the big fadeout will be his 1995 mug shot.
Bill Gates has managed to avoid such an embarrassing stain, but how he’ll be recalled is still up in the air.
Increasingly, it seems Gates – who leaves his full-time job at Microsoft this week – will be remembered for his philanthropy.
Here’s the first line of Gates’ Wikipedia biography: “William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955), is an American business magnate, philanthropist, the world’s third richest man (as of 2008), and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen.”
Those outside the technology world are apt to think of Gates as “The guy that dropped out of Harvard, started Microsoft and then gave away a lot of his money.”
Inside tech, he’s more often the guy that makes “love to hate, hate to love” sort of products. And somewhere in the recesses of everybody’s memory is that time he was accused of trying to make everybody buy them.
Gates has hit the interview circuit pretty hard this week. These aren’t exit interviews in the traditional sense. We certainly haven’t heard the last of Bill Gates (“I’m not a sit-on-the-beach type,” he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer).
And even though he won’t be inside Microsoft and claims he won’t return, we’ll likely still see Gates pitch H-1B visas on Capitol Hill and acting as a tech industry bellwether.
Judging from a quick skim of the interviews, Gates seems to be pretty well in control of his legacy. Not everybody will always love the guy at the top. But barring any run-ins with Divine Brown, his obit is looking pretty clean.