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July 18, 2008  1:13 PM

Weekly Wrap-up

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What we did this week:

Tried to remember when it was that we gave Johnny an Excel license. Oh wait, we didn’t.

Shook our heads at the unfolding mess that is the San Francisco city IT department.

Found one more thing – in this case service-oriented architecture – that we don’t have to actually run in-house.

And this weekend?

Going to see The Dark Knight, of course. But let’s review it now: Bale’s no Keaton and hasn’t cracked a smile since Newsies. Ledger is outstanding without necessarily being better or worse than Nicholson. Violent, violent, violent. Hey, where’s the Prince soundtrack?

July 16, 2008  1:55 PM

San Francisco IT hack story looks a bit too much like Chinatown

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What the hell is going on in San Francisco? It’s like a freaking detective novel out there all of a sudden.

One of the city’s top IT guys has been accused of locking other administrators out of the city’s new fiber wide area network (WAN).

Now he won’t give up the new password. He’s been arrested and in court. He is being held on a whopping $5 million bail and his lawyer says the accused – one Terry Childs – “loves kittens.”

Continued »

July 15, 2008  1:06 PM

Breaking news: Computer skills get you hired

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This should come as no surprise, but technology jobs are relatively resistant to a junk U.S. economy, according to a new report from Jobfox, the job search site you’ve never heard of before.

The site analyzed its listing database from November 2007 up through July 7 to determine which jobs remained consistently in demand, even as gas prices doubled and rice left the “affordable staple” food list.

Six of the top 20 jobs – software design and development, networking and system administration, software implementation, testing and quality assurance, database administration and technology executive – are IT jobs.

Technology executive, which we take to mean not being a CIO but running a tech company, landed at 16 on the list with a note that there are “especially good prospects for those with cutting-edge mobile technology and Web 2.0 skills.”

No. 1 on the list is sales representative.

July 14, 2008  3:25 PM

MSM Monday Round-up

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Big news in all the papers this week. Apparently Apple has released a new version of the phone that plays MP3s and has a full browser. Still going on behind the curtain:

The Washington Post today reports on Abacus Technology, an IT services company that just landed a major NASA contract. The company’s revenue will jump from $60 million to about $100 million. No wonder the company president is smiling in that photo.

More technophobia from the mainstream media. Turns out downloading illegal MP3s at work is responsible for data breaches. But The Washington Post, in its rush to condemn file sharing as irresponsible, forgets to provide a tip box on how to stop employees from exposing sensitive data.

Politicians and government folk have a nasty habit of deleting email, the Associated Press reports. If this were you, someone would sue.

July 11, 2008  1:52 PM

Weekly Wrap-up

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What we did this week:

Dodged narcoterrorists and revolutionaries on our outsourcing trip to Colombia. Let’s not even talk about Venezuela.

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.

July 10, 2008  5:41 PM

CIOs can make $250 in 10 minutes

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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.

July 3, 2008  1:37 PM

Weekly Wrap-up

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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.

July 3, 2008  1:31 PM

Mozilla Firefox 3 hits. My grandma uses it.

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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.

July 2, 2008  2:38 PM

Three things that just occurred to me in the span of a minute:

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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.”

July 1, 2008  5:39 PM

Google on cloud computing and Enterprise 2.0

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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,’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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