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Stories by Ephraim Schwartz

Cybersecurity report offers Obama assorted recommendations

A congressionally sponsored study conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, made public on Monday, recommends everything from the creation of a the National Office for Cyberspace outside the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to maintaining "sufficient manufacturing capabilities" at home to supply components and software that is not dependent on a global supply chain.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz09 Dec. 08 08:06

How IT could have prevented the financial meltdown

In the coming weeks the feds and the surviving financial services institutions will have the daunting task of unraveling all the securitized loans and other instruments that are hiding the toxic investments. But does the technology exist to do that? And if so, could it have been used to prevent the bad debt from hitting the fan in the first place?

Written by Ephraim Schwartz25 Sept. 08 09:05

Painful lessons from IT outsourcing gone bad

As companies look to economize in a weak economy worsened by rising energy costs, it may be more tempting than ever to consider outsourcing your IT -- whether to a cloud-based provider, to a shop in your town, or to a provider in some far-off land. Certainly, outsourcing has worked well for many companies, but it can also lead to business-damaging nightmares, says Larry Harding, founder and president of High Street Partners, a global consultancy that advises company on how to expand overseas. After all, if outsourcers fail, you're left holding the bag without the resources to fix the problem.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz26 Aug. 08 09:13

13 best practices for IT outsourcing

While reading outsourcing horror stories may be somewhat entertaining, especially if it hasn't happened to you, it's even better to learn from the mistakes of others.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz27 Aug. 08 10:09

How to succeed in the high-tech boys' club

My, how times have changed: A woman, Hillary Clinton, is a serious contender to be the next US president. But maybe they haven't changed all that much: According to the US National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), there has been an astounding 70 per cent decline in the number of incoming undergraduate women choosing to major in computer science between 2000 and 2005.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz26 March 08 09:37

Outsourcing to the Middle East

As globalization continues to blanket the world and companies continue to look for geographies where they can get IT work done for less, the latest find appears to be the Middle East.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz13 March 08 12:16

Gartner Analyst Warns of IT Irrelevance

At the Gartner Symposium ITXPO 2007, Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of global research, gave a keynote address on emerging IT trends and how they will affect IT on a personal and professional level.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz01 May 07 16:48

Does ERP Matter?

If there was any question about whether the ERP market was in turmoil, the recent shakeup in senior management at ERP stalwart SAP that pushed out rising star Shai Agassi should have answered it. The shakeup at usually sedate SAP underscored the frayed nerves in the corporate boardroom of many leading ERP vendors, as technologies such as SOA and Web services enable enterprises to turn to smaller vendors and service providers who can deliver applications that meet their demands for speed, flexibility, and low overhead.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz11 April 07 10:47

SaaS model is maturing

Customers always want their software bug-free and free of charge. Anything less is a disappointment, according to Josh Greenbaum, a principle at Enterprise Applications Consulting.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz12 July 06 12:06