Meet America's first CIO

In a surprise announcement, President Obama has named the first federal CIO of the US: Vivek Kundra, CTO of the District of Columbia. (He has yet to name the position he did promise he would create: the first national CTO.) So who is Kundra, and what might his appointment mean for the federal government's direction for and spending on technology?

Written by Galen Gruman10 March 09 10:40

Oracle offers sourcing software as a service

Oracle on Monday took a step in the direction of on-demand ERP with the announcement of Oracle Sourcing On Demand, a SaaS module for handling the purchase of supplies and services.

Written by Chris Kanaracus10 March 09 08:43

IPv6 fails to reach 5 percent of Internet

Only a small percentage of the Internet supports the emerging protocol IPv6 despite the technology being mandated by the US government.

Written by Maxwell Cooter10 March 09 08:37

Charges beefed up against alleged Sarah Palin hacker

The University of Tennessee college student accused of illegally accessing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account was formally charged Monday on new fraud and obstruction of justice charges.

Written by Robert McMillan10 March 09 07:27

Dynamics users ready to network, solve problems

This week's Microsoft Convergence conference in New Orleans will likely be light on new product announcements but heavy on talk about how the vendor's ERP and CRM software can help companies adapt to change and save money in challenging economic times.

Written by Chris Kanaracus08 March 09 08:23

Survey: Data storage to see increased spending in '09

The results of a survey of about 450 technology professionals released Wednesday found that of 26 technology categories, data storage was the only technology for which spending would increase this year.

Written by Computerworld (US) staff06 March 09 11:11

Govt splurges $61M on bush telecoms

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will inject $61.1 million to improve regional telecommunications for education, health and emergency services following recommendations from the Regional Telecommunications Review.

Written by Darren Pauli06 March 09 11:05

IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix

IBM is trying to make its Informix OLTP (online transaction processing) server a more potent option for BI (business intelligence) and data warehousing through a new optional toolset, the company announced Thursday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus06 March 09 08:05

Intel and Dell sue Canadian company for 'netbook' trademark

Intel and Dell are seeking from the U.S. District Court and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a trademark cancellation over the term "netbook", held by rugged mobile computing solutions vendor, Psion Teklogix.

Written by Maxine Cheung06 March 09 07:38

NetSuite tries to lure Sage customers

On-demand ERP vendor NetSuite is offering Sage Software customers at least 50 percent off their NetSuite fees for the first year if they switch away from its rival's products, NetSuite said on Wednesday.

Written by Chris Kanaracus05 March 09 10:37

Network skills in demand, pay well in down economy

IT executives polled separately by IT staffing and consultancy firm Robert Half Technology and staffing firm Bluewolf revealed that the need for specific IT skills doesn't lessen because the economy is bad. Robert Half Technology surveyed 1,400 CIOs about their hiring plans for the second quarter (8 percent intend to add staff) and discovered the skills considered most in demand right now.

Written by Denise Dubie05 March 09 08:08

GlaxoSmithKline deal highlights overseas launch by Microsoft

Microsoft officially launched its Business Productivity Online Suite outside of the US on Monday, headlined by a deal with GlaxoSmithKline as its first major customer for the hosted communications software suite.

Written by Eric Lai03 March 09 09:56

Recession Pares IT Budgets, but CIOs Keep Projects on Track

As the economic recession continues to deepen, double-digit budget cuts, hiring freezes and layoffs are becoming a fact of life in many IT departments. But some CIOs are managing to keep both their staffs and their rosters of ongoing IT projects largely intact - due partly to a desire on the part of business executives to use technology to reduce corporate costs and boost revenues.

Written by Craig Stedman03 March 09 08:37

Cloud efforts examined by Microsoft and others

Established vendors weighed in on cloud computing at Microsoft's Silicon Valley offices on Friday afternoon, citing it as a dramatic shift but offering caution as well.

Written by Paul Krill03 March 09 08:34

Avanade MD makes his case for cloud computing

With Microsoft increasingly talking up cloud computing it is not unexpected that Avanade, the consultancy dedicated to using the Microsoft platform, and which was co-founded by Microsoft, is starting to talk up the benefits of running services in the cloud. To get a little more of a local insight where he thinks the market is positioned and what Avanade can offer organisations, we spoke to Craig Dower, managing director, Avanade Australia.

Written by Howard Dahdah02 March 09 13:08
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