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Read JDJ's 2004 Predictions by i-Technology Leaders Feature Story Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz Read From the Founding Editor by Steve Benfield In the world of IT, outsourcing is either the dirtiest word you can utter or a brilliant one; it's all about who says it to whom and where it is said. No matter who uses it, it is a word most often said in private. When corporate managers use the word, it is always mentioned in a most confidential fashion as a potential cost-cutting tactic, a magic bullet to increase margins. When technical people use the word in public it is always with a hushed tone, as if speaking it aloud would give management the idea. In private it is discussed as if it were the greatest evil ever to befall the world, a faceless monster from far away. The reality falls somewhere in the middle. Outsourcing can be an extremely complex a... (more)

Personal Branding Predictions: Top Ten for 2010

Personal Branding Journal on Ulitzer Every year since I founded my company, Reach, in 2001, I've made predictions about how the world of personal branding will evolve in the coming year. Here are my top 10 for 2010. 1. Video, Video, Video Thanks to greater bandwidth, cheaper storage, and a proliferation of products and services that make shooting, storing, viewing, and sharing video easy (Flip video, iPhone 3GS, YouTube, vimeo, blip.tv, vodpod, etc.), video will be king in 2010. Video is ideal because it allows careerists to deliver a complete communication and convey their personality—a critical component of branding. More services like videoBIO (a Reach Personal Branding partner) will make it easier to cost-effectively build a powerful and positive brand image using video. 2. Hiring Process Companies will be hiring brands rather than employees. They will use social... (more)

IT Trends: "Intelligent Computing" is Greater Threat than Outsourcing

According to the president of a global research and consulting firm, about ten million manufacturing jobs involving physical labor and repetitive activities worldwide were lost due to machines replacing humans. In other words, the greatest threat to jobs is not IT outsourcing to India, it is rather that increasingly "smart" systems will lead to the replacement of more and more knowledge workers by smart applications. Harvey Cohen, president of Strategy Analytics, believes that higher value-added jobs - involving identification, assessment, conclusions, decisions, and recommendations - will continue to be lost to systems with increasingly intelligent capabilities, creating what he describes as as "a $100 billion opportunity." "In the next wave," of this trend, Cohen continues, "there will be an employment threat involving the substitution of emerging systems with emb... (more)

ThyssenKrupp Awards 100 Million Euros in Global IT Services Contracts to HP

HP has announced a number of new technology services contracts valued at €100 million with ThyssenKrupp, one of the world's biggest technology groups. HP will provide ThyssenKrupp with software and IT services globally for the company's 184,000 employees across 900 locations in 22 countries. Within the framework of the agreement, HP will implement and operate a wide area network (WAN), consolidate and manage ThyssenKrupp's email system and provide consulting services for the company's enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects. The contracts for the three individual projects will run between three and six years. Cost savings through IT consolidation and outsourcing. In close corporation with its strategic alliance partner BT, HP will implement and operate a global WAN for ThyssenKrupp across 900 locations in 22 countries replacing the numerous existing local area ... (more)

Making the Case for Data Virtualization

Achieving compelling value from information technology is critical because IT is typically an enterprise or government agency's largest capital expense. Increasing business complexities and technology choices create greater demands for justification when making IT investments. Cambridge, MA-based analyst firm Forrester Research recently reported that, "Business and government's purchases of computer and communication equipment, software, IT consulting, and integration services and IT outsourcing will decline by 3% on a global basis in 2009 when measured in U.S. dollars, then rise by 9% in 2010." With smaller budgets, IT must validate purchases by correlating tangible business and IT returns that align with corporate strategic objectives. This validation should come early in the acquisition process as well as after the implementation to demonstrate actual value and j... (more)

Sam_Gross: @susanwu88 : Cloud will be successful when enterprises evolve from an outsourcing paradigm to public services.

Sam_Gross: @susanwu88 : Cloud will be successful when enterprises evolve from an outsourcing paradigm to public services. ... (more)

CIA was Headed to an Enterprise Cloud All Along: Jill Tummler Singer

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday, at SYS-CON's 1st Annual GovIT Expo, in the event's opening keynote. "For agencies like mine," Singer (pictured below) continued,  "and for many corporations, keeping such precious gems in our own possession is a foregone conclusion." Jill Tummler Singer keynoting at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo, Oct. 6 The answer, for the CIA at least, is what Singer calls Enterprise Cloud Computing. Enterprise Cloud Computing as defined by Singer is behind the firewall and contained within a business... (more)

Will Cloud Computing Add Value to the Marketing Mix?

For the past 18 months the hype has suggested that Cloud Computing will be the next game changer. But will it? Or are we simply witnessing the next major land grab by a few technology giants on a perceived new market segment? A plethora of recent surveys has shown that whilst organisations are generally aware of the cloud, they are reticent to dive in and procure services. For every survey that suggests that a CIO is considering Cloud Computing as a priority for his or her organisation you will find another survey stating that business leaders haven’t a clue as to its meaning or how it will aid them. With over 20 different definitions of cloud computing in play, it’s hardly surprising that the market is suffering from a ‘fog’ of confusion. Several reasons are given, which include hype over substance, internal resistance and security concerns - all of which suggest t... (more)

Cloud 2.0 – Business Transformation Strategy

The main objective of our projects like the Drummond Report and Cloud analysis, is to focus on the relationship between the technology and the desired outcomes in terms of business transformation. The Drummond Report is another political exercise focused on the growing public sector deficits, Ontario in this case, and the author makes a number of recommendations for cost-saving measures to bring this situation under control. Our white paper will set out to explain what role Cloud Computing technologies could play in helping achieving these recommendations, and also how a vibrant Cloud industry in Ontario would contribute to the desired economic benefits too. Cloud 2.0 One of the headline focus areas for the report is ‘Cloud 2.0‘, the mix of technologies that includes social media, open data and legacy data integrations. This offers multiple outcomes, an effect of ... (more)

CDNetworks Expands to Mexico

CDNetworks has added a Point of Presence (PoP) in Mexico City, helping global manufacturers quickly and easily reach partners and employees throughout Mexico. “Mexico has become an important manufacturing hub for the world,” said Jeff Kim, President and COO, CDNetworks. “Our new PoP enables manufacturing headquarters, located in the US and Europe, to reliably and easily manage offsite resources by ensuring fast and available applications running over the internet.” Many companies are not just outsourcing to Mexico, but building and owning manufacturing facilities. With that comes a multitude of applications needed to manage and run an offsite facility including ERP and HR systems such as SAP and Oracle. CDNetworks can accelerate these and other applications, making them 2-3 times faster and ensuring productivity does not suffer due to poor internet connectivity. ... (more)

The Unsung Virtue of "Business Process Outsourcing" - It Sucks

(November 11, 2003) - The Law of Unintended Consequences is something Keith Franklin, president of Empowered Software Solutions, has believed in passionately ever since his company earned $500,000 in revenues from fixing buggy software written in India. According to no less a source than BusinessWeek, .NET Developer's Journal editorial board member Franklin and his team recently devoted 5 whole months to repairing "a glitch-filled application for a Web portal." Worse of all, for the customer, was that the Indian outsourcer went $1 million overbudget - whereas Franklin says Empowered could have done the project for less than $900,000 right here in the U.S. "When you parse it all out, the total cost of offshoring a given IT job is generally comparable to getting the work done domestically," Tom Weakland, a partner at management consultancy DiamondCluster, tells BW. "M... (more)