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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
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)
Over the course of the past couple of weeks I have had a most unusual
experience. I have spent a good portion of my time working with the people at
Candle Corporation. I typically divide my time between looking at the world
of technology from my own perspective - and through the lens of IBM as it
deals with the multitude of people and products it is composed of. Until this
month I had never given much thought to how an independent software vendor
differs from IBM. I was surprised to find out that Candle has been in
business for over 27 years and has spent a substantial portion of... (more)
The politicians are at it again with their general collective hallucinations.
Recently Rod Paige, the U.S. Secretary of Education, made the following
There is a new fervor in American education and a new creativity that's being
driven in part by this generation of tech-savvy students. We are already
seeing some remarkable results, and I believe this trend bodes well for the
future of our country. As the report noted, America's students are our
ultimate constituents, and we need to listen to them.
Paige added that teachers are transforming what can be done in schools by... (more)
Ineffectual corporate management has given a great gift to programmers,
system administrators, and CIOs - endless corporate accounting scandals. Our
federal government has not missed this scandalous behavior as they have
passed an extraordinarily strong, far-reaching law to contend with financial
Officially it's called the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor
Protection Act, but it's more commonly know as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The
Sarbanes-Oxley Act is a very special piece of legislation designed to keep
corporate managers honest. The Act awards dishonesty with... (more)
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How low does BEA have to go before Oracle or, for that matter, anyone makes
an offer for BEA? The answer may be lower than you think.
Someone, anyone buying BEA has been a perennial topic of conversation for the
past couple of years. I've had people tell me Hewlett-Packard, Sun
Microsystems, Oracle, Microsoft, and AOL all have good reason to buy BEA and
give IBM a good run for its money. Not one of these companies has stepped up
with ... (more)