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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
Articles by John Foley
posted in April 2009
Like other CIOs, IBM's Mark Hennessy knows that a dollar saved on data center operations is a dollar earned for business-technology innovation. IBM has moved the dial on its IT budget 10 percentage points toward innovation in recent years, and Hennessy says there are still more operational efficiencies to be gained.
In the first quarter of 2009, Amazon's net sales surged 18% to $4.9 billion, fueled by sales of electronics and other general merchandise, which jumped 38% compared to a year ago. Holding the company back, however, was its "other" sales category, which grew only 8% and includes revenues from Amazon Web Services.
Cassatt, a six-year-old enterprise software company, is "close to the end" of operations, according to Forbes. Cassatt had positioned its data center management software as a platform for private clouds, but the startup's steep licensing fees are apparently more than IT departments are willing to spend in this economy.
The release of InformationWeek's Startup 50 raises the old question: Should IT departments do business with startups at all? The unequivocal answer is yes, and here's my advice on how to pick the right ones.
With President Obama's appointments of Aneesh Chopra as federal CTO and Jeffrey Zients as chief performance officer, and with Vivek Kundra in office as federal CIO, the pieces are in place for the United States to raise the bar on IT strategy and implementation in government. The trio represent a dream team of IT innovators, but it's solving the tough challenges of the here and now by which they must also be judged.
McKinsey & Co.'s conclusion that cloud computing is twice as expensive as do-it-yourself data centers is welcome news. Even though McKinsey brings some shaky assumptions to its analysis, it's the kind of cold slap of reality that IT departments need if they're to avoid betting too much, too soon on the cloud.
Among the many projects competing for attention in government IT, cybersecurity is far and away the top priority, according a just-released InformationWeek Analytics survey of government technology professionals. Over the past few weeks, we've had several reminders of just why that's the case.
IT services vendor Wipro Technologies plans to enter the cloud computing market over the next three to six months. Wipro CTO I Vijaya Kumar laid out the strategy in an interview with me yesterday.
In a surprising admission, Microsoft president Bob Muglia says Microsoft's licensing arrangements with Amazon Web Services and other cloud service providers are both too complicated and too expensive. "We'll fix that," Muglia promises.
Some people say that cloud computing is nothing new, a bunch of old ideas and existing technologies repackaged with the latest buzz words. Gartner puts the cloud services market at $46 billion last year, jumping to $56 billion this year and $150 billion by 2013. Call it what you will, that's a remarkable growth projection in the thick of a recession.