Business decision makers (BDMs) are increasingly guiding IT decisions at many leading companies. Here, we explore the shift of influence and examine the top issues facing business innovators, and how each line of business should approach this new relationship with technology.
  • Inside the World of Tech CEO Succession Planning

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 9:59 am

    While succession planning may not be as sexy as, say, innovation, social media or green technologies right now, it does indeed matter. Just look at the undesired attention and financial duress that Apple has endured since Jobs' health issues surfaced: a roller-coaster stock market ride for Apple tied to every Jobs' announcement and unsubstantiated rumor.
  • Staying on Top

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Can Web 2.0 leaders Google, Facebook and Twitter fend off charging upstarts?
  • 10 Cultural Faux Pas You Should Never Make in Japan

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 9:27 am

    From language mishaps run amok--"I once said 'That's wonderful' when a person said her uncle died," confesses businessman Ron McFarland--to blowing your nose in public, there are many faux pas people unknowingly make when doing business in another culture. And Japan is rife with opportunities for Westerners to make mistakes.
  • Oracle Leaves 'Em Wanting More on Its Plans for Sun

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Oracle hasn't said much about what it intends to do after buying Sun. Users are waiting for answers.
  • 11 Cultural Faux Pas You Should Never Make in China

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 9:49 am

    You've flown all the way to China to sign a big deal that will help your company weather the current economic recession. Avoid these common faux pas and you'll be well on your way to closing the deal.
  • Emerging Offshore Outsourcing Markets You Can't Miss

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Egypt has the most market potential among emerging providers of global IT services, according to a recent study by the London School of Economics Outsourcing Unit comparing data on costs, infrastructure, skills and other factors among 14 offshoring up-and-comers.
  • Before Sun: Oracle's recent acquisitions

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Oracle hasn't been shy in recent years about snapping up other companies, including big-name outfits such as BEA Systems, PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems. Here's a quick rundown of Oracle's most recent deals, prior to the proposed $7.4 billion Sun Microsystems buyout announced Monday.
  • Gates' first product demo: 'Mom! Come and tell them it worked!'

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 4:24 pm

    Having delivered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of live product demonstrations during his career at Microsoft Corp., Bill Gates has experienced his share of on-stage gaffes. But the memory of his first demo, when he was still a teenaged high school student in Seattle and a budding entrepreneur, probably still stings, a little.
  • Where did Sun go wrong?

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Sun Microsystems, one of Silicon Valley's biggest innovators, faces a tough road alone after walking away from a deal with IBM.
  • Five Things You Need to Know: Budget Cutting

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Start by ferreting out those "noncore expenses" -- what lies beneath overhead costs (think telecom costs or travel.) Cuts here could trim your overall budget by up to 10 percent.
  • Why US Taxpayers Will Bail Out Foreign Auto Suppliers

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:36 am

    When news broke last week that the U.S. would provide $5 billion in financing to cash-strapped automotive suppliers, the overall message was clear: The government is trying to prevent the collapse of the domestic auto industry and the Big Three automakers (GM, Ford and Chrysler) by ensuring that their top (or Tier 1) suppliers will receive the billions in payments owed to them by the Big Three. But the American public should remember that in this globalized economy, some of these TARP funds will eventually wind up at auto-parts suppliers in China, Europe, Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere.
  • Severance Pay Mistakes: A Quick Guide to Employee Rights

    Posted March 2, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Severance payment errors aren't unheard of. In some circumstances, an employee needs to pay back the money, but sometimes an employee has a valid claim for keeping it. Here's how to know the difference.
  • Three Reasons Microsoft Will Fail with Retail

    Posted March 2, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Microsoft has not provided details about its retail store strategy. Still, some retail vets are already skeptical.
  • The CEO and the layoff decision

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    Layoffs are not the final throw of the dice; rather, they are a means of streamlining operations and 'rightsizing' rather than 'downsizing'.
  • Why Netbooks Are Killing Microsoft

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    When Microsoft laid off 5,000 people in January, analysts and pundits pointed to plenty of reasons for the first major layoffs in the company's history. The obvious culprits included the overall economic meltdown, Apple 's continued success and Wall Street's desire to see a leaner Microsoft. But the real cause of the layoffs can be summed up in a single word: netbooks.
  • Tech layoffs: The real numbers aren't so bad

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 9:31 am

    From the constant drip of tech industry layoff announcements, you'd think huge numbers of IT workers would be out on the street. And certainly Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Oracle, SAP, Sun, and others have announced thousands of layoffs. But the numbers they report don't reflect actual people losing their jobs, so the real tally of tech workers who have found themselves jobless is significantly smaller than you'd think.
  • Sequels to iconic CEOs rarely as good as original

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 10:43 pm

    Legendary CEOs like Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs are almost impossible acts to follow. Most of the sequels have disappointed the stock market, with some flopping so badly that they were scrapped to make room for the return of the star attraction.
  • Profile: Who is Tim Cook?

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 10:42 am

    As Apple's COO since 2005, Tim Cook has overseen every aspect of Apple's supply chains, sales, and support services as well as the company's Mac division. And now he'll handle the day-to-day operations of Apple as well--at least until June while CEO Steve Jobs takes a leave of absence from the company.
  • FAQ: What's in store for Nortel

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Nortel Networks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday to allow the financially struggling company to reorganize. What does this news mean for Nortel's future? Read on to find out.
  • Steve Jobs: Events That Kept the Apple CEO In the Spotlight

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Being the CEO of a company worth more than US$100 billion makes a person newsworthy -- especially if that CEO is Steve Jobs and that company is Apple. Maker of innovative technologies like the Macintosh, the iPod and the iPhone, Apple's reputation has also been shaped by its sometimes controversial front man, Steve Jobs.
  • Bold 2009 prophesies

    Posted December 31, 2008 - 2:27 pm

    There's no shortage of forecasts for the coming year. We've compiled a slew of predictions -- including the idea that some unemployed IT pros may soon turn to life of crime.
  • Five CIOs talk about managing IT costs in a weakened economy

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 4:23 pm

    ITworld asked five CIOs in various industries to discuss how they're planning to weather the softening economy and balance the needs of the business with shrinking IT dollars; what three projects they're currently doing or plan to do over the next year; and what projects have fallen off their lists completely because of the economy.
  • The future of open source

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    There's no question that the open source community is a passionate one -- and one with significant influence on technology directions and options. We're way past the days when people asked if Linux or Apache was safe to depend on in business. Open source is now a mainstream part of the technology fabric.
  • The Financial Crisis Cries for More Open Source

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 8:28 pm

  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
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