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GM Insourcing?

Glad to read about some IT insourcing in today’s WSJ’s “Why GM Hired 8,000 Programmers“. GM recently ended an outsourcing arrangement with HP and is starting up an ecommerce effort by the name of “Shop-Click-Drive” where customers can order their GM cars online. The article explains why online car shopping hasn’t worked in the past and how GM hopes it…

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Mark Russinovich’s top ten public cloud security risks

Not sure if this was published first by Computer Weekly or SearchTarget, but there were less grammatical mistakes in the text of the former. Russinovich is a real heavyweight who only recently joined The Dark Side. He presented this topic at IP Expo last week. (I didn’t go … it was in London!) 1. Shared technology vulnerabilities: The cloud risk…

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No CIO Necessary at Netflix

CIO Mike Kail left NetFlix in August and now they have announced he will not be replaced. Technology has become so integral to Netflix’s business model that it may not make sense to treat it as a unique organization internally. A spokesperson at Netflix was quoted as saying “Mike’s departure allowed us to combine data center and streaming operations under one executive who serves…

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Top IT certs

CIO published its annual listing of top paying certs.  

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The Problem with Problem Management

I will begin by conceding this catchy title has been used effectively in blog posts by Pink Elephant in 2005 and Forrester in 2011. And that my message is very much the same: the problem with Problem Management is that it is often overlooked as a discrete role and function. Everyone – including me until as of lately – thought…

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RIP XP!

All good things must come to an end.

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QA Depts Beholden to Healthcare.gov

IT QA and testing managers have gotten a major shot of respect thanks to Healthcare.gov’s recent debut debacle. Too often QA departments are the stepchildren of IT, where they are given minimal funding and are the first to be cut when times get hard. Now they can point to a very public example of what happens when IT neglects proper…

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Tales from The Dark Side

A couple sobering articles on the The Dark Side from Window IT Pro…. In “In the New World Order, Microsoft’s Biggest Competition is IT“, Ron Trent says Microsoft really sees us IT folks no longer as customers, but as impediments! Paul Thurrott ponders “Does Microsoft Hate IT Pros?” “So you’re telling me,” one dazed IT pro asked me during the…

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Another Case Study for the CHAOS Report

After ten years and $40M in the pockets of contractors and consultants, Tennessee pulls plug on its car title IT application. The article says “State officials caution against oversimplifying the situation. They note that many large IT projects undertaken by private corporations fail as well.” This may be true, but this is one for the CHAOS Report!

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Hiring Wisdom: Top 10 Ways to Guarantee Your Best People Will Quit

HR Director forwarded to me … Good stuff from Mel Kleiman over at TLNT… I had never seen this site before, but I will visit again… 10. Treat everyone equally. This may sound good, but your employees are not equal. Some are worth more because they produce more results. The key is not to treat them equally, it is to treat them all…

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