As companies continue to cut costs, consolidate staffs and eviscerate executive salaries, more and more senior-level IT professionals are eyeing corporate exits -- or being shown them against their will.
Stories by Julia King
Chief Jon Greiner recently expanded his staff of crime analysts from one to 11 without hiring a single new officer at the Ogden Police Department in Utah.
It's 10 o'clock on a sunny April morning in Balboa Park. In a spacious Girl Scout cabin tucked away amid lush green palm trees, 20 girls ranging in age from 11 to 14, most wearing jeans and pigtails, are gearing up for today's camp activities. But there are no sit-upons or s'mores, potholders or paper crafts -- just 21 laptops, two color printers, 10 digital cameras, two scanners and a palpable abundance of preadolescent energy and creative enthusiasm.
No matter their job title, business department, industry knowledge, computer savvy and/or exposure to security training, end users are the second-weakest spot in every organization's security fence. They are bested only by one subgroup of employees -- remote workers.
Here are two facts from security experts: First, physical access always trumps technical savvy; and second, facilities and maintenance staffers make soft targets.
Think you want to be a CIO or CTO? Think again. What you might really want is to be a chief delivery officer or chief process officer.
Business intelligence might be a maturing technology, but it's far from hassle-free. Tedious technology issues, including the need for comprehensive data cleansing and integrating incompatible computer systems, are still a big part of nearly all BI projects.
Vint Cerf is the co-designer with Robert Kahn of the TCP/IP protocols and the basic architecture of the Internet. In 2005, he and Kahn received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Gary Laroy, a U.S.-based client delivery executive at Electronic Data Systems, hasn't worked in the same state as his boss for many years. In fact, at any given time, he may have two or three different bosses under EDS's matrixed management structure. He hasn't ever received an official career road map from the company, nor has he ever expected one.
CIO Steve Olive isn't handing out any gold stars to IT for providing good PC support or networking service at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Consistently reliable and excellent IT service should be a given, he says.
It took a crisis for Volkswagen of America to learn that strong governance is the only way to keep IT aligned with the car maker's primary goal of selling more cars than the competition.
Humana Inc is on a mission to do what many US consumers would consider nothing short of a miracle: simplify buying and using health insurance. Its most recent target audience is the millions of Americans eligible for Medicare Part D, the government's revamped prescription drug plan for senior citizens.
It took a crisis for Volkswagen of America to learn that strong governance is the only way to keep IT aligned with the automaker's primary goal of selling more cars than the competition.
After studying the issue for a full year, researchers at The Concours Group came to the alarming but irrefutable conclusion that U.S. companies are on a collision course with their demographic destiny.
Norma Veta, 74, an IT retiree from The Aerospace Corp, spends two days a week helping her son's family and managing several rental properties. The other three days, she returns to Aerospace to work on special IT projects. After 40 years with the R&D and engineering services company, she knows the payroll and benefits systems almost as well as the faces of her three grandchildren.