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Google CEO Eric Schmidt (pictured) thinks we’re out of the woods of Armageddon and are now somewhere in the netherworld between stabilization and recovery. Large advertisers are coming back but he still calls the economic environment “weak.” He credited the company’s resilience for its performance. Google pulled the stops out and applied fiscal discipline – like cutting payroll by 378 people – to come in with second-quarter earnings of $1.48 billion, $4.66 a share, up 19% year-over-year on revenues up a very un-Google-like of only ~3% to $5.52 billion. A low tax rate helped. Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) cut total revenues ~27% to $4.07 billion, a shade better than some analysts had projected. Google’s growth rate in the quarter was the lowest since it went public five years ago and its second consecutive quarter of single-digit growth, according to the AP. US pai... (more)

Cloud Expo Keynoter Undertakes New Role as CIO of NRO

GovIT at Cloud Expo Jill Tummler Singer has been appointed to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), effective 1 January 2010. Ms. Singer previously served as the Deputy CIO (DCIO) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in which capacity gave the keynote address at SYS-CON's 1st Government IT Conference & Expo ( As NRO’s CIO, Ms. Singer will be responsible for ensuring the NRO Information and Information Technology Enterprise is provisioned in an effective and efficient manner. She will also be more engaged in external activities, to include serving on the Intelligence Community (IC) CIO council, fulfilling her duties as an Information Sharing Executive, and serving as the Privacy Officer. As CIA’s DCIO, Ms. Singer’s primary responsibilities centered on leading Enterprise Information Technolog... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 31, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly A study conducted by GlobalWebIndex reveals China is the country with the world’s highest mobile purchase penetration rate. Fifty-five percent of Internet users in the country made a purchase via mobile device in the fourth quarter of 2012.  South Korea comes in second with 37 percent.  Read Original Content According to managed consulting firm Condition Zebra, Malaysia has los... (more)

DevOps Is Paving New Inroads | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

In my last Cortex newsletter I explained that the trimodal pattern from Value Chain Mapping wouldn't fix the well-known issues with bimodal IT. I've also gone on the record taking issue with Gartner's questionable advice to let slow go slow. Instead, my advice for getting out of the bimodal IT trap is to fix slow. Fix slow, you say? Easier said than done! After all, enterprises have been struggling with legacy modernization and migration initiatives for decades, with woefully limited success. Why should we expect any better luck this time around? Even if we did have some magic wand that would resolve all our legacy technology issues, we still have all the people in slow IT, following all of those slow processes they've been following in one form or another for years. The good news: we're not necessarily doomed to repeat history. Modernization ain't what it used to ... (more)

Digital Transformation: Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Hard | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #AI

Digital Transformation: Not Because It's Easy, But Because It's Hard Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo Pop quiz: What's the first thing you should do after you've completed your digital transformation? If you've followed our work here at Intellyx, you know this was a trick question. Digital transformation is a process, not a destination. It's a fundamental reshaping of an organization's culture that reorients it around the customer experience, business value and constant change. It's not about executing a ‘digital transformation project' and finding a new normal. The essence of digital transformation is the destruction of the static state. This essence is a challenging concept to grasp, ironically, because while we talk about digital transformation, we do it through an industrial era filter. It's difficult to imagine a change of state this fund... (more)

Deutsche Telekom investe na JAJAH - Indício de mudanças no mundo das telecomunicações

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Califórnia, 29 de maio /PRNewswire/ -- A JAJAH anunciou hoje que o T-Online Venture Fund -- o braço de investimentos da Deutsche Telekom -- se uniu aos investimentos de US$ 20 milhões da Série C da JAJAH. O investimento representa um indício de mudança no mundo das comunicações globais, já que é a primeira vez na história que uma grande operadora abraça uma companhia de VoIP. "Este é um grande momento na história da telefonia", disse o co-fundador da JAJAH, Roman Scharf. "As implicações tanto para as operadoras quanto para os consumidores são enormes. A JAJAH está prestes a trazer soluções de baixo custo e inovadoras para o mercado global. Isto será uma grande vitória para os consumidores em todos as localidades". A notícia de hoje segue um anúncio feito no início do mês pela Intel Capital, o braço de investimentos da Intel Corporation. Da mesma forma... (more)

Hire CIO, Inc. Awarded U.S. General Services Agreement, Ohio State Term Schedule

COLUMBUS, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/10/08 -- Hire CIO, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based operations and technology-focused consulting firm, recently announced it has been awarded both the U.S. General Services Agreement (GSA) and the Ohio State Term Schedule (STS). "The process took nearly a year to complete, but it was worth it," states Mary Olsen Dielman, Managing Partner for Hire CIO. "Our ideal client is one with a need to increase productivity, reduce cost and improve customer service. Fortunately, Governor Strickland is striving to create programs to do just that!" Hire CIO is uniquely positioned to make a positive impact within government agencies, and is looking forward to the opportunity to do so. "Our services and the government's need for assistance really do fit 'hand in glove,'" adds Dielman. Hire CIO's innovative models, developed by former COOs and CIOs, d... (more)

New Transoft Product Gives Benefits of Relational Databases to Organizations Using COBOL Applications

Transoft, an expert in innovative modernization software and services solutions, today announced the launch of CIO, its new product which enables organizations to maximize the potential of their existing systems by using COBOL applications with relational databases (RDBMS), replacing older proprietary COBOL ISAM file handlers. Designed to work with a wide variety of COBOL dialects, including Micro Focus COBOL, ACUCOBOL and RM COBOL, CIO provides a bridge between the existing COBOL code and the new relational database such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server. Data is structured and stored natively in the RDBMS, but the COBOL programs continue to use native COBOL data structures and data types. CIO provides the gateway between the two very different worlds. Any changes required to the COBOL code are automatic using Transoft’s pre-processor technology prior to co... (more)

Unique Commodity Portal FMX Connect Goes Live

Community Forum to Exchange Research, News, Data and Analysis JERSEY CITY, N.J., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- FMX Connect ("FMX"), a unique commodity and energy portal designed to provide professional content in a community environment, has launched in beta at FMX, short for 'Financial Media Exchange,' was created for industry participants and public investors that seek unbiased, professional data combining news, analysis and contributions from third parties to create an open platform for independent, best-in-class information. Users can tap into OTC energy data, options analytics, trading volumes, real-time news, and global exchange data aggregated on a single screen. "Inflationary pressures are leading to a resurgence of commodity investing and the democratization of information is bridging the gap between public and professional investors," said... (more)

System Developed Jointly by FBI and Raytheon Recognized with 2009 Government Computer News Agency IT Award

WASHINGTON and RESTON, Va., Nov. 2, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Data Exchange (N-DEx) criminal justice information sharing system has been recognized with a Government Computer News (GCN) 2009 Agency Information Technology Award. N-DEx was jointly developed by the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). It is one of 10 government agency projects to be distinguished as outstanding IT initiatives for 2009. "Our partnership with Raytheon has enabled us to provide the criminal justice community with a state-of-the-art system and to support the FBI's mission of keeping our communities safe," said Dan Roberts, assistant director of the FBI CJIS division. "We are honored that N-DEx has been recognized for its outstanding achievement in advancing information sharing and increased collaboration between crimin... (more)

Faith-Based Investors Press Dozens of Top Companies to Say If U.S. Chamber of Commerce Speaks for Them in Opposing Health Care Reform

Targeted Companies All Previously Adopted Health Care Principles Now at Odds With Chamber Lobbying Efforts; ICCR Organizes Campaign Echoing Corporate Split With Chamber Over Climate Legislation. NEW YORK, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the health care reform debate in Congress shifts to the U.S. Senate, leading faith-based institutional investors are pressuring 36 major companies -- including Merck, Wal-Mart, McDonald's, AT&T, IBM and General Electric -- to state publicly if the U.S. Chamber speaks for them in its aggressive campaign to kill efforts to overhaul the U.S. health care system. Significantly, all of the companies had previously agreed at the urging of shareholders to embrace health care principles that are now inconsistent with the anti-reform stance of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on health care legislation. The 275-member Interfaith Center o... (more)