At last week's Business Roundtable, 60% of CEOs expect more
layoffs in 2003. In this article, Jason Jennings, a management consultant,
argues that layoffs are indication of poor management, not a poor economy.
Media spending by the world's top 100 marketers reached $70.95
billion last year. Yes, that's an average $709,000,000 spent on advertising by
each company. I guess that's proof that advertisers need to be able to say
"multiple millions" without choking. Suddenly PR looks even more attractive.
From Ziff-Davis: A crisis of epic proportions is brewing
between corporate IT departments and their vendors. CIO Insight's
latest research shows that 25% of CIO's aren't getting the value they think
they deserve from their vendors, almost a third say prices are too high, and one
in five are unhappy with reliability.
Record companies and movie studios are turning an anti-piracy
spotlight on corporate America, sending a letter to top CEOs this week warning
of illegal file trading going on at "a surprising number of companies." The
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),
the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and songwriters' associations
have drafted a
letter expected to be sent Friday to the Fortune 1000 companies, cautioning
executives that employees' song- or movie-swapping could put them at legal risk.
Linux is making significant inroads into Germany, Europe's
largest economy and home to some of the world's largest corporations. That's the
message being spread by numerous software executives attending the LinuxWorld
Conference and Expo in Frankfurt, Germany, from Tuesday through Thursday.
Want to know Microsoft's support policy for operating systems?
Microsoft has published the levels of support for a period of 7 years from
general availability. This is a pretty good example of how one does a roadmap.
The FAQ states: The Windows Desktop Product Life-Cycle Policy is designed to
establish a clear and predictable policy for product support timelines and
license availability, to assist customers and partners with managing their
support needs, product planning and information technology planning within their
organizations based on knowledge of the support timelines for Microsoft
products. Search their web site for Product