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Tag Archives: IT Industry

Super Users Control All IT Systems

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
In every IT shop someone has to be in charge of the system including all accounts, passwords, data, and security, which is endemic to IT systems and has always been the case. System administrators who have access to special user accounts are often call Super Users, because somebody has to have access to maintain operating… Continue Reading

Windows President Departs Abruptly

Posted in IT Industry
With little fanfare and soon after the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft announced the departure of 23 year veteran Steven Sinofsky which is leading to speculation that Windows 8 may not be as successful as Microsoft hoped. Also the New York Times reported that in recent SEC filings Microsoft blamed Sinofsky for failing to comply… Continue Reading

Cyber Attacks on 6 Banks

Posted in IT Industry
Millions of bank customers were unable to access their bank accounts and bank online as reported by the New York Times. The bank customers “of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and PNC, …could not get access to their accounts or pay bills online.” The report went on to say: The… Continue Reading

The Internet is an Energy Hog!

Posted in IT Industry
The New York Times reported that Internet sites waste huge amounts of energy and that worldwide “the digital warehouses use about 30 billion watts of electricity, roughly equivalent to the output of 30 nuclear power plants.” The study reviewed “20,000 servers in about 70 large data centers spanning the commercial gamut: drug companies, military contractors,… Continue Reading

Samsung is Accused of Mistreating Chinese Workers

Posted in IT Industry
China Labor Watch (CLW) reported "illegal and inhumane violations" at Samsung’s factories in China including 7 workers under the age of 16. With all the bad press resulting from Apple’s August 2012 $1billion patent infringement victory over Samsung, the title of CLW Report says volumes: An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China: Is Samsung… Continue Reading

Apple v. Samsung – No Infringement in Japan

Posted in IT Industry
Just to show how unpredictable patent infringement cases are, a week after Apple’s massive $1+ billion verdict against Samsung in California, a Tokyo Judge ruled that Samsung did not infringe a different Apple patent. Computerworld reported that Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ruled on August 31, 2012 that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “patent for synching… Continue Reading

Avoiding Disasters when Negotiating Software Development & ERP Implementation Projects

Posted in IT Industry
Few General Counsel and attorneys understand the important contracts terms to negotiate in order to avoid disasters when developing new software systems or implementing ERP systems. On July 18, 2012 from 12:30-1:30pm CDT my friend John DeGroote (Former Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at BearingPoint, Inc.) and I will present a webcast for… Continue Reading

VIDEO – 10 Commandments of IT Contracts

Posted in IT Industry
My 30+ minute video about the 10 Commandments of IT Contracts is available for viewing thanks to my friends at Financial Management Network (& parent SmartPros Ltd.). For more than 30 years I’ve negotiated and litigated hundreds of IT contracts, and as a result of my experiences I continually update my 10 Commandments. In this… Continue Reading

60 Minutes Report about Cyber War, but Still No Cyber Czar

Posted in E-Discovery, eCommerce, IT Industry
Probably everyone who watched the recent 60 Minutes story entitled “Cyber War: Sabotaging the System” was not surprised by any aspect of the story. The report is old news, but unsettling particularly following President Obama’s presentation of his “Cyber Policy Review.” The White House vowed to take the lead in protecting the US. However apparently… Continue Reading

Outsourcing Update: Xerox Buys Outsourcer ACS –

Posted in IT Industry
On the heels of Dell’s purchase of Perot Systems, Xerox announced that it was purchasing Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS) for $6.4B. Dell just agreed to buy Perot Systems for $3.9B. Now that 3 major hardware companies have purchased outsourcing vendors the outsourcing/sale of hardware market will get more interesting. ACS claims it is the “world’s… Continue Reading

GUEST-POST: Creative Mediation for IT Dispute

Posted in IT Industry
HAPPY 4TH ANNIVERSARY TO DISPUTING!!! – conceived by Karl Bayer and Rob Hargove.  These days Disputing is ably managed by Victoria VanBuren. Victoria recently reached out to me and posted some of my materials and now I am a Guest Blogger for Disputing. This ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Guest Blog was posted on August 12,… Continue Reading

Holy Smokes What at Headline- Judge Order Microsoft to stop selling Word!

Posted in IT Industry
A permanent injunction was entered based on Microsoft’s patent infringement that prohibits the sale of Word products for certain custom XML codes! Also US District Judge Leonard Davis (Eastern District of Texas in Tyler) ordered Microsoft to pay $40 million for willful infringement and $37 million in prejudgment interest. This injunction and award of willful… Continue Reading

ERP Implementations- Predictable Disasters!

Posted in IT Industry
A recent review of a vendor’s proposed contracts for a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Program) system reminded me why so many implementations fail and lead to litigation – vendors generally underestimate the scope of the systems (on purpose to keep the price tag low, or just don’t know what they are doing) and as a… Continue Reading

EU Update- IT Security Breaches, Microsoft, and Intel

Posted in IT Industry
Recent reports from the EU potentially impact a number of Internet and IT industry issues of great import, including plans for new laws to protect consumers from IT security breaches, Microsoft’s strategy to defend antitrust claims regarding the Internet Explorer (IE) browser, and a ruling that Intel violates antitrust laws. EU Notice for Loss of… Continue Reading

EU Antitrust Activities Aimed at Microsoft and IBM

Posted in IT Industry
Google (Chrome browser) and Mozilla (Firefox browser) joined forces in the EU to complain about Microsoft’s marketing of Internet Explorer (IE) originally brought by Norwegian browser company Opera, and T3 filed an antitrust complaint in the EU against IBM for adversely impacting the mainframe market. Neither Microsoft nor IBM are strangers to antitrust actions in… Continue Reading

10 Commandments of IT Contracts

Posted in IT Industry
My 10 Commandments of IT Contracts have been a common speech I have given for many years and is based on drafting, negotiating, and litigating hundred of IT contracts. Most IT professionals can guess all 10: 1st Commandment – No Computer Project is ever completed on time 2nd Commandment – No Computer Project is ever… Continue Reading

Wow Another Huge Data Breach!

Posted in IT Industry
Heartland Payment Systems disclosed what may be largest payment data breach to date with over 100M cards being compromised. Apparently unknown intruders planted malicious software to steal data card information which was not detected until Visa and MasterCard alerted Heartland. Heartland’s public statement indicated that this may have been the result of “widespread global cyberfraud,”… Continue Reading