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GM CIO Ralph Szygenda To Retire; New CIO Named

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TOP STORY: GM CIO Ralph Szygenda To Retire; New CIO Named

MORE NEWS:Windows 7 Finished, Ballmer Signs Off

ANALYTIC REPORT: State Of Enterprise Storage: Changing Priorities, Changing Practices

WHITEPAPER: 5 Real-World Challenges to Desktop Virtualization

BLOG: How CIO Szygenda Helped GM Get Out Of The Fortune-Telling Business

WEBCAST: Transforming QA -- From Gatekeepers to Quality Partners

RESOURCES: Take Our Survey -- You Could Win An iPod Touch!


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TODAY'S TOP STORY
GM CIO Ralph Szygenda To Retire; New CIO Named

CEO Fritz Henderson announced Szygenda's resignation as part of a management shake-up at the troubled automaker. Terry Kline, one of Szygenda's direct reports, will take over as CIO.



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Chinese Police Investigate iPhone Worker's Death

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Apple Lowers Price Of Next-Gen Final Cut

The company also upgraded its Logic Studio audio production suite with more than 200 added features.




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Featured Blogger How CIO Szygenda Helped GM Get Out Of The Fortune-Telling Business
Posted by Bob Evans
As General Motors CIO Ralph Szygenda winds down his legendary career, he'll be remembered for many things: shifting the focus of his team from IT systems to cars and customers; consolidating a near-endless array of systems, applications, networks, and processes; using arbitrage to create a flexible network of third-party IT services; and more. But to me, the biggest impact he had was in helping make GM relevant again by changing it from a mediocre fortune-teller to a real-time global business.

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Whould You Be Happy If A Human Being Were Transcribing Your Voicemail?
Posted By Eric Zeman
Spinvox has found itself amidst a scandal this week, as the BBC alleges that the company sometimes uses people -- not computers -- to transcribe voicemails from speech to text. This is disappointing, to say the least. Should you be concerned about your privacy?

How Google Could Stymie Apple
Posted By Michael Hickins
Something few people could have foreseen is the impact that apps have on smartphone and feature phone sales; as the iPhone has demonstrated, apps really are the tail wagging the handheld dog.

Oracle Acquires GoldenGate To Bolster Data Integration
Posted By Bob Evans
Oracle has added real-time data-integration capabilities with the acquisition of privately held GoldenGate Software, enhancing its ability to ensure that vital business applications aren't disrupted during migrations and upgrades. The announcement confirms reports that we wrote about five weeks ago here in Global CIO.

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