Stories by Steve Ulfelder

How to never lay off staff: Securian shows the way

“In some form or other, our IT group has been around for 50 years,” says Jean Delaney Nelson, vice president and CIO at Securian Financial Group. “And we’ve never laid off an employee.”

An unsexy speciality no more

For the past half-decade, it seems, networked storage has been expected to explode. The year of the SAN was always just a few calendar flips away, analysts and vendors assured us.

Selling IT to the CFO

There are no it projects at Kaiser Permanente, says Cliff Dodd, the healthcare provider’s CIO.

Raising an RFID ruckus

FRAMINGHAM (09/22/2003) - It was a rough summer for radio frequency identification, the heir to the venerable bar code.

Outsourcing guide: Ireland

When CIOs talk about their operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the word comfortable arises frequently. Both Ireland and Northern Ireland, which remains part of the U.K., are relatively close to the US, and their language, infrastructure, and inhabitants' culture and work ethic are all familiar and comfortable to the American eye. There's a catch, though: Companies that send IT work to Ireland pay a stiff premium for that comfort.

Outsourcing guide: China

China's potential in the outsourcing game causes India, the Philippines and other outsourcing strongholds to tremble in their boots, experts say. And for good reason: The nation boasts a massive population, a strong university system and a central government that's determined to create a global technology powerhouse.

Transistor triumphs

Only a fool would predict the imminent demise of Moore's Law. Thirty-six years ago, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore observed that the density of transistors on chips doubled every 18 to 24 months, doubling the amount of processing power per dollar.