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Blog: Michael Capellas to lead First Data

Michael Capellas was appointed CEO of First Data, the Denver-based electronic payment solutions provider announced Tuesday. Capellas will assume his new role once First Data is acquired by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), which is expected by the end of the third quarter of 2007.

Written by Meridith Levinson11 July 07 23:57

Staying Power

You've coded databases, run the help desk and managed multimillion-dollar software implementations. You've paid your dues and climbed your way into the CIO post. Now you're ready to set your company's IT strategy, hobnob with the board of directors and explain to the market how the new business intelligence platform you're rolling out will help boost earnings per share. Right?

Written by Meridith Levinson02 April 07 14:33

18 Signs You're About to Get Fired

Has this happened to you? You're headed to a meeting with your boss, and when you reach his office, you find the corporate attorney and/or HR director with him. The next thing you know, the tag team is telling you: "We no longer need your services", and they're ushering you out the door.

Written by Meridith Levinson07 Feb. 07 14:45

The ROI of Nice

Can this relationship be saved? That was one of the questions in the mind of Mike Hmel, FedEx Ground's senior vice president of IT and CIO, as he prepared for a meeting with Sun Microsystems.

Written by Meridith Levinson22 Jan. 07 12:27

The Great OS Experiment

John Halamka has a penchant for experiments with new technologies. In 2004, the now 44-year-old CIO of the Harvard Medical School and CareGroup, which runs the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, who is also a practicing emergency room physician, was one of the first people to have an RFID chip containing a link to his medical records implanted in his body (it's near his right triceps.) In April, he and Harvard geneticist George Church will become the first humans to have their DNA sequenced and their full genetic makeup posted on the Web.

Written by Meridith Levinson22 Jan. 07 11:08

Whose Business is Process Improvement Anyway?

In the 1990s, Michael Hammer and James Champy's blockbuster book, <i>Reengineering the Corporation</i>, set off a tidal wave of business process improvement initiatives throughout the corporate world.

Written by Meridith Levinson11 Dec. 06 11:20

Sold! On Open Source

Building an open source-based infrastructure has helped Bonhams compete with the auction industry superpowers

Written by Meridith Levinson04 Aug. 06 12:02

When Failure Is Not an Option

Five years ago, almost half of AG Edwards's IT projects were late and over budget. Now it boasts an 88 percent project success rate. How did it do that? By galvanizing IT, reinventing its PMO, and relying on a standard framework to track projects and create accountability

Written by Meridith Levinson03 July 06 15:59

Business Intelligence: Not Just for Bosses Any More

Business intelligence has long been about spitting out data - often irrelevant and outdated - to a few big bosses. But today's BI is both more meaningful and more egalitarian. And it requires ever tighter alignment between IT and the business.

Written by Meridith Levinson05 April 06 16:18

Flash in the Online Plan

Rich Internet technologies can make your Web engaging for customers and more profitable for you

Written by Meridith Levinson05 April 06 16:00

Inside an IT Marketing Campaign

How Simmons Bedding's CIO cosied up with his internal customers and changed the perception of IT

Written by Meridith Levinson08 March 06 15:46

Testing, 1, 2, 3 . . . 25

Next to requirements, testing is the most overlooked, most under funded, most rushed, yet most critical aspect of the software development cycle. Here are 25 ways to boost the level of success.

Written by Meridith Levinson03 Feb. 06 13:09

Upgrading Lives

The US state of Pennsylvania has improved the lives of citizens with disabilities, installing a sophisticated information system that tracks clients and the services they receive

Written by Meridith Levinson16 Oct. 05 10:39