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Stories by Jennifer Mears and Ann Bednarz

Branching out beyond Linux

The open source support center at Fidelity Investments is humming. The organization, formed two years ago within the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, is responsible for determining where -- and how -- open source software fits in the financial services giant's broad IT infrastructure.
Fidelity has been using Linux for years, so long that Charlie Brenner, senior vice president of FCAT in Boston, says the operating system is "part of the DNA here." What's of interest now, he says, is moving up the stack. "We would love to run fewer proprietary" applications.

Written by Jennifer Mears and Ann Bednarz29 June 05 22:00

'Take it all' outsourcing on the wane

The messy breakup between Sears, Roebuck and Co. and its service partner Computer Sciences Corp. this month symbolizes a new outsourcing maxim: Bigger isn't better.
While the US$33 billion U.S. outsourcing market is expected to grow at about a 4 percent clip through 2009, the size of outsourcing deals is shrinking, according to IDC and others. Instead of entering into huge, throw-everything-over-the-wall outsourcing contracts, such as the one Sears inked with CSC, corporations are signing on for smaller, more business-specific arrangements.

Written by Jennifer Mears and Ann Bednarz29 May 05 22:00