To IT managers, high-stakes supercomputing may seem like the land-speed record: a freak show, amusing but hardly relevant. Oh, a car broke Mach 1? And a defense lab has a 280 TFLOPS computer? Cool. Now let
A "stretch assignment" is one that requires a worker to take a leap beyond his comfort zone and, in the process, pick up new skills. Long used in business as a career development tool, stretch assignments are gaining popularity among corporate IT managers.
If you work in IT these days, you don't need anyone to tell you that times are tough. You might have watched as colleagues packed their cubicles and headed to the unemployment office. You probably haven't gotten a promotion or a decent raise in a while. And morale in your department has likely shrunk right along with the IT budget.
With IT budgets tight, CIOs are being asked to tally up ROI figures for every sizable project these days. Not surprisingly, consulting firms ranging from Gartner Inc. to two-man start-ups -- often founded by Gartner alumni -- have stepped in with a full complement of ROI metrics, methodologies, guidelines and benchmarking services to cash in on the opportunity. We've sifted through some of the offerings.