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CIO weekly wrap-up: Google Buzz privacy, Lean methodologies and BPA

Why, yes, I am working on President’s Day — are you? When I logged on this morning after a mostly-offline weekend, I discovered that people are still buzzing about privacy issues related to Google Buzz. Google has issued a mea culpa, and says it is replacing the “auto-follow” feature (which, in turn, revealed the people whom you email most frequently using Gmail) with an “auto-suggest” feature that lets you pick your followers yourself. And, with that news, my personal foray into Google Buzz will begin….

So, as you Gmailers set up your latest social-networking venture, take a few minutes to peek at the latest stories from

New IT management framework focuses on business value — Enterprises such as Chevron and Merck are working together to shape an emerging IT-management best practices framework. Could this work in your organization?

IT outsourcing strategy FAQ: Outsourcing and offshoring — An IT outsourcing strategy is crucial to enterprises looking to cut costs and globalize operations during a recession. In this guide, learn how to get started with IT outsourcing, and feel free to let us know if there are other IT outsourcing questions you would like to see addressed in this format.

Implementing Lean methodologies promotes IT, business agility — Implementing Lean methodologies helps IT organizations eliminate wasteful processes and promote IT and business agility, our CIO columnist says. Read more about Niel Nickolaisen’s approach to implementing Lean here.

How to automate and improve business processes, Las Vegas style — Business process automation remains a high priority for CIOs. In this piece, Sin City’s CIO and inveterate business process improver shares his thought on what works.

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