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CIO weekly wrap-up: IT outsourcing, virtualization/private cloud guide

Happy Monday! Well, not so happy in Boston – we just learned that the Red Sox season opener has been postponed due to rain! At least there’s a little NCAA men’s basketball game to watch tonight.

Until then, find some time to take a peek at the latest content from on IT outsourcing contracts, a forecasted IT spending decline, architecture mistakes in disaster recovery planning and virtualization and the private cloud:

CIOs adjust terms of IT outsourcing contracts to get lower prices – Competition is getting fiercer for your outsourcing buck. As companies with IT outsourcing contracts look to take advantage of price drops, they’re finding renegotiations may include reduced service levels. In this story, Gartner and others weigh in.

Gartner’s revised IT spending forecast: Decline exceeds that of 2001 – (This story came out last Wednesday, and if only it could have been an April Fool’s joke.) Gartner has revised its 2009 IT spending forecast downward, with hardware purchases the hardest hit. What else is on the back burner?

Avoid these architecture mistakes in your disaster recovery planning – In building out a disaster recovery strategy, many IT executives make these common mistakes. Want to save yourself some trouble? Here’s how to work around potential problems.

Virtualization and the private cloud: A guide for enterprise CIOs – Our latest guide looks at the trends, best practices and critical criteria for building a true strategy around virtualization and the private cloud.

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