ACM Council commissioned in 2004 a Task Force to "look at the facts behind the rapid globalization of IT and the migration of jobs resulting from outsourcing and offshoring." Do the insights produced by the resulting report …
DEPARTMENT: Letters to the editor
Moshe Y. Vardi wrote in his Editor's Letter "Revisiting the Publication Culture in Computing Research" (Mar. 2010) about computer science being a field in which conferences …
Communications' Virtual Extension brings more quality articles to ACM members. These articles are now available in the ACM Digital Library.
Jeannette M. Wing shares useful suggestions for department heads. Daniel Reed discusses the importance of synergy among computing specialists and generalists.
DEPARTMENT: CACM online
Computer scientists are wrestling to tame the glut of online data, which is overwhelming both individuals and companies. For some users the answer starts with restrictions …
Advances in computer technology have changed the way astronomers see and study the universe.
The relational model of data management, which dates to 1970, still dominates today and influences new paradigms as the field evolves.
For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles and challenges remain.
Microsoft's Charles P. Thacker named 56th recipient of ACM's A.M. Turing Award.
DEPARTMENT: ACM election ballot
Meet the candidates who introduce their plans—and stands—for the Association.
COLUMN: Economic and business dimensions
Assessing the strengths, weaknesses, and general applicability of the computing-as-utility business model.
Improving the research base for computing education requires securing competitive funding commitments.
Lessons from the global financial crisis.
Studying the prevalence of mobile email addiction and the associated possible implications for organizations.
COLUMN: Computer museum series
The second of a two-part series highlighting several of the world's museums dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and elucidating computing history.
An essential technique used in emulator development is a useful addition to any programmer's toolbox.
The key to synchronizing clocks over networks is taming delay variability.
The competition among cloud providers may drive prices downward, but at what cost?
SECTION: Contributed articles
Rather than try to capture everything, system design should focus on the psychological basis of human memory.
The curriculum should inspire students to view CS as both accomplishment and intellectual discipline.
SECTION: Review articles
Algorithmic solutions can help reduce energy consumption in computing environs.
SECTION: Research highlights
The problem of decision making in an uncertain environment arises in many diverse contexts. The key issue in effectively solving problems like this is known as the exploration/exploitation trade-off.
The success and proliferation of dark pool stock exchanges have created challenging and interesting problems in algorithmic trading—in particular, the problem of optimizing the allocation of a large trade over multiple competing …
Finding bugs is technically demanding and yet economically vital. How much more difficult yet valuable would it be to automatically fix bugs?
There are many methods for detecting and mitigating software errors but few generic methods for automatically repairing errors once they are discovered. Recent work combining program analysis methods with evolutionary computation …
COLUMN: Last byte
Welcome to three new puzzles. Solutions to the first two will be published next month; the third is (as yet) unsolved. In each, the issue is how your intuition matches up with the mathematics.
SECTION: Virtual extension
IT executives have a pressing need to understand the dynamics of information management costs and their ability to control these costs through carefully chosen policies governing data collection and retention.
Companies in many cases turn to suppliers of IT services to deliver their tough projects. What roles beyond those of traditional project management must external project managers fulfil? And how can they prepare themselves for …
Usability evaluation is essential to make sure that software products newly released are easy to use, efficient, and effective to reach goals, and satisfactory to users.
Companies are increasingly realizing that the progression from departmental to enterprise information systems has a logical next step: inter-organizational or supply chain solutions.
Recent advances in wireless sensor networks make them an attractive solution for monitoring air quality. Successful deployment of these systems demonstrates that they can be useful for some environmental monitoring scenarios.
While a company's investment in new IT that replicates another company's innovation may be easy, it is much more difficult to replicate a competitor's ability to innovate with IT over the longer term.
The proportion of hospital revenue invested in IT has doubled in recent years, raising demand for trained workers. Less recognized is the rising demand within health care for trained IT professionals, especially those who combine …
A business ecosystem is defined as an economic community involving many companies working together to gain comparative advantages as a result of their symbiotic relationships. It is crucial that businesses collaborate among themselves …