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Content posted in January 2002
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MicroStrategy Reports 4Q Loss
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
Business-intelligence software company can't predict profitability.
Taking Stock: ETFs, Part II: More Technology-Related Choices In Subsectors
Commentary  |  1/31/2002  | 
Exchange Traded Funds representing IT have limited liquidity
Small Vendors Cautious In Web-Services Spending
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
The much-hyped, emerging standards for connecting business applications over the Web have not drawn much revenue.
CSC, KPMG Have Profitable Quarters
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
Computer Sciences Corp.'s income and revenue increased in the third quarter. KPMG Consulting's second-quarter revenue was down, but its net income was $6.6 million, compared with a loss of $37.6 million a year ago.
New York Appoints Its First CIO
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
James Dillon will supervise New York's Office for Technology and coordinate technology policies of all state agencies and authorities.
Meshing Of XHTML, VoiceXML Is Proposed
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
IBM leads push for combining voiceXML and xHTML standards.
Drugmaker Extends Reach Of Web-Based Service
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
Aventis Pharmaceuticals' virtual detailing service, which had been available to 4,000 customers, is now being offered to more than 50,000 physicians.
Seal Of Approval On Responsible Spam
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
Privacy group Trust-e wants to stick a digital seal of approval on commercial E-mail.
Signs Point To Possible Relief From Spending Drought
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
Some of the major high-tech vendors are signaling that customers appear more willing to spend this year than they have been over the last several quarters.
NY Piloting Counter-Terrorism Network
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
The new system will let state's law-enforcement agencies share critical intelligence instantaneously.
Setting Standards For Service-Level Agreements
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
The MSP Association program will help with templates for writing SLAs based on the ITIL standard, plus self-assessment surveys to determine where standardization is needed.
Survey Finds Increase In Cyberattacks
News  |  1/31/2002  | 
Some industries are more attack prone than others, according to a report. Power and energy companies suffered severe attacks at almost twice the rate of the mean number of all other industries.
Survey Finds Little Resistance To Accessing Apps Remotely
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
A survey of more than 1,200 mid-level and higher managers found that many are using business applications outside the office.
You Have The CFO's Ear
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
Nearly half of the respondents in a recent survey of CFOs said that IT's vital to growth.
Football Fans See Games From A New Angle
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
Denver Broncos fans can access instant replays, highlights, bloopers, and camera angles from anywhere in the football stadium with just the touch of a screen.
Sifting For Software Vulnerabilities Drains Security Staff
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
Security professionals are spending two hours every day hunting for information to protect their companies, according to a recent survey.
SAP Takes Step Toward More Open System
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
The software maker said the next version of mySAP Business Intelligence, available in a few weeks, will include reporting software from Crystal Decisions that lets companies draw data from other business systems.
Cooperative Competition In Logistics
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
Caterpillar Logistics will use Schneider's Sumit application suite to provide supply-chain and transportation management services for its parent company and its 40 external manufacturing clients.
Fiorina Vows Support For Linux, Promotes Merger
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
HP CEO Carly Fiorina pledges commitment to Linux and encourages support for a planned merger with Compaq.
Industry Comment: Should We Trust Bill's Trustworthy Computing?
Commentary  |  1/30/2002  | 
Bob Rubin is cynical about the motives behind Bill Gates epiphany--and about the effect it'll have on your IT budget.
JNI Adds Windows Capabilities With Troika Deal
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
JNI will integrate Troika's technology into its products as well as resell some of its partner's products.
Morgan Stanley Moving Some Workers Out Of NYC
News  |  1/30/2002  | 
Business-continuity concerns and space needs pushed the firm to buy office space in the suburbs.
Langa Letter: Lockout Workarounds
Commentary  |  1/29/2002  | 
With a little preparatory work, Fred Langa says, you can avoid nasty surprises from Microsoft's Windows Product Activation.
Retired Army Officer To Head EDS Homeland Security Services
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
Robert Nabors will coordinate existing company offerings--such as developing SmartCard technology, biometrics, and secure and interoperable networks--that can be adapted for homeland security.
Rivals Rally Around J2EE
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
Sun Microsystems called the faithful together in San Francisco to rally around Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.3, the latest version of the platform that powers many E-commerce applications.
Onyx's Earnings Aren't Gem Quality
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
The CRM vendor's revenue has slipped significantly, and the company has had to lay off staff.
Business Objects Sales Up, Income Down In 4Q
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
Net income of $14.1 million, or 23 cents per share, beat Wall Street's expectations, but was down from the net income of $16.1 million, or 25 cents per share, reported a year earlier.
Oracle Details Prices Designed To Push 11i Suite Adoption
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
The new fee schedule requires a company to have a minimum of 567 personnel and to license at least 10% of its employees as professional users and 10% as self-service users for a $250,000 buy-in.
RIM Unites Pager, Phone In Deal With AT&T
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
It will be the first RIM device to use the Java 2 Micro Edition operating system, which adds new IT management features.
Comnet: More Control For Networks
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
WorldCom and Cisco unveil a network-management tool and more switch features, respectively.
Delta Air Lines Improves Its Web Site
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
The streamlined site expands personalization and loyalty-program features.
Scheduling Apps Keep General Mills On Top Of Orders
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
The company uses a Tidal Software package that links legacy applications with SAP R/3.
Palmisano Named IBM CEO
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
Lou Gerstner, who turns 60 on March 1, will retire as CEO on his birthday and will relinquish the chairman's post at the end of the year.
Identity-Verification Software Maker Raises $12M
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
Image Automation will use the funding to extend its R&D activities and increase product production for airports and border patrol.
Crystal Decisions Reports 2Q Sales Surge
News  |  1/29/2002  | 
The privately held company doesn't disclose all details about its finances, but it does say operating profit and cash flow increased during the period.
Lotus Retooling Software To Support Java
News  |  1/28/2002  | 
Lotus plans to rebuild the Lotus product line to conform with the Java 2 platform for easier integration with IBM's other software products.
WRQ Helps Create New Processes Out Of Old Code
News  |  1/28/2002  | 
Three new software tools promise to let IT departments pull data components out of legacy systems and integrate those components with newer IT systems.
Ask The Secret CIO: Would You Agree To This Deal?
Commentary  |  1/28/2002  | 
The Secret CIO responds to readers about meetings and other interpersonal relationships. It isn't the meeting style that's at fault, he says, but the inability of corporate leadership to gather data and do the right thing promptly.
Intel, AMD Cut Chip Prices
News  |  1/28/2002  | 
Analysts expect the price-cutting trend to continue.
'My Party' Worm Spreading
News  |  1/28/2002  | 
The W32.Myparty@mm worm tricks users into infecting themselves by clicking on a bogus Web link.
Sony Electronics' New CIO: Preparing For Convergence
News  |  1/28/2002  | 
James Milde's main challenge is aligning the division's IT structure and strategy to accommodate the accelerating convergence of products, content, and service in the consumer electronics market.
Verizon Wireless Launches 3G Network
News  |  1/28/2002  | 
The network will initially offer subscribers full access to the Internet via laptops, PDAs, and cell phones. Users can expect average speeds of between 40 and 60 Kbps, comparable to a dial-up connection.
Tower Reaps Fruits Of Search-Powered Browsing
News  |  1/28/2002  | 
Endeca's InFront navigation engine has helped the music and video retailer convert more visitors into paying customers.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  1/25/2002  | 
A lot of people were given blank checks in terms of optimizing E-commerce and Internet initiatives, headhunter Davis says.
The Strategic CIO: Turning Small Wins Into Big Victories
Commentary  |  1/25/2002  | 
A close working relationship with GMAC's business units has made Patel a success
IBM To Offer Linux-Only Mainframe
News  |  1/25/2002  | 
The eServer zSeries for Linux will feature IBM's z/VM virtualization software, which lets the machine be subdivided into hundreds of so-called virtual machines that operate independently from each other.
I2 Reports Losses For Quarter, Year
News  |  1/24/2002  | 
The company reports losing more than a half-billion dollars in the fourth quarter, but expects to return to profitability by the middle of the year.
Taking Stock: Trades Like A Stock, Tracks Like A Fund, But It's Really An ETF
Commentary  |  1/24/2002  | 
Exchange Traded Funds offer choices but limit exposure.
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