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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in October 2004
SmartAdvice: Small Banks Should Use An ASP And Their Agility To Differentiate Service
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
As more banking moves online, small and midsize banks must use their agility to keep customers, The Advisory Council says. Also, Google has to sharpen its focus to be competitive in enterprise search; and a CIO must develop staff leaders to enhance the business.
Emergency Rooms Get New Data Source To Reduce Medical Errors
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Emergency rooms in several Massachusetts hospitals are using a new electronic tool to access patients' prescription information from insurance claims to improve safety and quality of care.
SBC Drops Broadband Prices For New Customers
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
SBC Communications will lower the price of its high-speed Internet service for new customers.
Tech Upgrade Helps Protect Wildlife
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Washington wildlife enforcement agents use new in-car computers and high-speed wireless data services to protect the state's fish and animals.
Hughes Touts Satellite Broadband For Businesses
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Its Multimedia Services delivers video via satellite for corporate TV, Web conferencing, multimedia, and digital advertising.
Report: U.S. Falling Behind Rest Of World In Broadband Adoption
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
U.S. slips to thirteenth place worldwide and digital divide widens because of government policies, concludes study.
Two Wireless Broadband Standards Get a Boost
News  |  10/26/2004  | 
Intel and Clearwire agree to push WiMAX technology and network development while Netgear and Flarion join to create hardware for FLASH-OFDM.
PeopleSoft Tries Out CRM In A BlackBerry
News  |  10/26/2004  | 
Enterprise Sales for BlackBerry is designed to deliver full application functionality, including alerts on hot sales leads, prescriptive analytics, and remote security.
Voice-Over-IP Could Save Big Tax Bucks, Study Says
News  |  10/22/2004  | 
Federal, state, and local agencies could cut costs by $4.5 billion annually by making calls over the Internet.
Business Technology: Cyberinsecurity And A Hot Job Market
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
Nietzsche, who would no doubt have worshipped hackers, said that out of chaos comes order. Bob Evans says he doesn't know about that, but does know that unless software companies and their customers begin to think very differently about security, then out of today's cybersecurity chaos will come massive job opportunities for computer-security majors.
AT&T Writes Off $11.4 Billion In Third Quarter
News  |  10/21/2004  | 
Massive loss results from write-down of assets and staff reductions; overall revenue drops 11.7% from a year ago because of declines in long-distance voice and data, the company says.
SmartAdvice: Write IT Plan For Nonprofit That Incorporates Values
Commentary  |  10/19/2004  | 
Measure the value of IT to a nonprofit in a plan with definable standards, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan around security concerns when implementing RFID; and protect confidential HR information the same way as other company data.
Keane Reports Strong Third Quarter
News  |  10/19/2004  | 
Revenue jumps 17% and net income 45% for outsourcer with operations in U.S., U.K., Canada, and India.
GM CTO Says Software Will Be Part Of Bumper-To-Bumper Warranties
News  |  10/19/2004  | 
GM is facing major changes in the role of information technology, with software a growing component of vehicle cost and performance, and its use of outsourcing changing with the end of its EDS contract.
VoIP: Easier Voice, More Locations
News  |  10/18/2004  | 
Two vendors plan service for voice calls from 11,000 Wi-Fi locations.
Microsoft And Cisco Partner On Network-Access Security
News  |  10/18/2004  | 
The vendors will collaborate on their approaches to PC quarantines, but Microsoft's Network Access Protection gets delayed by more than a year.
Microsoft-Cisco Team
News  |  10/15/2004  | 
The vendors will collaborate on their approaches to PC quarantines, but Microsoft's Network Access Protection gets delayed by more than a year.
Managing Risk
News  |  10/15/2004  | 
Postal Service switches to Lockheed to save money and get partner to absorb problems
SmartAdvice: Consider Limited RFID Adoption As The Technology Sorts Itself Out
Commentary  |  10/15/2004  | 
Don't retool your factory, but consider limited RFID use as it moves into the supply-chain mainstream, The Advisory Council says. Plus, there's room for blade servers and rack-mounted servers in many IT architectures; and weigh cumbersome against secure in deciding on passwords, biometric-based ID, or some combination for security.
Langa Letter: Favorite Tools, Utilities, And Add-Ons
Commentary  |  10/14/2004  | 
What ''must have'' software do you install on your PC? Here's Fred Langa's list of his personal favorites.
Wi-Fi Installed In Big D Arena
News  |  10/12/2004  | 
The American Airlines Center deploys Wi-Fi to improve customer service, internal operations, and security. RFID may be used in the future as well.
Ford Adds IP Network To Communications Mix
News  |  10/8/2004  | 
IP provides lower costs and higher speeds over existing satellite network
AT&T's Gambit: Relying On Automation To Make Up For 12,000 Fewer Employees
News  |  10/8/2004  | 
AT&T's top IT exec says automation of its IT systems will let it shed more than 12,000 jobs this year without hurting its network or service.
AT&T Plans Steep Job Cuts, Asset Writedown
News  |  10/7/2004  | 
AT&T reveals it's slashing 7,500 more jobs than expected and taking a huge writedown on its assets. Many analysts have speculated that AT&T will make itself a more attractive takeover candidate by cleaning up its books and reducing depreciation expense.
Senate Passes Bill To Create Intelligence Organization
News  |  10/7/2004  | 
Legislation would change management of intelligence groups and oversight of terrorist watch list.
SmartAdvice: Align IT Outsourcing With Business Goals
Commentary  |  10/7/2004  | 
Develop an IT outsourcing model that takes management and business goals into account, The Advisory Council says. Also, don't even think of hiring convicted ex-hackers to run security tests when security experts offer the same service.
Political Campaigns Get Technical
Commentary  |  10/6/2004  | 
It's 7 p.m. on Election Day. You're about to sit down to dinner when the phone rings. You're first thought is to wonder why you didn't sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry. You answer anyway. The person on the other end of the line cheerfully wants to remind you to get out to vote. You thank the person and hang up. You look at your watch, then your rapidly cooling meal. It's hard to think about meatloaf when the fate of the free world
Supply-Chain Security Will Take More Than RFID
News  |  10/5/2004  | 
Industry leaders call for standards and warn that the cost of a security breach could dwarf the cost of investing in protection.
SAP, Infineon Team Up To Accelerate RFID Deployment Cycles
News  |  10/5/2004  | 
RFID vendor Infineon uses SAP's NetWeaver platform to help companies better connect and manage RFID systems from diverse suppliers.
Ford Dealers Move To IP Network
News  |  10/5/2004  | 
Reynolds and Reynolds and MCI build a secure, private IP network to replace a satellite network used by Ford dealers.
Snack Maker's RFID Trial Supports National Livestock Registry
News  |  10/4/2004  | 
Jack Link's Beef Jerky last week said it completed the first of a four-phase radio frequency identification project that could eventually enable it to tap into a national database registry for livestock.
Microsoft Steps Up RFID Focus Among Small, Midsized Businesses
News  |  10/4/2004  | 
The vendor's Business Solutions unit said it aims to help smaller companies deploy RFID in their supply chains, and Jack Link's Beef Jerky is a prime example.
Toshiba Offers IP Telephony For Small Companies
News  |  10/4/2004  | 
The Strata CIX system is designed to deliver features to a range of devices, including phones, PDAs, wireless handsets, and IP softphones on laptop computers.
Living On Borrowed SCSI
Commentary  |  10/1/2004  | 
The Government Open Code Collaborative is a great idea without a budget, which is one of the reasons its site has been down for most of the week. For the past several days, I've been working on a story about the GOCC without the benefit of ever seeing the site. The site, you see, was done in when a SCSI controller card, a donated piece of equipment from one of the GOCC's members, went dow
Law Enforcers Around The Nation's Capital Start Sharing Data
News  |  10/1/2004  | 
Wireless network integrates law-enforcement databases in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to help emergency responders.

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