News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in February 2005
Blogging Simplified
Commentary  |  2/28/2005  | 
Web Crossing, Inc., an enterprise collaboration software company, today introduced SiteCrossing, a hosted Web site service offering blogging and collaboration tools for individuals, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses.
Symantec CEO Takes On Microsoft, Again
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
John Thompson tells government IT executives that Microsoft's security efforts won't help in heterogeneous computing environments.
SmartAdvice: Telecommuting A Boon With Proper Safeguards And Training
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Make telecommuting a privilege and focus on training and security for a successful experience, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for range of services and experience from a data-center-relocation services provider.
The Observer: Adjust Expectations To Maintain Greatness
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
When things are going well is the time to look ahead and plan ahead, says Lou Bertin.
Business Technology: Security, Microsoft, And High-Stakes Poker
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Microsoft is playing high-stakes poker with its customers over the security of its products and technologies, and so far, Bob Evans says, the company's raises and bluffs have held up. But the other players are getting tired of the game, and Microsoft might find that dominating such a game will be little more than a Pyrrhic victory.
Securing Government IT: Your Tax Dollars Not At Work
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Securing our federal IT systems and networks is so important that spending tax dollars to educate some 125 federal chief information security officers about the latest in cybersecurity-and to get them to collaborate-seems like a sound investment. That's not the case, however.
Langa Letter: Getting The Grunge Out Of Your PC
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Fred Langa cleans the dirtiest PC he can find, and along the way shows you how you can easily tackle yours.
Qwest Makes Another Bid For MCI
News  |  2/24/2005  | 
Regional phone company increases cash portion of its offer in an effort to snatch the long-distance company from Verizon Communications.
Blogging for the Ears
Commentary  |  2/23/2005  | 
In researching a story about Apple's new iPods and podcasting that should appear on InformationWeek.com shortly, I spoke with Royal Farros, CEO of MessageCast, Inc. While discussing how podcasting and blogging are related activities, Farros made an interesting observation about bloggers.
Homeland Security Turns To Private Sector For Advice On IT Privacy
News  |  2/23/2005  | 
Department names members to a new committee that will advise on technological issues affecting privacy, as well as data integrity and interoperability.
Time Warner Launches VoIP Service For PBXs
News  |  2/23/2005  | 
Company launches a VoIP service for PBX customers in 21 markets across the U.S., and will roll it out to other markets later this year.
HP Expands Network-Security Offerings
News  |  2/22/2005  | 
HP's ProCurve Networking unit unveils secure branch-office routers and adds features to make LANs, WANs, and wireless LANs more secure.
Business Technology: RFID: Time To Take A Stand
Commentary  |  2/18/2005  | 
Sensing defeat, the ACLU and other hand-wringers crank up to attempt to squelch RFID initiatives regardless of potential benefits these technologies and related business-process improvements might offer, Bob Evans says.
SmartAdvice: Spreading IT Knowledge Among Staff Benefits All
Commentary  |  2/18/2005  | 
Staff development of IT knowledge is a win-win for everyone, The Advisory Council says. Also, it's time to evaluate IT structure in light of ongoing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
CIO Redux: Washington State's New IT Leader Returns To Old Job
News  |  2/18/2005  | 
Gary Robinson served as acting director of the Department of Information Services in 2001 and 2002.
With D+ On Their Report Card, Federal Security Officers Try A Study Group
News  |  2/16/2005  | 
Government cybersecurity managers will form the CISO Exchange after another poor report on federal computer security.
Cisco's Self-Defending Network Strategy Takes A Step Forward
News  |  2/16/2005  | 
Cisco advances a portfolio of products under its "Adaptive Threat Defense," though companies are likely to stick with a range of vendors.
Former Aetna And CNA IT Leader Named CIO Of Connecticut
News  |  2/16/2005  | 
Diane Wallace tapped to replace the state's first CIO, Rock Regan.
Fed Chairman: U.S. Workforce Needs To Develop Skills To Compete Globally
News  |  2/16/2005  | 
The supply of highly skilled workers hasn't kept up with a demand for such skills, Greenspan tells Senate panel.
Grand Central Enlists 14 Partners To Provide Online Services
News  |  2/15/2005  | 
The software-as-a-service market is expected to grow to $9.1 billion by 2008.
Procurement-Technology Investments Produce Big Payoffs
News  |  2/15/2005  | 
Companies that spend 27% more than their peers on procurement technology spend considerably less on procurement operations, a Hackett Group study reveals.
Microsoft Rolls Out Telecom Service-Creation Framework
News  |  2/15/2005  | 
Software vendor introduces method for telecom companies to create converged-communications services and interconnect services from third parties.
Report Finds Spyware Has Become A Corporate Scourge
News  |  2/15/2005  | 
Forrester Research predicts infection levels will reach 25% in 12 months, prompting 65% of companies surveyed to say they will invest in new and upgraded anti-spyware tools this year.
Verizon-MCI Deal May Affect Business Customers
News  |  2/14/2005  | 
Verizon's acquisition of MCI would create a strong telecom service provider with an extensive menu of services that can compete with the combined SBC-AT&T.
Borderware Releases Firewall To Protect Against VoIP Attacks
News  |  2/14/2005  | 
Company claims it is the first firewall designed to protect VoIP from hackers, spoofers and malicious threats.
SmartAdvice: Managing Wireless Risk Part Of Overall Security
Commentary  |  2/10/2005  | 
Manage security for cell phones and PDAs proactively, The Advisory Council says. Also, telecommuting is a benefit to the company and employees when it's managed correctly.
Langa Letter: Curing Laptop Overheating
Commentary  |  2/10/2005  | 
Sometimes, Fred Langa says, fixing a too-hot laptop/notebook computer is as simple as "Whooosh!"
House Panel Elevates IT Oversight To Full Committee
News  |  2/9/2005  | 
With technology so pervasive throughout the federal government, the entire House Government Reform Committee will provide IT oversight.
Majority Of European Consumers Worry RFID Threatens Their Privacy, Survey Says
News  |  2/9/2005  | 
Consumers surveyed see privacy-protection laws as way to make them feel more comfortable with buying RFID-enabled merchandise.
Cisco's Net Income Nearly Doubles
News  |  2/8/2005  | 
Networking company says businesses are starting to spend more on technology and reports strong gains in sales and profits for its fiscal second quarter.
IBM Debuts Bio-Surveillance Software
News  |  2/8/2005  | 
The Internet system can track a hospital's patient care or a community's warning signs for disease or bioterrorism.
New York Transit Agency Awards IBM $65 Million IT Services Contract
News  |  2/8/2005  | 
IBM Global Services will operate systems that manage fare collection, crew schedules, procurement, and contracts, as well as a massive database that tracks parts for subways, buses, and other equipment.
President Seeks 10.3% Hike In Homeland Security IT Operations Budget
News  |  2/7/2005  | 
The IT spending increase will outpace that for the overall Homeland Security budget, but IT still represents less than 1% of department expenditures planned for 2006.
Business Technology: Supply Chains Hit Home (Sweet Home)
Commentary  |  2/4/2005  | 
A not-so-Socratic dialogue on in-home supply-chain fulfillment experts, dog food, cereal, TV ads, Webvan, Walgreens, Jim Collins, and just-in-time shampoo shopping.
Super Bowl XXXIX Is A High-Tech Playground
News  |  2/4/2005  | 
The game of football hasn't changed much in decades, but the influence of technology on Sunday's Super Bowl game will be on display, as companies hawking and using technology jockey for their place in the Jacksonville sun.
No Job Growth In IT Industries In January
News  |  2/4/2005  | 
Even employment among the IT services firms, which has shown steady growth this past year, hardly budged in January.
Search Engine Claims It Is 'Web's Biggest'
News  |  2/4/2005  | 
A Web search engine that uses the "whois" database said Friday that it searches more Web sites than any other search engine, including Google, which crawls the Web in a different manner for its search results.
Deputy Labor Secretary Tapped To Head Fed E-Gov Panel
News  |  2/3/2005  | 
Steven Law replaces Samuel Bodman, the new Energy Secretary, as head of the President's Management Council Subcommittee on E-government.
Lawyer For Harvard Student Battling Apple Will Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit
News  |  2/3/2005  | 
A lawyer, who has signed on to represent a Harvard student being sued by Apple Computer, said he will seek to dismiss the case on First Amendment free-speech grounds within two weeks.
SBC Details Job Cuts
News  |  2/3/2005  | 
Telecom company expects to reduce head count by nearly 13,000 once it completes its acquisition of AT&T.
SmartAdvice: Look For The Business Benefit In Wireless Technology
Commentary  |  2/2/2005  | 
Untethering some business processes could create value, even in daily tasks, The Advisory Council says. Also, here are 10 tips for becoming a successful manager.
Average IT Pay Drops 2.6% In 2004, Job Site Says
News  |  2/2/2005  | 
Such low pay levels haven't been seen since before 2001.
New VoIP-Enabled Roaming Client
News  |  2/2/2005  | 
PCTel's new product permits users to make and get calls using the same number on cellular and IP networks.
Intrusion Prevention System Works With Open-Source Apps
News  |  2/2/2005  | 
Metanetworks Technologies, Inc. has unveiled a wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet network intrusion detection and prevention system designed to monitor applications and support open-source network security.
Survey: Majority Of Federal Workers Express Interest In Telecommuting
News  |  2/1/2005  | 
But government IT pros blame information-security requirements for the slow progress on developing telework programs.
Sun Unveils Grid Computing Pricing Strategy
News  |  2/1/2005  | 
Company plans to charge $1 an hour for each microprocessor used, and $1 per month for each gigabyte of storage.


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