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SmartAdvice: Look To Novell's Open Enterprise Server As Migration Path From NetWare
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
Moving to Open Enterprise Server will be the least-disruptive path as your company decides what operating system to go with in the future, The Advisory Council says. Also, some tips for beefing-up your presentation skills.
The Observer: Simplicity And Sound Execution Still Carry The Day
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
Despite the hoopla over synergistic marriages, it's plain, ol' pleasing the customer that keeps businesses going, Lou Bertin says.
Vendors Offers IP-Telephony Security Services
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Enterasys Networks and Lucent Technologies introduced a package of services designed to improve the security of IP telephony networks.
IT Investments Help Propel U.S. Economy
News  |  3/30/2005  | 
Investment in IT equates to nearly 20% of fourth-quarter 2004 GDP growth.
Conflicted Over File Sharing
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
As a one-time freelance writer, I pocketed a few extra bucks from the intellectual property I created. The law recognizes that my writings had some financial value, and provided protection against their unauthorized use.
High-Tech CEOs See Net Services Overtaking Wireless As Greatest Growth Area
News  |  3/29/2005  | 
Survey finds employment at fast-growing, high-tech companies is about to grow quickly: 95% of the 150 responding CEOs say they'll expand their payrolls this year.
New Support-Center Tool Detects Emotion In Voice Of Disgruntled Callers
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Software automatically alerts supervisors when customers voice frustration about company's goods and services.
Q&A: Avaya CEO Discusses The Battle For IP-Telephony Market Share
News  |  3/25/2005  | 
Donald Peterson, CEO and chairman of Avaya Inc., sees telecommunications making a complete transition to IP telephony within 10 years.
SmartAdvice: Workflow Software Can Help Streamline Human Processes
Commentary  |  3/25/2005  | 
Now that data-centric work processes are largely automated, consider that streamlining human-centric processes can provide benefits as well, The Advisory Council says. Also, if your company's IT supplier is bought, CIOs must look at the vendor's value and address the rumor mill.
GAO Reports Lax Data Protection At Securities And Exchange Commission
News  |  3/24/2005  | 
The Securities and Exchange Commission hasn't effectively implemented IT controls to protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of its financial and sensitive data, congressional auditors find.
The Expanding RSS Universe
Commentary  |  3/23/2005  | 
The RSS universe is relatively small; a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey estimates that about 5% of Web content is delivered via RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. But a just-released survey of subscribers of the ultra-techie blog and news site Slashdot shows user
Network Appliance and CyberGuard Release Protection Against Cross-Platform Spyware Threat
News  |  3/22/2005  | 
Firms say their Internet Access and Security solution can defend enterprises against the Exploit Byte-Verify cross-platform spyware threat.
Your Cluttered In-Box Is Likely To Remain That Way
News  |  3/21/2005  | 
Success in selling wares and services by E-mail suggests marketers will send more messages your way.
EEye Offers Its Security Products To Service Providers
News  |  3/21/2005  | 
EEye Digital Security introduces a revamped security suite aimed at service providers trying to secure multiple customers in real time.
VoIP And Security Beat Out RFID In Battle For Business Dollars
News  |  3/21/2005  | 
More than one-third of businesses have invested in security and voice-over-IP technologies, but only 16% have put money into radio-frequency identification wares, study says.
Business Technology: If Speed Kills, Are You In Danger?
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
How would your company fare versus competitors in a benchmarking of speed and agility? Speed -- or the battle against latency -- is moving to the top of priority lists for companies in all industries as customer requirements accelerate. Bob Evans asks, are you ready?
Renovated Art Museum Relies On IT
News  |  3/18/2005  | 
When the Museum of Modern Art in New York launched a $858 million renovation, it included new servers, storage, networking, and wireless capabilities, and a discovery software tool from nLayers to provide a view of the facility's application infrastructure.
Smart Advice: Storage Attachment Made To Order
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
Expect iSCSI to gain popularity at Fibre Channel SANs' expense, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan your migration to Microsoft Exchange 2003 carefully, and recognize possible need for coexistence of messaging systems during the migration.
Is Early Adoption Worth The Risk?
News  |  3/18/2005  | 
Dow Chemical CIO says yes, even after living through a troubled VoIP effort
Government Expected To Spend Heavily On Cybersecurity
News  |  3/18/2005  | 
Input says the effects of 9/11 have changed the way federal agencies approach cybersecurity and will drive steady growth in federal IT security spending.
Who's Forwarding All Those Dumb E-Mail Jokes? More Than Half Of Us
News  |  3/17/2005  | 
More than half of employees admit to inappropriate uses of business E-mail, and IT people are more likely than others to E-mail confidential company info.
Westlaw To Restrict Subscriber Access To Social Security Numbers
News  |  3/17/2005  | 
"The ultimate test for us as a business is to do the right thing," CEO of Westlaw's parent company says.
Living With Risk: Why Early Adoption Of VoIP May Be Worth The Trouble
News  |  3/16/2005  | 
After EDS failed, IBM's implementation of communications systems is going smoothly, Dow Chemical CIO says.
Qwest And Verizon Vie For MCI
News  |  3/16/2005  | 
With MCI's deadline looming for reviewing Qwest Communications' takeover bid, the latter firm is ready to raise the ante in hopes of derailing Verizon Communications' offer for the long distance company.
Ethernet Inventor Sees No Limits To The Technology
News  |  3/16/2005  | 
Robert Metcalfe, awarded the National Medal of Technology on Monday, says Ethernet will become even faster and more widely used.
Mobile Devices Get Their Own Internet Search Tools
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
The mSearch technology is built specifically to deliver information--and ads--most relevant to mobile users.
ChoicePoint Exec And Lawmakers Don't See Eye To Eye On Identity Protection
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
Key House chairman predicts Congress will enact law restricting sale of Social Security numbers by businesses.
HP Counts On Strategic Alliances To Fuel Growth
News  |  3/15/2005  | 
HP works with 16 key partners to develop products, open new markets, and sell more products to customers.
Law, Order, And Technology In 2005
Commentary  |  3/14/2005  | 
By the time May flowers begin to bloom in San Francisco, the city's Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) police department can expect an upgrade to the wireless handheld technology that helps its 191 officers patrol the region's 43 rail stations and 104 miles of tracks. Central to the upgrade is a geographic mapping application that integrates with the BART dispatch system to deliver via wireless handhelds key logistical information to officers, including train-station schematics, track milepo
Ethernet Inventor And Software-Quality Visionary Earn Technology Medals
News  |  3/14/2005  | 
President Bush awards inventor of Ethernet and visionary on software quality with National Medal of Technology in White House ceremony.
Blogger Rights: Multiple Views
Commentary  |  3/14/2005  | 
No consensus exists, at least among readers responding to an online InformationWeek poll, on whether bloggers should be given the same legal protections as journalists when protecting confidential sources.
Apple Wins Right To See Publisher's Correspondence
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
Judge affirms Apple's right to force online publishers to disclose their information sources.
Gaining Control Over The Wireless Explosion
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
InnerWireless system lets customers manage a wide variety of applications
Dartmouth College Goes Wireless
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
Dartmouth will deploy GigaBeam's WiFiber, a point-to-point fiber-link wireless system that uses high radio frequencies.
Government Ready To Issue 20,000 Extra H-1B Visas
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
A new law grants visas to 20,000 foreign workers who earned graduate degrees here, but those receiving them don't necessarily need to hold master's and doctoral degrees.
Langa Letter: Rust Never Sleeps: How To Deal With Moisture And Corrosion In Your PC
Commentary  |  3/11/2005  | 
PCs in non-air-conditioned spaces may need special care. Fred Langa offers a series of options for providing that care and ensuring the longevity of your PC.
Government Agencies To Get Early Dibs On Windows Patches
News  |  3/11/2005  | 
Microsoft will give the federal government patches to fix security holes in Windows and other software a month before the general public receives them.
Networking Week In Review: All VoIP, All The Time
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
Thanks to the Spring VON 2005 show, there were three topics of importance in the networking world this past week: VoIP, VoIP, and more VoIP.
Wireless Survey: Many Nets Open To Security Breaches
News  |  3/10/2005  | 
The explosion of Wi-Fi networks in business is needlessly exposing users to security risks. "For a potential hacker, it is almost a case of walking down the street and trying all the doors until one opens--it is almost inevitable that one will," said the VP of RSA's worldwide marketing.
Tech Development Based On Red, White, And Blue, Not Just Green
Commentary  |  3/9/2005  | 
Over the past 58 years of its existence, the Central Intelligence Agency's information-gathering needs have played a role in the development of some significant technology, including the U-2 and SR71 spy aircraft, Corona surveillance satellites, and even the Internet. Despite what promises to be some ego-bruising restructuring within the U.S. intelligence community to accommodate the new National Intelligence Authority, the agency has its sights set on a number of emerging technologies it hopes
Nearly Two-Thirds Of Enterprises Deploy Personal Firewalls: Survey
News  |  3/9/2005  | 
Most firms, though, deploy them in only limited ways, Forrester says.
Voters To Pioneering CIO: Keep Your Day Job
News  |  3/9/2005  | 
Former California and Massachusetts CIO John Thomas Flynn defeated in race to fill vacant House seat.
Gates Sees PC, Cell, And Desk Phone In Communications 'Triumvirate'
News  |  3/8/2005  | 
Office Communicator shows Microsoft's eagerness to tap into voice over IP, which Gates describes as "exploding."
The Apple Bloggers 3: Heirs To Revolutionary Pamphleteers
Commentary  |  3/8/2005  | 
AppleInsider, PowerPage, and ThinkSecret are the 21st century descendents of Common Sense, Thomas Paine's 1776 pamphlet defending colonial independence from England.
Nokia Pilots TV Test For Cell Phone Viewing
News  |  3/8/2005  | 
TV on mobile phone handsets is being tested by 500 subscribers in Finland, Nokia announced Tuesday.
Nearly Three Quarters Of Consumers Favor VoIP: Survey
News  |  3/8/2005  | 
Survey finds that 71% of respondents would consider subscribing to VoIP services, though many said that they still require more information before making the leap.
Texas Launches Portals For Citizens And Businesses
News  |  3/7/2005  | 
The state saved substantial time and money by building a portal template capable of supporting current and long-term goals.
IT Services Provide Employment Opportunities
News  |  3/7/2005  | 
One in every 50 jobs created in the United States this past year can be found in companies offering computer-systems design and related services.
Jersey City Cops Add Video To Shoe Leather
News  |  3/7/2005  | 
Handheld computers will let police access data, share information, and connect to video-surveillance cameras in high-crime areas throughout the city.
Customer?s Gripe Blamed On Symantec's Success
Commentary  |  3/7/2005  | 
Ever had a problem with a product, couldn't get help from the vendor, and wished you could let the company's CEO know of your frustration? Chuck Smith got his chance as he came face-to-face with Symantec CEO John Thompson.
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