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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in September 2004
Red Hat Spending $23 Million For Ex-Netscape Security Solutions Business
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Red Hat to incorporate Netscape Directory Server and Netscape Certificate Management System into products to help customers integrate desktops with a networkwide set of computing services.
Campbell Uses 'Slap-And-Ship' Approach To RFID
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Food company says the method has thus far achieved a 96% success rate for case reads.
U.K. Grocer Expands RFID Initiative
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
U.K. grocery chain Tesco will soon expand its RFID project to include eight big-name suppliers. The initiative follows an internal RFID project that was used to track shipments from its distribution centers to its stores.
RFID Gives Manufacturer A Better Handle On Its Snacks
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Snack manufacturer Jack Link's Beef Jerky kicks off RFID tagging initiative for shipments to Wal-Mart, the first in a four-phase move to the radio ID technology. Eventually, the technology could even be helpful in the event of a product recall.
Vendor Consortium Works On Common Architecture For Defense Dept.
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
Defense wants to remake the armed services, and one of the critical tools would be a global, common networking architecture for U.S. forces.
IT Units Encouraged To Adopt Open-Source Risk-Management Program
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
A government cooperative, the Government Open Code Collaborative, offers agencies a repository that includes proprietary and open-source apps. But it's the open-source piece that's of greatest concern to public and private entities.
RFID Deadlines Intensify Need To Manage Product Information
Commentary  |  9/28/2004  | 
Enterprises face dual 2005 deadlines relating to RFID and supply-chain data synchronization. Those that haven't moved forward with a product-information-management strategy will be under-prepared to realize RFID's value.
Cisco Goes For The Small-Business Market
News  |  9/27/2004  | 
New IP switches and routers that can be used to build converged voice, video, and data networks are aimed at businesses with limited IT resources.
Construction Company Builds Business Continuity
News  |  9/24/2004  | 
The plan will bring Ecker Enterprises' antiquated backup and recovery processes into the 21st century.
You Sat in Seat 7F AND You Ordered the Chicken ...
Commentary  |  9/23/2004  | 
In the three years since 9/11, the term "data mining" has become a dirty word among privacy advocates. While much evidence points to digital invasion of privacy as a legitimate concern, I didn't think much about it until I wrote a story this week about the Transportation Security Administration's plans to test its new Secure Flight program. TSA has ordered all 77 domestic air carriers to provide passenger name reco
Companies Adopting RFID Despite Challenges, Survey Finds
News  |  9/23/2004  | 
Many companies across a variety of industries are either deploying radio frequency identification systems or plan to adopt the product-tracking technology.
Keeping EA Demons at Bay
Commentary  |  9/22/2004  | 
When describing the principles behind a successful state enterprise architecture, Patricia Carlson earlier this week said it should be as practical and flexible as possible and include input from not just state IT professionals but those on the federal and local level as well. Speaking on a panel at the National Association of State CIO's annual conference in New Orleans Monday, Carlson, the Wisconsin Department of Administration's c
Ford Gears Up For VoIP
News  |  9/22/2004  | 
Automaker hires SBC Communications to design and manage a converged IP network for 50,000 employees at 110 locations in Michigan.
Boeing, IBM Team Up On Defense Systems
News  |  9/20/2004  | 
They're developing ground- and space-based digital-communications systems.
Man Arrested In UK For Cisco Source Code Theft
News  |  9/20/2004  | 
Case involves theft of the proprietary software blueprints used by Cisco's networking equipment.
SmartAdvice: Web-Based Collaboration Helps Bridge Travel, Time Gap
Commentary  |  9/15/2004  | 
The next generation of Web-based collaboration tools are appearing as more companies use near-real-time sharing of documents to speed workflow, The Advisory Council says. Also, Microsoft's delay in releasing Longhorn won't affect the desktop-software strategy of most companies.
Satellite Service Provides New VPN Option For Remote Locations
News  |  9/15/2004  | 
Hughes Network Systems hopes to provide companies with a satellite option to connect a VPN for users in remote locations that otherwise lack adequate network infrastructure.
Amazon Unit Challenges Google, Other Search Sites
News  |  9/15/2004  | is walking a fine line between working with Google and competing against it.
Standards Group Rejects Microsoft's E-Mail Authentication Plan
News  |  9/14/2004  | 
The Internet Engineering Task Force has nixed Microsoft's Sender ID proposal because of patent concerns.
New RFID Services Based On IBM's Own Tagging Projects
News  |  9/14/2004  | 
RFID work done at an IBM chip factory becomes the basis for a new line of consulting services.
Heart Hospital Embraces Digital Future
News  |  9/13/2004  | 
St. Francis Heart Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., was built to be digital from the ground up.
RFID Needs Insight, Not Scare Tactics
Commentary  |  9/13/2004  | 
Is RFID a powerful new technology that can help spark business innovation, or is it an intrusive high-tech vermin that should be obliterated, Bob Evans asks.
Business Technology: RFID Needs Insight, Not Scare Tactics
Commentary  |  9/10/2004  | 
Is RFID a powerful new technology that can help spark business innovation, or is it an intrusive high-tech vermin that should be obliterated, Bob Evans asks.
Patent Revolution
Commentary  |  9/9/2004  | 
Not since the dawn of the previous century has technology, and the need to protect inventors' ideas and techniques, had such a profound impact on business and society. Today, as it was 100 years ago, new inventions that change the way people work and live emerge at a furious pace. Likewise, today, as it was a century ago, inventors (we're more likely to call them developers now) seek to capitalize on innovative ideas and build upon other's innovative ideas.
Incompatible Routers Could Hold VoIP Back
News  |  9/9/2004  | 
A research firm says telecom equipment makers aren't adhering to industry standards.
Can RFID Lead To More Comfortable Underwear?
Commentary  |  9/9/2004  | 
InformationWeek's Tony Kontzer muses as to whether RFID could solve some very practical problems, such as more comfortable underwear. Some explanation is in order.
SmartAdvice: Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Is Ongoing, So Prepare For Now And In Future
Commentary  |  9/9/2004  | 
Getting ready for Sarbanes-Oxley will test whether your company can meet the act's compliance guidelines for financial and IT controls, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for a general collaboration app when you decide to implement supply-chain forecasts; and use dashboard tools to manage outsourcing contracts for more control and greater ROI.
A Guide To Key Decision Points On RFID Pilot Tests
Commentary  |  9/8/2004  | 
Risk factors, scope of testing, and insourcing/outsourcing are all critical decisions that companies must make as they embark on pilot tests that precede RFID deployments.
Businesses Technology: Killer Businesses, Hubs of Commerce, And The IW Fall Conference
Commentary  |  9/3/2004  | 
Small- and medium-sized businesses today have unprecedented opportunities to become deeply engaged in global business by aligning themselves closely with large organizations that are eager to have smaller partners work with them around the world on the condition that those partners follow tightly proscribed requirements for technology standards, business processes, product and service quality, and speed.
IBM Opens Blade Specs
News  |  9/3/2004  | 
The company, in conjunction with Intel, will share technology in bid to spur sales.
7-Eleven Turns To HP To Streamline Operations
News  |  9/3/2004  | 
The rollout of new servers and networking switches in stores is part of a five-year agreement supporting 7-Eleven's Retail Information System.
Langa Letter: Real-Life Experiences With XP's SP2
Commentary  |  9/2/2004  | 
Forget the ivory-tower pundits--here are first-hand reports from the trenches, relayed by your peers who've already installed the new Service Pack.
SmartAdvice: Consider Hardware, Software, And User Education In Securing Your Networks
Commentary  |  9/2/2004  | 
If you don't have the right skills to secure your networks in-house, run a security audit, then look for outside expertise, The Advisory Council says. Also, boost software quality with a formal application-development methodology.
Caller ID Spoofing Service Debuts
News  |  9/1/2004  | 
Star38's service disguises who is making the call but will only be sold to collection agencies, private investigators, and law-enforcement personnel.

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