News & Commentary
posted in April 2004
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Business Technology: Fighting For Survival, Or Global Opportunity?
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
How will Wal-Mart's secondary and tertiary suppliers handle its 2005 RFID mandate for the mega-retailer's top 100 suppliers? Opportunities abound for those willing to take the leap into a global supply network, where innovation and flexibility are indispensable.
High-Tech Cure
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
President Bush will appoint a national health-technology coordinator as the government takes on a bigger role in pushing the health-care industry to embrace IT
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
Wal-Mart Takes First Shipments Of RFID-Tagged Products
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Cases and pallets of merchandise with the product-tracking tags arrived at seven of the retailer's stores in the Dallas area.
Wal-Mart Tests RFID With Eight Suppliers
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Mandate for tags marches forward, but companies still struggle with accuracy rates
Down And Downer
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Stocks capped a month-long downturn Friday as investors worried that better economic news could lead to higher interest rates.
IBM Resists Expensing Options
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Software Tops In VC Funding
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Worms Are Big Business For Antivirus Vendors
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Symantec and Network Associates will face competition in the next year.
AutoZone Fights Back
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
SCO Group lawsuit defendant asks court to stall case until a related suit is resolved
Dell And SAP Team To Lower Customer Costs
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
SAP needs to fulfill a promise it made to customers, CEO Kagermann says
Security Pros Doubt Gates' Spam-Killing Pledge
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
The large majority of security pros at a London trade show say the Microsoft leader's anti-spam initiative won't do the job in just two years.
Software Vendors See Growth In Data Analysis
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Microsoft acquisition is latest sign of app vendors' embrace of business intelligence
Letters To Bob Evans
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
PDA Sales Drop; Microsoft Gains In Operating-System Share
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Gartner says year-over-year worldwide shipments fell nearly 5% in the first quarter, with Microsoft pulling into a dead heat with Palm in sales of handheld operating systems.
Recording Industry Sues Music Pirates
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
The industry's association plans to pursue 477 people that it claims have illegally downloaded copyrighted recordings.
Regional Bells Cool To AT&T Proposal
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
BellSouth, Qwest, and SBC all were ooposed to AT&T's latest offer on access fees.
Travel Sites Extend Agreement With Hyatt
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Expedia.com and Hotels.com will continue to offer rooms at Hyatt hotels.
Taking Stock: Can Investors Hear Verizon Now?
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
Verizon's stock may not be exciting, but it's been slow and steady.
Retiree Drives Off With Porsche In AOL Contest
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Charles Chase won the sports car, which was confiscated from a spammer as the result of a suit filed by America Online last year.
Senate Votes To Restore Ban On Taxing Internet Connections
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
It voted to restore the ban for four years, stopping short of the permanent ban OK'd by the House of Represntatives.
California Senate OKs Bill To Limit RFID Use
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
The bill would limit use of the technology in stores and libraries, but it faces much tougher sledding in the state Assembly.
I2 Tries To Reassure Shaky Buyers With New Investments
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
The company's CEO and a private-equity firm sink $120 million into the dot-com-bust survivor.
IT Spending Seen On Rise Again
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
IT spending is not only recovering, it is building a base that will power it to even higher levels in the coming months, according to a survey of more than 130,000 IT decision makers conducted by the Wendover Corp.
Acquisition Boosts Business Objects
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
Revenue soared in the first full quarter after the business-intelligence vendor acquired Crystal Decisions.
California Senate OKs Bill To Limit RFID Use
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
The bill would limit use of the technology in stores and libraries, but it faces much tougher sledding in the state Assembly.
Acquisition Boosts Business Objects
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
Revenue soared in the first full quarter after the business-intelligence vendor acquired Crystal Decisions.
Application Monitoring Saves The Day
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
Wily Technology's Introscope 5.0 alerted Northern Trust Corp. to a developers' error that could have slowed the following day's business.
Interest-Rate Fears Chill Markets
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
Concerns that interest rates are going to rise took their toll on Wall Street, especially on technology stocks.
BMC Snaps Up Marimba
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
It's spending $239 million to acquire technology that will help expand the capabilities of its software, which ties systems and applications management with business objectives.
Ballmer Memo Touts Microsoft's Work To Improve Software Management
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday sent a letter to customers that trumpets the company's Dynamic Systems Initiative and management software lineup, including the planned Systems Center 2005, and points out its work with ISV partners to enable management of mixed systems and applications in the data center.
Bot Attacks Vulnerable Windows Systems; Microsoft Patch Buggy
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
The scrambling revolves around a pair of vulnerabilities that Microsoft disclosed this month as part of a release of Windows patches.
House Panel Probes Spyware
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
Both the House and Senate have introduced bills to limit the unwanted applications placed on users' PCs without their permission or knowledge.
U.S. Charges Four Under Can-Spam Law
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
The criminal charges are the first to be filed under the govvernment's new anti-spam law.
Google Files Long-Awaited IPO
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
The Internet search-engine leader aims to raise $2.7 billion with an initial offering.
Application Monitoring Saves The Day
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
Wily Technology's Introscope alerted Northern Trust Corp. to a developers' error that could have slowed the following day's reporting.
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
HP To Ship First RFID-Ready Goods Saturday
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
After some experimentation, HP says, it's getting 100% read rates on tagged cases and pallets.
IBM And Genesys To Deliver Speech-Enabled Self-Service Systems
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
A suite of new offerings will tie self-service applications to back-end enterprise systems.
Clarke Says CA Is Ready To Move Forward
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
The software vendor's new chief operating officer says CA has eliminated the issues that triggered a government probe, and has a solid business model, balance sheet, and vision.
EU: Court Ruling On Monopolies Doesn't Undermine Microsoft Case
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
The European Court of Justice spelled out three circumstances for delcaring a dominant company can be found guilty of breaking antitrust law for refusing to license copyrighted material to rivals.
Symantec Closes Out Big Year
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
Revenue and net income soared thanks to the continuing spate of new virus and worm attacks.
HP To Ship First RFID-Ready Goods
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
After some experimentation, HP says, it's getting 100% read rates on tagged cases and pallets.
State CIOs Don't Offshore Much--But Many Would Like To
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
Panel members at the National Association of State CIOs midyear conference say they actually outsource very little work to vendors who use offshore employees--but mostly because of politics, not economics.
The InformationWeek 100 Falls 2.5%
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
Blame it on numerous domestic and geopolitical woes.
SAP Maps CRM Push
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
SAP America CEO Bill McDermott says customer demand for integrated app suites catering to individual industries plays right into his company's hands.
AutoZone Wants Delay In Its Case Against SCO
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
AutoZone has asked a judge to delay court proceedings in its case or at least make SCO amend its complaint.
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