News & Commentary
posted in April 2006
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The BPM Journey
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Business process management is "a journey, not a destination." That's the description given by many BPM practitioners to writer Penny Lunt Crosman, author of the article "Processes Get Smart."
Wireless Vendors Tout Security, VoIP At Interop
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Vendors are looking to expand enterprise WLAN rollouts and shine a spotlight on the VoIP and security features of their latest wares.
5 Reasons We're Not In A Tech Boom
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
From smaller VC funding to your paycheck, there are good reasons not to get carried away with today's pockets of tech success.
CA Upgrades Data Modeling Suite
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
CA says it has upgraded its AllFusion Modeling Suite with a new generalized data-modeling engine.
AMD Reports Potential Heat Problem With Some Opteron Chips
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
AMD says only a very small number of chips are affected. It will make available diagnostic tools for identifying susceptible chips, which it will replace at no charge.
Levi Ships RFID-Tagged Jeans
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
In a trial program, the clothing maker began shipping RFID-tagged men's jeans to one retail location in the United States. The idea is to use RFID to help with inventory management.
Brief: The New York Times Unveils Vista-Based Newspaper Reader
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Co-developed with Microsoft, the application displays the newspaper's text in columns, using a format readers can customize according to font size.
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Cisco Overhauls Router Line To Improve VoIP, Security
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
New modules for the 7200 promise performance improvements for aggregation of services such as security and VoIP from branch offices, and the router line now scales up to OC-3/Gigabit Ethernet speeds.
Down To Business: The IT Industry Is Showing Its Age
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
The marquee vendors are bringing in new leadership and flailing in new directions. For the most part, the glory days are over.
Movie, Record Industries Target College LANs In Piracy Battle
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Two industry groups said they sent letters to college presidents in 25 states, alerting them of the illegal activity on campus LANs.
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Cisco, Juniper, And Others Take Aim At Speeding Up Applications
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Expect a stream of new product announcements about application acceleration at this week's Interop show.
Wireless-N Could Stand For 'Not Interoperable'
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Hardware companies are racing to bring out wireless LAN equipment with far higher speeds and capacity. But consumers and businesses should be cautious: As the standard they're based on isn't yet official, early products may not be interoperable and could have performance problems.
Sun's New CEO Faces Tough Challenges
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Jonathan Schwartz needs to make some changes to restore the computer company to profitability.
IBM Says New DB2 Will Require Less Storage
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
One reason is that a new feature in the next version of DB2, code-named Viper, will apply compression to data at the row level.
Microsoft Smokes Out Office Pirates
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Following up on its Windows anti-piracy efforts, Microsoft is piloting a program to sniff out counterfeit copies of Office, Microsoft's second-biggest moneymaker.
Feds Relent, Give Benefits To Programmers Who Lose Jobs To Offshoring
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
The Labor Department had ruled that downloaded software wasn't a product, so workers didn't qualify for the program.
Is Wireless Affecting Our Health?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
All this time I've been thinking that the cause of my tiredness and quick temper is work-related stress, the side effects of living in New York City, and lack of sleep. But it's possible that the actual culprit could be my home Wi-Fi network.
Yahoo Implicated In Jailing Of Fourth Chinese Advocate
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
A human rights group says a Chinese dissident was sentenced to 10 years in prison after distributing electronic writings through Yahoo. It is the fourth time the Internet company has been implicated in the jailing of a government critic.
Google Condemned For Click-Fraud Settlement
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
The settlement won't adequately compensate harmed advertisers or penalize Google, says an attorney who has a related case pending against the company.
Sun Needs Layoffs, Cost-Cutting: Channel Partners
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Just increasing revenue won't be enough for incoming CEO Jonathan Schwartz to return the company to profitability, Channel Partners says.
It's Official: More Than 100 Million Users Call On Skype
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
VoIP provider Skype say it has registered more than 100 million users.
EDS Lands $1.7 Billion IT Contract At Kraft Foods
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
The deal, which goes into effect June 1, will move about 670 Kraft IT employees to EDS.
New SocketShield Said To Stop Zero-Day Exploits
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Startup Exploit Prevention Labs is offering free downloads of its beta zero-day exploit protection software, which is meant to serve as a "Band-Aid" until software flaws are patched.
Brief: Nintendo Names Next-Gen Game Console
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Once known as Nintendo Revolution, Nintendo's next game console will be called Wii, pronounced "We."
Mozilla Pulls Major Firefox 2.0 Feature
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Mozilla Corp. developers yanked one of the most prominent features from the next version of the Firefox browser after deciding it couldn't be finished in time.
Debate Breaks Out Over 'Tag Spam'
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Friends and foes of search engine optimizers locked horns at this week's Search Engine Meeting in Boston.
China Ready To Swipe Spam Crown From U.S.
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
U.S. junk E-mailers still lead the way, but a report says Chinese spammers are hot on America's heels.
Microsoft Expands System Center
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Microsoft unveiled two new System Center products and said it plans to get into the software asset management business.
Lumus Develops Optical Imaging-Based Display Technology
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
New technology enables personal screenless displays by projecting images and data from computers, DVD players, or VCRs into the viewer's eye.
Did You Get Your Free Flash Drive Yet?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
A while back I posted a story that said Microsoft was giving away free flash drives. There were just a couple of catches, of course -- you had to have a Microsoft Passport account to get one, and they came packed with information on Microsoft licensing. That was two months ago. Has anybody seen their freebie yet? I haven't.
Sony Counting On PlayStation 3 And Flat TVs
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Sony is forecasting sharp falls in operating profits at many of its divisions for the year ahead as it reported a Yen 66.5 billion ($581 million) loss for the January-March quarter, worse than the Yen 56.5 billion ($501 million) loss in the same period last year.
Analyzing The Outsourcers
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Is your organization outsourcing any IT functions? Outsourcing relationships are constantly evolving, and even the leading IT service providers fall in and out of favor. Here's your chance to sound off about the performance of your organization's key IT vendors in InformationWeek Research's Analyzing the Outsourcers survey. Share your experiences with the editors of InformationWeek by completing our brief and confidential
Down To Business: IT Globalization: Don't Kill the Messenger
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Don't try to seal off our borders, either. Employment and pay are up, so we must be doing something right.
IT Grabbing Bigger Role In Entertainment
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Software has become the preferred tool in an industry traditionally focused on hardware-bound signal processing systems.
AOL, Weblogs Launch Financial Blog Network
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The new network is a collection of individual blogs, each dedicated to a widely held public company, that provides independent analysis, news coverage, and commentary.
Kronos Buys Workforce Analytics firm ClarityMatters
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Kronos says it has acquired ClarityMatters, a workforce analytics software maker.
MySQL Launches Community Development Site
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
MySQL AB unveils a community site for users and developers to discuss, collaborate on and share code and applications for the company's namesake open-source database.
MySQL Launches Community Development Site
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
MySQL Forge allows members to share articles and tutorials through the site's wiki, post and maintain projects in its directory, and offer sample code snippets in its repository.
Brief: Biochip Can ID Illicit Drugs
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The chip, still in the research stage, can differentiate cocaine and amphetamine from powders of potato starch, flour, and lactose.
XM Satellite Radio Reports Wider Loss, But Increased Revenue
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Losses increased as subscriber acquisition costs rose in the quarter to $62 per new subscriber from $52 a year ago.
Alcatel Posts Profit Decline
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Net profit dropped 16%, while sales rose 18%.
Google Offers Free 3D Modeling Software
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Google SketchUp helps create models of a variety of items--including houses, sheds, decks, home additions, and woodworking projects.
Microsoft's Coming Revenue Trade-Off
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The company appears to be gearing up to sacrifice some earnings growth to reinvest in other projects, according to analysts at this week's briefing with Microsoft executives, who talked about financial guidance over the next few quarters.
Xybernaut Sells Patents Targeting Ads To Mobile Devices
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The WayPoint patents, which go up for bid in an attempt to help their maker emerge from bankruptcy, help push information or advertisements to GPS-equipped cell phones.
Microsoft Nearly Finished With Windows Live ID Deployment
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The technology will allow someone who has subscribed to multiple Windows Live services to sign in to one and be simultaneously signed in to all the others.
Vista To Handcuff Firewall
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Microsoft plans to turn off half the firewall in Windows Vista when the new operating system ships later this year. The reason: It doesn't think most users need all the firewall's functionality or can handle its management.
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