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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in November 2005
Scientists Take Small Leap Toward Quantum Computing
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
By getting atoms to spin simultaneously in opposite directions, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology make advancements toward creating applications that could help computers solve problems much faster.
SmartAdvice: Businesses Wise To Set Acceptable-Use Internet Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's important to spell out what can and can't be downloaded on company PCs, The Advisory Council says. Also, be prepared to manage the cultural differences to succeed in doing business in China.
Langa Letter: Free Tools For Road Warriors
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Not everyone has (or wants) a GPS. These Web-based alternatives Fred Langa searched out make even complex route planning a snap!
Necessity Is The Mother
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
If you've spent any length of time supporting users, you know that there is no end to the imaginative workarounds they can come up with when a system goes down and they have work that still needs to happen. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention, or some other kind of mother, but when it comes to e-mail workarounds, the inventiveness of users can cause problems. And it's hard to quibble with their intent. Businesses can no longer build slack into their schedules as a just-in-case measure wh
HHS Needs To Improve Way It Manages IT Investments, GAO says
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
It's a critical problem, considering the department plans to spend more than $5 billion on IT this fiscal year to help manage 300-plus programs.
GAO: DoD's Business Systems Modernization Needs More Work
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
If improvements don't occur, the department's business systems modernization effort will continue to be a high-risk program.
It's Just An Operating System
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
"The operating system doesn't matter." -- Research In Motion Co-CEO Jim Balsillie, keynoting the recent Harvard Cyberposium 11. It's not the first time such a sentiment has been uttered by executives who find themselves competing against Microsoft. And many, many more of us wish it could be the case but Balsillie and the rest of us know that Microsoft continually makes the operating system matter. At the core of his argument Balsillie is right. While Research In Motion is running in
Two Decades Later, We Still Do Windows
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
It can't be possible. Has it really been 20 years since I took those 5.25-inch floppy disks and loaded a new operating system called Windows, of all things, on my PC/XT clone with the amber monitor, and remarked to myself, "Now What?" The answer to that question was not immediately forthcoming. In fact, it took a few years to figure out why Windows would ever be important, and perhaps a decade before we all went, "A-ha." Windows in the mid-80s was essentially DOS with a graphical overlay. It ca
SmartAdvice: Making The Most Of SOA
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
Focus on making business processes deliver more value to benefit from a service-oriented architecture, The Advisory Council says. Also, measure business risks against established metrics before deciding which IT services to outsource.
Local Search Market Heating Up
News  |  11/17/2005  | 
Local search companies such as Judy's Book and TrueLocal are finding a niche in Google's shadow
Technology Can Help Distinguish Between Control And CONTROL
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Controlling the use of the messaging infrastructure is a fight as old as business itself. The challenges today are more complex, to be sure, but essentially unchanged since the Romans, Egyptians, and Babylonians sent teams of runners covering more than 200 miles per day. We want our communications to be secure, accurate, and limited to the mission(s) of the enterprise. In my own experience, that quest has led to some rather extreme and unsuccessful attempts at control. I've worked for a compa
Langa Letter: A Complete PC Maintenance Checklist
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Fred Langa offers a comprehensive plan for keeping your PC in absolute top-notch condition.
A Phishing Top 10 List
Commentary  |  11/14/2005  | 
In case you are among the lucky few who never get those annoying phishing e-mails—the ones that inform you that your account with an organization that you don't do business with is going to be suspended unless you respond and give them all your personal information— here's the top 10 phished organizations on the Internet, according to data collected by CipherTrust from thousands of customers using its IronMail gateway appliance. Now these are all reputable organizations that would nev
Is E-mail Old School. . .
Commentary  |  11/10/2005  | 
. . . or are IM users still in school? AOL today released the results of its annual Instant Messaging Trends Survey which reported a significant spike in IM usage over last year. At first blush AOL's survey, conducted by independent researcher Opinion Research Corp. and based on responses from more than 4,000 Internet users in the 20 largest U.S. markets, would seem to fly in the face of comments I made in
Cisco Reports Growth In Enterprise Spending
News  |  11/10/2005  | 
Still, the company is cautious about the future. "It's too early to say it's turned around," says chief development officer Charles Giancarlo.
$50 Million Gambit Pays Off, SAP CEO says
News  |  11/9/2005  | 
SAP CEO Henning Kagermann said a decision to increase R&D spending by $50 million shortly after rival Oracle acquired competitor PeopleSoft last year is paying off with significant growth in market share.
SmartAdvice: Successful Risk Mitigation Requires Pre-Disaster Planning
Commentary  |  11/9/2005  | 
It's worth doing at least some planning for even a relatively small, resource-constrained business, The Advisory Council says. Also, get the skinny on new RFID guidelines for Defense Department contractors.
You Know It's Getting Bad When . . .
Commentary  |  11/7/2005  | 
Message technology vendors and service providers: New capabilities and features integrations in the messaging space are fine and dandy but given their druthers, users would opt for just getting rid of the plague of spam/spim and other malware. Even the Holy Grail of the "universal inbox" takes a deep back seat to once-and-for-all locking out all the junk that continuously floods our message servers. In our most recent reader poll, 85 percent of the readers said they would take a final heave-ho
SmartAdvice: Questions To Ask When Looking At E-Meeting Providers
Commentary  |  11/4/2005  | 
Sharing documents on a screen enhances a conference call, but consider costs, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for a telecom service provider who matches your business needs and has specialized services.
IT Job Growth Outpaces Other Sectors In October
News  |  11/4/2005  | 
But employment levels slip a bit last month among computer manufacturers, ISPs, search portals, and data processors, the Labor Department reports.
Langa Letter: Readers Rate Desktop Firewalls
Commentary  |  11/4/2005  | 
Fred asked; you answered. Here are your top recommendations for the best desktop firewalls.
Mobilization By The Dashboard Light
Commentary  |  11/3/2005  | 
I was chatting today with Paul Fulton, CEO of Orative, a maker of enterprise mobile telephony software, and he said something that got me thinking once again about this whole notion of presence and the intersection of enterprise applications and mobile voice and messaging technology. Fulton mentioned the old separation-of-church-and-state that has kept mobile devices from truly integrating with enterprise communications and data systems: Consumers own the devices; carriers own the networks; and
Wireless Users Staying Away From Multimedia Messaging In Droves
News  |  11/3/2005  | 
Users with multimedia capabilities on their cell phones complain about network problems getting in the way of their using the services.
Microsoft Acquires Swiss VoIP Company
News  |  11/2/2005  | 
The acquisition of Zurich-based AG will give Microsoft engineering talent, technology, and intellectual property it can apply to products for Internet phone calls that work in conjunction with E-mail, Web conferencing, and SMS software
Truth Is Stranger Than (Science) Fiction
Commentary  |  11/1/2005  | 
FaceTime Communications says it has some good news for you. The company feels so confident about some new patent pending technology that it is offering a "worm-free guarantee" to users of its IMAuditor 6.5. FaceTime's confidence stems from new discovery techniques that utilize behavioral attributes such as message frequency, content matching and URL identification, in addition to traditional threat signatures. T

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