Linux More Expensive? Maybe
Something about this time of year makes me even more suspicious of spin than usual. So when I read Steve Ballmer's e-mailed message to customers and partners, I wanted to find out a little more about the research he used to defend his position against Linux.
Without Safety Nets
Will super-efficient supply chains take one beating and fail to keep on ticking?
R U Compliant?
Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance is nothing if not a real-time challenge. Creating a good information flow among potentially hundreds of stakeholders requires a new influx of technology, including solutions based on instant messaging.
Tech Upgrade Helps Protect Wildlife
Washington wildlife enforcement agents use new in-car computers and high-speed wireless data services to protect the state's fish and animals.
PeopleSoft Tries Out CRM In A BlackBerry
Enterprise Sales for BlackBerry is designed to deliver full application functionality, including alerts on hot sales leads, prescriptive analytics, and remote security.
Lombardi Boosts BPM Modeling With Upgrade
Lombardi Software introduced a new version of its business process management (BPM) software, with improvements in modeling, process simulation and activity monitoring.
Business Technology: Cyberinsecurity And A Hot Job Market
Nietzsche, who would no doubt have worshipped hackers, said that out of chaos comes order. Bob Evans says he doesn't know about that, but does know that unless software companies and their customers begin to think very differently about security, then out of today's cybersecurity chaos will come massive job opportunities for computer-security majors.
AT&T Writes Off $11.4 Billion In Third Quarter
Massive loss results from write-down of assets and staff reductions; overall revenue drops 11.7% from a year ago because of declines in long-distance voice and data, the company says.
Why It's Time for FP++
Finding a measure to effectively size applications has never been more complicated: Here's how using a 30 year old concept can help.
The Collaborative Effect
New business strategies and processes are putting pressure on IT to produce real-time information. Some of the most valuable stuff is held in manufacturing execution and plant processing systems. Integrating these resources is hard -- but competitive business value is the reward.
Small to midsized businesses (SMBs) often begin -- and sometimes end -- their quest for business intelligence with Microsoft's ubiquitous Excel. However, with an increasing number of add-ins -- not to mention a long look at what's up with Microsoft Business Solutions -- SMBs' options will multiply.
Small to midsized businesses (SMBs) are living a golden age as new technology options give them the stuff to compete -- or at least partner more effectively -- with the largest organizations. But SMBs have to be smart; even in an on-demand world IT infrastructure is critical to flexible growth.
Strategic To Tactical
Oracle's new planning application includes ad hoc reporting tools, and it analyzes data using performance metrics.
The vendors will collaborate on their approaches to PC quarantines, but Microsoft's Network Access Protection gets delayed by more than a year.
Postal Service switches to Lockheed to save money and get partner to absorb problems
SmartAdvice: Consider Limited RFID Adoption As The Technology Sorts Itself Out
Don't retool your factory, but consider limited RFID use as it moves into the supply-chain mainstream, The Advisory Council says. Plus, there's room for blade servers and rack-mounted servers in many IT architectures; and weigh cumbersome against secure in deciding on passwords, biometric-based ID, or some combination for security.
Siebel Sees Sarbanes-Oxley Taking Toll On Economy
Speaking to a gathering of private equity investors and startups seeking funding Tuesday night in Silicon Valley, the founder and chairman of Siebel Systems Inc. questioned whether the biggest business opportunities lie in the United States, blaming the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and all the hand-wringing over how stock options are expensed for a business environment that's taken top execs further away from their customers than ever.
Wi-Fi Installed In Big D Arena
The American Airlines Center deploys Wi-Fi to improve customer service, internal operations, and security. RFID may be used in the future as well.
AT&T Plans Steep Job Cuts, Asset Writedown
AT&T reveals it's slashing 7,500 more jobs than expected and taking a huge writedown on its assets. Many analysts have speculated that AT&T will make itself a more attractive takeover candidate by cleaning up its books and reducing depreciation expense.
SmartAdvice: Align IT Outsourcing With Business Goals
Develop an IT outsourcing model that takes management and business goals into account, The Advisory Council says. Also, don't even think of hiring convicted ex-hackers to run security tests when security experts offer the same service.