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IPTV: Another Fun Way To Waste Time At Work
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
At the risk of being cast as paranoid productivity cops, business managers may find it difficult to stop TV and video viewing from joining personal E-mail, instant messaging, and blogs as online productivity drains.
Breaking Up (Microsoft) Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
For nearly two years, Microsoft has played European antitrust regulators the same way it played U.S. regulators: as a bunch of hapless nitwits. This time, however, Microsoft has misjudged its opponents -- and instead of a slap on the wrist, it may face an executioner's ax for its trouble.
Online Holiday Sales Soar By 25%
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Though the busiest online shopping days were Dec. 12 and 13, the sales momentum continued till Christmas, ComScore Networks report.
It's Too Early To Say
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
The only thing that is a certainty about the Internet, I believe, is that the next generation will blow anything we're doing right out of the water.
MSN To Webcast New Year's Eve Countdown
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
This will be the second year that MSN broadcasts live from New York's Times Square. But unlike last year, viewers will have an option to choose the camera angles and the events they wish to view.
From Monolithic to Business Process Applications
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
SAP is redefining the enterprise applications industry.
Cell Phone Users Dissatisfied With Online Help: Report
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Web access is extremely important according to 83% of cell phone users, yet only 29% are currently satisfied with using online help to resolve wireless data problems, according to a report by Detacon Inc.
Does the ERP Deliver Value?
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
CFOs must strive to increase the system's ROI.
Identifying Process Challenges in Finance IT
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
Our CFO workshop found a range of common issues.
Nortel Acquires Router Maker Tasman
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
The deal, for $99.5 million, allows Nortel to provide routing and multicast services to the SMB market, among others.
Advizor Solutions Invites You to a Double Wedding
News  |  12/23/2005  | 
Advizor Analyst 5.0 reveals hidden patterns
'Cheapskate' Online Shoppers Rule The Holidays
News  |  12/23/2005  | 
Out of the 1,047 online buyers polled by Bizrate, 62% thought it was better to recycle an old gift rather than throw it away.
Google And Microsoft Settle Bitter Lawsuit
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Google said today that it has settled the lawsuit brought by Microsoft in July to enforce a noncompetition agreement against Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a former Microsoft executive who left the company to work for Google. In a prepared statement, Lee, president of engineering, product and public affairs for Google China, said, "I am pleased with the terms of the settlement agreement."
Who Gets Intellectual Property Rights? Everyone
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Collaboration ain't always easy. Sometimes it takes many months, occasionally more than a year, for IT vendors and university researchers to agree on who owns the intellectual property of industry-funded IT research at some of America's top schools. Such delays have prompted some vendors to direct some of their university-bound R&D funding to universities overseas, institutions less fussy about IP rights. Those concerns are voiced in a
Is Google Investing In An Obsolete Business?
Commentary  |  12/21/2005  | 
I startled myself the other day when I realized I didn't know whether my laptop computer has a modem. I had to think about it a couple of minutes. It's been that long since I've used a dial-up connection. Not long ago, having a laptop computer without a modem was like having one without a display or keyboard--completely useless. But these days, everywhere I go, I can count on a high-speed Internet connection, and in many places I can get a Wi-Fi connection. That's been true for quite some time
IBM's $865 Million Micromuse Acquisition Aims To Take On Network Complexity
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
Micromuse's technology will be put in IBM's Tivoli platform
Report: 24% Of Enterprises Have Deployed Wireless Nets
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
Larger companies are leading the growth curve, according to a new study from Forrester Research.
Bracing For A Nation Of CrackBerry Addicts
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
I was chatting with a few people I'd just met at a holiday cocktail party Friday night, trying to do the infamous appetizer-plate-and-drink-glass balancing act, when one of them starts bemoaning his BlackBerry balancing act. He can never get away from work when he's home, he says, because he always has his BlackBerry.
Wiki Wisdom
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
The recent uproar over a fake Wikipedia entry on journalist John Siegenthaler, Sr. should teach us all an important lesson: If you get the itch to libel someone, try to avoid prominent journalists from powerful families -- especially when they have carte blanche to use the USA Today editorial page to hunt you down.
U.S. Universities Loosen Grip On Tech Rights To Keep Vendor Grants From Going Overseas
News  |  12/20/2005  | 
An agreement between four IT vendors and seven major universities means intellectual property created by their collaboration will be made free to all.
In Focus: BEA Strategy Goes Well Beyond the Portal
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Add BEA to the list of big vendors bundling the basics of content management, collaboration, search and process management into its infrastructure software.
IT University Researchers Opt For Hard Cash Vs. Winning The Lottery
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Agreement between four IT vendors and seven research universities should make it easier for joint collaboration to develop open-source software.
Google's AOL Deal Undermines Its Principles
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
According to reports over the weekend in The New York Times and elsewhere, Time Warner is expected to announce tomorrow that it will renew its partnership with Google, which will make a $1 billion investment in AOL in exchange for a 5% stake in the company. While the actual terms have yet to be disclosed, one aspect of the deal is troubling. The Times reports, "Google, which pride
Podcast: Symbol Takes RFID Into New Markets And Regions In 2006
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
Research firm Gartner expects the radio frequency identification technology market worldwide to reach $504 million this year, up 39 percent from last year. As more industries adopt the technology toward the end of 2006, new license revenue will climb to $751 million. By 2010, Gartner forecasts worldwide RFID spending to surpass $3 billion dollars. Symbol Technologies, which manufacturers RFID tags and readers, is stepping up efforts in 2006, expanding operations to meet demand. It already has a
Broadband-Over-Powerline Service Rides Into Texas
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
The service, called Smart Grid, will be offered next year to some 2 million homes and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and some other communities.
Wi-Fi Enhances Personal Relationships - Report
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Wi-Fi enhances personal relationships as well as productivity, according to 46% of Americans polled for a recent Wi-Fi Alliance survey.
Half Of Telecom Revenues To Be Mobile Next Year: Study
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Survey finds that wireless will lead the charge, growing to 55% of all telecom revenue by 2010.
Why Don't More People Use RSS Feeds?
Commentary  |  12/16/2005  | 
I'm flummoxed why more people aren't using RSS feeds as their primary means of accessing frequently-visited Web sites. It's so much faster and easier for me to check my RSS reader than it is for me to visit a sequence of bookmarks to see if there's anything that's new on my regular sites. Why doesn't everyone feel that way? The vast majority of Internet users don't use RSS feeds. Only 6% of Internet users consume RSS
WiMax Versus Wi-Fi: Which One Will Be The King Kong Of Wireless?
Commentary  |  12/16/2005  | 
A mix of testosterone, coffee, and a really hot wireless topic got everyone's blood boiling at one panel discussion during this week's Interop conference, taking place in New York City. It was a King Kong (WiMax) versus T-Rex (Wi-Fi) debate where even the most level-headed executives took a stand.
Business Technology: Google Becomes An Irresistible Force
Commentary  |  12/16/2005  | 
Hot companies come and go -- it's Google's leadership in helping others imagine what could be that will measure its lasting impact, Bob Evans says.
SmartAdvice: A Checklist For Determining IT Spending
Commentary  |  12/16/2005  | 
The days of deciding IT spending as a percentage of overall revenue are gone, The Advisory Council says. Also, tips for managing processes after adopting RFID.
Father-Son Team Builds Hospital Intelligence From Scratch
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
Taking aim at the general dearth of analytics tools used by hospitals, two doctors decide to build their own system.
Second-Tier ERP Winners Are Emerging
News  |  12/15/2005  | 
Market will accelerate and consolidate over the next five years.
Bad Tone at the Top
News  |  12/15/2005  | 
What does Mercury Interactive tell us about Sarbanes-Oxley 404?
The Observer: Putting Common Sense Back Into The Equation
Commentary  |  12/15/2005  | 
The United States must invest in math and science education, Lou Bertin says -- and park its political baggage.
Party Like It's 1993
Commentary  |  12/15/2005  | 
The Syndicate conference, which was this week in San Francisco, has a lot of the great energy that I remember from the old days on the Internet, back in 1993-94.
Citizens More Satisfied With Government Web Sites
News  |  12/15/2005  | 
Federal government Websites scored 2.6 points higher in citizen satisfaction than the government itself, the first time that ever has happened.
Explosive Growth Expected For VoIP Monitoring Tools
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
Vendors like Empirix, Agilent Technologies, Brix Networks, Qovia and OSiSoft make tools that solve problems or point to bottlenecks, sometimes before they cause poor phone communications.
At Google, Missteps Are A Key Part Of Innovation
Commentary  |  12/14/2005  | 
Sometimes, when you're trying to innovate, your best intentions can be misinterpreted. And when you're Google, and your phenomenal success results in a growing "kick me" sign on your back, you have to take this into account. So would be the lesson Google should take from a note InformationWeek received from an alert reader recently in response to our coverage of
On-Demand Startup Looks To Simplify Business Travel Booking
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
Rearden Commerce hopes deal with WorldTravel is the first of many that will transform how employees purchase business services online
Make the Leap to Real-Time Decision Making
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
Celequest 3.5's streaming technology gives bite to BAM
Optimizing the Human Supply Chain
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
Supply chain thinking inspires workforce optimization.
BI Gaps Haunt the Supply Chain
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
Most BI platforms and supply chain management (SCM) applications fall short in capturing and modeling the intricacies of global supply chain networks.
Voice of Our Readers: The 2006 Strategic Management Survey
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
What's top of mind with Intelligent Enterprise readers? The more than 1,100 who responded to our Web Poll say inadequate security, misplaced vendor priorities, disparate systems and poor IT planning are big problems. Here's what your peers are doing to refocus spending and deliver better, more timely insight.
Sizing Up the BPM 'Leaders'
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
Time to demand change from the perceived process leaders.
Spirent Sets Up IPv6 Test Center
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
The facility is geared to government agencies and their contractors to help the feds meet a 2008 deadline for transitioning their networks to IPv6.
Like It Or Not, You Will Be More Productive, Microsoft Says
Commentary  |  12/13/2005  | 
I've seen the future, and it kind of reminds me of a Hallmark commercial. At least that's what happens when your vision is brought to you courtesy of a Microsoft keynote address. Microsoft Tuesday at Interop New York introduced its Office Communicator Web Access, a Web-based enterprise communications client based on Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, or Ajax, technologies that tie into Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005. If Microsoft has its way, you may never again be able to duck a
Obsolete Computers Are Piling Up And The EPA Should Act, GAO Says
News  |  12/13/2005  | 
More than 100 million computers, monitors, and TVs become obsolete each year, and congressional auditors say EPA should do more to find a cheaper solution to recycle electronics.
Cisco Leaps Into Network Management
News  |  12/13/2005  | 
With what it deems a more granular approach to network management, Cisco's Network Application Performance Analysis suite will compete with offerings from Network General, NetIQ, and others.
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