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From Jill Carroll To InformationWeek's Own Tom Claburn: Journalists Just Doing Their Jobs
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
I feel like I should know Jill Carroll. She grew up down the street from me, went to the same Michigan middle school and high school as I did, and swam for the same neighborhood swim club. But I didn't know her. She's quite a bit--ahem--younger than I am.
Maybe Now Your Good-For-Nothing Children Will Pick Up A Phone And Call
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel have invented a "kosher phone." It makes a nice sandwich with Gulden's spicy brown mustard and Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Tonic. And can I get you a little Danish for after? Diet-shmiet, you're pale, have you been eating?
IBM, 3Com Team On IP Telephony Suite
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
The idea is to allow IT groups in midsized firms to reduce cost and complexity by deploying a single server housing all their core applications: ERP, CRM, DB2, and now IP telephony.
Microsoft Security Flaws Create A New Market
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
It's happened again: Someone other than Microsoft has ridden in on their white horse and delivered a patch designed to protect Microsoft customers while Redmond readies its next regularly scheduled download of fixes. Russian programmer Ilfak Guilfanov, senior developer with Belgian software maker DataRescue, opened the barn doors in January when he issued an unauthorized piece of workaround code to help companies
Kawasaki Expands Use of Click Commerce Solution Worldwide
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
The powersports equipment manufacturer intends to increase sales of Kawasaki accessories around the world.
Justice Department Spreads Subpoenas
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
Search engines aren't the only companies being sent subpoenas. As part of its campaign to demonstrate the futility of Internet filtering, the U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed at least 34 Internet companies and software makers. The story is now posted on I discovered this thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request I filed with the Department of Justice. The DOJ complied, though r
Maybe It's Just That Nobody Gives A Cr-- Uh, Darn
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
Nonprofits and political organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are campaigning against America Online's plan to give preferential treatment to some E-mail newsletters and other bulk mail, provided that the senders are willing to pay a fee. Bennet Haselton, of the political group, posted an explanation on Slashdot. It's thoughtful--but demonstrates why Peacefire and the EFF are missing the
Three Competitors Threaten Skype With A Smackdown: Analysis
News  |  3/29/2006  | 
Skype's once-rosy future is now looking less sure. Europe-based Jajah is a particularly intriguing entrant.
Microsoft Targets AOL Dial-Up Customers With Price Cut
News  |  3/29/2006  | 
MSN is offering dial-up service for a total monthly fee of about $8 less than AOL.
Oracle's Wookey Talks Up Fusion, Open Source
Commentary  |  3/27/2006  | 
Most customers won't make the jump to Oracle Corp.'s Fusion applications for years, but the software maker says it has begun working with companies to make the transition. Along with the transition, Oracle's focus has been on delivering industry-specific features, similar to tools from Microsoft Business Solutions and SAP AG. Click here to download or listen to the podcast.
Skype Founders Sued For Racketeering
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
The suit claims that peer-to-peer client maker Kazaa, also founded by Skype founders, violated StreamCast's exclusive rights to the technology behind Kazaa by selling it to a shell company.
Process Management Grows Up: Q&A With Gartner's Jim Sinur
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
VP and distinguished analyst Sinur outlines a BPM maturity model and talks about what it takes to get to the next level of process performance.
Three No-Cost Ways To Get Started With BPM
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
Several business process management vendors now offer free, downloadable tools that let you model processes, analyze expected performance improvement and create most, if not all, of an actual executable design.
Lycos Enters VoIP Market Bundled With Goodies
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
The VoIP marketplace is getting another major player in the form of Lycos Phone, which is offering a bundle of free features and services.
Microsoft SQL Server Runs With Largest Databases
Commentary  |  3/24/2006  | 
Microsoft's SQL Server keeps showing up in unexpected places. One of them is the list of entrants for Winter Corp.'s 2005 TopTen largest databases.
Nortel's Latest Game Plan: Fast And Simple
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
A simpler services organization and superfast routers are part of CEO Mike Zafirovski's plan to leave Nortel's troubles behind.
Strong Earnings Show Palm Is On A Roll
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
Quarterly profits jumped from $4.4 million a year ago to $29.9 million, while revenues increased 36% to $388.5 million.
GAO: Sensitive Taxpayer Data At Risk
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
Despite some improvements, the IRS needs to do much more to secure its IT systems, congressional auditors say.
Problems Pile Up For Upcoming Vista, Office Upgrades
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Problems continue to pile up for Microsoft as it tries to push out the latest versions of its major products: Windows and Office. Microsoft said earlier this week that it won't ship Windows Vista in time for the winter holiday season. Meanwhile, Office has its own problems. For years, users have complained that Office is too bloated; Microsoft is reacting to those complaints by piling on new features that
Why Enterprises Aren't Signing Up For Fiber Access
News  |  3/23/2006  | 
Less than 12% of enterprises have fiber access to their offices. With bandwidth at such a premium, what's keeping them away?
Adware Pioneer To Exit Market, Sale Could Lead To Consolidation
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Claria's announcement that it will sell its adware business raises the possibility of rivals 180solutions and WhenU making a bid.
Workscape Promotes Enterprise Compensation Management
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
New release brings more providers into pay for performance.
What Is Location Intelligence?
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Improve processes and performance through contextual information about location.
Coming Soon: Your Next ERP System
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Companies face crucial choices in enterprise software, and not just enterprise applications.
March Madness Means Internet Madness
Commentary  |  3/22/2006  | 
So who's watching March Madness basketball on their computers? Apparently millions. CBS SportsLine, which is offering games on-demand for free, said some 4 million visitors hit the site in the first four days. That resulted in more than 14 million live video streams being served up. It believes that's more than any live event in Internet history.
Siemens Is Ringing: Dare You Answer?
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Siemens' new P2P VoIP system will be easy to deploy. Businesses should wonder whether it will be just as easy to hack.
Microsoft's Going Broader, Google's Going Deeper--And Some Mobile Services May Not Go At All
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
The possibilities are endless, and I think Google's really onto something here. It's their core business proposition--search--but with a twist. We'll see what the rest of this year brings along these lines; I've got to believe other themed sites aren't long behind.
FCC Chair Says Commission Has Authority To Enforce Net Neutrality
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
AT&T chief Whitacre pledges not to block or degrade independent services as the network neutrality issue takes center stage at the TelecomNext show.
Analysis: On SOA & BPM: Q&A With Systinet's Tom Erickson
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Systinet president Tom Erickson offers seasoned views of the integration and process management market.
Many Data Centers Still Have No Risk Management Plan
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
More than 75% have experienced a business disruption in the past five years, including 20% who say the disruption had a serious impact on the business, according to a recent survey of data center managers.
Disney's Iger: No Net Neutrality Laws Needed
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
The Disney CEO also said his company supports a national franchising plan to make it easier for telcos to get into the video delivery business, while "also supporting a level playing field for cable companies."
Field Report: Meineke Car Care Centers
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Meineke Car Care Centers has more than 900 locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America. Finding the best locations to attract customers is a challenge when there is intense competition for prime real estate, especially when your stores require good road access and visibility from major intersections.
Has Google's Privacy Policy Protected Us From Government Surveillance?
Commentary  |  3/20/2006  | 
The District Court ruling that Google doesn’t have to turn over any search records to the Bush administration isn’t just a victory for Web surfers who don’t like the thought of being tracked by the government. It's a victory for anyone who stores data and doesn’t want to be h
Will Rich Internet Apps Catch the Bus?
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Rich Internet applications (RIA) have been the buzz in the applications development community as organizations look for ways to break out of primitive modes of Web services and applications and make better use of the power resident on the client side of most architectural implementations.
Field Report: Global Travel Exchange (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Imagine competing in a cutthroat business with ever-tightening margins but little control over your costly distribution system. That's the frustrating situation for many suppliers in the travel and tourism industry.
Brightcove Acquires Rich-Media Software
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
The goal is to combine both privately held firms to provide Internet TV tools.
Patents And Unpleasantries
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Bill Gates On Blogging, Enterprise Data Search, And Why Client-Server Apps Still Matter
Commentary  |  3/20/2006  | 
It's decision time again for people who buy, manage, and use Microsoft's Office applications suite. Three years after introducing Office 2003, Microsoft is readying an upgrade in the form of Office 2007, a collection of about 15 desktop applications, five server applications, and middleware called Windows SharePoint Services that runs in the Windows Server operating system and ties those applications together with added functionality. I grabbed the chance last week to sit down with Microsoft cha
Analysis: How Real Are Microsoft's Live Video, Voice?
News  |  3/16/2006  | 
A Microsoft executive this week gave the first public demonstration of a PC running the Live Mail client, during which he initiated a video call by clicking on an icon in the software's contact list. Although he was clear that the tools are still in beta, the demo was limited all around.
EQO Rolls Out Skype Client For Mobile Phones
News  |  3/16/2006  | 
A new client extends Skype's capabilities to users of Motorola, Nokia, and Sony-Ericsson handsets.
Metro Wi-Fi Networks Expected To Grow 8,400% by 2010
News  |  3/15/2006  | 
The growth of municipal Wi-Fi is being driven by several trends, including public safety, increased efficiency, competitive advantage, and the need to provide broadband access to underserved areas, according to a new report from ABI Research.
SOA and BPM are Perfect Together: BEA Deal Fits Combo Trend
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
BEA System's March announcement that it had acquired business process management (BPM) vendor Fuego came as little surprise. For starters, BEA last year acquired portal vendor Plumtree, which was using Fuego's technology.
Loosen Up!
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Service-oriented architecture holds great promise for reducing the cost and complexity of integrating business systems. But without an enterprise service bus, SOAs may not stretch to meet scalability requirements and could hamper IT with the kind of coding and confusion that plagued early point-to-point Web services implementations. ESB also is critical to how SOAs support business process management and the whole chain of strategic objectives that endeavor to make business change less difficult
There's More To Social Networking Than Hype
Commentary  |  3/14/2006  | 
I must confess to some skepticism about social networking. Like many caught up in the hype, I joined a social networking service last year. I then proceeded to not use it. I'm probably not the ideal candidate for social networking. I'm not in sales. I don't research companies to invest in. And I'm not currently looking for a job. What's more, as a journalist, it's usually fairly easy to get access to people. I'm not about to start paying to
D-Link Debuts Mobile VoIP Phone
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
The new mobile device, targeting consumers and small businesses, offers Internet telephony services from TelTel.
In Focus: Q&A With Open Text CEO John Shackleton
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Shackleton discusses the plan for improved profitability, which includes sticking with the company's strengths and focusing on compliance.
Intel Adds Low-Voltage Xeon In Portfolio Revamp
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
The new Intel processors will bring the company into competitive balance with rival Advanced Micro Devices.
Cisco Enters The Ring On Net Neutrality
Commentary  |  3/14/2006  | 
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers has joined the carrier echo on network neutrality. Blocking and impairing is bad, freedom to manage crowded networks and create quality-of-service agreements with content providers is good (and different from the first). Don't legislate against hypotheticals.
Suppliers Of In-Flight Cell Phones Stress Safety
News  |  3/14/2006  | 
Two vendors of phones used on airplanes noted that a recent Carnegie Mellon study, which questioned the safety of cell phones on flights, covered a time period some three years ago. Since then, additional steps have been taken to ensure that passengers can't interfere with aircraft navigation systems, the vendors said.
Social Networking Connects For Businesses
News  |  3/13/2006  | 
But the value provided by personal connection sites is murky, as is their potential for becoming profitable.
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