News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in August 2005
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SmartAdvice: The New Face Of Project Management
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
From collaborative software to alert management, business collaboration has taken on new looks, The Advisory Council says. Also, your company's size and market dictate whether a modular or integrated retail order-management system is best.
IT Sales Could Slow In Aftermath Of Katrina
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Cascading impact of rising oil prices caused by Gulf Coast devastation could curb corporate revenue, causing a slowdown in IT spending.
Katrina Aftermath: An Internet Story
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
Not knowing. That desperation can be seen in thousands of notes, many heart-wrenching, being left on message boards run by nola.com, the online publisher of The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans.
Network Security Appliance Market To Hit $6.4 Billion By 2008
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
The market grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a new Infonetics report. Hot sellers included VPN and firewall appliances, with intrusion detection and prevention also popular.
Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Some 18 companies are using SunGard's Availability Services and more than 120 customers have put the company on notice that they might have to use SunGard facilities to relocate employees, call centers, and computers.
Links From All Over
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
Boing Boing has a roundup of New Orleans blogs, Webcams, and other Web resources for news about Hurricane Katrina. Request Hold-Mail Service Online Taking a trip? The U.S. Postal Service will let you go online to request a hold on delivery of your postal mail.
The Observer: Forget Fancy, Go With Functional -- We'll Be Watching
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
It's time to vote with our access fees and our patronage if businesses that promise connectivity don't deliver, says Lou Bertin.
Merger Will Create Satellite Powerhouse, Companies Say
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
Intelsat says PanAmSat Holding Corp. will allow it to expand satellite services to businesses and consumers in the U.S.
Federal Data Miners Urged To Better Address Citizen Privacy
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
GAO says agencies aren't complying with all related laws and guidance to protect personal information in five data-mining programs.
Cisco Upgrades Switch Operating System
News  |  8/29/2005  | 
Breaking the operating system into modules will improve its reliability, security, and efficiency, the company says.
SmartAdvice: Using Web Portals To Solve Business Problems
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Web portals can be far more than a sales channel, The Advisory Council says. Also, decide what you want to accomplish before jumping into a CRM system.
IP PBX Sales Outstrip Traditional PBXs For First Time
News  |  8/26/2005  | 
An In-Stat report says that by 2009, IP PBXs will account for 91% of the total.
No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam
Commentary  |  8/25/2005  | 
When Pearl Jam hits the stage for its upcoming 2005 U.S. and Canadian tour, fans will be able to download music from the live shows within hours of the final encore (probably before most of the band's faithful can get their cars out of the arena parking lot after the show). True to its fiercely independent approach to both music and the recording industry, the band will make its work available online without the protection of any digital-rights-management software. This time, however, it's not j
VoIP Promises Are Overhyped: Forrester
News  |  8/25/2005  | 
New survey says that 70% of consumers have no interest in switching to a VoIP service and that, so far, providers have focused on price instead of on compelling applications.
Rapid Deployment Complements RapidResponse
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
Kinaxis' new deployment services to accelerate customer benefit.
Cable Operators Hold Slim Lead On Telcos In Broadband Growth
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
U.S. cable operators had 55 percent of the market in the second quarter, which was their lowest share ever, according to a study.
Skype Opens VoIP, IM Platforms
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
With 51 million users, Skype is the dominant VoIP service, and now is opening its APIs. Can a full-fledged war with Google and others be far behind?
Intel's Mobile Centrino To Go Dual-Core In First Quarter
News  |  8/24/2005  | 
New chips for notebook computers will consume less power, offer stronger security, and communicate better over wireless connections.
Google Unveils Instant Messaging, Phone App
News  |  8/23/2005  | 
Google Talk, for instant message and PC-to-PC phone calls, will use the open Jabber protocol, and it'll be ad-free.
Review: Hosted CRM Software
News  |  8/23/2005  | 
CRM hosts promise top-notch customer service plus better access for mobile salespeople. Of the six we examined, our Editor's Choice impressed us with its well-designed interface.
Dancing With An Elephant (Named Google)
Commentary  |  8/23/2005  | 
Keyword stuffing and search engine spamming are two common techniques that some people and companies attempt to gain higher Google ranking than their sites can achieve on merit and quality.
Taste Of Online Sales Gets Sweeter
News  |  8/22/2005  | 
Consumer purchases online grow at three times the overall rate, but remain a minute percentage of overall retail sales.
Motorola Unveils Enhancements To Public Safety Networks
News  |  8/22/2005  | 
Enhancements include a wireless data system capable of delivering 96Kbps of data over current private radio frequency bands, and a remote speaker microphone with GPS tracking capability.
Business Technology: If You Get Hacked, Are You A Victim Or A Culprit?
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Why do many companies not report cyberattacks, Bob Evans asks? Why does FBI Director Mueller say it's time to cut back on highly intimidating raids of companies that have been hacked? Why is some legislation having the exact opposite effect of what was intended?
SmartAdvice: Planning Ahead Means A Disaster Needn't Wipe Out Your Business
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Planning ensures a business will have in place a road map and people to give direction, The Advisory Council says. Also, managers have to work on 'soft skills' to get ahead.
Microsoft, Google Ruffle Some RSS Feathers
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Microsoft and Google have sparked considerable industry debate by using "different" names for their RSS feeds -- "Web feeds" and "feeds," respectively.
Cisco Still Tops, But Juniper Advances In Router Market
News  |  8/19/2005  | 
Cisco Systems maintains its strong grip on the enterprise router market, but Juniper Networks has come virtually out of nowhere to capture the second place position, according to a poll of users released Friday by Infonetics Research.
Animated Map Of Coalition Deaths Helps Site Visitors Visualize Casualties Of War
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Sadly, for many Americans, each death of U.S. soldiers in Iraq is nothing more than a statistic buried on the inside page of the daily newspaper. But an animated map of Iraq helps visitors to a Web site visualize the mounting toll, a small but important reminder of the reality of a war half a world away. The site is further evidence on how the Web puts an individual on the same level as major news organizations in reaching the publ
Software (In) Security
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
"Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" That ought to be the first thing every user hears upon breaking the seal on a new application or hitting the "download now" button. Given the rate at which new apps and operating system updates are being cracked, hacked, and infested, perhaps the software industry should adopt as its mascot, the zealously protective, but often useless Robot from the mid-'60s sci-fi classic series, "Lost In S
netCustomer Launches Third-Party Support Services for Siebel CRM Customers
News  |  8/18/2005  | 
Services are planned to be generally available later this year.
Hyperion Essbase 7X Now Available on 64-bit Itanium Architecture
News  |  8/18/2005  | 
Combination aims to deliver unparalleled scalability and performance on HP Integrity servers.
Langa Letter: Software Suites Versus Standalone Tools
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
The new version of ZoneAlarm illustrates both sides of the debate, Fred Langa says.
Domain Registrations Reach All-Time High Of 83.9 Million
News  |  8/18/2005  | 
The Internet continues to expand, with domain registrations reaching an all time high of 83.9 million, according to VeriSign's Domain Name Industry Brief for the second quarter of 2005.
Blue, Red State Broadband Penetration Mirrors Election Results
News  |  8/17/2005  | 
U.S. households continue to install broadband at a furious rate, according to a report released Wednesday. Curiously, the penetration of cable modem and DSL has been tracking state-by-state splits in the 2004 presidential election, with "Blue" states having the highest concentration.
Combo Cellular/Wi-Fi Phones To Boost VoIP
News  |  8/16/2005  | 
Internet phoning subscribers with combo cellular/Wi-Fi handsets will give VoIP markets a big boost by 2009, according to a new study from In-Stat.
U.S. Blues
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Ars Technica posted a news item late last week that made me wonder if April 1 somehow came around twice this year. The U.S. Copyright Office wants to build a new Web site that, according to a notice posted August 1, may work only with Internet Explorer.
Video Downloads Make Up 61% Of All File-Sharing Traffic: Survey
News  |  8/15/2005  | 
Study also finds that only 11% of file-sharing traffic is music, and eDonkey is most popular network.
AT&T Lands IP-Based Networking Deal With Accounting Firm
News  |  8/12/2005  | 
Clifton Gunderson is installing an IP-based VPN that will provide voice over IP and videoconferencing capabilities.
10 Top Pitfalls Of Implementing Converged IP Networks
News  |  8/12/2005  | 
Hossein Eslambolchi, CIO and chief technology officer at AT&T, outlines steps businesses can take to avoid problems as they move to converged networks of voice, video, and data.
Telecom Mergers Good For Competition: Study
News  |  8/12/2005  | 
Telecommunication industry consolidation will be good for competition, according to study by a George Mason University economist.
QSM Study Examines the Best and Worst of Software Development Projects
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
The best are, indeed, faster and cheaper.
The Great Desktop Linux Controversy
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
There still doesn't seem to be a consensus regarding the validity of Linux as a desktop operating system. The head of IBM's software business used LinuxWorld as an opportunity to promote the promise of desktop Linux. Then again, IBM isn't the biggest fan of Microsoft. Meanwhile, a Gartner study spelled out that desktop Linux adoption is way behind where it should be at this point, or at least behind where Gartner thought it would be at this point. Here's the deal ...
In Case You've Been In Outer Space, LinuxWorld Was This Week
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
Another LinuxWorld show has come to pass. It's been a long time since LinuxWorld was dominated by technical folk who used it as a forum for exchanging ideas and an opportunity to attach a face with a screen identity. LinuxWorld is now about how open-source can be "sold" to address the overarching issues facing IT managers today: boosting security and cutting costs. The IT world's biggest vendors were once again out in full force, this time linking arms in a show of unity and trying to convince t
Flarion Buy Solidifies Qualcomm's Wireless Broadband Position
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
By acquiring Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm will instantly strengthen its position in the booming wireless broadband market as well improve its international offerings and position itself for the coming battle for dominance in mobile digital broadcast markets.
Employees Reportedly Spend One Hour Per Day Surfing The Net
News  |  8/11/2005  | 
Senior execs surveyed complained employees spend too much time on nonbusiness-related Internet use, such as checking sports scores and instant messaging friends.
SmartAdvice: Agile Programming Not For The Risk Averse
Commentary  |  8/10/2005  | 
Once an architectural framework has been set, agile programming can give a quick turnaround on specific modules, The Advisory Council says. Also, built-in code tests or unit tests remain the best way to get quality apps.
When Centralized Makes Sense
News  |  8/9/2005  | 
Mario Queiroz, VP of content & product data management at HP, explores enterprise content strategy.
Cisco Posts Gains, Will Enter New Markets
News  |  8/9/2005  | 
While reporting gains in sales and net income, CEO John Chambers reveals plans to enter several new markets in the next 12 to 18 months.
Lindex 2005?
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
Let me say right off the bat: I wouldn't wish the ghost of that bloated old dingbat of a trade show on my worst enemy, much less on my meal ticket. It's true that the pre-LinuxWorld PR feeding frenzy of the past few weeks reminded me just a bit of "Bombdex" during its late-90s baroque peak. The similarities, however, end right there: Unlike the exercise in self-parody that until last year vi
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