SmartAdvice: The New Face Of Project Management
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.
Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
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.
Distributed Management Revisited
Few have accused systems management vendors of making revolutionary technology innovations. However, in an industry where incremental technology advances really do add up, there are clear signs that genuine progress is being made toward dramatically reducing support costs and freeing up IT for more strategic pursuits.
Google Talk -- Just Say No
Google has officially announced that it's in the IM business. Hooray? Some months ago the company put out its e-mail effort, GMail. Hooray, I suppose. It's popular among a few GoogleManiacs, but it's really crappy as e-mail systems go. Hell, you can't even delete a message, a feature about as smart as the original Pascal programming language that couldn't display results or take input. If Google Talk is as good as GMail everyone -- especially AOL, MSN, and Yahoo!-- should just ignore it.
No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam
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
Stopping The Scourge Requires Internet Citizenship
In her column, MailFrontier CEO Anne Bonaparte calls on Internet messaging industry leaders to drop their ego-centric agendas and cooperate in the war against spam, viruses and phishing, by implementing both Sender ID and DKIM authentication systems, as well as some sort of sender accreditation system on a cooperative basis. I'd take it a step further and call on everyone to also work with the ISPs to help them throttle the attacks s
VoIP Promises Are Overhyped: Forrester
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.
Skype Opens VoIP, IM Platforms
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?
Review: Hosted CRM Software
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)
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.
Failure To Protect?
Last week was just the latest in a string of nightmare runs for system administrators battling malicious code that infringes on their networks via viruses. With no less than three major worms hitting enterprises (link â€œno less than three major worms hitting enterprisesâ€ to: http://www.SystemsManagementPipeline.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=169500009) during the course of the week, systems administrators were caught up in a fierce battle against the viruses. And
Cisco Still Tops, But Juniper Advances In Router Market
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
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
"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
Jason Smathers: Internet Criminal
Let's think about this a second. Our good friend Jason Smathers sold 92 million America Online e-mail addresses to a spammer for $28,000. Those names generated an estimated 7 billion spam e-mail messages so far, and caused at least $400,000 in damages to AOL. And for that, the judge sentenced him to one year and three months in jail, and a payment of $82,000 in restitution to AOL (see AOL Worker Who Stole E-Mail List Sentenced)
Blue, Red State Broadband Penetration Mirrors Election Results
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.
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.
The Great Desktop Linux Controversy
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
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
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.