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Content tagged with Mobile posted in September 2005
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SmartAdvice: For Global Companies, MPLS Networks Offer Flexibility, Efficiency
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
MPLS is the future in telecommunications after carriers smooth out spotty coverage and variations in feature sets, The Advisory Council says. Also, how to set up a project-management office.
Business Technology: Competitiveness, Truth, And Today's Universities
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
When blame is assigned for the current shortage of U.S. graduates with degrees in engineering or computer science, universities always seem to get away without even a harsh word. But not anymore -- a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution thrashes university presidents for their lack of leadership in this area of vital strategic national interest. Bob Evans wonders if it might be time for the ivory towers to get a taste of some free-market discipline.
A New Approach To Utility Computing, Cisco Style
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Businesses will be able to mix and match hardware from various vendors.
Big Hurdles Remain For VoIP Deployments: Industry Panel
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Network security, regulatory policy, and business service issues are just three of the major issues that VoIP will have to overcome before gaining ubiquitous acceptance.
Now, By Golly, PHP Has Got Marc Andreessen
Commentary  |  9/29/2005  | 
PHP used to be little known outside a small circle of open source developers. No large company advertised it or gave it top billing at computer shows. It had only the little tool-making firm that originated it, Zend Technologies Inc., as a booster. Now it's got Marc Andreessen.
Verizon Deploys More Fiber, Embraces IP
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Verizon is moving toward an all-IP fiber network so it can deploy more high-bandwidth offerings like the TV service it introduced last week.
Skype Updates Windows VoIP Offering
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Version 1.4 features a range of free Skype-to-Skype options as well as some new paid services.
Cisco Upgrades Nation's Primary Law Enforcement Network
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Moving from a frame-relay infrastructure to IP will help the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System exceed existing FBI security requirements, the vendor claims.
How Broadband And The Internet Kept Me Out Of The Morgue
Commentary  |  9/28/2005  | 
How did I ever survive? How did the world ever sufficiently spin on its axis and remain in its proper orbit without the Internet and broadband connectivity?
Nonprofit Introducing $100 Laptop For Children
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
The laptop will be distributed free to children as a tool to help them educate themselves.
Retiring Baby Boomers Spur IBM Service
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
IBM is offering consulting services to help companies manage workforce transition.
I Feel Lucky
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
An evening with Google's Marissa Mayer Alan Williamson attended a presentation from Marissa Mayer, a product manager at Google, and blogged it. Highlights:
1. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact, it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only
Online Ad Revenue Reaches Record Level
News  |  9/27/2005  | 
Marketers seen shifting more of their total advertising budgets to online.
Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
News  |  9/27/2005  | 
Even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to use security technologies on their mobile devices, according to a survey of attendees at a trade show this week.
Google Pursues Legal Fight Against Microsoft In Federal Court
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
It appears that Google doesn't much care for Microsoft's offer to settle its lawsuit to enforce former researcher Kai-Fu Lee's employment agreement. The search company on Friday filed additional documents in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., arguing against Microsoft's motion to dismiss Google's federal countersuit.
Security Weaknesses Threaten Nation's Air Traffic Systems, GAO Says
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't adequately managed its networks, software updates, and user-access controls, congressional auditors say.
Regretting The Switch From Windows To Mac
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
Why I Might Switch Back Russell Beattie clearly woke up Thursday morning and said to himself, "You know, I don't think I get enough hate mail." That's when he posted a blog entry describing why, after seven months of using the Mac, he's thinking of switching back to Windows.
Google Goes Las Vegas
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
"Google Goes Las Vegas: An AdWords Experiment Shows Why at Google, the House Always Wins" Interesting article where Robert X. Cringely hypothesizes that Google is punishing merchants for reducing spending on adwords.
In Focus: Process Management Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
Cognos says its new platform, Cognos 8, will help users of BPM systems from EMC, FileNet, IBM and Savvion to monitor, invoke and modify processes with the aid of event management functionality.
When Writers Attack
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
I understand why the Authors Guild is so concerned about Google's book-copying initiative: This is unexplored legal territory, and many of the details remain open to debate. Yet instead of accepting what most legal experts already know -- Google's approach is reasonable, even if it is flawed -- the Guild is pursuing a lawsuit that only a fiction writer could love.
M&T Bank Shores Up Defenses Against Malware
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Aggressive use of security software and strict data-management policies have helped the bank fight off online attacks.
ZyXEL Wi-Fi Finder And Adapter Provides Two Functions In One, At A Great Price
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
This handy two-in-one device lcoates wireless networks, provides lots of information about them and enables you to connect easily.
Why In The World Would Big Companies Use Open Source?
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
A little over a month ago, I set out to find out just how popular open-source software has become within big business. These are companies that have the money to spend on the biggest, most complex packages that IBM, Oracle, and other enterprise software makers have to offer. They're also companies with armies of IT professionals highly proficient in writing and maintaining their own applications. Why in the world would they use open source? Actually, the question has become: why in the world
SmartAdvice: Oracle Will Merge Application Features--Eventually
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Short term, Oracle's committed to support for JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Siebel apps, The Advisory Council says. Also, a primer on electronic data discovery and building a comprehensive records-management system.
Use of SAP's Transaction Manager Supports Compliance Efforts
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Increased automation offers a path to sustainable compliance.
Salesforce.com Rolls Out a Platform
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Multiforce.com is more a development environment than an application.
Geac Updates Compliance Management
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Latest release offers a way to automate and achieve compliance efficiency.
Senate Introduces Funding For Emergency Communications
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
The bill would give states and communities up to $400 million in 2006, increasing gradually to $1 billion by 2010, to improve emergency communications capabilities.
GoogleTV
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Do you have "experience developing or launching products in one or more of the following areas: interactive TV, set-top-boxes, personal video recorders, video-on-demand, IP TV or cable TV technologies"? If so there may be a job waiting for you at Google, particularly if you're a computer science PhD. Google, it seems, is searching for someone to "provide leadership o
VoIP Over Wi-Fi Poised To Spread Quickly
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
VoIP over WiFi networks, like the one now being implemented in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, could soon spread like wildfire to other municipalities, attendees at the VON Fall 2005 conference in Boston were told.
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Cognos last week announced Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, what the company calls a "single product, single architecture." But does this claim ring true?
2005 Readers' Choice Awards
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Are Microsoft tools popular simply because users haven't been exposed to anything else? New questions qualify the results of our annual survey on preferred suppliers. Adobe, Business Objects, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAS, SAP and, of course, Microsoft are among the winners in 39 categories.
Shortlist
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Watson 2.0; Savvion Process Asset Manager; webMethods for Compliance; Oracle Application Server Standard Edition One; ContactNet 4.0
This Just In: Customers Hate Their Software Vendors
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
There's no love lost between software vendors and customers.
TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
TNT Logistics is using RFID to improve service to a big-three auto manufacturer without incurring ongoing tag costs.
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Due in November, Cognos 8 consolidates formerly separate products, including PowerPlay, Visualizer, Metrics Manager and NoticeCast, into the services-oriented architecture underlying ReportNet, the Web-based reporting environment Cognos introduced two years ago.
Google Said To Be Building Massive Core Network
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
The search-engine giant is reportedly building one of the world's largest core transport networks, to help distribute huge quantities of digital content from massive server farms.
AOL To Roll Out TotalTalk VoIP Service
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
Set to debut on Oct. 4, the service does not require AOL membership.
Google Wireless
Commentary  |  9/20/2005  | 
Google has begun beta testing software called Google Secure Access that, as its name suggests, provides secure access to wireless networks. The software connects to Google's VPN server.
Microsoft Partners With Qwest On VoIP
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
The resulting service package will combine Internet phoning and hosted versions of server products including Microsoft Exchange server 2003, among others--all geared to small and medium-sized businesses.
Simulation Helps Wachovia Test Twice, Develop Apps Once
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
Simulation Helps Wachovia Test Twice, Develop Apps Once
Wal-Mart CIO: Hurricane Charlie Paved Way For Katrina Response
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
Wal-Mart applied lessons learned from past disasters for its reaction to Hurricane Katrina. But it still needed to improvise.
Lenovo Adds Widescreen ThinkPads With Verizon Broadband Capability
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
The notebooks are Lenovo's first to integrate a high-speed wireless wide area network antenna for use with Verizon Wireless Broadband Access service.
IT Spending To Rise 4.3% In 2006, Forrester Predicts
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
While 53% of respondents expect IT budgets to increase, only 7% foresee decreases.
Low-Cost Security Appliance Fights The 'Insider' Threat
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
ConSentry Networks introduces two low-cost, high-speed security appliances designed to clamp down on worms and viruses.
Cisco Simplifies Its Small Business Network Offerings
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
Networking vendor introduces a line of products, services, support, and financing designed for the small and midsize business market and replaces the command-line interface with browser-based management system.
More Katrina Relief Info
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Freddie Manint, a CIO with Louisiana's 19th Judicial District, has put out an ongoing request for IT professionals who can provide products or technical expertise to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. Manint recently managed a $10 million upgrade to the district's database systems, using Red Hat Linux servers; his office is likely to be a good place for folks with Linux expertise to connect with organizations in the region that need help:
Business Technology: Registry Web Site As Model Of Cooperation
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
In less than 60 days and for less than $1 million, the U.S. Department of Justice has built a Web site giving access to sex-offender information from 28 states. It's a model of collaboration and cooperation, Bob Evans says, that gives access to information that, while deeply disturbing, is also extremely important.
Battle Of The Internet Giants: eBay, Yahoo And Google
News  |  9/16/2005  | 
The big three Internet giants -- eBay, Yahoo, and Google -- were busy this week, each trying to juice up traffic, gain more mindshare, and ultimately get wealthier.
Salesboom Aims to 'Rescue' Siebel Customers
News  |  9/15/2005  | 
Hosted CRM rival claims Siebel OnDemand is a 'sinking ship,' and offers a 'life raft.'
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