Something about this time of year makes me even more suspicious of spin than usual. So when I read Steve Ballmer's e-mailed message to customers and partners, I wanted to find out a little more about the research he used to defend his position against Linux.
Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance is nothing if not a real-time challenge. Creating a good information flow among potentially hundreds of stakeholders requires a new influx of technology, including solutions based on instant messaging.
New business strategies and processes are putting pressure on IT to produce real-time information. Some of the most valuable stuff is held in manufacturing execution and plant processing systems. Integrating these resources is hard -- but competitive business value is the reward.
Small to midsized businesses (SMBs) often begin -- and sometimes end -- their quest for business intelligence with Microsoft's ubiquitous Excel. However, with an increasing number of add-ins -- not to mention a long look at what's up with Microsoft Business Solutions -- SMBs' options will multiply.
Small to midsized businesses (SMBs) are living a golden age as new technology options give them the stuff to compete -- or at least partner more effectively -- with the largest organizations. But SMBs have to be smart; even in an on-demand world IT infrastructure is critical to flexible growth.
Speaking to a gathering of private equity investors and startups seeking funding Tuesday night in Silicon Valley, the founder and chairman of Siebel Systems Inc. questioned whether the biggest business opportunities lie in the United States, blaming the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and all the hand-wringing over how stock options are expensed for a business environment that's taken top execs further away from their customers than ever.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.