Prediction No. 2: Manpower Reductions
With more and more manual processes associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities being automated through technology, we expect the people costs for SOX to fall off dramatically in 2006.
This is actually a pretty safe bet since it will be the third year that large public companies have had to manage SOX compliance. One could assume that everyone is getting more adept, including the independent auditors, so manpower costs should go down as a percentage of overall costs associated with SOX
Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online
It's part market research for Google, and it's a great way to jump out of the virtual world and into the real one, to become more than just the search bar on the Internet. Helping real people do research on their destination locations is a wonderful marketing technique.
Out Of Alignment?
Getting IT and business managers on the same page is a frequent topic of conversation these days. Most IT managers I speak to bring up that desire to work closely with their business counterparts, unprompted. But efforts to achieve that alignment don't always result in the business benefits both executives and IT professionals seek to achieve. Optimize magazine's most recent survey of CIOs of Fortune 3000 companies found
Too Much Time
Cell service has improved enough that enterprises are now comfortable relying on the technology to conduct business. But improved service quality has not come with corresponding advances in the cost-effectiveness of contracts. Consider your own personal cell phone contract: Are you satisfied with it or are you paying for minutes you will never use? If you have too much of a good thing, then you aren't alone.
Let Us Predict
The holiday season is now officially out of its cage and you know what that means . . . Yup, it's time for that annual right of analysts, pundits, journalists and wags everywhere to vent their predictions for the coming year.
But rather than wait and wrap all predictions up in a nice holiday bundle, I think I'll meter out our guesswork in the time-honored tradition of seasonal marketing campaigns that dictate the emergence of flocked trees and jingle bells shortly after the back-to-school sale
Waiting For Proof
CA is making a big play to revamp its image -- and rescue its future -- with a new name, 26 new products, a new strategy but the jury is still out on what the vendor's prospects are. In last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll, most of the respondents say they are still at least somewhat skeptical about CA's software and the company's future. Seventy-two percent said that CA's past mistakes are causing them t
Outsourcing: IT Threat Or Opportunity?
Just in time for the holidays come dire predictions likely to send a chill through the hearts of most U.S. IT professionals. An upcoming Congressional report is forecasting difficult times ahead for domestic IT workers, thanks in large part to the way that technology itself has helped erase geographic boundaries and make it possible for less expensive offshore workers to compete and win jobs from U.S. employees.
Security's Sisyphean Situation
Did you hear that? It's the sound of your network and applications being attacked. Hear that? It just happened again. What's worse, the nature of these attacks is changing. Gone are the good old days of simply having your Web site defaced, your e-mail corrupted by indiscriminant worms, and your networks flooded by brute-force denial-of-service attacks. Sure, you'll see plenty of those in 2006, but what you should really be worried about are the attacks you can't see. Where did it all go wrong? L
In HPC, A Question Of Where Microsoft Lays Its Bets
When Microsoft officially threw its hat into the high-performance computing ring this month with a speech by chairman Bill Gates at a supercomputing conference in Seattle, some computer scientists hoped the company could help sort out an arcane but potentially important problem in the market: coaxing more performance out of commonly used programming languages. It's a challenging technical conundrum, but it also illustrates how Microsoft's entry into the market is sowing both skepticism about its
Something Else To Worry About, Or Not
It's right before Thanksgiving and I'm trying hard not to think curmudgeonly thoughts but just in case you haven't noticed your users downloading AOL's spiffy new IM client (which is much more than an IM client) be aware that instant messages aren't the only thing that could be breaking your compliance policies.
The new AIM Triton service, which became available for free download today, is an integrated communications client that off
Verso Goes Global With Skype-Blocking Software
U.S.-based Verso Technologies is taking its show on the road, targeting African telecom markets, Chinese network carriers, and other overseas customers with an interest in the company's technology for censoring VoIP, IM, P2P and other types of Internet traffic.
VoIP Chip Market To Rocket 600% By 2009
The market for VoIP integrated circuits will grow from almost $209 million last year to $1.3 billion in 2009, with wireless handsets a key use, In-Stat says.
Chicago, Cairo, Vista -- all names of Windows works in progress and all part of the amazing software spin strategy that Microsoft pioneered with so much success. By revealing tantilizing details of coming Windows versions, the software giant has kept corporate IT departments focused on Windows and hopeful about the the future even as system administrators and their end users often grumbled over their current operating system. So, now after
This Am A Bizarro Note About Microsoft
Today's news is dominated by stories about a world where Microsoft is an also-ran, trying to steal market share away from market leader Linux, and where Microsoft is trying to enhance its users' experience by supporting the Firefox browser.
What strange world is this, you ask? Is it, perhaps, the Bizarro world, the square planet where everything is the opposit
The Road Ahead?
Microsoft Windows turned 20 this week. Like any 20 year-old, Windows is heading into its third decade with a swagger in its walk and a hint of arrogance in its eyes. And with good reason: The road Windows has traveled for so many years looks just as familiar as ever and still promises to take it exactly where it wants to go.
By The Book
There may be plenty of grumbling around water coolers about recent changes in the government regulatory environments but, like it or not, those compliance dictates are here to stay. Last week's poll shows that regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and FISMA have affected the majority of companies. Seventy-seven percent of the survey respondents have made an investment, whether it is personnel resources o
Lock 'Em Up!
It's only through this kind of successful enforcement effort that there's even a chance of stemming the tide. Kudos--and many thanks--to the federal, state, local, and international law-enforcement personnel involved.
This is the age of analyzing everything ad nauseum so why should examining management styles be any different. Consider yourself -- or own boss--what is your manager's administrative philosphy? Is your boss a micromanager who needs to weigh in on every decision or a laid back manager who may be a little too distant when you need a backup? Or does your boss employ a crisis management style where it is all about command and
Alert To Trouble
There is always room for improvement in IT. Event notification is no exception. Yes, event management applications can send alerts to IT using a variety of mechanisms including via pagers. However, complaints about just how real-time these alerts are are common as the technology behind the event notification is often antiquated.
The Future Starts Now
Remember when 1999 sounded like the distant future? Now it is more like the distant past. In the last decade alone, we've witnessed stunning technological advances that are changing the world as the Internet makes distance disappear and wireless gives us the flexibility we need now in this always-connected age.
Headsup: SOA Consolidates as it Blossoms
The SOA market continues to consolidate, with a recent notable example being IBM's October acquisition of DataPower Technology. The deal snaps up one of the last independent startups in XML acceleration.
Reigning in Unruly Distribution
Analysts may talk up demand-driven supply chains, but manufacturers that rely on multitier distribution networks struggle for control. When high-value or regulated goods such as pharmaceuticals are involved, manufacturers have to enforce policies and rules about partner and customer access to information and inventory.
Microsoft's New Scorecard Server is Incomplete on Data Access
The people in organizations who design and build reports are very different from the workers in the same organizations who actually read them. It's the latter group that Microsoft hopes to tempt with its latest foray into the business intelligence (BI) market.
Spotlight On Risk
New regulations and threats are broadening the definition of risk and heightening the interest in enterprisewide management approaches. We look inside initiatives at three financial services firms and a utility company to learn how they're addressing Basel II, Sarbanes Oxley Act and other compliance demands.
Enterprise Risk Management: Illuminate the Unknown
Taking risk is how businesses grow; managing risk is how they sustain that growth -- especially under pressure from regulators. Here's how to assemble a risk management architecture that anticipates dangers ahead, translates data into useful decision-support information and ensures compliance. Explore how operations can benefit from analytics proven for credit and market appraisal.
Prove Your Worth
Sure, companies depend on their infrastructures to run their businesses but that doesn't mean IT gets a blank check. In fact, it is just the opposite as IT organizations are under constant pressure to demonstrate their value to the corporation. And in this age of "do more for less," you know the powers that be will have no problem making cuts if you can't prove your worth. The constant demand for IT to quantify its value to the company has made