News & Commentary
posted in December 2001
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AOL Hits Milestone, Gets FTC Approval On Cable Agreements
News  |  12/28/2001  | 
On a day when its online service passed 33 million subscribers worldwide, AOL Time Warner also gets the go-ahead to tie four ISPs into its cable network, satisfying a condition of its year-old megamerger.
HR IT Trend For 2002: Efficiency Before Innovation
News  |  12/28/2001  | 
Consulting firm sees trends in human-resources technology spending moving away from innovation, toward greater cost-control.
AHA Portal To Connect Health-Care Professionals
News  |  12/28/2001  | 
The trade group is pushing the limits of integration by creating an information gateway for 4,400 institutions and 20 affiliates.
VCs Will Cover Common Ground In '02
News  |  12/28/2001  | 
Despite signs the economy could rebound, venture investors are proceeding with caution and focusing on familiar territory, but a rise in corporate spending could cause VC purse strings to loosen.
New SPSS Software Features Beefed-Up Data-Mining Capabilities
News  |  12/27/2001  | 
The company says Clementine 6.5 will let customers analyze customer data quickly using pre-built templates.
Gartner Report Warns To Protect Against The Mundane
News  |  12/27/2001  | 
In all the measures taken since Sept. 11 to ensure business continuity, many companies may be guilty of a key oversight: ensuring against disruptions that stem from software changes.
Challenger Offers Free Job-Counseling Call-In
News  |  12/27/2001  | 
Outplacement firm is hosting a free call-in for the 16th year, but a recession and terrorist attacks have made the mood among the jobless quite different this year.
Yahoo To Scoop Up HotJobs
News  |  12/27/2001  | 
Responding to an ultimatum that it match a competitive offer, TMP Worldwide decides not to beef up its proposal to acquire online job site HotJobs.com, opening the door for Yahoo.
Time Is Running Out For TMP Takeover Of HotJobs
News  |  12/26/2001  | 
TMP has until Thursday morning to match a competitive offer for HotJobs tendered by Yahoo.
Hard Rock Finds More Ways To Keep Customers Happy
News  |  12/26/2001  | 
Marketing and customer-service software from E.piphany improve customer loyalty.
E-Retailers Prepped For The Holidays
News  |  12/26/2001  | 
Both 1-800-Flowers and Handspring use tools from Empirix to boost Web performance during critical selling periods.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  12/21/2001  | 
Industry Comment: The Necessary Demise Of UCITA
Commentary  |  12/21/2001  | 
Oh say can UCITA? Industry observer Robert Rubin floodlights pending state legislation that may severely impact your rights when buying software.
Survey: E-Commerce Doesn't Reduce Holiday Stress
News  |  12/21/2001  | 
Fifty-four percent of British consumers think Christmas shopping has gotten more stressful despite advances in E-commerce, according to a new survey.
IBM To Build Supercomputer To Help Forecast Weather
News  |  12/21/2001  | 
The company is building Blue Storm for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.
Manugistics CEO Optimistic Despite 3Q Losses
News  |  12/21/2001  | 
For the quarter ended Nov. 30, Manugistics posted a net loss of $7.6 million, compared with an adjusted net income of $3.7 million in the same quarter a year ago.
EDS To Buy Alcatel Unit
News  |  12/21/2001  | 
Alcatel is selling Ansaware, the IT services unit of the French telecom equipment maker.
Grocers Eye Banking For Profit Boost And Customer Loyalty
News  |  12/21/2001  | 
sidebar story to: "Grocers Count On IT To Keep Cash Registers Ringing"
Tenacity Carries The Cybersecurity Message
News  |  12/21/2001  | 
Clarke's key challenge is to convince policy makers and businesses that they've been giving too little money, time, and attention to cyberthreats.
Automaker Cuts Procurement Costs With SAP Software
News  |  12/21/2001  | 
DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes Benz auto-production operation in Spain has realized a more than 80% return on its investment.
SECURITY: Microsoft XP Flaw Discovered
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
This vulnerability affects Microsoft's Universal Plug and Play architecture.
Taking Stock: Ma Bell's Apron Tears As AT&T Divests Its Broadband Division
Commentary  |  12/20/2001  | 
Corporate greed and management missteps sank AT&T.
E-Procurement Software Drives Savings At Mercedes
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
Automaker's Spanish unit shows 80% ROI using mySAP.com Enterprise Buyer Professional
Cognos 3Q Flat, But That Beats The Alternative
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
The business-intelligence company reports a profit of $13.3 million.
DecisionSupport: Tailor IT Spending For Today's Lean Times
Commentary  |  12/20/2001  | 
IT should take the lead in the prioritization efforts many companies are undertaking.
Panelists See Benefits To Open-Source Practices
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
Practices such as sharing source code with business partners should be adopted by proprietary software makers, say panelists at a Carnegie Mellon University Software Center roundtable.
DoubleClick Adds To Executive Ranks
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
DoubleClick is hiring a chief information officer and appointing a new president and chief financial officer.
GM Ponders New Web Site As Research Tool
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
The site might collect information on what shoppers look for in a vehicle and how they shop on the Internet.
Vexed By Buzzwords? You're Not Alone
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
Some IT execs have definite ideas about which business buzzwords they'd like to see abolished.
PlayStation 2 Users To Be Offered High-Speed Web Access
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
Sony's teaming up with Yahoo Japan and Softbank to offer such services as access to online auctions and the ability to chat with other game players.
A Shrinking Motorola Wins Big In China
News  |  12/20/2001  | 
Motorola's $95 million, two-contract deal to supply China Mobile with hardware and services could help reverse Motorola's fortunes.
Tech Leaders Back New Wireless Standard
News  |  12/19/2001  | 
IBM, Oracle, Sun, and others are backing Nokia's open mobile architecture, intended for developing mobile Internet software that will run on Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition application servers.
High-Tech Tagged For Bulk Of Planned $400M Fund
News  |  12/19/2001  | 
The head of Batterson Venture Partners plans to raise a $400 million private equity fund, with 75% of investment dedicated to high-tech companies.
More Heavyweights Join Liberty Alliance
News  |  12/19/2001  | 
Seven companies have joined the management board in recent weeks, including Hewlett-Packard and MasterCard. But one big player is still missing.
Lack Of Integration Hurts CRM Efforts: Study
News  |  12/19/2001  | 
The PwC survey also finds that businesses still don't understand what's important to consumers when interacting with a business.
Virus Arrives With Holiday Greeting
News  |  12/19/2001  | 
Known as Reeezak, it's carried within a 37,376-byte attachment named Christmas.exe. Users of Outlook 2000 and 2002 who've installed Microsoft's Security Update shouldn't be affected.
Ask The Secret CIO: IT Rule Of Thumb
Commentary  |  12/19/2001  | 
Herb answers the ponderous question of how many support staff an IT shop really needs, plus suggests ways to deal with unwanted phone calls without appearing rude.
What Sticks: Send Yourself To Space
Commentary  |  12/19/2001  | 
Does your IT background prepare you for a career as an astronaut?
Red Hat Cuts 3Q Loss
News  |  12/19/2001  | 
Red Hat lost $15 million for its third quarter ended Nov. 30, compared with a net loss of $21.4 million a year ago.
Xerox PARC App Simplifies Web Editing
News  |  12/18/2001  | 
Sparrow Web is designed to help simplify Web-based collaboration by allowing all members of a group edit Web pages even if they lack HTML skills.
GM Scraps Plan To Sell Cars Over Web
News  |  12/18/2001  | 
The Detroit automaker says it's giving its AutoCentric project the red light, "due to a determination that the business model is not viable at this time."
Recording Your Life
News  |  12/18/2001  | 
Accenture's personal-awareness assistant could one day let you effortlessly record key conversations or tie into back-end systems.
Toshiba Dumps Infineon, Sells Chipmaking Plant To Micron
News  |  12/18/2001  | 
The companies had been in talks to partner their chip businesses, hoping to cut costs in a depressed market. But Toshiba decided out of the commodity DRAM market entirely.
SAP Americas To Reorganize, Cut 300 Jobs
News  |  12/18/2001  | 
The North American arm of SAP will lay off about 7% of its U.S. workforce as the result of the troubled U.S. economy and a new company strategy for sales and support of SAP products.
Hotels Use IT To Cut Costs, Lure Travelers
News  |  12/18/2001  | 
Hotel franchisers such as Cendant are getting IT more closely involved with their marketing and customer-service initiatives.
Conexant To Sell Off Wireless Unit
News  |  12/17/2001  | 
Company execs say the deal will not affect plans to spin off Conexant's Internet infrastructure business, which were restated less than two weeks ago.
Totality Acquires Outsourcing Contracts From Breakaway
News  |  12/17/2001  | 
The service provider will assume responsibility for providing application- and infrastructure-management services for Sun, Lightxchange, HigherMarkets, and others.
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