VoIP Difficulties Don't Seem To Improve
Back in October 1998, I co-wrote a cover story for Network Computing on VoIP in the enterprise, introducing the technology to our readers and describing some of the deployment challenges that admins should watch for. What's interesting is that every time I've gone back and reread that article, I've expected to find it completely outdated, with most of the early problems resolved and newer challenges in place. But instead I keep
Throw Away The Spreadsheets
While tossing all spreadsheets wouldn't be practical, it's good advice in the area of planning and budgeting. That's where stand-alone spreadsheets have become the biggest obstacle to making the business process a better management tool, according to Ventana Research.
Is Wikipedia Dead, Or Just Pining For The Fjords?
Nick Carr says it's dead, as the community encyclopedia has put in place a tightening series of controls on who can contribute content.
He notes that one of the kinds of restrictions is named "in good Orwellian fashion, 'semi-protection,'" which blocks unregistered editors and editors with very new accounts from editing a page.
"The end came last Friday," Carr writes. "That's when Wikipedia's founder, J
Do You Want To Be Part Of Microsoft's Revolution?
There's been a lot of hoopla about the simultaneous announcements of Microsoft Vista Beta 2, 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 2, and Longhorn Vista Server Beta 2. In fact, there's been so much coverage from all the various online and print media that I've been tempted to find myself a beta blocker. (Sorry--a little health care humor there.)
People Use Word Because They Use Word
I've been puzzled as to why people would choose to write in Microsoft Word--or any word processor--if the text they're producing has little or no formatting. Well, I got my answer, and I fear that, alas, it's less interesting than I had hoped:
People use what they're used to using.
Now you're thinking: Well, duh.
Symantec Suit Against Microsoft Symbolizes Security Shift
Several years of negotiations over Microsoft's right to use Symantec's Volume Manager software boiled over last week when Symantec filed a lawsuit that threatens to keep Microsoft from further developing and distributing Vista and Longhorn.
Dashboard: Business Objects Runs New Race
With the rollout of its new enterprise information management strategy, Business Objects looks to cover all the bases by integrating each of its EIM applications into Business Objects XI.
Office 2007 'Shiny,' Says Scalzi
Scalzi has been playing with the Office 2007 beta and loves it. He writes:
I can say at this point that a) I really like the new organizational structure of the features up at the top (the tabs mean you don't have to drill down through several hundred menus to find functionality), and b) I sure hope MS improves its"Publish to Blog" feature, because right now it stinks; I can't get it to play with the Whatever, which
Salesforce.com Moves Microsoft Excel To The Web
JotSpot Tracker is an online, collaborative spreadsheet that can import Microsoft Excel files. Though it lacks the depth of Microsoft's software, it offers basic spreadsheet functionality and unique mash-up and sharing features.
Feature: The Personal Workspace Evolves
In a sign of progress for data hunter-gatherers, Microsoft, SAP, IBM and Google are taking steps toward higher order personal productivity environments that will let you interact with enterprise data.
Open-Source Java: What's It To You?
The real winner with any Java open-source scenario will be Sun, which has been scrambling to lower the prices of its products and services to compete with the likes of Linux and the Wintel crowd.
QlikTech QlikView, OutlookSoft 5, and more.
Enterprise Content Management: Hide What's Inside
Content management works best when its behind the scenes -- and not treated it as an application unto itself. Consider integrating with e-mail and business apps or explore emerging options for infrastructure- or service-based management.