Business Technology: Competitiveness, Truth, And Today's Universities
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.
Compliance Appliance: I Like The Sound Of That
I also like the fact that these devices could be a boon for small- and medium-sized businesses. This group in particular seems to have the most trouble meeting SOX requirements, and more and more compliance vendors are targeting this sector with less-expensive products that are easier to deploy, use and administer.
Safeguarding IP: Show Them The Money
I certainly hope that Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez misspoke (dontcha love these bureaucratic words?) when he announced this week that President Bush has made fighting the theft of intellectual property "a top priority throughout the administration."
SEC's Latest Reprieve Opens Door For Better Automation
It probably didn't jump out as a big surprise when the SEC voted yet again to extend the Section 404 filing deadline for small-cap companies by yet another year. The commission's Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies investigated enough comments and complaints about the undue financial burden of SOX's Section 404 compliance on smaller public companies that a second extension was near
Writers Battling Uphill Against Google
As many of us expected, Google has been sued for digitizing library books without seeking permission from copyright holders. The Authors Guild and three writers sued the search-engine giant in a New York federal court, claiming Google's actions amounted to a "massive copyright infringement."
Political Stalemate Portends More Job Losses, Outsourcing In Germany
While officials at Siemens Business Services say there's no link between the non-outcome of Sunday's national elections in Germany and the company's announcement Monday that it would slash 2,400 jobs, or 16% of its German workforce, there is at least a symbolic connection that's worrisome.
Much Ado About Archiving
Can the message archiving market really be that hot? If the volume of new products and services geared to the practice, and the amount of new research devoted to the topic, is any indication, then my completely unscientific and seat-of-the-pants analysis is . . . yes.
U.K.'s Tony Blair Says 'Cheers' To Outsourcing
The United Kingdom's recent experience with outsourcing shows that the practice is just another form of trade between two countries and, in the long run, trade is always a good thing. Although a growing number of U.K. businesses are moving IT jobs offshore to the usual places--India, Eastern Europe, and Russia--IT employment in the country is increasing.
IT Leaders Spend More, Study Says
After years of spending less on IT, world-class organizations earmark more dollars for technology to improve corporate efficiency, a new study reveals.
Enterprise IM: Get Used To It
When the Radicati Group released its five-year projections for the instant messaging market yesterday, the biggest news wasn't in the growth numbers, which call for a steady increase in worldwide IM traffic through 2009. More intriguing were the vendors present for a panel discussion and what they see as the opportunities that the growth numbers represent.
Your Data Has Left The Building
Is that a good thing, or bad?
As if you didn't have enough to worry about, in today's business climate you must not only find ways to ensure compliance with corporate data use policies, you have to include those rogue laptops and other wayward mobile devices in your management approach.
Division Of Labor
ABN Amro's move to tap five outsourcers to handle its IT needs may lead to lower costs and reduced risk, since it won't depend on a single vendor. Just add good managers.
What Outsourcing Backlash?
Sure, there are savings--but they often come with a cost of decreased service levels, increased communication problems, customer dissatisfaction, increased complexity, and other issues. Travel and infrastructure costs--including, say, a dedicated telecommunications link from the outsourcer to the client's main office--can easily add up to equal or even surpass any savings in the wage rate. There are often resentments over being expected to work late or come in early on a regular basis, to do thi