News & Commentary
posted in January 2004
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Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/31/2004  | 
Practical Tools for New Ideas
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Innovation is the wellspring of prosperity. This second part of a series looks at products that help spur new ideas - and prevent them from dying on the vine.
Plugging In With Chet Phillips
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Our back-page Q&A debuts with Chet Phillips' take on the latest BI buzz.
Introducing InfoPath
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Microsoft's InfoPath tackles the XML service-based integration.
News & Analysis
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Open-source databases pinpoint demand ... EMC and HP say storage plus content management add up to information life-cycle management ... SAN matures.
When Simple Won't Do
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Our new column begins with a warning: When it comes to integration, beware the "magic bullet" delusion.
Right in Time
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
To survive today's challenges, businesses must take a long look at their data warehousing investment - and break traditional barriers to delivering strategic and tactical information faster.
The Making of a Real-Time Hero
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Data warehousing has prospered in support of strategic decision-making. Now, as business intelligence expands, the world looks to the sky, not for a bird or a plane - but for a data warehouse that meets real-time, tactical demands.
HotJobs' New Service: Fink On Yourself
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Job seekers can pay to do a background search on themselves and make it available to potential employers.
The Anything-But-Microsoft Market
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
The anything-but-Microsoft industry scrambles to free up IT dollars and locate competitive advantage.
Microsoft Offers Bounty For Mydoom Author
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Microsoft Corp. offered a $250,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the Mydoom author, matching the bounty offered by SCO.
Stop Proliferating ODSs
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Everyone knows about the rise and fall of data marts: Will operational data stores suffer the same fate?
Novell HQ Moves to Boston Suburb
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
It's the end of a computer-industry era, as Novell moves from its long-time headquarters, which was located just a short commuter bus-ride from the Mormon Tabernacle.
TECH STOCKS: Blame This Decline On GDP
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
At the end of Friday, all of our indexes were slightly down for the day.
Dr. Dean Gets Rich Client
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
The Web site uses Laszlo Presentation Server 2.0, which serves up a rich experience to visitors.
Sun Reaches Out To Eclipse In Effort To End Disputes Over Java
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Sun, which has been in conflict with IBM over Java standards, wrote a letter urging togetherness in the face of the common enemy.
Banks Plan For Identity Theft Assistance Center
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
The new center, to be operated by Wells Fargo with participation from other banks, will work for consumers who believe they've been victims of identity theft.
CA Said To Be Integrating Tools With Network Management
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
The plan echoes that of HP, IBM, and Microsoft, which are building apps and services that can be redeployed or provisioned on the fly.
E-Voting System Has Security Risks
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Security researchers say Diebold's electronic voting system is vulnerable to tampering, but can be fixed by election day.
Shrinking Backup And Recovery Costs
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Recovering data during times of need is critical to all, and few can afford to make inefficient use of business-technology resources.
The Changing Face Of Oracle
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
CEO Larry Ellison talks about the company's new presidents, new products, its hostile bid for PeopleSoft, and international markets.
Business Technology: Diverse Views On Outsourcing
Commentary  |  1/30/2004  | 
While some lament lost jobs in the technology industry, others say the need to compete is driving companies offshore.
Gateway To Acquire eMachines
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
The $234 million deal will help Gateway return to profitability, says founder Ted Waitt.
FTC Sends Mass E-Mail Warning Of Spammers' Tricks
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
The government says misconfigured servers are unwittingly forwarding spam around the globe.
Reward Offered To Capture Virus Designer
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
Microsoft will pay $250,000 to the person who aids in the arrest of the MyDoom author.
'03 License Revenue Surged 23% For MicroStrategy
News  |  1/30/2004  | 
The business-intelligence vendor reported a loss, however, due to early debt retirement.
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Key product releases, with a focus on data warehouses.
Perchance to Dream
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Strategic, tactical, or both? Data warehouses must answer.
TECH STOCKS: Little Traction
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Investors grappled with whether Wednesday's losses were a buying opportunity or a correction.
Doctors Dependent On WebMD Despite Alleged Problems
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Because of complexities with claims-processing and new requirements under HIPAA, doctors rely on WebMD and other clearinghouses to handle the work.
Army Turns To IT To Help Keep Morale Up
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
US Army Community and Family Support Center CIO Rick Thomas is searching for ways to use IT to improve the quality of services his organization provides to soldiers and their families.
Linux Needs A Committed Champion
Commentary  |  1/29/2004  | 
Nuts to Linus Torvalds. On January 19, Bruce Perens, executive director of the Linux Desktop Consortium extolled the virtues of the latest round of Linux desktops for businesses being
Stealing the Show
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Reporting is the hottest thing in the BI market. Careful thought will make your investment a success.
FCC Cites AT&T Wireless Complaints
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
The wireles carrier, now accepting acquisition bids, was the subject of nearly half of the FCC's consumer complaints about number portability.
Hackers Target Systems Infected By MyDoom
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
They're taking advantage of a back door the worm has created in infected systems.
20,000 University of Georgia Students Face Serious ID-Theft Risk
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
The school says hackers may have accessed key information, including credit-card and Social Security numbers.
United States Readies Enterprise Asset-Management System In Iraq
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
The system will integrate data and coordinate logistics for more than 5,000 major rebuilding projects.
DataDomain Aims To Shrink Backup And Recovery Costs
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Its DD200 Restorer offers the high-speed performance of disk-based storage, validated information for recovery, and less information to manage.
Secret CIO: Our CEO Has A Vision For The Future
Commentary  |  1/29/2004  | 
Picking a direction is easy; getting there successfully is another story.
Taking Stock: Visions Of The Year Ahead
Commentary  |  1/29/2004  | 
Technology and business continue to work hand in hand.
Buyouts Hurt Verizon's Bottom Line
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
It lost $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter due to the costs of buying out 21,000 employees, overshadowing the fact that it added 1.5 million customers to its market-leading customer base.
Man Sentenced To 21 Months For Defrauding Microsoft
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Wilson Delancy was also ordered to repay more than $4 million for his role in a scheme to steal software from the company.
Out Of India: British Firm Shifts 250 Jobs Back Home
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Shop Direct is shifting work back to Britain from a call center in Bangalore, potentially costing the Indian services firm 250 jobs.
Survey: Some Small And Midsize Businesses Wary Of Depending On Microsoft
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Among those with concerns, 72% are pursuing diversification strategies.
Ohio Names New CIO
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
Greg Jackson, who's been the de facto CIO since 2000, now has the job officicially.
Controversial Virtual Schools Gain Popularity In Wisconsin
News  |  1/29/2004  | 
The six virtual schools in the state are pitched as alternatives for parents who want a hybrid home-schooling and a traditional classroom.
Fidelity Scoops Up Sanchez Computer Associates And Its Linux-Based Deposit And Loan System
News  |  1/28/2004  | 
Fidelity National Financial said it plans to acquire Sanchez Computer Associates Inc., and its core product, Profile, a real-time bank deposit and loan processing system that was recently migrated to Linux.
Researcher: SMBs Wary Of Depending On Microsoft
News  |  1/28/2004  | 
The Yankee Group's web survey of 600 small and medium businesses (SMBs) found 43 percent of decision-makers concerned about over-reliance on Microsoft; and of that group, almost three-fourths were actively seeking other vendors to diversify.
Siebel Offers 90 Days Free On Hosted Service
News  |  1/28/2004  | 
The customer-relationship-management software vendor sees the extended trial period as a way to get those interested in the service to move more quickly.
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