News & Commentary
posted in October 2004
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Acxiom Buys Chinese BI Firm
News  |  10/31/2004  | 
The data-management and services company buys a Shanghai-based provider of data-management, business-intelligence, and CRM services to Asian and global companies.
IT Confidential: Spim, Spam, Spyware, And The Flu Vaccine
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
'Popping a pill from a spammer is akin to online Russian Roulette.'
Ballmer's Linux Spin
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Microsoft's CEO argues that Windows is cheaper and more secure than its open-source rival. Do the facts support him?
Business Technology: Microsoft And Its Blind Spot: Linux
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Steve Ballmer's letter to customers said nothing about the widespread reality of tens of thousands of Microsoft customers who are eager to deploy BOTH Windows and Linux.
Linux More Expensive? Maybe
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Something about this time of year makes me even more suspicious of spin than usual. So when I read Steve Ballmer's e-mailed message to customers and partners, I wanted to find out a little more about the research he used to defend his position against Linux.
Here Car! Good Car!
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Moody cars and "neuromarketing" make some nostalgic for old-fashioned technology.
California City Relieved It Has E-Mail Archives
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Requests for access to Oceanside's municipal E-mail often spike during an election year. So the city's CIO created an archive system that he says is serving him well this year.
New Customers Boost I2's License Revenue
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
The supply-chain app vendor is improving its profitability with sales to new customers and by cutting its expenses.
Taking Stock: Slow And Steady ADP Wins Earnings Race
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Back-office processing for many firms often runs on ADP support.
Pipeline
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Axentis, Corticon, and SAS lead our harvest of important releases.
Without Safety Nets
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Will super-efficient supply chains take one beating and fail to keep on ticking?
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
On The Horizon: Securing Borders With Information Analysis
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Risk-assessment and supply-chain analysis are paramount to safety.
Starwood's Mainframe Is Ready To Check Out
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Hotelier embarks on 7-year, $100 million deal with HP to upgrade reservation system
HP, SAP Team On Service
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Companies offer ERP applications package for small and midsize businesses
Sam's Club In Line For RFID-Tagged Products
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Wal-Mart extends use of the technology to its warehouse store chain
Acxiom Acquisition Opens Door To China Expansion
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
The data-management and services company buys a Shanghai-based provider of data-management, business-intelligence, and CRM services to Asian and global companies.
Doctors Get New Data Source To Improve Care
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Electronic tool can access patients' prescription information from insurance claims
Marine Corps Revamps Troops' Supply Chain
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Military branch rolls out Oracle's enterprise apps to simplify supply operations
RFID's Payback Stretches Beyond 2 Years, Analyst Says
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Early adopters may find it hard to speed up the ROI on RFID deployments.
Quick Fix For Corrupted Disks
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
A new appliance lets companies save on the high costs of sending corrupted drives out for repair.
Secret Service Busts Cyber Gangs
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Operation Firewall nets 28 suspects allegedly involved in online fraud and conspiracy.
Growth Of IT Economy Modest At Best--Gov't Report
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
A Commerce Department report sees good news and bad news, amounting to a near stall over the last 12 months.
Downplaying Upgrades and Other Mistakes of the 21st Century
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Our interconnected world forces application users to face reality: It's time to upgrade.
IT's Contribution To GDP Hits Bump
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
IT investments account for 4.8% of economic growth, the lowest contribution rate in six quarters.
The Post-Merger Pervasive
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
With more native drivers than ever, Pervasive Software's data integration suite packs a punch.
Wal-Mart Takes RFID To Sam's Club
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
The retailer will soon begin putting RFID-tagged cases and pallets in its chain of club outlets.
Scoping Out The Real Costs of RFID
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Much of the focus surrounding the cost of RFID has been on the price of RFID chips or tags. But implementing a fully functional RFID system incurs multiple costs including technology, consulting, recurring fees and many others. By some estimates, costs for big companies can be $25 million for mandate compliance.
Hospitals Get New Data Source To Reduce Medical Errors
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Emergency rooms in several Massachusetts hospitals are using a new electronic tool to access patients' prescription information from insurance claims to improve safety and quality of care.
Full Text of Microsoft "Comparing Windows with Linux and UNIX" Letter
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this week sent a letter to customers outlining the reasons it believes Windows is superior to Linux. This is the full text of that letter.
Next Up, MP3 Video?
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
The holy grail for MP3 players is to build in color screens and wireless connectivity so that users can navigate directly to online digital music and video services. But that's easier said than done given cost, size and ease-of-use challenges.
Phishing Expedition Set To Enter Second Phase
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
The next chapter in the battle against phishing focuses on defining technical and operating requirements for banks, investigating technical anti-phishing approaches, and deploying customer education and enforcement.
VF To Use Alien's RFID Technology
News  |  10/29/2004  | 
Under a three-year deal, the clothing manufacturer will use Alien Technology RFID tags and readers to track shipments to retailers.
SmartAdvice: Small Banks Should Use An ASP And Their Agility To Differentiate Service
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
As more banking moves online, small and midsize banks must use their agility to keep customers, The Advisory Council says. Also, Google has to sharpen its focus to be competitive in enterprise search; and a CIO must develop staff leaders to enhance the business.
CA's Open-Source Ingres Now Available
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
The company is shipping the open-source database for Linux and Windows to revive its usage.
Emergency Rooms Get New Data Source To Reduce Medical Errors
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Emergency rooms in several Massachusetts hospitals are using a new electronic tool to access patients' prescription information from insurance claims to improve safety and quality of care.
R U Compliant?
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance is nothing if not a real-time challenge. Creating a good information flow among potentially hundreds of stakeholders requires a new influx of technology, including solutions based on instant messaging.
Metrics Development: Taking It From the Top
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
The biggest challenge in performance management often comes right at the beginning: metrics definition and development. Here are ideas to get strategic initiatives (and top executives) moving.
People Power
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Organizations can only go so far to improve performance before they must address their most important asset: the workforce. Competitive forces are pushing managers to look beyond HR and ERP systems and embrace performance management.
Surrounding the ETL Requirements
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Make sure you know your requirements before getting started on ETL.
More Than Pie Charts
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Business intelligence is too important to be limited by outdated presentation and visualization.
Marines Revamp The Supply Chain That Serves Troops
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
The branch is rolling out Oracle's enterprise apps to streamline its supply and logistics operations.
Congratulations, Mr. Internet! This Is Your Life.
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
NYU economics professor Nicholas Economides finds that the best way to describe the Internet is to look at the industries it's displacing.
The New Frontier
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
Innovation performance management: Is it a myth... or mandate?
The Many Faces of Workforce Management
News  |  10/28/2004  | 
HR, now seen as strategic, is the focus of application innovation.
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