News & Commentary
posted in July 2003
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Business Objects Gets Sales Growth Back--At A Price
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
Business Objects' sales grew this quarter, but higher costs cut into profits.
MCI Barred From Government Contracts
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
GSA proposes permanent ban because of fraud allegations.
TECH STOCKS: The Tea Leaves Look Green
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
Our indexes closed in the black Thursday, but only after giving back most of the day's gains.
Oracle Plans Special Edition Of Enterprise Apps For Smaller Businesses
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
The first product out will be a suite for financials, which is designed to go live in just 30 days.
Secret CIO: Expense Cuts Put Everyone To The Test
Commentary  |  7/31/2003  | 
If you show your loyalty, your staff will return the favor
Florida County Taps Biometrics For HR File Access
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
A Florida county is using fingerprint biometrics to control access to SAP human-resources apps.
Wow! Another Tech IPO!
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
Networking vendor Netgear sells 7 million shares at $14 apiece, and the stock jumps 25%.
Xiotech Develops Storage Clusters For Failover
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
Magnitude 3D system protects information by automatically shifting data when a systems failure is detected.
Airline Passenger Screening To Be Tested
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
Passenger data will be checked against commercial and government databases to determine a security threat.
Economy Makes Strongest Showing In A Year
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
Improvement in the gross domestic product came after two straight quarters of lousy economic growth.
Anxiety Mounts Over Possible Internet Attack
News  |  7/31/2003  | 
Government and industry experts are increasingly concerned about brewing hacker activity.
TECH STOCKS: Is That Another Pop We Hear?
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
With AOL Time Warner reportedly under SEC investigation, techs hardly had a chance.
Homeland Security Will Drive Federal Spending On Knowledge Management
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
Government spending on software and services will top $1 billion in five years.
Sprint PCS Users Gain Access To AOL IM And E-Mail
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
Deal gives AOL links to four of the five major wireless service providers.
Microsoft Takes Linux For A Test Drive
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
Vendor plans to do side-by-side comparisons between Linux and Windows in lab environment.
HP Goes For CRM, In A Big Way
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
Siebel says the deployment of its CRM software at HP to the tune of some 40,000 seats could be the largest CRM installation ever.
A Tool To Reduce False Security Alerts
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
Software which works with the popular Snort intrusion detection system can slash false alarms up to 70%, Qualys says.
EMC Upgrades Its Big Storage System
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
New Symmetrix system will hold twice as much data and work twice as fast as current versions.
Hormel Turns Chilly On Use Of 'Spam' Name
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
Long patient with the use of it's trademarked 'Spam,' the canned-meat company wants to stop SpamArrest from using the name.
Avaki Expands Grids To Databases
News  |  7/30/2003  | 
New version of Data Grid can access and integrate distributed data.
Judge Throws Out Investors Suit Against Intel
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
A U.S. District judge in San Jose granted the chipmaker's motion to dismiss, saying plaintiffs hadn't shown company officials knowingly misled investors about products or revenues in 2000.
Vignette's Recovery Heats Up
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The portal and content-management software maker says it's set to make good on its promise to be profitable again in the current quarter.
Exploit Code For Windows Vulnerability Posted
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
At least three different exploits have been posted to various security mailing lists.
Six Straight For MicroStrategy
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
Company execs say sales are picking up as buyers gain more confidence in the economy and in MicroStrategy's health.
Unisys Debuts Mainframe
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The ClearPath Plus Libra 185 is designed to let users take advantage of emerging trends such as Web services and utility-based computing.
Microsoft Outlines Visual Studio .Net Upgrade
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The focus will be on developer productivity, scalability, and tie-ins to Yukon database.
TECH STOCKS: Confidence Dips, Markets Follow
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
A sharp drop in consumer confidence sent stocks lower.
The Internet's Not Just For City Folks
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
Nearly half of the nation's 2 million farms are connected to the Internet, according to the USDA--more than triple the number in 1997.
Secure Computing To Buy N2H2
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The acquisition of the content-filtering vendor increases consolidation in an already-competitive market.
Online Sales Tax Edges Closer To Reality
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
Enough state legislatures have signed on to tax-collection system to have it operational next year.
Verizon Posts 2Q Profit As Revenues Rise
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The nation's largest telephone company says increased long-distance and wireless revenue offset a decline in local phone service.
Fujitsu Reports 1Q Loss But Projects Profit For Full Year
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The Japanese vendor says slow sales of servers, telecom equipment, and hard drives are to blame for the continuing losses.
ProactiveNet Enhances App-Management Software
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
New tools provide better measurement, analysis, visualization, and integration.
Actuate Gets Nimble
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
Actuate has acquired Nimble Technology, a privately held developer of enterprise information integration software.
Sun's Proposed New Web Services Standards
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
Sun is trying to initiate a new round of Web services with a proposal for a set of standards that work on top of XML and WSDL.
Microsoft Pays $26 Million For "Touch" Technology
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The settlement of a patent-infringement suit with tiny Immersion Corp. will bring a more realistic feelto Xbox systems and other computer products.
New Jersey Teams With The Army On Intrusion Detection
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The Army will help the state analyze its network as a first step toward protecting its IT infrastructure from cyberterrorism.
Sun Aims To Prosper With Its Own Products
News  |  7/29/2003  | 
The vendor says the key to success in the market for large IT systems is to rely on its own intellectual property, not offerings from third parties.
Sprint Beats Expectations
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
Revenue fell 3%, but the company posted a profit as both its long-distance and wireless operations outperformed projections.
AT&T: MCI Diverted Government Calls To Canada
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
The carrier suggeted in a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York that its rival was placing national interests at risk.
Feds Prepare Kit To Help Local Cops Fight ID Theft
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
An electronic package being mailed by the Secret Service to police departments is designed to help local authorities fight identity crimes.
IRS Takes Contractors To Task For Lengthy Contract Delays
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
CSC-led database system can't be implemented in time for 2004 tax season.
Making Message Transitions Easier
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
Companies tied to messaging and E-mail systems on Unix-based servers have a new option for migrating those systems to Linux running on less-expensive x86 servers.
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
TECH STOCKS: Investing Without Conviction
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
There was more faith in technology than in other sectors Monday, but that's faint praise.
Review: Tablet PCs
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
Do you need a $2,000 writing pad? InformationWeek's John Foley says tablet PCs are worth the money for those who do a lot of note-taking.
IBM Inks 10-Year Services Deal With ABB
News  |  7/28/2003  | 
Under terms of the $1.1 billion pact, IBM will run servers and PCs in 14 countries for the Swiss company.
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