News & Commentary
posted in September 2004
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Partnerships Abound At RFID Conference
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Sun and Texas Instruments were among the companies saying they could do more with allies during the EPC Global conference.
STK Grabs Storage Management Vendor
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Tape storage king StorageTek puts new pressure on the storage-management market with an acquisition.
IBM Partners With Cleveland Clinic For Better Medical Data Access
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
The first project will focus on improving outcomes and treatment for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms by letting doctors electronically tap into research discoveries at the bedside.
RFID Tests Are Positive For CVS And Pharmaceuticals
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
The retailer, along with eight others, wraps up the first phase of an industrywide RFID test.
Building A Database Of Dot-Com Failures
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Future online entrepreneurs could log on to see business plans, marketing documents, and other documents from dot-coms launched in the '90s.
Schwarzenegger Terminates California Anti-Outsourcing Bills
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
The governor vetoed legislation that would have prohibited the offshoring of software development dealing with personal data, such as Social Security and driver's license numbers, and homeland security.
Deceptive E-Mail Could Cost Consumers $500 Million, Study Finds
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
A whopping 70% of respondents say they've been duped, and 15% admit to revealing personal information.
Red Hat Spending $23 Million For Ex-Netscape Security Solutions Business
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Red Hat to incorporate Netscape Directory Server and Netscape Certificate Management System into products to help customers integrate desktops with a networkwide set of computing services.
Campbell Uses 'Slap-And-Ship' Approach To RFID
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Food company says the method has thus far achieved a 96% success rate for case reads.
etalk To Offer Contact Center Performance Management Consulting
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Contact center performance software developer etalk will help clients evaluate and improve processes, design call monitoring programs, and create libraries of digital recordings to identify best practices.
Children's Private Records Posted Online In Florida
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Available online were the names of children, as well as birth dates, Social Security numbers, photographs, case histories, and even directions to foster homes.
IBM Bolsters Blueprint Portfolio To Drive Middleware Adoption
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Blueprints target three main technology areas: business integration, business intelligence and collaboration/content management.
SQL Server 2005 To Get ActiveViews Reporting
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Microsoft is putting ActiveViews end-user reporting capabilities into its next-generation SQL Server 2005 database, the company said Wednesday.
RFID's Impact On Supply Chains Grows, Execs Say
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Business-technology managers share their RFID experiences at this week's EPC Global U.S. Conference.
Successful Innovation Hinges On Understanding Customer Needs And Effective Marketing
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
R&D teams need to spend time with customers if they really want to build new technology that sells, IBM exec says.
Microsoft Readies Business Intelligence Charge
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
Microsoft unveils new and reworked business intelligence tools that provide capabilities ranging from self-service report building for non-techs to mining information from data flows outside of a database.
Web Inventor Warns Of Patent Licensing Royalty Threat
News  |  9/30/2004  | 
W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee says he sees software patents as a serious threat to the development of open standards.
Accountants, Auditors Unveil Risk-Management Framework
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
The nonbinding framework defines two categories of information systems controls: general and application.
Search Underdog To Take On Google, Microsoft, And Amazon
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Blinkx 2.0 promises to proactively and reactively scan the Web, PC applications, and MP3 music files.
RFID's Impact On Supply Chains Grows, Execs Say
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Business-technology managers share their RFID experiences at this week's EPC Global U.S. Conference.
Competition Heats Up To Offer Secure, Manageable, Affordable Linux Operating Systems
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Analysts caution against blindly believing that security designations will translate into a certain level of security in any given IT environment.
Storage On A Chip
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Silicon Image's new lower-cost storage appliance should be more palatable to small and midsize businesses.
Dell Aims To Drive Down Cost Of High-Performance Computing
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Vendor offers server, switch, and host-channel adapter bundle with increased I/O bandwidth, processing capability, and memory.
Ariba's Buyout Of FreeMarkets Bears First Fruit
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
The vendor leverages strengths from its and FreeMarkets' technology and launches a new suite of sourcing software.
Indian Outsourcers Work To Retain Staff As Industry Booms
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Competition for IT and management professionals in India is intense.
Salesforce.com Unveils Site Aimed At Providing On-Demand Call-Center Software
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
The site, Supportforce.com, is seen as a competitive shot at rival Siebel Systems.
Intrusion Prevention Trumps Detection In Health Care
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
To ensure that doctors have patient information when they need it, providers do more to safeguard systems.
Cendant Buys Orbitz For $1.2 Billion, Is Seen As Creating Online Powerhouse
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
The deal gives Cendant the technology it needs to shed its dependence on a system and business model that it's relied upon to distribute airfares and hotel reservations.
UPS Steps Up RFID Efforts
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
The packaging and shipping company plans to upgrade readers it's testing to the next-generation, multiprotocol technology.
Hackers Deface Al-Qaeda Web Site
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
A group of hackers attacks the Web site of a Qaeda-linked group that has claimed responsibility for numerous kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq.
IronPort Appliance Uses E-Mail Analysis To Fight Viruses
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
New version of IronPort product draws on data from E-mail-monitoring network to quarantine viruses within minutes.
IBM Says Blue Gene Breaks Speed Record
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Unlike a competing Japanese computer, BlueGene/L uses a derivative of off-the-shelf processors. It also uses an unusually large number of them.
Oracle Puts Pressure On Microsoft
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
The vendor brings its E-Business Suite to North America to go against Microsoft's ERP software.
U.K. Grocer Expands RFID Initiative
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
U.K. grocery chain Tesco will soon expand its RFID project to include eight big-name suppliers. The initiative follows an internal RFID project that was used to track shipments from its distribution centers to its stores.
Microsoft Expands Lower-Cost Windows XP Program To India
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
The 12-month program is aimed at first-time PC users in developing technology markets.
RFID Gives Manufacturer A Better Handle On Its Snacks
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Snack manufacturer Jack Link's Beef Jerky kicks off RFID tagging initiative for shipments to Wal-Mart, the first in a four-phase move to the radio ID technology. Eventually, the technology could even be helpful in the event of a product recall.
Lightning Strikes Linux Servers
Commentary  |  9/29/2004  | 
Linux server hardware and software makers are targeting new markets--and creating new controversies.
Pie Fight At The Open-Source Corral
Commentary  |  9/29/2004  | 
We love it when tech moguls talk dirty to each other. Back in the good old days, Scot McNealy and Steve Ballmer would spare no effort to insult one another, and Larry Ellison rarely has a good word for anyone, including his own underlings. Windows will give you bad breath, and Linux causes lung cancer, if you believe the big guys' propaganda mills.
Red Hat Releases Enterprise Linux Beta
News  |  9/29/2004  | 
Red Hat releases a beta version of its first enterprise Linux distribution to include the Linux 2.6. kernel.
Tools Aim To Help Customer-Service Reps Get The Right Answers
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
InQuira's new CRM system employs natural-language search technology so reps can search all the information assets within a company.
Motorola Taps Startup To Secure Web Services
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
A specialized firewall is deployed to batten down the company's service-oriented architecture.
Virginia Gets New Tech Chief
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
George Newstrom steps down and deputy takes reins; IT reforms are expected to continue.
Microsoft Makes Its Third Contribution To Open-Source Site
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
The company will contribute its FlexWiki collaboration tool to the SourceForge.Net open-source repository.
Former BEA Execs Launch Open-Source Startup
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
SourceLabs aims to provide certified, reliable infrastructure for enterprise applications.
Eli Lilly's Ex-CIO Joins MasterCard As President Of Global Technology, Operations
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
Roy Dunbar's combination of IT know-how, international experience, and involvement with customers seems to be the expertise MasterCard was seeking.
Open Source In The Public Sector
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
Open-source licensing remains a source of concern for a government code-sharing initiative.
Attackers Target Microsoft Jpeg Flaw
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
Some feel a more-sophisticated virus is nearing completion.
Leaning On Microsoft For BI
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
A limited budget prompts a small brokerage firm to forego more elaborate business intelligence functionality and satisfy its BI needs with what it can pull from SQL Server.
Anti-Spam Effort Killed Amid Patent Row
News  |  9/28/2004  | 
Microsoft has applied for a key patent, and anti-spam activists don't agree with its plans for the patent.
Clock Stoppers
Commentary  |  9/28/2004  | 
Some market watchers think EU approval of Oracle's proposed takeover of PeopleSoft is inevitable. It isn't.
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