Commentary
Content posted in January 2004
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Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/31/2004  | 
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.
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
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.
Other Voices: In Portfolio Management, Apps Alone Won't Bring Order To Chaos
Commentary  |  1/28/2004  | 
Tools deal in quantifiable information; they don't possess the human virtues of discipline, creative thinking, or, most important, decision-making.
SmartAdvice: How To Motivate And Build A Strong Team
Commentary  |  1/27/2004  | 
Focus on satisfying fundamental needs first, such as workload relief and compensation, then move on to higher-level motivators such as empowerment, creative work, and advancement opportunities, The Advisory Council says. Also, consider waiting to adopt RFID until the technology's standards are ready, and check out which skill sets will be most in demand this year.
Business Technology: Let Common Sense Guide Privacy Rules
Commentary  |  1/23/2004  | 
Companies must decide how to balance the need to protect customers and the need to protect their customers' privacy rights.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/23/2004  | 
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  1/23/2004  | 
People might call 'helpful' hacker Adrian Lamo many things, but 'saint'? News about Lamo's recent guilty plea over system-intrusion charges found forum posters waxing heroic.
Taking Stock: Companies Worth Watching In An Upturn
Commentary  |  1/23/2004  | 
If the economy keeps growing, companies like JDA could benefit
Secret CIO: Live Your Dream: This Year, Become CIO
Commentary  |  1/22/2004  | 
Pointers on getting a job you may one day wish you had avoided
Langa Letter: Ten More Ways To Make Windows XP Run Better
Commentary  |  1/22/2004  | 
Fred Langa examines free add-ons and utilities that further refine and improve your operating system.
The Explorer: A Bevy Of Boot Disks
Commentary  |  1/21/2004  | 
The Explorer: By the Bootstraps
Commentary  |  1/21/2004  | 
The Explorer: New BT2K Beta Posted!
Commentary  |  1/21/2004  | 
Tips On Spotting A Spoofed Link
Commentary  |  1/20/2004  | 
The Privacy Lawyer: Which Kills E-Commerce Faster, The Cure Or The Disease?
Commentary  |  1/20/2004  | 
Identity theft has reached new highs--or lows--with a resurgence of phishing, the entrapment of users to steal logon, credit-card, and other information, Parry Aftab says. Set company procedures so workers know when the requests are legitimate.
SmartAdvice: Craft Vision Statement So It Motivates And Leads
Commentary  |  1/20/2004  | 
Vision statements must reflect the organization and involve everyone, so make them simple and achievable, The Advisory Council says. Plus, consider your company's needs for archiving and what's already in use when choosing business-messaging systems, and staying up-to-date on security patches will help keep Windows NT-family operating systems safe.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/16/2004  | 
Editor's Note: Debunking Some Market Myths
Commentary  |  1/16/2004  | 
Talking with the insightful, innovative business technologists she does each week lets Stephanie Stahl debunk some myths circulating in the marketplace.
Business Technology: Customers Long For What Matters Most
Commentary  |  1/16/2004  | 
The good news: In a survey of customers, enterprise-apps vendors get good marks for cutting-edge technology and technology vision. The bad news: That's not what customers value most in their big applications partners; rather, they value quick ROI, superb service, integrity, and simplicity. And they give the vendors lousy marks in those categories, Bob Evans says.
Taking Stock: Expect Unexpected In Earnings Parade
Commentary  |  1/16/2004  | 
If upcoming fourth-quarter earnings don't show growth above 20%, William Schaff says, many investors will be disappointed. And we know what happens when a tech company disappoints.
How COPPA Came About
Commentary  |  1/14/2004  | 
COPPA Checklist
Commentary  |  1/14/2004  | 
Do these questions apply to information gathered on your Web site, Parry Aftab asks? If so, learn about children's privacy laws.
SmartAdvice: How To Turn The Budget Process Into A Value-Add
Commentary  |  1/14/2004  | 
Here are some tips to make the annual budget process pay off year-round, The Advisory Council says. Also, a practical approach to quantifying software quality and tips on how to deal with a letter requesting you preserve information for a criminal investigation.
The Privacy Lawyer: Kids' Online Privacy
Commentary  |  1/14/2004  | 
What you don't know about children's privacy regulations and your online information collection practices can hurt you, says Parry Aftab.
PDAs And PCs Converge: Will Simplicity Triumph Over Complexity?
Commentary  |  1/14/2004  | 
Convergence is nice, but PDAs should keep the best of their user interfaces and steer clear of becoming mini-PCs, Carl Zetie says.
Complacence On Compliance?
Commentary  |  1/13/2004  | 
Though business-technology managers know they have to stay in line with the law, spending on compliance is lagging.
Linux Leads In Telecom App Availability
Commentary  |  1/13/2004  | 
Early in 2003, Six 9s Associates, Inc. conducted a qualitative market study of telecommunications equipment suppliers for Eternal Systems, Inc.
Opinion: Embedded Linux Tool Market Won't Hold Water
Commentary  |  1/13/2004  | 
There is no sustainable embedded Linux tools market. In the end, embedded software developers who value commercial tools enough to pay for them will eschew Linux.
IT Confidential: Here Come The Next Great Privacy Debates
Commentary  |  1/9/2004  | 
'Motorola is committed to making smart, fun broadband products.'
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/9/2004  | 
Taking Stock: Flextronics' Stock Still Reasonably Priced
Commentary  |  1/9/2004  | 
William Schaff says that after staggering through a long, dark tunnel, electronics-manufacturing-services providers are finally seeing daylight.
The Observer: Of Sealing Wax And Cabbages, Of Innovators And Copycats
Commentary  |  1/8/2004  | 
Being fashionable often benefits those who imitate, says Lou Bertin, but it's time to look at change and change agents and see just who's worth imitating.
Langa Letter: E-Mail--Hideously Unreliable
Commentary  |  1/7/2004  | 
A recent test by InformationWeek columnist Fred Langa shows that up to 40% of valid E-mails never reach the recipient. Here's what it all means to you.
The Explorer: Resource Leaks, Part Four: Final Fixes
Commentary  |  1/7/2004  | 
Once you've plugged the leaks, take the time to fine-tune your setup.
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