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Content posted in January 2005
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Goodbye, Verizon Wireless, Goodbye
Commentary  |  1/31/2005  | 
Dear Verizon Wireless: There's no easy way to tell you this, so I'm just going to come out and say it. I have left you for another wireless company. And I'm taking the kids.
Secret CIO: Tech Advances Keep Travelers Connected
Commentary  |  1/28/2005  | 
The daily grind keeps us from appreciating the changing horizon.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/28/2005  | 
Business Technology: Defining The Business You Want To Be In
Commentary  |  1/28/2005  | 
Concluding our three-part series on a new way of thinking about business technology, Bob Evans warns, "Companies that profess that IT doesn't matter or is simply wasteful overhead that needs to be gutted will grow increasingly isolated, sluggish, backward, and irrelevant."
SmartAdvice: Look For Flexibility When Selecting Telecom And Data Carriers
Commentary  |  1/27/2005  | 
Understand your immediate and near-term needs when choosing a carrier, The Advisory Council says. Also, Six Sigma uses proven techniques to improve quality and isn't just for manufacturing.
Microsoft Lumbers On, Google Learns To Fly
Commentary  |  1/27/2005  | 
Microsoft is too busy squeezing nickles out of its own customers--and too sure they'll come back for more--to recognize the key to Google's success: simplicity.
Is 'Open Java' An Open Topic?
Commentary  |  1/27/2005  | 
This week, Sun delivered the first product of its rekindled open-source romance: the Solaris DTrace utility. And now, rumor has it, Open Solaris could get a surprise sibling, as Sun executives revisit the idea of open-sourcing the company's Java Enterprise System.
Crime Fighter BI
Commentary  |  1/27/2005  | 
Florida's efforts in law enforcement data-sharing, analytics and reporting can teach all BI practitioners a thing or two.
Technology's Foot Soldiers Are The Key To Homeland Security
Commentary  |  1/26/2005  | 
It's not hard to find someone, even in government, who agrees that 9/11 could have been prevented. It's also not hard to find someone, even in government, who agrees that data-sharing projects underway to correct the intelligence lapses that enabled 9/11 are moving slowly. A year here, 18 months there, and throw in some overpriced, overdue technology. All of this would make me very nervous if it wasn't for some very dedicated people I've met lately.
Langa Letter: Speed And Security Via A RAM Drive
Commentary  |  1/26/2005  | 
While it's not a panacea, judicious use of a RAM drive can make your PC faster and safer, Fred Langa says.
Feds Raise Caution Flag On VoIP Phone Systems
Commentary  |  1/26/2005  | 
Thinking of deploying a VoIP phone system to save money? A federal agency charged with promoting technology says you should proceed cautiously because of security risks when deploying VoIP phone systems.
Look At The Nitty Griddy
Commentary  |  1/25/2005  | 
There are two ways to look at the formation of the new Grid Consortium, headed by Argonne National Laboratory and Globus veteran Greg Nawrocki: Things are going well, or grid needs a push.
The Observer: Transformation Is The New Watchword
Commentary  |  1/24/2005  | 
This year should be all about transforming the enterprise, says Lou Bertin, and refining big thinking to benefit the enterprise.
Mozilla Gets A Phishing Fix
Commentary  |  1/24/2005  | 
Thunderbird, Mozilla's open-source messaging client, hasn't yet won the same giant-killing reputation as its older sibling, Firefox. Recently, a group of developers checked a new feature into the Thunderbird code tree that demonstrates how it could, like Firefox, hit the big time by attracting users who are tired of having their pockets picked every time they go online.
Editor's Note: Technology's Reach Is Limitless
Commentary  |  1/21/2005  | 
In a matter of years, more computer intelligence will be embedded in places that we never imagined (or maybe we've imagined it, but it's years from reality): household devices, highways, even the human body.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/21/2005  | 
Business Technology: IT Transformation: Two Companies That Get It
Commentary  |  1/21/2005  | 
In Part 2 of our three-part series, as you try to determine which technology vendors are tactical suppliers versus those that are strategic business partners, consider this: Do they talk only about scalability and manageability and reliability, or do they talk about nimbleness and agility and opportunity? Do they emphasize their ability to help you maintain competitive advantage, or do they help you conceive and build new and more-valuable competitive capabilities for the future?
IT Security, By The Book
Commentary  |  1/21/2005  | 
Security is the biggest single issue in IT these days. Have you been doing your homework? Here are some recommendations on how to get smarter.
Open Solaris: Licensed To Ill?
Commentary  |  1/21/2005  | 
Can Sun sell its open-source vision for Solaris 10 to the developers who will play a major role deciding whether it succeeds or fails?
The Lawsuit Time Forgot
Commentary  |  1/20/2005  | 
The wheels of justice do, indeed, turn slowly: My grandmother could run flaming circles around the creeping horror that is the SCO-IBM lawsuit. Yet this week, the magistrate presiding over pre-trial discovery in the case threw on the brakes again, granting part of SCO's request that IBM produce all of the code for its AIX and Dynix operating systems.
Diverse Priorities
Commentary  |  1/20/2005  | 
For a growing portion of companies, BI is ready to start giving something back to the bottom line.
Wayne Rash: Securing Your Starbucks Experience
Commentary  |  1/19/2005  | 
Wireless hotspots often offer no security on their own, but you can make your Wi-Fi experience safe without much trouble. Columnist Wayne Rash tells you how.
SmartAdvice: Business-Intelligence Tools For Linux On The Horizon
Commentary  |  1/19/2005  | 
As Linux gets more robust, database analytical tools and report-generation capabilities will be added, The Advisory Council says. Also, cost isn't the only factor to consider in evaluating application service provider options.
Thanks For The Memories
Commentary  |  1/18/2005  | 
Do you remember when you first "got" the Web? If you do, we'd like to hear about it.
It's A Virtual World
Commentary  |  1/18/2005  | 
Anybody who is the least bit worried that innovation has somehow died in IT need look no further than the virtualization space.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/14/2005  | 
Business Technology: A New Way Of Thinking About IT
Commentary  |  1/14/2005  | 
The IT community--the companies that make all this incredible IT stuff, and the companies that buy it--must shift their focus from the stuff itself to the processes, transformations, and other innovations that the stuff can support. (Part 1 of a three-part series.)
SmartAdvice: Understand The Landscape And Players When Consolidating Servers
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
Approach the politics of server consolidation with solid research and executive backing, The Advisory Council says. Also, highlight intangible benefits and find the value others miss to get IT-project funding success.
Can Business And Government Speak The Same Language?
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
The Homeland Security Department's National Infrastructure Advisory Council Tuesday held its first meeting since President Bush's November reelection. After a first term largely spent getting its arms around just how much of the nation's critical infrastructure - energy utilities, manufacturing and transportation facilities, telecommunication and data networks, and financial services - is run by private-sector companies, NIAC is now looking for a way to motivate these companies to improve both p
Langa Letter: Make The Most Of That New PC
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
Here's the info you need to ensure long, safe, trouble-free computing whether you're starting the year with a brand-new PC, or with an older, used PC that's new to you.
Big Blue's Big Deal
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
When a company faces opposition that could cost it billions of dollars, one solution is to spend whatever it takes and do whatever is necessary to grind its adversaries into dust. The other solution is to use charm and subtle persuasion to turn enemies into friends. This week, I see about 500 reasons why IBM is purusing the latter approach to protect its interests in the European Union.
Democratized BI
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
The design of Business Objects' latest analytics platform points to the future of how BI will be practiced, no matter what vendor a business uses.
'Because-We-Can' Technology
Commentary  |  1/13/2005  | 
Why do some gadget makers insist on announcing products that sport absurd features nobody would ever want to actually use? Take, for example, Samsung Electronics' new "3D movement recognition" SCH-S310 mobile phone announced yesterday.
The Data Miner
Commentary  |  1/12/2005  | 
Homeland Security Secretary-designate Michael Chertoff is a big advocate of data mining as a tool to identify terrorists.
Insanely Cheap
Commentary  |  1/11/2005  | 
If you've been under a rock all morning, then you may not know that Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled at Macworld today a $499 Mac and a $99 iPod. Both these products sport tiny form factors as diminutive as their prices.
The Rumor Of SOX ROI
Commentary  |  1/11/2005  | 
Sarbanes-Oxley-compliant organizations are starting to back up vendor claims that compliance management practices are producing benefits beyond compliance.
New Math: D.C. Style
Commentary  |  1/10/2005  | 
The federal government has it's own type of math, at least when it comes to IT salaries.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/7/2005  | 
Business Technology: A Trip To The Woodshed For Serving Tainted Spam
Commentary  |  1/7/2005  | 
Three letter-writers take Bob Evans to the woodshed for publishing anti-spam solutions from readers without vigorously vetting the efficacy of those suggestions. Also, they offer a range of rich anti-spam resources and perspectives.
Smart Advice: Involve Non-IT Peers In Long-Term IT Planning
Commentary  |  1/7/2005  | 
Put a short-term strategic plan in place first, then fine tune.
Anti-Spam Resources
Commentary  |  1/7/2005  | 
As promised, here are some additional anti-spam resources.
SmartAdvice: No Magic In Grid Computing
Commentary  |  1/7/2005  | 
Grid computing probably won't let you buy fewer servers, The Advisory Council says, because most commercial apps don't meet the requirements. Also, involve non-IT peers in long-term IT strategic planning.
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