Commentary
Content posted in November 2004
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Mr. Torvalds Goes To Brussels
Commentary  |  11/30/2004  | 
Last week, a group of Open Source pioneers joined the battle over the future of software patents in the European Union. Over the next several weeks, the EU could fall into the same legal trap that ensnared the U.S. software industry--or it could take the first step towards dumping the concept of software patents once and for all.
Beyond BPM Tools
Commentary  |  11/30/2004  | 
Process management is a practice that can be supported by tools not traditionally thought of as "BPM" software, and businesses owe it to themselves to investigate all their options before deciding on a BPM strategy.
Somebody Stop The Megapixel Madness!
Commentary  |  11/27/2004  | 
All around the world, including Europe, China, Japan and the rest of Asia, handset makers are scrambling to maximize the pixel density of CCDs in their camera phone offerings. But what about optics?
Software Monitors Returns at Retailers
Commentary  |  11/26/2004  | 
How many returns are too many? Shoppers may soon find out as "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, kicks off the 2004 holiday shopping season. A software application from The Return Exchange Inc. called Verify-1 that monitors and records the frequency of returns by consumers is starting to catch on.
Where To Place Your OS Bets
Commentary  |  11/26/2004  | 
Most solutions providers are still on the Windows bandwagon, but more are also weighing open-source alternatives.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/24/2004  | 
The Big Picture: Oracle-PeopleSoft Battle's Side Effect
Commentary  |  11/24/2004  | 
It's hard to argue with SAP's strategy when tech pros crave depth.
JBoss Is Flying High
Commentary  |  11/24/2004  | 
Open-source applications are winning over enterprise IT departments, and JBoss is one of the firms leading the charge.
Technology's Worst Enemy
Commentary  |  11/24/2004  | 
It's been almost two years since the first camera phones appeared, heralding the advent of multimedia messaging (MMS) and paving the way for the impending 3G data services. Surprise, surprise, initially they were a resounding flop, marred by issues such as service costs, network interoperability, lack of handset availability, lack of roaming agreements and overly complex user interfaces. Granted, it took just a press of a button to take a picture. But storing, e-mailing or downloading that shot
Taking Stock: Pay Attention To Technical Analysis
Commentary  |  11/24/2004  | 
To ignore technicals on a tech investment can leave money on table.
You Want Reviews? We've Got 'Em!
Commentary  |  11/23/2004  | 
Been coveting a snazzy, sleek smartphone? How about an inexpensive way to share and sync files? A workhorse file and print server? Or a digital pen that remembers everything you write and creates e-mails
SmartAdvice: Five Main IT Categories To Evaluate In Companies You Might Buy
Commentary  |  11/23/2004  | 
There are some basic IT functions, from tech plans to an inventory of products, to consider when your company is deciding whether to buy another, The Advisory Council says. Also, weigh the cost of backing information up against the cost of lost business in deciding on a data backup plan; and look at your company's software-development processes when deciding whether to move immediately to the new CMMI.
Politics Prevails Over Intelligence
Commentary  |  11/23/2004  | 
Just when it seemed that the 9/11 Commission had fired up government reform, politics is again taking center stage. Congress, with a little help from members of the Bush administration apparently, has failed to advance a key 9/11 Commission recommendation that would establish an independent National Intelligence Authority headed by a national intelligence director. While this would appear to deal a major blow to the ideal of a unified intelligence community better equipped than the current one t
The Rise Of The Gadget Blogs
Commentary  |  11/23/2004  | 
I love a good blog that covers gadgets well. I consider myself something of a gadget-blog collector and connoisseur and would like to share with you some of my favorites. The list has to start with the two everything-including-the- kitchen-sink blogs, Gizmodo and Engadget. They're really good at highlighting the newest-of-the-new stuff. And
The Quest For The Perfect Device
Commentary  |  11/22/2004  | 
The Nokia N-Gage and Tapwave Zodiac have their merits, but the quest for the perfect all-in-one personal mobile device continues.
Linux More Hackable? Bah, Humbug!
Commentary  |  11/22/2004  | 
It's shocking that Windows, the bastion of bad code and patches, is more secure than Linux. That I just can't believe.
Readers Sound Off On Data Quality
Commentary  |  11/21/2004  | 
Comments from Business Intelligence Pipeline readers illuminate how critical an issue data quality has become in the world of BI.
Oracle Secures Nearly 61% PeopleSoft Shareholder Backing
Commentary  |  11/20/2004  | 
Oracle has won backing from slightly more than 60% of PeopleSoft Inc. shareholders in its $9.2 billion hostile takeover.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/19/2004  | 
Taking Stock: Stratex Appears To Be Long-Term Investment
Commentary  |  11/19/2004  | 
Stratex overestimated the demand for its new Eclipse product.
SmartAdvice: Craft A Data-Center SLA So It Meets Business Needs
Commentary  |  11/19/2004  | 
Outsourcing data-center work lets staff focus on higher-value activities, but pay attention to business metrics when drafting the agreement, The Advisory Council says. Also, RSS may be a useful tool depending on your's company's industry; and expect staff cultural challenges when switching from mainframe based apps to client/server or Web-based applications.
Business Technology: Shhhh...: Kmart-Sears' Internal Memo
Commentary  |  11/19/2004  | 
Bob Evans imagines a memo from the honchos of the proposed Kmart/Sears to the CIOs of Kmart and Sears. It reflects the absence of any public discussion about how business technology would be used to beat Wal-Mart and other retailers that have embarrassed Kmart and Sears.
Response To Bob Evans' Nov. 15 Column
Commentary  |  11/19/2004  | 
Langa Letter: Why Freeware's A Solution, Not A Problem
Commentary  |  11/19/2004  | 
Open-source, GPL, and other forms of freeware sometimes run afoul of myopic company licensing standards. But any organization that's cutting itself off from GPL and other legitimate forms of licensed freeware is seriously hurting its own business, Fred Langa says.
SOX Me, Baby
Commentary  |  11/18/2004  | 
If you work in the IT department of a publicly-traded company, you're probably familiar with Sarbanes-Oxley. If the very sight of that name causes an annoying facial tic and makes you want a cigarette, and if your company also happens to use open-source software, we need to talk.
The Future Of The Programmer
Commentary  |  11/17/2004  | 
For an upcoming story on the role of automation in software development, I started with the premise that automation, like outsourcing, would reduce the stateside opportunities for programmers. Bad idea.
'Streets and Trips 2005' Means Never Having to Ask for Directions
Commentary  |  11/17/2004  | 
David Strom reviews Microsoft's latest Streets and Trips software, and finds out never having to ask for directions has its downside too.
The Privacy Lawyer: Movies Are Different
Commentary  |  11/16/2004  | 
The battle over illegal downloading of movies is much clearer than that over illegal downloading of music files.
The Privacy Lawyer: P2P Networks: The Other Risks
Commentary  |  11/16/2004  | 
Privacy and security are at stake if you use P2P networks or IM apps that support P2P file sharing.
Toasted SCO
Commentary  |  11/16/2004  | 
SCO's tenure as the most hated tech company in the world may soon be over. As a matter of fact, its tenure as a company may soon be over, period, if a Novell legal filing posted on Groklaw last week turns out to be nearly as big as it seems.
Analyzing RFID's Reliability And Stability Limitations
Commentary  |  11/16/2004  | 
RFID and bar codes are both auto-identification technologies, but bar codes have a much longer track record and therefore boast greater reliability. In addition to stability issues, there are other potential shortcomings in the readiness of RFID that enterprises must understand and weigh.
It's Time For A Data Quality Sit-Down
Commentary  |  11/13/2004  | 
It's up to CIOs to make other members of senior management understand the importance of data quality. It won't be easy, but being the "chief" of anything usually isn't.
IT Confidential: Personal Use: Unclear On The Concept
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
An FBI agent downloaded a copy of the stolen source code.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
Taking Stock: F5 Networks Thrives On Internet Traffic
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
F5's integrated products focus on architecture that manages net traffic.
SmartAdvice: Demonstrate IT's Business Value At Budget Time
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
Justify the budget by showing IT as an asset and highlighting the business value it creates, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for fit with company polices and ease in integration when evaluating message-management systems; and the key for CIO survival is IT asset management.
Secret CIO: Five Rules For An Effective IT Strategy
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
Making The I.T. shop a strategic business partner isn't that hard.
Business Technology: A Thanksgiving Kiss To Our Reader-Partners
Commentary  |  11/12/2004  | 
In this season of Thanksgiving, Bob Evans says thanks to the million or so readers who are the heart and soul of InformationWeek.
The Observer: The Many Roles Of A CIO
Commentary  |  11/11/2004  | 
Add seductress and supplicant to the business roles such as IT strategist that a CIO must take on to be successful, says Lou Bertin.
How Do Real Bad Guys Break Software?
Commentary  |  11/9/2004  | 
A security expert breaks down the tools and techniques attackers use to build malware and break into other peoples' systems.
Laptop Linux Talks Back
Commentary  |  11/9/2004  | 
A while back, I asked you to share your experiences with Linux on laptop computers. Most of you who wrote back love your Linux laptops, and you're happy you made the switch. But enough of you also dealt with hardware glitches to suggest that installing Linux on a laptop is still a lot messier than installing it on a desktop PC.
Let's Get Personal
Commentary  |  11/8/2004  | 
The notion of "personal" technology harkens back to the introduction of the first personal computer (the MITS Altair in 1975) or maybe the first pocket calculators (the HP-35 or Sinclair Executive in the early 1
What's Missing From RFID Tests
Commentary  |  11/8/2004  | 
Many RFID pilots under way don't adequately account for the impact on data-warehouse and business-intelligence apps. It's time to step back and factor in these critical metrics, or risk reducing the long-term success of RFID in your company.
Data Quality: The Problem That Won't Go Away
Commentary  |  11/7/2004  | 
Data quality is a problem for BI practitioners across the board, at organizations large and small. So what's the fix?
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