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Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
Business Technology: A Peek Into The Brain Of An IT Strategist
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
It's tough to maintain inner peace when the news jangles your nerves, Chris Murphy says.
Prediction No. 10: Continuous Controls, The Intersection of BPM, ECM And Event Monitoring
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
This final prediction for 2006 is a look at where the rubber will meet the road in the journey toward a sustainable, automated compliance architecture. Your goal is to create an environment of continuous controls, but what exactly is that? Continuous controls are something that analysts, consultants and auditors stress but, somehow, only vaguely describe. It will be your number one priority for compliance management but there is no silver bullet technology that gets you there. There are no pre
Small Victory In Battle Against Kiddie Porn
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
When Dutch credit-card processor Vorotel cut ties with Bigfunhouse, the online payment site that provided access to Webcam pornography closed, a small victory was won in the war against Internet child porn.
Breaking Up (Microsoft) Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
For nearly two years, Microsoft has played European antitrust regulators the same way it played U.S. regulators: as a bunch of hapless nitwits. This time, however, Microsoft has misjudged its opponents -- and instead of a slap on the wrist, it may face an executioner's ax for its trouble.
Secret CIO: Resist Temptation: Don't Push That Hot Button
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
Our country's political discourse is interesting in a perverse sort of way. The dialogue is reminiscent of what happens during my company's executive committee budget-review meetings. In both processes, participants spend a huge amount of time on arguments aimed at fixing the blame for what went wrong while concurrently trying to grab the credit for what little has gone right.
It's Too Early To Say
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
The only thing that is a certainty about the Internet, I believe, is that the next generation will blow anything we're doing right out of the water.
A Wake-Up Call For Collaboration
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
Moore's Law: 1965-2015, May It Rest In Peace
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
The demise of Moore's Law is in sight. Well, maybe not Moore's Law itself, but the end of the ability of the silicon chip to double computing power about every two years--Moore's Law--is a decade away.
Can Your Customers Trust You?
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
A Privacy Imperative For 2006
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
Rumor: TiVo To Announce DirecTV, Dish Partnership At CES
Commentary  |  12/28/2005  | 
A rumor is circulating online that TiVo will announce at the upcoming CES show next month in Las Vegas a partnership with DirecTV and Dish Network over mobile content. The idea is to unite on a standard for supporting content that can be viewed on portable devices.
Why IT Execs Should Turn A Blind Eye Toward TV Shows Streamed To Desktops
Commentary  |  12/27/2005  | 
Now that Yahoo has begun streaming whole, commercial-free CBS sitcoms, it's worth a moment to pause and consider the impact of the growing influx of video--not to mention podcasts and multimedia blogs--on the workplace. My guess is, there's a surprisingly large number of people who spend large chunks of their work days squeezing in every possible minute of entertainment they can. And that can mean only one th
'Intel Inside' Out
Commentary  |  12/27/2005  | 
India's The Economic Times reports that Intel's longstanding tag line "Intel Inside" will be dropped next month after 14 years of use, according to unnamed insiders. The company will roll out a new logo and possibly a new advertising campaign.
Rumor: Microsoft to Buy Opera
Commentary  |  12/23/2005  | 
Rumor has it that Microsoft plans to buy browser rival Opera - a Norway-based company that makes a small browser with a big cult following. Opera denies the rumor.
Google And Microsoft Settle Bitter Lawsuit
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Google said today that it has settled the lawsuit brought by Microsoft in July to enforce a noncompetition agreement against Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a former Microsoft executive who left the company to work for Google. In a prepared statement, Lee, president of engineering, product and public affairs for Google China, said, "I am pleased with the terms of the settlement agreement."
Prediction No. 9: The Watchword in 2006 Will Be Sustainability
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Every organization subject to regulatory compliance needs it; every vendor of compliance tools promises it; so achieving it is a piece of cake, right? Unfortunately, when the "it" in question is a sustainable, automated compliance management framework, its existence has been a bit hit and miss. The main problem with a promise like sustainability is that it means something different to nearly all organizations, not to mention nearly all vendors of IT products and services. Sustainable complian
Motel 6's Jump Into Podcasting: The Light May Be On, But The Download Is Still Hard To Find
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
One of the numerous attributes of podcasting is its accessibility. It's the rare example of a technology that everybody can understand--The News Show's hilarious report Wednesday about how few people on the street can tell you what podcasting is notwithstanding. That's one of the big reasons it's growing so fast. The media (InformationWeek being a clear example) has picked up on how easy it is to do, and how simple it is for users to make use of. And increasingly, non-media companies are testing
An Emergency Collaborative Response
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Rating The Performance Management Vendors
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
You want fair, objective software rankings? We've got them. In fact, we run them all the time. And our latest set of reviews, new this week, covers performance management tools.
Who Gets Intellectual Property Rights? Everyone
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Collaboration ain't always easy. Sometimes it takes many months, occasionally more than a year, for IT vendors and university researchers to agree on who owns the intellectual property of industry-funded IT research at some of America's top schools. Such delays have prompted some vendors to direct some of their university-bound R&D funding to universities overseas, institutions less fussy about IP rights. Those concerns are voiced in a
The Evolution of OpenText
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Unrelated, Swirling Thoughts
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Is Google Investing In An Obsolete Business?
Commentary  |  12/21/2005  | 
I startled myself the other day when I realized I didn't know whether my laptop computer has a modem. I had to think about it a couple of minutes. It's been that long since I've used a dial-up connection. Not long ago, having a laptop computer without a modem was like having one without a display or keyboard--completely useless. But these days, everywhere I go, I can count on a high-speed Internet connection, and in many places I can get a Wi-Fi connection. That's been true for quite some time
Blog Confession Leads To Jail Time For Teen
Commentary  |  12/21/2005  | 
How dumb can some bloggers be? That's a question 18-year-old Blake Ranking is pondering as he faces five years in prison and 10 years on probation for causing an accident that killed one friend and severely injured another. "It was me who caused it," Ranking confessed in a blog three days after the October 2004 accident.
Prediction No. 8: SMBs Forced To Wear Their Compliance Hats
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
With most of the regulatory focus up to this point on larger public companies, financial institutions and healthcare providers, it wasn't until the last half of 2005 that we started to see a concerted effort on the part of technology vendors to scale down compliance-related systems and tools for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It was only a matter of time; the SMB market is huge, hot and underserved, especially when it comes to compliance. Vendors focused first on the low hanging fru
Can Apple-Intel Live Up To Pre-MacWorld Hype?
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
People just can't wait for the new year to see what is going to come to fruition in the much anticipated partnership between Apple Computer and Intel. An announcement of the first Intel-enabled Apple product is expected at MacWorld January 10. And while the rumor mill is buzzing, it could also be most inconsequential happening of the year in terms of impact on the commercial or enterprise market.
Seven Fearless Predictions For Outsourcing In 2006
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
There will be a major data-security breach at an offshore firm. The resulting controversy will have no impact whatsoever on the outsourcing industry as businesses realize the same thing happens in the U.S. almost every week. And here's six more of my can't-miss prognostications for the year ahead in outsourcing.
Bracing For A Nation Of CrackBerry Addicts
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
I was chatting with a few people I'd just met at a holiday cocktail party Friday night, trying to do the infamous appetizer-plate-and-drink-glass balancing act, when one of them starts bemoaning his BlackBerry balancing act. He can never get away from work when he's home, he says, because he always has his BlackBerry.
If You Use The Internet, Times' Child-Porn Story A Must Read
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
The article by Kurt Eichenwald details a new side to the Internet's great shame of child pornography. It describes a 13-year-old boy who posted Web-cam pictures of himself online in an effort to meet friends, and found child predators instead. From a beginning where a man paid him $50 to sit with his shirt off in front of his Web cam, he moved to selling naked images of himself and worse.
Wiki Wisdom
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
The recent uproar over a fake Wikipedia entry on journalist John Siegenthaler, Sr. should teach us all an important lesson: If you get the itch to libel someone, try to avoid prominent journalists from powerful families -- especially when they have carte blanche to use the USA Today editorial page to hunt you down.
A Rearview Mirror On Steroids
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
A small California company called Crimestopper plans to unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show next month a rearview mirror called the NavPro NP3000 series mirror that features an embedded 4.5-inch LCD display and GPS electronics. In addition to providing GPS directions, the small screen will show live video from a camera in the bumper whenever the car is going in reverse. Pricing has not been announced.
A Look At Federal Software Spending
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
If a new study is correct, the feds will be spending a lot of money over the next year on information sharing and management. Let me say: hooray.
Government Security
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
Will A Pure-Play BI Firm Be Acquired In '06?
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
We've seen the big enterprise software giants buy small analytics firms, such as IBM's acquisition of Alphablox in 2004. Nothing new there. But now some people on Wall Street are asking: Is one of the pure-play BI firms ripe for the picking? At least one equity analyst thinks so.
Google's AOL Deal Undermines Its Principles
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
According to reports over the weekend in The New York Times and elsewhere, Time Warner is expected to announce tomorrow that it will renew its partnership with Google, which will make a $1 billion investment in AOL in exchange for a 5% stake in the company. While the actual terms have yet to be disclosed, one aspect of the deal is troubling. The Times reports, "Google, which pride
Podcast: Symbol Takes RFID Into New Markets And Regions In 2006
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
Research firm Gartner expects the radio frequency identification technology market worldwide to reach $504 million this year, up 39 percent from last year. As more industries adopt the technology toward the end of 2006, new license revenue will climb to $751 million. By 2010, Gartner forecasts worldwide RFID spending to surpass $3 billion dollars. Symbol Technologies, which manufacturers RFID tags and readers, is stepping up efforts in 2006, expanding operations to meet demand. It already has a
Rumor Patrol: High Cost Of Consumables?
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
Last week I ran a review on this page of two color laser printers aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. The reviewer liked the low price and "commendable feature set" of the HP Color LaserJet 2600n (although he liked the Lexmark C522n a little better overall). A reader liked the look of the LaserJet, too, until he found a link to a rant about its consumables costs on the Web. He wrote a note that finally reached me, and I spran
Legit Firms Aid And Abet Teen-Run Porn Sites
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
At age 13, Justin Berry began a five-year Net business selling images of his body for gifts and cash, at times fostered by some of the Internet's most respected and popular companies. Now, the Bakersfield, Calif., 19-year-old is working with the FBI to go after thousands of adults who encouraged him and other youngsters to perform sordid sexual acts in front of their Webcams and from behind their closed bedroom doors.
Bringing IT News To You
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
Music Downloads Take Over At Christmas
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
The BBC and the Financial Times are reporting that music downloads, more than CD sales, will determine which artist will be named number one on the charts at Christmas by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Last year, the organization said, downloads
How To Make A Gadget Gift Great
Commentary  |  12/18/2005  | 
I bravely waded into an Apple Store in a Houston, Texas, mall this week -- it was like entering a cage full of rabid badgers. Holiday shoppers were ransacking the joint for Apple goodies, accessories, software, and most of all, iPods. Not coincidentally, the "record store" next door was almost empty. This holiday appears to signal the inevitable music purchasing shift from disc to download.
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