SmartAdvice: Cost Is Only One Factor In Outsourcing Decisions
Outline very specific goals for outsourcing before you lock in an agreement, or be prepared to be disappointed, The Advisory Council says. Also, ways to get better customer service from PC vendors, and how to turn compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley into a plus.
Why Business Intelligence Matters
The Web has simultaneously made data easier to gather and share, and also created new channels of information all its own. And emerging technologies on the horizon radio frequency identification technology that it's hoped will track individual items within supply chains, for example promise whole new mountains of data. Making better use of that data is your job, and we're here to help.
Linux's Biggest Problem? Neither Microsoft nor SCO
Microsoft isn't Linux's biggest problem, and neither is SCO. Linux's biggest problem is the perception that the Linux community is a bunch of dreamers. A whole package of other assumptions goes along with that perception: that Linux is anti-business, that the Linux community doesn't care about profit and private property and that members of the community don't have what it takes to succeed in the real world.
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Microsoft misplaces some source code and posters see the pettiness of the human spirit, an allegory for genetically altered crops, and a marketing conspiracy
SmartAdvice: Top-Down Strategy
Business commitment, good project management, and an incremental approach can improve your chances for a successful supply-chain-management implementation, The Advisory Council says. Also, control the costs of computer hardware maintenance and avoid the pitfalls of corporate IT-abuse investigations.
Technology alone won't fix inadequate processes. It's critical to design processes to improve patient safety
Linux Is No Threat to the Economic Recovery
With its Linux lawsuit foundering, SCO is trying to convince lawmakers that open source software hurts the U.S. economy and threatens national security. Opinion, by Network Computing editor in chief Rob Preston.
SmartAdvice: Tips For Turning IT From Cost Center To Profit Center
CIOs must focus on increasing revenue, not just cutting costs, in moving IT from cost center to profit center, The Advisory Council says. Also, how to build a defensible business case for moving off obsolete Windows 98 PCs, and using the Future Search approach to jump-start a vision statement.
Linux on the Desktop: "Better" Isn't Good Enough
Advocates of Linux on the desktop talk about Linux replacing Microsoft Windows, but of course, that's not the way the computer industry works. Users don't replace what they already have. PCs, minicomputers and Unix servers didn't replace mainframes, even though the vendors of those systems kept insisting that was going to happen any day now.
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Angst about offshore outsourcing is evolving. Discomfort early on turned to racist-tinged anger and now appears to be morphing into a political movement.
Focus On Driving, Not Doing Business Via A Handheld
It's not only illegal in many states and countries to use handheld phones while driving, says Carl Zetie, it's a bad idea. Companies must consider what demands they place on employees and their liability.
Smart Advice: Under-Promise And Over-Deliver On ERP Projects
To escape the Y2K spending hangover, IT must reverse the skepticism brought on by expensive ERP projects, The Advisory Council says. Also, look at business fundamentals before starting a CRM project, and create processes that implement and tie together local and global objectives to generate value companywide.
Extremism in Defense of Linux Must Be Condemned
I've been doing a bit of Googling today, and I've discovered that there's something missing from the statements by Linux leaders about the MyDoom attack. It needs to be said: Vigilante action is wrong. The author or authors of the MyDoom virus should be prosecuted with the full vigor of the law.They are villains, they should be thrown into prison and made into examples to make the entire community of computer criminals afraid.