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Content posted in March 2004
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Langa Letter: Virtual Excellence: Microsoft's 'Virtual PC' Is Too Good Not To Check Out
Commentary  |  3/30/2004  | 
In this introduction to the technology, Fred Langa says Microsoft Virtual PC provides a viable alternative to dual booting and should be a solid choice for software testing, evaluation, and support.
IBM, SAP Keep Data Management Front And Center
Commentary  |  3/29/2004  | 
Data management is heating up, as IBM and SAP have made clear this month.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  3/26/2004  | 
Editor's Note: One Reward I Can Do WIthout
Commentary  |  3/26/2004  | 
It was one of those days. Traffic was awful (what's new?). It was cold and rainy (someone please tell Mother Nature that spring has started).
IT Confidential: Phishing, Spamming, And The FBI's CIO
Commentary  |  3/26/2004  | 
Seniors, 65 and up, are the fastest growing online demographic
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  3/26/2004  | 
Taking Stock: Cheaper, Yes--But Is Microsoft A Value?
Commentary  |  3/25/2004  | 
Profitable growth has been difficult to come by in newer divisions.
SmartAdvice: Measuring Business Value Of IT Investments
Commentary  |  3/24/2004  | 
It's hard to quantify the return on IT investments, but it's in IT's best interests to help in the documentation effort, The Advisory Council says. Also, control VPN access from home computers to improve security, and look at what you want from your system before deciding whether to delay server upgrades.
The Observer: The Next Step In Innovation Rests With Users
Commentary  |  3/22/2004  | 
Innovation isn't dead and it isn't waiting for The Next Big Thing, says Lou Bertin. It's waiting for users to find new ways of applying the many existing technologies.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  3/19/2004  | 
SCO Legal Action: Don't Panic Yet
Commentary  |  3/19/2004  | 
The SCO-Linux melodrama is moving new territory -- assault on the customer, says Network Computing's Rob Preston.
Taking Stock: Enterprise Software: Let's Make A Deal
Commentary  |  3/19/2004  | 
CACI may have gotten the best deal in recent activity in this market
Showdown At The SCO Corral
Commentary  |  3/19/2004  | 
SCO's copyright violation lawsuits against AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler promise to be scary, nasty and vicious, but shouldn't deter other companies from moving forward with business as usual, says InformationWeek's Michael Friedenberg.
BI Works For 'Old Line' Industries Too
Commentary  |  3/18/2004  | 
It's not just companies in 'dynamic' industries that are making the most of business intelligence.
Langa Letter: Cool and Quiet, Part III
Commentary  |  3/17/2004  | 
Fred Langa wraps up his exploration of the causes--and cures--of noisy PCs. His step-by-step process, including successes and failures, ensures you won't make mistakes as you work to make your PC cool and quiet.
SmartAdvice: Getting The Right Onsite Mix With Offshore Suppliers
Commentary  |  3/17/2004  | 
There's no perfect ratio for onsite workers when setting up an outsourcing project, The Advisory Council says. Also, if your company has made a business case for using Linux, consider gradual adoption while the SCO lawsuit business is settled; and, don't confuse information with knowledge when deploying business intelligence.
Dashboard Confusion
Commentary  |  3/17/2004  | 
A clear understanding of dashboards requires delving beneath the marketing hype.
The Business Argument For Open Source
Commentary  |  3/15/2004  | 
Open source is neither anti-American nor-anti-business. It's about giving users freedom to choose when to upgrade or change software platforms.
RFID Will Go Only As Far As BI Takes It
Commentary  |  3/15/2004  | 
RFID data is only as good as it is actionable. That's where business intelligence will come in.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  3/14/2004  | 
Editor's Note: Tech-Inspired Change
Commentary  |  3/14/2004  | 
Imagine consolidating 91 different parts of your business, trimming spending by $100 million per year, and trying to pour innovation into the business--and all within four years. That's the task facing Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, Stephanie Stahl says, as he uses business-process and IT change to transform state government.
Showdown At The SCO Corral
Commentary  |  3/12/2004  | 
Businesses shouldn't let the SCO Group lawsuits against companies for allegedly violating its Unix copyrights stop them from advancing their own businesses, Michael Friedenberg says.
Business Technology: The Silos Of Protectionism: Time To Raise Them, Or Raze Them?
Commentary  |  3/12/2004  | 
An outsourcing conference generates strong opinions on both ends of the spectrum on such issues as free trade, offshoring, outsourcing, and the proper role of government in such matters. And Bob Evans muses that a year from now, we'll be thinking about these issues in dramatically different ways.
SmartAdvice: Update Software And Train Users To Help Stop Plague Of E-Mail Viruses
Commentary  |  3/10/2004  | 
Up-to-date antivirus software is important to stop spam and malicious software, but user training is just as critical, The Advisory Council says. Also, don't let Oracle's bid for PeopleSoft scare you off, and the time for considering voice over IP is getting nearer as large vendors invest in the technology.
A Dual-Edged Sword: Providing Information, Stealing Privacy
Commentary  |  3/10/2004  | 
A former National Security Council cyberspace expert explains how government technology can be used to simultaneously provide useful data--and steal privacy.
The SCO Lawsuit: More Conspiracy Theories Than The JFK Assassination
Commentary  |  3/10/2004  | 
There's an adage, one of those things you imagine being said by corn-likker-drinkin' wise old coots sitting by the woodstove in the general store: It ain't what you don't know that hurts you, it's what you know that ain't so. We're now seeing that adage acted out in the Linux community, where many people are certain they know two things that just ain't so.
Convergence Or Divergence: What's Next For Mobile Devices?
Commentary  |  3/9/2004  | 
PDAs, smartphones, and other mobile devices will coexist alongside one another for quite some time because people's needs are so varied, Carl Zetie predicts.
Don't Let SCO Litigation Slow You Down
Commentary  |  3/9/2004  | 
Don't let courtroom kerfuffle dissuade you from using the best tools for the job, says InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Bob Evans.
Microsoft And SCO Group: What's So Secret?
Commentary  |  3/9/2004  | 
Microsoft last year signed two deals, worth $16 million, for SCO technology and rights, but it's still vague on how it will use them. Microsoft had best come clean if it wants to put to rest rumors that it's secretly behind the SCO lawsuit.
Microsoft And SCO Group: What's So Secret?
Commentary  |  3/8/2004  | 
Microsoft last year signed two deals, worth $16 million, for SCO Group technology and rights, but it's still vague on how it will use them.
The Current State of Collaboration
Commentary  |  3/8/2004  | 
Business Technology: Don't Go Slow Over SCO
Commentary  |  3/5/2004  | 
Lawsuits and litigants and torts, oh my! Should courtroom saber-rattling by SCO Group influence you to put a hold on projects involving Linux? Or should you leave that to the legal department while you continue to look for and deploy the best tools to support business innovation?
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  3/5/2004  | 
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  3/5/2004  | 
Long after predictions that E-commerce will bury conventional commerce became quaint, tempers still flare over the justification for an Internet sales tax
Taking Stock: Change Casts Clouds Over SAN Stocks
Commentary  |  3/5/2004  | 
Brocade and McData's stock prices stall after Cisco enters market
SmartAdvice: Enterprise Information Portals Are Easy To Justify, Hard To Build
Commentary  |  3/3/2004  | 
As budget restrictions ease, an enterprise information portal to centralize IT access functions is going to be on the short list for many companies, The Advisory Council says. Also, WiMax and best-management practices to evaluate consultants.
The Privacy Lawyer: Mad as *&%$ And Not Gonna Take It Anymore!
Commentary  |  3/3/2004  | 
Parry Aftab sounds off about the things she hates about computers, traveling with one, and the wired world in general. Let her know your pet peeves, too.
Langa Letter: Cool and Quiet, Part II
Commentary  |  3/3/2004  | 
Fred Langa continues his exploration of the causes--and cures--of noisy PCs. His solutions include some measures that you may consider counterintuitive but he proves why they'll work with your PC.
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