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Content posted in March 2005
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Business Technology: 'There Is No Darkness But Ignorance'
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
While business challenges of transparency and visibility get a great deal of attention these days, the problem isn't a new one, Bob Evans says. About 400 years ago, noted ERP guru William Shakespeare illuminated the eternal struggle.
SmartAdvice: Look To Novell's Open Enterprise Server As Migration Path From NetWare
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
Moving to Open Enterprise Server will be the least-disruptive path as your company decides what operating system to go with in the future, The Advisory Council says. Also, some tips for beefing-up your presentation skills.
Your Take On Windows-Linux Security Study: Yuck
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
Readers were skeptical of a recent study that found Microsoft Windows to be more secure than Linux, responding to our request for feedback in ways that left little room for misunderstanding.
The Observer: Simplicity And Sound Execution Still Carry The Day
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
Despite the hoopla over synergistic marriages, it's plain, ol' pleasing the customer that keeps businesses going, Lou Bertin says.
Spring's Integration Rites
Commentary  |  3/31/2005  | 
The integration marketplace heated up a little more in the last week. Is Web analytics next?
Google Adds Stock Charts
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
Google yesterday added stock charts to its search results. Entering MSFT, Microsoft's ticker symbol, into the Google search box now returns a graph of the company's stock performance for the day, along with other financial details.
Conflicted Over File Sharing
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
As a one-time freelance writer, I pocketed a few extra bucks from the intellectual property I created. The law recognizes that my writings had some financial value, and provided protection against their unauthorized use.
Open Source Vs. Microsoft: In Brazil, It?s No Contest
Commentary  |  3/29/2005  | 
In about a month's time, the Brazilian government will initiate a program called PC Conectado, or Connected PC, with the goal of aiding millions of its low-income citizens in purchasing computers. Don't expect Microsoft to be on the desktop.
Starship Enterprise Needs To Outsource IT
Commentary  |  3/29/2005  | 
A business trend has really taken hold when references to it resonate not only in the corporate world but also in popular culture. We've seen that previously with the notions of Megatrends, Tipping Points, the Peter Principle, and the like. Now, it seems, outsourcing is the latest business concept to work it
Sun: God's Gift To Open Source
Commentary  |  3/29/2005  | 
I don't know which Sun PR flak is responsible for putting words into COO Jonathan Schwartz's mouth nowadays. But if Schwartz is aiming for a career in standup comedy, he'd better bring them along with him.
An Old Celko Puzzle
Commentary  |  3/25/2005  | 
If you go over to http://www.dbdebunk.com/page/page/666711.htm, you will find a letter to the editor from someone named PV about an old column of mine. Here is the jist of it: Back in June of 1996, Jack Wells submitted this SQL problem to my SQL FOR SMARTIES column.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  3/25/2005  | 
SmartAdvice: Workflow Software Can Help Streamline Human Processes
Commentary  |  3/25/2005  | 
Now that data-centric work processes are largely automated, consider that streamlining human-centric processes can provide benefits as well, The Advisory Council says. Also, if your company's IT supplier is bought, CIOs must look at the vendor's value and address the rumor mill.
A Rant Is A Terrrible Thing To Waste
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
Should researchers have been quicker to disclose the source of funding of a study that found Windows more secure than Linux?
De-Fragmenting Data
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
Hey, I have an idea. Let's rename March 'Data Integration Month.'
Open Questions For Open Office
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
OpenOffice.org is one of the most promising open-source products on the market today: a legitimate alternative to a bloated, absurdly overpriced Microsoft Office. Yet when I look at the direction OpenOffice.org is taking, I wonder whether the organization behind the product is prepared to make the most of its opportunities.
Langa Letter: Little-Known Options For Syncing Files In Windows
Commentary  |  3/23/2005  | 
Do you work on files in more than one location or on more than one PC? Fred Langa offers an overview of tools built right into Windows that can help.
Podcasting 101
Commentary  |  3/23/2005  | 
Addicted to the latest news or the newest bands? Download them in MP3 and listen away.
The Death of Bluetooth? I Don't Think So!
Commentary  |  3/23/2005  | 
Everyone's talking about the coming death of Bluetooth. The exact same predictions happened about five years ago, when engineering types proclaimed the death of Bluetooth in favor of Wi-Fi, citing many of the same problems with Bluetooth. They're wrong again, and for the same reason.
The Expanding RSS Universe
Commentary  |  3/23/2005  | 
The RSS universe is relatively small; a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey estimates that about 5% of Web content is delivered via RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. But a just-released survey of subscribers of the ultra-techie blog and news site Slashdot shows user
No Big Winners In Search-Engine Wars
Commentary  |  3/22/2005  | 
You don't need to be the top dog to be a winner. Barry Diller understands that as his media company IAC/InterActiveCorp seeks to acquire search engine Ask Jeeves for $1.85 billion.
Trendspotting: Maximizing Your On-Demand ROI
Commentary  |  3/21/2005  | 
As users come to rely on on-demand solutions, they become hard to turn off, even if they're not delivering positive ROI. Before starting, Rebecca Wettemann says, evaluate your options, do a quick cost-benefit analysis, make sure you train users, and get managers involved.
Letters
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
High-Court Plea: Don't Stifle Innovation
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
The law has a tough time keeping pace with technology, and that could prove problematic for many Internet innovators and users if the Supreme Court sides with the movie studios and recording companies in a case it will hear later this month.
Business Technology: If Speed Kills, Are You In Danger?
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
How would your company fare versus competitors in a benchmarking of speed and agility? Speed -- or the battle against latency -- is moving to the top of priority lists for companies in all industries as customer requirements accelerate. Bob Evans asks, are you ready?
Smart Advice: Storage Attachment Made To Order
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
Expect iSCSI to gain popularity at Fibre Channel SANs' expense, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan your migration to Microsoft Exchange 2003 carefully, and recognize possible need for coexistence of messaging systems during the migration.
Secret CIO: Mentoring Has Own Rewards--And Risks
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
It's not in anyone's best interest to single out the wrong person.
Google Code
Commentary  |  3/17/2005  | 
Google today launched Google Code, a site for programmers interested in Google-related development. The company is using the site to publish free source code and API information. Search, of course, is more of a platform these days than an application and this gift of code will only strengthen Google's developer community.
The Integration Shuffle
Commentary  |  3/17/2005  | 
IBM bought itself a ready-made basket of goodies designed for taking care of data warehouses. Next we'll see what the rest of the data integration market decides to do about it.
Serial Entrepreneur Strikes Again With Open Source
Commentary  |  3/15/2005  | 
"Is there a place for open-source software at my company?" It's one of the most important questions that IT executives have been asking themselves over the past few years. The answer depends, among other things, on your company's level of comfort with open source and your ability to integrate open-source applications with existing proprietary apps. The above question has also helped open source drift into the crosshairs of the IT consulting market. But unlike the technologies that created the l
Hello everyone!
Commentary  |  3/15/2005  | 
INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE once more changed format at the end of last year and my long-time column went away. However CMP asked me if I would like to do a blog on SQL, databases and the other things that interests me.
Law, Order, And Technology In 2005
Commentary  |  3/14/2005  | 
By the time May flowers begin to bloom in San Francisco, the city's Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) police department can expect an upgrade to the wireless handheld technology that helps its 191 officers patrol the region's 43 rail stations and 104 miles of tracks. Central to the upgrade is a geographic mapping application that integrates with the BART dispatch system to deliver via wireless handhelds key logistical information to officers, including train-station schematics, track milepo
Blogger Rights: Multiple Views
Commentary  |  3/14/2005  | 
No consensus exists, at least among readers responding to an online InformationWeek poll, on whether bloggers should be given the same legal protections as journalists when protecting confidential sources.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  3/11/2005  | 
Langa Letter: Rust Never Sleeps: How To Deal With Moisture And Corrosion In Your PC
Commentary  |  3/11/2005  | 
PCs in non-air-conditioned spaces may need special care. Fred Langa offers a series of options for providing that care and ensuring the longevity of your PC.
Business Technology: Your Tax Dollars At Work
Commentary  |  3/10/2005  | 
Bob Evans digs up 10 recent examples of how some of your tax money is being spent. By his reckoning, there are some good, some bad, and some very, very ugly.
The Big Picture: Opportunity And Optimism Abound
Commentary  |  3/10/2005  | 
Don't tell customers what they want; listen to what they need.
Migrating Data To A New PC
Commentary  |  3/10/2005  | 
Moving a co-worker or employee and his or her data to a new computer can be a road fraught with New York City-sized potholes. Here are some concrete steps you can take that will make the move less bumpy.
Penguin Power Struts Its Stuff
Commentary  |  3/10/2005  | 
Google's disclosure about its technology inner workings goes a long way to boost Linux's image as a great way for enterprises to build a scalable utility-computing topography. It is also an important addition to the flurry of news about penguin migration to the on-demand world.
All In One
Commentary  |  3/9/2005  | 
Want that one, big database and analysis package that can handle all your BI work? I wouldn't advise holding your breath, but we're closer now than we've ever been.
Tech Development Based On Red, White, And Blue, Not Just Green
Commentary  |  3/9/2005  | 
Over the past 58 years of its existence, the Central Intelligence Agency's information-gathering needs have played a role in the development of some significant technology, including the U-2 and SR71 spy aircraft, Corona surveillance satellites, and even the Internet. Despite what promises to be some ego-bruising restructuring within the U.S. intelligence community to accommodate the new National Intelligence Authority, the agency has its sights set on a number of emerging technologies it hopes
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