Investor To SCO: Stop Suing Linux Users
Major SCO investor BayStar gave Linux users a big bouquet recently, when the
company told SCO to stop suing Linux users.
Oh, that's not what BayStar actually said. BayStar told SCO that BayStar
believes that SCO's entire future rests in its lawsuit against IBM.
Smart Advice: Wringing More Value From Already Installed Apps
Evaluate systems already installed and consider drafting performance contracts as IT takes the lead in finding ways to improve the bottom line, The Advisory Council says. Also, understand your company's strategic goals before trying to control costs; and approach change management as you would a project.
Acronyms Run Amok
BPM vendors -- both kinds -- spend little time pointing out that, yes, there's another kind of "BPM" out there too. The result, especially for IT managers making their first foray into one BPM practice or the other, is serious confusion.
Best Of Listening Post
Linux stirs powerful emotions. On one side are those who say open source isn't perfect. On the other side are people who know a Microsoft conspiracy when they see one.
SmartAdvice: Private Is As Private Does
Baystar Vs. SCO: More Ironic Than Alanis
You have to appreciate the irony of SCO's situation. How frustrating - to be accused in public of doing something wrong, but not to be told what it is, so you can't even effectively defend yourself. SCO's entire business is at stake.
This is pretty much what SCO did to the Linux community a year ago when SCO filed its lawsuit against IBM. And it's now happening to SCO, as investors BayStar Capital claim SCO has violated their investor agreement.
Sound Card Support Is The Achilles Heel For Linux
New Linux distros still fail a task that Windows 95 -- yes, 95! -- easily handles, namely working with mainstream sound cards. That sends the cost of commercial, paid versions of Linux dramatically higher, by columnist Fred Langa.
The Third Wave
There have been two great waves of frenzied technological advancement since 1997, both fraught with hype, but both bringing a sea change to the way businesses think. Now a third wave is upon us.
Langa Letter: Linux's Achilles' Heel
New Linux distros still fail a task that Windows 95 -- yes, 95! -- easily handles, namely working with mainstream sound cards. That sends the cost of commercial, paid versions of Linux dramatically higher.
SmartAdvice: Define Data-Center Needs Before Selecting Hosting Solution
Outsourcing your company's data-center management can be cost-effective, but make sure you first understand the options, The Advisory Council says. Also, compare J2EE and .Net for building distributed, service-oriented applications, and learn how to become a player in organizational politics.
Listen And Learn
"Does it pay today to be an early adopter in emerging technologies or to be a fast follower?" Michael Friedenberg asks. The answer may surprise you.
BI On A Budget
Budget constraints are a fact of life. Yet, business intelligence is an essential capability for meeting strategic and operational objectives. Here's practical advice about how to get what you need without breaking the bank.
Business Technology: Making The Most Out Of Compliance
The winning entry from our recent contest for most-interesting compliance experiences describes a Web-based system that reduces risk, guarantees compliance, increases business value, and enhances customer intimacy. And you thought this compliance stuff just generated nightmares.
Democratizing Business Intelligence
BI tools that have competed on the depth of their analytical capabilities or ease of integration with data sources are competing more than ever on their usability.
New Security Imperative: Demonstrating Results
IT professionals will soon be challenged to prove, in measurable ways, the value of their information security efforts, measured by impact and results. Dealingeven successfullywith crises, management plans, and budget requirements will no longer be enough.
Who's The Enemy And Enemy's Enemy?
Every place I've ever worked, I eventually get the reputation as The Guy Who Knows The Useless Trivia. So I was not surprised recently when a colleague IMed me to ask who said, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." My colleague was, of course, writing an article about the Microsoft-Sun Microsystems alliance announced last week.
SmartAdvice: Best Practices For Using SAP In Multilingual Settings
Analyze your busines processes before selecting code pages when using SAP in a multilingual environment, The Advisory Council says. Also, don't count on a Windows NT Workstation security patch support extension; and there are two basic options when selecting an E-mail encryption technology for your sensitive mail.