Commentary
Content posted in April 2004
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Business Technology: Fighting For Survival, Or Global Opportunity?
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
How will Wal-Mart's secondary and tertiary suppliers handle its 2005 RFID mandate for the mega-retailer's top 100 suppliers? Opportunities abound for those willing to take the leap into a global supply network, where innovation and flexibility are indispensable.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
Letters To Bob Evans
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
Taking Stock: Can Investors Hear Verizon Now?
Commentary  |  4/30/2004  | 
Verizon's stock may not be exciting, but it's been slow and steady.
Editor's Note
Commentary  |  4/28/2004  | 
Langa Letter: How To Safely Store And Manage Passwords
Commentary  |  4/28/2004  | 
We all struggle with keeping and securing passwords for the various accounts and systems we access. Here are 17 reader-recommended free and low-cost password-storage solutions, plus two more from Fred Langa.
IT's Role In Health Care
Commentary  |  4/28/2004  | 
Better use of technology can improve health care, which means better health for Americans.
Investor To SCO: Stop Suing Linux Users
Commentary  |  4/27/2004  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/27/2004  | 
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.
The Observer: What Happened To Our Future?
Commentary  |  4/27/2004  | 
Don't mortgage the future for short-term gains, Lou Bertin says, but keep technology firmly on fast-forward.
Acronyms Run Amok
Commentary  |  4/26/2004  | 
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.
IT Confidential: Quid Pro Quo And An Online Blitzkrieg
Commentary  |  4/24/2004  | 
'We will pursue these thieves regardless of their location'
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  4/24/2004  | 
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  4/23/2004  | 
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.
Taking Stock: CA's Saga Continues With Kumar's Transfer
Commentary  |  4/23/2004  | 
The numbers are sound so investors may be able to buy CA's stock cheaply.
The Privacy Lawyer: Actions Must Follow Privacy Mea Culpas
Commentary  |  4/23/2004  | 
This isn't a problem just for airlines. Audit your data disclosures.
SmartAdvice: Private Is As Private Does
Commentary  |  4/22/2004  | 
Keep customer's data privacy at the forefront of your company's compliance efforts, The Advisory Council says. Also, implement P3P on your Web site, and create and enforce human-resource policies that reflect your company's privacy policy.
Future Perfect, If We Can Learn To Network
Commentary  |  4/22/2004  | 
It's technology optimists and visionaries who create the future, Carl Zetie says, so don't be afraid to fail if you want to define the future.
Not Everyone Is Bothered By Fed Access To Personal Data
Commentary  |  4/22/2004  | 
It seems that people older than 30 reared in the United States are the most bothered by companies handing over records to the government, Parry Aftab says.
Baystar Vs. SCO: More Ironic Than Alanis
Commentary  |  4/21/2004  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/19/2004  | 
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.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  4/16/2004  | 
The Third Wave
Commentary  |  4/16/2004  | 
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.
Taking Stock: Businesses Turn To Web Conferencing
Commentary  |  4/16/2004  | 
WebEx commands half the market, despite Microsoft's offerings
Secret CIO: You're Wrong, And Don't Confuse Me With Data
Commentary  |  4/16/2004  | 
Some people make up their minds, then look for supporting facts
Langa Letter: Linux's Achilles' Heel
Commentary  |  4/15/2004  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/14/2004  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/14/2004  | 
"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.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  4/11/2004  | 
Editor's Note: Security Is Part Of All Our Lives
Commentary  |  4/11/2004  | 
The pressure is on Microsoft and other vendors to keep security measures strong. But what about the individual consumer? Stephanie Stahl's antivirus software is up to date. Is yours?
BI On A Budget
Commentary  |  4/11/2004  | 
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.
Taking Stock: Siebel: A Sign Of Good Things To Come?
Commentary  |  4/9/2004  | 
Company execs keep saying their outlook is improving, and William Schaff always wants to believe it. But he actually thinks this time it may be true.
Business Technology: Making The Most Out Of Compliance
Commentary  |  4/9/2004  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/9/2004  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/8/2004  | 
IT professionals will soon be challenged to prove, in measurable ways, the value of their information security efforts, measured by impact and results. Dealing—even successfully—with crises, management plans, and budget requirements will no longer be enough.
Who's The Enemy And Enemy's Enemy?
Commentary  |  4/7/2004  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/7/2004  | 
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.
Linux Community: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Commentary  |  4/6/2004  | 
Analyst Rob Enderle argues that the Linux community has lost its sense of camaraderie, and is defined now by its hatred of Microsoft and SCO. The reasons, he says, come down to money.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  4/2/2004  | 
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