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Content posted in June 2004
10 Good Reasons You Can't Have That Data
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
The Justice Department has rejected a request to view a database of foreign lobbyists, saying the file is so big that copying it could cause the computer on which it resides to crash and irretrievably destroy data.
The Privacy Lawyer: In Search Of The Perfect Gadget
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
There are PDAs, cell phones, and all sorts of other gadgets out there--is it too much to ask for something that could combine the best of them into one manageable device?
Open Source, Proprietary Vendors Force Change On Each Other
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
This week finds open source and proprietary vendors making maneuvers in response to competitive threats they pose to each other. Mostly, these maneuvers involve Microsoft. Sun Microsystems said it plans to work with Microsoft to develop single sign-on technology for networks. Then, the two companies will work together to unify Java and Microsoft .Net.
SmartAdvice: Are Blogs The Next Internet Marketing Phenomenon?
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
Here are some factors to consider when your company ponders whether to blog or not, The Advisory Council says. Also, expand outsourcing's value by building ongoing relationships; and match your telecom requirements to your providers' products for savings and best performance.
IT Confidential: No Time For Laggards Around Here
Commentary  |  6/25/2004  | 
'I'm up to my ears in startups,' ex-Marimba chief exec Polese says.
Taking Stock: Enterasys Still Has Much Work To Do
Commentary  |  6/25/2004  | 
Sales must pick up and costs must come down for a solid investment.
Business Technology: Privacy Isn't The Only Thing That's Important
Commentary  |  6/25/2004  | 
Professional whiners who believe they were put on earth to protect and speak for the rest of us have turned the discussion about preventing further terrorist attacks on this country into a debate over what sort of food airline passengers eat. That's not privacy, Bob Evans says--that's lunacy.
BI To CRM's Rescue
Commentary  |  6/24/2004  | 
CRM is just a business process like any other, and like the others, it can be made smarter with BI.
SmartAdvice: Nonprofits Should Focus On Costs and Services In Choosing An ERP System
Commentary  |  6/24/2004  | 
Nonprofits should evaluate an ERP-style system following a proven process, The Advisory Council says. Also, make sure you understand a storage system's complexity and what dedicated resources it needs before making a choice; and tips on changing your IT group's culture so it's proactive.
Good Management Takes Planning
Commentary  |  6/21/2004  | 
Too often, companies fail to make the tactical decisions needed to ensure a successful deployment of business-process-management software.
Other Voices: Getting Physicians To Use IT--A Success Story
Commentary  |  6/21/2004  | 
How Genesys Health System got 80% of its physicians to participate in a digital-document-management system, and is saving $1.9 million annually.
Security Adviser: You Can Manage Proactively Or You Can Pay The Price
Commentary  |  6/21/2004  | 
The key to sound security strategy is a risk-management methodology that factors in critical financial, operational, and organizational metrics. Here's an overview of what works and what doesn't.
IT Confidential: Anti-Spyware's First Step; Accenture OK
Commentary  |  6/18/2004  | 
The Spyware Bill will pass before year's end, chairman predicts.
Start With What's Broken
Commentary  |  6/18/2004  | 
When it comes to BPM, go ahead and begin with the process that's anathema to everyone involved with it. When you create a turnaround, you reach hero status.
Taking Stock: Wireless Networking Moves Home
Commentary  |  6/18/2004  | 
The biggest headache in deploying a wireless network is security.
Secret CIO: The Backstabber Gets His Comeuppance
Commentary  |  6/18/2004  | 
It's difficult to feel sorry for someone who richly deserves his fate.
On The Horizon: Time For Technology To Get National Debate
Commentary  |  6/18/2004  | 
Neither the Bush nor Kerry teams like talking about technology.
Business Technology: Beyond Microsoft's Business-Apps Play
Commentary  |  6/18/2004  | 
Can Microsoft be a major player in the complex and sophisticated market for high-end enterprise applications? Bob Evans thinks Microsoft's recent and huge emphasis on weaving business-process expertise and flexibility into its code and its services is proof that the company has very ambitious plans in this $25 billion market.
SmartAdvice: Clean And Manage Company Data To Learn What Information You've Got
Commentary  |  6/17/2004  | 
It's worth the effort to clean data files and manage your company's data before it manages you, The Advisory Council says. Also, adopt enforceable HR policies to discourage users from downloading programs that may contain malware; and five steps to consider in launching a mentoring program.
Langa Letter: What's Behind The USB Drive Revolution
Commentary  |  6/17/2004  | 
These small drives can generate huge payoffs in convenience, maintenance, and security. Fred Langa examines the various types and their strengths and weaknesses. He finds there's much to like.
The Privacy Lawyer: Monitoring Employees' Internet Communications: Big Brother Or Responsible Business?
Commentary  |  6/16/2004  | 
Balancing employees' privacy rights with the responsibilities of the employer is becoming increasingly tricky for both sides Parry Aftab says.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  6/11/2004  | 
Taking Stock: ManTech May Come Back From Its Dive
Commentary  |  6/11/2004  | 
Some acquisitions aren't as integrated as management would like.
Idealism, Optimism, And Cynicism In The Mobile Market
Commentary  |  6/11/2004  | 
Advancing mobile and wireless communications isn't without pain, Carl Zetie notes, nor a certain number of lightbulbs.
Shakeout
Commentary  |  6/11/2004  | 
Oracle's swashbuckling attempt to grab PeopleSoft is part of a trend that should matter to more users than just those who are part of the PeopleSoft customer base.
Business Technology: It's Time To Stop Playing Chicken With Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  6/11/2004  | 
Why are so many of us doing so little about cybersecurity? Why do so many companies continue to tolerate unsecured systems? Some insight might lie in the research done by a physician in Vienna, Austria, more than 150 years ago, Bob Evans says.
Did Linus Invent Linux?
Commentary  |  6/9/2004  | 
A new book argues that Torvalds stole other people's work. But all innovation is based on previous work, says columnist Rob Preston.
SmartAdvice: Consider Hardware First In Figuring Linux Ownership Costs
Commentary  |  6/8/2004  | 
Hardware considerations can muddle the seemingly lower cost of Linux ownership, The Advisory Council says. Also, aspect-oriented programming needs to mature before it's ready for prime time; and use compliance standards to make sure IT processes are in place and your IT organization is adequately staffed.
Performance Management Finds Its Legs
Commentary  |  6/7/2004  | 
Business performance management is more about strategic thinking than it is about software. It's the true interweaving of business intelligence with business strategy.
Social Networks and Collaboration
Commentary  |  6/7/2004  | 
Standardizing BI Improves Performance
Commentary  |  6/6/2004  | 
Cost reduction and improved organizational effectiveness top the list of latest CIO initiatives.
IT Confidential: Analyze This: The Microsoft Connection
Commentary  |  6/4/2004  | 
Gartner expects the executive transition 'will be a smooth one.'
Secret CIO: Fix The Problem, Not The Blame
Commentary  |  6/4/2004  | 
Focus on learning from mistakes and preventing a repeat performance.
Taking Stock: Intuition Says Intuit May Not Be A Bargain
Commentary  |  6/4/2004  | 
Growth prospects have affected the company's stock price this year.
Business Technology: In The Cybersecurity Wars, The Good Guys Are Losing
Commentary  |  6/3/2004  | 
"The worst is not/So long as we can say, 'This is the worst.'" -- King Lear
SmartAdvice: Wrap Your Mainframe In Middleware To Modernize Legacy Apps
Commentary  |  6/3/2004  | 
Use a portal and Enterprise Integration Architecture so legacy apps can be treated like objects, The Advisory Council says. Also, let the technology mature more before buying into VoIP over wireless LAN; and work out a strategic communications plan before an emergency.
Langa Letter: Cool And Quiet: Warm-Weather Follow-Up
Commentary  |  6/3/2004  | 
After detailing multiple approaches to keep your PC cool and quiet, Fred Langa goes a step further, testing a water-cooling system and seeking to address warm weather and high-stress applications with a thermostatic power supply.
Open Source Makes Continued Gains
Commentary  |  6/2/2004  | 
Open source continues to gain acceptance among top-brand software vendors and in the enterprise.


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