Commentary
Content posted in August 2004
Opinion: Data Quality Is Everyone's Problem
Commentary  |  8/30/2004  | 
There has to be accountability for good-quality data at all levels in the organization--from the data-entry clerks all the way to the CEO.
IT Confidential: Time To Ferret Out Your Secret Sharers
Commentary  |  8/27/2004  | 
The announcement last week by Attorney General John Ashcroft that he had executed search warrants on five homes and one ISP in connection with alleged illegal copying and sharing of music and movie files didn't necessarily send shivers up the spines of business-technology managers, but maybe it should have. What may have been looked on once as a benign distraction is now a major federal crime. And big business isn't immune, says John Soat.
Taking Stock: Graphics Chipmaker Struggles For Lead
Commentary  |  8/27/2004  | 
There have been changes in the graphics-chip industry, where the competitive landscape has changed dramatically. That's making life complicated for Nvidia, which has fallen on hard times.
Business Technology: When Change Is Inevitable, Embrace It
Commentary  |  8/27/2004  | 
There are signs that this extraordinary profession, which in 35 years has mutated in profound ways at breathtaking speeds, is simply in the midst of another massive overhaul, Bob Evans says.
The Observer: Losing The War For Lack Of A Nail
Commentary  |  8/26/2004  | 
Companies need to focus on the details as well as the big picture. Customer familiarity should not breed contempt, Lou Bertin says.
Opening BI To Open Source
Commentary  |  8/26/2004  | 
This year has seen a whole slew of BI-related open source developments, and it'll see a lot more.
Secret CIO: How To Get Superstars On Your Help Desk
Commentary  |  8/26/2004  | 
Track user satisfaction continuously: Use metrics to find hot buttons
Big Business Is Not Immune
Commentary  |  8/26/2004  | 
The announcement yesterday by Attorney General John Ashcroft that the Justice Department had executed search warrants on five homes and one ISP in connection with alleged illegal copying and sharing of music and movie files didn't necessarily send shivers up the spines of business-technology managers-but maybe it should have.
SmartAdvice: Sync Business Processes Before Deploying Record-Management Systems
Commentary  |  8/25/2004  | 
Integration is key to making a complex document-management system deployment successful, The Advisory Council says, but the ROI can be high. Also, AMD's leadership in introducing 32/64-bit processors merits giving 32/64-bit PCs a look-see; and learn to talk the talk of C-level execs to be a player.
Customer Profitability Is Not A Financial Metric
Commentary  |  8/25/2004  | 
Try treating customer profitability as a demand chain metric, not a financial measure.
Javalobby Gets Sunburned
Commentary  |  8/25/2004  | 
For several months now, Sun Microsystems has released a steady stream of software into the open source community. And while it's unlikely that the company will serve up Java for the same treatment (with good reason, in my opinion), it seemed as if Sun was learning how to deal effectively with the open source community. That's what makes the company's dust-up with Javalobby last week so mystifying.
Understanding The Cyberharassment Problem
Commentary  |  8/20/2004  | 
Here are some FAQ's to help understand the cyberharassment problem.
Business Technology: Attention, Fiefdom Fighters
Commentary  |  8/20/2004  | 
Bob Herbold, who was Microsoft's chief operating officer during the company's megagrowth in the late '90s, has written a new book called The Fiefdom Syndrome, and it offers extremely valuable advice from someone who earlier in his career served as CIO and then senior VP of advertising at Procter & Gamble.
Tips To Avoid Cyberstalking
Commentary  |  8/20/2004  | 
Here's some tips to help avoid cyberstalking or cyberharassment.
Compliance Today, Intelligence Tomorrow
Commentary  |  8/20/2004  | 
E-mail will make its way into the realm of BI as data warehouses become more sophisticated and companies push themselves to eke out every competitive edge.
Caesars CIO Takes New Job In Stride
Commentary  |  8/19/2004  | 
Carol Pride has her hands full with new projects and a pending acquisition.
SmartAdvice: Build Facts And Allies To Get Head Start On Budgeting
Commentary  |  8/19/2004  | 
Start now to identify budget strategies and then stick to the party line, The Advisory Council says. Look at your company's long-term commitment to particular software vendors and business strategies when considering open-source software; and think through access to your resources and who's responsible for security before outsourcing.
What Will Be The Next Big Thing?
Commentary  |  8/19/2004  | 
It's time for industry mavericks to inject new thought, energy, passion, and creativity back into business technology, Michael Friedenberg says.
The Privacy Lawyer: Don't Wait Until An Employee Is Cyberstalked Before You Act
Commentary  |  8/18/2004  | 
Make sure you're able to log intrusions and communications in real time and capture IP addresses of correspondents, Parry Aftab says.
Make Linux, Not War
Commentary  |  8/18/2004  | 
Leave it to Microsoft to bring together three countries that spent a good part of the twentieth century slaughtering one another's citizens. That's the story in Asia, where the governments of China, South Korea and Japan recently agreed to develop a Linux-based operating system. The idea is to give government and business users in the three countries a practical, low-cost alternative to Windows, tailored to m
Holding The Course
Commentary  |  8/17/2004  | 
Even if BI spending is softening a bit for some companies, anecdotal information from our readers indicates that the overall market is firm.
What To Know About E-Mail Archiving
Commentary  |  8/17/2004  | 
E-mail retention needs often conflict -- even among departments in the same company. A records management expert suggests seven steps to effective archiving.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  8/13/2004  | 
Taking Stock: Innovation Loses Out To Low Prices
Commentary  |  8/13/2004  | 
Computer Network Technologies struggles against competitors.
The New 24-Hour, Always-On Thinking
Commentary  |  8/13/2004  | 
SmartAdvice: Windows Versus Java Desktop System
Commentary  |  8/13/2004  | 
Consider support costs along with functionality when deciding whether to move to Java Desktop System, The Advisory Council says. Also, examine your priorities when divvying up work and personal time.
Work/Life: When Things Go Wrong
Commentary  |  8/12/2004  | 
Editor-at-large John Foley catches up with two IT pros who got fired after taking action. Work/Life is a column on some of the interesting people we meet.
On The Horizon: Copyright Bill Needs Narrower Definition
Commentary  |  8/12/2004  | 
Congress should hold hearings so both sides are fairly represented.
Victory, Of Sorts
Commentary  |  8/12/2004  | 
Business Objects claims it achieved victory over MicroStrategy in a recent trade secrets trial. That depends on how you define "victory."
Langa Letter: Solving USB Boot Problems
Commentary  |  8/12/2004  | 
Sometimes, getting a PC to boot from a USB device can seem like black magic. Here's help!
The Privacy Lawyer: To Videotape Or Not To Videotape
Commentary  |  8/9/2004  | 
Employers may have good reason for monitoring employees through videotaping or other means, but they'd also better have smart policies in place when they take these steps or risk legal exposure, Parry Aftab says.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  8/6/2004  | 
IT Confidential: Executive Swaps And Expletives
Commentary  |  8/6/2004  | 
'I've always had a sense of [BS] and bullies,' says consultant Enderle.
Business Technology: From Offshore Outsourcing To Global Competitiveness
Commentary  |  8/6/2004  | 
Plenty of myths, half-truths, and misconceptions still swirl around the phenomenon of offshore outsourcing, so Optimize magazine will explore this idea next month with a special issue featuring subject-matter experts discussing how the larger idea is one of global competitiveness.
Taking Stock: Declining Prices Could Mean Opportunity
Commentary  |  8/6/2004  | 
Patience is the best course of action until spending picks up.
Real-Time BI
Commentary  |  8/6/2004  | 
Real-time demands require real-time solutions, as they say. Increasingly, that's the creed of business intelligence.
Linux Is More Secure Than Windows. It Just Is.
Commentary  |  8/3/2004  | 
Evans Data recently provided more proof that Linux is more secure than Windows. The researchers surveyed 500 Linux developers and found that 92 percent had never had a machine affected by malicious code. Fewer than 7 percent said they'd been victims of three or more hacker intrusions.
Unix V. Linux ? What's really at stake?
Commentary  |  8/3/2004  | 
IT industry consultant Rob Enderle came down hard on Linux and the concept of free software Tuesday at the second day of SCO Forum in Las Vegas. "I've always had a sense of [BS] and bullies," Enderle told the crowd of SCO resellers, software partners, customers, and employees. The implication, based upon Enderle's presentation, is that IBM and a faction of the Linux vendor and user community are resorting to threats and misinformation to undermine SCO's efforts to pursue legal action to
The Privacy Lawyer: It's Time To Build A Data Map
Commentary  |  8/3/2004  | 
Building a data map will help your company deal with the challenges of tracking information that comes into your business, Parry Aftab says.
The PeopleSoft Divide
Commentary  |  8/3/2004  | 
The Oracle-PeopleSoft question has divided BI specialists very starkly, and very evenly.
SmartAdvice: Link Business Units With Common Architecture
Commentary  |  8/3/2004  | 
Empower your company with a defined enterprise information architecture, The Advisory Council says. Also, the pros and cons of using software and hardware emulation tools; and a review of network architecture means taking the big-picture view.
SCO has a plan, and (this time) it doesn't involve the inside of a courtroom
Commentary  |  8/2/2004  | 
More than a year into its contentious battle with IBM, Novell, and the Linux community over Unix's possible role in the development of Linux, the SCO Group still believes there's a place for its Unix-based products. Even as Linux grabs share from competing operating systems, a recent Forrester Research study notes that Unix isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Opinion: Focus On RFID's Possibilities, Manage The Pitfalls
Commentary  |  8/2/2004  | 
RFID's future in corporate application portfolios depends on companies leveraging RFID to improve their responsiveness and become more adaptive. But that will take time. Just as we gave the bar code time to mature, we must demonstrate the same level of patience with RFID and its technology suppliers.


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