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Content posted in September 2005
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Political Stalemate Portends More Job Losses, Outsourcing In Germany
Commentary  |  9/20/2005  | 
While officials at Siemens Business Services say there's no link between the non-outcome of Sunday's national elections in Germany and the company's announcement Monday that it would slash 2,400 jobs, or 16% of its German workforce, there is at least a symbolic connection that's worrisome.
Presenting The InformationWeek 500
Commentary  |  9/19/2005  | 
Where's the CPM?
Commentary  |  9/17/2005  | 
Quick on the heels of Cognos' new release of Cognos 8, some people -- or some Cognos competitors, anyway -- are asking: What happened to corporate performance management?
Feedback
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
More Katrina Relief Info
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Freddie Manint, a CIO with Louisiana's 19th Judicial District, has put out an ongoing request for IT professionals who can provide products or technical expertise to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. Manint recently managed a $10 million upgrade to the district's database systems, using Red Hat Linux servers; his office is likely to be a good place for folks with Linux expertise to connect with organizations in the region that need help:
Getting Serious About Archiving
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Maybe it's worse than I thought. Is anyone taking message archiving seriously?
SmartAdvice: Check Out WebDAV For Cross-Platform Collaboration Problems
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 may be the best option for cross-platform groupware collaboration, The Advisory Council says. Also, the case for switching to VoIP service is getting clearer.
Business Technology: Registry Web Site As Model Of Cooperation
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
In less than 60 days and for less than $1 million, the U.S. Department of Justice has built a Web site giving access to sex-offender information from 28 states. It's a model of collaboration and cooperation, Bob Evans says, that gives access to information that, while deeply disturbing, is also extremely important.
Looking Under Every Rock
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Presence: Powering Productivity
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
A Government CIO Requests Katrina Aid
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Freddie Manint, a CIO within the Louisiana court system, is hoping to mobilize the IT community with this request for Katrina aid.
Simply Brilliant
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Kicking Off The Simplification Race
Commentary  |  9/15/2005  | 
If you're a business intelligence vendor that wants to take command of the midmarket, then you've got to be first to deliver a widely accepted BI platform that is, above all else, easy to use and deploy. The starting gun in that race fired this week. Cognos this week debuted an intelligence package that replaces five separate Cognos products with a single product built on a services-based architecture. T
Amazon.com's Latest Move Is Simply Brilliant
Commentary  |  9/15/2005  | 
My favorite new story on our site yesterday has not all that much to do with business technology, but a lot more to do with simple business smarts.
A Government CIO Requests Katrina Aid
Commentary  |  9/15/2005  | 
Freddie Manint, a CIO within the Louisiana court system, is hoping to mobilize the IT community with the following request for Katrina aid:
Apple Shrinks iPod, Shirks Legal Obligation
Commentary  |  9/14/2005  | 
Apple makes some beautiful products like its new iPod Nano, but its behavior can be ugly. Thanks to the efforts of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we can now see documents that pertain to Apple's legal crusade to find out who leaked its alleged trade secrets
Be Careful What You Wish For
Commentary  |  9/14/2005  | 
I never knew I had such clout with Microsoft. Back in July I wrote a column opining that the company should split Vista into two very different products, one for the corporate world, and one for users like me who are their own tech support departments. The response proves again that old adage about being careful what you wish for, because you just might get it: Sources say Microsoft is prepping not just two,
Microsoft And Google In Glorious Donnybrook
Commentary  |  9/14/2005  | 
I'm a lazy person. I work only as hard as I need to. When the news is breaking fast (or when the boss is looking), I hustle. When the news is quiet, and the boss is away, I kick back with my feet on the desk and enjoy the many pleasures of the Internet. If anybody asks me what I'm doing, I say, research. When asked what the Cats In Sinks site could possibly have to do with my job, I say: It's complicated. It's about the paradigm shift inherent in grid util
Memory Lane - The Web Way
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
Hard to believe, but some of the products and services we use every day really haven't been around that long -- but have evolved dramatically in the short time they've been in existence.

It's fun once in a while to look back on the origin of things, just to gawk in amazement.

For example, one of the most famous commercials in the history of television was the 1984 Superbowl Apple Mac ad, which played on TV exactly once. Y
Readers Favor Best-Of-Breed SOA Technologies
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
We have the interesting results of two different SOA polls for you this week, each of which sheds light on the way that SOA technology is being implemented in the enterprise. First, we asked readers if they were depending on smaller, best-of-breed players for their Web services/SOA technologies, or if they were holding out until larger vendors solidified their positions. You told us that most of you (56 percent) have gone with the smaller vendors, as opposed to 44 percent of you, who are waiti
Much Ado About Archiving
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
Can the message archiving market really be that hot? If the volume of new products and services geared to the practice, and the amount of new research devoted to the topic, is any indication, then my completely unscientific and seat-of-the-pants analysis is . . . yes.
U.K.'s Tony Blair Says 'Cheers' To Outsourcing
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
The United Kingdom's recent experience with outsourcing shows that the practice is just another form of trade between two countries and, in the long run, trade is always a good thing. Although a growing number of U.K. businesses are moving IT jobs offshore to the usual places--India, Eastern Europe, and Russia--IT employment in the country is increasing.
The Siebel-Oracle Match
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
Hot Apps: Camtasia Studio 3
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
Capture, edit, and publish videos of everything from your screen, Webcam, microphone, and multimedia files.
Consumers Google, Froogle, Skype And Buy On eBay--Who Needs Oracle's New CRM? Not Net-Savvy Marketers
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
It's a bit ironic that Oracle's Larry Ellison signaled his intent to spend almost $6 billion on Siebel the very same day that eBay, in buying Skype for $2.6 billion, provided the latest evidence that CRM, along with lots of other "old IT" constructs, including telecom, is fast becoming irrelevant.
Baked-In Security
Commentary  |  9/12/2005  | 
Our columnist visits the notion of 'baked-in security' and why it's so critical especially in light of Katrina-related events.
Secret CIO: The Case Of The Cubicle Conundrum
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
Treading on the turf of building services can be very humbling.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
SmartAdvice: For Early Adopters, It's All About Smart Execution
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
First decide if a new technology is critical to doing business, then test early so you have time to refine, The Advisory Council says. Also, strategies for effective process ownership.
Enterprise IM: Get Used To It
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
When the Radicati Group released its five-year projections for the instant messaging market yesterday, the biggest news wasn't in the growth numbers, which call for a steady increase in worldwide IM traffic through 2009. More intriguing were the vendors present for a panel discussion and what they see as the opportunities that the growth numbers represent.
Microsoft Goes Retail
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
Langa Letter: GPS Update
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
Remember when cell phones went from fat, bulky, exotic devices to slim, must-have, everyday tools? That's what's happening to GPS technology right now, Fred Langa says.
Business Technology: For SCO, Value Is In The Eye Of The Litigator
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
SCO Group should give customers software that delivers business value, not lawsuits, Bob Evans says.
FEMA Fixes Its Web Site
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
FEMA apparently got the message that its online aid application for hurricane survivors, which previously worked only on Windows PCs and Internet Explorer browsers, had to change. Actually, I suspect it got a few thousand messages, after the story appeared here and elsewhere. In any case, FEMA has now posted a statement on the Web site, stating that it is "in the process of modifying the
Ballmer Vs. Benioff? I Can Hardly Wait!
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
For once, Microsoft may be picking the wrong battle, but brother, would I pay to see Steve Ballmer and Marc Benioff in the ring. A long line of opponents lay in the wake of Redmond--Netscape, Sun, the U.S. Department of Justice--but when Ballmer said Thursday that Microsoft would give Benioff's software-as-a-service juggernaut, Salesforce.com, "a run for its money," he may have invited more than he bargained for.
Useful Bells, Worthwhile Whistles
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
Texturally detailed, workstation-based graphics interfaces have been used for years by design engineers and scientists. But as Rick Whiting writes in one of our Editor's Picks this week, "...using computer graphics to model something tangible like airflow over an airplane wing is one thing. Adapting that technology to create interactive visual representations of less tangible data, such as terrorist activity or stock-trade patterns, has taken longer."
Microsoft Looks To Duplicate Apple's Retail Stores
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
When Microsoft looks at the road ahead, it sees Apple. According to a report in the New York Post (registration required unless you go here first), Microsoft is considering One Times Square as a possible location for a flagship retail store. The Post story goes on to spe
Microsoft Project Green Turns Dynamic
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
Use of the "Dynamics" moniker for Microsoft's future ERM/accounting will have some positive effects, especially for those that recall the old Great Plains product names, but not everyone will be happy.
Baked-In Security
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
eBay Reruns 'That '70s Show'
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
The Networking Pipeline is reporting today that eBay is negotiating to by Skype, the hot VoIP company for $2 to $3 billion. So let me think. Auctions. Telephone service. Is this a real business synergy? Or is the same faulty thinking that was behind the "conglomerate" disasters of decades past? Or does eBay just need to unload a few truckloads of cash?
SSO: The Holy Grail Of SOA
Commentary  |  9/7/2005  | 
SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) was in the spotlight again last week. An XML-based framework developed by OASIS Security Services Technical Committee, SAML allows companies to securely and automatically share identity information on the Web.
This Time, IT's Personal
Commentary  |  9/7/2005  | 
This Time, IT's Personal
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
At its most important, life is about connection--and what better tool than the Internet to help foster that outside of a person-to-person environment?
Can't Touch This
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
The open-source community has, in the midst of the past week's horrors, already contributed in countless ways to the relief and rescue efforts. And while the coming week promises nothing except more of the same, I want to look, however briefly, past the current madness and towards the New Orleans region's future. It's a question that will concern the survivors, or course, as it will myself and other NOLA natives.Yet it also matters to anyone who values that region as a source of cultural wealth
Waking Up To Threats
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
I've already written about how data security breaches threaten the future of customer intelligence. I was pleased to learn from our latest poll that I'm not alone in the sentiment.
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