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Getting Down To The Final Hours To The InformationWeek 500

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Getting Down To The Final Hours To The InformationWeek 500
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Promises To Patch Word 2000 Bug
    Related Stories:
    - Review: Top 5 Improvements In Vista RC1
    - Microsoft Threatens EU With Vista Delay
    - Analysts: Microsoft Changes Meaning Of 'Release Candidate'
3. Breaking News
    - Ad-Supported Software Proves Popular With Small Businesses
    - Open-Source Tool Gains Traction To Help Build User Interfaces
    - AOL's ICQ IM Service Vulnerable To Attack, Says Firm
    - British Museum Unveils WWII Computer Replica
    - BBC Video Project Could Reverse 'Immaculate Reception' Play
    - Analysis: Creative Can Survive Dancing To iPod's Tune
    - Philadelphia Opens High-Tech School Of The Future
    - Gateway Names Ed Coleman CEO
    - New Border-Crossing Card Could Boost RFID Demand
    - CBS To Launch Prime-Time Show On TiVo
4. Grab Bag
    - Why Windows Takes So Long To Start Up (IntelliAdmin)
    - Apple Files Multifunctional Handheld Device Patent Application (AppleNN)
    - YouTube: Waiting For The Payoff (BusinessWeek)
    - The Tao Of Backup (Taobackup.com)
5. In Depth
    - Ex-Worldcom CEO Ebbers To Enter Prison This Month
    - HP Says Chairman Dunn Has No Plans To Resign
    - Ex-HP Director Seeks U.S. Probe Of Privacy Breach
    - HP Claims Ignorance Of Leak Probe Methods
    - Luck May Be Running Out For HP's Dunn
    - Broadcom Suffers More Stock Option Woes
6. Voice Of Authority
    - As The Network Goes, So Go IT Careers
7. White Papers
    - The Goldilocks Principle: Approaches To Software Validation
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment." -- Robert Benchley


1. Editor's Note: Getting Down To The Final Hours To The InformationWeek 500

You're going to want to stick close to InformationWeek.com Tuesday at 1 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. That's when we pull back the curtains on the big event of the year—the selection of the 2006 InformationWeek 500.

The InformationWeek 500 is an elite group of large, U.S.-based businesses that have demonstrated innovation and leadership in information technology. This year's companies are focused on streamlining business processes, improving customer relationships, controlling costs, and globalization.

To whet your appetite for the big event less than a day away, here are some fast facts about the companies making up the InformationWeek 500, courtesy of my colleague, Lisa Smith, managing editor of research at InformationWeek. Lisa heads up InformationWeek 500 research for us.

- The average InformationWeek 500 company plans to spend $304 million on IT in 2006, with more than $100 million going to salaries and benefits and $100 million devoted to new technologies and applications.

- Collectively, the companies spend about $150 billion on IT.

- The average InformationWeek 500 company allocates 3.21% of annual revenue to IT, up slightly from 3.0% in 2005, but still lower than in past years.

- About 60% of the InformationWeek 500 companies plan to streamline business processes in 2006. They're using IT to improve customer experiences on the Web, increase customer satisfaction, and create new products and services for customers.

- Three out of 10 InformationWeek 500 companies report seeking a patent, trademark, or copyright on at least one IT-driven business process, product, or service.

- Some 73% of the companies have workers or subsidiaries outside the United States, 61% buy directly from non-U.S. suppliers, and 48% sell directly to non-U.S. buyers, up from 70%, 52%, and 44%, respectively, in 2005.

To get a better idea of what's to come, take a look at some recent winners:

- Capital One, our #1 company in the 2005 InformationWeek 500, uses IT to leverage information and people to gain a competitive advantage in what's essentially a commodity business: lending money. IW's Steve Marlin wrote last year: "What distinguishes Capital One from the rest of the formidable pack in this year's InformationWeek 500 is its information-based strategy, which joins all areas of its business—marketing, credit, risk, operations, and business technology—into a single, flexible decision-making structure." To hear about what Capital One is up to now, listen to our podcast interview with current CIO Gregor Bailar.

- E&J Gallo, our #1 company for the 2004 InformationWeek 500, uses IT to stay ahead in the competitive wine business, providing advanced inventory management, wireless communications throughout its factory and vineyards, production control systems, and even an automated system for making its own bottles. Catch up with what Gallo is doing today in a brief videocast.

- HIP Health Plan of New York, our 2002 winner, is a nonprofit health-maintenance organization that uses IT to process claims more efficiently, improve customer satisfaction, and accelerate new business. Hear about what HIP Health Plan is up to today in a podcast interview with CTO Pedro Villalba.

If you're interested in participating in next year's InformationWeek 500, watch InformationWeek.com for a link where you can preregister. I know it seems early to be thinking about next year's InformationWeek 500, but this feature is sort of like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's a huge job, and as soon as it's over we start work on next year's event.

But first: a nap.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Promises To Patch Word 2000 Bug
An in-the-wild exploit has been using the Word vulnerability to plant a backdoor Trojan.

Related Stories:

Review: Top 5 Improvements In Vista RC1
RC1 brings considerable improvements to Vista, resolving many of the major issues the beta had been suffering from.

Microsoft Threatens EU With Vista Delay
There they go squabbling again: Microsoft and the European Union just can't seem to get along. Now Microsoft is threatening to delay the release of Windows Vista in Europe.

Analysts: Microsoft Changes Meaning Of 'Release Candidate'
Two industry watchers say Microsoft is corrupting the term, leading to major confusion among customers and others about whether the operating system is truly ready to evaluate.


3. Breaking News

Ad-Supported Software Proves Popular With Small Businesses
Spiceworks is adding more IT management features to its free, ad-supported software, for which over 5,000 customers have signed up in about a month's time.

Open-Source Tool Gains Traction To Help Build User Interfaces
Usage of Eclipse to help build rich, client-side interactive user interfaces has been growing, according to an Evans Data survey.

AOL's ICQ IM Service Vulnerable To Attack, Says Firm
Some 160 million users of AOL's youth-oriented ICQ are susceptible to bugs and PC crashes until they upgrade.

British Museum Unveils WWII Computer Replica
The brainchild of Alan Turing—often called the father of modern computer science—and Gordon Welchman, "bombes" such as the one the replica represents were used to decrypt more than 3,000 messages a day from the Nazi's Enigma machine.

BBC Video Project Could Reverse 'Immaculate Reception' Play
With the help of new 3-D video technology developed by the BBC, one of the greatest sports mysteries ever could be solved.

Analysis: Creative Can Survive Dancing To iPod's Tune
Creative Technology has been fighting an uphill battle with its Zen music player, but analysts believe it may have a more upbeat future by making accessories including headphones and chips for the iPod.

Philadelphia Opens High-Tech School Of The Future
Homework is done on computer and sent to the teacher for grading, and parents can access the school's network to read teacher feedback on their child's progress.

Gateway Names Ed Coleman CEO
Coleman, currently president of Arrow Electronics' Enterprise Computing Solutions, will replace Rick Snyder, who has served as Gateway's interim CEO since February after Wayne Inouye resigned.

New Border-Crossing Card Could Boost RFID Demand
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, if passed, will require U.S. citizens to carry a passport or other accepted document that may include an RFID chip.

CBS To Launch Prime-Time Show On TiVo
The Class will debut on TiVo a week before its broadcast launch, a first for the industry.

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4. Grab Bag

Why Windows Takes So Long To Start Up (IntelliAdmin)
Also learn how to make it boot up faster, using techniques like managing your prefetch cache, defragmenting your hard drive, disconnecting network drives, and cleaning up spyware and adware.

Apple Files Multifunctional Handheld Device Patent Application (AppleNN)
Get a look at a patent Apple filed Sept. 7 for a handheld device that includes telephony, with a changeable user interface. Could this be debuting Tuesday at Apple's "Showtime" event?

YouTube: Waiting For The Payoff (BusinessWeek)
The video-sharing Web site is a runaway success—everywhere but on the bottom line.

The Tao Of Backup (Taobackup.com)
Here's a humorous and informative look at basic principles of backup. "A novice wanted to learn the Tao of Backup. The master said: 'To become enlightened, you must master the seven heads of Backup. He who knows the heads will keep all his data forever. He who knows them not will lose all his data,' and with that, the lessons began..."


5. In Depth

Ex-Worldcom CEO Ebbers To Enter Prison This Month
Ebbers was convicted in 2005 of conspiracy, securities fraud, and other crimes that led to the company's 2002 bankruptcy.

HP Says Chairman Dunn Has No Plans To Resign
A company spokesman says Dunn would step down if the board asked her to. She also claims to be unaware of the investigation into boardroom leaks.

Ex-HP Director Seeks U.S. Probe Of Privacy Breach
A former HP board member has made criminal referrals to two U.S. Attorneys, as well as enforcement referrals to the FTC and the FCC.

HP Claims Ignorance Of Leak Probe Methods
Under increasing fire for investigating board members and journalists in a media leak probe, HP officials are now claiming the company had no knowledge of the shady tactics used by hired investigators. Meanwhile, calls are growing for heads to roll.

Luck May Be Running Out For HP's Dunn
Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn may be forced to resign from the company's board, some believe, after her decision to investigate media leaks by fellow board members.

Broadcom Suffers More Stock Option Woes
The company now expects stock-based compensation expenses to be at least twice the $750 million it originally estimated.


6. Voice Of Authority

As The Network Goes, So Go IT Careers
Chris Murphy says: We've got an article this week on WAN optimization. Might not sound like the most emotionally charged topic—until you see comments like this from IT pros who faced network performance problems: "My name became mud as fast as you could spell it."


7. White Papers

The Goldilocks Principle: Approaches To Software Validation
Software validation requires critical thinking and knowledge of the tools available to manufacturers. A new technical information report can be used to get validation just right. This document describes how to apply principles of critical thinking and risk management to produce value-added validation evidence.


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