In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Presenting The InformationWeek 500
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Shakes Up Corporate Licensing
- Gartner Foresees Office 12 Migration Headaches
- New IE Bug Opens XP SP2 To Attack
3. Breaking News
- Keyboard Click-And-Clack Reveals Passwords
- Opinion: Is Google Losing It?
- Review: Enterprise Spyware Detectors
- Yahoo Testing Instant Search
- Opinion: Media Companies, Not Pirates, Are The Real Threat
- VoIP's Role In Katrina Aftermath Understated
- Worm Redirects Google Searches To Look-Alike Site
- Stolen Berkeley Laptop Recovered, 100,000 Identities Erased
4. In Depth: The InformationWeek 500
- Presenting The 2005 InformationWeek 500
- Winner Profile: What's In Capital One's Wallet?
- Mastering IT Innovation
5. Voice Of Authority: Web 2.0
6. White Papers: Zero-Hour Defense
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
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"Experts agree that the best type of computer for your individual
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actually purchase some other computer." -- Dave Barry
1. Editor's Note: Presenting The InformationWeek 500
It's a big day for all of us for a couple of reasons: First off,
today launches our annual InformationWeek 500 special
issue, where we profile the 500 companies that have proven
themselves tops at using information technology to create
This year sees the top IT implementers working in a time of tight
budgets--IT spending for the InformationWeek 500 was at a
five-year low--and cautious optimism. Keith Glennan, VP and chief
technology officer at defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.,
which ranked 14th, sums it up: "We're at a point in the market
cycle where business is pretty good, but we know that won't
persist forever." Northrop Grumman, like other smart companies,
is investing now to optimize business and transform systems, to
avoid having to take drastic measures in the future.
Our coverage includes descriptions of:
- 16th-ranked SAS Institute, which balances revenue-increasing
projects with the need to maintain and improve infrastructure
- 18th-ranked SBC Communications, which uses IT to fight back
against new competition from cable and satellite service
providers in a deregulated market
- 74th-ranked Sabre Holdings, which switched from an IBM
mainframe environment to Linux and open-source systems
- 66th-ranked Cardinal Health, which consolidated IT departments
after a wave of corporate acquisitions, involving combining 37
data centers into two
As part of our coverage this week, we'll bring you reports from
the InformationWeek Fall Conference in lovely Rancho
Mirage, Calif., where the streets are named for people who were
guests on the Merv Griffin Show.
In other big news: It's Talk Like A Pirate Day! So avast, maties,
have ye any warez or bootleg Partridge Family music to share over
Attackers armed with electronic equipment that costs less than
$10 can sniff out what's typed on keyboards simply by recording
keystroke sounds, a trio of researchers said in a
Opinion: Is Google Losing It?
When you use Google Search on consumer and small-business
products and services, Google hacks and totally unrelated sites
keep popping up to the top. The problem is getting worse.
Meanwhile, Google is fiddling around, creating E-mail, instant
messaging, and other services. Is Google losing focus?
Review: Enterprise Spyware Detectors
We examined seven enterprise-class anti-spyware suites. Our
Editor's Choice won for its interface design, removal abilities,
and ease of deployment. But our second-place entry, with its
Web-based administration, is no slouch either.
For 17 years, the InformationWeek 500 has tracked the technology
practices of the nation's most innovative companies. Documenting
the business-technology strategies, investments, and
administrative practices of some of America's best-known
companies, this study offers a unique opportunity to understand
and benchmark your company's IT approach against the most
innovative users of technology.
Mastering IT Innovation
Ever wonder whether your company's IT strategy compares favorably
to the nation's best-known companies? We invite you to find out
with this free, informative, and confidential tool--a fast way to
benchmark your company against the InformationWeek 500.
Tom Claburn brings you a podcast featuring journalist and
entrepreneur John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of
O'Reilly Media, about the upcoming Web 2.0 conference. Battelle
and O'Reilly describe the future of the Internet and how Internet
companies like Google, Amazon, and eBay succeed by getting their
customers to participate in building their businesses. Battelle
and O'Reilly argue that Web 1.0 was based on a business model in
which customers were passive consumers, but Web 2.0 is the
participatory Internet, it's where the real action on the
Internet is today, and it's the guiding philosophy of an explosion
of innovation that started after the dot-com boom went bust.
Despite enterprises' large investment in security, they're still
vulnerable to fast-moving infections during the gap between the
initial outbreak and the arrival of a matching antiviral
signature, a gap that typically lasts some 10 hours. Ferris
Research describes techniques for narrowing the gap.
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