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9/19/2005
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Mitch Wagner
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Presenting The InformationWeek 500

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

Quote of the day:
"Experts agree that the best type of computer for your individual needs is one that comes on the market about two days after you 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 business value.

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

Start with an overview of the InformationWeek 500 right now, and then look to the Web site throughout the week for ongoing coverage. You can find our articles and resources on the InformationWeek 500 page.

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 Napster?! Arr!!

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


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Shakes Up Corporate Licensing
The company added new benefits to its Software Assurance enterprise licensing plan. Also, enterprises will be required to sign up for Software Assurance to get Windows Vista Enterprise Edition.

Gartner Foresees Office 12 Migration Headaches
The revamped interface for the upcoming Office 12 suite will both boost productivity and make migration difficult.

New IE Bug Opens XP SP2 To Attack
The flaw can be exploited remotely, a security firm says--and there's no patch available.


3. Breaking News

Keyboard Click-And-Clack Reveals Passwords
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 soon-to-be-published paper.

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.

Yahoo Testing Instant Search
"Instant search," now in testing, displays results while the person is typing a query.

Opinion: Media Companies, Not Pirates, Are The Real Threat
Proposals for a "broadcast flag" to protect video intellectual property harm legitimate consumers, while doing little or nothing to stop outright piracy.

VoIP's Role In Katrina Aftermath Understated
Text messaging, E-mail, video blogs, and other IP-based applications were instrumental in keeping people connected in the wake of the storm, enthusiasts say.

Worm Redirects Google Searches To Look-Alike Site
Once a PC is infected, all attempts to reach Google.com are sent to a copycat site in Germany, which redirects queries to paying partners.

Stolen Berkeley Laptop Recovered, 100,000 Identities Erased
No related cases of identity theft have yet been reported, and the university is saying this appears to be a "simple" case of someone just wanting a laptop.

All our latest news

John Soat has his "Eye On IT" in the current episode of "The News Show."

Watch The News Show

Also in the current episode:

Eric Chabrow with "Venture's Values"

Aaron Ricadela with "Microsoft Has Designs"

Ivan Schneider asks "What's a FOAK?"


----- The latest research, polls, and tools -----

Security Road Map
Which security tools and practices are companies using to protect their sensitive data? InformationWeek Research's 2005 U.S. Information Security Survey report examines security issues and provides in-depth data about security investments.

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4. In Depth: The InformationWeek 500

Presenting The 2005 InformationWeek 500
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.

Winner Profile: What's In Capital One's Wallet?
An information-driven strategy that blends all areas of business.

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.

View The Lists
Check out the listing of the top 100 companies sorted by rank or alphabetically.


5. Voice Of Authority: Web 2.0

Podcast: Web 2.0 Conference Preview
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.


6. White Papers: Zero-Hour Defense

Zero-Hour Antivirus Defense
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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