In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Simply Brilliant
2. Today's Top Story: Microsoft
- Microsoft Unveils Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Features
- Microsoft Steps Up Its Fight Against Massachusetts' XML Policy
- Microsoft Takes On Adobe-Macromedia With New Web-Design Software
3. Breaking News
- Yahoo Tests Major E-Mail Upgrade
- One In Six Spyware Apps Tries To Steal Identities
- Why You Shouldn't Install A Wireless Network
- Legal Group Predicts More Electronic Filing In Courts
- Survey Finds Tepid Interest In Ads Delivered To Phones
- Intel Action Could Delay Next-Gen Wi-Fi: Analysts
- Microsoft Offers To Settle With Google Regarding Former Exec
- Blogging Sparks Boom In Photo-Hosting Sites
- Phony Anti-Spyware Software Lures Unsuspecting Users
4. In Depth: Online Publishing
5. Voice Of Authority: Outsourcing
6. White Papers: ERP
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1. Editor's Note: Simply Brilliant
My favorite new story on our site this week hasn't got all that
much to do with business technology, but a lot more to do with
simple business smarts.
Check out our report on Amazom.com's alliance with Coinstar, purveyor of those
coin-counting machines that seem to be popping up everywhere. The
machines perform an excellent service, but one I haven't chosen
to avail myself of. I--apparently like most people--have lots of
spare change lying around. It takes a bit of labor to pull it
together, collect it in a bag or box, lug it to the supermarket
and then deal with the output. Then, in my case, being a person
who rarely has a buck or two in my pocket, I'd spend the loot
from the Coinstar process in about five minutes, probably on the
way home from the store, to put gas in the car (that $14.75 from
Coinstar wouldn't get me five gallons today) or to buy some nuts
and bolts at the hardware store or whatever. In other words, I'd
experience more "pain" than the gain I'd realize.
Under this deal, the marketing whizzes at Amazon have given me a
far more valuable outlet for that money. I can go to a Coinstar
machine, dump all my loose change, and get a redemption code that
I could use to buy a book for myself or a family member, buy a
gift certificate for someone, or even put toward a name-brand
power tool at Amazon's superb Tool Crib site.
Amazon isn't the first to test or work with Coinstar in this way.
Starbucks and one or two others have waded in as well, but
Amazon's pre-eminent position on the Internet provides a unique
opportunity for this concept to take off.
In a week dominated by news about CRM (by the way, check out Paul
McDougall's analysis of several recent news events--including
Oracle's acquisition of Siebel--and why customer-relationship
management systems are "fast becoming irrelevant"), Amazon has
once again shown that it's about as savvy as they come--one might
even say brilliant--when it comes to eliminating barriers between
the company and my disposable cash.
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Blogging Sparks Boom In Photo-Hosting Sites
The massive rise in blogging has sparked an even bigger increase
in traffic on photo-hosting web sites, with teenage girls the
biggest users of the latter service, a research firm said Tuesday.
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.
An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all
areas of your business and value chain. Replacing it can open
unlimited business opportunities. This document gives you
answers, a more detailed explanation of 11 criteria to use when
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