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Running The Numbers On Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006
With every month that ticks by before Windows Vista arrives, Microsoft needs to fill the white space with reassurances to companies that an upgrade will be worth their time and money. On Friday, Microsoft released new total-cost-of-ownership figures--the overall price tag of installing, running, and supporting its upcoming operating system--that show the best-managed IT shops could save as much as $340 per PC each year they run Vista, compared with today's Windows XP system. Any payback numbers
Businesses Seek Security In Windows Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006
With only two months (barring further delays) until Windows Vista is due for business availability, InformationWeek surveyed 672 business technology managers to gauge their plans for the operating system. Microsoft should be happy to know that 39% of the businesses we surveyed plan to upgrade to Vista within the first year of availability. The top reason? Security, what else?
Service Promises One-Stop Voicemail Pickup
News  |  9/28/2006
The service aggregates multiple incoming phone lines into one number that customers can access through a Web interface.
Get More From Your ERP Investment
News  |  9/27/2006
Innovative companies have taken the lead in fully utilizing their ERP systems. The majority, however, have yet to take the first steps in using their ERP .investments to greater advantage.
Getting Search Into Business Intelligence
News  |  9/27/2006
The first challenge for businesses looking to get search into BI is to identify the capabilities necessary for the user.
IDF: Intel Finds Energy Efficiency Religion
Commentary  |  9/27/2006
It may not have been as dramatic as Saul's Road to Damascus conversion, but getting hit upside the head by rival Advanced Micro Devices the past two years must have helped Intel see the light, and now Intel has belatedly become a full convert to the religion of energy efficiency.
Demo Report: Internet Consumer Technologies Creeping Into Enterprise Software
News  |  9/26/2006
The ascendancy of "social networking" applications with possible business uses is in contrast to Demo 11 years ago. Now the new ideas are flowing based on Internet-based technologies.
'Greatest Software' Story Triggers An Outpouring Of Recollections
Commentary  |  9/26/2006
When the story "What's The Greatest Software Ever Written?" appeared Aug. 14, it set off an explosion of memories from those involved in the early stages of computing. For example, one responder asked, "Do you recall the big board of the IBM 407 key punch processor into which the red, green, blue and yellow wires--each a different length--were inserted?" Hey, I may have learned to program with IBM punch cards, but I don't go back to wires-through-a-board.
Bill Would Require U.S. Agencies To Disclose Theft Of Sensitive Data
News  |  9/25/2006
The House panel chairman warns of stiffer legislation if the administration's procedures aren't forthcoming.
The Good, The Bad, And The Implausible: More Predictions About The Impact Of Technology On The Future Of Society
Commentary  |  9/25/2006
A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project reflects strong disagreement over whether technology is good for humankind. Interestingly, the 742 handpicked "technology thinkers and stakeholders" who responded to the survey were largely in agreement about the ways that technology will evolve. But they contradicted each other about how this evolution will impact society in 2020.
Cisco Merges Physical And IT Security Technologies
Features  |  9/22/2006
The company is creating a unified identity management system that can be used by systems that guard both physical environments and IT networks.
Broadband On A Budget
Commentary  |  9/21/2006
High-speed broadband has finally overtaken dial-up Internet access. According to a recent report by JD Power and Associates, 56% of residential ISP customers are now using broadband connections for applications such as Googling for the latest on Cameron Diaz, viewing online videos, and blogging about their pet dogs'
Oracle Ships 'Low Cost' Content Management Software
News  |  9/20/2006
Oracle has launched software that the company says is designed to provide "low-cost" management of Office documents, PDF and image files, and other unstructured data.
Is Time Warner Finally 'Getting' The Internet?
Commentary  |  9/20/2006
Time Warner seems to be finally putting its six-year-old AOL merger debacle behind it, thanks to recent aggressive moves to promote a new Web strategy.
Citizendium To Be Professional Wikipedia
Commentary  |  9/20/2006
Larry Sanger, one of the principal founders of the Wikipedia public encyclopedia project, has recently announced the establishment of a project called Citizendium. The latter is expected to be managed by authoritative experts within a field and will rely heavily on formal partnerships, which stands in sharp contrast against the Wikipedia model of being a free-for-all where content can be edited by any and all comers.
BEA Unveils SOA Infrastructure Platform
News  |  9/19/2006
BEA Systems has unveiled a software platform for building service-oriented architectures, reflecting a trend among infrastructure vendors to provide as many tools as possible to companies adopting the standards-based form of distributed computing.
Cool Meets Clunky: Motorola's Deal For Bar-Code Reader Symbol
Commentary  |  9/19/2006
Motorola has been pushing for more sales from business, taking solid steps like helping developers include enterprise search functions on wireless handhelds. But for most businesses, Motorola is just a really big company with a supercool cell phone. Motorola's deal to buy Symbol for $3.9 billion in cash marks a leap ahead for its enterprise ambitions.
IT Lobbyist Named Federal Cybersecurity Chief
News  |  9/19/2006
ITAA Vice President Gregory Garcia becomes the first assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications within the Department of Homeland Security, a post that's been vacant for more than a year.
Startup Aims To Harness Specialized Chips To Make Supercomputing Affordable
News  |  9/18/2006
PeakStream is working on using graphics chips and other specialized processors to boost performance for scientific and technical applications up to 20-fold.
Searching Inward: Newest Splunk Version Indexes Log Data From Multiple Servers
News  |  9/18/2006
Other improvements include command-line APIs and needing 40% less storage capacity for indexing and storing original log and IT data.
BladeLogic Enhances Data Center Management Platform
News  |  9/18/2006
Release 7 adds functionality designed to allow timely and accurate application releases across the network.
Mobile VoIP Set To Surpass Fixed Net Telephony
News  |  9/18/2006
Although mobile phone VoIP is a rarity today, it's expected to generate more revenue in the U.S. as early as 2012.
Accused VoIP Fraudster Sought As Fugitive
News  |  9/15/2006
The feds issued an arrest warrant for Edwin Pena for violating his bail conditions. Investigators are searching for the man, who's been missing since last month.
Networking Software Searches Other Users' Desktops
Features  |  9/15/2006
llumio combines search and social networking to help users connect with people who can answer their questions.
Apple's Future Phone
Commentary  |  9/15/2006
It's pretty much a given these days that Apple is hard at work on a mobile phone. The company won't acknowledge this, but it's hard to find an Apple rumor site or financial analyst covering Apple that hasn't speculated about the iPhone or whatever the fabled device eventually ends up being called. Despite its studied coyness, Apple in
Thank Heaven For The Web
Commentary  |  9/14/2006
A significant tech anniversary quietly slipped by last month. Fifteen years ago, Tim Berners-Lee made public a little project he was working on. He called it the WorldWideWeb.
Author Peters Puts Both IBM And Microsoft On The 'Guarded' List:
Commentary  |  9/13/2006
In Search of Excellence author Tom Peters is no admirer of GM. But he suggested there were two computer industry behemoths out there that may be teetering on the verge of decline as well. One was IBM, due to its increasing dependence on services revenue. But also put on the "guarded" list was Microsoft.
Dashboard: Apps Put Portals in the Spotlight
News  |  9/13/2006
An interesting mix of SOA, composite application and BPM possibilities are bringing some spark back to the portal market.
Dashboard: Compliance Concerns And Chaos Abound
News  |  9/13/2006
Doubts about compliance? You're not alone.
Mission Intelligence: Where's the Rest of Me
News  |  9/13/2006
To succeed, vendors and technology thought leaders must show how different kinds of solutions fit together rather than use marketing and confusing buzzwords to scramble identities for competitive purposes.
Interlace Announces Application for Executive S&OP
News  |  9/12/2006
New offering automates development of sales and operations plans for executive presentations.
A New Path To SOA: Follow The Customer Data
Commentary  |  9/12/2006
If you get enough smart people in a room, one thing becomes clear: There's a simpler way to SOA. At the IW 500 conference, some smart people chose a customer- and data-centric path to their service orientation.
Desktop Defectors
Commentary  |  9/12/2006
Recently, I wrote a story about the vulnerabilities of Web applications in which Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, predicted, "Security will drive people to centralized applications." That's in fact what I'm hearing from some of the attendees at the 2006 InformationWeek Fall Conference. The difficulty
Put to the Test: Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g
News  |  9/12/2006
Security features help set SES 10g apart, but dependence on the vendor's infrastructure makes this 'standalone' offering best suited to Oracle shops.
Breakthrough Analysis: Enterprise Search: Time To Get Serious
News  |  9/12/2006
The rise of Google, Yahoo and specialized search providers has radically altered our perception of information access, yet enterprise search implementations haven't kept up with the transformation in the consumer world. Plenty of vendors are developing breakthroughs, but the missing player has been Microsoft, and many believe progress in enterprise search is being held hostage by long and unwieldy upgrade cycles for systems including Windows, Office and SharePoint. Look beyond quick fixes and br
Visualization Tools Raise Your Innovation Awareness
News  |  9/11/2006
Does your company struggle to brainstorm new products and services? Visualization tools such as road-mapping software and patent-citation systems offer insight into the pipeline of promising ideas. Here's how to pick technologies that fit your innovation approach.
Field Report: New Corp., Sterling, VA
News  |  9/11/2006
Visible rules allow traceable, changeable decisions.
Analysis: Where Rules Management and BPM Meet
News  |  9/11/2006
Rules management and process management are both aimed at improving business agility and performance, but they're fundamentally different technologies designed for complementary purposes. So which tasks do you handle in each toolset? We'll show you how to strike the right mix of techniques and score that perfect 10!
Application Insight: Don't Let Process Become an Innovator's Dilemma
News  |  9/11/2006
Businesses must be extremely vigilant that they aren't "automating out" exploratory innovation all in the name of process automation.
Cisco And Microsoft Promise More Secure Networks ... Next Year
Features  |  9/8/2006
After two years of working together, the vendors say it will take another year before their integrated network security products are available.
Cisco Gears Up For Huge Consumer Marketing Push
Features  |  9/8/2006
The networking giant plans to bring the Cisco brand into the home for data, video, and music. It's a big reversal in strategy and highlights the growing impact of consumer technology.
Retail: Technology Improves Business Processes To Help Close The Deal
Features  |  9/7/2006
Retailers find faster networks are a good way to boost productivity
The Achilles' Heel Of Online Storage: Network Bandwidth
Commentary  |  9/7/2006
Someday you'll be able to access all your files from any Internet-connected device. Just don't hold your breath. Despite the commoditization of digital storage, backing up and accessing files across the Internet remains difficult and unwieldy when it comes to large amounts of data. But take heart. The ability to automatically back up files and sync them across devices will be here well before the paperless office and flying cars. Perhaps even before the arrival of
Stakes Small, But Outcome Huge In Model Railroad Software Fight
Commentary  |  9/6/2006
Who owns exclusive rights to model railroad software? On March 11, 2003, the U.S. Patent Office came up with the answer to that question when it issued patent 6,530,329 to Matthew Katzer of Portland, Ore. There's something worrisome about that decision. Model railroads work on a scale whose complexity we ought to be able to grasp.
No Joke: Microsoft Seeks To Patent Verbs
News  |  9/6/2006
The software giant's system aims to help students learn to conjugate verbs in a foreign language. But mum's the word on how it plans to use the technology.
Cisco, Microsoft Reveal Long-Awaited Network Access Control Plans
News  |  9/6/2006
The result should be a breakthrough in integrated IT security when the whole package arrives in the second half of next year.
FreeDOS 1.0 Released
Commentary  |  9/5/2006
The open-source DOS replacement project has reached its first major milestone, and FreeDOS version 1.0 is now available. The distribution seeks to provide a functional drop-in replacement for MS-DOS, but also adds several new utilities and features, such as support for FAT32 partitions and long file names.
Minneapolis Goes Wi-Fi, With WiMax To Follow
News  |  9/5/2006
Suppliers BelAir Networks and US Internet say the deployment will cover a 54-square-mile sector of the city.
In Depth: Cisco, Microsoft, And Others Heat Up WAN Optimization Market
Features  |  9/2/2006
The market is booming thanks to the bandwidth crunch of apps like VoIP and video, the growth of far-flung employees, and companies' dependence on their networks.
Wireless Broadband Hasn't Lived Up To Expectations...Yet
Commentary  |  9/1/2006
The top cellular carriers all claim to have launched wireless broadband services, but they're still mostly intended for laptop users who are limited by not-so-bandwidth-intensive applications or on-the-go Web access. A desktop-type experience on mobile devices won't come to fruition for another couple of years, until WiMax and the ilk start delivering better network
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