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posted in April 2006
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Is Wireless Affecting Our Health?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006
All this time I've been thinking that the cause of my tiredness and quick temper is work-related stress, the side effects of living in New York City, and lack of sleep. But it's possible that the actual culprit could be my home Wi-Fi network.
High Education Tackles The Problem Of Wi-Fi Capacity
Features  |  4/28/2006
Colleges are finding ways to meet the wireless computing demands of large concentrations of students--and businesses could learn a thing or two from them.
Can Microsoft Convince You To Switch?
Commentary  |  4/27/2006
Everyone likes a good horse race--even when the race is fixed. That's about how I see the supposed race between Internet Explorer and Firefox. Ever since IE was included with Microsoft's operating system, its dominance has pretty much been a done deal. But that doesn't mean the front-runner should sit back and rest on its laurels. And up until now, that's what Microsoft has been doing.
Vignette and Lombardi Announce Software Enterprise Alliance
News  |  4/27/2006
The ECM and BPM vendors aim to deliver compelling business solutions to Global 2000 companies.
Ethernet Service Revenue Rockets To Nearly $6 Billion
News  |  4/27/2006
Because the technology offers more bandwidth and doesn't increase WAN costs, it's catching on among the SMB crowd in particular, according to a new Infonetics report.
Surf's Up At Work
Commentary  |  4/26/2006
Just when you thought it wasn't safe to surf the Web at work, now it may be. Earlier this week, a New York judge made an advisory ruling that since time spent on the Internet is much like reading a newspaper or making a personal phone call, employees should only be reprimanded--not fired--for failing to stay off the Internet.
AT&T, Yahoo Jointly Offer VoIP
News  |  4/26/2006
Yahoo Messenger with Voice is now available to AT&T Yahoo high-speed Internet subscribers, as well as Yahoo users in AT&T's 13-state local service area.
Microsoft, Hyperion Partner In BI
News  |  4/25/2006
Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions say they plan to integrate their business intelligence products in order to provide customers with a broader offering of complementary software.
Schwartz Must Usher In Software Age At Sun
Commentary  |  4/25/2006
Call it founder's disease. Call it what you want. But Scott McNealy hindered Sun from becoming a successful software company. Now Jonathan Schwartz has got his work cut out for him.
Cisco Hooks Up With RIM, Nokia, And Others For Voice Over Wireless LANs
News  |  4/25/2006
The companies need to cooperate to make their products work together.
Brief: Consumers Like TV, Phone, Web 'Bundles'
News  |  4/25/2006
According to a new poll, nearly half of consumers interviewed by a research firm said their households receive a communications bundle from a single company.
Cognos Unveils Performance Software For Bank Branches
News  |  4/24/2006
Cognos Inc. on Monday launched analytical software to help retail banks measure the performance of branches.
Google Experiments On Humans
Commentary  |  4/24/2006
Over at the Google blog, Ambar Pansari, a Google product manager, and Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience, admit that Google is experimenting on its users. The two confess, "From time to time, we run live experiments on Google--tests visible to a relatively few people--to discover better ways to search. We do this because there's no good substitute for understanding how
The Top Five Skype Add-Ons
Features  |  4/24/2006
Skype is more than just a telephony client. There are many accessories that enhance the basic Skype functionality. Here are the ones we like the most.
Google's Got Its Business-Casual Khakis On
Commentary  |  4/21/2006
It's never been completely clear how seriously Google takes its enterprise IT business. Its latest search appliance leaves little doubt.
Stopping Google
Commentary  |  4/21/2006
Imagine the conspiracy theorists having a field day with this one: eBay is separately talking to Yahoo and Microsoft to see if one of them might be a valuable collaborator against a common threat: Google.
Universities Snatch Up Unused Cable For High-Speed Networks
Features  |  4/21/2006
The most ambitious and high-profile of these endeavors is the National LambdaRail, a large fiber infrastructure capable of connecting more than 25 U.S. cities at speeds in multiples of 10 Gbps.
Office Interactive, Inc. Launches Free, Integrated, Online Collaboration Suite
News  |  4/20/2006
The Web-based application is designed for individuals and small teams.
Intentia Unveils Plans for Third Generation of Movex with Focus on Business Agility for the Mid-Market
News  |  4/20/2006
Movex3 to give companies access to SOA benefits and a user experience designed to unlock more value from ERP.
ERP-Link and Quantrix Partner to Deliver Business Intelligence Solution that Revolutionizes ERP Data Capture and Use
News  |  4/20/2006
Combination of tools to enable businesses to use their ERP data for "what if" financial modeling at a fraction of traditional ETL pricing.
IT Workforce Rise Occurs Despite Fewer Software Developers, Thanks To Managers
Commentary  |  4/19/2006
Numbers don't always add up. Take, for instance, the latest IT employment stats that show American IT employment at a record high.
In Search Of Innovation
Commentary  |  4/19/2006
For years, we've seen far too little in the way of innovative enterprise applications or major hardware and networking advances. Arguably, more innovation is taking place in the consumer space, although much of that is incremental rather than revolutionary. There's more evidence this week that innovation in the IT industry is now being driven from the search engine outward, both for consumer and business applications.
Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout
Commentary  |  4/19/2006
The long-predicted consolidation of the open-source software market is finally starting to happen. But which path will the market take--disappearance of the pure-play open-source vendors, or a winnowing to a few strong ones? Those were the two scenarios proffered by Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource Inc., when I spoke with her in late February. SpikeSource sells testing and tech support for open-source packages of business software such as JBoss, MySQL, and SugarCRM. If any of those companies get
The Cost Of Click Fraud
Commentary  |  4/18/2006
Click fraud is a serious problem complicated by the fact that click fraud data is in short supply. The Click Fraud Index aims to change that. The good news is that the incidence of click fraud appears to be lower than the disturbingly high figure of 20% to 40% that has been suggested. The bad news is that at 14%, that's still a lot of bad clicks.
AMD, HP, IBM, Sun Want To Make It Easy To Be Green
News  |  4/18/2006
Tech vendors launch an effort to make it easier for IT professionals and data center managers to create more energy-efficient data centers.
IT Employment Reaches Record High In U.S.
News  |  4/18/2006
An InformationWeek analysis of government labor data shows 3.472 million Americans employed in IT through the end of the first quarter.
SAP Announces New Version of Supply Chain Applications
News  |  4/18/2006
mySAP SCM 5.0 gains ground on best-of-breed vendors.
IRI Brings Next Generation of Analytics for CPG
News  |  4/18/2006
Sleepy CPG industry has new solutions to advance towards performance management.
Navajo Nation Gets Networked
News  |  4/18/2006
The Navajo Nation has received the first installment of a Cisco-provided IP network that will bring communications and distance learning to more than 250,000 Navajos.
Minorities Are Leading Adopters Of Broadband, IP Services: Report
News  |  4/18/2006
English-speaking minority groups, such as Asian-Americans and Hispanics, are the leading adopters of broadband and IP communications technologies such as VoIP.
Geronimo May Prove A JBoss Competitor
Commentary  |  4/17/2006
It's not an accident that JBoss Inc. has built up a head of steam, culminating in a $350 million offer from Red Hat. And it will be no accident that other promising application server projects follow in its path.
Analysis: BPM Vendors Tap AJAX to Put Process in Context
News  |  4/17/2006
Pegasystems and Appian are using AJAX to deliver personalized and process-relevant dynamic interfaces.
In Focus: Is "Process-Oriented Application" an Oxymoron?
News  |  4/17/2006
Not seeing a contradiction in terms, a growing number of BPM vendors are talking about process-oriented applications.
Wireless E-Mail Patent: What Did NTP Know And When Did It Know It?
Commentary  |  4/17/2006
More evidence surfaced this past weekend suggesting that NTP, which last month received a $612.5 million patent-infringement settlement from BlackBerry provider Research In Motion, should never have been granted its wireless E-mail patents. The idea of wireless E-mail dates back to 1982, when it popped into the mind of high-school dropout Geoff Goodfellow, a one-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur. That's two decades before NTP won its first legal battle against RIM.
Will Solve The Mobile Apps Challenge?
Commentary  |  4/14/2006
Nowadays extending a business application to a mobile device is like putting together a huge puzzle. Each time you think you're getting close to completion, you're either missing a critical piece or you just can't make the different pieces fit. But it looks like things are finally starting to change. Take's acquisition of Sendia this week as an example. The two c
Speed Bumps Await Cisco In App Accelerator Market
News  |  4/14/2006
The market for application acceleration jumped more than 30% last year to $1.2 billion, and it's expected to grow even faster this year, according to Gartner. The potential isn't lost on Cisco Systems, which is trying to elbow its way back to the No. 1 spot.
Ready For The Next Big One
Features  |  4/14/2006
Insurance companies, blindsided by the 2005 hurricane season, are using technology to become better prepared.
Cognos Signs OEM Agreement with Lombardi Software to Embed BPM Capabilities in Analytic Applications
News  |  4/13/2006
Companies share vision for integrating BI and BPM for corporate transformation.
An Engineer Blows The Whistle On AT&T
Commentary  |  4/13/2006
I never believed that the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against AT&T, alleging that the company helped the National Security Agency coduct illegal spy operations, had much of a future. Consider the EFF's central claim in the case -- that AT&T and NSA collaborated to spy upon tens of millions of American citizens, including both domestic and overseas phone calls. EFF isn't just looking for the proverbial smoking gun; it needs to find a smoking howitzer to prove such a dramatic, and p
CA Buys Job-Scheduling Software Provider Cybermation For $75 Million
News  |  4/13/2006
The latest purchase by acquisition-happy CA is designed to help evolve job scheduling to cross platforms, as well as link in with predefined business policies to prioritize, manage, and execute jobs based on how important they are.
Sycamore Networks Acquires Eastern Research
News  |  4/13/2006
The $92 million deal adds Eastern's network access gear to Sycamore's optical switches.
Open-Source Excitement
Commentary  |  4/12/2006
Some are getting all hysterical over Red Hat's entry into the middleware market, like it's going to change the IT landscape as we know it. But I don't think so.
Save Lives: Debug Code
Commentary  |  4/12/2006
We're so used to looking at programming these days as a throwaway, low-cost skill. We discourage students from pursuing it, we outsource the basic tasks, and we routinely struggle with balky applications. Regardless of how smart any of this might be, we know we can live with all that. But the tendency to ignore commonsense requests to thoroughly debug code? Very bad idea. In fact, it can be downright dangerous, according to panelists and attendees speaking at several sessions on topics such as
Microsoft's Crawl From The Bottom In Search
Commentary  |  4/11/2006
Microsoft may be lagging in the search market, but give its engineers credit for moving faster to catch up. The software company posted a new search engine for academic journals to the Web Tuesday night, and while it's yet another example of Microsoft trailing Google in online software (digital maps and desktop searches also come to mind), Microsoft is showing what looks like a new willingness to take some chances and loosen up its release schedules.
Dashboard: Chipping Away at Privacy? The 'Spy Chips' Debate
News  |  4/11/2006
As debates about surveillance and wiretapping swirl around, it's no surprise that these tiny radio frequency-emitting computer chips have have become a a flash point for heightened privacy concerns.
Feature: The Eighth Annual Editors' Choice Awards
News  |  4/11/2006
Join us for our annual take on 'The Dozen' most influential vendors driving the intelligent enterprise. Plus, we also laud 48 'Companies to Watch' in categories including business intelligence and enterprise applications.
Dashboard: Web 2.0's Effect on Business Intelligence
News  |  4/11/2006
Web 2.0 is a murky term whose definition even its creators can't articulate. But aspects of Web 2.0 are having an impact on business intelligence that will prove to be profound in a few years.
Processes Get Smart
News  |  4/11/2006
The key to designing smarter processes is measuring and analyzing process results to spot improvements. Bring processes to the next level by blending business activity monitoring and BI with BPM. Such combined approaches are paying off at Great Clips, TransUnion and DHL.
Onsite: Alaska Airlines Takes Direct Route to Analyze Customer Data
News  |  4/11/2006
Integration and ETL weren't practical, so the midsize airline took a federated approach to gain better customer insight.
Brief: Skype Scoops Up Two VoIP Startups
News  |  4/11/2006
Skype is buying VoIP company Sonorit Holding and its U.S. subsidiary, Camino Networks, for 700,000 shares of eBay stock, worth about $27 million.
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