Business Technology: Pertinent Questions -- Are Your Answers OK?
Bob Evans has some questions for you to consider on such subjects as business-process optimization, supply-chain strategy, patch management, Barry Bonds, customer-data privacy, and publicly funded outsourcing, plus a thought for the people we remember on Memorial Day.
Unlocking The Secrets Of Open-Source Success
The story of open-source software has largely been one of success to date. Open source has grown exponentially in popularity among Web users, and it's making headway in corporate application-development environments, even influencing the ways in which proprietary app vendors create and distribute their own products.
Still, open source won't be a tale of unmitigated growth. The answer to open source's challenges is, in a word, services.
Global Revenues Soar For VoIP Gear
Report says revenues from global sales of VoIP equipment totaled $493 million in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 40% over first-quarter levels in 2004.
Homeland Security's Cybersecurity Woes Continue
While the cabinet-level department has initiated a wide range of programs to tackle its 13 cybersecurity-protection responsibilities, it has yet to fully address any of them to the satisfaction of the GAO.
Microsoft Word And Excel Employed As Systems Interfaces
Built on a service-oriented architecture, Meridian Systems' impending Proliance life-cycle-management software upgrade lets users tap in via Word and Excel 2003. Those without Office 2003 can access system programs through a Web interface.
Online Sales Soar
American consumers spent nearly $20 billion buying stuff on the Internet in the first quarter; that's nearly 25% more than they did a year earlier. Yet, online transactions represent only 2.2% of all retail sales.
Business Technology: Coming Soon: Transformation Upheavals
Hollywood represents the world of fables and make-believe, but the shift from analog to digital is causing some very real pain and upheaval. And, Bob Evans says, you can be sure that a similar Radical Overhaul is coming to a supply chain near you. Soon.
Web Site Maps Murders, Mayhem
The murder of Duane Polk, a 26-year-old gunned down May 5 about a block from his Southside Chicago home, warranted only 148 words in the next day's Chicago Tribune. But a new Web site that combines crime statistics from the Chicago Police Department and Google maps lets anyone with Web access pinpoint the block where an assailant shot Polk or where any other
Too Much Complexity? IT Manager, Heal Thyself
Technology vendors can only do so much to reduce hardware and software complexity. It's up to users to simplify their IT infrastructures, say top executives from IBM and Cisco Systems.
Feds Faulted For Weak Wireless Security
Federal agencies have yet to fully apply key controls such as policies, practices, and tools to let them operate wireless networks securely, congressional auditors report.
H-1B Admission Rose 2.3% In 2004
The number of existing and new H-1B visa holders entering the United States rose by 26,325 to 386,821, with an estimated one-third employed in IT-related jobs.
Softscape Launches New ERP Upgrade Program
Softscape, provider of strategic people management technology and services, this week announced a new ERP Upgrade Program designed specifically for customers of SAP, Oracle/PeopleSoft, or Lawson.
End Of An Era Or End Of The Line For Java?
Oracle is making an announcement May 16 that it will incorporate use of PHP into developing Oracle database applications. I don't know the details. But I do know that spells the end of an era for 10-year-old Java.
Cisco Confirms Arrest In Theft Of Its Code
The incident has been a matter of concern because malicious hackers might find flaws in the code that could be exploited to impair the functioning of Cisco's routers, which handle a significant portion of traffic on the Internet.
IT: The Productivity Equalizer
European business technologists see higher spending on IT as helping narrow the productivity gap between the United States and Europe, survey finds.
Q&A: SAS CEO Dr. Jim Goodnight
"SAS really thrives on competition," Goodnight says. "Give us somebody to go after, and that's a great motivator for my developers and my sales people alike."