Acxiom Buys Chinese BI Firm
The data-management and services company buys a Shanghai-based provider of data-management, business-intelligence, and CRM services to Asian and global companies.
Ballmer's Linux Spin
Microsoft's CEO argues that Windows is cheaper and more secure than its open-source rival. Do the facts support him?
Linux More Expensive? Maybe
Something about this time of year makes me even more suspicious of spin than usual. So when I read Steve Ballmer's e-mailed message to customers and partners, I wanted to find out a little more about the research he used to defend his position against Linux.
Here Car! Good Car!
Moody cars and "neuromarketing" make some nostalgic for old-fashioned technology.
Axentis, Corticon, and SAS lead our harvest of important releases.
Without Safety Nets
Will super-efficient supply chains take one beating and fail to keep on ticking?
Scoping Out The Real Costs of RFID
Much of the focus surrounding the cost of RFID has been on the price of RFID chips or tags. But implementing a fully functional RFID system incurs multiple costs including technology, consulting, recurring fees and many others. By some estimates, costs for big companies can be $25 million for mandate compliance.
Next Up, MP3 Video?
The holy grail for MP3 players is to build in color screens and wireless connectivity so that users can navigate directly to online digital music and video services. But that's easier said than done given cost, size and ease-of-use challenges.
Phishing Expedition Set To Enter Second Phase
The next chapter in the battle against phishing focuses on defining technical and operating requirements for banks, investigating technical anti-phishing approaches, and deploying customer education and enforcement.
VF To Use Alien's RFID Technology
Under a three-year deal, the clothing manufacturer will use Alien Technology RFID tags and readers to track shipments to retailers.
R U Compliant?
Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance is nothing if not a real-time challenge. Creating a good information flow among potentially hundreds of stakeholders requires a new influx of technology, including solutions based on instant messaging.
Metrics Development: Taking It From the Top
The biggest challenge in performance management often comes right at the beginning: metrics definition and development. Here are ideas to get strategic initiatives (and top executives) moving.
Organizations can only go so far to improve performance before they must address their most important asset: the workforce. Competitive forces are pushing managers to look beyond HR and ERP systems and embrace performance management.
More Than Pie Charts
Business intelligence is too important to be limited by outdated presentation and visualization.