Goodbye, Verizon Wireless, Goodbye
Dear Verizon Wireless: There's no easy way to tell you this, so I'm just going to come out and say it. I have left you for another wireless company. And I'm taking the kids.
Business Technology: Defining The Business You Want To Be In
Concluding our three-part series on a new way of thinking about business technology, Bob Evans warns, "Companies that profess that IT doesn't matter or is simply wasteful overhead that needs to be gutted will grow increasingly isolated, sluggish, backward, and irrelevant."
Is 'Open Java' An Open Topic?
This week, Sun delivered the first product of its rekindled open-source romance: the Solaris DTrace utility. And now, rumor has it, Open Solaris could get a surprise sibling, as Sun executives revisit the idea of open-sourcing the company's Java Enterprise System.
Crime Fighter BI
Florida's efforts in law enforcement data-sharing, analytics and reporting can teach all BI practitioners a thing or two.
Technology's Foot Soldiers Are The Key To Homeland Security
It's not hard to find someone, even in government, who agrees that 9/11 could have been prevented. It's also not hard to find someone, even in government, who agrees that data-sharing projects underway to correct the intelligence lapses that enabled 9/11 are moving slowly. A year here, 18 months there, and throw in some overpriced, overdue technology. All of this would make me very nervous if it wasn't for some very dedicated people I've met lately.
Feds Raise Caution Flag On VoIP Phone Systems
Thinking of deploying a VoIP phone system to save money? A federal agency charged with promoting technology says you should proceed cautiously because of security risks when deploying VoIP phone systems.
Look At The Nitty Griddy
There are two ways to look at the formation of the new Grid Consortium, headed by Argonne National Laboratory and Globus veteran Greg Nawrocki: Things are going well, or grid needs a push.
Mozilla Gets A Phishing Fix
Thunderbird, Mozilla's open-source messaging client, hasn't yet won the same giant-killing reputation as its older sibling, Firefox. Recently, a group of developers checked a new feature into the Thunderbird code tree that demonstrates how it could, like Firefox, hit the big time by attracting users who are tired of having their pockets picked every time they go online.
Editor's Note: Technology's Reach Is Limitless
In a matter of years, more computer intelligence will be embedded in places that we never imagined (or maybe we've imagined it, but it's years from reality): household devices, highways, even the human body.
Business Technology: IT Transformation: Two Companies That Get It
In Part 2 of our three-part series, as you try to determine which technology vendors are tactical suppliers versus those that are strategic business partners, consider this: Do they talk only about scalability and manageability and reliability, or do they talk about nimbleness and agility and opportunity? Do they emphasize their ability to help you maintain competitive advantage, or do they help you conceive and build new and more-valuable competitive capabilities for the future?
IT Security, By The Book
Security is the biggest single issue in IT these days. Have you been doing your homework? Here are some recommendations on how to get smarter.
Open Solaris: Licensed To Ill?
Can Sun sell its open-source vision for Solaris 10 to the developers who will play a major role deciding whether it succeeds or fails?
The Lawsuit Time Forgot
The wheels of justice do, indeed, turn slowly: My grandmother could run flaming circles around the creeping horror that is the SCO-IBM lawsuit. Yet this week, the magistrate presiding over pre-trial discovery in the case threw on the brakes again, granting part of SCO's request that IBM produce all of the code for its AIX and Dynix operating systems.
For a growing portion of companies, BI is ready to start giving something back to the bottom line.
It's A Virtual World
Anybody who is the least bit worried that innovation has somehow died in IT need look no further than the virtualization space.
Business Technology: A New Way Of Thinking About IT
The IT community--the companies that make all this incredible IT stuff, and the companies that buy it--must shift their focus from the stuff itself to the processes, transformations, and other innovations that the stuff can support. (Part 1 of a three-part series.)
Can Business And Government Speak The Same Language?
The Homeland Security Department's National Infrastructure Advisory Council Tuesday held its first meeting since President Bush's November reelection. After a first term largely spent getting its arms around just how much of the nation's critical infrastructure - energy utilities, manufacturing and transportation facilities, telecommunication and data networks, and financial services - is run by private-sector companies, NIAC is now looking for a way to motivate these companies to improve both p
Langa Letter: Make The Most Of That New PC
Here's the info you need to ensure long, safe, trouble-free computing whether you're starting the year with a brand-new PC, or with an older, used PC that's new to you.
Big Blue's Big Deal
When a company faces opposition that could cost it billions of dollars, one solution is to spend whatever it takes and do whatever is necessary to grind its adversaries into dust. The other solution is to use charm and subtle persuasion to turn enemies into friends. This week, I see about 500 reasons why IBM is purusing the latter approach to protect its interests in the European Union.
The design of Business Objects' latest analytics platform points to the future of how BI will be practiced, no matter what vendor a business uses.
Why do some gadget makers insist on announcing products that sport absurd features nobody would ever want to actually use? Take, for example, Samsung Electronics' new "3D movement recognition" SCH-S310 mobile phone announced yesterday.
The Data Miner
Homeland Security Secretary-designate Michael Chertoff is a big advocate of data mining as a tool to identify terrorists.
If you've been under a rock all morning, then you may not know that Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled at Macworld today a $499 Mac and a $99 iPod. Both these products sport tiny form factors as diminutive as their prices.
The Rumor Of SOX ROI
Sarbanes-Oxley-compliant organizations are starting to back up vendor claims that compliance management practices are producing benefits beyond compliance.
New Math: D.C. Style
The federal government has it's own type of math, at least when it comes to IT salaries.
SmartAdvice: No Magic In Grid Computing
Grid computing probably won't let you buy fewer servers, The Advisory Council says, because most commercial apps don't meet the requirements. Also, involve non-IT peers in long-term IT strategic planning.