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Content posted in November 2003
There's Plenty Of Open Source Documentation
Commentary  |  11/29/2003
One of the common complaints about open-source software is that there isn't enough documentation. Actually, there's sufficient documentation, you just have to know where to find it
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/29/2003
Langa Letter: Web-Host Outsourcing
Commentary  |  11/26/2003
Fred Langa explores the pros and cons of outsourcing Web sites and spotlights reader recommendations for finding the perfect Web host.
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  11/26/2003
Bob Geldof once sang, "They're always looking at you." That bit of '80s anxiety is alive today as employers monitor workers' "recreational" surfing in the office.
SmartAdvice: How To Develop An IT Strategic Plan
Commentary  |  11/26/2003
Developing an IT strategy will help better-align your department with the business, The Advisory Council suggests. It also identifies three key leadership responsibilities and offers tips to protect your servers from hacker attacks.
Using Open Source To Build Commercial Software
Commentary  |  11/25/2003
Salmon LLC, which makes custom applications for enterprises, developed its own open source development tool to build its commercial software.
Taking Stock: Can Tech Stocks Sustain The Warm-Up?
Commentary  |  11/25/2003
It's hard to imagine that tech stocks could maintain these returns.
On The Horizon: Three Cheers For Free Trade
Commentary  |  11/25/2003
Leave trade as free as can be; being sort of free is like being sort of dead
Other Voices: Will IM Do To E-Mail What E-Mail Did To Calls?
Commentary  |  11/25/2003
Yes, NetIQ's Indy Chakrabarti says. IM will further define the roles at which E-mail excels.
Novell: Open-Source Software Champion
Commentary  |  11/24/2003
Serious about Linux in the enterprise? You may be a serious Novell shop in the next few years.
Taking Stock: Mapics Competes In Changing ERP Market
Commentary  |  11/21/2003
A lot of Mapics' appeal stems from its narrow focus and expertise.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/21/2003
Take SCO Seriously
Commentary  |  11/20/2003
Whenever we write about SCO's Linux lawsuit, I get nasty e-mail from Linux advocates saying we're simply playing into SCO's PR campaign. We should ignore the lawsuit, I'm told, because it's groundless. This attitude shows a staggering ignorance of how the law and court system works.
SmartAdvice: Driving Business Value, Enhancing Your Career
Commentary  |  11/20/2003
The Advisory Council suggests you consider new approaches to managing these initiatives: driving business value (and your career), PeopleSoft's viability, and Wi-Fi hot spots.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/16/2003
Computer Science Is More Than Programming
Commentary  |  11/14/2003
To succeed, practitioners need to be able to make something work in the "mud" and understand empirical science.
SmartAdvice: When To Proceed With Caution About Outsourcing
Commentary  |  11/14/2003
The Advisory Council suggests you consider new approaches to these initiatives: outsourcing, Web services, and renegotiating software licenses
Q&A With Richard Purcell
Commentary  |  11/12/2003
Each CPO will be asked the same questions to see what they have in common and how they see things differently. Here are Richard Purcell's responses.
Q&A About 3PT
Commentary  |  11/12/2003
3PT is a framework approach to designing privacy solutions by developing people who create policies implemented through procedures supported by technologies.
The Privacy Lawyer: CPO Watch: Richard Purcell
Commentary  |  11/12/2003
Richard Purcell, the first CPO of Microsoft, is a visionary, Parry Aftab says, understanding the need for privacy advisers in major companies long before others did.
Langa Letter: Solving Automatic Maintenance Problems
Commentary  |  11/12/2003
Fred Langa explains how to address problems with Windows XP automation, looking at XP's self-maintenance tools and techniques.
Other Voices: Do Tech Companies Even Use Computers?
Commentary  |  11/10/2003
IT people manage a flood of technology and, when the waters get too high, walk on them. Why can't vendors at least give us water wings?
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/9/2003
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  11/7/2003
Today's topic is World Wide Web permanence. Does what we post every day deserve to be preserved for posterity? What sites should be handed down to our children?
Mobile Middleware Matters
Commentary  |  11/7/2003
Mobile middleware matters, Carl Zetie says, because it's is as much a business-process decision as a technology selection.
SmartAdvice: Boosting Legacy Apps Without Overspending
Commentary  |  11/7/2003
The Advisory Council suggests you consider new approaches to these initiatives: taming legacy applications, grid computing, and staff skill development
Virtual Friends In The Workplace
Commentary  |  11/6/2003
Match.com and Friendster are two popular sites for meeting people online, and they're being accessed at work.
Neopets Anonymous
Commentary  |  11/6/2003
With more than 60 million registered users and some of the stickiest content on the Internet, its users spend more time at the site than any other site reported.
Finding An Escape From The Boredom Of Work
Commentary  |  11/6/2003
When new to the workforce, young people find it hard to manage their personal and professional lives without merging the two during normal work hours. -- sidebar to: The Privacy Lawyer: Cyberloafing's Drain On Productivity
Fantasy Sports, Auctions, And Games--Oh, My!
Commentary  |  11/6/2003
According to a survey by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, there are more than 15 million fantasy-sports participants, up from 300,000 in 2000.
The Privacy Lawyer: Cyberloafing's Drain On Productivity
Commentary  |  11/6/2003
Some studies estimate that companies lose up to $50 billion annually in wasted employee time and resources online. To address the problem, Parry Aftab says, you need to know what your employees are doing and how much time they spend doing it.
Taking Stock: Watch Shifting Sands Of Tech Valuations
Commentary  |  11/6/2003
The implied risk of tech stock ownership has increased dramatically
Secret CIO: Trapped In The Sales Presentation From Hell
Commentary  |  11/6/2003
Helping on the business side proves to be an exercise in frustration


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