Business Technology: 'There Is No Darkness But Ignorance'
While business challenges of transparency and visibility get a great deal of attention these days, the problem isn't a new one, Bob Evans says. About 400 years ago, noted ERP guru William Shakespeare illuminated the eternal struggle.
Your Take On Windows-Linux Security Study: Yuck
Readers were skeptical of a recent study that found Microsoft Windows to be more secure than Linux, responding to our request for feedback in ways that left little room for misunderstanding.
Google Adds Stock Charts
Google yesterday added stock charts to its search results. Entering MSFT, Microsoft's ticker symbol, into the Google search box now returns a graph of the company's stock performance for the day, along with other financial details.
Conflicted Over File Sharing
As a one-time freelance writer, I pocketed a few extra bucks from the intellectual property I created. The law recognizes that my writings had some financial value, and provided protection against their unauthorized use.
Open Source Vs. Microsoft: In Brazil, It?s No Contest
In about a month's time, the Brazilian government will initiate a program called PC Conectado, or Connected PC, with the goal of aiding millions of its low-income citizens in purchasing computers. Don't expect Microsoft to be on the desktop.
Starship Enterprise Needs To Outsource IT
A business trend has really taken hold when references to it resonate not only in the corporate world but also in popular culture. We've seen that previously with the notions of Megatrends, Tipping Points, the Peter Principle, and the like. Now, it seems, outsourcing is the latest business concept to work it
Sun: God's Gift To Open Source
I don't know which Sun PR flak is responsible for putting words into COO Jonathan Schwartz's mouth nowadays. But if Schwartz is aiming for a career in standup comedy, he'd better bring them along with him.
An Old Celko Puzzle
If you go over to http://www.dbdebunk.com/page/page/666711.htm, you will find a letter to the editor from someone named PV about an old column of mine. Here is the jist of it:
Back in June of 1996, Jack Wells submitted this SQL problem to my SQL FOR SMARTIES column.
SmartAdvice: Workflow Software Can Help Streamline Human Processes
Now that data-centric work processes are largely automated, consider that streamlining human-centric processes can provide benefits as well, The Advisory Council says. Also, if your company's IT supplier is bought, CIOs must look at the vendor's value and address the rumor mill.
Open Questions For Open Office
OpenOffice.org is one of the most promising open-source products on the market today: a legitimate alternative to a bloated, absurdly overpriced Microsoft Office. Yet when I look at the direction OpenOffice.org is taking, I wonder whether the organization behind the product is prepared to make the most of its opportunities.
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The Death of Bluetooth? I Don't Think So!
Everyone's talking about the coming death of Bluetooth. The exact same predictions happened about five years ago, when engineering types proclaimed the death of Bluetooth in favor of Wi-Fi, citing many of the same problems with Bluetooth. They're wrong again, and for the same reason.
The Expanding RSS Universe
The RSS universe is relatively small; a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey estimates that about 5% of Web content is delivered via RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. But a just-released survey of subscribers of the ultra-techie blog and news site Slashdot shows user
No Big Winners In Search-Engine Wars
You don't need to be the top dog to be a winner. Barry Diller understands that as his media company IAC/InterActiveCorp seeks to acquire search engine Ask Jeeves for $1.85 billion.
Trendspotting: Maximizing Your On-Demand ROI
As users come to rely on on-demand solutions, they become hard to turn off, even if they're not delivering positive ROI. Before starting, Rebecca Wettemann says, evaluate your options, do a quick cost-benefit analysis, make sure you train users, and get managers involved.
High-Court Plea: Don't Stifle Innovation
The law has a tough time keeping pace with technology, and that could prove problematic for many Internet innovators and users if the Supreme Court sides with the movie studios and recording companies in a case it will hear later this month.
Business Technology: If Speed Kills, Are You In Danger?
How would your company fare versus competitors in a benchmarking of speed and agility? Speed -- or the battle against latency -- is moving to the top of priority lists for companies in all industries as customer requirements accelerate. Bob Evans asks, are you ready?
Smart Advice: Storage Attachment Made To Order
Expect iSCSI to gain popularity at Fibre Channel SANs' expense, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan your migration to Microsoft Exchange 2003 carefully, and recognize possible need for coexistence of messaging systems during the migration.
Google today launched Google Code, a site for programmers interested in Google-related development. The company is using the site to publish free source code and API information. Search, of course, is more of a platform these days than an application and this gift of code will only strengthen Google's developer community.
The Integration Shuffle
IBM bought itself a ready-made basket of goodies designed for taking care of data warehouses. Next we'll see what the rest of the data integration market decides to do about it.
Serial Entrepreneur Strikes Again With Open Source
"Is there a place for open-source software at my company?" It's one of the most important questions that IT executives have been asking themselves over the past few years. The answer depends, among other things, on your company's level of comfort with open source and your ability to integrate open-source applications with existing proprietary apps.
The above question has also helped open source drift into the crosshairs of the IT consulting market. But unlike the technologies that created the l
INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE once more changed format at the end of last year and my long-time column went away. However CMP asked me if I would like to do a blog on SQL, databases and the other things that interests me.
Law, Order, And Technology In 2005
By the time May flowers begin to bloom in San Francisco, the city's Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) police department can expect an upgrade to the wireless handheld technology that helps its 191 officers patrol the region's 43 rail stations and 104 miles of tracks. Central to the upgrade is a geographic mapping application that integrates with the BART dispatch system to deliver via wireless handhelds key logistical information to officers, including train-station schematics, track milepo
Blogger Rights: Multiple Views
No consensus exists, at least among readers responding to an online InformationWeek poll, on whether bloggers should be given the same legal protections as journalists when protecting confidential sources.
Migrating Data To A New PC
Moving a co-worker or employee and his or her data to a new computer can be a road fraught with New York City-sized potholes. Here are some concrete steps you can take that will make the move less bumpy.
Penguin Power Struts Its Stuff
Google's disclosure about its technology inner workings goes a long way to boost Linux's image as a great way for enterprises to build a scalable utility-computing topography. It is also an important addition to the flurry of news about penguin migration to the on-demand world.
All In One
Want that one, big database and analysis package that can handle all your BI work? I wouldn't advise holding your breath, but we're closer now than we've ever been.
Tech Development Based On Red, White, And Blue, Not Just Green
Over the past 58 years of its existence, the Central Intelligence Agency's information-gathering needs have played a role in the development of some significant technology, including the U-2 and SR71 spy aircraft, Corona surveillance satellites, and even the Internet. Despite what promises to be some ego-bruising restructuring within the U.S. intelligence community to accommodate the new National Intelligence Authority, the agency has its sights set on a number of emerging technologies it hopes