Healthy On The Front End
Software companies floundered right and left in the most recent quarter. Not the reporting and analytics firms.
SmartAdvice: Customer Education Key Part Of Anti-Phishing Protection
Educating customers to safeguard personal information helps prevent phishing thefts and builds loyalty, The Advisory Council says. Also, test to make sure systems are compatible with upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 release; and follow code-review practices to make sure your developers write secure code.
Hooked On Phonics Gets Hooked
There's a lesson to be learned about terms-of-service policies from the FTC's recent action against Gateway Learning Co.
SCO: Looking More Ridiculous Every Day
Imagine if Darth Vader's secret identity had turned out to be Bozo the Clown. Luke Skywalker and his pals would have been afraid Darth would blow up the whole galaxy, but instead the Dark Lord of the Sith did pratfalls all around the Death Star control room, sending stacks of papers flying through the air, accidentally hitting himself in the face with a cream pie and squirting seltzer down his pants.
Conventional: Coffee, Pastries And Video Conferencing
at the Democratic National Convention
Former Vice President Al Gore came in loud and pretty clear this morning as his video-conferenced address to the Democratic National Convention's 56 delegations was piped into 23 hotels throughout Boston. The question: Was anyone listening?
Massachusetts delegates filing in for breakfast at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel were largely unaware that Gore would be addressing them via video conference this morning. That would explain why only about half of the 122 delegates were seated in the Grand
The Politicization Of The Federal CIO
Has George W. Bush politicized the office of CIO in federal departments and agencies? When Bush took office in January 2001, six of 26 IT shops at major departments and agencies were headed by political appointees. Today, that number has doubled to a dozen, though one of them-Homeland Security's Steve Cooper-heads a department that didn't exist until last year.
Business Technology: Stay Ahead Of The Curve With Us
We're making a lot of enhancements to our online products and services to help you keep up with the maddening rush of news, trends, undercurrents, and other developments in the world of business technology, Bob Evans says.
The SAP Question
Should Oracle and PeopleSoft be viewed in the context of a global market, or a domestic one?
Open Season On Open Source?
Open-source products under development may be irresistible to voracious predators, says columnist Matt McKenzie.
Rob Enderle Is No Bloodworth
Carl Hiaasen's novel "Tourist Season" features a character, Bloodworth, who is hungry to become a newspaper columnist. He has written some sample columns which are wonderfully perverse, guaranteed to somehow manage to offend BOTH sides of several highly polarized issues:
Microsoft: Hated Because It's Misunderstood (Opinion)
Prejudices and misconceptions about Microsoft make it hard to evalute the company's merits. The biggest myths about Microsoft are that its desktop products are overpriced, it doesn't respect its customers, and reliability and security are poor. And some think the company is downright evil.
Smart Advice: Consider Using SLAs To Manage Outsourcing Vendors' Performance
Service-level agreements can help determine whether outsourcers are meeting metrics if your company plans to outsource long term, The Advisory Council says. Also, when replacing PCs, go for units that can handle software upgrades and pay back the investment; and prepare for the resurgence of B2B by getting systems in order now.
Guilt By Association
Connecticut CIO Rock Regan is guilty of association. His crime: being a decades-long friend of a disgraced governor who quit July 1. His punishment: banishment from state government. Regan's been fired, but he isn't shedding any tears over his ouster. You shouldn't either.
Can Linux Do What Netscape Couldn't?
Microsoft competitors mistakenly look to beat the company by beating its technology. But that's not how to best the Redmond Borg, argues columnist Rob Enderle.