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9/20/2005
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Mitch Wagner
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How IT Can Change Your Life

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: How IT Can Change Your Life
2. Today's Top Story: Acquisitions
    - HP To Acquire Peregrine, AppIQ
    - Microsoft Acquires ID-Management Software Vendor
    - Phillips To Siebel And PeopleSoft Customers: Oracle Will Offer Lifetime Support
3. Breaking News
    - Wal-Mart CIO: Hurricane Charlie Paved Way For Katrina Response
    - Cisco Simplifies Its Small-Business Network Offerings
    - Cray Supercomputer To Forecast Disasters In Asia
    - Low-Cost Security Appliance Fights The 'Insider' Threat
    - IM Appliance Combines Server, Security, Compliance
    - Oracle Unveils New App Server
    - AirDefense Releases Personal Hot-Spot Security Product
    - Google's Book-Scanning Project Tests Copyright Law
    - Siemens Discloses Cuts In IT Services Unit
    - Gartner: Wait Until At Least '07 For Office 12
    - MIT Prof Praises Big Thinking
    - Google Won't Remove 'Failure' Link To Bush
    - Microsoft Sues Eight Companies For Piracy
4. In Depth: InformationWeek 500: Case Studies In IT/Business Excellence
5. Voice Of Authority: Law Enforcement, The Web, And Collaboration
6. White Papers: CRM
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"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." -- Thomas Carruthers


1. Editor's Note: How IT Can Change Your Life

Michael Hawley, director of special projects and founder of MIT's GO Expeditions programs, was the keynote speaker for the kickoff of the InformationWeek Fall Conference. I've seen these MIT guys speak before; they toss off brilliant ideas like fireworks. The most intriguing point came when Hawley was asked what he saw as the technology most likely to change our lives.

Hawley responded that health care and wellness has the greatest potential to be improved by IT. Significantly, wellness could be improved by developing telemetry that monitors the body's condition continuously and reports back to a health-care professional.

"For all the neat things we've seen with E-mail, Web work, and iPods, there is not an iPod for the state of your health. You know more about the state of your car than you do about the state of your health," Hawley said. Doctors take a pinprick of blood occasionally and use that to diagnose our overall condition.

A large portion of American spending comes from treating preventable heart attacks, and even so, only a fraction of heart-attack sufferers receive adequate diagnosis and care, Hawley said. "Only a small fraction are even shown something as simple as a USA Today chart that says they're at risk and maybe they shouldn't hork down that next piece of Boston cream pie," Hawley said.

The transition will require a change in the way people think about IT and health, comparable to the transition that occurred for E-commerce. At first, people refused to entrust credit-card numbers to the Internet, but now they're quite willing to do so. A comparable transition will occur in health-care IT, when people come to see the benefits.

"People will jump on it like ants on a muffin," Hawley said, "because people would love to feel better about themselves.

For more of Hawley's insights, read my coverage of the InformationWeek conference; I'll continue to file dispatches as the week unfolds.

Mitch Wagner
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2. Today's Top Story: Acquisitions

HP To Acquire Peregrine, AppIQ
Peregrine provides IT asset- and service-management software that will be integrated into HP's OpenView, while AppIQ offers storage-networking and storage-resource-management technologies.

Other Acquisitions News:
Microsoft Acquires ID-Management Software Vendor

Microsoft has acquired privately held Alacris, which makes software to help simplify smart-card management in Windows.

Phillips To Siebel And PeopleSoft Customers: Oracle Will Offer Lifetime Support
Oracle remains undecided whether to continue using IBM middleware to support Siebel's hosted-application service.


3. Breaking News

Wal-Mart CIO: Hurricane Charlie Paved Way For Katrina Response
Wal-Mart applied lessons learned from past disasters for its reaction to Hurricane Katrina. But it still needed to improvise.

Cisco Simplifies Its Small-Business Network Offerings
Networking vendor introduces a line of products, services, support, and financing designed for the small- and midsize-business market and replaces the command-line interface with a browser-based management system.

Cray Supercomputer To Forecast Disasters In Asia
The Korea Meteorological Administration will use a Cray XD1 supercomputer to improve the accuracy of weather predictions.

Low-Cost Security Appliance Fights The 'Insider' Threat
ConSentry Networks introduces two low-cost, high-speed security appliances designed to clamp down on worms and viruses.

IM Appliance Combines Server, Security, Compliance
Barracuda claims its device is the first all-in-one instant-messaging appliance that combines an IM server with native traffic filtering, archiving, and policy management.

Oracle Unveils New App Server
The software will be available by May and is geared for Web services and grid computing.

AirDefense Releases Personal Hot-Spot Security Product
The free software for laptops can be set to automatically shut down when it detects security threats.

Google's Book-Scanning Project Tests Copyright Law
Under the deals Google already has with most major U.S. and U.K. publishers, it scans titles they submit and gives publishers a cut of ad revenue. But what about titles not submitted voluntarily or that are out of print?

Siemens Discloses Cuts In IT Services Unit
Company will eliminate 2,400 jobs in Germany as part of its effort to cut operating costs by $1.82 billion by fiscal 2007.

Gartner: Wait Until At Least '07 For Office 12
Most enterprises will switch to Microsoft Vista, and the newest version of SQL Server, before attempting to upgrade the Office suite, Gartner analysts say.

MIT Prof Praises Big Thinking
MIT professor Michael Hawley, whose projects include a mattress-sized book of photographs, says settling for mediocrity is threatening American progress.

Google Won't Remove 'Failure' Link To Bush
Google says it won't manually manipulate its search results, even when pranksters push unwarranted links to the top of the results list with so-called "googlebombing" tactics.

Microsoft Sues Eight Companies For Piracy
The lawsuits stem from consumer leads called into the company's anti-piracy hot line.

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4. In Depth: InformationWeek 500: Case Studies In IT/Business Excellence

Wireless Innovation: Skanska Unleashes Work Crews

Wireless networks and tablet PCs save a full workday a week at construction company's work sites.

Performance Management: Equifax Melds 60 Projects, 4 Priorities, 1 Company
Profile-management tool gives Equifax's execs a view into the value and risk of dozens of technology initiatives.

Productivity: Air Products and Chemicals Strips Out Inefficiencies
Continuous-improvement tools help IT team focus on value-creating technology rather than infrastructure.

Supply-Chain Innovation: Highmark Gets Healthy Results From Automation
Insurer teams with hospital system on life- and time-saving verification system for insurance eligibility.

Customer Intimacy: Wyeth Resolves To Aid Its Distributors
Data-sharing initiative goes a long way toward giving drugmakers' customers insight into the supply chain.


5. Voice Of Authority: Law Enforcement, The Web And Collaboration

Business Technology: Registry Web Site As Model Of Cooperation
In less than 60 days and for less than $1 million, the U.S. Department of Justice has built a Web site giving access to sex-offender information from 28 states. It's a model of collaboration and cooperation, Bob Evans says, that gives access to information that, while deeply disturbing, is also extremely important.


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