Running The Numbers On Vista
With every month that ticks by before Windows Vista arrives, Microsoft needs to fill the white space with reassurances to companies that an upgrade will be worth their time and money. On Friday, Microsoft released new total-cost-of-ownership figures--the overall price tag of installing, running, and supporting its upcoming operating system--that show the best-managed IT shops could save as much as $340 per PC each year they run Vista, compared with today's Windows XP system. Any payback numbers
Businesses Seek Security In Windows Vista
With only two months (barring further delays) until Windows Vista is due for business availability, InformationWeek surveyed 672 business technology managers to gauge their plans for the operating system. Microsoft should be happy to know that 39% of the businesses we surveyed plan to upgrade to Vista within the first year of availability. The top reason? Security, what else?
Get More From Your ERP Investment
Innovative companies have taken the lead in fully utilizing their ERP systems. The majority, however, have yet to take the first steps in using their ERP .investments to greater advantage.
IDF: Intel Finds Energy Efficiency Religion
It may not have been as dramatic as Saul's Road to Damascus conversion, but getting hit upside the head by rival Advanced Micro Devices the past two years must have helped Intel see the light, and now Intel has belatedly become a full convert to the religion of energy efficiency.
'Greatest Software' Story Triggers An Outpouring Of Recollections
When the story "What's The Greatest Software Ever Written?" appeared Aug. 14, it set off an explosion of memories from those involved in the early stages of computing. For example, one responder asked, "Do you recall the big board of the IBM 407 key punch processor into which the red, green, blue and yellow wires--each a different length--were inserted?" Hey, I may have learned to program with IBM punch cards, but I don't go back to wires-through-a-board.
Broadband On A Budget
High-speed broadband has finally overtaken dial-up Internet access. According to a recent report by JD Power and Associates, 56% of residential ISP customers are now using broadband connections for applications such as Googling for the latest on Cameron Diaz, viewing online videos, and blogging about their pet dogs'
Citizendium To Be Professional Wikipedia
Larry Sanger, one of the principal founders of the Wikipedia public encyclopedia project, has recently announced the establishment of a project called Citizendium. The latter is expected to be managed by authoritative experts within a field and will rely heavily on formal partnerships, which stands in sharp contrast against the Wikipedia model of being a free-for-all where content can be edited by any and all comers.
BEA Unveils SOA Infrastructure Platform
BEA Systems has unveiled a software platform for building service-oriented architectures, reflecting a trend among infrastructure vendors to provide as many tools as possible to companies adopting the standards-based form of distributed computing.
Cool Meets Clunky: Motorola's Deal For Bar-Code Reader Symbol
Motorola has been pushing for more sales from business, taking solid steps like helping developers include enterprise search functions on wireless handhelds. But for most businesses, Motorola is just a really big company with a supercool cell phone. Motorola's deal to buy Symbol for $3.9 billion in cash marks a leap ahead for its enterprise ambitions.
Apple's Future Phone
It's pretty much a given these days that Apple is hard at work on a mobile phone. The company won't acknowledge this, but it's hard to find an Apple rumor site or financial analyst covering Apple that hasn't speculated about the iPhone or whatever the fabled device eventually ends up being called.
Despite its studied coyness, Apple in
Thank Heaven For The Web
A significant tech anniversary quietly slipped by last month. Fifteen years ago, Tim Berners-Lee made public a little project he was working on. He called it the WorldWideWeb.
Author Peters Puts Both IBM And Microsoft On The 'Guarded' List:
In Search of Excellence author Tom Peters is no admirer of GM. But he suggested there were two computer industry behemoths out there that may be teetering on the verge of decline as well. One was IBM, due to its increasing dependence on services revenue. But also put on the "guarded" list was Microsoft.
Mission Intelligence: Where's the Rest of Me
To succeed, vendors and technology thought leaders must show how different kinds of solutions fit together rather than use marketing and confusing buzzwords to scramble identities for competitive purposes.
A New Path To SOA: Follow The Customer Data
If you get enough smart people in a room, one thing becomes clear: There's a simpler way to SOA. At the IW 500 conference, some smart people chose a customer- and data-centric path to their service orientation.
Recently, I wrote a story about the vulnerabilities of Web applications in which Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, predicted, "Security will drive people to centralized applications."
That's in fact what I'm hearing from some of the attendees at the 2006 InformationWeek Fall Conference. The difficulty
Breakthrough Analysis: Enterprise Search: Time To Get Serious
The rise of Google, Yahoo and specialized search providers has radically altered our perception of information access, yet enterprise search implementations haven't kept up with the transformation in the consumer world. Plenty of vendors are developing breakthroughs, but the missing player has been Microsoft, and many believe progress in enterprise search is being held hostage by long and unwieldy upgrade cycles for systems including Windows, Office and SharePoint. Look beyond quick fixes and br
Visualization Tools Raise Your Innovation Awareness
Does your company struggle to brainstorm new products and services? Visualization tools such as road-mapping software and patent-citation systems offer insight into the pipeline of promising ideas. Here's how to pick technologies that fit your innovation approach.
Analysis: Where Rules Management and BPM Meet
Rules management and process management are both aimed at improving business agility and performance, but they're fundamentally different technologies designed for complementary purposes. So which tasks do you handle in each toolset? We'll show you how to strike the right mix of techniques and score that perfect 10!
The Achilles' Heel Of Online Storage: Network Bandwidth
Someday you'll be able to access all your files from any Internet-connected device. Just don't hold your breath. Despite the commoditization of digital storage, backing up and accessing files across the Internet remains difficult and unwieldy when it comes to large amounts of data.
But take heart. The ability to automatically back up files and sync them across devices will be here well before the paperless office and flying cars. Perhaps even before the arrival of
Stakes Small, But Outcome Huge In Model Railroad Software Fight
Who owns exclusive rights to model railroad software? On March 11, 2003, the U.S. Patent Office came up with the answer to that question when it issued patent 6,530,329 to Matthew Katzer of Portland, Ore. There's something worrisome about that decision. Model railroads work on a scale whose complexity we ought to be able to grasp.
FreeDOS 1.0 Released
The open-source DOS replacement project has reached its first major milestone, and FreeDOS version 1.0 is now available. The distribution seeks to provide a functional drop-in replacement for MS-DOS, but also adds several new utilities and features, such as support for FAT32 partitions and long file names.
Wireless Broadband Hasn't Lived Up To Expectations...Yet
The top cellular carriers all claim to have launched wireless broadband services, but they're still mostly intended for laptop users who are limited by not-so-bandwidth-intensive applications or on-the-go Web access. A desktop-type experience on mobile devices won't come to fruition for another couple of years, until WiMax and the ilk start delivering better network