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Linksys Releases Wireless-N For Small Businesses
News  |  7/31/2006
The local area network product line uses the 802.11n wireless draft specification, designed to better handle bandwidth-hungry apps like video and VoIP. Still, there's no assurance they'll work with other products using that spec.
New Cisco Suite Takes On Complicated Regulatory Issues
News  |  7/31/2006
One product in the Cisco PACE suite, Network Compliance Manager, provides reports on compliance and changes and allows administrators to make bulk configuration and password changes.
Days After Entering 12-Step Program, Microsoft Falls Off Wagon
Commentary  |  7/31/2006
Whatever happened to the "12 tenets," announced just 10 days ago, that were supposed to help a seemingly humbled and repentant Microsoft assume a more ethical stance toward allowing competition? Could it be that its self-imposed 12-step program has already failed to cure Microsoft of its monopolistic impulses?
Put to the Test: Pegasystems' BPM Suite Combines Process and Rules
News  |  7/31/2006
Deploying SmartBPM Suite 5.1 can be challenging, but the reward is a powerful model-driven approach that manages the complete process environment.
Analysis: Is The World Ready For Open-Source Networking?
News  |  7/28/2006
Vyatta, Sourcefire, Groundwork, and the Asterisk IP PBX represent the open-source push for networks. They're gaining traction, but it could take years to make significant headway.
Apple's Copy Protection Isn't The Problem
Commentary  |  7/28/2006
Cory Doctorow, noted sci-fi writer and Boing Boing editor, marshals a strong argument against digital rights management in InformationWeek. But his assertion that there's no good DRM oversimplifies an issue that's best framed in compromises rather than absolutes. Apple's DRM has benefited the public and the music industry. It
Meet Your New Code Host: Google
Commentary  |  7/28/2006
NewsForge is reporting that later today, Google will announce a hosting service for open-source projects. The addition to Google Code will be similar, in many ways, to SourceForge; it will also, however, include a new issue tracking tool and other perks created especially for smaller, independent open-source projects.
Skype Releases New Toolbars For Office, Outlook Express, Thunderbird
News  |  7/28/2006
People can make VoIP calls from directly within popular applications, including Microsoft Outlook Express and Internet Explorer.
Brief: Linksys Rolls Out Two VPN Routers
News  |  7/28/2006
Both routers are said to be designed for the special networking and security needs of small business.
ERP Makeover: The Pig's Next Gig
Commentary  |  7/27/2006
Enterprise resource planning software--despite a long record of achievement in business process improvement--suffers from a lingering image problem. It's that ERP projects have a tendency to become resource hogs that waddle over budget and past deadline. New software in development by SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft promises to overcome the drawbacks of the past. But will ERP really get easier to deploy and manage? Or are ERP vendors merely putting lipstick on a pig?
Oil States Industries Improves Supply Chain Management and Operational Visibility with Glovia
News  |  7/27/2006
Leading manufacturer for the oil and gas industry migrates to current product release to take advantage of the more robust system and additional capabilities.
3i Infotech's ORION to Streamline Warehouse Operations at Master Cutlery
News  |  7/27/2006
Major knife supplier selects 3i Infotech's ORION Enterprise and ORION WMS to manage and control supply chain.
Canon Virginia Cuts Shipment Processing Time Nearly in Half with Kewill Flagship
News  |  7/27/2006
Kewill Flagship integrates with Oracle ERP to eliminate redundant data entry and streamline order-to-delivery process.
VoIP Call Quality Takes A Nosedive: Survey
News  |  7/27/2006
VoIP call quality has taken a nosedive over the last 18 months, with nearly 20% of VoIP callers experiencing unacceptable voice quality, according to a survey done by Brix Networks.
Microsoft Seals VPN Deal, Immediately Cuts Prices
News  |  7/26/2006
As its security portfolio expands, Microsoft knocks 25% off the list price of VPN appliances and software to spur demand.
Spiceworks Introduces Free, Ad-Supported IT Management Software
News  |  7/25/2006
Now that Google has proved the viability of ad-supported online software and Microsoft is reluctantly following suit with Live service, it's possible companies will soon see more ad-supported applications like Spiceworks.
Who Owns The Internet?
Commentary  |  7/25/2006
The key questions, which I hope are addressed in the hearing this week, are exactly what the Department of Commerce originally intended when it decided to work with ICANN back in 1998, whether those intentions have changed, and whether the requirements of the American business community have changed--or perhaps should change in its own best interests.
AmberPoint Integrates SOA Management Software With Reactivity XML Appliances
News  |  7/25/2006
AmberPoint has integrated its SOA management software with Reactivity's XML appliances.
Vyatta Takes On Cisco With New Open-Source Router
News  |  7/24/2006
But an open-source product is no better than those working on its code, and that number is much larger for a company like Cisco than it is for Vyatta and the small open-source routing community.
Analysis: Seven Signs You Need a Web Site Redesign
News  |  7/24/2006
Site design experts Best Web Site Services offer tips and tricks.
In Focus: Midsize Firms Drive Web Content Management Growth
News  |  7/24/2006
The biggest benefit of Joslin Diabetes Center's recent adoption of WCM has been eliminating delays in getting new content and updates online.
Net Neutrality: The Frenzied Search For The Perfect Metaphor
Commentary  |  7/24/2006
Listening to last week's lively audio debate on net neutrality between Vint Cerf and Dave Farber, I was struck (again) by something. Net neutrality. What a terrible name for such an important issue.
Interesting Spam Article
Commentary  |  7/23/2006
"The State Of Spam," by Christopher Heun, provides a good catch-up on current spam volume, its changing nature, and current enforcement activities (governmental and private sector alike). It's a must-read for anybody who deals with junk e-mail on a daily basis.
Intel Makes Branding Gamble With 'Leap Ahead' And Core 2 Duo
Commentary  |  7/21/2006
The next year will determine if Intel's processor portfolio overhaul of the past few weeks will successfully put the brakes on rival Advanced Micro Devices' market share assault of the past two years. But AMD executives believe Intel has again made a big error in giving up positions of strength by abandoning two of the most well-known brands in the technology industry: Intel Inside and Pentium.
Barracuda Attacks Image-Based Spam
Commentary  |  7/20/2006
Yesterday Barracuda Networks announced an upgrade to its Spam Firewall product that provides the ability to apply optical character recognition, or OCR, techniques to incoming e-mail. This is an important escalation in the spam/anti-spam arms race, and something that will hopefully become more common.
Will You Join The DRM Dance?
Commentary  |  7/20/2006
Back in the bad old days of the 1970s, Sony came out with a wonderful machine called a Betamax video tape recorder. The idea was that consumers could tape their favorite programs off of their televisions and watch them at their leisure. No longer would people have to rush home in a panic in order to catch that week's episode of Star Trek--you could watch Johnny Carson at 9 a.m. and your favorite daytime soap at 1 a.m. if you wanted. But Universal City Studios didn't see it that way.
Skype Announces Four VoIP-Over-Wi-Fi Phones
News  |  7/20/2006
The phones will allow Skype users to use any Wi-Fi network to make free calls to landline phones, as well as low-cost calls to mobile phones.
The Slow, Lingering Death Of Win98
Commentary  |  7/19/2006
Pretty much anything about Vista makes for a surefire hit with InformationWeek readers. Take "Top 10 Windows Vista Hits And Misses." Or "20 Questions About Windows Vista." People can't seem to get enough of Vista, Vista, Vista. Which bodes well for Microsoft's next-generation operating system, right? Well, maybe.
Vonage Denies Spyware Charges
News  |  7/19/2006
Vonage denies that it uses spyware to deliver its advertising, as charged yesterday by spyware researcher Ben Edelman.
SAS Jumps On Dual-Core Itanium 2 Bandwagon
News  |  7/18/2006
SAS says its business intelligence platform has been optimized to support Intel Corp.'s new dual-core Itanium 2 processor.
Microsoft Makes Its Peace With Open Source
Commentary  |  7/18/2006
Last month, I noted in the Linux Pipeline newsletter that Microsoft's new leadership was likely to adopt a far more pragmatic, and positive, attitude towards open-source software. I was right about what would happen, but wrong about the timing: In just two weeks, with two decisions, Microsoft has already largely demolished years of anti-Open Source dogma.
Dashboard: Lucent Converts To ITIL
News  |  7/18/2006
Lucent recently dedicated 200 full-time staffers to building their ITIL architecture within an 11 month time span.
Dashboard: EMC/RSA Deal Targets Content and Data Security
News  |  7/18/2006
EMC's purchase of RSA Security furthers the company's ongoing strategic metamorphosis into a one-stop shop for enterprise information and content management.
Microsoft, Nortel Link Arms On Video, Voice, Messaging Strategy
News  |  7/18/2006
Microsoft desperately needs agreements with telephony vendors like Nortel to get its communications software into offices everywhere.
Vonage Ads Delivered Via A Dozen Spyware Makers: Report
News  |  7/18/2006
Anti-spyware researcher Ben Edelman, in his most recent newsletter, charges that Vonage advertising appears in ads from at least a dozen sources he identifies as spyware makers. He also says there's plenty Vonage could do to stop the practice.
JasperSoft Launches Open-Source BI Site
News  |  7/17/2006
JasperSoft Corp. launches, a Web site that provides free access to collaborative tools for building, deploying and extending open-source business intelligence software.
Reviews: Firefox 2.0 Beta 1, And What The Flock Is Up With That New Browser?
Commentary  |  7/17/2006
Today we have a review of Firefox 2.0 beta 1 that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser, as well as a good review of a new browser, based on Firefox, called Flock. For months now, Firefox 2.0 has been getting a bum rap because there's really no significant new features in it. Critics say Firefox 2.0 really doesn't deserve
Analysis: Progress on Performance: Q&A With Cognos' Renee Lorton
News  |  7/17/2006
Lorton's strategic, enterprisewide approach to performance management combines good performance management, good reporting and good business intelligence.
Mark Cuban Says The Internet Is Boring. Oh, That It Were So
Commentary  |  7/14/2006
Mark Cuban's recent blog entry pays tribute to the Internet by declaring it boring. It works, and we take it for granted. He compares it to indoor plumbing, with similar dependence and lack of excitement. The thing he ignores: the wireless Web.
Sun's New Servers Are Tops In Benchmark Tests
News  |  7/14/2006
Opteron-based systems are approaching RISC systems in raw performance
Spawn Of Wikipedia
Commentary  |  7/14/2006
So can commoners--as the British like to refer to those not of aristocratic birth--be trusted? That's the question that two of the founders of Wikipedia appear to have asked themselves recently. And they appear to have come up with radically different answers.
Application Insight: Why I Hate Web 2.0
News  |  7/14/2006
Hidden beneath all the new stuff collecting under the Web 2.0 umbrella is a simple fact: All that coolness exists to do an even better and more invasive job of marketing goods and services to Web users.
Two Ways to Win at Process Improvement
News  |  7/14/2006
Business process management suites cover all the bases, but you can score big savings with process analysis and activity monitoring alone.
Skype Gets Reverse-Engineered
Commentary  |  7/14/2006
According to a blog post by Charlie Paglee, a Chinese technology company has successfully reverse-engineered the core Skype protocols. It's clear that the company is a long way from productizing this into something that will "compete" with Skype on a feature basis, but it's an interesting and important milestone nonetheless.
IBM Releases Security Tool To Fight Denial-Of-Service Attacks, Worms
News  |  7/14/2006
IBM Tivoli's Security Operations Manager automates security data collection and analysis, presenting incident warnings in a real-time dashboard and allowing organizations to respond immediately to threats.
Geronimo Rides, Novell Switches Sides
Commentary  |  7/14/2006
Apache Geronimo is rapidly maturing as an open-source application server and, in its 1.0 version, venturing outside the protected bounds of its previously out-of-view camp. But can Geronimo keep moving and slip past the well-guarded doors to the enterprise the way JBoss did?
Social Networking Sites For Businesses Set To Take Off
News  |  7/13/2006
As shows, people love to talk about themselves. Offering this opportunity to customers will give businesses a competitive edge.
Study Details How Enterprises Use BI
News  |  7/13/2006
A new AberdeenGroup research report offers insight as to how top execs are using business intelligence.
Windows Reactionaries, Unite!
Commentary  |  7/13/2006
Whenever Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, there's always a backlash from people using previous versions. "It's all just a bunch of hype," they say. "Why should I spend a lot of money to upgrade when Windows Me works just fine?"
Virtualization Goes Mainstream
Commentary  |  7/13/2006
Yesterday the server-class VMware Server 1.0 was formally released with the official price of $0. This news follows Tuesday's announcement by Microsoft that the desktop-class Virtual PC 2004 now has a price tag of $0, too, and that the server-class Virtual Server 2005 will also be

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