U.K. Grocer Expands RFID Initiative
U.K. grocery chain Tesco will soon expand its RFID project to include eight big-name suppliers. The initiative follows an internal RFID project that was used to track shipments from its distribution centers to its stores.
RFID Gives Manufacturer A Better Handle On Its Snacks
Snack manufacturer Jack Link's Beef Jerky kicks off RFID tagging initiative for shipments to Wal-Mart, the first in a four-phase move to the radio ID technology. Eventually, the technology could even be helpful in the event of a product recall.
IT Confidence Index At Lowest Point In A Year
InformationWeek's confidence indicator has dropped nearly 19% since March, yet more than half of 300 business-technology managers say they're positive about current economic conditions.
Tibco's Revenue, Profit Jump
The business-integration-software vendor also revealed plans to buy back as much as $50 million of its stock over the next two years.
IBM Launches Business Optimization Center
IBM has unveiled a business optimization center as part of its bid to dominate what it estimates is a $500 billion market opportunity for business-performance services.
Ford Gears Up For VoIP
Automaker hires SBC Communications to design and manage a converged IP network for 50,000 employees at 110 locations in Michigan.
PeopleSoft Forges Ahead With Product Plans
At Connect conference, customers will hear about the progress of its Total Cost of Ownership initiative, as well as upgrades to its HR and J.D. Edwards' manufacturing software.
Open Source Hardware
Can the open-source model be extended beyond software? It already has. In speaking today with Indian scholar Deepak Phatak, I learned about the "Simputer," introduced in 1998 and licensed under the Simputer General Public License, an open-source license developed for hardware.
SmartAdvice: Web-Based Collaboration Helps Bridge Travel, Time Gap
The next generation of Web-based collaboration tools are appearing as more companies use near-real-time sharing of documents to speed workflow, The Advisory Council says. Also, Microsoft's delay in releasing Longhorn won't affect the desktop-software strategy of most companies.
RFID Needs Insight, Not Scare Tactics
Is RFID a powerful new technology that can help spark business innovation, or is it an intrusive high-tech vermin that should be obliterated, Bob Evans asks.
Analysts React To Oracle's Court Victory
Predictions include the unlikelihood of an appeals court overturning Judge Walker's decision and the deal finally closing at somewhere in the mid-$20s-per-share range.
SmartAdvice: Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Is Ongoing, So Prepare For Now And In Future
Getting ready for Sarbanes-Oxley will test whether your company can meet the act's compliance guidelines for financial and IT controls, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for a general collaboration app when you decide to implement supply-chain forecasts; and use dashboard tools to manage outsourcing contracts for more control and greater ROI.
The Land Beyond Transactions
Led by RFID and enterprise metadata, new streams of information are in place to move businesses past the traditional world of analyzing only transaction data. Location analytics and metadata mining are key fields to watch.
Businesses Technology: Killer Businesses, Hubs of Commerce, And The IW Fall Conference
Small- and medium-sized businesses today have unprecedented opportunities to become deeply engaged in global business by aligning themselves closely with large organizations that are eager to have smaller partners work with them around the world on the condition that those partners follow tightly proscribed requirements for technology standards, business processes, product and service quality, and speed.