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
Beyond Financial Performance: Q&A With Forrester's Paul Hamerman
You've checked the SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) box and streamlined financial budgeting, planning and consolidation in the process. So what's the next performance management challenge? Paul Hamerman, Forrester's vice president of enterprise applications, looks at operational performance management and offerings from the likes of Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
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.
CA Adds Configuration Management Database
The database includes more than 70 relationship templates, 140 predefined configuration item groups, and multiple adapters for integrating the collected information.
'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.
Search Tool Looks Inward To Tap System Logs
Splunk 2.1 adds features that mimic another Google practice: furnishing command line APIs to the search engine so third parties can write independent applications that exploit its capabilities.
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.
EMC Lays Groundwork for ILM
InfoScape crawls file systems and automatically tag files with basic metadata and clues to business value, sensitivity and content.
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.
Google Stakes Desktop Claim Through Intuit Alliance
The deal threatens Microsoft because Google is staking its claim not just on Internet applications, but on desktop software, too. The alliance unites one of Microsoft's oldest competitors with one of its most recent.