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PeopleSoft launches hosting for mid-market

PeopleSoft Inc. will set its sights a bit lower this week when it announces a hosted solution targeted at the mid-market.

Written by Ephraim Schwartz28 Jan. 04 07:19

Interview: Lotus GM discusses past, present and future

IBM's Lotus software division is using its annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Fla., to review the software it released in 2003 and to lay out how its platforms – Notes/Domino, Lotus Workplace and WebSphere – all lead to the same destination – a place Lotus calls organizational productivity. Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Lotus Software, sat down with Network World US senior editor John Fontana to talk about past, present and future developments.
Last year you said to me that code talks, and I’m wondering what that code said over the past 12 months?

Written by John Fontana27 Jan. 04 22:00

DoCoMo says no decision yet on AT&T Wireless bid

NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan's largest cellular telephone network operator, has yet to make up its mind on whether or not to make a bid for AT&T Wireless Services.
The Japanese carrier currently holds a 16-percent stake in AT&T Wireless. The U.S. carrier lost US$84 million for the fourth quarter of 2003 and last week said it is looking for a buyer.

Written by Martyn Williams27 Jan. 04 22:00

Interview: VoIP set to transform communications

Voice over IP (VoIP) is set to transform telecommunications in the next five to 10 years. And with telecom companies moving their telephone calls from circuit-switched telephone networks to packet-based data, there have been calls for U.S. telecom regulatory policy to change as well. Neal Shact, CEO of CommuniTech Inc., a telecommunications equipment vendor specializing in headsets, video, and audio teleconferencing equipment, spoke to InfoWorld Senior Analyst Wayne Rash about the FCC's hearings and what VoIP solutions in the enterprise are going to look like.

Written by Wayne Rash27 Jan. 04 22:00

New e-mail worm breaks infection records

A new computer virus that spreads using e-mail messages is breaking records for new infections set by the last major email worm, Sobig.F, according to leading antivirus software companies and e-mail security firms.
Infected e-mail messages carrying the Mydoom virus, also known as "Shimgapi" and "Novarg," have been intercepted from over 142 countries and now account for one in every 12 email messages, according to Mark Sunner, chief technology officer at e-mail security company MessageLabs Ltd.

Written by Paul Roberts27 Jan. 04 22:00

Unsolved Marketing Mysteries

Just because the Energizer Bunny is widely recognized (and “beloved” according to Energizer’s website), doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers are more likely to buy Energizer batteries. Figuring out which marketing messages actually translate into sales and revenues is the Holy Grail of marketers. Some marketers in search of data are turning to what are called marketing automation technologies, which analyze data from various sources such as CRM systems, point-of-sale systems and other databases.

Written by Jon Surmacz23 Jan. 04 13:42

California start-up claims fuel cell breakthrough

A California start-up company has made an advance that it claims will make Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs) - envisaged as a future power source for mobile electronics devices - smaller, cheaper and lighter.

Written by Martyn Williams20 Jan. 04 12:23

Wal-Mart takes 'tough-love' RFID approach

Wal-Mart is taking a "tough-love" approach on RFID with the top 100 suppliers that are being asked by January 2005 to ship pallets and cases to its distribution centers using the technology.
H. Lee Scott, president and CEO of the retailer, told the US National Retail Federation annual conference in New York that there's pressure to move the suppliers to RFID "but also an understanding that we're not trying to hurt them either."

Written by Carol Sliwa18 Jan. 04 22:00

Microsoft issues warning about VOIP vulnerability

Microsoft has issued its first security patches of the new year, warning users about a critical vulnerability in a component of the Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server used to control IP (Internet protocol) telephony traffic.

Written by Paul Roberts14 Jan. 04 12:01

Coming your way: 3-D display mode

Computer vendors are always introducing faster processors, bigger disk drives and more memory, but monitors have been fairly stable. LCDs are slowly replacing CRT displays on the desktop, but both technologies are actually decades old. Now two new display technologies promise better image quality for some applications, although neither will replace current desktop displays anytime soon.
OLEDs

Written by Drew Robb11 Jan. 04 22:00

Microsoft asks Linux users

A Microsoft program manager called Michael Surkan has sent e-mail to Linux user group administrators asking them to respond to a survey. Its aim is to help Microsoft improve its operating systems over the next five years and Surkan wants to know why Linux and Open Source is so useful.

Written by Chris Mellor05 Jan. 04 09:41

Product Review: Power Mac G5 is Apple's best work yet

Companies large and small routinely set their expectations of computer systems according the capabilities of Intel Corp.-based x86 computers and 32-bit Windows. We're due for a shift in standards.
Enter Apple Computer Inc., which got the bright idea of taking a pair of 64-bit IBM Corp. PowerPC CPUs, jacking them into server-class internal buses, and squeezing the whole thing into a desk-side tower chassis. The result, the Power Mac G5, delivers on the present need for rapid computing, deep multitasking, and responsive user interfaces -- as well as the future need (current for some, including myself) for mainstream computers that rapidly process and analyze massive data sets.

Written by Tom Yager04 Jan. 04 22:00

December's coolest gadgets

It seems fitting that two of the coolest products to be announced by Japan's electronics companies in the past month are consumer digital video products with network connections. We've already seen a few such products that begin to mix digital content from television services with local area network and computer technology and 2004 is sure to bring a lot more so it's a good way to end the year.
Of the two, NEC Corp.'s hard-disk drive-based video recorder is the most complex and it is the more expensive. On the subject of price you might be surprised that IO Data's DVD player with network connection and support for a whole range of audio, video and image formats costs not much more than a conventional player.

Written by Martyn Williams26 Dec. 03 22:00

Making IT work

FRAMINGHAM (12/24/2003) - Six years from now, CIOs may have their heads handed to them -- unless they play their cards right.

Written by Michael Schrage24 Dec. 03 14:44

First test of IPv6 network goes well

An early test of a multisite, next-generation Internet, powered by IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) went well, and the coalition of groups working on the so-called Moonv6 project will conduct more comprehensive tests starting in February, said two people involved in the project Tuesday.

Written by Grant Gross10 Dec. 03 11:16

Balancing value and risk key to outsourcing

Used correctly, outsourcing can be one of the vehicles for enterprises to weather the current "IT storm," according to one CIO.
Brian Gill, vice--president and chief information officer for Sun Life Financial Canada made these comments during a CIO Summit held in Toronto. IT is experiencing a "credibility challenge" of sorts, Gill said.

Written by Ryan B. Patrick09 Dec. 03 22:00

Shifting the burden

Even as IT struggles through one of its worst droughts in recent memory -- leaving tech portfolios downgraded or completely shattered -- organizations that provide outsourcing services are still smiling.
The outsourcing providers might be asking themselves, "downturn, what downturn?" because contrary to the flat IT industry, outsourcing in Canada is relatively big business.

Written by Albert Leonardo09 Dec. 03 22:00

AMD's crucial Sun win boosts Opteron prospects

One year ago, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz stood on stage at Comdex with former Guns 'N Roses lead guitarist Slash and exhorted the technology industry to prepare for his company's new hybrid processor technology that combined 32-bit and 64-bit capabilities. At the time, AMD's financial picture was clouded with layoffs and financing efforts, and many industry analysts and observers were skeptical about AMD's ability to introduce the chips on time and to generate interest among technology buyers.

Written by Tom Krazit20 Nov. 03 09:24

AMD bumps Opteron clock speed

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) introduced three higher-performing Opteron server processors Monday and announced the chips now support a fast memory standard.

Written by Tom Krazit18 Nov. 03 07:49

Product Review: HP blade servers

Let's face it - marketing hype surrounding new product offerings has lost its appeal. Most techies realize their jobs are to solve problems, not be the first to adopt a nifty gizmo into their IT infrastructures. So let's lose the hype and consider the basic benefits that server blade vendors pitch - smaller size, easier management and fewer cables. If these expectations are met and performance and usability don't suffer, server blade systems could be valuable tools in IT data centers.
We looked at two server blade offerings from Hewlett-Packard - the heavy-duty BL p-Class and the lower-end BL e-Class servers. The p-Class blade system scored a 4.3, based on its great management and serviceability features, plus strong performance. The e-Class scored a 3.7, but we felt that HP cut some corners with the e-Class features.

Written by John Bass17 Nov. 03 22:00