Medicine needs IT to share info, says doctor

Much of the data being generated in the name of modern medical science is "destined to rest in peace" because laboratories and doctors cannot share information, Dr. George Poste said in the opening keynote of the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo.
"We've got to have all new data mining and visualization tools," said Poste, who is director of the Arizona BioDesign Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe and chief executive officer of Health Technology Networks, a consultancy.

Written by Nancy Weil31 March 04 22:00

Kiwi firm fills in missing link

Document Management Technology New Zealand is helping Auckland company Anuva develop a linking engine that will enable companies to share and update common data-sets across the various database products within a business.

Written by Don Hill31 March 04 22:00

IBM seeks knockout blow in SCO case

A recent court filing from IBM appears to indicate a growing confidence on the part of the computing giant that it will prevail in its legal dispute with The SCO Group, according to lawyers following the case.

Written by Robert McMillan31 March 04 11:04

SAS unveils new BI platform, apps

SAS Institute unveiled its new SAS 9 business intelligence platform Tuesday that includes data integration, enhanced analytics, and refined user interfaces designed to drive BI beyond the traditional querying and reporting domain of the high-end business analyst to users throughout the enterprise.

Written by Heather Havenstein31 March 04 07:45

Windows CE 5.0 beta released

A new release of Microsoft's Windows CE is poised to make devices more secure, reliable and better at handling multimedia files, according to the company.

Written by Joris Evers30 March 04 07:30

Police sign up for e-buying

Auckland company Tranzsoft’s effort to regain police procurement business out of the GoProcure collapse has borne fruit in the form of a three-year contract to provide the department’s buying hub.

Written by Stephen Bell27 March 04 23:00

BEA rolls out Java-based environment

BEA Systems bolstered its Java-based development strategy Monday, rolling out new software that allows corporate and third-party developers to create and deploy any Java or service-based application for its WebLogic server.

Written by Ed Scannell23 March 04 08:07

Philips: Patent dispute looms over fluid lens

Koninklijke Philips Electronics could find itself in court defending a patent for fluid focus lens technology demonstrated here at the Cebit exhibition in Hanover, Germany.

Written by John Blau23 March 04 07:53

Small is beautiful for PCs at Cebit

At first glance, this year's Cebit looked more like an Ikea store than a high-tech trade show, with several of the stands featuring sofas, low tables and large TV screens.
But these were not mere chill-out areas for tired visitors at the Hanover, Germany, show: They were the main exhibit, as PC and peripheral manufacturers attempt to take PCs out of the home office and into the living room, where they are more likely to be used for playing music or watching HDTV (high-definition television) than for balancing the household accounts.

Written by Peter Sayer22 March 04 23:00

IBM's Wladawsky-Berger sees open source future

Open source software needs to be more widely used if the next wave of technology is to fully take off, IBM's Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, said Monday.

Written by Gillian Law10 March 04 08:12

Linux, Windows run equal on hosting costs

There's little TCO difference between Linux and Windows, according to a hosting giant but its customers' preferences fall in favour of Windows.

Written by Rodney Gedda09 March 04 08:15

Windows Server 2003 update to precede Longhorn

Stirring up its Windows Server product road map, Microsoft has announced it plans to ship an updated version of its Windows Server 2003 product before a Longhorn version of the server operating system, expected by about 2007.

Written by Joris Evers08 March 04 08:09

SCO sues two Linux users, threatens further action

Following through on threats it started making 10 months ago, The SCO Group has filed its first lawsuits against corporate Linux users, targeting automaker DaimlerChrysler AG and auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc.
The twin lawsuits expand SCO's legal campaign against Linux backers into a new realm, and SCO executives warned that more users of the open-source operating system could face legal action if they don't license the company's Unix software or certify that they're complying with existing contracts.

Written by Todd R. Weiss07 March 04 22:00

Novell previews business-continuity cluster

Novell is expected to announce a business-continuity product that lets IT administrators cluster as many as four geographically separate storage-area networks to replicate and mirror data among each other for disaster recovery.

Written by Deni Connor03 March 04 09:12

Court documents point to DRAM industry price-fixing

Email messages written by executives at vendors of dynamic RAMs (DRAMs) indicate that the companies conspired to set memory prices and production levels, according to court documents released in the decision dismissing the US Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) lawsuit against Rambus.

Written by Tom Krazit01 March 04 07:23

Interview: Smokin' supercomputing

Paracel, located a few blocks from Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., provides high-performance computing solutions to organizations big and small, including Merck & Co.Inc., Aventis, Amersham PLC, and Jackson Labs. Established in 1992, Paracel was acquired by Celera Genomics Group in 2000, and remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Celera parent corporation Applera Corp., offering a variety of customizable systems including GeneMatcher, BlastMachine, and its new Cyclone Linux cluster. Editor-in-chief Kevin Davies met with president Jason Mollé to discuss what sets Paracel apart.
Q: Jason, you arrived at Celera prior to the acquisition of Paracel?

Written by Kevin Davies29 Feb. 04 22:00

Rich legacy

While the victors of the 1990s operating system and platform wars pressurise businesses to move up, legacy users have tough decisions to make when caught between the rock of past investment and the hard place of technological change.
Most IT managers aren’t too concerned at having the equivalent of a 1957 Chevy or an MGBGT in their data centres, as long as they remain roadworthy. But then, there’s always the fear the mechanics who nurse these jalopies along are nearing retirement, modifications are not being documented, parts are becoming scarce – and then there’s that annoying knocking sound in the engine ...

Written by Keith Newman and James Hall28 Feb. 04 22:00