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  • The Gripe Line: Keep It to Yourself

    We've devoted a lot of space here to how Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) will hurt electronic commerce and software customers in general, and endanger IT organizations specifically. There's another peril UCITA presents that we've only hinted at, however, and it may be the worst of all. UCITA could provide building blocks for a form of private censorship in this country that would dwarf our worst nightmares about government control of the media.

  • Optus@Home -- big business need not apply

    Cable & Wireless Optus (CWO) and joint venture partner @Home are moving full steam ahead with the Optus@Home broadband cable service but individual consumers look like the only ones who will benefit from the high-speed offering.

  • Cognos and Oracle match wits

    The growing importance of business intelligence is quickly creating new competitors, as dedicated business-intelligence vendors and traditional platform vendors vie to meet users' analytical and reporting needs.

  • Sitting Down With Cisco's Solvik

    InfoWorld reporter Cathleen Moore recently interviewed Peter Solvik, senior vice president and CIO of Cisco Systems, in San Jose, Calif., about CIO career paths.

  • Ask Dr. Intranet

    Management has told us to turn our main intranet Web server into an enterprise information portal this year. I've heard the term "portal" used to describe Internet sites such as Yahoo, but I'm not sure what a portal is besides a glorified home page with a search engine. What are enterprise information portals, and where can we find information about portal products?

  • Bradner's column: Why does this feel wrong?

    To start off the new year, President Clinton announced an ambitious plan to combat cyberterrorism called the National Plan for Information Systems Protection. In the announcement, he said all the right things.

  • SAP Set to Open Bulgarian Unit

    SAP Bulgaria Ltd. is set to finish construction of its offices next month, giving local users a wider choice of companies that can help them implement the company's flagship R/3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

  • Vendors' 'Can't' May Not Mean 'No'

    How often have you heard a vendor's representative say, "I can't do that?" Most of the time can't means I don't want to. By saying "can't," the vendor's negotiator is trying to create the illusion that your demand is impossible - without explaining why. Many inexperienced customers fold their tents and move on to the next topic when "can't" is heard.

  • Security Watch

    Out of the blue, your bank issues you a new credit card. Why? Not because the old one expired. Although the bank doesn't publicly admit anything, the explanation during a phone conversation says it all: "The bank decided to issue new cards to all our subscribers for the year 2000." Yeah, and I like to throw money out the window for no good reason. Chances are that the bank's credit card numbers have been compromised.

  • WAP standard threatened by GeoWorks' patent claim

    Just when everyone in the mobile industry thought it was safe to unite on a wireless standard -- the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) -- GeoWorks is claiming infringement on its intellectual property rights.

  • Lotus Introduces New CEO

    At Lotusphere 2000 in Orlando last week, Lotus Development Corp. introduced new CEO Al Zollar to customers, partners, analysts and the press. The 23-year IBM veteran will take over for outgoing CEO Jeff Papows Feb. 1. Computerworld senior editor Lee Copeland spoke with Zollar about his strategic vision for the groupware vendor.

  • The Offroad Stock Market

    Patchlink.com, a small software services company, last November set out to raise several million dollars, offering shares at $3 apiece. Like other Internet stocks, the proposed offering price immediately crept higher. Over the next few weeks, it inched ahead, peaking at $4.57 a share, more than 50 percent above its original offering price.

  • Linux-to-Windows Link Creates Flexible Strategy

    With the release of Windows 2000 expected soon, many companies are beginning to examine the future of the end-user desktop in light of the electronic-business age. For many corporations, the expense of maintaining thick clients is no longer viable - many end-users can complete their job functions with a lightweight client.

  • Steady As She Goes

    Net stocks generally steadied this week, buoyed by positive earnings reports from bellwethers America Online Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

  • A Word-for-Word Imitation

    It's a bland, bland, bland, bland Web world. That's the word from cutting-edge, New York-based online pub Word, which traded in its award-winning online aesthetics this week for the sanitized look-and-feel of Yahoo Inc.. In fact, it practically is Yahoo, right down to the jumpy red letters and the exclamation point.

  • IS Survival Guide: The Future of Java, XML

    MANAGEMENT SPEAK: Successfully resolving this problem is vital to the company.

  • Dell Servers Target Unix Web Hosts

    Network professionals wanting Intel-based Web or application servers that are as fast as Unix boxes might want to take a look at the servers Dell is introducing this week. Dell will roll out two 800MHz processors that the company claims are ideal for Web hosting, e-commerce authentication or application servers.

  • Lucent acquires Agere for $US415 million

    Taking a strong leap forward in the growing industry of multi-protocol processing chip production, Lucent Technologies said last week it will purchase Agere, a maker of programmable network processor chips in a deal worth approximately $US415 million.

  • Editorial: Movers, Shakers and Microsoft

    Can someone please tell me who pulled out all the stops these last few weeks? First there was Baan's CEO, Mary Coleman, abruptly resigning after just seven months at the helm. Then there was Lotus' CEO Jeff Papows calling it quits, followed by news of Telstra's intention to acquire OzEmail in a deal valued at over $300 million. This, of course, was overshadowed by AOL and Time Warner merging to create the world's biggest online media powerhouse worth a cool $US350 billion.

  • Server demand helps Sun report record Q2 revenue

    Sun Microsystems yesterday reported record revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2000, in part due to strong demand for the company's workgroup and high-end servers, according to company officials.

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