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  • IBM, Red Hat in Bundling Deal

    IBM Corp. on Tuesday announced at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here that Red Hat Inc. will bundle its Linux operating system with IBM software.

  • AT&T Unveils Web Hosting

    To cash in on the Web hosting craze and get more use of its sprawling data center build-out, AT&T on Tuesday unfurled its Business Ready Dedicated Hosting service.

  • Building Maxwell's house

    The basic need for management of customer relationships in business was understood by many well before some marketing "guru" came up with the CRM acronym. For people like Grant Maxwell, customer relationship management is a way of life. Gerard Norsa reports

  • Global semiconductor sales reach record $US16.6 billion

    Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached an all-time high in June, hitting $US16.6 billion, up 48.1 per cent over a year ago, according to a Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) report. The semiconductor market covers a wide array of chips for different uses, including telephones, cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and PCs. Memory chips, logic chips, flash chips and microprocessor chips are among those that comprise the market.

  • K*Grind to take ‘profit-centric direction'

    Cash-strapped online entertainment network K*Grind has given its entire content provision workforce its marching orders, and has closed down its flagship youth Web portal. The mass sacking arrived just one week after K*Grind's founding CEO, Jon Peters, resigned from his position and left the company. Former chief operating officer David Keane will assume the role of CEO, the company said in a statement.

  • SDS confident sliding in ERP solutions

    Since partnering with ERP vendor Damgaard mid last year, specialist financial systems company Scalable Data Solutions (SDS) has gone from strength to strength, according to SDS's managing director, John Crew. The integrator has taken eight orders in Australia for the Damgaard Axapta ERP solution, with three sites already live, making it the biggest Damgaard dealer in Australia, according to Crew.

  • IBM Claims Fastest Quantum Computer

    IBM said Tuesday it has developed the world's most advanced quantum computer at its Almaden Research Center, but don't expect to pick one up at Radio Shack (Tandy) anytime soon.

  • REVIEW: Opensales AllCommerce Suite for Linux

    With the rise in popularity of online commerce, more and more companies are looking for solutions to help them become online business-to-business and/or business-to-consumer powerhouses.

    However for many organisations, the cost and complexity of online commerce solutions, are barriers to entry.

  • PC Solutions Briefs

    AMD finalises sale of communications division, Palm in good hands, Rambus DRAM breaks 1GHz barrier, IBM cuts NetVista prices

  • Cisco Gives Catalysts New Ethernet and ATM Options

    As expected, Cisco Systems this week unveiled several new products to help users integrate ATM networks with Layer 3 packet infrastructures.

  • Investors in Peakhour traffic jam

    As a business model, application service provision still doesn't excite everybody, but it hasn't stopped local pioneer Peakhour from staking its claim on the future after closing a second round of funding oversubscribed at $40 million.

  • Aspect and Trading Technology announce joint training deal

    The ongoing struggle with the IT skills shortage received a boost last week with the announcement of a new alliance between IT training veterans Aspect Education Services and Trading Technology Australia (TTA). The alliance is designed to target IT training programs in the financial sector, where demand for specialised skill sets are particularly high.

  • Web Development briefs

    ASPs court developers, Room for everyone, Xbox developer kits

  • The Right Way to Scale

    Sometimes a problem is hard to solve not because it's actually hard, but because you pick a hard solution to a simple problem. On the other hand, some problems really are hard: With these problems, even if you pick the best solution, they're still hard. If you pick any other solution, you fail. Sometimes it's difficult to tell which of these situations you're in. Here's one way companies get trapped: They underestimate a problem at the start, and pick a simple solution. Then they discover--typically after hardware and software development tools have been installed and staff has been trained--that the problem was much bigger than they realized, that the chosen solution won't do the job, and that the real solution will be a lot more work and take a lot longer. This makes lots of projects late and busts lots of budgets.

  • What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

    The good news is that on the Internet, everyone has equal shelf space. Right? The U.S. Government Working Group on Electronic Commerce waxed rhapsodic about this in its November 1998 annual report: "In this emerging digital marketplace, anyone with a good idea and a little software can set up shop and become the corner store for the entire planet."

  • Lastminute's French Connection

    In March, British late-deals travel site PLC made one of the last blockbuster IPOs, just days before Europe's latest e-commerce malaise set in, raising £113 million (US$169.5 million).

  • Metrics Suite Returns

    Traditionally, hotels have measured performance the old-fashioned way: by how much money is made from each room. Even in the hospitality industry, revenues have come not from customers but from products. But Marriott International Inc. has started to account for itself differently, using customer relationship management systems to build an income stream based on how much each guest spends--not just on one room in a single stay, but over time, in different cities, at a wide range of hotels, resorts and conference centers. And although Marriott will not be able to measure the bottom line on the changes for some time, it has put in place the mechanisms to do so and believes these changes will ultimately lead to greater profitability.

  • Tool Stamps Out Network Downtime

    Federal network administrators seeking to eliminate disruptions from spikes in traffic or around-the-clock usage have a new tool at their disposal.

  • AOL out of standard bake-off

    The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has zeroed in on three technical proposals for creating an instant messaging standard. The three proposals - developed by Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Fujitsu and others - were selected from a field of 10 proposals. AOL's last-minute submission was a general framework for instant messaging interoperability rather than a full-fledged protocol, so it was not chosen for further consideration.

  • Microsoft's BizTalk hits beta

    Microsoft on Monday released the first beta of BizTalk Server 2000, which is designed to integrate applications and business partner networks using XML.