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  • Maestro busy conducting IPO and Telstra deal

    Business process software developer Maestro Corporation has its hands full at the moment as it looks to capitalise on a recent deal signed with Telstra and readies for an intended public offering, believed to be imminent.

  • CA and Baltimore partner for e-business

    The Australian operations of global e-security solutions company Baltimore Technologies and Computer Associates have formed a partnership to deliver solutions for the e-business marketplace.

  • Programming Languages, Dumb Computers

    Dumb - that's the only word to describe computers, because they know only two things: zero and one. But they manipulate those bits so quickly, they can accomplish useful tasks. In fact, some early computers were programmed by setting sequences of ones and zeros on front-panel switches.

  • Vodafone to Take Majority Stake in Spain's Airtel

    LONDON (07/17/2000) - Vodafone AirTouch PLC has entered an agreement to take a majority interest in AirTel Movil SA, Spain's second largest mobile operator, the company said Monday.

  • Don't Forget Business Rules in Web Migrations

    The request seemed simple enough. Marketing wanted customers to be able to order products through the Internet. This meant the company needed a Web-based application to check item availability, issue order requests, calculate prices and replicate a host of other functions that were being performed by legacy applications. In response to the request, the project team planned to use a tool to capture legacy business rules (blocks of conditional and imperative logic that change the state of business data) and import them into a Java-based front end. While this may seem like an easy answer to a simple request, this project could torpedo Internet deployment efforts if it ignores strategic implications.

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    Users blinded by vendor promises

    In the race to win outsourcing contracts vendors make big promises which fuel the unrealistic expectations of clients, a leading IT consultant warned this week.

  • Online Exchanges Examine Options

    When leading steel companies set out in 1996 to create an industrywide online exchange, one of their first moves was to engage antitrust counsel to advise on the plan.

  • IT Auditing: What It Takes

    IT Auditing: What It Takes

  • Managing Reviews Successfully

    Performance reviews are a touchy subject that can cause discomfort on both sides of the table. But it doesn't have to be like that. In this first of a two-part series, we look at ways managers can improve the performance review process.

  • IBM to transform WebSphere

    IBM wants to transform its WebSphere application server into an infrastructure platform and double its share of the Java application market. But analysts and users said this week that IBM still has some work ahead of it.

  • The Legal Pains of E-Commerce

    It's not news that many Singapore companies are jumping onto the Internet bandwagon to stake out new investment opportunities, as well as to tap a wider international customer base.

  • ASPs' Outsourcing Raises Risks for Clients

    Some application service providers (ASP) are relying on hosted services themselves to help manage their growing businesses, a trend users need to be cautious of, say analysts.

  • After the hype ASPs strengthen their role

    Despite premature hype and many false starts the concept of application service providers (ASPs) in the marketplace as a viable solution is slowly gaining strength.

  • A Forecast for Better Firewall Performance

    Rainfinity Inc. thinks it has founda better way to address the three"-abilities" of the Internet age: scalability, reliability and flexibility. The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup sells clustering software that allows information technology administrators to quickly create nodes on a network.

  • The Bug Report

    Novell Inc.: You may crash when exiting Outlook after installing the GroupWise Plug-In for Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook 98/2000. An error message will state "EMALSCAN.DLL is at fault." Novell says this happens if Network Associates Inc.'s McAfee VirusScan is installed and you also have the Outlook Exchange scan add-in enabled. You can get a fix from Network Associates or disable the Outlook Exchange add-in.

  • Net Prophet: Peer-to-Peer Networking

    Wait long enough and everything comes back into fashion. With the return of bell-bottoms and platform shoes, are we really surprised to see peer-to-peer networking making a comeback? Peer-to-peer technology isn't new, but how it's applied is. Peer-to-peer is poised to shake up everything from search engines to free speech.

  • The Traveling Whiteboards

    It seems silly to talk about the "installed base" of whiteboards or to wonder about the etiquette of capturing information from whiteboards that aren't yours. But some simple yet amazing technology is hastening the day when electronic whiteboards will be embedded in office equipment and the scribbles we produce with them will be shared routinely over the Internet.

  • Shark Tank: Talkin' Trash

    Now that Oracle Corp. is in the trash-collection business, this dot-com headed up by former Microsoft execs is getting more serious about garbage security. Well, sort of. The big plastic trash bin next to the copier now has a combination lock on the lid. "Bet the lock combo is the same as the company's phone number," a pilot fish jokes to a co-worker. They try it. "Sure enough," the fish reports, "It opens the lock."

  • Window Manager

    When this column is published, I'll be in Yokohama, Japan, covering the board meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

  • NEC wins $350m Japan-Australia fibre contract

    NEC has signed a contract to build a 12,000-kilometre undersea fibre optic cable system that will connect Japan and Australia. NEC valued the deal at $US350 million, it said in a statement.