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FRAMINGHAM (04/14/2000) - Poor communication with information technology staff was cited as the most common mistake made by companies in a study conductedby Menlo Park, California-based RHI Consulting Inc.

The survey asked 1,400 CIOs from U.S. companies with more than 100 employees to choose the biggest mistake companies make in managing IT employees. More than half (52 percent) said poor communication topped the list. Other surveyresponses included lack of praise (17 percent), lack of flexibility in scheduling work hours (8 percent), lack of authority given to employees (7 percent) and lack of training or educational opportunities (3 percent).

Equinix Inc. in Redwood City, California, has signed an agreement with StorageNetworks Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts, in which the storage service provider will offer managed data storage and professional services to customers in Equinix Internet Business Exchange centers nationwide.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Meta Group Inc. last week launched a new corporate division - Metagroup.com - and named Peter Burris, the company's senior vice president and co-research director, as the division's president and CEO.

The division will focus on providing clients with interactive, online access to problem-solving models, value-measurement models, electronic-learning capabilities, community gathering places, e-commerce evaluation tools and Meta Group's IT research.

Motorola Inc. in Schaumburg, Illinois; LM Ericsson Telephone Co. in Stockholm; and Nokia Corp. in Espoo, Finland, announced last week a joint project to create an open industry framework for secure, mobile electronic transactions.

According to the three companies, they expect to issue more information on their Web sites by the end of next month and to formulate an open framework before the third quarter.

McData Corp. last week named Don Wenninger as its CIO. He will oversee the Broomfield, Colorado-based company's global IT strategy and the integration of process systems, business systems, supply-chain integration and worldwide e-commerce. Prior to joining McData, Wenninger was vice president of IT at Vixel Corp., a Bothell, Washington-based switch company. McData is a provider of data center networking systems, including Fibre Channel director and switch products.

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