Stories by Todd Coopee

Ubiquitous computing will tie together sellers, buyers

Ubiquitous computing now refers to a promise much more grandiose than that of a networked computer on every desk. Research points to an Internet developing over the next 10 years that is not only more pervasive but also treated as a commodity.
At the same time, advances in embedded computing technology will allow the mass production of Net-enabled objects, including everything from household appliances to transportation.'s E-Recruiter Relieves Labor Shortage

The rise of the Internet and the Web has added an electronic wrinkle to the typical manual, paper-based employee recruitment endeavor. "E-cruiting" offers organizations access to a larger pool of talent while decreasing time-to-hire ratios and making direct communication between candidates and hiring managers even easier. But it also places an additional burden on beleaguered human resources departments looking to attract top-shelf talent.

Put Dynamic Web Pages to the Test

Dynamic, database-driven Web sites capable of generating pages of information in real-time based on end-user input are naturally a boon to e-commerce, allowing online storefronts to address the individual needs of online shoppers.

Going Beyond Hit Counts

In the early days of e-commerce, Web site traffic analysis usually meant nothing more than installing a counter on your home page and running a simple statistics program on an external log file to track hits. Although these figures made for great conversation around the water cooler, business leaders quickly realized that simple hit counts were both inaccurate and not nearly detailed enough for marketing purposes. Companies then began looking for more sophisticated analysis tools that would provide comprehensive information about who was visiting their Web sites and what they were doing once they got there.

E-CRM calls customer king

The growth of e-business and the continuing rise in the volume of online transactions has given consumers more contact points with companies than ever before.

Make Your Site a Hit with Search Engines

Metatags -- used to embed hidden information into the source code of HTML pages -- play a major organizational role in most corporate Web sites. Several key search engines, such as AltaVista Co., use them as part of their page-ranking algorithms, and more and more knowledge management applications are using meta data to categorize and index content.

How to Climb the Search Engine Rankings

In the world of pop music, registering a hit in the top 10 remains a valid benchmark of success. The same benchmark can be applied to search engine rankings on the Internet, where a placing in the top 10 can result in increased site traffic, additional revenue opportunities, and enhanced customer relations -- all without spending additional advertising dollars.

Solid JRun Serves Up Java on a Budget

Although the Java jury is still out on the usefulness of client-side implementations, server-side Java is firmly entrenched as a standard language for delivering network services that drive thin-client, Web-based applications to corporate America. Consequently, Java application servers have emerged as a cost-effective platform for hosting custom Java applications and linking them to back-end systems, allowing organizations to leverage legacy systems and provide end-users with browser-based access to corporate data stores.

Improved QuickPlace Suits Corporate Teams

Team leaders have long relied on Lotus Development Corp. for innovative technology that gets their employees working together effectively. If you've been waiting for an easy-to-use, inexpensive Web-based teamware tool, Lotus' forthcoming QuickPlace 2.0 won't disappoint.

Outsourced Teamware Gains Ground

Everywhere you look, signs point to how dramatically the Internet has redefined human and business relationships. The Web has allowed companies to become more distributed and workforces to become more flexible. Nowhere is this change more apparent than with the new electronic avenues that allow corporate teams to communicate and collaborate, regardless of employees' physical locations. With Web-based teamware, organizations can overcome the boundary of distance and save time and money in the process.

Beta Release Ups Groupware Ante

Collaboration and information sharing are critical for businesses intent on capitalizing on corporate mind share. Providing a single tool that employees can use for messaging and groupware will increase their productivity, while reducing your training and maintenance costs. Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange 2000 Server aims to do just that with triple the capacity of Exchange 5.5, a raft of security enhancements, and an add-on conferencing product.

Publish or Perish: LivePublish Suite 2.0

Setting up an internal Web site is a logical way to give corporate users a single point of entry into enterprisewide repositories of information. Unfortunately, merging multiple repositories of documents in different formats into one searchable index is cumbersome and time-consuming.

Information at Your Fingertips

Until recently, the concept of an EIP (enterprise information portal) invoked an image of a complicated mesh of heterogeneous systems, middleware development tools, report writers, information repositories, and data conversion routines. Even when a single point of access to enterprisewide information resources could be created, access to corporate data was usually reserved for a chosen few within the organization and often required extensive training. With the arrival of XML, however, the promise of a widely accessible and easy-to-use entryway to corporate information is being fulfilled.

Allaire HomeSite Hits a Home Run

Despite the proliferation of WYSIWYG Web authoring tools such as Microsoft Corp.'s FrontPage, Macromedia Inc.'s Dreamweaver, and NetObjects Inc.'s Fusion, seasoned Web developers still often rely on traditional HTML editors to hone their craft. Raw tag editors such as Bare Bones Software's BBEdit and Allaire's HomeSite provide total control over the authoring environment, which is usually a prerequisite for bringing Web site development projects in on time and under budget.