Stories by Susan Breidenbach

Minimizing Mutiny

IT managers tend to focus on technology issues when their companies are undergoing mergers, but workforce management is the real challenge. Whether you want to keep individual staff members permanently or only through the transition, everyone has to be motivated to pull off the integration.

Managing the Urge to Merge

Whether your firm is negotiating a megabucks merger or is vulnerable to getting gobbled up by a competitor, we'll tell you how to quickly integrate IT systems so the new company can get on with business.

Got the urge to converge?

The vision of a single network delivering voice and data to enterprise desktops has been like a mirage: it never gets any nearer and disappears if you look too closely. But the images of convergence may finally be more than thirst-induced fantasies. Susan Breidenbach reports

VoIP Mind Meld

The coming convergence of voice and data isn't so much a merger of equals as a takeover, with the net heads on the rough-and-tumble data side firmly in the driver's seat. To the Bell heads on the more orderly and civilized voice side, it's as if the inmates are taking over the asylum. But any organizational shakeup provides opportunities, and enterprising voice professionals are getting ready to seize them.

Future of High Speed Networks

Can government and academia really create a next-generation Internet with their two high-speed test bed networks, vBNS and Abilene? The jury is still out as National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for the projects dries up at the end of March. Both networks are still highly underutilized, neither has spawned many advanced applications, and any technology transfer to the commercial sector has gone largely unnoticed.

NW100: Novell reborn

Directory-enabled networking will define computing in the 21st century, and Novell has once again staked out a position in the forefront of a key technology movement.
This time, the company appears poised to seize the day instead of giving ground.

Feature: Novell reborn

Directory-enabled networking will define computing in the 21st century, and Novell has once again staked out a position in the forefront of a major technology movement. This time, the company appears poised to seize the day instead of giving ground.