Stories by SAMI LAIS

Tally Preps Asset Management Suite

Desktop inventory software maker Tally Systems Inc. has announced it will buy all assets of decision-support software vendor NetBalance Inc. and has licensed a software distribution tool from Swan International Inc. in Paris.

The New Building Blocks of Systems Management

If it's widely adopted by IT vendors, CIM would make enterprise systems much easier to design, deploy and manage, and it eventually would make IT products faster and cheaper to develop.

Metadirectory Knows All, Tells All

Once you have a network operating system directory service in place, the question remains: How do you ensure interoperability among directories?


The directory concept - a single place for address information about all the resources for a network or an application - is so elegant and logical, it's no wonder it has generated a lot of attention.

Would You Like E-fries with That?

McDonald's Corp. President and Vice Chairman James R. Cantalupo announced today that the Oak Brook, Ill.-based fast-food giant is investing in, an Internet-based food takeout and delivery service, calling it "an investment in the future."

Mission Critical, NetIQ Merger Narrows Mgmt.

The field of network and application performance monitoring vendors became even tighter yesterday when Mission Critical Software Inc. announced that it would acquire NetIQ Corp. in Houston for in a stock swap valued at $1.42 billion.

Net Mgmt. Vendors Enter $2.7B, 3-way Merger

Three network management companies have announced a $2.7 billion deal that will result in an end-to-end network management suite targeting Windows 2000-based electronic-business applications.

Sterling to Be Swallowed by Even Bigger CA

News of the $4 billion bid by Computer Associates International Inc. to acquire Dallas-based Sterling Software Inc. took some Sterling users by surprise, but most are taking a wait-and-see stance.

No red flags visible for CA/Sterling users

Computer Associates International's $4 billion bid to acquire Sterling Software, announced on Monday, should benefit users of both companies' data centre and electronic-business software by providing a complementary product fit.

CA eyes e-growth with $4b bid for Sterling

Computer Associates International's plans to acquire the Dallas-based Sterling Software for $4 billion are aimed at helping the software giant strengthen its electronic-business product lineup, analysts said.

Report: The Grinch That Stole Online Christmas

The biggest culprit that kept online shoppers from becoming online buyers this past holiday season was poor customer service - not frustration over technical glitches - according to a report by Resource Marketing.

Water Trading Site Makes Its Debut

International water company Azurix Corp. has launched the site to create an online water exchange and tap into what it estimates is a $3 billion market in the Western U.S. But observers said the Houston-based company might also ignite a firestorm over water rights.