Stories by Gary J. Beach

Microprocessors matter

CIOs will soon be asked the $64,000 question: Do they need or even want 64-bit computing on their corporate desktops?

The Big Wait

Word within Microsoft Corp. is CEO Steve Ballmer is not happy with the sales of Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server.

From the Publisher

Another rainy weekend in New England. Perfect weather for cleaning the basement. My annual rummage through our family's rubbish unearthed five used personal computers, which-to my amazement-still worked.

From the Publisher: Benefits of Virtual Learning

Is age the sole criteria for promotion within your company? Of course not. But it is in our country's public school system, where not much has changed in the past 100 years. Kids are subject to a ludicrous rationale at the end of a school year--all 8-year-olds leave the second grade and hear the words, "Congratulations, you are now promoted to the third grade." Some should be going to fifth grade. Others back to first.

From the Publisher

The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and other industrialized nations are in the process of relaxing immigration laws to lure skilled technology workers to their shores. These self-serving policies, however, are short sighted, doomed to fail and largely destined to produce one outcome: the pillaging of Asia's technology intellectual capital...and lead to possible geopolitical instability.

From the Publisher

On May 24, judge Thomas Penfield Jackson begins the remedy phase of the Microsoft v. Department of Justice case. How this part of the infamous trial concludes will have a direct impact on CIOs. This case boils down to two opposing positions: Microsoft Corp.'s claim that it has the right to innovate, and the Department of Justice's point of view that the Windows operating system constitutes a monopoly that needs to be carefully watched -- a monopoly that bundles products into Windows to harm competitors and consumers, though the nearly 2-year-old case has come up dramatically short on parading consumer victims into the courtroom.

From the Publisher

A reporter from a major news agency recently called me for comment on Microsoft Corp.'s move into the wireless and home entertainment businesses. "What are Microsoft's plans in these markets?" was the crux of his inquiry.

From the Publisher: D-to-C End Games

We all know about the business-to-consumer model made famous by Inc. in which new companies--literally legions of dotcoms--raise capital with one intended purpose: to eat the market shares of Goliath companies (a.k.a. the Fortune 1000).

From the Publisher

In spring 1997, I was on a global speaking tour. Much of the content I used on the tour came from the research firm IDC (a sister company to CIO). A key 1997 IDC prediction that caught the attention of my audience was that by the year 2000, shipments of internet access devices would dwarf shipments of personal computers.

From the Publisher

I recently chaired a committee of educators and business executives who reviewed the computer science and information technology courses offered by the Board of Higher Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The major finding of the group was that while the enrollment in IT courses was soaring (that's good), the system sorely lacked enough qualified professors to handle the added course load (not so good). The committee's recommendation: The business community has to get involved in the IT education of the citizens of Massachusetts.

From the Publisher: E-Nuf Already

Convinced that the "e" revolution had gone too far and that the other 25 letters of the English alphabet were jealous of e's ascension to adjective status, I fired up my favorite search engines (AltaVista and Northern Light) and went e-fishing for words on the net that had attached the "e" prefix to them.

From the Publisher

The most ubiquitous word in the mission statements of major vendors is any. As in, their product operates on any platform, on any device or at any time.

From the Publisher

Late last year, research from CIO, The Wall Street Journal and NBC News all arrived at the same conclusion: more than half of Americans now favor using the internet as a channel in the voting process.