Stories by Kathleen Ohlson

Sun keeps pace with Web services

In an attempt to keep pace with Microsoft Corp.'s and IBM Corp.'s Web services efforts, Sun Microsystems this week bolstered its application server with new features that would help companies expose their applications as Web services.

EDS sues Ariba over contract dispute

Computer services provider Electronic Data Systems Corp. slapped a lawsuit on Ariba Inc., seeking to end its US$20 million sales and marketing contract that was allegedly breached by the procurement software maker.

IBM's Patrick talks up e-business

John Patrick, vice president of Internet technology, is one of the driving forces behind Big Blue's Linux and e-business push. He has also been instrumental in helping build IBM Corp.'s alphaWorks Web site, the company's online research and development laboratory. Patrick, who's worked for IBM for more than 30 years, is an industry luminary and is the author of "Net Attitude," a book about making companies Web-savvy. Network World Senior Writer Kathleen Ohlson recently caught up with Patrick to talk about emerging technologies, Web services and security.

Tribune Interactive turns to Java

When news came out last week that the death certificate of the late Beatles great George Harrison contained misinformation about where he died to prevent that location from becoming a tourist attraction, chicagotribune.com editor Ben Estes knew the story would get a lot of attention.

IBM bolsters Web site analysis software

IBM Corp. Tuesday will offer new software enhancements designed to help users better analyze their Web site performance, as well as their Web application and hardware bottlenecks.

Survey: Salary, demand for security pros increasing

Demand and pay for IT security professionals continue to rise, while those of professionals in other IT positions, such as database administration and e-commerce, remain the same, according to two surveys released Tuesday.

Intershop offers Web site mgmt. tools

E-business software developer Intershop Communications AG Wednesday will introduce Enfinity MultiSite, software that enables companies to centrally manage numerous Web sites.

I2 bolsters collaboration features

Supply chain maker i2 Technologies Inc. Monday introduced new enhancements to its Five.Two platform aimed at helping companies better synchronize supply chain management with demand.

IBM sets sights on securing B-to-B Web payments

In an effort to allay security concerns for corporations conducting business over the Internet, IBM recently announced a new program that lets companies offer secure online-based payment services to their customers and partners.

BEA Systems cuts staff, issues warning

Application server software leader BEA Systems Inc. announced it would have layoffs and warned its profits and revenues for the fiscal third quarter, ended Oct. 31, would be lower than expected due to the weakening economy.

Xenos updates e-commerce transformation software

Xenos Grou Inc. Monday announced an upgrade to its data to e-content platform, software that allows businesses to transform bills, invoices and statements into online content for e-business and collaborative commerce.

IBM offers Tivoli Web management software

IBM Corp. Friday announced a new Tivoli Web management product that allows companies to track performance and availability of Web-based resources such as servers, application servers and Java-based middleware and applications.

B2B: Business to bust?

Digital Consulting Institute dubbed this week's eB2B World Conference and Expo in Atlanta "Back to Basics," which attendees agree is the mantra for most businesses during these tough economic times.

ATG offers B2B commerce suite

Art Technology Group Inc. later this month will release its Enterprise Commerce Suite, a package of offerings designed specifically for business-to-business customers.