Stories by Martin LaMonica

Failure to Settle Only Clouds Microsoft Case

The hard-liners that prevented a settlement in the historic antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. did the software behemoth the biggest favor since the court battle began by allowing U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to make a ruling.

Pinning Microsoft up Against The Ropes

After nearly three years of fierce and tense battling, now Microsoft Corp. and government prosecutors want to step to the middle of the ring and shake hands. But settling with an official monopoly power is dangerous and won't likely solve the problems at hand. For the cynicism to lift from the IT industry regarding Microsoft's overwhelming influence, government antitrust forces need to put some teeth into their bite.

SAS Looks to Add Number Crunching to E-Biz

SAS Institute this year is looking to greatly expand its Web presence, giving customers a foundation of data analysis for CRM (customer relationship management) and e-commerce applications.

E-business turns up the heat on the Big Five

Perhaps no topic will elicit a stronger response from IT executives than a discussion about consultants, particularly the mighty Big Five consulting firms. For years these companies have acted like the tech industry's power brokers, choosing those vendors - be it SAP or Microsoft - that will define your business processes and technology architectures.

How Far Will Your Supply Chain Extend?

It seems that every week the economy's majordomos create another online business-to-business exchange for industrial heavyweights and their suppliers to procure materials, negotiate contracts, and deliver goods. But these high-powered partnerships -- such as the auto exchange combining Ford, General Motors, and DaimlerChrysler's economic force -- are only half the story.

ObjectSpace Links Business Partners

Companies seeking a technology platform to integrate with their business partners will have another entrant to consider with the release of ObjectSpace Inc.'s OpenBusiness B2B Solutions line late this month.

E-Business Turns the Heat up on The Big Five

Perhaps no topic will elicit a stronger response from IT executives than a discussion about consultants, particularly the mighty Big Five consulting firms. For years these companies have acted like the tech industry's power brokers, choosing those vendors -- be it SAP AG or Microsoft Corp. -- that will define your business processes and technology architectures.

EGM Head Pursues Broad E-Commerce Plan

It could be said that the Internet is creating as much change in the auto industry as the introduction of mass production assembly lines did earlier this century. Leaders in the multibillion-dollar industry are pushing profound changes in manufacturing supply chains with business-to-business trading exchanges (see related article, above). And the notion of a consumer-configured car is on its way to being a reality. The two automakers recognized as leading the e-commerce charge are General Motors Corp. (GM) and Ford Motor Co. The president of General Motors' eGM division, Mark Hogan, recently spoke with InfoWorld Executive News Editor Martin LaMonica about e-business and the auto industry.

Active Automates E-commerce Integration

In the push to streamline operations with business-to-business e-commerce, companies are seeking software integration products that can effectively link several organizations' business processes.

SAS Sifts E-business Data

LOOKING TO TAP into the e-business trend of companies seeking to distill useful information about Web site visitors, SAS Institute in two weeks will release a series of data analysis products geared for personalization and clickstream analysis.