Stories by Maryfran Johnson

Software Shakedown

Your market is mature, your competition mostly gone, and new customers are hard to come by. So what better way to do business than to shake down your old customers? After all, they're trapped. You've got them wedged between the rock of their mainframe power needs and the hard place of your escalating software prices.

On-site at Global Marine: ‘Everything Perfect'

Global Marine Inc.'s first Y2K report that all was well came from a live connection tested successfully between the famed Glomar Explorer spy ship - now a Global Marine deep-water drilling ship in the South Atlantic Sea off the coast of Nigeria - and its international headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

Y2K at Global Marine: "Everything Perfect"

"Everything ran just perfectly!" was the first live report on Global Marine Inc.'s Y2K rollover, coming from a jubilant IT manager in Global's office in Aberdeen, Scotland, just a few minutes past 5 p.m. local time.

Guest column: 'Tis the season for online shopping

Click till you drop? 'Tis the season for online holiday shopping - and the myth-making machine is cranking at full power. The experts are solemnly swearing that this will be a "watershed year" for gift-buying on the Web. Shopping habits will be shifting "dramatically" to electronic purchasing. The seasonal hunt for a parking space at the mall is over.

Guest column: Triple threat

My very Irish grandmother was convinced that bad things come in threes. Good things? Well, talking too much about those would bring the Angel of Death to your window. So when it occurred to me last week that IT managers have a trio of megatrends ruling their working lives, I thought ‘Uh-oh.'