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Business decision makers (BDMs) are increasingly guiding IT decisions at many leading companies. Here, we explore the shift of influence and examine the top issues facing business innovators, and how each line of business should approach this new relationship with technology.
  • Hotwire adds international airlines, rental cars to Web site

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 6:25 pm

    The new airline-funded rival to Priceline.com in the online discount travel business said 19 overseas airlines and two large U.S. rental car companies have agreed to list bookings on its site.
  • That's so much better!

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 6:15 pm

    IT chief for a Danish publisher is on vacation when he gets a call from a user.
  • DNS software hole allows Web attacks

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 5:59 pm

    ComNet-goers this week.

  • Demanding Privacy

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 5:53 pm

    Congress has fooled around with online privacy long enough. It's time to pass some serious legislation.
  • Nortel expects loss, will slash 10,000 jobs

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 5:51 pm

    Nortel Networks warned that it now expects to report a first-quarter loss because of spending delays by U.S. customers, and it said about 10,000 employees will be cut from its workforce this year.
  • Russia Gets IT

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 3:09 pm

    Russia, still thought by many to be an economic backwater, is building a solid, well-funded IT infrastructure that may leap past Western technology in some areas.
  • Is Cisco Transmitting Ominous Signs?

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 3:07 pm

    Cisco says the slowing economy is hurting business. Perhaps. But its business is now fragmented and competition is heating up.
  • ICAP Open Standard Could Ease Net Server Integration

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 2:49 pm

    The ICAP specification should help Internet devices communicate more easily and cheaply. One bank in Germany is already using it to filter files.
  • HP embraces U.S.-Europe 'safe harbor' privacy deal

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 2:46 pm

    Hewlett-Packard has signed up to adopt the safe harbor data privacy provisions negotiated by U.S. and European officials, providing the struggling privacy effort with its biggest boost to date.
  • Covad postpones earnings announcement

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 2:43 pm

    Broadband services provider Covad Communications Inc. said today it will postpone its fourth-quarter earnings call and its year-end earnings to review accounting issues. The company also increased the number of its office closings from 200 to 260.
  • Congress votes down ergonomic work rules

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 2:18 pm

    Congress this week shot down ergonomics workplace rules imposed by former President Clinton during his final weeks in office.
  • 'Virtual Close' Fails To Work for Cisco

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 2:11 pm

    Investors clobbered networking powerhouse Cisco Systems Inc. last week, driving the company's stock down by 16% when Cisco missed analysts' quarterly earnings forecasts by a penny.
  • Financial services streamline b-to-b supply chain

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 2:06 pm

    WHEREAS THE PRODUCT supply chain is achieving both visibility and velocity in the New Economy, the money supply chain lags far behind, with most companies still working under Old Economy, 60-day payment schedules.
  • Bank of America hit with online banking glitches

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 2:00 pm

    Bank of America Corp. has apparently fixed unspecified network problems that caused sporadic problems earlier this week for online banking customers.
  • Is your business ready for telecommuting?

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 1:50 pm

    ROUGHLY 5 MILLION WORKERS in the largest corporations, or 10 percent of the enterprise work force, telecommute via the Internet, according to a recent study by market research company Cahners In-Stat Group. Cahners estimates that the total number of online telecommuters in the enterprise market is growing at an average rate of 17 percent per year. It's no surprise that telecommuting has been on the rise given the booming economy of the past few years. By giving employees the flexibility to work from home, or supporting full-time commuters from remote locations, growing companies can stretch limited office space to lure good people in the highly competitive job market.
  • Telecommuting environments need strong policies

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 1:43 pm

    Telecommuting is becoming the de facto way of doing business in many organizations. Considering its many advantages for both employees and employers, this is not surprising.
  • Six ways to connect your telecommuters

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 12:58 pm

    Choosing the best system to connect workers to the network depends on location, location, location. The following articles looks at six ways to help telecommuters work effectively and efficiently.
  • E-commerce pact may signal road to success for pure-plays

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 12:52 pm

    During the past few months, the retail industry has come to realize that those businesses that offer multiple channels -- physical stores, Web sites, and catalogs -- have significant advantages over single-channel businesses.
  • Is 'Web services' more than a catchphrase?

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 12:48 pm

    It is tempting to say that the current vendor interest in Web services, or e-services, is another attempt to sell more complex software to simplify the complexity of building enterprise IT systems. After all, past attempts to devise an all-encompassing software infrastructure involved interoperable application components and the ability to offer functionality over the network. We might have called them "distributed network objects" in distant days. Now the nondescript name "Web services" seems to be sticking.
  • Business-to-business depends on e-tailers

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 12:45 pm

    All business-to-business transactions are in the middle of a value chain; the end is always business-to-consumer -- customers consume the goods and provide the money that powers the rest of it.
  • Effective warranties boost business for dot-com retailers

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 12:39 pm

    When it comes to warranties and guarantees, the Internet presents some excellent opportunities to assure your customers that your company stands by its products and that consumers won't get stuck with something they don't like.
  • Unsolicited e-mail: What the devil is wrong with it?

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 12:31 pm

    Apparently I don't get enough spam. At least that is what some readers told me after my first two columns on the subject. Although many attempted a definition, responses varied widely and proved my point that we're using words -- sometimes in strong statements -- without a generally agreed-upon definition. I also learned a new term, UCE (unsolicited commercial e-mail), and will use that in place of spam.
  • Two ways for 'clicks' to partner with 'bricks'

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 12:27 pm

    Brick-and-mortars can leverage the dot-com's logistical and operational expertise, as well as highly developed technology infrastructures, in order to gain an Internet distribution channel. Net-based businesses can satisfy clients, bump up their bottom lines.
  • A whole new kind of ROI

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 11:43 am

    These are also the days of technology's greatest impact on the bottom line. Savvy, strategic use of IT is proving itself to be the single biggest differentiator for a thriving business in a world being reshaped by the Internet economy.
  • The kingdom of B2B

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 11:39 am

    As your B2B complexity rises, your company's future will eventually depend utterly on them. The decisions you make now will set you on the right or wrong path. That's the advice you should be getting . . . or giving.

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