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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.
  • Market Report: Juniper gains on Cisco

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 12:03 pm

    The core WAN router market grew 23% between the third and fourth quarters last year, and Juniper continued to gain share on Cisco, according to the latest figures from Dell'Oro Group.
  • Shedding some industry weight

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 11:57 am

    You are undoubtedly aware of the major pressures bearing down on our industry. Every week brings more news of struggling providers, failing vendors and overall capital constraints.
  • Managed services expand at rapid rate

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 10:16 am

    Managed service providers (MSP) hit a market milestone, and several MSPs escalated their offerings last week as IT continues to use them to fill operational holes.
  • GE customers not yet sold on B2B marketplace

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 9:35 am

    Last week, General Electric Co.'s Global Exchange Services (GXS) division gathered its biggest EDI customers here in an effort to build momentum for what it hopes will someday be an electronic world trade center.
  • IT Forecaster February 27, 2001 - No. 891 Convergence or Collision on the Road to Mobile IT?

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 1:00 am

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  • Security Manager Gets Into Spirit of the Law

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 6:22 pm

    Our security manager ponders how his company should adapt to new laws that enable government surveillance and govern how companies can use data pertaining to individuals.
  • A deal's a deal: Should pricing glitches be honored?

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 6:00 pm

    In the old-fashioned, bricks-and-mortar, face-to-face world, a deal is a deal, an advertised price is a promise and someone who backs out is a cheat. And if your Web business can't live up to that expectation, customers will go someplace else -- someplace they can trust.
  • CRM initiatives may miss their mark

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 5:53 pm

    Companies collect mountains of personal information about customers in the hope that the data can be used to do targeted marketing based on individual preferences. But getting positive business results from such customer relationship management (CRM) endeavors isn't anything close to a sure thing.
  • Tulsa airport looks to clamp down on wireless use

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 5:43 pm

    Add the Oklahoma airport to a growing list of airports looking to restrict wireless networks in order to reduce airwave interference and boost revenue.
  • Worldcom-Intermedia merger moves forward

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 5:32 pm

    WORLDCOM ANNOUNCED ON Thursday that its merger with the parent company of Web hoster Digex is a step closer to reality.
  • Panel: E-commerce growth faces international hurdles

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 5:13 pm

    International markets can spur e-commerce growth for U.S. companies, but a State Department official warned today that regulatory and trade hurdles could cripple that expansion.
  • FairMarket strikes deal with eBay

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 4:55 pm

    FairMarket and eBay this week struck a pact that will allow FairMarket's merchants, manufacturers and distributors to sell their goods directly through eBay.
  • 3Com slashes 13 percent of workforce

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 4:34 pm

    3Com Corp., citing the U.S. economic downturn and turmoil in the telecommunications industry, said Monday that it would cut 1,200 employees or about 13 percent of its staff.
  • Internet Advertising Bureau issues guidelines for larger online ads

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 4:30 pm

    The IAB has issued new guidelines for larger online ads, giving electronic retailers more space to market their products.

  • GE expands PwC partnership, opens up exchange

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 3:16 pm

    General Electric's Global Exchange Services business unit on Monday announced a broad-ranging extension of its partnership with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, while simultaneously moving to open its proprietary service for business-to-business e-commerce applications to any third-party digital exchange.
  • Special Web deals: Proof of the digital divide or good business sense?

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 1:19 pm

    Some people suggest that Web-only discounts and special deals are yet another example of the digital divide. But the fact is that brick-and-clicks, such as electronic retailers that run physical stores as well as Web sites, can make the sale more cheaply on the Internet.
  • Click-and-mortars offer customers real options

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 12:47 pm

    Emerging as the real winners lately are those click-and-mortars that are combining the benefits of their physical stores with their ever-improving Web-commerce sites.
  • Wireless to boost data analysis, security, shopping

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 11:49 am

    Wireless companies are developing software that will sift and organize financial data, all-in-one corporate security cards based on personal area networks, and personal shopping cards that track you and your purchases.
  • Ariba enlivens the exchange

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 11:41 am

    With online exchanges no longer able to attract companies merely by offering buying and selling capabilities, Ariba next week will announce alliances that extend the collaborative supply-chain functionality of its marketplace platform.
  • Wireless networking matures

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 10:28 am

    Waking from a year-long slumber and recently bursting free from some lingering technical and regulatory restrictions, fixed broadband wireless technology may soon be in a position to catch up with its Internet-access rivals: DSL and high-speed cable.
  • Changing the company name

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 10:13 am

    Corporate name changes are on the increase. Finding or coining the right name and URL to convey the right corporate message is becoming more difficult.
  • Employee surveillance: Where do you draw the line?

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 10:03 am

    Sometimes being an IT manager can feel more like being a cybercop than a tech professional. It's a murky arena where the line is blurred between visions of Big Brother and a free-for-all liability nightmare.
  • Filters get clogged

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 5:58 pm

    A couple of recent items caught my eye concerning Internet content-filtering software (a.k.a. 'censorware'), and I?d like to bring them to your attention.
  • Filtering vs. family values

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 5:54 pm

    An adult or even an intelligent older student serving as a monitor or prefect can provide a role model for kids. A computer program can at worst make a kid even more determined to overcome the barriers it rigidly imposes without explanation.
  • Server sales up in 2000

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 5:37 pm

    Although server vendors suffered in the third quarter of 2000, analysts say that the server industry apparently is unaffected.
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