Much of the mistrust that occurs between the business and IT sides of an organization is founded on misunderstanding and questions about resources. Consequently, building a successful IT organization requires a culture of transparency.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Sun is spending some of its cash reserves to bring Storage Tek into its orbit. "This $4.
Chris Capossela, who runs product management for the Office family of products, dropped by to see me to dribble out more details about the next version of Microsoft Office (currently dubbed "12"), which is due in the second half of 2006. The important revelation, which was expected, is that some Office 12 applications (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) will use Office Open XML as the default file format.
By all accounts, AMD has done everything right against a seemingly insurmountable competitor. It's a true David and Goliath story of how the little processor company that could (little, relatively speaking) is taming a lethal and giant predator.
Ogo-Sangyo Co. of Japan has begun shipping school uniform blazers outfitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, which enable parents to monitor a child's location using their PCs.
Ben Charny has an FAQ on the building consensus by the FCC with a push from cell phone operators to allow cell phone usage, perhaps by December 2006, during transit on U.S.
[Editor's Note: In the interests of transparency, this is a full-text copy of my correspondence with Intel spokesperson Bill Kircos regarding a rumor that Intel might include a AMD HyperTransport-like chip in a future desktop or server offering. Excerpts from this e-mail are included in a blog entry about AMD's struggles to gain acceptance on the corporate desktop front.
Jesus Villasante, the head of software technologies at the EC's Information Society and Media Directorate General (try saying that after a few beers), accused American IT companies of using open source programmers to their own nefarious ends. Companies are using the potential of communities as subcontractors--the open-source community today (is a) subcontractor of American multinationals I think Mr.
The Bain & Co. "Management Tools and Trends 2005" survey asks some rather pointed questions of IT and business managers regarding the relationship between these two groups.
Last week, Siebel VP and GM for OnDemand and SMB (small/medium business) Bruce Cleveland appeared to emerge from hiding with a stake-in-the-ground sort of letter to "friends and colleagues" that came across as a declaration that Siebel's ASP-style (application service provider) competitor to Salesforce.com had officially re-opened for business.