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The key to lowering transaction costs

During a panel discussion about distributed business at SuperNova 2005, Philip Evans of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and author of "Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy," offered up some basic principles for business success, which he defined primarily as lowering transaction costs.

June 22, 2005 by Dan Farber

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HP ships oddly positioned AMD64 notebook in the name of "choice"

If there ever was a case study for the uphill battle that AMD must face to get its chips into the marketplace (64-bit or not), today's announcement of the $999 Turion 64-based nx6125 notebook computer by HP is probably it.  The Turion is AMD's most power-aware and conservative mobile chip to date that includes the AMD64 technology -- a 32-bit/64-bit hybrid architecture that supports traditional 32-bit applications as well as ones written to take advantage of AMD's 64-bit extensions.

June 22, 2005 by David Berlind

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Arthur on why IT matters

Steve Fulling, CIO of Sento Corp wrote me to say he'd heard W. Brian Arthur, a Santa Fe Institute economist, speak last night on why IT matters.

June 21, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Open source Java: Missed it by *that* much

Leading up to next week's JavaOne Java lovefest and amidst some buzz that there will be a lot of open source-related news at the event, News.com's Stephen Shankland has a story about Sun's quiet launch of GlassFish.

June 21, 2005 by David Berlind

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Memory firewall to the rescue

Last month I met with Nand Mulchandani and Charles Renert of Determina, which has developed unique security software that the company claims stops all memory-based attacks--such as stack and heap overflows, format string vulnerabilities and shatter attacks. Given that every critical server vulnerability in the last few years has been memory-based and about 60 percent of Windows vulnerabilities as well, Determina has tapped into the major root of the cybersecurity problem.

June 21, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Schwartz: Blogs are essential for leadership

During an interview with Supernova 2005 conference host Kevin Werbach, Sun President, COO and chief blogger Jonathan Schwartz called blogging essential for leadership. "If you want to be a leader, I can't see surviving without a blog.

June 21, 2005 by Dan Farber

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The red herring of data protection

Why do corporations need to store personal data anyway? The real cure to our data loss plague will be individuals taking control of their digital identities. Eric Norlin looks into a federated metasystem future.

June 21, 2005 by Eric Norlin

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Does Microsoft know what IT shops really need?

David Berlind's Feature heap won't undo LAMP's toll on Microsoft brings to mind the importance of understanding the client's needs. The Microsoft juggernaut came about, in large part, because Bill Gates envisioned a one-stop-shopping model by which the consumer could go to one vendor and buy one product (a PC configured with Windows and Office) and meet 95% of the their needs.

June 21, 2005 by Marc Wagner

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