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.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
Speaking yesterday at Novell's annual conference in Barcelona, CEO Jack Messman told customers and partners that Microsoft's exhaustive license fees for Windows have prevented enterprises and developers from directing cash into more "innovative" software. "Microsoft has sucked $60 billion out of our industry that could have been used for innovation," said Messman, who thinks innovation stands a better chance with Novell's brand of juggling the open-source and proprietary worlds.
Security breaches can impact companies in a variety of adverse ways. But when Yankee Group (registration required) surveyed small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs), unwanted aggravation came out on top of the list:Sixty-eight percent of SMBs quantified their security issues from the last year only as a nuisance resulting in no real down time or inability to function as a business.
Proponents of Linux are pointing to almost universally-supported (if not in the technology, in the rhetoric) Linux Standards Base 2.0 as evidence that incompatibilities between the various distributions of Linux can be ironed out, thus giving developers a unified target to work with.
AMR Research has some recommendations for companies aiming to get their offshore outsourcing initiatives right the first time around. Taking a partner-based approach to relationship building with a high level of collaboration is at the core of their advice.
Almost a month to the day since Stamps.com launched its make-your-own-stamp photo stamps service, it's making some adjustments to deal with some people who have managed to successfully create some rather controversial stamps.
The September issue of Harvard Business...
Network Solutions is advising its clients that a rule change at ICANN will leave...
If you haven't noticed already, ZDNet just got a face lift, and among the new features is the introduction of a research section.
XML may be living up to its hype but challenges persist. For one, as Dan Farber recently pointed out in his blog, industry observers are worried that the proliferation of XML schemas has gone too far, potentially creating new instances of interoperability problems.