Outsourcing relationships are under severe strain. META Group sees a storm brewing based on the record numbers of complaints it is receiving from users and vendors involved in infrastructure outsourcing relationships.
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Not quite haiku or Sun Tzu, but Sun president and blogger Jonathan Schwartz has codified his companies priorities into eleven words, and there's even a T-shirt...
A badly implemented Active Directory environment can be a prime target for hackers according to Phil Cracknell, a security consultant at NetSecurity. According to an article, Cracknell took the opportunity at the last Defcon conference to show examples of weakened desktop security due to poor configuration of the directory software.
Unstrung reports of a highly unusual wireless application from an academic research group, Umbrella.net.
As proof that that a decent, open anti-spam scheme needs little more than a good sugar-Daddy to get it off the ground, Microsoft hosted a SenderID summit at its Redmond, WA campus that was attended by the more than 80 members of the E-Mail Service Provider Coalition (ESPC).
In a move that could throw stamp collectors into a tizzy while delighting direct mail marketers, Stamps.com is testing a design-your-own-stamp service that allows people to put virtually any image on a real postage stamp.
Companies with regional deployments of ERP systems need to start planning for the inevitable consolidation of their systems according to Bill Swanton, an analyst at AMR Research.
Grand Central CEO Halsey Minor (also founder and former chairman of CNET Networks) likes to talk about how his company is similar to salesforce.com (he was the first investors in that company), which is leading the first wave of business software as a service.