Natalie is a ZDNet staff writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Reasonable-man test for data privacy

Meta Group reports that it has seen a jump in the number of inquires related to database security and compliance throughout 2004. It looks like most large organizations are confused over how to react to the tidal wave of regulation that has given them a sense of urgency to drop everything and tackle data privacy.

January 18, 2005 by

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Hardware hits a homerun

Can't seem to let go of the 2004 retrospectives, so, we'll allow ourselves one last look. Just what kind of news articles did IT decision makers and influencers read lastyear?

January 14, 2005 by

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Transformational outsourcing getting tougher

This year, we can expect business process outsourcing (BPO) to continue as one of the top IT services hot spots. A trend among the largest suppliers of services such as Capgemini and Accenture has been to leverage their consulting servicesand combine them with traditional outsourcing, resulting in whatone analyst calls a "turbo-charged" affect, called transformational outsourcing.

January 14, 2005 by

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Public safety features not top concern among VoIP adopters

According to Yankee Group(client reg. req.), 911 capability ranks high on a consumer's list of must haves in telephone service, but early adopters are willing to put up with inconvenience and risk of lower quality 911 for the lower price and added features of VoIP.

January 13, 2005 by

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Analysts set high expectations for Mac Mini

" We believe the Mac Mini will increase the percentage of iPod-toting Windows users who purchase a Mac by almost threefold" News.com: Analysts like Needham's Charles Wolf think that Apple's new lower cost Mac is going to be a hit.

January 12, 2005 by

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Security defense plans increase 50%

One of the most interesting findings from ZDNet's annual study of enterprise security is the degree to which organizations have matured with respect to implementing formal plans for defense. Take a look at the data on the percentage of respondent organizations that have a comprehensive security plan in place.

January 11, 2005 by

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