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

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Pooping on Oracle's party

Updated 9/26/05 9:40 AM: While all eyes were on Oracle this week, we were busy pulling together our proprietary data that shows how the burgeoning software maker has fared over the year in our directory of IT resources and where it stood among competing vendors in our IT Priorities survey.

September 23, 2005 by Natalie


New ITIL book on the horizon

Giving you plenty of time to think it over, December 2005 will see the release of the latest book in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), a framework for best practices in IT Service Management that I have written about recently.

September 20, 2005 by Natalie


Cisco out on top for vendor short lists, internal study finds

With September IT Priorities data collected and analyzed, we finally added third quarter results to our vendor deliberations study and discovered that across all IT categories in our taxonomy, Cisco received the greatest proportion of “prefer” (84%) votes to “avoid” (16%) among all named vendors (open text responses) over the last four quarters.

September 16, 2005 by Natalie


Analysts deliberate latest merger wave

So you've had your fill of spin on the latest round of tech mergers, but throwing into the mix some independent analyst perspectives on the Oracle/Siebel and eBay/Skype deals couldn't hurt. Oracle/SiebelNucleus Research gives Oracle high marks for its acquisition of Siebel, saying that the combination of each vendor's technologies will bode well for customers that recognize the value of integrating data from multiple sources to streamline customer support and service.

September 13, 2005 by Natalie


Converting search terms into intelligence

Most IT pros like you access the wealth of resources from our IT Directory via search. Using our BT Trax intelligence tool, we recently turned our attention to analyzing search terms to see which ones led to the most downloads across major categories.

September 9, 2005 by Natalie


Server plans teeter-totter with storage, study finds

An analysis of hardware trends in our IT Priorities data reveals that when planned server projects pick up, planned storage projects drop, or vice versa.  A chart shows a nearly inverse relationship between the two central hardware investments over the last 12 months.

September 7, 2005 by Natalie

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Security moves back into top 5 IT priorities

With Labor Day weekend quickly vanishing into a memory, the team has just finished compiling this month's IT priorities data. The big news is that what happened last month with security is now pretty much undone.

September 6, 2005 by Natalie

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Mayfield's Web of verbs

"The web is increasingly less about places and other nouns, but verbs." Ross Mayfield points out how the Internet is becoming less of a place (cyberspace) and more of a way to socialize and tap into groups: "The Web's greater innovation over the past couple of years has not been about technology or personal productivity, but enhancing our capabilities to act with groups," he said in his blog.

September 1, 2005 by Natalie