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

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Security woes hampering VoIP's fast track

In a post today, TechRepublic blogger Peter Spande makes an interesting observation: The two topics that get the most white paper downloads, voice over IP, and wireless networking--and are currently at the top of the list of our IT Priorities research program-- don’t get much play time in TechRepublic's discussion areas. Spande says that the reason for this is simple; it boils down to security.

July 18, 2005 by Natalie

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Wharton: podcasting here to stay

Knowledge@Wharton picked up the hot topic of podcasting this week.  Experts at Wharton says it's the latest Web movement here to stay with advertising and subscription revenues eventually coming into play as business models emerge.

July 15, 2005 by Natalie


Google, Yahoo get most RSS buzz in first half of 2005

An analysis of news consumption shows Google and Yahoo with the most attention for RSS (Really Simple Syndication) content, together commanding nearly 50% of reader interest during the first half of 2005, according to an analysis by ZDNet Research.

July 14, 2005 by Natalie


Expert advice on advice: use Gartner and Nucleus Research, drop TCO

In his column today, InfoWorld's Ephraim Schwartz suggests that combining traditional advice from firms like Gartner with Nucleus Research's alternative ROI-case study approach can give the most complete picture of a product or technology. Schwartz writes: "As beneficial as Gartner, Forrester, or AMR Research can be in the decision-making process, however, there is an alternative way to approach the challenge of deciding what technology to deploy.

July 12, 2005 by Natalie


SMBs take a breather after SOX deadline extension

For the last year and a half, regulatory issues are among the top IT management priorities with most attention focused on meeting the financial disclosure requirements set forth by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  Consequently, spending has jumped tremendously for public companies, fueling regulatory compliance IT projects that can streamline compliance and help offset high audit fees and lost productivity.

July 12, 2005 by Natalie


Site behavior tool shows who is researching what

In research, the only thing better than asking people what they do or think is to actually watch what they do and then be certain about it. Our BT Trax tool has recently been upgraded with functionality that among many new things, reports demographic data gathered from registered users who download directory resources.

July 8, 2005 by Natalie


Business execs are from Mars, IT leaders are from Venus

Technology executives are now approaching their work to the beat of "running IT like a business" drum. But in order to make that happen they need to be on the same page as their business executive counterparts to make sure business goals and technology investments are aligned.

July 6, 2005 by Natalie


ERP top software priority among readers, says ZDNet study

ERP is the key software initiative organizations are now focused on according to the latest IT Priorities data.  The software category as a whole jumped last month from the number four top IT priority to number two, stopping short of VoIP which remained untouched as the dominant topic on the minds of IT decision makers.

July 6, 2005 by Natalie