Did SOX failure push SEC Chairman over the edge?
Earlier this week, CNet News.com reported that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the SEC found that the organization, ironically, did not have effective internal control over financial reporting, pointing to weaknesses in its information security and accountancy practices.
Red Hat to open-source Netscape Directory
Leading Linux vendor, Red Hat, is expected to open source the Netscape Directory technology it acquired last September on the first day of its summit conference in New Orleans on June 1st. As Microsoft Watch reports, Netscape Directory Services (NDS) will be renamed Red Hat Directory Server and the code will be released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Podcast figures don't stack up
While reading Charlene Li's post about the new podcast support for iTunes yesterday, I noticed---for the first time--Forrester's forecast for podcast usage for 2005 is 300,000 US households (report published in March). Now, if you follow podcasting you'll recall a report last month (David Berlind, Dan Gillmor, IT Facts) from the Pew Internet & Life Project that reports about 6 million podcast listeners in the U.
BMC's new CTO touts virtues of BSM
BMC's new CTO, Tom Bishop--who previously held the same post at Tivoli Software-- recently spoke with Computerworld about the jump. Bishop is banking on the increasing importance of Business Service Management (BSM) and believes that BMC’s experience and approach is the right one.
Linux present in 60% of Windows environments, says Yankee
Think before you act is essentially the latest advice Yankee Group has for organizations who are integrating Linux into Windows environements. "To ensure maximum uptime and avoid potentially costly and disastrous network outages, corporate users—from SMBs to the largest enterprises—must address interoperability and integration issues before deployment," said Yankee in a press release.
Recipe for failure: ignore societal trends, says Gartner
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo--San Francisco, CA. With no keynotes on the agenda and Gartner's point about conquering complexity firmly harkened, the final afternoon of the semiannual event saw thinning crowds and a roster of seemingly stodgy sessions.
Microsoft steps up VoIP efforts
Microsoft is starting to make more noise with its VoIP ambitions says IDC, pointing to partnerships that the company formed with major IP-PBX vendors, such as Siemens and Alcatel, and those in development with carriers like British Telecom and MCI. The efforts are centered on SIP-based collaborative applications being developed for the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005 product line (See Fan Farber’s take).
Analyst sounds alarm on green compliance
"Unfortunately, executives will finally pay attention to RoHS and WEEE when their negligent actions put them on the front page of the Wall Street Journal" Global businesses beware. Europe's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) are two compliance issues that AMR Research says is not getting the kind of attention it needs.