IT_Prose

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May, 2005

  • Trusted employees?

    Interesting report today on MSNBC about bank employees who stole 700,000 customers bank account information and sold to collection agencies for $10 an account. What is interesting for me is that I spent some time over the last year talking with customers...
  • California and RFID

    Interesting article on the recent moves in California to rein back in potential national privacy transgressions. Question I have is -- why is it that California has to keep leading the way on privacy issues? We, as in the rest of the US, likely would...
  • The Internet is a healthcare resource

    New report out from Pew on the growing importance of the Internet in the daily healthcare of people: "Eight in ten internet users have looked online for information on at least one of 16 health topics, with increased interest since 2002 in diet, fitness...
  • We have to help the help desk

    Internetnews.com reports on a study completed by Forrester noting "most IT users are not satisfied with their company's IT support, and users are "less than satisfied with their relationships with their IT departments." The big dissatisfiers were the...
  • Cost of compliance

    Computerworld had an article on the impact that Sabanes-Oxley compliance is having on IT projects: "Jim Morse, program office manager at Meijer Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, estimated that Sarbanes-Oxley-related quality-assurance testing...
  • Achieving alignment

    Noticed an interesting article in Computerworld regarding IT and business alignment. Of particular note was the following quote: "Alignment is a moving target, not a permanent condition. Moreover, the likelihood of achieving it is slim at best unless...
  • Seeing more clearly

    I have been lax on the postings lately because I underwent Lasik surgery on my eyes to correct bad near sightedness. It was an interesting experience from a technology perspective. At one point they do a full refractive analysis of my eye -- how is my...
  • Momentum building for national data privacy law

    When I was a kid, living in NY, my parents used to say that what California did, the rest of the country would do in a few years. Well if the momentum in DC keeps up, as reported in InformationWeek , we may soon have a national data privacy law, much...
  • The End of Corporate Computing, Really?

    CNet reports today on the latest article by Nicholas Carr (author of IT Doesn't Matter) where he describes how companies will move from treating IT as an asset they own to a service/utility they rent. He cites that virtualization, grid computing and web...
  • So what influences you?

    Saw this report today on feed from Doc Searles . Very interesting. NOP World notes: "When asked how they make recommendations, 80% of consumers say they make them in-person, followed by 68% who say they make them over the telephone. This phenomenon...
  • I agree with Schneier

    With the reported loss of employee data by Time Warner yesterday, I have been thinking about what Bruce Schneier wrote in his newsletter about two factor authentication and identity theft. I have to now agree with his point -- the way to meet this threat...
  • Migrating Oracle on Unix to SQLServer on Windows

    Solution Guide for Migrating Oracle on UNIX to SQL Server on Windows The Competitive Platform Interop & Migration Solutions team announces the release to download and Web of the Solution Guide for Migrating Oracle on UNIX to SQL Server on Windows...