Quiz: Do You Need Biometrics?

Note: This quiz requires at least Microsoft IE 4.0, Netscape 6.0, or other compatible Web browser.   TRUE FALSE We have automated or want to automate processes that require complex access policies. We have thousands of users with multiple passwords. There is a high risk of fraud in some of

Quiz: Do You Need a Presence System?

Always searching for a better way for your people or teams to stay connected? Take our quiz below to find out if a presence system could be the answer… Note: This quiz requires at least Microsoft IE 4.0, Netscape 6.0, or other compatible Web browser. Use our four-point scale to

Quiz: Ready for ROI on Your Training Programs?

The cost of assessing the ROI for training may be more than the exercise is worth. Find out if your program is a good candidate. The following questionnaire on calculating ROI was adapted by Jack Phillips, Ron Stone and Patricia Phillips from “The Human Resources Scorecard: Measuring the Return on

What New CIOs Should Know

When a company faces a crisis, CIOs often get replaced. Whether facing bankruptcy or simply a large-scale defection of top technology talent, company leaders must figure out who works out better: an insider moving up to fill the chief information officer position, or an outsider coming in with a fresh

Quiz: Which Systems Should Go Away After a Merger?

Often, the goals of a merger — to reduce costs or expand into new markets, say — drive the decision of which systems to keep. But even when such business cases do not exist, managers still rely on certain objective criteria to make their choices. Here are some examples of

Choosing Vendors: When Biggest Isn’t Best

You’d think a call-center expert—particularly one that provides staffing and services for some of the largest call centers in existence in wireless communications, healthcare and membership organizations and has some serious customer management requirements—would buy from the biggest customer-relationship software vendor in town. Wouldn’t you? Think again. Spherion Corp., the

Dominos Falling for Lotus Notes?

Editor’s note: IBM’s Lotus Software division, under pressure by customers to clarify its product road map for Domino, on May 8 announced plans to continue to support and enhance the existing collaboration platform while offering separate paths for customers who wish to embrace Java, Web services and other IBM technologies.

Microsoft: More Business Apps On Tap

If your company has sales of between $1 million and $800 million, don’t be surprised when Microsoft business-application salespeople come a-knockin’. The mission of Microsoft’s rapidly growing Business Solutions division—the combined Great Plains, bCentral and, now, Navision units—is to sell to the “small” and “mid-size” businesses that fall into this

Making a Merger Succeed

Demonstrating return on a merger or acquisition takes patience, planning—and the early involvement of the technology department. Industry analysts estimate that anywhere from 40% to 80% of M&A transactions fail to create shareholder value; according to Accenture, the key to achieving greater—or any—success often depends on the combined company’s ability

Tax Race: H&R Block Vs. Intuit

Bob Meighan stayed late in his San Diego office on April 15. Not that Meighan, who runs the consumer tax group at Intuit, had anything particularly pressing to do. The real work was now being done by several hundred servers in Intuit’s data centers—servers handling a surge in volume from