Instant Messaging: From Toy into Tool

I remember the first time someone tried to persuade me of the business value of online chat. It was 1994, and a friendly bunch of entrepreneurs at a company called Ubique were touting a technology that allowed people to exchange not just text messages, but audio messages in real time.

Ariba: Struggling Pioneer No. 2

Like Commerce One, Ariba has suffered a few rounds of layoffs in the past year and is losing money. And like Commerce One, Ariba has had to rearrange executive ranks a few times as it tries to find the right leadership. One CEO lasted just three months. One Ariba advantage

Manugistics Group: Late Entrant

Long strong in supply chain management, Manugistics is a newcomer to e-sourcing and e-procurement software. Although Manugistics’ last full year of profitability was 1997, it has lately shown signs of strength. Average contract size last year jumped 78%. Manugistics has been “very responsive” to truck-maker Paccar Inc. as it installs

How to Capitalize on HP/Compaq Merger

Hewpaq? Compackard? The $18.6 billion merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq is on, and so is the full-court press from rivals to steal customers amid the turmoil. Will it pay to take advantage? Maybe. IBM already has paid a visit to Tom Murphy, chief information officer at Royal Caribbean Cruises, which

Quiz: Are Web Services Right for Your Company?

Note: This quiz requires at least Microsoft IE 4.0, Netscape 6.0, or other compatible Web browser.   TRUE FALSE We have a Web-based e-commerce infrastructure. We have staff with XML experience. Our B2B strategy favors direct connections over third-party exchanges. HTTPS provides sufficient security. We’re comfortable with depending on the

Quiz: Do You Need an Ad Hoc Network?

Note: This quiz requires at least Microsoft IE 4.0, Netscape 6.0, or other compatible Web browser.   TRUE FALSE A third or more of our employees use laptops or mobile devices as their primary IT tool. We often form task-specific teams that work in tight groups. Network connections are at

Quiz: Which Storage Architecture?

Note: This quiz requires at least Microsoft IE 4.0, Netscape 6.0, or other compatible Web browser. Use our five-point scale to indicate how closely you disagree (1) or agree (5) with each statement.   1 2 3 4 5 We rarely share files between departments. We plan to buy new

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