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25-year-old App Still at Core of Corporate Computing

Twenty-five years later, the classic spreadsheet is still a killer app, and not just for bean counters. Read More >

Our October Issue, In Brief:

Is BPO killing itself? Is SOA too threatening to implement? Can patent issues leave your best projects DOA? Do your vendor "partners" really keep up their end of the relationship? Do you believe the only way to succeed in business over the next 20 years i Read More >

Patent (Reform) Pending

The patent system is broken, and IT is taking the brunt of the problems. Does the government have the will to fix it? Read More >

Service-Oriented Architecture: Efficient, but Threatening?

Service-oriented architecture offers a rational approach to building applications that meet business needs. But it puts development in business contexts many IT people may not be able to navigate. Read More >

Interview: IBM's Perna Predicts Changes in What "Data" Means

Q&A: On the eve of her retirement from the helm of IBM's Software Group, Janet Perna predicts the role of data and data delivery will change, and warns Oracle to keep supporting IBM customers. Read More >

Chinese Companies Pick Linux to Boost Their Own Skills

Cost counts for a lot, but being able to grow their own developers and adapt technology to their own needs, rather than the other way around, makes Linux increasingly popular in companies based or operating in China. Read More >

Open-Source May Help China Curb Software Piracy

"Free" might not really mean free, but an operating system that doesn't require user licenses makes it a lot easier to avoid piracy, in accordance with a four-year-old government push to get Chinese companies to respect intellectual property. Read More >

Chinese Companies Plan Massive Linux Deployments

Major Chinese banks are moving their core infrastructure to Linux, partly in accordance with a government's advocacy of Linux for its cost, stability, and as a platform for homegrown development. Read More >

SAP Acquisition Adds to Its Retail Tool Set

By buying Canadian POS vendor Triversity for an undisclosed sum and announcing it the day Oracle unveiled its Oracle Retail brand, SAP is trying to keep itself in the retail game. Read More >

Analysts: Oracle-IBM Integration May Shake Up Enterprise Apps World

Analysts suggest Oracle's recent corporate acquisitions will provide the impetus for ground-breaking support for IBM WebSphere middleware products in the Project Fusion applications. Read More >

When Is VaporWare Not VaporWare? Hardly Ever

Opinion: SAP and Oracle are fighting a marketing battle that recalls the grand days of vaporware. By making acquisitions to fill product holes, instead of filling product holes, they promise to deliver a solution that is greater than the sum of its Read More >

Oracle Prez Vows Never to Abandon PeopleSoft Customers

Oracle president Charles Phillips mapped out a plan to integrate the myriad technologies it snapped up during its ongoing buying spree, and pledged perpetual support for customers of PeopleSoft and its other acquisitions. Read More >

Computer Model Uncovers Cellular Processes

University of California at San Diego biochemists have developed a computer program that helps explain how the same proteins can play different roles in a wide range of cellular processes. Read More >

Observers Skeptical About Success of Oracle CRM Buyout Binge

Industry executives and analysts said they are skeptical that Oracle can successfully integrate the disparate CRM applications it has acquired with its multibillion-dollar buyouts of Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards. Read More >

Does the Oracle-Siebel Deal Hurt Overall IT Agility?

Opinion: Ziff Davis Internet's Charles Garry writes that the big question is whether vendors will be tying their future IT capability to essentially a single vendor. Read More >

Oracle Will Buy Siebel for $5.85 Billion

Updated: Siebel's CRM products will become part of Oracle's Project Fusion, which also integrates PeopleSoft's ERP apps. Read More >

Drug Scientists Slow to Adopt Open Source

A surge in open-source technology has given many businesses more options for powerful, low-cost software. But the pharmaceutical industry remains well behind the curve. Read More >

Knowing When to Embrace Open Source

Switching to an enterprise planning system based on open-source software isn't free—but your company can realize significant savings. Read More >

Can IT Help LAPD Reduce Abuse?

The LAPD is using business-intelligence software to track police activities and reduce abuse Read More >

Lexis-Nexis Bolsters Customers' Data Defenses

Under pressure from customers, Lexis-Nexis is making deals with security software providers and beefing up its own processes to make it harder for crackers to penetrate the data of its 4.5 million customers. Read More >

Caution Marks Outsourcing in China

News Analysis:'s Stan Gibson warns that, when setting up shop in China, establishing trust is essential. Read More >

IBM Tivoli Tools to Simplify IT Management

At Share, GM Al Zollar talks up Tivoli products that give users simpler and centralized management capabilities. Read More >

IBM Moves into Information-Based Medicine Without Software

IBM hopes to be the backbone of information-based medicine—without developing specialized software applications. Read More >

Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Reboot 'Em

Poker-playing "robot" goes all in (and all to pieces) against human. Read More >

Software Vendors Try to Promote Quality Software

Low quality software might be costing U.S. businesses $60 billion per year. Under pressure from customers, software vendors are getting together to raise the profile of discipline and quality assurance. Read More >

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