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Information always has and always will be the lifeblood of a company. But globalization has profoundly changed how a business collects and exchanges data, and with whom an organization shares that information. In today's sprawling digital enterprise, operations are no longer contained to a single floor, building, or even one campus, country, or continent. Additionally, the outsourcing and offshoring of many basic operations mean the accounts payable office that used to be down the hall may now be in Poland. This complicates transaction processing as more third-parties need to access corporate data stores to support operational functions. While the pressure to get to market faster with more competitive products is certainly nothing new, globalization and the technology driving it are accelerating the rate of change. The pressure is constantly increasing with greater... (more)

Ingres Launches Involve Partner Program Aimed at Helping Partners Grow Margins, Lower Costs

Ingres Corporation, a business open source database company, has announced Ingres Involve, a new program designed to help partners achieve success by easily and cost-effectively integrating Ingres products with their core solution offerings. The new program offers a refreshing approach for embedded and integrator partners to grow margins, reduce total cost of ownership, and build a sustainable business around the open source model. "Partners are essential to Ingres and we're committed to their success. Together we offer customers more choice, more complete and effective solutions, and a full life-cycle of services at half the cost," said Mike Coney, Executive Vice President of Sales and Support, Ingres Corporation. "Ingres serves as a credible alternative to partners searching for greater flexibility and higher return on their database investment. We believe our pri... (more)

Cloud Computing: A Step in the Right Direction

We all take for granted that our online applications at home will perform the instant we need them. Whether it’s Voice over IP, video on-demand, gaming, or other applications, we have instantaneous, high-speed access, anytime. In this environment, IT managers are now facing the question: “Why can’t you deliver the same quality of service at work that I experience at home?” Despite spending three to five percent of total revenues on computers, software, and IT services, corporations today still are not able to deliver this same level of performance we receive in our homes. To attain this level of speed and reliability, businesses need to shake off the antiquated computing model of the past and learn from today’s leading Web-based service vendors. The Challenges of the Corporate Data Center Despite all the technological changes that have occurred in recent years, corp... (more)

What the Stimulus Plan Means for Your Business

The mantra heard most often in business these days is "Do More With Less." For many businesses, cutting costs while trying to grow—or even sustain their place in the market—is easier said than done. What could help many businesses is gaining access to some of that $787 Billion in Federal Stimulus Package monies. Not surprisingly, many small companies [94% of them according to a recent Intuit survey] said that, "success depends more on what they do for themselves than the government." Steve King from Emergent Research—when interviewed by Entrepreneur about the survey—said he's not surprised by that attitude. The money has only just started to flow - like only 2% to 5% thus far. Steve is one of the experts tapped to clarify the opportunities presented by the Federal Stimulus Package in an upcoming online event: The Stimulus Package: What Does It Mean For Your Business ... (more)

The Powerful Economic Underpinnings of OSS

In 1968, Garret Hardin wrote a seminal paper that ran in Science Magazine called “The Tragedy of the Commons.” Hardin defined the commons as a place where multiple people are each endowed with the privilege to use a given resource, and no one has the right to exclude another. Think of a pasture where many farmers can graze their animals. When multiple users have such privileges of use, each user benefits directly from using the resource (one more cow in a farmer’s herd benefits that farmer directly) but the cost of each person's use is borne by all users (the increased use that one cow puts on the pasture affects all users of the pasture). The result is that each user has an incentive to use the common resource more, and less incentive to curb their use of the resource. The resource is thus prone to overuse and, over time, it degrades - a tragedy of the commons. The... (more)

LinuxIT and United Nations Bring Low-Cost Linux To Poor Asian Countries

In an effort to expand Linux to areas without the financial resources to explore open source solutions independently, LinuxIT, the largest Linux company providing independent systems integration and professional services in the UK, has joined with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to provide Linux certification in developing Pacific Southeast Asian countries. LinuxIT will provide free training materials. The UNDP, through its Asia-Pacific Development Information Program and International Open Source Network (IOSN), will provide capital. Support of open source programs has been actively championed by the IOSN sine 1997. Its mission is to support Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a revenue-generating source throughout Southeast Asia. Khairil Yusof, UNDP's IOSN manager, explained, "We believe that high q... (more)

SmartOps Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization (MIPO(TM)) Solution Earns SAP NetWeaver(TM) Certification

PITTSBURGH, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartOps Corporation, the leading provider of enterprise-class supply chain optimization solutions, announced today that SmartOps Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization (MIPO(TM)) software has been certified for integration with the SAP NetWeaver(TM) platform, earning the Certified for NetWeaver designation. Certification is awarded to products that feature integration with the SAP NetWeaver platform and is particularly important for SAP customers that desire simpler integration of complementary solutions within their overall IT environment. MIPO version 4, a J2EE application, has been certified for deployment on the SAP(R) Web Application Server Release 6.40 component of SAP NetWeaver. "SmartOps is dedicated to helping customers manage their supply chains more effectively and cost-efficiently," says Dr. Sridhar Tayur, CEO ... (more)

SmartOps Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization Software Application Licensed by HP in Latin America

PITTSBURGH, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartOps Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise-class supply chain optimization software solutions, today announced that its SmartOps Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization (MIPO(TM)) software solution has been licensed by HP for use by its Imaging and Personal Systems Group in Latin America. "Technology solutions companies are taking supply chain planning and execution to the next level," said Dr. Sridhar Tayur, CEO and founder of SmartOps. "Many of our customers are adding MIPO to their existing SAP and SAP APO systems to support a more robust business architecture for supply chain planning." MIPO is designed to enable customers to achieve both a rapid return on investment and a long-term competitive advantage by determining the best possible inventory and product availability plans given inherent uncertainties, t... (more)

Threat Assessment and Its Input to Risk Assessment

About this Article This article is an excerpt from Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets. Printed with permission from Butterworth-Heinemann, a division of Elsevier. Copyright 2005. For more information about this book and other similar titles, please visit In this excerpt we examine the role of threat assessment and its importance in the accurate and effective assessment of risk. Threat It seems appropriate to start this chapter by explaining what is meant by a threat assessment. In information security, this is probably one of the most abused and misunderstood terms and is often used interchangeably with the term "vulnerability." In this book, the word "threat" is used to describe those "things" that may pose a danger to the information systems, and for clarity, the term "threat agents" is used.... (more)

webMethods Introduces Continuous Controls Monitoring Solution

webMethods Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM - News),a leading business integration and optimization software company, today debuted webMethods for Compliance, a new solution designed to verify the completeness, accuracy and validity of transactions and business processes in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory requirements. Built with the technology components of webMethods Fabric(TM), this new solution provides businesses with the ability to continuously and automatically monitor their compliance control points without the risks or costs associated with manual testing and controls. At the same time, the process integration, assembly and optimization capabilities offered by webMethods for Compliance can also be used to further streamline and enhance these fundamental operations, which means enterprises can use their compliance investments to achie... (more)

Bringing SOA to Life: The Art and Science of Service Discovery and Design

In a service-oriented architecture (SOA), a service is a unit of work performed by a service provider to achieve desired results for one or more service consumers. A service provides a function that is well defined, self-contained (for example, loosely coupled to its environment), described solely by its interface contract and behavioral attributes (for example, it hides implementation), and located anywhere on the network. Essential components of an SOA - such as a service provider, service repository, service mediator, and service consumers - all rely on service definitions as the key element to describe, access, transport, and understand services. Modern SOA as a pattern for transforming enterprise architecture is still emerging, as are the strategies for service discovery and design. At this juncture of SOA's maturation, it's highly useful to consider concepts a... (more)