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Read JDJ's 2004 Predictions by i-Technology Leaders Feature Story Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz Read From the Founding Editor by Steve Benfield In the world of IT, outsourcing is either the dirtiest word you can utter or a brilliant one; it's all about who says it to whom and where it is said. No matter who uses it, it is a word most often said in private. When corporate managers use the word, it is always mentioned in a most confidential fashion as a potential cost-cutting tactic, a magic bullet to increase margins. When technical people use the word in public it is always with a hushed tone, as if speaking it aloud would give management the idea. In private it is discussed as if it were the greatest evil ever to befall the world, a faceless monster from far away. The reality falls somewhere in the middle. Outsourcing can be an extremely complex a... (more)

Perspectives on the World of Technology

Over the course of the past couple of weeks I have had a most unusual experience. I have spent a good portion of my time working with the people at Candle Corporation. I typically divide my time between looking at the world of technology from my own perspective - and through the lens of IBM as it deals with the multitude of people and products it is composed of. Until this month I had never given much thought to how an independent software vendor differs from IBM. I was surprised to find out that Candle has been in business for over 27 years and has spent a substantial portion of... (more)

Will Every Child Be Left Behind?

The politicians are at it again with their general collective hallucinations. Recently Rod Paige, the U.S. Secretary of Education, made the following statement: There is a new fervor in American education and a new creativity that's being driven in part by this generation of tech-savvy students. We are already seeing some remarkable results, and I believe this trend bodes well for the future of our country. As the report noted, America's students are our ultimate constituents, and we need to listen to them. Paige added that teachers are transforming what can be done in schools by... (more)

Sarbanes-Oxley: The New Rising Star

Ineffectual corporate management has given a great gift to programmers, system administrators, and CIOs - endless corporate accounting scandals. Our federal government has not missed this scandalous behavior as they have passed an extraordinarily strong, far-reaching law to contend with financial fraud. Officially it's called the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act, but it's more commonly know as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is a very special piece of legislation designed to keep corporate managers honest. The Act awards dishonesty with... (more)

How Low Does BEA Have to Go?

Related Links Is BEA DOA?  How Long Can BEA Survive, Industry Asks Why WebSphere? A Successful Ingredient Offers Choice A Leader with New Customers How low does BEA have to go before Oracle or, for that matter, anyone makes an offer for BEA? The answer may be lower than you think. Someone, anyone buying BEA has been a perennial topic of conversation for the past couple of years. I've had people tell me Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Microsoft, and AOL all have good reason to buy BEA and give IBM a good run for its money. Not one of these companies has stepped up with ... (more)