Stories by Cara Cunningham

E-Business Data Doctor: Managed Hosting

By now, most dot-coms have figured out that when it comes to hosting the data centers behind their transaction-based Web sites, it's best to leave it to the experts. But the harder decision to make is this: Who manages the Web site and its back end? When your Web site is your business, and your entire company's viability rests on that site's dependability and performance, it's not a decision to be taken lightly.

The Public Sector Is Reeling in IT Talent

If you're managing an IT department at just about any company in the country, recruiting quality IT talent is probably your biggest headache. And it's not going away anytime soon. There are fewer computer science majors coming out of universities today than there were 10 years ago, and demand for fresh talent is still growing. Competition is tight, salaries can be absurdly high, and benefits that used to be special perks, such as stock options, are standard issue.

Software execs outline policy agenda at BSA Summit

The US software market in 2000 is expected to surpass even the automotive industry to become the largest contributor to the economy, according to a study released Wednesday by software industry group the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Gerstner positions Tivoli as key to e-business

IBM chairman and chief executive officer Lou Gerstner doesn't have buyer's remorse. His company's acquisition of Tivoli Systems in 1995 has proven to serve IBM well, and will continue to as IBM stretches its e-business strategy to include pervasive computing, Gerstner said.

Tivoli pushes customer service initiative

Systems management vendor Tivoli Systems kicked off its annual conference here this week with the announcement of an upgrade to a key application in its Customer Service Assurance initiative, as well as new guidelines to aid in decision support.

Net key to success, says MCI COO

MCI WorldCom chief operating officer John Sidgmore's keynote speech here at ComNet last week continued the theme running through this trade show that the Internet changes everything. At MCI WorldCom, Sidgmore explained, taking advantage of the Internet has been the reason behind the telecommunications giant's relentless growth in the past few years.

OMG's Meta-Data Exchange Spec to Be Voted On

Today at the Object Management Group's (OMG's) technical meeting held here, a team of vendors plan to submit for approval the XML Metadata Interface (XMI) specification that aims to facilitate the sharing of meta data between tools and repositories.