Stories by IDG staff

Productivity and IT


Technology's role in boosting productivity and the resulting beneficial effects on the economy are hardly news to IT professionals and technology savvy managers. But now there's renewed pressure on IT departments to deliver strategic business advantage and a heightened awareness in the boardroom is going to shine the spotlight on CIOs a lot brighter. Len Rust explains

B2B standard comes out late, with more support

Ariba, Microsoft and IBM vowed they would spark the development of a business-to-business (B2B) Internet directory standard that could greatly simplify completing transactions over the Web.

Correction

In an article titled ¬ĎBurnie Gets Network Appliances MD Gig', Computerworld Today's 16 October edition incorrectly describes Michael Burnie as the former head of US enterprise storage giant EDS Asia Pacific. Mr Burnie was in fact employed by EMC Corporation. Computerworld apologies for any inconvenience caused.

BRIEFS: Novell, WAN, Nortel

Novell ¬ĎAkamaizes' Web speed with partnership, WANs with a difference, Nortel completes Alteon Web Systems purchase

Business Briefs

Novell proposes directory domain, Corel gets Microsoft money, new leader, Brisbane IT firm offers NFR security tools

Westpac goes all the way with IBM GSA


CSC and Optus spent black Friday ruing the deal that might have been after Westpac announced that its multi-billion dollar outsourcing requirements will be handled by IBM Global Services Australia and Telstra. While that news put all else in the shade, Australian companies continued during the week to show they can hold their own on the world stage

Outsourcing breaks out everywhere


A big part of management's concern about IT has been cost and delivery, and those genuine concerns have forced IT to fight for capital at the same time as organisations are facing eroded profit margins and -- for many -- a shortage of capital. Where IT expenditure is too high it won't survive; but will be cut back or outsourced. Len Rust explains

Paul Brandling takes reins at Compaq


It is now on the record that Paul Brandling moved into Ian Penman's well-worn shoes at the helm of Compaq on Black Friday - no omens there. Elsewhere Michael Burnie made a surprise comeback, the drift of directors from Sausage and Solution 6 continued, and one or two other surprises kept the week buzzing

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