Stories by Julia King

Integration Improvements

According to Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., users can expect to see additional integration features from digital exchanges in the next two years. They include the following:

Bitch Sites Tutorial

What are they? Web sites or message boards where workers post so-called real-life stories - usually complaints - about their companies, managers, career choices, working conditions and more.

Online Buyers Tout Auction Gains

Erase the image of backroom purchasing agents thumbing through fat paper catalogs or haggling over prices with suppliers by phone.

Tech-for-Equity Deals Speed B-to-B Rollouts

New business-to-business marketplaces are springing up online in weeks rather than months, thanks to a growing venture funding trend under which investors provide technology and business expertise in exchange for a piece of the action.

Hackers Post False Merger News on Company Web Site

Aastrom Biosciences is in damage-control mode this morning after hackers broke into the company's Web site and posted a false press release announcing that the company was merging with biotechnology competitor Geron.

Parts Maker Pins Profits Dip on IT

Thomas & Betts Corp., a $2.5 billion electrical parts manufacturer, is blaming problems with a new Internet-based order management system for a 50% nosedive in fourth-quarter profits - plus another $42 million in losses caused by order and shipping disruptions.

Online Order System Blamed for Drop in Net Income

Thomas & Betts Corp., an electronics components manufacturer in Memphis, blamed problems with a new Internet-based ordering system for $20 million in shipment delays and a nearly 50 percent drop in 1999 income.

CIOs Scoff at Early Report of IT's Demise

Forrester Research Inc. gives IT organizations three years before they're killed off by emerging e-commerce models that put technology management directly into the hands of business managers and outside service providers.

Free Software Brings Small Suppliers Online

VerticalNet Inc. and The EC Co. are clearing the way for thousands of small-fry suppliers to play with the big boys in the booming business-to-business e-commerce arena.

Not Your Father's IT

As CIO and senior vice president of engineering and development at Reynolds & Reynolds, Yen-Ping Shan's calendar listed a regular weekly meeting with the Ohio-based company's CEO.

Researchers to launch global Net measurements

AC Nielsen and NetRatings, an internet audience researcher, said yesterday they'll launch a new global service for tracking audiences, advertising and user activity on the internet.

Internet holiday sales failures carry hefty price tag

Online holiday sales are due to hit $US6 billion this year, with some 10 million first-time cybershoppers clicking Web-based "buy" buttons, according to new research from New York-based Jupiter Communications.