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Certification Remains Key To IT Success

itseIT organizations are using internal certification programs to train and reward staff by offering well-defined career tracks and clear-cut promotion guidelines

When Dana Nutter decided recently to flex his professional muscles by changing jobs, one of his main goals was to chart a clear career path. Like most IT professionals, he wanted to vault to the next level in his career and believed a new job at a new company was the best way.

Last September he landed at Computer Applications Corp. and found not only better job opportunities but also something he had never heard of during his 17-year …

IT Security Even More Important For Health Organizations

itsDaniel Moffatt, vice president and CIO of Carondelet Health Systems, a national network of Catholic hospitals, is making a leap of faith. So great is his belief in Internet security technology, Moffatt has set up a VPN on the public Net to transfer the most personal and confidential data: patients’ medical information.

While other hospitals are using the Net to host public Web sites, two Carondelet members, St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, in Kansas City, Mo., have constructed a secure Internet link to transport patient records, lab reports and electronic signatures to their physicians’ private offices or …

Judge Jackson Changed Microsoft Big Time

jjcmJudge thomas penfield jackson’s ruling that Microsoft cannot force OEMs to buy Internet Explorer as a condition of their Windows license raises more questions than it answers. But the questions, at first blush, seem either unanswerable or unimportant from a pure force-of-impact standpoint.

While the media can’t have enough of this story, the ruling will hardly be felt by anybody except the main players, spinmeisters, and some programmers and marketers at Microsoft. Let’s walk through it:

COMPETITION. There are only two browsers that matter: Netscape’s and Microsoft’s. The judge’s decision won’t change that. What he seemed to be saying …

No Red Carpet for Local Access


The spirit of cooperation has not led incumbent service providers to roll out the red carpet to help rivals access their local networks.

In most cases, the cooperation provided by incumbents has fallen far short of the commitment required by potential competitors to provision alternative voice or data services on existing networks.

In the most recent indictment of the Regional Bell Operating Companies’ uncooperative attitude, the U.S. Department of Justice last week warned the Federal Communications Commission not to approve an application by BellSouth Corp. to provide long-distance service in Louisiana.

The DOJ’s recommendation was based on three factors: BellSouth’s …

Telecom Act Changed Everything for IT

taAlmost two years after passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, corporate IT managers remain sorely disappointed with the pace of local telephone competition and its twin promises of greater choice and lower prices.

Far worse, true competition is likely years away unless the telecommunications industry’s largest players stop dragging their feet.

Potential rivals to the incumbent RBOCs (Regional Bell Operating Companies) and GTE Corp. currently have two options for providing alternative local services: reselling the local lines owned and controlled by the incumbents, or constructing their own bypass networks.

In either case, the trouble and expense of building alternative …

Retrieve Everything Now With Professional RAID Recovery!

Have you lost a file or accidentally deleted something? Do you need it badly that you need to have it again but do not want to go through all the problems and process of having to redo everything again? Having a RAID 5 server is a nice setup, as if in case someone loses a file, they can easily retrieve it because of the redundancy. A lot of people have been calling now and then to ask if there is any way they can retrieve the files or files that they accidentally erased permanently. Thank the fast pace of technology …

10 Time Saving Business Tips!

tsbtTime may be on Mick Jagger’s side (at least according to the song), but it’s probably not on yours. Your business makes so many demands that time has become an adversary. Even when you dip into your evenings and weekends, it seems impossible to get everything done–not to mention find time to spend with your family.

* Technology to the rescue. You may think you’re using technology to its maximum timesaving capacity, but there’s always room for improvement. We’ve uncovered more than 15 techniques that can liberate precious minutes from your day and hours from your week. Judging from our …

Protect Your Servers And Laptops With Equipment Insurance

slwiAs entrepreneur Ann Kitcher stood watching flames sweep through her Laguna Beach, California, home, she never thought she’d face a worse disaster. But when she contacted the carrier who had issued her homeowner’s policy, she really got burned: Kitcher didn’t have loss-of-business-data coverage. And the $5,000 in equipment insurance she did have was just a fraction of the total value of her college curriculum consultancy, which included a PC, $20,000 in furniture, supplies, completed textbooks, and nearly two years’ worth of work in progress. What’s worse, Kitcher hadn’t backed up her files.

“If I’d had a separate business policy, it …

How To ReUse Old Tech

htrotTHE OLD SONY TELEVISION IN MY HOME OFFICE WAS considered state of the art when I bought it 20 years ago, and it still displays a beautiful picture. It’s far from obsolete. The only problem is that it doesn’t have enough audio-visual inputs for all the cable, satellite, videocamera, VCR, and computer multimedia jacks I want to stick in it.

The new TV–the salesman calls it a “video receiver and monitor” has lots of A/V jacks and sports a bigger screen than the old set’s 19-inch one, and it costs less. Not a bad trade-up.

Meanwhile, I’ll hand down the …

Saving Money Without Being Cheap

npDo you think you got a great deal on your new printer? Don’t be fooled into believing that the price tag tells all. Whether it’s a fax machine, cellular phone, 800 number, laser printer, color inkjet printer, or photocopier, most office technology has hidden costs that can swallow a budget.

Printers, fax machines, and copiers suck up toner cartridges. ink, and thermal paper. Your first cellular bill could put you off from ever using the phone again. Even toll-free numbers have hidden costs that will make you question their usefulness in providing your customers with easy access.

The key …