Stories by Mark Tebbe

  • Corporations need to follow IT's lead

    In case it isn't obvious, we are in the midst of a fantastic global transformation. Our parents and grandparents didn't experience one, but our great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents did. They saw, and participated in, a similar transformation when the world went from being strictly an agrarian society to an industrial one.

  • Software integration will improve productivity

    Funny, the Internet is looking more and more like a LAN. Although everyone enjoys the Web for its generally easy access and the breadth of information that it makes available, it hasn't been an easy business tool to use. Many companies use it for business transactions and information distribution, but its massive extensiveness and chaotic state have impeded corporations from fully integrating it into their infrastructures.

  • Linux's success may slow momentum

    It seemed every major software vendor was at the recent LinuxWorld Expo announcing support for this open-source operating system. Well, everyone, that is, except Microsoft. And that's because Linux has become the only possible challenge to the Microsoft OS juggernaut. But the Linux community needs to ensure that this growing success doesn't beget the operating system's downfall.

  • Microsoft's NT delay invites Unix use

    As the delivery date for Windows NT 5.0 - oops, Windows 2000 - gets later, Microsoft seems to be daring corporate customers to look at other server OS platforms. In the past, many customers didn't see a viable alternative - Unix was too fragmented, Sun Solaris didn't talk to NT, and Linux was too new to consider. But Microsoft's seemingly lackadaisical pace should quicken rapidly after two Unix-related announcements last week from Sun Microsystems and IBM.

  • PCs will give way to specialised devices

    It's easy to get nostalgic about computing over the past 20 years. But although we can wistfully review the advances in processors, hard drives, and RAM, it is ironic that the basic design for desktop computing hasn't changed in 17 years. But by combining the specialised device technologies at hand with the lowering prices of corporate computers, we are on the cusp of significant changes in how we integrate computers into our daily lives - at both work and home. Or more prophetically, computing will change more dramatically in the next 10 years than it has in the past 10.

  • Networks' role undergoes shift

    "Networks have, in many cases, become the business." At Gartner's Symposium/ITXpo 98 last week, that's how Manny Fernandez, CEO of the Gartner Group, summarised the No 1 issue facing the IT industry in coming years. Networks have always been challenging, but with the growing power of interconnecting applications, people, and organisations, the role of the network is becoming more and more critical to corporations.

  • I-commerce: the toughest job

    During the upcoming budgeting cycle, the choices made regarding Web usage will set the corporate business tone for the new millennium. In short, will your company take full advantage of the Web or simply use it?

  • Web applications become practical

    In the beginning, most companies seemed happy just to have a Web presence. But as most major corporations got their first-generation Web site in place, they began looking for more.