Stories by Jeff Symoens

  • Outsourcing: Outsourcing trend changes IT career paths

    Outsourcing IT projects and services is a topic of great debate. Research organisations such as GartnerGroup are predicting the large-scale movement of IT services, support, and deployment projects from internal IS departments to external service organisations in the years to come. How is this likely to affect the career of IT professionals?

  • Will Notes/Domino gain share as a Web app server?

    Having reviewed products for most of the decade, it's not often that I get really excited about a new product release. However, I got excited over Lotus' latest releases of Domino and Notes. I stumbled on Lotus' Domino and Notes Release 5 (R5), which had been clogging up my mailbox for several days; after playing with the product for a few weeks, I can say that R5 is truly inspiring.

  • Netscape forced to serve two masters

    Speculation about Netscape's future has run rampant for 18 months. As the dust of the acquisition starts to settle, it is clear that the new Netscape, managed under the America Online umbrella and defined by a strategic partnership with Sun Microsystems, will produce some new strategies and find itself some new competitors. Still, the question remains: can Netscape continue to grow its markets as an open, cross-platform products vendor while it continues to cuddle up even closer with Sun?

  • Beta 3 of Win2000 Server makes upgrade case

    For many Windows NT shops, upgrading to Windows 2000 Server is not a question of "if", it's a question of "when". Even if yours is not a Windows NT shop, the odds are good that Windows 2000 Server will sneak its way into your network to support an application or service.

  • Sun leapfrogs Intel-based rivals with Solaris 7

    I don't know where I'll be on New Year's day in the year 2000 and I don't know where I'll be when Intel finally ships its first 64-bit processor, code-named Merced, later that year. But what I do know is that I won't have to wait that long to start running a 64-bit operating system, especially since Sun Microsystem's Solaris 7 just joined the ranks with Digital Unix as one of the few 64-bit operating systems available today.

  • Add-On shows promise for NT, Unix ties

    Windows NT and Unix don't always get along as well as we would like them to. In the spirit of improving relations between the two operating systems, Microsoft is introducing its Windows NT Service for Unix Add-On pack.

  • Novell, Microsoft operating systems must prove themselves

    There are few things in life that I enjoy more than a new operating system. But what can I say? Deep down I'm a nerd (and perhaps a bit of a masochist too). It is also pretty exciting to track the progress of OS products from their early development stages to their shipping form, and then to see how the market reacts to the products once they are available.

  • NT 5.0 hits the halfway mark

    Microsoft's long-anticipated and largely hyped Windows NT Server 5.0 is moving along in development, as evidenced by the company's recent release of the product's second public beta version. But there are still quite a few improvements that Microsoft must make before you can give NT Server the go-ahead in your enterprise.