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Friday, April 14, 2006

TechTarget News Roundup -- April 13th, 2006

Offshore contracts: the finer the print, the better
Off the shelf might be just fine for IT services, but offshore contracts should be custom-made. Gartner offers tips for "contracting effectively in a globally sourced world."

Notebooks in the data center take root
Although desktops still dominate the business world, vendors have recognized that notebooks are the future. Should CIOs follow their lead?

Enviro-friendly data center cuts costs
Data centers can be hogs to upkeep, and as cost factors like energy prices climb, some companies are turning to green methods to reduce costs.

Monitoring service gives companies “the upper hand”
An Atlanta company turned to the Logix Resource Group for network monitoring and reporting after several frightening “bumps in the night.”

Collaborate '06 Preview: IOUG's Kaplan on RAC, security, mobility and more
IOUG president Ari Kaplan explains what's on tap for the Collaborate '06 Oracle users' conference being held later this month in Nashville.
Podcast: SAP implementation challenges, pitfalls
James Smith, IT director of dishware and stemware maker Rosenthal USA, discusses the challenges and potential pitfalls of an SAP implementation.
Report: IM, P2P threats on the rise
Research shows a steady increase in threats that target unauthorized IM and peer-to-peer applications. Worse yet, most IT departments have no way of knowing the threats exist.

Opinion: It's time to fix AV warning messages
Warning messages from antivirus filters are becoming nearly as burdensome as unsolicited and malicious e-mails. What can be done? Ferris Research analyst Richi Jennings says the answer is to pressure vendors and apply existing standards.

IBM and HP at odds on database storage
IBM's new release of DB2 and HP's acquisition of OuterBay put the two server/storage titans on opposite sides of the database storage spectrum.

Clustering newcomer shakes up scene
As clustering gains popularity, the emergence of Crosswalk's iGrid software necessitates a deeper delve into the subtleties of competing products.

ActiveX update may cause minor glitches in Windows shops
Analysts say the ActiveX patch may confuse users and create problems for Windows managers.


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