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Network Associates Hopes to Rekindle the Flame
Though the security market has been exploding, Network Associates, Inc. (NAI) will likely post a loss for FY'99. However, don't expect the security monolith to

bugs locus  need to be upgraded, bugs that need to be fixed, and an architecture strategy that needs updating. Since NAI's WebShield security appliance is based on Gauntlet, it too suffers the same technical challenges found in Gauntlet. User Recommendations Clients that already have Gauntlet or other Network Associates products in place, or are making a major Network Associates product acquisition, can examine Gauntlet as a part of the larger deal, but negotiate hard on price. Those organizations making a new Read More
Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems
Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming...
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No Yawn Intended: Enterprise Applications Giant Introduces a Mid-tier Support Choice
Many market observers might yawn at SAP's recent Premium Support announcement, but users increasingly appreciate more choice and certainty, and may take notice

bugs locus  result from flaws or bugs in the software, or from a misunderstanding about how the software works, or both. In any case, software customers want to be able to contact a qualified expert to discuss the issue and resolve it in a timely fashion, with minimal impact on their business—and they do not really care whether the issue arises from a bug or from user error or ignorance. Software vendors need to provide unlimited access to support services that include experts who are trained in detecting and fixin Read More
Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Adds Dysfunction to the Windows Family
Once upon a time, Microsoft products could only be used after the first service pack was released. With Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1, Redmond sets out to prove

bugs locus  patch specific Office 2000-related bugs. Finally, be warned: SR-1 is a 26-40MB download. Don't try this at home on a modem. You will be better off ordering the CD directly from Microsoft - it's free except for shipping costs. Read More
Oracle Sails Slower In The Low Tide, But Mayday Signal Is Quite Far-Fetched
For a longer time than most of its competitors, Oracle seemed to have defied a global economic slowdown. The 64,000 dollar question is whether Oracle’s tamed

bugs locus  them to indicate the bugs and request patches afterwards, which would in turn provide for more reliable subsequent releases to other users. The 11i product release was no exception - over a few thousand of patches have been reportedly requested by early customers and subsequently released. Ironically, the latest product release, 11i.3, while perceived as stable and much improved over its previous incarnations, may suffer from the bad timing of the release. Namely, the customers' weariness and Read More
Embedded Systems Development: Three Proven Practices for Speed and Agility
Many manufacturers are incorporating embedded systems into their products to meet the growing demand. While this approach offers exciting opportunities for

bugs locus  have zero tolerance for bugs and must beat the competition to market. But companies that successfully address these challenges are seeing higher profitability—in spite of the current economy. Find out why. Read More
Microsoft .NET-managed Code Enablement: Examples and Challenges
Intuitive, Visibility, and Epicor offer .NET Framework-managed code products, but their

bugs locus  of many of the bugs and security problems users suffer from. Such.NET-managed code systems will be easier to install and administer, and therefore cheaper to own over the long haul, and such systems will be easier to secure against hackers. Also, .NET-based systems will be less buggy and better behaved, and blue screen mystery crashes should be a thing of the past. Fewer problems means less wasted time for users and IT professionals, but is that compelling enough at this stage? There is no universal Read More
Will User Enterprises Ever Get onto an Easy (Support and Maintenance) Street?
Vendors' traditional pricing strategies aren't going to work much longer. Sooner or later, prices will be determined by what the market is ready to bear rather

bugs locus  well. Today, people accept bugs and problems in software because it is the way this industry has always worked and otherwise, it would probably be so costly that there would not be an industryand it will stay like this for a long time given the increasing appetite of people for cheap and disposable goods and services. To be fair to vendors, we also agree with the fact that some users have a devil-may-care attitude toward implementing and using their software. One comment even went so far as to state tha Read More
Supporting Teamwork by Abridging Departmental Silos (and All That in a Cloud)
According to the adage “When one door closes, another one opens,” there are opportunities and unfulfilled customer needs even in this dour economic environment.

bugs locus  customer issues , software bugs , tasks, and new feature requests. In his search for available solutions, Johnson found that there were some decent help desk applications for customer service advisors (agents)  and bug-tracking applications for product developers, but there were no systems designed for both groups to use. For example, the well-known Bugzilla bug-tracking software  is not aware of who the customer is. After doing a thorough market search, the company was not able to find anything Read More
PeopleSoft Programs Cause Headaches at Number of Universities
For the students at Northwestern University registration was supposed to be as easy as point and click, however, it turned into crash and burn.

bugs locus  cautious strategy allows system bugs to be found and corrected before moving on to the next phase, while reducing the shock within the user community that inevitably accompanies new corporate-wide system implementations. Big Bangs are misleading in their promise of once and it's done benefits as investments made to remedy problems can quickly outweigh anticipated savings. Second, the majority of ERP vendors are only novices in Web-enabling their products. Similar hiccups to those above-mentioned are exp Read More
Productivity for Software Estimators
Presently, software estimation is considered to be an art rather than a science. At the heart of this perception is the lack of understanding of the concept of

bugs locus  easy to unintentionally leave bugs inside). Code review — walking through code written by another programmer, deciphering its functionality, and trying to predict the possible errors that the customer might come across when using the software. Testing — trying to unearth all the defects that could be left in the software. However, it is an accepted fact within the industry that finding 100 percent of the defects is impossible. Furthermore, testing 100 percent of the software is an impractical endeav Read More
IBM Buys What’s Left of Informix
In another sign of consolidation within the database vendor market, IBM has announced that they are acquiring the assets of Informix Software (the database

bugs locus  will be maintained and bugs will be fixed, but no new major releases will be made available. Going forward, as new versions of hardware and software are implemented in a customer's environment, continued use of the stabilized product will become difficult to the degree of being untenable. Exceptions to this are that Informix Dynamic Server 9.3 is still planned for this year, with a new release of XPS slated for next year. IBM has the stated intent of revisiting the stabilization issue with existing Inform Read More
Are ASP Applications Right for You? Part 2: Decision Criteria
Whether an application is best implemented as an ASP provided application or service, built in-house or purchased, generally depends on the same criteria as

bugs locus  to monitor and repair bugs in an expeditious manner. These bugs may be resident in the ASP's software or in the applications purchased from third parties. In the period of time between implementation and the time the bug is identified and a patch released and applied data is at risk. It is advantageous to keep all of these time periods to a minimum. The initial time period (between implementation and discovery of the bug) is proportional to the number of users on the system and the complexity of Read More
PTC Live Global 2013: All About Design for “Servitization” —Part One
This was my third time attending the PTC Live Global (formerly PlanetPTC Live) conference, and by now I can say with some conviction that, compared to its large

bugs locus  of security, privacy, viruses, bugs, etc., which becomes yet another issue to worry about. This trend forces interdisciplinary teams, cross-functional product development, and systems engineering. For example, the Tier 1 automotive supplier Continental reportedly now has more software developers than mechanical engineers. PLM products for sophisticated manufacturers now need to be able to build bridges between mechanical CAD (MCAD), electronic CAD (ECAD), and application lifecycle management (ALM) platfor Read More
Beware of Legacy Data - It Can Be Lethal
Legacy data can be lethal to your expensive new application – two case studies and some practical recommendations.

bugs locus  those years : the bugs introduced by a programmer back in 1984 and discovered after 4 months (but not always corrected in the data); the trainee working some months for the company, maintaining the system without really understanding it. Ok, I know what you are thinking: not in our shop! People are very reluctant to admit that there might be problems like these in their systems. I would go so far as to state: there is no information system without some of these abnormalities, simply because there is no Read More
Why I Like Vanilla
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software packages can be highly flexible, but custom configurations may cause more trouble than they’re worth when it comes

bugs locus  improve security, and reduce bugs. These are all good things. But with customized software, upgrades are more complicated, more expensive, and more risky. Vanilla Essence In my experience, the common argument given for choosing super-flexible or customized software is misleading. The argument says that with better flexibility, you will have the ability to do whatever you need. But it doesn’t work out that way. The resources to make changes are limited, and the result is that while all things are Read More

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