IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 29/3/1999

IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 29/3/1999

IDC report supports ERP solutions

IDC's latest report challenges preconceptions about ERP solutions being cumbersome to implement and unable to deliver promised efficiency improvements.

Click on the link below for the full story bracing for lawsuits, stock market to jitterThe question, which came from the back of a conference room at a posh desert resort, reverberates through corporate boardrooms: even if our company suffers no significant breakdowns at the beginning of next year, how can we defend ourselves against shareholder lawsuits if year 2000 problems throughout US business sectors lead to a 20 per cent drop in the stock market?Click on the link below for the full story to strengthen Net regulation Australia is set to get tougher on Internet regulation, a Government minister announced last week, specifically to afford further protection to children who might stumble across objectionable material while browsing the World Wide Web.

Click on the link below for the full story continues process of Y2K compliance Confronted with one of the biggest management issues in its history, the Commonwealth Government has released the latest report on its Y2K compliance and, ironically, it is the Department of Communications, the Arts and Information Technology that appears to be the least prepared.

Click on the link below for the full story lags in online transactions -- IDCVery few Asian companies to date have developed Web sites which can handle business transactions, according to Dennis Philbin, managing director of research company IDC Asia-Pacific. And while the number of companies here that have set up a Web presence has increased significantly over the last 18 months, there are still a number of factors inhibiting quicker electronic commerce development, he said yesterday at the Second Roundtable on E-Commerce in Asia.

Click on the link below for the full story denial proliferates Many companies are in denial over their chances of beating the year 2000 deadline, according to an IT executive who has spent years tracking the issue.

"A lot of organisations are running late," says Ross McLean, former Asia/Pacific director of Hitachi Data Service's Y2K division and now managing director of MS400 Asia Pacific.

Click on the link below for the full story IBM to reveal electronic business initiativesIBM was scheduled to announce a raft of new products and services yesterday designed to help corporate users distribute data and applications more securely over the Internet for conducting business electronically. IBM will also debut virtual private network (VPN) enhancements with beefed up security features that allow users to more safely share important information across an enterprise to users in remote offices or to their suppliers and business partners.

Click on the link below for the full story shows rise in Y2K-related IT spendingThe gap between leaders and laggards has widened among companies and countries addressing the year 2000 issue, according to the most recent quarterly report released here yesterday by the Gartner Group at its Spring Symposium/ITxpo '99.

Click on the link below for the full story draws out Y2K first timersDespite years of hype surrounding the year 2000 bug, hundreds of organisations lined up on Tuesday to attend a conference detailing the most basic of millennium issues. Staged by local testing tools software vendor Mercury Interactive, the Year 2000 Testing seminar dealt with only the most rudimentary Y2K issues such as explanations of the problem itself, its potential business impact and options for alleviating the problem.

Click on the link below for the full story and SAP to deliver on LinuxSoftware heavyweights Informix and SAP have joined forces to deliver SAP's R/3 enterprise resource planning suite on the Linux platform. The move lends even more credibility to the burgeoning operating system, following similar announcements from major hardware and software suppliers.

Click on the link below for the full story experts monitor hackers pulseInternet Security Systems has its finger on the hackers' pulse, and it's planning to boost its presence in the Australian security market just to prove it. Steven Laskowski, ISS' new Australian and New Zealand managing director, has started a local shop-front for the company to look after a substantial customer base including 25 government departments and agencies, 11 banks and financial institutions and five telcos.

Click on the link below for the full story of Visa's disputes, fraud from e-commerceAlthough only two per cent of Visa International's credit card business relates to Internet transactions, 50 per cent of its disputes and discovered frauds are in that area, according to the company. It is consumers who are responsible for most of the disputes and fraud, not merchants, Mark Cullimore, director of emerging technology at Visa International Asia-Pacific, said at the Second Roundtable on E-Commerce in Asia.

Click on the link below for the full story your hands off the Net: Magaziner warns govtsThe Internet revolution is the mechanism to re-invigorate world economies and all world governments need to do is sit back and watch. Ira Magaziner, a former senior policy adviser on the Internet to US President Clinton, issued the advice here on Friday, claiming government bureaucracy is too slow to cope with the technology.

Click on the link below for the full story failures to increase soon, says GartnerThe rate of failures caused by the year 2000 bug will accelerate rapidly from the middle of this year onwards, according to Chris Morris, vice president of Gartner Group's Asia-Pacific division. About 25 per cent of the eventual Y2K failures will happen before the January 1, 2000 deadline, as computer systems increasingly need to interact with next year's dates, Morris said.

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