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  • NEMC Picks Perot to Tackle HIPAA

    Incumbency is as powerful in the IT business as it is in politics. Proof of that can be seen in the way that the Tufts-New England Medical Center, known as NEMC, has approached its compliance with the federal HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations. NEMC last year brought in Perot Systems Corp., of…

  • Stock Watch: Week Ended Nov. 7, 2003, Channel Stocks Inch Higher

    The patient isn’t cured, but vital signs are improving. That’s the general feeling among investors who track publicly held solutions providers and distributors. Indeed, our Ziff Davis Channel Zone Stock Index rose a respectable 2.86 percent for the week ended Nov. 7, closing at 1061.71. The index is up more than 6 percent since mid-October.…

  • Will Microsoft’s ‘Wallop’ Pack a Punch in the Enterprise?

    When Microsoft showed a prototype of software code-named “Wallop” at last month’s Professional Developers Conference, few attendees understood exactly what they were seeing. And the fact that Microsoft is sequestering Wallop behind a corporate firewall, allowing only a small number of researchers and their contacts to test the software, isn’t helping to clarify matters. But…

  • Intuit: On a Collision Course With Microsoft Small Biz Unit

    On November 13, Intuit is set to expand its core QuickBooks product line both vertically and up into the mid-market, setting the stage for a face-off with Microsoft’s small-business division in several, key areas. Microsoft is betting on its systems integration, reseller, and independent-software vendor partners to tailor its products for vertical markets while Intuit…

  • Contract Watch: The Secret Is Finally Out: Hardware Is Not Where It’s At

    If you’re a solutions provider trying to make a buck selling Wi-Fi hardware, you’re focusing on the wrong piece of the market. Software is where the action’s at. Just ask Ameranth Wireless . The savvy Wi-Fi solutions provider in Long Beach, Calif., has won a big integration deal with Darden Restaurants Inc. Never heard of…

  • FCC Expects VOIP Rules in 2004

    When policy-makers overhauled the telecommunications landscape in 1996 and opened the local telephone market to competition for the first time, technology professionals asked what would happen to phone regulation once voice services are delivered over the Internet. Now, almost eight years later, Washington is ready to begin answering that question. The issue forces lawmakers and…