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1) Software Review: SAP Business One : SAP has packaged its core applications in a flexible, capable product
that makes sense for small and medium businesses struggling to make
the best use of their business information. While SAP Business One
isn't cheap -- U.S. $3,750 per user -- it delivers strong value for
3) BBC News | BUSINESS | Group hugs increase profits: Giving your colleagues a hug first thing in the morning really can
boost profits, judging by the experiences of one company. Workers at
Farrelly Facilities and Engineering begin and end the day with an
embrace. It's produced a happier workforce. Since they started this
routine, at the end of 1999, profits at the heating and air
conditioning business have more than doubled. One of the directors,
John Farrelly, told BBC News Online that none of the 50 workers was
forced to cuddle.
4) SAP has the last laugh - Tech News - CNET.com: As SAP, Europe's biggest software maker, marks its 30th anniversary
this week, its combative chief executive has cause for a certain
satisfaction. Throughout the rise of the New Economy bubble in late
1999 and 2000, CEO Hasso Plattner had to battle charges that SAP was
a dinosaur left behind in the explosive growth of the Internet. The
company, which Plattner created with four colleagues from IBM, had
made its name with big corporate planning systems that were a byword
for technical excellence and user unfriendliness, requiring armies of
consultants and months of preparation to make them work.
5) Targeted Serendipity: Weblogs aren't just glorified pages of links and rambling personal
sites; they are an antidote to mass media. According to the author
of "The Weblog Handbook," Rebecca Blood, they are also bringing
creative expression to everyday people when they need it most.
6) ERP II SAP/Oracle Escalation Wake-up Call: Some enterprises with large-scale SAP/Oracle systems have experienced
an Oracle DBMS bug, which has exposed problems with the vendors'
support escalation processes. In the complex world of ERP II,
enterprises with large-scale implementations are likely to experience
difficulties that expose flaws in vendors' support and quality
assurance processes. Therefore, enterprises should become more
proactive with respect to their system support and management. The
critical support and escalation issues illustrated by the Oracle DBMS
bug will have major ramifications on the credibility of the ERP II
Unix market to support large-scale business operations.
7) SAP’s Application Server Move Will Be "Massively Unsuccessful": Speaking at Information Age's Collaborative Commerce conference in
London (Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2002), Fred Meyer (chief product strategist
at application integration vendor Tibco) outlined the role of
packaged applications such as SAP's enterprise resource planning
(ERP) suite, mySAP.com, in the future of Web services. "There will
still be a role for packaged applications behind the firewall," says
Meyer, "but the complexity of these systems makes it impossible to
build exhaustive integration across applications. The SAP mindset is
that "we own this world so you can't touch this," which is why [the
move into application development] will be massively unsuccessful."
8) Carnatic music should reach masses: CHENNAI, INDIA, December 20, 2001: Carnatic music in its pristine form
should reach the masses, Mr. M. Karpagavinayagam, judge, Madras High
told The Hindu newspaper. Lighting the traditional lamp to mark the
inaugural of the Rasika Ranjani Sabha's annual music festival 2001-
said flawless music gained prominence only when it reached the common
He called upon music organizations to motivate and draw the younger
generation into their fold by propagating the joy of carnatic music.
R. Santhanakrishnan, sabha president, said efforts were on to revive
sabha's sastriya sangeetha school of music. The auditorium renovation
be carried out with the assistance of sponsors, rasikas, and well
9) BizReport : Brits Do Their E-Shopping & E-Banking At Work: Internet usage figures published this morning show that the average
Brit seems to do a lot more than simply work at their place of
employment. Many, the NetValue analysis says, seem do a sizeable
amount of online shopping and banking during their working hours. The
October figures from the Internet research firm, which have just been
expanded to cover work and university Internet access, show that 7.8
million Brits - 25% of the workforce - now access the Net from their
place of employment. The problem, the research firm says, is that
many also access the Net during their normal working hours - i.e.,
when they should be working.
10) Muslim Life in America - Office of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State: Islam is considered one of the fastest-growing religions in the
United States today.
11) vnunet.com: SAP will back .Net: German software giant SAP AG said it would back both Microsoft's .Net
strategy and rival Sun Microsystems' Java technology, rebutting
reports this week that SAP would give its full backing to the Sun
platform.SAP North American spokesperson Bill Wohl said a lot of
interest had been created by the inaccurate and incomplete newspaper
story. "We've spent the last 24 hours trying to balance it."
According to Wohl, the UK's Financial Times got the story wrong; they
relied on the wrong sources.
12) Magician Loses Its Sparkling Touch: SAP, Europe's largest software maker, had been doing so well this
year that it was starting to look more like the work of black magic
than skilful management. That, at least, was the impression until
recently when it became the last sizeable player in its devastated
sector to issue a profit warning. No longer under the spell, analysts
are now wondering whether the warning was a blip or the prelude to
more serious problems for the German group. At the very least, they
say, the episode has pointed to serious weaknesses that must be
addressed quickly. One of them lies in SAP's handling of its last
results announcement, which not only irritated investors but also
fanned fears the group may have lost "visibility" on developments in
its market...As Mr Ashton puts it: "You can have the biggest firework in the
world, it is no good if you do not have the audience."
13) SAP Chooses Sun Micro Platform Over Microsoft : SAP, Europe's biggest software group, has decided not to use
Microsoft's .Net software platform and is instead backing a competing
offering from Sun Microsystems. Hasso Plattner, SAP chief executive,
will announce next week that the German group is to adopt Sun's J2EE
architecture, a development platform for enterprise software based on
the Java programming language, to run SAP software. SAP's move is
likely to be a blow to Microsoft, as the German group has one of the
largest customer bases of any business software developer.
14) United States Response to CBW Terrorism and Domestic Preparedness: A cartoonist couldn't have done that deliberately.
15) Prayer and Pregnancy 10/17/01: Researchers at Columbia University, expressing surprise at their own
findings, are reporting that women at an in vitro fertilization
clinic in Korea had a higher pregnancy rate when, unknown to the
patients, total strangers were asked to pray for their success.
19) Knowledge@Wharton - Confessions of a Recovering Workaholic: For many years Jonathan Lazear spent long hours building a literary
agency whose success brought him the usual trappings - large house,
new cars, expensive vacations. It wasn't until he realized that his
work habits had led him to ignore virtually every other part of his
life that he stepped back - and wrote a book. In The Man Who Mistook
His Job for a Life, Lazear talks about being addicted to work and
offers advice to help readers avoid the same fate.
23) Luigi Cornaro: How to Live 100 Years -- La vita Sobra: He cut down his intake of food to twelve ounces of solid foods and
fourteen ounces of wine. He called his system la vita sobra, which
became the name of the book he wrote later, "The Sober Life." With
this small intake of food, Luigi immediately began to feel better. At
the end of the year he was completely free of all his health
24) historia : With this application, you don't write your story chronologically,
from beginning to end. You write your story one memory at a time. The
application takes care of inserting the memory on your 'memory map'
based on the date it took place
25) Managing the Digital Enterprise | Open Courseware | Professor Michael Rappa: Type the description here.
26) Managing the Digital Enterprise | Business Models: Business models are perhaps the most discussed and least understood aspect of the web. There is so much talk about how the web changes traditional business models. But there is little clear-cut evidence of exactly what this means.
In the most basic sense, a business model is the method of doing
business by which a company can sustain itself -- that is, generate
revenue. The business model spells-out how a company makes money by
specifying where it is positioned in the value chain.
28) Relax when you meditate...: Relax when you meditate... just let the body be there, the mind be there, and you are neither. You are a watcher. Watch the body, watch the mind, and remember: you are simply the watcher. Bodies come and go, mind changes every moment, only the watcher remains for eternity. This watcher is your original face.
If you cannot see another world you are blind. If you do not know how to say a gentle word, when it is necessary, you are dumb. If you are tormented by too many desires you are poor. If you have a contented heart you are rich.
31) To bring about a fundamental revolution in oneself...: To bring about a fundamental revolution in oneself, one must understand the whole process of one's thought and feeling in relationship. That is the only solution to all our problems.
33) Hewlett-Packard to Buy Rival Compaq -NYT: Computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HWP - news) will announce on Tuesday it is buying rival Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:CPQ - news) for $25 billion in stock, The New York Times reported on Monday evening, citing executives close to the negotiations.
While an agreement had been reached in the acquisition, specific
terms were not disclosed, according to the newspaper. However, a
premium is being offered for Compaq's stock, The New York Times
36) New software lets managers search e-mail | Computerworld News & Features Story: Managers everywhere will soon have the power to remotely look through
employee e-mail boxes, search for common words and even delete
employee e-mail without notification, thanks to software from
MicroData Software Inc. Version 2 of the software, called "Cameo," is
scheduled to be released next week. Cameo is a rules-based system
that allows managers or administrators using Microsoft Corp. Exchange
5.5 or Exchange 2000 e-mail servers to block, delete, search and
automatically route e-mail, MicroData said.
39) Primer - Getting ino the semantic web and RDF using N3: The world of the semantic web, as based on RDF, is really simple at
the base. This article shows you how to get started. It uses a
simplified teaching language -- Notation 3 or N3 -- which is
basically equivalent to RDF in its XML syntax, but easier to scribble
when getting started.
40) ZDNet: Sm@rt Partner - Answerthink acquires SAP expertise: ...Roughly 60 SAP gurus will move from Condor to Answerthink. Each
SAP team member has an average of 15 years' consulting experience and
more than six years of implementation experience, according to
43) Franz Inc: Allegro Common Lisp and Common Lisp Products: Type the description here.
44) Wired 8.04: Why the future doesn\'t need us.: Our most powerful 21st-century technologies - robotics, genetic
engineering, and nanotech - are threatening to make humans an
45) Advenio Software - Mac OS X Development: Jim : Advenio Software: SQLGrinder
(http://www.advenio.com/sqlgrinder/index.html) -- "Query. Browse. Be
"Advenio SQLGrinder is a native Mac OS X SQL editor and developer
tool that makes your database development easier."
I find development is easier when I don't have to write SQL at all.
And no, that doesn't mean I use a GUI database editor/browser
alongside my ASP/JSP/CFM/PHP code instead, it means I use something
that writes the SQL for me. And no, that doesn't mean it puts the
SQL into my source files for me, it means there is no SQL code in my
source code, anywhere.
47) Life On The Internet: Could Blogging Assist KM?: But what if the two – blogging and KM – got together? That is, what if we took the technology that allows Bloggers to quickly annotate their journeys through the web with information about the whys and wherefores with a KM system that allowed their organizational colleagues to use the weblogs as a source of expertise? Consider:
-- If experts could use blogging software that was part of their normal work environment, probably part of their browser, to note and annotate web sites they wanted to share as part of their area of expertise (note the expert decides what to share, avoiding privacy problems);
49) Inside Job: Want to find one area where Internet technology is delivering more
than expected? Look within. Intranets are boosting efficiency and
creativity, and changing work patterns. Here are seven steps to the