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csvrClient/server deployment requires one piece of hardware you probably won’t find in the computer store: a new hat rack.

The challenges of setting strategic directions and policies, establishing standard platforms, and rolling out applications that share data have caused many companies to redeploy their information technology staffs.

What has emerged in the largest companies is a collaborative environment with some centralized control. Think of it not as a glass house, but a glass condominium. Corporate IT can’t afford to be an isolated tower of power.

At Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, for example, CIO Craig Goldman leads a “gang of 60” technologists in establishing global computing standards. Each technologist represents a business unit that budgets for, implements, and supports initiatives based on the standards.

The team approach eliminates an ivory tower. “They get in the boat and row with me,” said Goldman of his technologists. “We don’t have people who don’t have a sense of what it’s like in …

tecquipA telecommuter used to be defined as someone who was associated with an office but not “part” of it. But the growth of computer and communications power has meant that telecommuters can be nearly the same as office dwellers.

Although the technology is still in the early stages of evolution, telecommuting now offers users a range of choices in making their connections with colleagues, customers, and other business contacts.

The basic choice faced by telecommuters is how thoroughly they wish to be connected to the office. Are simple data communications enough? Does the telecommuter need to see people or products at another site? Does he or she have to collaborate on a project with others? Does the collaboration have to be conducted in real-time, or can communications be delayed?

Telecommuters must also decide where they want to connect from. Given sufficient battery life and a good communications link, a telecommuter armed with a notebook PC and a wireless communications device …

Startup Business Is Her Specialty

supbWhen Judy Estrin decides it’s time for startup No. 3, she needn’t worry about funding. All she has to do is look to Philip Greer. He’s a honcho at Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners, which made some $57 million on Estrin’s first two startups — Bridge Communications and Network Computing Devices. If Estrin comes calling again, he says, only half-joking, “My response would be: ‘”How much do you want?”‘

Estrin, 39, who resigned as president and CEO of NCD just three weeks ago, doesn’t know what’s next. Not yet anyway. She wants to “decompress” from her 70-hour workweeks. Plus, she and husband Bill Carrico, NCD’s former chairman, feel better suited to running something smaller than $144 million NCD. But don’t expect the duo to stay out of the startup mode for long. Estrin figures she and Carrico will be back within a year.

Keep an eye on them. They’ve shown amazing prescience. When they founded Bridge in 1981, overall …

iteskAn ITE is an on-line marketplace that brings together buyers and suppliers within a common vertical. But a truly integrated fully-functional ITE has yet to be created.

Just about every manufacturer, distributor and retailer has been hearing about the emergence of independent trading exchanges (ITEs) as a critical means to conduct day to day business operations. As a J.D. Edwards and Company report, entitled “B2B Collaborative Commerce: The Key Enabler of B2B Marketplace Success” states, “The emergence of trading exchanges across all vertical and horizontal industry sectors marks the beginning of a new digital economy where traditional sales and distribution channels are eliminated and new electronic business processes have evolved via the Internet.”

AMR Research, Inc. in its report on E-Commerce Applications states that it “expects ITEs to play a major role in certain types of industries” and they are a “great example of how the Internet has revolutionized the way businesses interact.”

The definition of ITEs is relatively straightforward. …

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