The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) estimates that poor quality
customer data costs U.S. businesses a staggering $611 billion a year in
postage, printing and staff overhead (TDWI estimates based on cost-savings
cited by survey respondents and others who have cleaned up name and address
data, combined with Dun & Bradstreet counts of U.S. businesses by number
The overall database market now includes the software for Unix and Windows
operating systems, as well as mainframe computers. Overall, IBM's DB2
and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 databases gained ground on Oracle's
9i database in all categories, while Oracle lost market share.
The global demand for semiconductors has an estimated growth of 2.3% in 2002, slightly recovering from last year's decrease - the largest so far: 32.0%, World Semiconductor Trade Statistics Inc. experts said.
According to IDC, software spending in North America did not grow
nearly as quickly in 2001 as it did in 2000, when it increased more than
18% over 1999 spending. Over-investment, particularly in technology, by
companies prior to the bubble burst has deterred growth in investment over
the past 18 or so months. The result is that the IT training market, while
still growing in 2001, was impacted adversely.
Worldwide PC shipments declined slightly in the first quarter of 2002, reflecting
continued pressure on the market. Shipments were down 2.7% year on year
and 8.9% sequentially to a total of 31.4 million. Market growth was up relative
to a projected decline of 5.4% year on year, consistent with a slowly recovering
A survey on more than 2,400 computer users, conducted by Intel Corp.,
found that people have used their laptop PCs in the most unusual places:
at weddings or funerals, in coal mines and on top of grain towers, from
a Grand Canyon hiking trail to a "dodgy youth hostel in Amsterdam,"
while riding a horse, milking a cow and building a chicken coop.
The largest-ever public opinion poll on globalization, covering countries
with 67% of the world's population, shows that people increasingly favour
economic globalization, but they have high expectations in some areas that
will be difficult to satisfy. Citizens also have concerns about perceived
damaging impacts of globalization.
The European Commission recently lifted the barriers for the public sector services, nationally and regionally, arguing, at the end of May, that its initial plan to connect all the schools to the Internet is almost complete. The next target is to make the transition of the public services - mainly schools and hospitals - to broadband access, Erkki Liikanen, EC's representative for enterprises and information society, declared.
IDC latest study describes content as digitized information - regardless of media type - made available over networks, such as text, music, pictures, or video. The individual consumer is often the first market that comes to mind when thinking of content service providers (CSPs). But although individuals represent almost 100% of spending on content services, the money for CSPs isn't coming from the consumer.
Stereotype Thinking - A Reality ? Redefine "normality" for the new Millenium. Could flexibility reduce obtusity ? Adina Riposan, Director "Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.
Unreasonable people attempt to adept the world to themselves.
All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people." (George Bernard Shaw)
Language and Estrangement at 2Ghzps Radu Rizea, Chief Editor "World is changing... Fast". I wish I had a dime for every time I heard this. Bill Gates would have been my assistant accountant. I'm not about to endlessly chat about the technique - evolving faster than our understanding abilities, and I'm not about to lament on the fact that, except for some experts, no one understands what's going on.