Re: OpenVMS wins "advanced" technologies award!
- From: JF Mezei <jfmezei.spamnot@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2006 18:07:30 -0400
Tom Linden wrote:
I keep getting page not found as of 11:17 MDTMe too, I think it is a browser issue, I use Opera. I just tried with IE,
and indeed it is.
I see the text. If they want us to respect copyright, they should
respect HTML standards so that we don't have to copy the ext for those
who can't access their poorly designed page.
June 06, 2006 (Computerworld) -- WASHINGTON -- The Computerworld Honors
awards program last night focused attention on some of the world's most
advanced technologies, including an IT project managed by David Milne,
the director of database technologies at Chicago Stock Exchange Inc.,
who is running a database grid on servers that use a discontinued
processor technology, the Alpha chip. Some of the Alpha Servers have
even been bought used, he said.
The stock exchange received an achievement award in the finance,
insurance and real estate category for its use of an Oracle Corp.
database in a grid. The grid is running on clustered Alpha Servers from
Hewlett-Packard Co., delivering high service levels at a reasonable cost
and sparing the need for a dedicated system for the grid. And Milne said
that when he needs more compute power, he can go out and buy "what was
at one point Cadillac technology at a commodity price."
The Chicago Stock Exchange's award illustrates a key facet of some of
last night's award winners: Having the latest or best technology isn't
as important as how technology is assembled to reduce costs and deliver
new services. One company that makes that point is Zipcar Inc.
Zipcar is an entirely self-service car rental company. Customers can
make reservations over the Internet and use a smart card to gain access
to a rental vehicle, while the company relies on wireless technologies
to track its assets. "A lot of pieces that are really geared to
self-service" make Zipcar possible, said Roy Russell, vice president of
technology at the Cambridge, Mass.-based company.
Zipcar was the winner in the Honors' transportation category.
The various case studies collected by Computerworld Honors program,
nearly 230, are used by more than 250 libraries and research
institutions. "It is our goal to document the history of a in
progress," said Bob Carrigan, president of IDG Communications, the
parent company of Computerworld.
Among those honored for individual accomplishment was Hector Ruiz, the
CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., who underscored another
theme that ran through many of the projects: Using technology to improve
the greater good. Ruiz said people throughout the world "are desperately
clamoring for the opportunity to have access to this awesome technology"
and he believes that finding ways to help that happen is something that
motivates everyone involved in technology.
Passion about technology was also evident in Bruno Friedll, systems
support manager at Zurich-based Neue Zurcher Zeitung AG, one of the
largest newspaper publishers in Switzerland. The company, under its
Archive 1780 project, has put 225 years of its newspaper in digital
form, including some 2 million pages and 10TB of data, using an
automated imaging process. The archives are now searchable online.
Friedll talked about the difficulty of converting Gothic-style text into
digital format. When asked about the value of the work and its return to
the company, he said there is but one answer: "The value is making
Another value from technology is illustrated by BellSouth Corp., which
developed an Amber Alert field-notification system that sends
information about missing children to the laptops of more than 13,000
field technicians. Jim Wheeler, general manager of network systems, said
the company is making the intellectual property behind the system freely
available "so your companies can establish your own field-notification
systems," he said.
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