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Building International Software
Package developers often concentrate first on getting the software working, then consider what is involved in making it support more than one national language. This may be a serious mistake. By following a few simple rules, which add little to development costs, it is possible to ensure from the start that the software can be readily adapted to different national languages.
In "Building International Software", Herbert Tang presents guidelines for software internationalization.
Data Migration Concepts & Challenges
It sounds simple: "Data migration solutions extract data from a source system, correct errors, reformat, restructure and load the data into a replacement target system". It sounds simple, but poorly managed data migration is the most common cause of failure in implementing a replacement system.
Data migration is not a job to be taken casually. The data is an immensely valuable asset, built up over years of operations. The whole replacement project relies on successful migration. If the migration project runs into problems, the future of your company may be at stake.
Data Migration Concepts & Challenges explores the data migration problem. The examples are drawn from migrations of Customer Care & Billing systems, but the paper applies to any significant migration from a legacy application to a replacement package.
Enjoying Caracas in Safety
Caracas is the soul of Venezuela and the center of the economy. It is a complex and alive city with many cultural events and attractions. There are about 3.5 million inhabitants, resulting in a very particular mix of cultures and habits. The music and cuisine and nitelife is second to none in South America, and here you will find the main points for conducting commerce.
However, personal safety is not the best although one can find in commercial and tourist zones more police vigilance. Like in any metropolis including Miami and New York there are necessary precautions for you to enjoy a happy visit. Enjoying Caracas In Safety gives advice.
Future of the Mailing Industry
The postal industry is in transition. Email and e-commerce are driving down letter mail volumes in the developed world, while Internet shopping and just-in-time supply chain management are pushing up parcel volumes. Posts throughout the world face deregulation and privatization.
Future of the Mailing Industry describes the industry today, discusses the pressures for change and predicts what the industry will be like in 2020.
Telecom Revenue Assurance
It is common for telecommunications service providers who do not have effective revenue assurance tools to lose from 5% to 15% of total revenues. A one-time audit and overhaul of processes will provide rapid payback by identifying major leaks, but as systems and processes evolve following the audit, new leaks will appear.
In Telecom Revenue Assurance Jo Mills discusses the elements of a permanent reactive and proactive revenue assurance solution and an incremental approach to implement it. The paper touches on secondary benefits from such a solution in providing invaluable input to product development, sales, supplier management and network technology evolution.
What to do about Microsoft
Is Microsoft an evil empire, scheming to control every aspect of the software industry, that must be brought to heel? Or are they an innovative and successful vendor in a fast changing industry where regulation would do more harm than good?
In "What to do about Microsoft", Per Peterson gives a brief history of Microsoft, followed by a discussion of their competitive strategy, their position in the broader software industry, the relevant laws, and whether additional regulations are needed.
The conclusion: "not much".