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There's Value in Every Press Release - About 95%
August 31, 2010 @ 11:00 AM | By Art Gillis

The value of a vendor's press release varies according to who is reading it. The difference is the equivalent of being served a crawfish etouffee dinner at Bon Ton in New Orleans vs. a display of raw ingredients on the chef's workbench. The creator of a press release wants to sell something; an analyst who reads it wants to boil the content down to bare facts. I want both sides of the story.

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Drunk Mortgage Worker Shoots Computer Server; Groundswell of Popular Support Absent
August 30, 2010 @ 11:00 AM | By Penny Crosman

The Deseret News has reported that a 23-year-old mortgage worker at RANLife Home Loans in Salt Lake City attended a concert after work one night, got drunk, went back the office, and shot the company's $100,000 server with a .45-caliber handgun. Although the assailant, Joshua Lee Campbell, told police someone had stolen his gun and threatened to kill him, a coworker said she found him passed out next to the server with a gun in his hand.

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Smart IT Decisions Matter; Not Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget
August 29, 2010 @ 20:30 PM | By Bill Bradway

In my last column (Hot Summer Matches Heat in a Banker’s Kitchen) I offered an analogy about the choices facing the management teams and bank technology vendors under stressful conditions.

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SAP and Sybase Share Their Roadmap for Banks
August 27, 2010 @ 16:15 PM | By Penny Crosman

When SAP announced its intent to acquire Sybase in May, I assumed that Sybase's mobile banking and high-speed analytics technologies were the crown jewels the German business software giant was after. A conversation this afternoon with Raj Nathan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, worldwide marketing and business solutions operations at Sybase and Sethu M, senior vice president, strategy and products, business analytics technologies at SAP Labs, confirmed that assumption and also provided a look at the combined company's roadmap for banking technology.

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ING Direct's Swim Team Takes Toronto
August 27, 2010 @ 11:51 AM | By Matt Gunn

Sending a team of 10 synchronized swimmers in bright orange bathing suits to perform in a two-foot deep Toronto fountain is one way to challenge an audience of astonished onlookers not to crack a smile. And for ING Direct, it's also a means to promote to Canada its new online checking accounts.

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