French enterprise resource planning firm Nexedi has asked European regulators to encourage Sun Microsystems -- which is in the process of being acquired by Oracle -- to sell its MySQL database for 1 to protect the open-source application from Oracle's proprietary designs.
The true test of an IT professional's knowledge may be the ability to explain technical issues in a way that makes sense to prospective clients, end-users and shareholders, Toni Bowers writes. "You can't sell technology to end-users and executives unless you can effectively explain to them why it is needed," Bowers writes.
Business applications are finally able to make use of multi-touch screens thanks to Windows 7's emphasis on the technology and the release of touch-capable machines from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and IIyama, Stuart Andrews writes. While Microsoft Office is still best navigated with a keyboard and a mouse, he writes, other Microsoft applications use touch technology to offer new ways of arranging presentations or studying maps.