DEPARTMENT: Editorial pointers
DEPARTMENT: News track
COLUMN: The business of software
Challenges in estimating software scope by effort.
Phillip G. Armour
COLUMN: Legally speaking
Considering three important reforms to improve the current system.
Practically every computer linked to the Internet is constantly being scanned for security vulnerabilities and targeted for attack by viruses, worms, and worse.
COLUMN: On Site
A leading pharmaceutical company discovers how programming issues are resolved more effectively when a team approach is employed.
Allan Glaser, Snow Fu, Mark Tumelty
SPECIAL ISSUE: Wireless sensor networks
Thousands of tiny low-power devices spread over large physical spaces collaboratively monitor the environment, guide vehicles, and predict potential faults in buildings, bridges, roads, and rails.
David E. Culler, Wei Hong
These networks deliver to ecologists data on localized environmental conditions at the scale of individual organisms to help settle large-scale land-use issues affecting animals, plants, and people.
Robert Szewczyk, Eric Osterweil, Joseph Polastre, Michael Hamilton, Alan Mainwaring, Deborah Estrin
All emphasize low-cost components operating on shoestring power budgets for years at a time in potentially hostile environments without hope of human intervention.
Jason Hill, Mike Horton, Ralph Kling, Lakshman Krishnamurthy
Networking and query processing must be co-designed to allow data self-organization for flexible but efficient in-network storage, access, and processing.
Alec Woo, Sam Madden, Ramesh Govindan
They are susceptible to a variety of attacks, including node capture, physical tampering, and denial of service, while prompting a range of fundamental research challenges.
Adrian Perrig, John Stankovic, David Wagner
Email marketing is an excellent, low-cost way to reach consumers, but spammers are currently looting much of its potential. The challenge is to develop an email marketing process that is consensual, efficient, and constitutional …
Janice C. Sipior, Burke T. Ward, P. Gregory Bonner
When there's a worldwide marketplace available at your customers' fingertips, maintaining a dedicated following is a tremendous challenge. A recent study of a leading bank's online services illustrates what it takes to keep novice …
Banphot Vatanasombut, Antonis C. Stylianou, Magid Igbaria
Business models designed specifically for the mobile arena are reshaping the industry. But each model has unique advantages and disadvantages---potential adopters should take care in choosing among them.
Clayton A. Looney, Leonard M. Jessup, Joseph S. Valacich
Personality type analysis can help take the guesswork out of putting together a high-performance software project team.
Narasimhaiah Gorla, Yan Wah Lam
Examining the changing organizational alignment in colleges of computer and information technology.
Hal Berghel, David L. Sallach
Comparing the topics and methods of the three major subdivisions of the computing realm.
Robert L. Glass, V. Ramesh, Iris Vessey
How did Singapore manage to get most of its public services deliverable online?
Weiling Ke, Kwok Kee Wei
COLUMN: Technical opinion
An appeal for more extensive expression and understanding.
Hartmut Wedekind, Erich Ortner
COLUMN: Inside risks
Peter G. Neumann