Dev Bytes

Published: December 13th, 2001

A new dawn in high-end computing has emerged, according to Gartner Inc., which the analyst organization has labelled the fourth era in enterprise computing.

Creating the new era are economic forces such as globalization, the rapid pace of change in new areas of IT such as biotechnology and nano technology (microchip-based and molecular technology), and worldwide, a higher value placed on intellectual capital over traditional forms of capital such as property. The world has now reached a fourth phase in enterprise computing, marked by users’ need for ubiquitous access to information for their work from wherever they may be in the world, according to Gartner.

UN launches IT task force

The United Nations has launched a new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force, a group intended to form broad partnerships to advance the United Nations’ development goals and bring the benefits of technology to developing nations. In the works since June 2000, the ICT Task Force comprises an array of diplomats, business executives and representatives from non-governmental and non-profit organizations.

The group is currently led by Jos