Management Highlights From Around the Web

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The future of B2B commerce: It's Web services, according to this essay by Scott Kownslar. He envisions more machine-to-machine commerce, without those pesky humans involved.

E-gov update: The third annual survey, conducted by Brown University, of state and federal "e-governments" shows that government Web sites have improved their security and privacy provisions during the past year. But there's been a proliferation of Internet services that offer access to only registered users or in some cases only to users who pay fees. The top e-government states this year include Tennessee, New Jersey, California, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Call your agent! You know how Hollywood actors have agents who find them work, negotiate deals and generate publicity? The first talent agency specifically designed for independent IT consultants opened its shop Sept. 24. The Carrera Agency offers to search for top-notch IT work assignments, and provides career-development services, a concierge and a publicity agent. One caveat: They only want the best IT consultants and entrance to the Carrera stable is by invitation only.

Ivory towers: The top IT priorities at colleges and universities include getting ROI from technology investments -- no surprise there! -- and expanding the use of technology for teaching, according to a survey by Collegis Inc.. The survey findings also suggest that university leaders want an integrated, campuswide approach to IT planning and systems, instead of the traditional separation between administrative and academic systems. A tutorial on strategic planning for campus IT is also available at the Web site (download PDF file).

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