Profile of Paul TravisManaging Editor, InformationWeek.com
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Paul Travis is Managing Editor of InformationWeek.com. Paul got his start as a newspaper reporter, putting black smudges on dead trees in the 1970s. Eventually he moved into the digital world, covering the telecommunications industry in the 1980s (when Ma Bell was broken up) and moving to writing and editing stories about computers and information technology in the 1990s (when he became a "content creator"). He was a news editor for InformationWeek magazine for more than a decade, and he also served as executive editor for Tele.Com, and editor of Byte and Switch, a storage-focused website. Once he realized this Internet thingy might catch on, he moved to the InformationWeek website, where he oversees a team of reporters that cover breaking technology news throughout the day.
Articles by Paul Travis
Federal judge rules that software APIs aren't covered by copyright law, giving a major victory to Google. Oracle plans to appeal.
Under the leadership of Steve Jobs, Apple became a technology leader and cultural force. Take a look back at some favorite Jobs moments and ideas.
Another venerable telco name is about to disappear in the wake of Verizon Wireless' announcement that it is going to buy Alltel Corp. Alltel joins GTE, Contel, Centel and scores of other telephone company names that have disappeared in the past couple of decades as the industry consolidated and continues to be decimated by competition from new technology.
An unusual alliance of tech and media companies is betting billions of dollars on the as-yet-unproved technology known as WiMax. Will they finally usher in the wireless Web? Or is this fated to be another one of those cumbersome tech alliances that go down in flames with technology that doesn't work?
The rapid pace of change can sometimes make a person feel old. That's how I felt this week when I read about the LG National Texting Championship.
Telecom firm asks for $6.4 million, charging that IBM didn't handle application development as promised.
The PC maker rolls out systems with higher capacities and faster performance.
Networking vendor introduces a line of products, services, support, and financing designed for the small and midsize business market and replaces the command-line interface with browser-based management system.
Breaking the operating system into modules will improve its reliability, security, and efficiency, the company says.
While reporting gains in sales and net income, CEO John Chambers reveals plans to enter several new markets in the next 12 to 18 months.
Telecom service providers can use the technology to offer more-effective managed security services, Cisco says.
Net sales for the quarter were $6.2 billion, up from $5.6 billion a year earlier, while net income was $1.4 billion, up from $1.2 billion.
Low-cost devices are aimed at small and midsize businesses, where Cisco faces tough competition.
Networking vendor introduces new products, software upgrades, and claims telcom and cable-TV customer wins.
Volkswagen AG relies on a procurement portal and a suppliers' portal to produce five million cars a year at 40 factories in 16 countries.
Companies trying to implement standard business processes and technology worldwide need to be sensitive to local issues.
Vancouver passengers can check in from hotels and even cruise ships, and every kiosk works for any airline, thanks to an IP network shared by all airlines.
Robert Metcalfe, awarded the National Medal of Technology on Monday, says Ethernet will become even faster and more widely used.
New system lets network managers control and automate network-device configuration and ensure compliance.
Regional phone company increases cash portion of its offer in an effort to snatch the long-distance company from Verizon Communications.
HP's ProCurve Networking unit unveils secure branch-office routers and adds features to make LANs, WANs, and wireless LANs more secure.
Consolidation will leave large companies with only two telecom choices
Regional Bell company plans to try again to acquire long-distance company and spoil the deal between Verizon and MCI.
'We cut three hours off our nighttime run and eliminated one of our biggest problems: operator error,' CIO Evans says.
Cisco advances a portfolio of products under its "Adaptive Threat Defense," though companies are likely to stick with a range of vendors.
Software vendor introduces method for telecom companies to create converged-communications services and interconnect services from third parties.
Verizon's acquisition of MCI would create a strong telecom service provider with an extensive menu of services that can compete with the combined SBC-AT&T.
Networking company says businesses are starting to spend more on technology and reports strong gains in sales and profits for its fiscal second quarter.
Telecom company expects to reduce head count by nearly 13,000 once it completes its acquisition of AT&T.
The deal, which combines a large regional phone company with the nation's largest supplier of business-communications networks, could kick off more mergers.
Software platform is designed to manage and automate many of the manual processes IT departments use to keep systems and networks operating.
Wireless E-mail vendor offers system that lets mobile professionals use PDAs and smart phones to access a variety of business applications.
Airespace's 'thin' access-point architecture complements Cisco's offering
Purchase of wireless LAN switch vendor Airespace will let Cisco offer less-costly option to business customers.
Networking leader buys Protego Networks, which makes a line of security-monitoring and threat-management appliances.
A wave of products expected in the first quarter would boost Cisco's Network Admission Control, a program that enforces security standards for devices seeking access to a network.
Promise of lower prices and better services; risk of less competition
The networking vendor will focus on developing new Internet technologies for one of the world's leading broadband markets.
The deal, valued at $35 billion, will create a large wireless service provider to compete with wireless rivals Cingular and Verizon.
The greatest productivity increases come from changing business processes at the same time that new technology is deployed, John Chambers says.
A new high-speed, IP-based network will connect more than 1,000 domestic locations and tens of thousands of users in the United States and overseas.
A New England telecom-services provider pushes on the telecom market with one-price lifetime voice-over-IP package
Notre Dame says hosted VoIP can handle today's communication needs and whatever comes next
Lower prices and faster speeds may spur businesses to upgrade their networks.
The telecom arm of Tata Group is investing in the United States and elsewhere to grab data traffic driven in part by outsourcing.
In one of the largest hosted VoIP deals yet, Notre Dame tries to keep ahead of trends from cell phones to the potential of Wi-Fi over IP.
While hundreds of service providers battle for VoIP customers, users should be careful of low-cost come-ons.
CEO John Chambers says CIOs will continue to invest in IT over the long term, despite short-term ups and downs.
Networking vendor plays catch-up with rivals at the high end of the market.
London telecom company to acquire Infonet, a leading provider of international managed voice and data services.
Grant Thorton looks to put traveling workers more in touch with clients and co-workers.
Washington wildlife enforcement agents use new in-car computers and high-speed wireless data services to protect the state's fish and animals.
Federal, state, and local agencies could cut costs by $4.5 billion annually by making calls over the Internet.
Massive loss results from write-down of assets and staff reductions; overall revenue drops 11.7% from a year ago because of declines in long-distance voice and data, the company says.
The app is designed to enable people to control phones, IM, E-mail, and conferencing from within Office.
Two vendors plan service for voice calls from 11,000 Wi-Fi locations.
The phone company says its new Wi-Fi service covers 3,900 hot-spots.
The American Airlines Center deploys Wi-Fi to improve customer service, internal operations, and security. RFID may be used in the future as well.
IP provides lower costs and higher speeds over existing satellite network
AT&T's top IT exec says automation of its IT systems will let it shed more than 12,000 jobs this year without hurting its network or service.
The movement toward outsourcing has many internal IT departments overhauling how they do business.
Reynolds and Reynolds and MCI build a secure, private IP network to replace a satellite network used by Ford dealers.
The Strata CIX system is designed to deliver features to a range of devices, including phones, PDAs, wireless handsets, and IP softphones on laptop computers.
EDS is building the system, which will be used by 180,000 employees
New IP switches and routers that can be used to build converged voice, video, and data networks are aimed at businesses with limited IT resources.
Network will serve 50,000 employees, making it one of the largest in the country
Automaker hires SBC Communications to design and manage a converged IP network for 50,000 employees at 110 locations in Michigan.
Star38's service disguises who is making the call but will only be sold to collection agencies, private investigators, and law-enforcement personnel.
The technology will lower Wi-Fi installation costs and let businesses more easily deploy a high-capacity wireless network.
Technology could lower installation costs and let companies more easily deploy Wi-Fi
First-quarter profit was $16.5 million, more than double the $6 million reported last year.
HP to integrate Opsware's data-center automation software into its Utility Data Center product.