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Business intelligence software provider Hyperion, has announced the latest version of its Performance Scorecard – version 2.0. By monitoring financial and non-financial measures, the Scorecard has been designed to assist organisations in monitoring business performance beyond bottom-line results.

This latest version provides a faster and wider range of delivery options to measure performance against internal – and external – targets, which are tied to corporate goals and strategies.

‘Economic uncertainty is leading global companies to focus more carefully on the bottom line,’ said Chris Leone, vice-president of applications for Hyperion.

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– Another mediator has been appointed to try and settle sanctions Microsoft will accept in its ongoing anti-trust case brought by the US government.

An arbitration specialist, Eric Green, a Boston University professor, was appointed by the judge in the case. He has until 2 November to come up with a solution.

If Green can’t get the two sides to come together, district judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has said she would hold hearings starting 11 March on the penalties.

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– Cyber vandalism is on the increase with attacks more than doubling over the last year. According to experts, nearly every company has been infected with viruses or worms despite having safeguards in place.

Research from security firm TruSecure found that half of the 2,500 companies surveyed this year have suffered attacks on their web servers. This figure is up from 24% in 2000.

But according to the Industry Security Survey 2001 the biggest danger by far in the last year has been virus, Trojan horse and worm type attacks.

Almost 90% of the respondents said they had suffered attacks despite having antivirus software installed.

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– Trade and Industry secretary Patricia Hewitt has outlined details of a government plan to find the next generation of female recruits into the UK’s IT sector.

Although women make up almost half of the UK’s overall workforce, only one in five people currently working in IT is female, and soon-to-be-published research is expected to confirm that the UK lags way behind other developed countries such as America, Canada and Ireland.

Hewitt revealed next year, the government will launch an initiative to target women of all ages, in an attempt to reverse their under-representation in IT.

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