News Factor had several important stories today…

Microsoft Reveals Business Solutions Road Map
Microsoft has given users of its Business Solutions applications a sneak preview of future enhancements at its three-day Convergence 2004 conference, currently underway in Florida.
Applications highlighted include Axapta, Great Plains, Microsoft Navision, Microsoft Solomon, Microsoft CRM and related services.
The enhancements all focus on the same theme: convergence. “The idea behind these changes is that Microsoft is offering more synergy among its products to provide better collaboration between such applications as CRM and handheld devices,” Yankee Group senior analyst Laura DiDio told NewsFactor. (full story)
Clever Critter May Detect Hard-Drive Failures
Early detection is invaluable to prevent heart failure, and it may work for hard failure — as in hard drive — too, say Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers.
They have designed a new heat-sensitive sensor to detect temperature variations that may signal an oncoming hard-drive disaster. (full story)
Dell Releases PowerVault for Small Biz
Dell has released the PowerVault 745N, a NAS (network attached storage) server designed to help small businesses, corporate workgroups and branch offices address increasing data-storage requirements, the company announced Monday.
NAS devices are dedicated storage systems that serve up files and data to computer users on a network. Dell has targeted storage as an area for growth and, together with its strategic storage partner, EMC, is developing and selling high-end storage area networks. Dell makes its own PowerVault storage systems, but these traditionally have been designed to meet smaller business requirements. (full story)