SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Information technology salaries continued to rise last year, because there were not enough qualified people to fill the demand, a survey found.At the top end, the average salary rose 29%, to $398,626, for the senior management information system executive at a company with more than $500 million of revenue, according Positive Support Review Inc.'s annual survey. The rise averaged 10%, to $297,752, for the top such executive at a midsize company. Salaries for midlevel and staff positions also grew dramatically. Overall, MIS salaries rose 21% at large companies and a whopping 49% at midsize companies.

SOMERS, N.Y. - International Business Machines Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. have announced a technology collaboration intended to ensure more-efficient handling of large volumes of Internet traffic for corporate customers.IBM's largest network servers can be connected to the Web using Cisco's Internet technology to provide integration between order-taking Web sites and mainframe software applications.

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