Extended enterprises take rootWe've arrived at the next phase in e-business development, complete with its own architectural design. Grainger extendedGrainger CIO Tim Ferrarell describes how this industrial products and e-business leader has extended its reach to customers and suppliers. Crackdown!Guardians of the extended enterprise get tough on wayward VPN users with new remote policy enforcement tools. Benevolent entanglementHalliburton wins the 2003 Extended Enterprise Innovator Award for creating a sophisticated yet easy-to-use portal that delivers rich technical content, interactive tools, collaboration features and e-commerce functions for customers, suppliers and employees. CRM at the outpostThese days, providing top-rate service means extending customer-relationship apps to wherever users are \u2014 be that a hotel off Highway 9 or a lending office on Route 12. A RESTful approach to Web servicesBefore choosing SOAP to develop Web services for your extended enterprise, consider the alternative, Representational State Transfer.\u00a0The extended enterprise, the next stage in an e-business development, is here. This is an infrastructure that tightly integrates with systems from those once labeled as "outsiders." It is an environment where digital streams converge from all business constituents. Consequently, it serves users based on their roles \u2014 not locations. In this special Signature Series portal we\u2019ve compiled articles, case studies, diagrams and other resources to help you construct and manage your company's own extended enterprise.\u00a0Julie BortExecutive Editor,Signature SeriesDefending the extended enterpriseAre firewalls enough? Should you invest in a bundled security product? What type of security planning should you undertake? We explore what it takes to secure your changing enterprise.Supporting remote officesOur SMB channel is the one place to get all the information you need about the technical, managerial and business requirements for establishing and successfully supporting a remote office. Daily news, how-tos, product reviews, management advice and more.Case studies research centerSee how network executives extend their enterprises and make the most of technology to better their businesses.Your Take: Network executives share their wisdomSee how net execs of large enterprises tackle the tough issues, such as staffing, budgets, security, implementing cutting-edge technology and more.The Extended Enterprise Issue is one of six bimonthly special issues providing insights, opinions and information on the biggest trends shaping the networked world.