What's Not BI? Don't Get Me Started...
Do you prefer the broad or the narrow definition of BI, and how should we differentiate BI and analytics? Read on for my "extended jam" on these and other FAQs about business intelligence.
HTC's Droid Incredible Flies Off Verizon Shelves
April 29 marked the first day the HTC Droid Incredible was available to Verizon Wireless customers. The device, which boasts great specs, is selling hotly, and Verizon retail shops are running out of stock -- if they haven't already.
The Cloud's Biggest Benefit? (That's a Question)
What is cloud computing's biggest benefit? Is it cost savings? Time to market? Flexibility? Write down your answer on a piece of paper (if that's an unfamiliar concept, just note it in your iPhone), then take it out and look at it six months from now and see if you would still come to the same conclusion.
HP 'iPad Killer' DOA?
Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard may be putting their tablet partnership on the shelf.
Storage Checkers Vs. Chess
Checkers is a two dimensional game where all the pieces have the same ability. Its about covering space. Chess is a complex three dimensional game where all the pieces have different capabilities and there is one common target: the enemy's king. In storage some features begin to look like checkers because they have become so commonplace, but when you dig deeper you find that the capabilities of these features between vendors vary greatly.
Motorola A Two-Time Loser To Apple & RIM
Poor Motorola. This week, Apple officially ousted Motorola as the number one handset maker in the U.S., and Research In Motion pushed Motorola out of the top five handset makers in the world.
Acer Preps Smartphone Line
Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon platform will power four new handsets this year, as Acer, like HP and Dell, gets serious about the mobile phone market.
HP-Palm Can Leapfrog Apple In Mobile Apps
If you look at the volume of mobile apps available for Apple (180,000), Android (40,000), and Palm (1,000), you just might scratch your head and wonder what in tarnation Mark Hurd was thinking when he agreed to spend $1 billion to acquire Palm. But an investment manager who's a massive Apple fan suggests one clear way for HP and Hurd to make the deal a big winner.
Adobe 'Moving Forward' Without Apple
All the back-and-forth on the Flash issue is getting a little ridiculous. Whichever side you happen to support in the issue, what really matters is giving customers what they want. That's what Adobe says it is going to do -- with or without Apple.
Processor Shipments Up 39%
Chip revenue was also up 40% in the first quarter, indicating that PC makers are seeing the fruits of an improving economy.
Sentiment Analysis Feels Its Way Forward
A bit of controversy regarding sentiment analysis is playing out. A techno-skeptic blogger clique asserts that automated sentiment analysis is so inaccurate as to render automated methods worthless. Others differ with them: we like automation. Newly joining us are some of the skeptics' own kind, critics such as "Measurement Queen" K.D. Paine...
Jobs Lashes Out At Adobe, Oh The Irony
By now you have heard about the recent open letter from Steve Jobs called "Thoughts on Flash." Mr. Jobs goes on for about 1,700 words to explain why Flash is bad in general, and for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specifically. Is he being reasonable, or just protecting his revenue stream and control over the mobile platforms Apple offers?
HP-Palm Deal Reinforces Microsoft-HTC Pact
This week has seen two big developments in the business of mobile technology. The first was Microsoft's intellectual property licensing agreement with HTC, the maker of Android devices including Google's Nexus One phone. Next came Hewlett-Packard's offer to buy Palm Computing for $1.2 billion. Turns out that is more good news for Microsoft too.
It Takes a Partnership
One of the best ways to ensure a successful cloud computing initiative is by partnering up: Get someone (or some-ones) on the business side to agree to invest as much in terms of risk and sweat equity in a SaaS implementation as you plan to invest from your IT budget and resources. Chances are, those potential partners are out there.
Image Gallery: Government's 10 Most Powerful Supercomputers
The United States government owns many of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, including six of the top ten. These supercomputers are being used for everything from climate modeling to building spaceships to basic science research.
Virtual Machines Running Mission-Critical Workloads
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.
Foxit, Solid Documents Release New PDF Tools
Two new programs for working with PDF files have become available this week. Foxit Phantom PDF (for Windows) is for creating and manipulating PDF files, while Solid PDF to Word for Mac is for turning PDF files into documents editable by standard office programs.
Product Cloud Or Service Cloud? Know The Difference
In the world of on-premise computing, product companies are as distinct from services companies as land is from water. Yet in the cloud, it's often hard to see the difference. Some people lump cloud companies together, as if they all do the same thing. But they don't; in fact, not recognizing the difference can be an expensive mistake for customers, investors, and even the cloud companies themselves.
Microsoft Adds BPMN to Visio (with Help from G360)
It's safe to say that despite the proliferation of real BPMN tools, the majority of BPMN-like process diagrams that exist in the world have been created in Microsoft Visio. For me, Visio, by itself, was always just a "drawing" tool, not a real modeling tool... In Visio 2010 Premium, Microsoft has put a real BPMN editor into the box.
Apple iAd Aims Upscale
High-profile partners are being sought by Apple for its iAd platform, ones willing to pay well and make a splash.
AT&T Admits Its Network Can't Handle Tethering
Smartphones that can tether to laptops have swelled in number lately, including those such as the HTC Droid Incredible, Palm Pre, and others. One smartphone that can't tether -- at least in the U.S. -- is the iPhone. Why not? Because AT&T's network can't handle it.
Apple CEO Explains Flash Ban
Steve Jobs cites security, poor performance and no support for touch-based interfaces as problems with Adobe's cross-platform browser plug-in.
Tech Experts Sought For STEM Events
The White House and The National Science Foundation are urging technologists to participate in events to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).