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Will Oracle And SAP Offer Big-Business SaaS? Sort Of
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
The question has been out there for some time: Will SAP and Oracle ever deliver software as a service to their large enterprise customers? The answer is, sort of.
Google Sorts One Petabyte Of Data In 6 Hours
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
According to last Friday's Official Google Blog, the Google Systems Infrastructure Team has sorted a record 1 terabyte of data on 1,000 computers in only 68 seconds, which breaks the previous mark of 209 seconds established in July by Yahoo.
Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
Making Microsoft Office Apps Into SOA Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
SAP's Pain Equals CIO Gain?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
In essential physical therapy, short-term pain might be unpleasant but it's also an indispensable prerequisite for long-term health. So yesterday when SAP's new CEO said that offering the company's core ERP products in a SaaS model will end up "hurting our margin, and hurting our stock," I hope he wasn't saying SAP will try to wait out -- or worse yet, try to ignore -- the inexorable forces of
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
LinkedIn Intros Streamlined Search Engine
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Search results on the social networking site can now be refined by several categories, including name, company, school, and language.
IBM Launches Cloud Computing Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Big Blue is introducing new products aimed at helping customers move apps to the Web.
Microsoft's Virtualization Chief: Watch For Us In The Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Microsoft is positioning its Hyper-V hypervisor and Virtual Machine Manager component of Microsoft's System Center for on premises and in the cloud support.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
SAP CEO: SaaS Hurts Our Profits
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
Hot For The Holidays: 3-D Avatars, Gardening Gadgets
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Move over, avatars. There's a new technology that allows users to create digital versions of themselves for any number of applications in the online world.
Harrah's Bets Big On Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The casino operator is moving revenue generating apps, like room reservations, to the Internet.
'60 Minutes' Looks At 'Widow Penalty' In Immigration Law
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
Last night, 60 Minutes reported on a group of hundreds of American widows fighting a U.S. government effort to deport them from this country. These women (and a few men) are citizens of foreign countries who married American citizens, but their spouses died before their residency applications were completed. InformationWeek covered this story in June; one of the widow
Video-Game Consoles Also Waste Your Electricity
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
On average, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 use 150 watts and 119 watts of electricity, respectively, more than prior generations of the consoles.
Google To Seek Pre-Installation Of Chrome On PCs
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
If successful, such a strategy could help the company boost use of the browser, which currently stands at less than 1% of Web users.
Yieldex Wins Amazon Startup Contest
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
Yieldex, a one-year-old company with a product for forecasting online ad inventory, is the winner of Amazon Web Services' startup challenge. The prize: $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and a potential investment from Amazon.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
Google's Lively Set To Die In December
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The 3-D interactive chat environment will join the list of Google misfires when it closes, less than six months after launch.
Wyse Revamps Thin Client OS For Collaborative Computing
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Version 6.3 connects to Microsoft Terminal Services 2008 and supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol with 32-bit color and font smoothing.
Adobe Flash Hits Home Run With MLB
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
During the 2008 season, the site presented video in standard-definition TV quality at 1.2 Mbps in 16-by-9 widescreen format.
10 Great iPhone Apps For Your Business
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
iPhone-loving business professionals can tap into corporate e-mail systems, customer contact lists, and accounting systems with these downloads from the iTunes App Store.
Will IT Management Go SaaS?
Commentary  |  11/19/2008  | 
Forrester Research forecasts SaaS will take a modest bite out of the IT management market. The big surprise is the high level of interest from medium-sized and large enterprises.
Making the Business Case for Mashups
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Once a boutique pursuit for geeks, mashups are entering the enterprise application development mainstream.
CA To Overhaul Big Iron With Mainframe 2.0
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The management company claims mainframes can represent only half the cost of distributed client-server architecture for light workloads.
IT's Next Headache: Cloud Chaos
Commentary  |  11/19/2008  | 
It's easy to get started with cloud services, which is one of those mixed blessings that can get businesses into trouble. A few internal developers may sign up for cloud services, rogue business units do the same, usage grows, and before you know it, your company has plugged into multiple clouds without a coordinated plan. IT departments need to guard against the impending chaos.
Fixing Linux: What's Broken And What To Do About It
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The open-source operating system still has major problems that need immediate attention. Our expert recommends configuration, versioning, and GUI enhancements, to name a few.
Why Platform As A Service Matters To Businesses, Not Just Developers
Commentary  |  11/18/2008  | 
Sure, platform as a service is mostly aimed at software developers. But by making it easier to create specialized programs, PaaS promises more and better business applications.
iPhone Turns Into Wii-Like Controller
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
With software from Social Gaming Network, players can turn an iPhone or iPod Touch into a motion controller for games on a PC screen.
Yahoo CEO Casts Departure In Positive Light, Lists Successes
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
Jerry Yang praises the company's tangible progress, despite a tough external environment, and says he'll "always bleed purple."
5 Classes of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/18/2008  | 
The best way to look at cloud computing is to learn how to classify the clouds. Right now I see at least five classifications: storage-as-a-service, database-as-a-service, applications-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, integration-as-a-service, and security-as-a-service. Each category has its own path to maturation, with applications-as-a-service (or SaaS), leading the way. The next push will be...
Tech Researcher Slams 'Misleading' HP News Release
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
The Robert Frances Group said Hewlett-Packard misinterpreted its report on the advantages of upgrading old computer systems with energy-efficient ones.
Red Hat CEO Whitehurst Talks About Slowdown, Virtualization, Linux
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
In an exclusive interview, Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst opens up about the open source software firm's short-term prospects in troubled times and longer-term opportunities for growth.
Capgemini Sharpens Cloud Consulting With Amazon Deal
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
The company also launched a new group, the Cloud Computing Center of Excellence, that will help businesses evaluate and implement cloud services and offer cloud consulting.
Hurtful Google Docs Study Tied To Ex-Microsoft Employees
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
The ClickStream report suggests that a mere 1% of U.S. adult Internet users used Google Docs, while Microsoft Office is in use by more than 50% of adult U.S. Internet users.
Domino's Offers Pizza Through TiVo Service
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
TiVo subscribers can set up user names and passwords on, which will enable them to place orders through their TVs using only an account number.
Symantec CEO John Thompson To Retire
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
Symantec COO Enrique Salem has been tapped to take over as president and CEO.
Adobe Positions Flash For Multiple Devices
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
Adobe sees its technology as the interface layer that can take content and format it for use on screens of all sizes.
The Planet's New On-Demand Storage Cloud Service
Commentary  |  11/17/2008  | 
Managed hosting vendor The Planet has announced the availability of an on-demand storage cloud service that merges on-premises storage performance with cloud storage capabilities.
Microsoft Releases SharePoint, Exchange As A Service
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
More than 7,000 companies and organizations signed up to participate in the multitenant beta for Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
CA Unveils Cloud Management Strategy, SaaS Unit
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
CA unveiled Monday a cloud computing strategy that includes management as a service and management of third party cloud computing environments such as Amazon's EC2.
Open Source BI Fights For Its Share
News  |  11/14/2008  | 
With growing capabilities in a strong segment, vendors are looking past developer markets to business end users.
Mathematica's New Cloud Computing Partnership
Commentary  |  11/14/2008  | 
Last week, Wolfram Research announced that it was developing a cloud computing service for users of its Mathematica software used to graph and understand complex mathematics, physics, and engineering problems.
October Sales Mixed In Still-Growing Video Game Industry
News  |  11/14/2008  | 
On the hardware side, the greater supply of Nintendo Wii paid off with the console recording its best sales month since last November and December.
Is It Adultery If The Sex Happens In Second Life?
Commentary  |  11/14/2008  | 
Is cybersex adultery? That's a question faced by a U.K. couple, who divorced after she caught him having cybersex with another woman in Second Life. She called up the real-life lawyers and kicked the bum out. But is it really adultery if there's no physical contact? Is it cheating if the two people having relations never even see each other, or hear each others' voices?
Sun To Cut 18% Of Jobs, Reorganize Software Business
News  |  11/14/2008  | 
Rich Green, executive VP for software since 2006, will leave the company, and the company's software operations would be divided between two new groups now focused on open source products.
Review: Parallels Desktop 4 For Mac Boosts Stability, Performance
News  |  11/14/2008  | 
The previous version of the Parallels virtualization package for running Windows and Linux on Macs was a buggy disappointment. Will version 4 be able to win back users' hearts?
VoiceCon Review: IT, Communications Can Help Weather Economic Storm
News  |  11/13/2008  | 
Unified communications, Microsoft, videoconferencing, cost savings, and the slowing economy dominated industry leaders' conversations in San Francisco this week.
Microsoft Offers 0% Financing On Business Software Purchases
News  |  11/13/2008  | 
Zero-percent financing could become a popular incentive from software companies looking to make sales during a tough economy.
'Lich King' Chapter Of World Of Warcraft Begins
News  |  11/13/2008  | 
The massively multiplayer online role-playing game requires the player to have the original World Of Warcraft game and its first extension.
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