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Content tagged with Government posted in October 2006
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Smartphone Frustrations Revealed
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
We asked you what your smartphone experiences were, and wow did you have a lot to complain about! Nobody's denying that a smartphone is a good productivity tool--in theory. But in reality, the smartphone manufacturers and operating system makers have their work cut out for them. If they want proof, I have over 50 complaints sitting in my in-box that I've compiled into a list. The most common complaints are included here, so read on.
Intuit's Not Just for Small Businesses Any More
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
Intuit QuickBase's general manager Jana Eggers calls it the "app gap": that divide between rich, complex enterprise apps and less complex workgroup tasks often handled using email, spreadsheets, and manual methods. For quick, simple applications that let workgroups in large companies manage sales, customers, and projects, QuickBase offers a library of hosted tools that can be used independently or in combination, knit together if necessary by a Corporate Edition management layer.
SAS Institute Wants To Predict Your Profitability
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
SAS Institute unveils new tools for analyzing the profitability of products, operations, and customers, as well as scrutinizing aftermarket services.
Kodak Raises the Bar in Production Document Imaging
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Billions of loans, insurance claims and other transactions are still handled on paper. With no end of paperwork in sight, Kodak has introduced a new top-of-the-line document scanner for production imaging environments.
The Linux World Learns How Larry Ellison Does Business
News  |  10/27/2006  | 
In his bold play for Red Hat Linux customers, the Oracle CEO shows how important the operating system is to his company.
5 Steps To Getting A Handle On The Smartphone Explosion
Commentary  |  10/27/2006  | 
The marriage between the cell phone and the PDA has resulted in the smartphone, a wireless productivity tool that many businesses can't live without. In fact, many consumers are also addicted to smartphones, relying on them for wireless e-mail and on-the-go Web access. But with a new model coming out (what feels like) each week, different form factors, and tons of new features, choosing the right smartphone can be overwhelming. If you're an IT manager looking to equip your workers with one of th
Four Steps To Data Security
Commentary  |  10/27/2006  | 
Here's some advice on setting your corporate data security agenda to avoid privacy pitfalls that can undermine any data management strategy.
Security's Zero-Sum Salary Game
News  |  10/27/2006  | 
Does it seem you can't get a raise, no matter what you do? Well, you're not crazy
Australian Company Fined
News  |  10/27/2006  | 
Sophos has welcomed news that an Australian company and its director have been fined a total of 5.5 million Australian (AU) dollars
Oracle's Fusion Plan
Commentary  |  10/26/2006  | 
Oracle's John Wookey has pledged to keep the company's multiple lines of business applications going well into the future.
Security, Cafeteria-Style
News  |  10/26/2006  | 
This application of biometrics keeps you from losing your lunch
Put to the Test: BEA Delivers a 'Best-of-Hybrid' Development Environment
News  |  10/25/2006  | 
Workshop for WebLogic Platform 9.2 makes Eclipse more approachable, surrounding it with well-chosen libraries and development functionality.
AmberPoint Takes Duo Approach To SOA Policy Governance
News  |  10/24/2006  | 
AmberPoint has introduced a version of its SOA management software that decouples governance and execution of policies, a move that's becoming necessary as infrastructure vendors add the ability to execute rules in their products.
Business Objects Provides Data Quality Platform For Siebel CRM
News  |  10/23/2006  | 
Business Objects launches a version of its data quality platform that has been tightly integrated with Oracle's Siebel customer-relationship management applications.
Drill Down on the World Series: BI Evaluates the MVPs
News  |  10/23/2006  | 
Information Builders Inc. (IBI) is using its business intelligence software to deliver the kinds of analyses team owners demand.
Oracle Agrees To Buy MetaSolv
News  |  10/23/2006  | 
Oracle will pay $219.2 million for the maker of operations support systems for communications service providers.
Pentaho Integrates Google Maps In BI Dashboard
News  |  10/19/2006  | 
Pentaho, a maker of open source business intelligence software, integrates Goolge's mapping service into its BI dashboard.
Open Text, Permabit Unveil Litigation Management Products
News  |  10/19/2006  | 
Open Text Corp. and Permabit Inc. have released software for managing documents and other information that must be kept to meet legal requirements.
Cartesis Upgrades Dashboard, Scorecard and KPI Capabilities
News  |  10/18/2006  | 
'Analytics' upgrade helps users share trusted data, pursue operational performance management
Educational Publisher Puts Process Management to the Test
News  |  10/18/2006  | 
To speed test development in response to federal regulation, Harcourt Assessment is using BPM technology to integrate stand-alone applications and streamline the publishing process.
Mercury Reaches For SOA Ring As HP Acquisition Nears
News  |  10/18/2006  | 
Mercury needs to move beyond its historic strength to rise to what HP wants from the deal.
Analysis: IBM Moves Beyond Data Management
News  |  10/13/2006  | 
Big Blue's 'Information Server' delivers high-level abstraction for data, content and metadata. Will it unseat app servers and DBMSs as the keystone of IT?
Q&A: IBM's Ambuj Goyal on Information Management
News  |  10/13/2006  | 
Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, IBM Information Management Software, discusses IT preparedness, SOA imperatives and Big Blue's stake in the BI market.
Put Lotus Notes on a Stick
News  |  10/12/2006  | 
IBM announced yesterday the new version of Lotus Notes allows users to copy their Lotus Notes desktop to small USB devices.
Oracle Ranks Bugs, Underlines Most Dangerous
News  |  10/12/2006  | 
The new information is designed to help IT managers prioritize patching.
Layer 7 Unveils An All-In-One XML Appliance
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Layer 7 Technologies has unveiled an XML appliance that contains the capabilities of four products, which can be licensed on an as needed basis by the customer.
Mercury's Latest Tools Broaden Capabilities In SOA Management, Testing
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Mercury Interactive Corp., a maker of business technology optimization software, is reaching deeper into the lifecycle of distributed components within a service-oriented architecture.
Short List: Performance Management; Searching Tools
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
We examine performance management applications Cartesis Analytics 3.5 and KCI Control 8.8. We also take a look at Endeca's Information Access Platform 5.0.
Put to the Test: CA's AllFusion Modeling Suite Version 7
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Release 7 of the AllFusion ERwin Data Modeler offers a major upgrade, adding undo/redo features and a rich set of data-comparison capabilities.
Onsite: iBasis Moves to Appliance-Based Warehousing
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Voice-over-IP telco iBasis solved its data warehousing problems by moving from conventional tools to a Netezza device and Sunopsis Software.
Debriefing: IBM's Ambuj Goyal Looks Inside Information Management
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Ambuj Goyal, general manager of IBM Information Management Software, discusses the state of information management.
Dashboard: Online Failures Impact Loyalty Offline
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Customer Web site experiences are universally dreadful.
Governance Gauge: Beware the Weaknesses in Content Compliance
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
A study conducted by the Business Performance Management Forum reveals enterprise compliance weaknesses.
Dashbriefs
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
IBM bolsters SOA products and services arsenal; Oracle launches low-cost document management; and other notables.
Dashboard: BEA Unites Products, Upgrades BPM Suite
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Reflecting a trend among infrastructure vendors, BEA Systems has rolled out a software platform for building service-oriented architectures.
Dashboard: Engineers Call KPIs by Phone
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
KeySpan, the largest electricity provider in New York State, is using data visualization software from Transpara to distribute metrics to engineers using advanced mobile phones.
Dashboard: Take Four Steps Toward Data Security
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Where should a company start when tackling data security? Experts brought together by Xerox for a security summit suggest a number of first steps.
Dashboard: EMC Lays Foundation for Automated ILM
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Information lifecycle management has long eluded most companies. But EMC has filled in a piece of the puzzle that could start to make ILM a reality.
Mission Intelligence: Dancing the Data Two-Step
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
The imperative to integrate terabytes of increasingly varied information will make data management an exciting field for years to come. But as managers step up to the challenge, they must also step back and let users determine how data-driven insight fits their world.
Letters: SMBs & Open-Source Software; XBRL and MDM Defined
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
What's really holding back SMB's adoption of open source? One reader thinks it's not so much support as it is accessibility.
Symantec Says The Worm And Virus Problem Is Solved. Here's What's Next
News  |  10/10/2006  | 
Phishing and other attempts to steal data and money are the real problems, CEO John Thompson says. So Symantec's next group of security offerings will focus on the integration of technologies that protect information.
Look Beyond Financial Performance: Q&A With Forrester's Paul Hammerman
News  |  10/9/2006  | 
What's the next performance management (PM) challenge? Forrester's vice president of enterprise applications discusses operational PM and offerings from the likes of Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
Unite the Processes of Innovation
News  |  10/9/2006  | 
Generate better ideas and get faster results by bringing together the four phases of maturation: envisioning, filtering, developing, and realizing new products and services.
Change Agent: BPM With or Without SOA
News  |  10/9/2006  | 
Both BPM and SOA talk about agility, reuse, business-IT alignment, service-level agreements and BAM. But in reality, they're quite different. BPM works today, but broad use begs for better ties to SOA.
Managing Data Warehouse Growth
News  |  10/9/2006  | 
One of the biggest challenges in business intelligence and data warehousing initiatives is managing growth. Conflicting demands to support more users, deal with increased query and data complexity, and add more "right time" information have many at a crossroads. We explore technological changes that will make it easier to scale and offer advice on guiding the growth.
Field Report: HealthMedx Scales Up the Data Warehouse
News  |  10/9/2006  | 
Health-care software provider HealthMedx scales up to prepare for the baby boomers.
Breakthrough Analysis: In BI Deployments, Methodology Does Matter
News  |  10/9/2006  | 
I've discovered that most BI vendors have their own formal methodologies. And some have been hiding in plain sight for years.
Dasboard: SMBs Eschew Open-Source Software
News  |  10/6/2006  | 
You'd think small and midsize businesses (SMBs) on tight budgets would flock to open-source applications.
Longer Battery Life, Not Explosions, Top Laptop Concern
Commentary  |  10/5/2006  | 
We've seen and heard about laptop computers exploding or catching fire in airports and conference halls. One such explosion is believed to have burned a truck. Another is blamed for torching a home. But if there has been a significant public outcry to make immediate changes that would eliminate the potential for future problems, I must have been taking that day off.
Spreadsheets Enter the 21st Century: Innovation Is Coming (Part 2)
News  |  10/4/2006  | 
After a decade of stagnation, new advances are coming to spreadsheets. A key technology helping to bring the widely used software tool to the 21st century is extensible business reporting language.
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