Can Security Awareness Deliver Competitive Advantage?
It's disconcerting to live in a world where security can be seen as delivering competitive advantage, yet that's the idea behind Unisys's Enterprise Security initiative. But after all, the company's Trusted Enterprise Model only extends the security selling point that is a marketing mainstay for financial institutions and that has been adopted or embraced by IT vendors, sometimes far too slowly, with the rise of network computing.
Flirting With Verizon, Google Drops 'Don't Be Evil' Pretense
The word "evil" is vastly overused these days. Here's a link to the "Top 10 Evil People in History," if you've got an afternoon to blow -- and I would never call a major U.S. wireless carrier "evil." Oligopolistic, predatory, bureaucratic, yes -- evil, no. So the idea of Google shacking up with Verizon Wireless doesn't exactly qualify as "Doing e
Business Users Want GPS In Their Smartphones
According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of smartphone users, GPS tops the list of features that users want most in their smartphones. Looks like location is going to be one of the big wireless must-have features for mobile business in 2008.
What Is Google Talking To The Carriers About?
Late yesterday it came to light that Google is in talks with Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile USA regarding its big mobile plans. Are they talking about the gPhone, or something else?
Is The Web Headed For Meltdown 2.0?
In recent months I've seen a lot of anxiety in the tech marketplace. Bloggers, pundits, and industry insiders all seem to suggest that Web 2.0 is headed for Correction 2.0. Are we in the middle of another bubble?
Is Apple's Leopard Worth the Leap?
Apple is making headway in the enterprise environment. But is Leopard, the sixth major release of Apple's Mac OS X operating system, worth an IT manager's consideration?
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me A Map (And Please Entertain My Takeover Bid)
It's a good time to be a mapmaker. As the digital mapping industry undergoes some serious consolidation with mergers and acquisitions, today Garmin threw a wrench into TomTom's bid for Tele Atlas by offering 15% more. A sign that GPS, LBS, and navigation apps are on the verge of exploding?
Good Rules Can Eliminate 65% of Activities
There's a long list of verbs - adjust, approve, expedite, inspect, verify and many others - that tend to indicate that activities are non value-added and should be considered for elimination. Many of these exist because something wasn't done right the first time, and a lot of the the non-value-added activities can be cut if there are ways to reduce the error rates in the real-value-added and business-value-added activities.
Google Phone (Legend) Lives
What has become the Loch Ness Monster of the mobile phone world, the Google Phone, is once again purported to exist.
The Three Opens, Pt. 1: Open-Source OS
There's been a lot of talk about the three big "open"s in the computing world today -- open-source OSes, open-source applications, and open standards. I'm going to talk about each one of these things in turn over the course of the next few blog posts, and examine how they fit together and complement each other.
What Does Web Analytics Consolidation Mean to You?
There has been plenty of discussion over the last few days about "consolidation" in the Web analytics marketplace due to the Omniture/Visual Sciences deal... In fact, the marketplace is not consolidating; it is in fact fragmenting, and there are plenty of options to consider if you are purchasing Web analytics solutions... Much of the consolidation discussion is based on vendors that adhere to the SaaS/page-tag collection model.
Been There, Done That: Q&A With SAS's Jim Goodnight
Doctor Jim Goodnight has led SAS since the company incorporated in 1976. Laconic and unflappable yet fiercely competitive, Goodnight has presided over a company that has long reigned atop the analytics market. We caught up with him in New York last week and discussed the changing BI market and the future of SAS.
No Cash Please, We're Apple
Believe it or not, Apple has decided not to accept cash from people buying an iPhone. That's right, your money's no good at an Apple store.
BI as Commodity Technology: The Information Angle
BI is complex, simultaneously software, transformational work practices, and business information. Consider: What value is reporting or OLAP or data mining (software) that doesn't tap whatever data is relevant to produce business insights (information) that can help you restructure, realign, or optimize business operations (practices)? We need to examine all three, complementary aspects of business intelligence: software, information, and practices. Let's start with information, with BI sou
T-Mobile Wants You To Jump At Its Shadow
T-Mobile's latest Windows Mobile smartphone bucks the utilitarian integument of other devices and dons some sharper duds. It's about the size of a BlackBerry Pearl, and should tempt enterprise and consumer users alike.
Microsoft Wants to Stick XP on XOs
Like an uninvited birthday party guest who shows up on the wrong date with an unwanted gift, Microsoft is "working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."
Should You Replace Microsoft Office with an Online App?
What feels like the sudden arrival of a multitude of online app options -- like Google or Zoho -- has allowed IT managers to ponder a move they would never have even considered just a short while ago: Replace Microsoft Office with an online office suite.
The Not-So-Good at the Business Objects Meeting
Following up on my last post about all the good things I encountered at Business Objects' recent user conference in Orlando, Fla., here are a few looming and, in some cases, troubling aspects of what's ahead for customers in the wake of the pending SAP acquisition. For instance, Business Objects is very bullish on its approach to enterprise performance management (EPM), a topic highlighted in many executive keynotes at the event... Despite all the reassuring words, I have my doubts about what li
The Good at Business Objects' User Conference
My trip to the recent Business Objects user conference in Orlando, Fla., revealed many good surprises as well as many big questions yet to be answered. Business Objects founder and chairman Bernard Liautaud addressed the deal during the opening of the event, and his comments quickly transitioned to those of SAP CEO Henning Kagermann (by way of video)... But with many forks in the path ahead for customers and partners of Business Objects, Kagermann's video instilled little comfort.
Mobile Broadband Is A Mix-and-Match Affair
"The Future of Wireless Broadband" was the first session I attended at last week's Mobile Business Expo at Interop in New York And the first thing I learned was that the adoption of wireless broadband isn't going to be a simple matter of clear winners and losers.
My Favorite (Open-Source) Things: MPlayer
Since this blog does get filed under the category Open Source, I thought I'd take time out here and there to talk about some of my favorite open-source applications, not just Linux (or OSes in general). I'll start with an app that has breathed unexpected new life into some of my DVDs: MPlayer.
Want To Pay Cash For An iPhone? Apple Won't Let You
In an apparent effort to curb the reselling of unlocked iPhones, Apple has instituted a new policy that forbids customers from paying cash--you know, the stuff that says "legal tender for all debts public and private"--for iPhones. And it has dropped the limit to two per person.
Facebook Is Only Warming Up
This was Facebook's week. The golden child of Web 2.0 scored a $240 investment deal from Microsoft, launched a new mobile application for the BlackBerry, and was even rumored to hav
Oracle's Linux: Unbreakable? Or Just A Necessary Adjustment?
As I talked to Wim Coekaerts, VP of Linux engineering at Oracle, about "Unbreakable Linux," a gap emerged between what he was saying and what Red Hat's product management director, Joel Berman, was saying. Riders of Linux's impressive upsurge are advised to "mind the gap" and try not to fall into it.
Bye Bye, BEA: Why Oracle Needs This Deal
After rejecting Oracle's initial bid for $6.7 billion, BEA has now indicated readiness to sell itself to Oracle ("or any other bidder") for about $8.2 billion. With Oracle's insatiable appetite, BEA's relative stagnation, and incessant pressure from billionaire investor Karl Icahn on BEA management, the acquisition now seems a sure thing. So, what does Oracle get for $8 billion and change? A cake that it has always coveted with an icing to die for.
Editor's Log: HP, SAP, Cognos, IBM and More
It has been a busy month, so I've decided to blog journal style this week, sharing snippets and scuttlebut picked up here and there... Rumor has it Wal-Mart didn't actually pay for its HP NeoView license... Cognos has finalized it's acquisition of Applix, but plans now call for the latter to remain a stand-alone business... IBM is getting closer with Business Objects, again... Headed to Vegas this weekend? Here's where to go for fast drink service.
CTIA Wrap Up. What Really Happened This Week?
The lack of real news and even any sort of buzz at this fall's CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show was a real disappointment. While Microsoft's announcement is certainly noteworthy, nothing set the show on fire. Hell, the parties were barely fun.
Business Rules and BI Make Great Bedfellows
David Straus of Corticon gave an engaging presentation at this week's Business Rules Forum about BR and BI. He characterized BI as "understanding" and BR as "action." He started with the basic drivers for a business rules management system - agility (speed and cost), business control while maintaining IT compliance, transparency, and business improvement (reduce costs, reduce risk, increase revenue) - and then offered three use cases for rules-driven analysis...