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Hyperion Offering BI For The Masses
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Hyperion plans to offer next year mini desktop applications that can deliver to customer employees selected information from the vendor's business intelligence platform.
Watch Out for Oracle BPMS
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Oracle has one of the most widely used BPEL tools on the market, but so far they haven't shown up in Gartner's business process management suite (BPMS) magic quadrants. That should change soon. Recall that Oracle did an OEM deal in July with IDS Scheer for the ARIS Process Design Platform. At the time I speculated this had more to do with keeping up with SAP, but that's apparently not entirely true.
Can YouTube Help Verizon Wireless' Video Business?
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Next month YouTube, the popular video-sharing site recently acquired by Google, is going mobile on Verizon Wireless cell phones that use its Vcast service for on-demand video clips. YouTube will benefit from the deal by monetizing its free content, but Verizon Wireless will need to lower the price it charges for its video service if it wants more subscribers to tune in.
CA Upgrades Application Performance Manager Introscope
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
CA enhances the integration between Wily Introscope, software for managing application performance, and the Unicenter Network and Systems Management framework.
Sophos Warns of Theft
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
SophosLabs revealed that more than half of all malware originating in China in October specialized in stealing usernames and passwords
Survey Reports Lost Mobiles
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Survey says thousands of mobile devices left behind in major US city taxi cabs
Applying Semantic Web Ideals
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
"From the billions of documents that form the World Wide Web and the links that weave them together, computer scientists and a growing collection of start-up companies are finding new ways to mine human intelligence.
Can u rd ths msg? Texting 101 For Parents
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
Can you read your children's text messages? If you have trouble deciphering them, you're probably not alone. Many parents complain that they cannot understand the arcane jargon of SMS.
MySQL Looks To Make Database Administrators' Jobs Easier
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
The new version has monitoring tools designed to help administrators stop database problems before they get serious.
Keep An Eye On Sales Force Automation
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
For companies looking to extend their customer relationship management software to sales the time is right to look at sales-force automation applications, particularly from those vendors that offer SFA as a Web service. That's according to market research firm Gartner, which recently released its predictions for the SFA market.
Not Quite Ready To Eat My Words On The Video iPod
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
I got an e-mail yesterday from Philip "Swanni" Swann, president of, who I disagreed with in strong terms in a blog post more than 13 months ago. "Ha ha ha!" his e-mail said. "How does it feel to be eatin' them words now, biotch?"

Actually, no that's not what he said. He was very polite. He said: "After this week's Nielsen dismal report on the video iPod, are you planning an update on your Oct. 17, 2005 criticism of my predicti
SharePoint 2007: Ring In the New… And the Old
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
It seems that the world is almost slowing down a bit as Microsoft readies a final version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, the quite substantial upgrade to a nearly ubiquitous SharePoint 2003. SharePoint is many things to many people, but customers typically deploy it as a lightweight collaboration portal. With this latest version, Microsoft is trying to extend the product's reach. Microsoft has certainly broadened SharePoint functionally, but sometimes "enterprise" means depth
The Treo 680 Is Here
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
The Treo 680 is here, available now with a contract from Cingular for $200 or, unlocked from Palm, for $400. As a Treo 650 user myself, the two most interesting features for me: Internal antenna, and, most intriguingly, the ability to decline calls with a text message, which sounds ever so much friendlier than just hitting the "REJECT!" button and sending the caller to Voicemail Hell.
Governance Gauge: Top Court Issues E-Discovery Rules
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
Newly amended e-document related laws take effect December 1, 2006.
Dashbriefs: Uima Standard; Microsoft Forms Interoperability Alliance
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
IBM has announced that Apache has launched a project for UIMA-based software.
Dashboard: To Avoid Meltdown, Test, Measure and Check Web Site Stats Often
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
A Weather Channel site used web analytics to find users weren't picking up on important navigational tools.
Dashboard: Data Integration Is a Moving Target
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
Data integration is integral to emerging service-oriented architectures, so it's doubtful that the technology's evolution is complete.
Dashboard: Three Ways to Drive Traffic From Search Engines
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
How do you make your Web site "organically" pop up in the first five results of a potential customer's Web search? Elastic Path Software's Jason Billingsley offers three suggestions for improving a site's organic search results.
Dashboard: To Boost Performance, Follow Visitors Beyond Your Site
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
Internet marketers are working with companies to tell them where their customers came from and where they are going once they roam out of site.
Headsup: Explorer Upgrade May Break Interfaces
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
Will IE7 affect your software?
Mission Intelligence: Walking in a Data Wonderland
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
Forrester Research reports that online holiday season retail sales in the United States will hit $27 billion. Will investments in data mining, Web analytics and customer data integration tools prove their mettle?
Municipal Wi-Fi Is As Trendy As Curbside Recycling
Commentary  |  11/21/2006  | 
There was a time that curbside recycling was the check-the-box status symbol for a progressive city, and cities did a lot of trial-and-error before they found models that actually made environmental sense. City-wide Wi-Fi is the new recycling. The trials are starting. Get ready for the errors.
Sneak Peak Of New Windows Mobile "Crossbow"
Commentary  |  11/21/2006  | 
Pics and reviews of the newest version of the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS have hit the blogosphere. The new OS, codenamed "Crossbow," is expected to debut sometime in the first half of 2007.
Put to the Test: BEA Delivers a 'Best-of-Hybrid' Development Environment
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
Workshop for WebLogic Platform 9.2 makes Eclipse more approachable, surrounding it with well-chosen libraries and development functionality.
Letter Drop: Shady Stats; Playing Up the Positive
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
Richard Starnes challenges, "Anyone with an elementary understanding of statistics and surveys knows the CSI-FBI survey is statistically questionable."
Shortlist: WebMethods Fabric 7 and More
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
Also, Hyperion System 9.3, Pervasive Data and Business Integrator 8.12 and IDS Scheer Aris 7.02.
Put To The Test: WebSideStory HBX Analytics
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
HBX Analytics measures total site performance, including animations, podcasts and RSS feeds.
Search in Focus: Implementing a Taxonomy
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
Search engines don't know the difference between reading glasses and drinking glasses, but a taxonomy puts your query in context. We outline several ways to build taxonomies, ranging from the tough but potentially more accurate approach of building from scratch to the easier but potentially compromised approach of buying a prebuilt taxonomy or using automated clustering software.
Field Report: Taxonomy Improves Reed Business Search Results
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
RB Search has developed three evolving taxonomies as well as a product and service ontology with more than 200,000 core terms.
SaaS and SOA: Together Forever
News  |  11/20/2006  | 
If you want a flexible and scalable software-as-a-service partner, look no further than the solid pedigree of service-oriented architecture. We explore the relationship between SaaS and SOA, two emerging approaches for delivering IT functionality, applications and end-to-end business processes.
Field Report: RiskMetrics Says SaaS Goes Better With SOA
News  |  11/20/2006  | 
To both consume and provide SaaS, this risk analytics firm is turning to SOA.
Kimball University: Building a Foundation for Smart Applications
News  |  11/20/2006  | 
Off-the-shelf apps may offer built-in analytics, but the best approach to supporting operational decisions is to rely on a solid data warehouse that cleans, integrates.
Innovation Asset Management: Don't Bottle Up Creativity
News  |  11/20/2006  | 
As businesses compete in the emerging knowledge economy, many are focused on managing intangible assets, such as intellectual property--and that's bringing asset management into vogue.
BI on Steroids Reaches the Extended Enterprise
Commentary  |  11/20/2006  | 
I want you to start thinking about BI on steroids -- the innovations that will take BI to the point of becoming a must-have office tool for 110 percent of employees. These are not just the technical innovations, but also innovations in how you think about BI and view information processes. 110 percent? Am I crazy? Sometimes. Is that a typo? Nope.
Adobe Expands Its Digital Rights Software
Commentary  |  11/17/2006  | 
Vendors have been hawking enterprise digital rights management software since as early as 1994, yet few have bought. Board shenanigans and intellectual property lawsuits may start to propel solutions like Adobe's, which password-protects Word, PDF, and CAD files, to the forefront. Or not.
Application Insight: The Unstructured Revolution
News  |  11/17/2006  | 
A real revolution is at hand -- and it's the ability to develop, display, manage and otherwise leverage unstructured data across the enterprise. Not excited? You should be.
Peak Peformance: Smart Money Is on MDM
News  |  11/17/2006  | 
If companies spent on Master Data Management training and technology what they now spend on chasing down and fixing data errors, they would be on their way to a longer term solution.
Apple iPhone: Mid-2007?
Commentary  |  11/16/2006  | 
FoxConn Electronics in China is lined up to manufacture the iPhone, Apple's rumored cell phone. They'll hit the market with 12 million units in the middle of next year. That's according to a report on CNN/Money. The guy from CNN/Money says he read an article in Chinese in the Commercial Times. So this is hardly reliable; don't whip out our credit cards just yet. OK, bloggers --
And It Doesn't Have Custom Ring-Tones, Which Is A Plus
Commentary  |  11/16/2006  | 
Artist Duncan Wilson has created a wireless communicator that looks like the two-Dixie-cups-and-string we all played with as kids. "Tug the cord to activate, squeeze to talk and hold to the mouth and ear," he says.

I'm going to quote the entire rest of the text from the page now, just
Democrats Used Databases In Election Wins Over GOP
News  |  11/15/2006  | 
The Democratic National Committee spent $8 million this cycle building a multiterabyte relational database that contained 300 million records.
Vi Labs Partners With Uniloc
News  |  11/15/2006  | 
Vi Laboratories announced a technology partnership with Uniloc USA, a leading provider of device locked product activation software
Hello, world: Intelligent Enterprise officially joins the blogosphere!
Commentary  |  11/14/2006  | 
We are excited about opening up this new channel for communication with subscribers and the broader Intelligent Enterprise community. We look forward to participating in the ongoing conversation among the blogs, and to sharing our ideas, reports and observations.
If Apple Comes Out With An 'iPhone,' Will Anybody Care?
Commentary  |  11/14/2006  | 
Leander Kahney thinks there might not be any demand for the rumored combination of iPod and cell phone from Apple. But the combo just makes sense. Why carry around two gadgets when you can just carry around one?
Disaster Recovery Vendor GoldenGate Broadens SQL Server Support
News  |  11/13/2006  | 
GoldenGate Software releases an upgrade of its transactional data management system, which has been enhanced with support for IBM's DB2 on the mainframe, and better integration with Microsoft SQL Server.
Open Text Wants To Be The Lifecycle Hub For Content
News  |  11/13/2006  | 
The enterprise content management vendor plans to discuss at its user conference this week that its library services can reduce liability by ensuring that no documents are kept longer than legally necessary.
LTU Rolls Out Forensics Tool
News  |  11/13/2006  | 
LTU Technologies announced the release of LTU Image-Seeker for Encase (ISE)
Webmethods Moves Toward The SOA Promised Land
Commentary  |  11/12/2006  | 
WebMethods is a good example of an old-time enterprise application integration vendor that's moving as fast as possible to meet the rising demand for tools to build service-oriented architectures. A form of distributed computing, SOAs make it possible to reuse applications in multiple business processes. This bit of magic is usually performed through the use of interfaces that leverage XML standards.
Sophos: Gains Attract Phishers
News  |  11/12/2006  | 
Sophos reminds people of some basic security measures that can hinder phishers
Soon, There Won't Be Smartphones, Only Dumb Ones
Commentary  |  11/10/2006  | 
Motorola buying Good Technology today is only the latest deal that points to the fact that phones with e-mail and Internet soon will be the only ones we want.
Stealth Layoffs and Reputation Monitoring
Commentary  |  11/10/2006  | 
A growing body of search software products aims to help a company understand and manage its reputation on the general Web, among media sources and in the blogosphere. Is software the best method of securing good public opinion?
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