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Content tagged with Government posted in April 2008
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Interop: Jumping to SaaS -- Look Before You Leap
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Got SaaS yet? If not, you're either a nattering nincompoop or blazingly brilliant. For every drumbeat touting the power and ease of Saas to remake your IT operations, there's competing tympany warning of the dire hazards of leaping into SaaS headlong.
Adobe Pushes Broader Mobile Strategy For Flash
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
McKinsey: Measure Data Center Efficiency Like Car Fuel Efficiency
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The report recommends companies adopt a new metric called Corporate Average Data Efficiency (CADE) that combines both IT and facilities costs to monitor energy use.
Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
Interop: Citrix To Help Build The 'Delivery Center'
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company's efforts include its Workflow Studio suite and NetScaler MPX, a Web application controller that offers service delivery at 10 Gbps.
What's Your Opinion on Performance Management?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
It's your last chance to "Take The Poll" on our home page (left column below the blog). I'm wrapping up this month's poll on performance management and will post a new poll next week. So... Which of the following best describes your top performance management priority?
ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser, Continued
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In my post the other day about whether or not work in the ReiserFS file system would continue after Hans Reiser's murder conviction, I mentioned that this being an open source project, it wouldn't be hard for someone else to pick up where others leave off.  And as it turns out, that's precisely what's happening: according to folks on the ReiserFS team, work on ReiserFS will
SAP Scales Back SaaS Product Plans
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Technical issues and profit-bleeding implementations prompt SAP to move more slowly with its ambitious Business ByDesign on-demand software service.
HP Reveals Memristor, The Fourth Passive Circuit Element
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The memristor will enable a new era of nanoscale electronics, scientists say.
Programmer Hans Reiser Convicted Of Murder, Faces 25 Years To Life
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Reiser was convicted this week of killing of his wife, Nina, whose body has not been found since her disappearance in 2006.
Why IT Might Be in Big Trouble - Again
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
IT has lost touch with reality as they have been disconnected from the situation in business and do not seem to be concerned about it... IT is apparently responding by shifting focus to data management rather than worrying about or focusing on the capabilities needed by business...
Report: T-Mobile's 3G Network Launching In NYC Tomorrow
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
New reports are pointing to May 1 (tomorrow) as the official launch of T-Mobile's AWS 1700 MHz network in New York City. Some 20+ other cities will go live with T-Mobile's 3G network by year's end.
IBM Informix Upgrade Enhances Clustering, Database Management
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Princeton Softech "Optim" tools round out IDS 11.5 management suite. Big Blue claims gains in database marketshare.
Content Management Blunders From Down Under
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
The hits keep coming in from our "Top 5 Reasons A Content Management Company Will Go Out Of Business" post. This time, the experiences come from a university from the land down under, proving content management blunders serve us all on a truly global scale.
Official BlackBerry 9000 Specs Leaked
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
This is the real deal, folks. No speculation here. An enterprising informer found an internal RIM document that highlights all the details of the forthcoming BlackBerry 9000 smartphone. Take a peek for yourself.
Interop: Fixed/Mobile Convergence Coming to Your Company?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Employees no longer sit in their cubicles all day. Instead, executives move from place to place, visiting customers and clients. Figuring out how to reach these individuals has been a problem: Do you try their office number or their cell?
Microsoft Spins a Web - Microsoft Mesh
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
First Hyper-V Support Emerges From Desktop Virtualization Supplier
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Provision Networks is the first vendor to make Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor the focus of its desktop virtualization efforts.
Interop: Microsoft Sees 200,000 Protocol Downloads
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Senior VP Bob Muglia says Microsoft products will feature "open connections" that will allow outside developers to more easily write programs that interact with its own.
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
Barracuda Launches E-Mail Archive Product
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
The anti-spam appliance vendor learned about the value of archives the hard way -- by getting sued by Trend Micro.
Sun Offers Free Storage OS
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
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Wi-Fi Cafes: Easy To Find, But Free Is Fading Away
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Despite the expanded services and rollouts, paying for Wi-Fi at some of the larger chains has created an opportunity for smaller restaurateurs.
BI Goes Green(er)
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
This week, SAS is announcing SAS for Sustainability Management. It uses the BI platform and performance management applications to provide companies with a way of measuring sustainability goals and performance against them. Using predictive analytics, customers can even model changes in energy consumption or emissions to see the impact on sustainability goals.
HP Wields Blade Workstations For Mechanical CAD
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The hardware includes an advanced network software utility that allows designers working in 2-D or 3-D environments to work over a standard network.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
What Will Oracle Acquire Next?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
So now that the BEA Systems acquisition is complete, what is next for Oracle? Given Oracle's pattern, it's due for about three acquisitions this spring.
Oracle Clinches Difficult BEA Systems Acquisition
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
After an acquisition that began as borderline hostile, Oracle talks of the companies' shared vision for SOA and a strong partnership in delivering middleware products.
Interop: Prof. Prahalad Says IT Matters More Than Ever
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The business guru told an Interop audience that technology lets companies achieve greater flexibility and customization while lowering unit costs.
A ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
After three days of deliberation and six months of testimony, a jury found Hans Reiser, creator of the ReiserFS file system for Linux, guilty of first-degree murder. There's no end of commentary about the trial itself, but now that the verdict is in, I thought I'd contemplate a related issue: What happens to an open source project when one of its main instigators suffers calamity?

iPhone Officially Coming To Canada
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Apple's exclusive deal with Rogers Communications is likely to put an end to unlocked models in the country.
Microsoft Uses Open Source To Extend Systems Management To Linux
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is extending its management software to Linux and Unix by integrating some of the open source OpenPegasus project's code into System Center Operations Manager.
OQO Model 2 Hacked To Run Leopard
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
The hullabaloo about Psystar is not nearly as cool as this. Sure, any geek can hack a desktop to run Apple's Leopard OS, but a member of the OQO Talk forum posted a video of his OQO model 2 running Leopard. Very cool to see Leopard on such a small device. What if Apple created a UMPC of its own?
Unlock Your Cell Phone All By Yourself For $26
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
24/7 Mobile Solutions introduced a new product today that fools your cell phone into thinking it is unlocked. Using its SIM card add-on, you can basically unlock it and use it on other networks without actually changing the software on the phone. Now if it only worked with the iPhone...
Interop: Lenovo, LANDesk Develop Client Management Console
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The ThinkManagement Console lets companies centralize access to LANDesk management, inventory tracking, and reporting software for all client hardware, including non-Lenovo systems.
Finding Design Failure with Microsoft Office Search Commands
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Cheers to Microsoft Labs for their release of Search Commands, an Office 2007 add-in that "helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in... Word, Excel, and PowerPoint." The embedded Guided Help calls it "a useful complement to the usual method of browsing for commands by clicking tabs on the Ribbon." But with Search Commands, Microsoft has adapted a findability fix that's quite common on the Web: Search as a crutch. Search Commands reinforces a point I've made in the past, that
Listen Up! Podcasts, Audio Interviews, Whatever. We Got 'Em.
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
We've posted some interesting audio files (podcasts?) on ddj.com. I need to tell you this because they aren't that easy to find, and there is some stuff you won't want to miss.

Will Someone Please Answer the Mobile Device?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Remind me. When exactly did cell phones stop being cell phones and start being "mobile devices running content-rich mobile applications"? I'm still grappling with the Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on my new Nokia N95 phone (and I have to admit, it's a beauty) when all I really want to do is answer the phone.   

Interop: RMI Launches Low-End Processor For Network Appliances
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The chip targets entry- to medium-level gateways, WAN optimization appliances, content-security appliances, access points for wireless LANs, and other appliances.
Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
Talking Patents And Protocols With Tom Kemp
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
Today I spoke with Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify, creator of that remarkable patent-to-protocol map that I wrote about last week. My first question: why create such a thing? His answer: "Just the facts," and we went from that into a discussion of how open source and open standards suited his company and the market as a whole.
Interop: nSolutions Launches NOVA Change And Configuration Management Appliance
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Microsoft Finalizes $1.2 Billion Fast Search Purchase
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Former Fast CEO John Markus Lervik will lead the enterprise search effort, which will include bolstering Microsoft's Office SharePoint Server.
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