News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in September 2007
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Is Database Software a Commodity Technology?
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
Is database management a mature, commoditized software technology? It depends whom you ask. My answer: definitely!, which no doubt confirmed IE Editor-in-Chief Doug Henschen in his intention to later write that Oracle President Charles "Phillips's higher calling was to dispel the idea that database management systems have been commoditized in a mature market."
Business Intelligence and Excel: Happily Married?
News  |  9/30/2007  | 
Are spreadsheets a good match with business intelligence systems entrusted with providing consistent, reliable insight? The latest BI-Excel integrations let you have your spreadsheet-based analysis and always-validated, up-to-date data, too. Which add-in, plug-in or native link is right for you?
Google Is Really, Really Serious About The Mobile Ad Market
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Google sees its future in mobile advertising. Period. You don't believe me? Have you been following the news?
Adobe Piles On Microsoft With Online Word Processor
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
Microsoft Joins Online Productivity Battle With Office Live Workspaces
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software lets people store, share, and collaborate on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents online and share their desktop with one another.
Timely, Slick Centro Gives Palm A Shot In The Arm
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
My colleague Eric Zeman already has written about the new Palm Centro, unveiled yesterday at the Digital Life show in NYC. I just want to add: this is a great idea on Palm's part, the smartest move the company has made since it finally bought a perpetual license to its own OS from its Japanese owner last year. Whether or not it's enough to save Palm I don't know but this $99 sorta-smartphone is a timely
Google Buys Mobile-Oriented Social Startup Zingku
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
A Truly Solid Innovation For The AirCard Crowd
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Sprint and Verizon Wireless each announced versions of the Novatel USB727 wireless modem. Normally AirCards aren't all that exciting (they just ain't sexy), but this one has a built-in microSD slot. Bingo! Instant sex appeal.
We Need OS Diplomacy, Not OS Wars
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Some of the responses posted to my Linux blog entries have been filled with an amazing amount of venom -- directed not at me, but at other posters. The hate some people have for other people just because they elect to use another operating system on their computers never ceases to shock me.
Verizon Wireless Doesn't Want To Play By The Rules
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Not only has Verizon Wireless been lobbying the FCC to change the open access rules agreed to for the upcoming 700 MHz auction, but it actually sued the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals and called the rules unconstitutional. This week, FCC Chairman
Data Warehouse Appliance Meets High-End Analytics
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Netezza opens box, builds developer network for predictive analytics and high-demand, non-SQL analyses.
Rethink Three Myths When Picking a Consultant
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Independent consultants (a.k.a. sub-contractors) are often the back-bone of data management activities, especially database administration and ETL/database/BI development. Yet, finding good consultants is difficult. That's why you should steer clear of these three myths: #1: Vendors are always knowledgeable about the candidates they provide. #2: Prior work references can be easily obtained. #3: The candidate must be an absolute best-fit for the requirement...
Intalio Opens Its BPM Suite To Business Managers
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
BPMS 5.0 has been upgraded with support for standards geared toward making it easier for businesspeople to model processes that can be deployed by IT departments.
Intel, VMware Partner In Virtual Machine Migration
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The collaboration is expected to ease software migration to new servers capable of running more business applications than older machines.
New York Times Recoups After Network Failure
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Iron Mountain Acquires Health Care Records Management Company
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The purchase is expected to better assist Iron Mountain's 45,000 customers who need storage and management of paper and digital records, including radiology films.
Another MVNO Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
This time it's Disney's family-centric MVNO that's calling it quits. By the looks of things, it appears as if 2007 is the year of death for MVNOs. Is the MVNO a doomed business model?
Forrester: Why BI, BPM and Rules Technologies Will Converge
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
I'm attended a panel discussion here at the Forrester Technology Leadership Forum on the convergence of the three B's - business intelligence, business process management and business rules - featuring Mike Gilpin (EA and application development), Boris Evelson (BI) and Colin Teubner (BPM)... Gilpin sees BI as driving effectiveness in businesses, and the combination of BPM and BR as driving efficiency...
Oracle, Dell, And EMC Unveil New Data Warehouse Initiative
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The Oracle Optimized Warehouse combines the Oracle Database with preconfigured hardware from Dell and EMC, with the goal of giving customers an out-of-the-box data warehouse.
Pfizer To Assign E-Pedigrees To Viagra Bottles
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Pfizer is using SupplyScape's E-Pedigree software, which creates an electronic pedigree, or record, for drugs and manages those records throughout the supply chain.
Palm And Sprint Unveil The Centro For Consumers
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
The most striking aspect of Palm's new gadget is that it is absolutely tiny. Palm CEO Ed Colligan's hand dwarfed it at today's press conference at the Digital Life show in NYC. Not only is it tiny, it is positively a consumer-focused device.
Field Report: MIX Proves XBRL Handles More than Statutory Reporting
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Microfinance organization shows standardized format is useful for gathering clean data within a distributed enterprise.
Five years of OpenOffice.org
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
OpenOffice.org has reached a significant anniversary. Earlier this month, OO passed the five-year mark as the only office software on my laptop computers, first installed when I bought a Windows 2000 machine in 2002, reinstalled a couple of months ago on a replacement laptop running Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux. Given diverse project-health indicators, I'm looking forward to my next five years of OO.
And the 'Email Validation' SQL Puzzle Winner Is...
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
The winner of last week's 'Email Address Validation' SQL puzzle is "Guest" (see comments), because he/she bothered to do the research and come up with an answer that is generic enough to port to any SQL dialect with a SIMILAR TO or a regexp() function. So, "Guest" please email me with your snail mail address (and some attempt to validate your SQL mastery/identity) and I'll send you one of my books. Here's my answer to last week's puzzle...
Big Ideas Aim To Make Tech Easier, But Also Eat Lots Of Bandwidth
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Ideas range from technologies that replicate original images into 3-D virtual images that can be touched and broadband technologies that support huge amounts of data.
AT&T Secures $1 Billion U.S. Treasury Contract
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
AT&T will engineer and design TNet, as well provide the necessary equipment installation and management.
Truphone Shows VoIP, Wi-Fi, Facebook On Apple's iPhone
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The company debuts its service by showing how the telephony software can integrate iPhone and VoIP with Facebook social network subscriber sites.
Hand-Me-Down Linux: The Notebook Edition
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Not long ago I blogged about fitting Linux onto an older system and giving it to someone who doesn't need the latest model of PC. This week, I tried it with a notebook that's about seven or eight years old. Windows XP barely ran. Linux gave it a new lease on life.
IBM Adds 'Key Agility Indicators' to the BPM/SOA Mix
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Announcements highlight business activity monitoring, vertical process content and assessment services.
Complex Event Processing Struggles for Market Definition
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Complex Event Processing (CEP) seemed like a no-brainer for broad-market acceptance a couple of years back. Relational data warehouses and conventional analytics have not kept up with the explosive growth in real-time data volumes and the perceived demand for real-time analytics. CEP promised to fill the gap: technology developed for extreme high-volume, low-latency processing demands. Yet two years on, CEP is still struggling for market definition.
BPM Focus Turns to People in the Process
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Message to SOA-centric IT groups: The next wave of optimization lies in empowering the individual.
Reach Out And Touch Something
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
If you're not already using a phone that has a touch screen, the chances are higher that you will be next year, when ABI predicts over 100 million touch screen-based phones will ship. That's about 1 of every 10 mobile phones.
Forrester Says 'Design for People, Build for Change'
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
In her opening keynote at this week's Forrester Technology Leadership Forum, analyst Connie Moore laid out four principles that 1. Business processes adapt to changing business conditions. 2. Applications evolve continuously while preserving process integrity 3. Processes, tasks and associated information always maintain context 4. Systems are unitary, information-rich and reflect the social needs of the business...
Palm, Sprint To Announce New Smartphone Together
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
The two companies have invited journalists and analysts to a special press conference tomorrow a la Apple style to announce Palm's latest smartphone. Is Palm shooting itself in the foot or finally on a roll?
XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Business Objects Unveils Search, Text Analysis Software For Unstructured Data
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The new capabilities gives BO customers a unified set of tools for accessing structured and unstructured data from the company's business intelligence platform. The new products stem from the acquisition of Inxight Software in july.
AMD Bets On 2nd 'Black Edition' Gaming Chip
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The latest dual-core Athlon 64 X2 can be combined with the AIT Radeon HD 2000 series graphics processor and the AMD 580x or upcoming AMD 700 series chipsets.
Office Politics
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
Way back in the '80s, a popular maxim had it that "nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM." An IBM salesman probably came up with that one, but in any case it stuck. Reflecting on last week's announcement about the new IBM Lotus Symphony desktop suite, based on OpenOffice.org technology and available as a free download, I'd say it's time for a new maxim: "Nobody ever got fired for perpetuating the Microsoft Office monopoly."
Facebook Investigated For Failing To Protect Users From Sexual Predators
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
Facebook's troubles mirror those of MySpace, which addressed its security last year after a string of high-profile cases.
My Linux Broke -- Is It My Fault?
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
One of the adages about Linux that gets passed around a lot goes something like, "It's a great system, but you really have to know what you're doing." The other day, I got a firsthand example of that -- I got bitten by a bug in a package that's readily available in Ubuntu's software repository.
Dilbert Takes On Web 2.0
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
There's a particular Dilbert cartoon making the rounds that pokes good fun at Web 2.0 in general and "folksonomies" in particular... Cartoonist Scott Adams is particularly adept at surfacing (and pillorying) vague but alluring-sounding words like "folksonomy" and "platform" that, yes, we all over-use. But getting Dilberted also represents a certain coming of age...
Verizon Business Pushes Its Deployment Of IPv6
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The telecom said it will complete its North America migration in 2008 and move into the Asia-Pacific and European regions in late 2008 to 2009.
Facebook Slice Could Boost Microsoft's aQuantive Unit
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The social networking site could help boost Microsoft's recent $2.47 billion in revenue in online services, according to one financial analyst firm.
Motorola Bows WiMax Chipset For Mobile Devices At WiMax World
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
The new wireless modem will help bridge 3G and 4G technologies and eventually find its way into electronics, including mobile phones.
Is Anyone Really Surprised That Apple Won't Support Hacked iPhones?
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
I'm not. And I don't blame them, either. When you buy an iPhone, you implicitly agree to a legal contract in order to use it. Why should they support you if you decide to break the contract?
Open Text Ships Invoice Management Software For SAP
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Vendor Invoice Management Version 5.1 is used to optimize vendor invoice processes. The product also includes built-in reporting and analytics.
Microsoft Reportedly Eyeing Facebook Stake
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Independent of financial suitors, Facebook reportedly is developing its own advertising system that will target ads based on users' profile information.
Systems-Management Vendor Hyperic Incorporates JasperSoft Reporting Tools
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The new Hyperic HQ Enterprise Reports, a part of Hyperic HQ 3.1, provides a graphical report designer and a Java reporting library that enables creation of complex layouts.
Virtualization Desktop Startup Qumranet Debuts
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The company was co-founded by former XenSource guru Moshe Bar and former Cisco director of engineering Rami Tamir.
Starbucks To Give Away 50 Million iTunes Songs
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The offer is good for users of Apple's iPhone, its new iPod Touch, or any wireless-capable laptop loaded with the Apple's iTunes software.
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