News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in November 2008
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Up Next: BI on Social Networks
Commentary  |  11/30/2008  | 
It's time for the BI community to treat social networks as the business-intelligence resource they are. The recent "Motrin moms" clamor and response to Mumbai terrorism prove networks' value. The value of the information that flows through these networks is indisputable. A deeper challenge is next on the agenda: optimizing that flow by better understanding the networks themselves.
My First Open Source Project
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
I started an open source software project a couple of weeks ago, sort of. It's about as minor as something like this gets -- at least for now. But even at that scale, it's become a learning experience.

On Thanksgiving, Freedom for Some, Fear for Foreigners
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
I hope you will excuse a departure from my BI-focused blogs to a more personal one, but on this Thanksgiving eve, I find myself thinking more about freedom and how fragile it is right now. If you are one of the many foreign-born BI product managers, software developers, or BI specialists I have met over the years, then you will want to read this story...
IBM Plunges Into 'Business Event Management,' Helping Define Field
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The fairly new field of complex event processing sets parameters around a software event and triggers alerts if the rules governing it are violated.
SAP User Group Fires President
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
ASUG, which had been dealing with member complaints about SAP price hikes, said Steven Strout's departure resulted from a "strategic decision" by the board of directors.
Apple Needs A Netbook ... Like We Need A Third Elbow
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
There's been talk here and there about how Apple needs to release a netbook-style machine to remain "competitive." It's a bad idea, and a misleading one.

Making Microsoft Office Apps Into SOA Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
Death, Taxes, And Open Source Business Models
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
To the eternal list of death and taxes, we might as well add debates about open source licensing and sales. Two recent discussions about licensing and business models got me thinking again about what's suitable to what end, and how to interpret what you see other companies doing as a model for your own work.

Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Mac Office 2008: 70% Off On Black Friday
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Microsoft is offering a deep, one-day-only price cut on the desktop software.
Visual Studio Users Face Patent Threat
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
A California company has filed infringement suits against Microsoft customers that use the app development software.
LinkedIn Intros Streamlined Search Engine
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Search results on the social networking site can now be refined by several categories, including name, company, school, and language.
Master Data Management Adoption Going Strong
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Worldwide revenue from master data management software is expected to reach $1.3 billion this year and more than double by 2012.
IBM Launches Cloud Computing Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Big Blue is introducing new products aimed at helping customers move apps to the Web.
Can't Migrate Virtual Machines Across Different Chips? Red Hat Can
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
I had just finished moderating a Webinar, my first, on how enterprises architect their virtual environments. One of the takeaways was, beware of the impulse to migrate virtual machines. They have to go from like to like, when it comes to server chipsets. And the first headline I saw afterward declared that information obsolete.
Microsoft's Virtualization Chief: Watch For Us In The Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Microsoft is positioning its Hyper-V hypervisor and Virtual Machine Manager component of Microsoft's System Center for on premises and in the cloud support.
Windows Vista, Multimedia Codec Vulnerabilities Found
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Certain administrative rights are required for the vulnerability to be exploited, making it a risk primarily for malicious insider scenarios.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
SAP CEO: SaaS Hurts Our Profits
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
Hot For The Holidays: 3-D Avatars, Gardening Gadgets
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Move over, avatars. There's a new technology that allows users to create digital versions of themselves for any number of applications in the online world.
RSS Is the New Personalization
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
A recent press release concerning ArnoldIT's Google monitoring service piqued my interest. It turns out to be a nicely formatted aggregation page for Google blogs... The point worth emphasizing is that as Web content becomes more granular, compositional, and personalizable (not to mention more perishable), subscribability becomes a design consideration.
Oracle Site Hub Brings Order to Location Intelligence
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Master Data Management product consolidates and cleanses site-specific information for retailers, government agencies, utilities and more.
Open Source You Can Use, November Edition
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
This month's open source roundup include: polished Chrome, portable Office, a bird (almost) out of its beta cage, and ... another bird bearing mail.

Steve Ballmer Must Testify In 'Vista Capable' Suit
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
E-mails show that Microsoft's CEO knew of decision to lower specs for Vista PCs.
Harrah's Bets Big On Salesforce.com Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The casino operator is moving revenue generating apps, like room reservations, to the Internet.
Curses in Java
Commentary  |  11/23/2008  | 
http://www.softwoehr.com/softwoehr/images/codetalk/jcurses.jpg Looking for a way to make it easier for mainframers to explore PigIron, Curses-like UI development in Java seemed the way to go. I found two particularly interesting
Ingres 9.2 Offered With Ease Of Use Enhancements
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Support for both Java Database Connectivity and Microsoft's .Net Data Provider has been updated in the upgrade of the open source database software.
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.
Google To Seek Pre-Installation Of Chrome On PCs
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
If successful, such a strategy could help the company boost use of the browser, which currently stands at less than 1% of Web users.
How to Encourage Positive Behavior and Performance
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Frank Buytendijk, author of the new book "Performance Leadership" suggests ways to promote the right behavior with scorecards, goals and incentives.
When Obama Appeared On Stage, Web Traffic Dropped
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
I don't remember when the Obama family strode on stage Election Night, but a review of traffic at the Clickabilty site shows a sudden drop just before 9 p.m. The drop deepens until about 9:26 and then, just as precipitously, traffic resumes at its previous level. It's a snapshot of how the Web can be trumped by traditional media.
Three Ways to Link Execution to Strategy
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Performance management guru David Norton tackles the challenge of aligning day-to-day decisions with big-picture strategy.
Performance Management: Link Operational Decisions to Strategy
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Go beyond BI to give decisions makers at all levels the data they need to make the right business decisions.
Fedora 10: Building A Community, Not Just Code
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
With all the shouting about Ubuntu 8.10's release, it's easy to forget about the other distributions out there. Case in point: Fedora, which has typically been my favorite (apart from Puppy), now getting a bump to its own revision number. And so yesterday I sat down around a warm conference bridge with Paul Frields, the project leader for Fedora at Red Hat, to chat about Fedora 10.

Making Money With Mashups
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
I'm back from this week's Mashup Camp in Mountain View, CA, and I came away impressed with both the event and my first real "unconference" experience. The 300 or so (mostly) developers attending were not only passionate and engaged, they drove much of the content, and at least 14 whipped up entries for the climax of the event, the Best Mashup Contest.
IBM To Link Acquired Telelogic Tools To Rational
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
Telelogic has played a large role in embedded software for the automotive, aerospace, defense, and telecommunications markets.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
Google's Lively Set To Die In December
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The 3-D interactive chat environment will join the list of Google misfires when it closes, less than six months after launch.
Symbian Foundation Gets More Members
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
With a major Japanese carrier on board, the number of companies supporting Symbian's free, open source goal has climbed to 59.
Is Red Hat's Whitehurst Right? Open Source Thrives In Downturn?
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
CEO Jim Whitehurst says Red Hat will perform robustly through a recession. Is that true or is he engaged in wishful thinking? InformationWeek's cover story this week, "The Open Source Enterprise," concludes that open source code gets taken more seriously in a time of IT budget cutbacks. Will that help Red Hat?
Nokia, IBM Bring Lotus Notes To S60 Handsets
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
By enabling corporate information to easily go to its handsets via Lotus Notes and ActiveSync, Nokia is making a stronger push for the enterprise market.
Teradata Offers Hardware/Software Packages For Data Warehousing
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The Teradata Accelerate bundles are meant to give mid-size companies a quick way to get started in data warehousing in four months or less.
Information Builders Resolves Excel Hell
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
Microsoft's prescribed antidote to "Excel Hell" won't be available until at least 2010... So why wait years to evaluate a product when there are solutions today?... Last month Information Builders released its latest product, called WebFocus InfoAssist, which brings a range of BI capabilities for business and IT for easily accessing, analyzing and publishing data across the enterprise.
64-Bit Flash On Linux: It's A Portal
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
And lo, Adobe did create a 64-bit edition of Flash for Linux. And it was good -- but now that appetites have been whetted for more Adobe software on Linux, what else may be in the pipeline? My take: Native Flash, yes, but native Photoshop, no. And not just because of Linux's currently marginal desktop market share.

Wyse Revamps Thin Client OS For Collaborative Computing
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Version 6.3 connects to Microsoft Terminal Services 2008 and supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol with 32-bit color and font smoothing.
Adobe Flash Hits Home Run With MLB
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
During the 2008 season, the site presented video in standard-definition TV quality at 1.2 Mbps in 16-by-9 widescreen format.
Adobe, Zend To Link PHP Apps To Web Users
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The partnership will allow for exchanging messages between PHP business logic and the end-user-oriented Web applications built with Adobe's Flash Player and Flex components.
Google's Gmail Gets Dressed Up In Themes
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Other recent features include adding voice and video chat as well as the ability to send and receive SMS messages.
Woolly Mammoth Genome Sequenced
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Just in time for global warming, scientists have sequenced the genome of the extinct woolly mammoth, last seen roaming the Earth about 10,000 years ago.
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