Linux Wins The Security Showdown! Now What?
So now that Ubuntu Linux was "last man standing" in the PWN to OWN contest at CanSecWest, does this mean open source has it all over the competition when it comes to security? It can, and it ought to -- but it's not a guarantee. And we need to not think it is.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: The Next Generation of Innovation
Decision making as core competency, emerging technologies as BI enablers and changes in the BI market itself are core topics at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago. Analyst Kurt Schlegel explains the trends and business drivers.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: Q&A With Howard Dresner
In a preview of his keynote presentation at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit, former analyst Howard Dresner talks about his new book, the convergence of BI and process management, and what it takes to get to the next level of performance management.
Friday Open Source Round-Up
So what's new in the world of open source apps you can really use? Among other things, we have a new edition of OpenOffice, a Linux-based system-rescue utility, and a portable edition of an open source financial management application. Read on ...
The 'Weekly Watch' On Content Management
With all the activity in the content management market, I thought it would be a good idea to start a weekly ritual of quick blurbs and sound bites from vendors, users, and anyone else who'd like to throw their message in the mix.
Technology Is Not the Driver of BI Adoption
I'm having trouble with the supposition that "Emerging Technologies Will Help Drive Mainstream BI Adoption"... There are only two pieces of enterprise analytical software (broadly speaking) that ever gained currency in organizations in the past two decades - Excel and Google. Wouldn't it be a good idea to understand why?
GoldenGate Upgrades Data-Quality Software
Veridata 2.0 improves on the first release, which made it easy to compare source and target data in relational tables, but had limited database support and functionality.
All That Got Stolen Was Microsoft's Thunder
It's bad enough that Microsoft with its big war chest might sue you for producing open source software. But what's really hard to take is the suggestion that you stooped to stealing Microsoft code for your project. At the Open Source Business Conference this week in San Francisco, one show organizer got his revenge.
'It's Not Just A License'
Every now and then you run across something that just makes complete sense. That happened to me earlier in the week when I was reading posts in Movable Type developer Tim Appnel's blog, and I came across an entry entitled "Open Source Is Not Just A License." It sums up, in a remarkably succinct fashion, two of the major benefits of taking a close
Five Nominees for Process Hall of Fame
Is there a business process management Hall of Fame? I don't think so, but there should be, to recognize the true pioneers and innovators in the field... My list emphasizes technology, recognizing those who first recognized that improving business processes demanded fundamentally new technology...
Who's Number One in Web Analytics?
It's a question people ask a lot in many domains, but especially in software. As such, it regularly pops up within the Web analytics community. You can rank them crudely by how many customers they have - or rather, how many they say they have...
Olive Branch Or Crown Of Thorns?
Reading about Microsoft counsel Brad Smith's visit to the Open Source Business Conference yesterday was about what you'd expect. It's a sign that Microsoft's stance about open source has not so much evolved as crystallized -- but that's unfortunately about the limit of what I could see Microsoft doing. It can only go so far, not just because of who it is but who it has been all a
H-1B Visa Debate Warms Up (Again)
This month, Bill Gates urged lawmakers to increase the number of H-1B (guest worker) visas and two bills were introduced in Congress seeking to raise the visa cap... As we approach April 1, the date when the US Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting H-1B applications, the controversy is reigniting yet again.
Ohloh: Social Networking For Open Source
Social networks are all the rage right now, so what's one more to add to the fun? How about a brand-new social networking site devoted to connecting users and creators of open source? Enter Ohloh.
Experience!Tech: Searching for a Web 2.0 Clue
Honestly, if I hear one more middle-aged guy talk about how his kids shop/watch TV/live their lives on the Internet (implying, of course, that he still has his executive assistant print out his email for him), I will not be responsible for my actions.
Mission-Critical Apps Continue To Descend From The Clouds
There's a lot of interesting scenarios these days around the intersection of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and content management. Thanks to companies like Google, Salesforce.com, and Amazon, cloud-based computing is no longer some mythical, business-led, revolutionary approach to accessing technology. Everyday, mission-critical applications are being neatly packaged and delivered to business users regardless of time, place, or device.
The 'Secret Sauce' of BPM Success
The business process management market is heating up, and a new report reveals that centers of excellence are the key ingredient of deployment success.
Bite-Sized Server Apps With BitNami
What I enjoy most about open source is when people take existing products and twist them around into new shapes. I've long had high regards for PortableApps for doing that, but thanks to a commenter on a previous post of mine, I now have a new crew to watch in that regard: BitNami.
Software as a Service: Are You Prepared?
The economic environment has placed increased pressure on organizations to use their IT budgets and resources wisely... Software as a service (SaaS) alternatives could be a great opportunity to deliver business value and avoid long IT cycles... But nothing comes so easily without precautions and warnings.
Identity Systems Launches Data Quality Suite
The Information Quality Server provides a set of integrated tools that cover data quality steps in both batch-process and real-time operations. The tools are managed from a central console.
It's A Support Thing -- Or: One Throat To Choke
Last year, word swirled in the air that Hewlett-Packard would be the next big PC vendor after Dell to add support for Linux on desktops. So far the official word remains muted, in the realm of "we're exploring options, we'll make an announcement when the time is right", but the guesses now center around HP providing SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as its distro of choice. The real question isn't what distribution, though -- it's what kind of support options you'll get, or as they say
Teradata Has Acquired BI/DW Firm Claraview
Data warehousing powerhouse Teradata has acquired BI/DW solutions provider Claraview. The news is there on Claraview's Web site, "Claraview is a division of Teradata Corporation,..." but I don't have a clue why Teradata hasn't seen fit to announce the acquisition. There are a few hints of the take-over out on the Web, and an individual in a position to know told me the deal is (or was) "an open secret."
BEA Surveys the State of the BPM Market
BEA recently completed a "thorough analysis" of the business process management market, based on analyst reports, articles, and customer surveys... There's a nice discussion about how most of the SOA vendors don't do BPM well, and most BPMS vendors either ignore SOA or try to make BPM and SOA the same thing...
Data Modeling and the Canonical Conundrum
The definition of canonical information model only serves to highlight the confusion out there around [enterprise] [canonical] [business] [data/information/object] models... As somebody (Confucius? African proverb?) once said: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
Morphing Along With Amazon EC2
I've been curious about the way Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, can be used to create SaaS applications. This week I spoke to the folks at Morph Labs, who're doing exactly that using an open source software stack. If the idea of using EC2 sounded intriguing but you blanched at the idea of trying to work directly with it, these guys have one way to fix that.
Subcontractors, Meet Open Source
Now that the recent lawsuit against Verizon by a couple of open source developers has been settled, it's become clear -- as some people suspected -- that the real offender here wasn't Verizon per se but a subcontractor, Actiontec. I wonder if this will mean a new level scrutiny or contractual stipulations for the way subcontractors are hired to do this kind of work -- with one
The SAS-Teragram Deal's Back Story
SAS has announced their take-over of text-analytics vendor Teragram. The companies' joint press release states that "the acquisition will enhance SAS's own robust text mining and analytical BI offerings and extend them to enterprise and mobile search." Here's my take on positioning, technology, and solution considerations that likely motivated what seems like a smart move for both companies.
Google Android: For More Than Just Phones?
So far all the talk about Google's Android has been about phones. But the more I think about it, the more I realize phones may just be the tip of a very large iceberg that Google is trying to conquer. Why stop at phones?
Location Intelligence: Geographic Context Spurs Innovation
Location intelligence will transform call center operations, e-commerce activities, field service and sales initiatives, but new research reveals that organizations need to look beyond obvious data sources and basic functionality for business success.
Omniture's SiteCatalyst 14 Catches Up
Web Analytics vendor Omniture used its recent annual summit to announce the release of SiteCatalyst 14... Certainly the new Ajax interface jumped out as a big improvement...13.5 was getting tiresome to look at, especially when compared to Google Analytics, IndexTools, and Nedstat...
The Lighter Side of Information Democracy
It's time to take a closer look at the increasingly popular catch-phrase "Information Democracy." Some time back, I received a vendor e-mail message promising "information for all" through MDM. But deep contemplation of this important matter (interrupted only by intermittent wakefulness) led me to an astonishing revelation: Information isn't a Democracy, it's...
The No-Risk Firefox 3 Beta Tryout
Want to give the Firefox 3 beta a spin, but you don't want to go through the tedium of backing up your profiles and personal data? Here's an easy solution if you're a Windows user.
Routine Fraud Detection Fingered Spitzer
"Follow the money." This approach to investigation, applied by criminal prosecutors going back before Eliot Ness and made famous as a line in the movie "All the President's Men," is exactly how now-ex New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was tied to a high-end prostitution ring. In this case it was fraud detection technology, of the kind routinely applied by banks in money laundering investigations, that led directly to Spitzer and to his resignation today.
Songbird 0.5rc1: Still Hatching
A while back I looked at an earlier release of the Mozilla-derived open-source music player Songbird, and while I liked what I saw it was still undeniably rough. Now I've looked at the first release candidate of the new version 0.5 of the program, and while it's still promising, there's a few too many places where the prom