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Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in March 2008
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Linux Wins The Security Showdown! Now What?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
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
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
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.
Security Showdown: OS X Caves First, Vista Buckles (Due To Flash), Ubuntu Wins
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At the 2008 edition of the PWN to OWN security showdown at CanSecWest (Canada Security West) in Vancouver, an Ubuntu distribution of GNU Linux took top honors after Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows Vista eventually caved under hacker pressure. All OSes were up-to-date with the latest patches.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: Q&A With Howard Dresner
News  |  3/30/2008  | 
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.
Natural Language Query: Old Answer for 'New' BI Opportunity
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
As combinations of business intelligence and search technology are emerging, Progress Software is reviving a simpler approach: turning natural language queries into SQL code.
Friday Open Source Round-Up
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
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.
British Airways Cancels Heathrow Flights Amid Computer Chaos
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
British Airways said it planned to operate 80% of scheduled flights, including all long-haul routes, from Terminal 5 on Friday, after canceling dozens of flights Thursday.
Technology Is Not the Driver of BI Adoption
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
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
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
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.
Sticky Notes vs. the Computer
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
All That Got Stolen Was Microsoft's Thunder
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
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'
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
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...
Will Content Management Be Most Affected By Open Source?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Some of open source's biggest proponents were probably gloating this week over some results from North Bridge Venture Partners' annual open source survey (PDF). Most of the findings weren't terribly prophetic, but there were a few that caught my eye.
Who's Number One in Web Analytics?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
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?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
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)
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
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.
What's Driving BPM Demand? It's the Economy, Stupid
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The model-driven approach and new SaaS-based offerings are sparking interest in business process management technology, but the recession may send demand over the top.
The 'Secret Sauce' of BPM Success
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
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?
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
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
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
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.
IBM Software Lets Business Execs, IT Collaborate On Data Integration Projects
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
Information Server FastTrack translates into software code requirements defined by business analysts.
Object-oriented music
Commentary  |  3/22/2008  | 
Spicebird: More Open Source Competition For Outlook
Commentary  |  3/21/2008  | 
There's been a lot of discussion about which open source application works best as a replacement for Microsoft Outlook: Evolution, Ximian, Thunderbird, and so on. Let's add another contender to that list, shall we? Meet Spicebird
It's A Support Thing -- Or: One Throat To Choke
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
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."
SAS Acquires Text Mining Firm, Upgrades Core Platform
News  |  3/20/2008  | 
Responding to competitive threats, SAS buys Teragram for its natural language processing, categorization and search technologies.
BEA Surveys the State of the BPM Market
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
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."
Gartner: Emerging Technologies Will Help Drive Mainstream BI Adoption
News  |  3/20/2008  | 
The technologies expected to breakdown today's hurdles to wider adoption of business intelligence include interactive visualization, in-memory analytics, search integrated with BI, software as a service and service-oriented architecture, Gartner says.
Defining SOA, Part IV: Pipes and Filters
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
This post is part of a series of posts trying to define SOA as an architectural style. In the previous post I talked about SOA and the Layered Architecture Style (which generated a couple of follow-ups -- one on l
Morphing Along With Amazon EC2
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
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.
Coldwater Creek Grows With Location Intelligence
News  |  3/17/2008  | 
Women's clothier relies on geospatial analysis to track customers and avoid overlaps as it adds more than 60 retail locations per year.
Google Android: For More Than Just Phones?
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
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
News  |  3/17/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/14/2008  | 
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...
Asus' Eee Gets Windows XP ... But Hasn't Lost Linux (Yet)
Commentary  |  3/14/2008  | 
At the CeBIT convention in Germany the other week, Asus unveiled a new edition of its flash-based Eee sub-notebook PC, nominally running a custom version of Xandros Linux.  New models, Asus said, will run Linux ... and now Windows XP.

Business Objects Unveils Excel-Based BI Dashboard
News  |  3/13/2008  | 
Xcelsius Engage 2008 uses Microsoft Excel as its data modeling foundation, so technical and non-technical workers can create interactive data visualizations.
The No-Risk Firefox 3 Beta Tryout
Commentary  |  3/13/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/12/2008  | 
"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
Commentary  |  3/12/2008  | 
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
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