News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in April 2009
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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
Slacker For BlackBerry Hits 1 Million Downloads
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The success of the music-streaming app is another sign that BlackBerrys are gaining popularity with an audience that's not exclusively corporate users.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Microsoft Completes Work On Windows Vista SP2
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The service pack has officially been released to manufacturing and should be ready to ship soon.
Make Linux Suck Less
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Linux sucks! So says Bryan Lunduke, himself a Linux software developer, at a presentation he gave at Linux Fest Northwest. In truth, it's not a hatchet job -- it's exactly the kind of pointed and forceful Linux criticism we need more of.

Terracotta 3 Takes A Load Off Databases
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Release 3.0 of Terracotta Server reduces database load by initiating Java Virtual Machines and application servers when applications are scaled up.
IT Helps Seal Our Borders
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The economic stimulus package includes about $980 million aimed at beefing up surveillance of our borders. Much of that fuels a huge bet that technology projects can help secure them.
Practical Analysis: Mainframes And x86 Headed For Virtual Collision
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Mainframes are still the best virtualization platform around. Perhaps there's more there than just a few best-practices lessons.
IBM Adds Social Networking To DeveloperWorks Portal
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company is hoping to unify its approximate 8 million registered users worldwide, including enterprise software developers and other IT professionals.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
Will Business Intelligence Software Move to Appliances?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
SAP-Teradata alliance, IBM's plans and Oracle-Sun deal all point to BI bundles on top of data warehouse appliances.
IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The state's Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months.
Inside Ubuntu 9.04
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Critics are calling 'Jaunty Jackalope' as slick and seamless as Mac OS X. We uncover the Linux distro's pitfalls and gotchas -- as well as its hidden delights.
You Can't Have Your Java And Fork It, Too
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The other night I commiserated with a friend over Sun's sale to Oracle, with both of us agreeing gloomily that this most likely means the end of Java as we know it. Actually, it may mean a whole new beginning for Java -- or a whole bunch of new beginnings -- and that's exactly the problem.

Ingres Refreshes BI Appliance With Salesforce.com Integration
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Salesforce.com subscribers can use the Ingres Icebreaker applicance to run ad-hoc queries and trend-analysis reporting against sales data within the software-as-a-service vendor's customer relationship management applications.
Global CIO: Upheaval In The IT Industry: The End Of The World As We Knew It
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
The old model where hardware was hardware and software was software is gone, finished, and not to be seen again.
Apache Tomcat Gets An Enterprise Version, SpringSource tc
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The SpringSource tc application server can be installed in place of Tomcat 6, the current Apache version, without disrupting applications, the company said.
Mobile Apps To Hit $25 Billion By 2014
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Handset makers will receive the bulk of the revenue selling apps to smartphones, but carriers have an opportunity to bring app stores to entry-level and feature phones.
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Improves RFID Data Collection
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Devices may now reliably upload RFID data through a periodic or occasional connection to BizTalk Server, as opposed to a continuous connection.
Opera Mini Sees Explosive 157% Growth
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
However, the mobile browser is facing increased competition from startups and Mozilla.
'XP Mode' On Windows 7 To Require Additional Software
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
While "Windows XP Mode" will be a free download aimed at SMBs, MED-V will cost extra and will likely be used more by large organizations.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling BluWiki.com
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
Microsoft Releases Office 2007 SP2
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The productivity suite update adds built-in support for Open Document Format and a slew of other tweaks, including improved Outlook performance.
Microsoft Unveils Software Platform For Life Science Research
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Amalga Life Sciences is the latest product under the 3-year-old Microsoft Health Solutions banner.
U.K. Imposes Deadline To Fix Sick E-Health Program
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The CIO of Britain's Department of Health says outsourcers working on the long-delayed project have seven months to get it right -- or they may have to get out.
Google Makes Android 1.5 Available To Devs
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The move means the "Cupcake" update could be pushed out soon, and it will bring to Android video-recording capabilities, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and stereo Bluetooth.
Windows 7 Gets Its Own Web Site
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Microsoft has created an online resource for IT pros looking to deploy the new OS.
SAP-Teradata Alliance Goes Beyond the Database
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
To what extent will SAP BusinessObjects software be integrated with Teradata?" The possibilities go well beyond SAP BW and the DBMS, and it's not so much a matter of smiting the competition as keeping up!
Working Together To Avoid The Patently Absurd
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Patent reform may be in the air, but it'll be some time before the real fruits are reaped. In the meantime, we have to maintain our own guard against unfairly-granted patents, something the Open Invention Network's doing proactively with, for instance, the patents at the heart of the Mic
Q & A: Gen. Colin Powell On Leadership In Times Of Change
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks with InformationWeek about "commander's risk," cybersecurity, H1-B visas, Facebook, and his most immediate concerns for the United States.
Microsoft In $3 Billion Cloud Deal With HP-EDS
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Redmond is using partners to push hosted offerings deeper into the corporate market.
Amazon Buys Maker Of iPhone E-Book Reader
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Software like Lexcycle's Stanza and Amazon's Kindle iPhone application could drive adoption of electronic books and magazines further by making them available on more than just the Kindle.
Cablevision Launches Mobile Portal
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The mobile Web site may help the cable provider fend off increased competition from the telecoms, but it lacks the ability for users to program DVRs on the go.
Microsoft Ramps Up Virtualization Management, Management Services
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company's push into two new areas is expected to be explored at its annual Microsoft Management Summit.
Candid Thoughts About Recent Gartner & Forrester Research
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
My reaction to recent Gartner and Forrester analyst reports, as covered in Intelligent Enterprise articles, is that the firms are tarting up a couple of instances of questionable research.
Obama Promises Massive Commitment To Scientific Research
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Microsoft strategy officer Craig Mundie among those named to help the administration shape its science policy.
Foreign IT Pros Working In U.S. Earning More Than Americans
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Researchers analyzed skills and pay data on more than 50,000 IT professionals who participated in InformationWeek salary surveys from 2000 to 2005.
Facebook Opens Stream To Devs
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Web and mobile developers can create applications and Web sites that let Facebook users access their news streams without visiting Facebook.com.
Windows 7 RC To Ship April 30
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Microsoft is moving a step closer to releasing a final version of its new operating system.
Swine Flu Cases Rise To 40 In U.S., But Google Sees No Spike
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Google is augmenting its Flu Trends Web site with user-generated maps of the swine flu outbreak and links to a variety of health resources.
Samsung Rolls Out Android Phone
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Samsung's first Android-powered handset has Wi-Fi, 3G, an AMOLED touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and deep integration with Google's Web services.
SAP, Teradata Team Up For Business Intelligence
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The partnership shows that neither vendor is sitting still as Oracle contemplates opportunities for hardware-software combos with its planned acquisition of Sun.
Teradata, SAP Forge Enemy-of-an-Enemy Alliance
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Oracle is an obvious target... but let's not forget about IBM. Yes, SAP and IBM are strategic partners... But IBM has stepped up bundling of InfoSphere information management and Congos BI software in recent months, and that can't be sitting too well with SAP executives watching out for BusinessObjects.
The Trend Towards Open Source: It's There, But Not Inevitable
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
I spent most of last week and the whole of my weekend knee-, hip-, and finally neck-deep in Ubuntu 9.04 for an upcoming feature on the OS. I had my problems with it, and from that had a philosophical "what exactly are we trying to accomplish here" moment (shilling for rant). But after the dust settled, I had a better picture of how all these platforms complemented each other.
Microsoft Windows 7 To Offer Virtualized 'XP Mode'
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Download of 'XP Mode' aims to curb software incompatibility issues seen upon release of Windows Vista, but comes with a number of drawbacks.
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