News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in May 2008
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Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Microsoft Office Standard Challenged By India, Brazil, South Africa
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Members of a Brazilian technical committee said the process that led to OOXML's ratification was flawed, in part because not all participants were given enough time to make their views heard.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.
The Challenge of Mobile Analytics
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Last year everyone was talking about Web 2.0; this year it's all about the Mobile Web. Let's take a look at what this means for mobile analytics... The bottom line: Mobile analytics are relatively new; beyond infancy, but certainly not for the faint of heart. The biggest challenges are...
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Firefox Or Flock? Or Both?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
With a release candidate of Firefox 3 upon us and the final version set to drop sometime in June, I'm finding myself a bit torn: Do I upgrade to FF3 once it's fully baked, or stay with my current browser?  What makes the dilemma all the tougher is that my current browser isn't Firefox 2 -- well, it is, sort of, but not really.  It's Flock, which serves as great proof of how open
Dining At the Intersection of Search and Retention
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Lawyers were well represented (you might say) at last week's Enterprise Search Summit in New York. At times, it felt more like an e-discovery conference with analytics and social-computing side-tracks rather than a search conference featuring a few e-discovery sessions... Without good search technology, sifting through the data isn't just tedious but nightmarishly expensive.
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
MokaFive Virtual Desktops: A Flexible Leash?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Virtualizing desktops is clearly an area of the enterprise that begs for IT action, but the variety of ways to go about it indicates that this technology segment is in deep ferment. Will those who have dominated the desktop so far rule a virtualized future? Perhaps, but where there's fermentation, there's also a whiff of disruption.
IBM Adds Social Networking To Rational Team Development
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Rational Team Concert is aimed at letting all participants in the development process--not just developers--collaborate.
Security, the Cloud and the Data Warehouse
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
"Doesn't DW-in-the-cloud suffer from the same fundamental problem as DW-as-a-Service in that you have to pump all of your proprietary, strategic, highly sensitive data outside of the firewall onto someone else's hardware?" James Dixon posted this question in response to my last post, and it points to a fundamental criticism that has been around since the first ASP started years ago...
Google's Marissa Mayer Sides With Simplicity
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
A typical Google search touches some 700 to 1,000 machines in Google's data centers and can return a list of 5 million results in 0.16 seconds.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Behind The CIA's Intellipedia
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To improve information sharing among intelligence agencies, the CIA turned to technologies emanating from Web 2.0, such as blogs, Wikipedia -- and Facebook.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Sony Gets Wiki With It
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Ahead of his talk at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Sony's Ned Lerner explains the advantages of having his teams use wikis and other open source enterprise collaboration applications to get the job done.
Bashing SAP, Oracle and Other 'Stackers'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Lombardi's Jim Rudden posts an admittedly "cranky" piece about software giants like SAP crashing the business process management (BPM) party. His beef with those companies, which he calls "Stackers," is that they pursue the promise of BPM half-heartedly... I think he paints the Stackers with too broad and too black a brush. So let me offer a more nuanced view.
Open Source And Open APIs, Facebook-Style
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The more I read Facebook's statement about opening its platform to third-party developers, the more it seems like you could interpret what they say as a promise to open just their APIs, or both their APIs and their underlying platform code.  Which one's more likely?  Better to ask: which one makes the most sense for Facebook, or any other Web compan
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Flaws, Adds Google Sync
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
VMware To Acquire B-hive Virtual Application Performance Monitoring
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
B-hive's flagship product, B-hive Conductor, monitors an application from the network, measuring the response time between a user action and an application response.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Offers 'Virtually Silent' Machines
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The systems integrator continues to defy Apple's no-cloning rule, upgrading its Leopard-based knockoffs and ramping up production capabilities.
Debian Linux Suffers From 'Major Security Flaw,' Gartner Warns
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The open source operating system is said to be vulnerable to hacks that could leave users' personal data exposed to identity thieves.
Why Not Data Warehouse Appliances?
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
In my book, it's time to stop thinking of data warehouse appliances (including those powered by column-store databases) as experimental devices for pioneers and performance nuts... Will these devices start replacing conventional enterprise data warehouses (EDWs)? I haven't heard many solid arguments against the appliance approach.
Via's OpenBook Is Share Alike, If Only On The Outside
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
Open hardware specs seem to be catching on.  After the OpenMoko released CAD design files for all of its handsets, Via's gone and done the same thing with its new OpenBook.  It's only the
Microsoft Unveils Multi-Touch Technology For Windows 7
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Multi-touch capabilities are expected to be part of the next Windows operating system when it is released in late 2009 or early 2010.
Semantics and SOA: Don't Give Up
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
Although I don't remember when I first heard the term Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), I remember researching Web services around 2000. Back then... the sky seemed the limit... Platform independence, long-running transactions, and asynchronous processes - it would be like world peace. Unfortunately, it hasn't really panned out yet.
Arrays: Core or Library Type?
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
As programming languages provide ever more powerful ways to specify user defined types, where do arrays fit in? Are arrays a fundamental type that must be in the core language, or are they a type that can be built up from other core types, and so be a user defined library type?

 

MokaFive Offers New Approach For Virtual Desktops
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
MokaFive's virtual desktops run on a desktop or laptop regardless of whether that unit remains connected to a central server.
Facebook Says It Will 'Open-Source' Its Platform
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Facebook's decision to open its platform comes less than two weeks after the social network began denying Google's Friend Connect.
Paying The "Linux Tax"
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
Most of us know about the "Windows Tax" -- the extra cash you shell out to pay for the cost of a Windows license when you buy a new PC.  But what about a (so-called) "Linux Tax," the cost incurred by an ordinary user switching to Linux from Windows?

'In the Cloud' is the New 'as a Service'
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
I've come to the conclusion that "as a service" is getting played out as a marketing term. The new and exciting term now being borrowed from the Web world is "in the cloud." While there is a difference between the two, many companies never figured out if they were SaaS or a managed hosting environment... I expect to see more confusing messages as vendors rush to the next buzzword.
Misunderstanding Open Source
Commentary  |  5/26/2008  | 
Richard Stallman announced the GNU Project in September 1983. Eric S. Raymond published the first version of The Cathedral and the Bazaar in 2000. IDC estimated a year ago that worldwide revenue from standalone open source software reached $1.8 billion in 2006, projecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% from 2006 to 2011. That's revenue, not the presumably much higher avoided cost of closed source alternatives. So why are open-source fundamentals still so widely misunderstood, inc
N.Y.'s CIO Urges Interoperable, Vendor-Neutral Document Format
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
The state report also advocates the creation of a cross-government Electronic Records Committee to address long-term concerns.
Q&A With Gartner's Don Feinberg on Database as a Service and Cloud DBs
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Sun are now fueling the growing fire around the database-as-a-service and cloud database markets, but what's the difference between these offerings and what's the appeal? Database guru Don Feinberg defines terms and raises important questions about reliability and security.
Adobe Woos Sun Recruits to the Flex Cause
Commentary  |  5/23/2008  | 
If Adobe has its way, PC users will soon be running Web-friendly desktop apps in a secure Virtual Machine environment built on Adobe technology. If Sun has its way, we'll all be running JavaFX apps. (And if Microsoft has its way, we'll all be using some combination of .Net and Silverlight.)... Sun appears to have overslept the alarm this time...
Telelogic As Unit Of IBM Upgrades, Broadens Its Tools
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Doors, for example, is a set of requirements management tools that track not only the software changes required in a product but any other changes as well
Facebook Getting Facelift With Redesign
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Four new tabs will be located at the top of user profile pages and the new layout is expected to cut down on the need to scroll down to view the pages.
Your Next Data Warehouse? Size Up Column-Store Databases and Appliances
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
These approaches may beat out conventional databases in price and performance. Here's how to find products that fit with your company's data analysis needs.
Red Hat's Next Steps With RHEL 5.2
Commentary  |  5/22/2008  | 
Red Hat's just delivered the 5.2 version of its venerable Red Hat Enterprise Linux, right on the heels of the version 9 release of the equally-venerable Fedora.  I took some time out to talk with Daniel Riek, product manager for RHEL, about what was new. The best new stuff all involves the "V"-word: virtualization.

Europe Eyes Microsoft's ODF Pledge
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
European trustbusters want to see if Microsoft's vow to support the OpenDocument Format in its Office products will loosen the software maker's stranglehold on the desktop applications market.
Salesforce.com Reports 50% Revenue Growth
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Salesforce.com reported net income of $9.56 million on revenues of $247.6 million in the first quarter and said it signed 2,600 companies and organizations as new customers.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Consulting Is to Watch Ghostbusters
Commentary  |  5/22/2008  | 
Ghostbusters is perhaps the single best training film for consultants I've come across. In simple words, they embody all the right stuff for a successful consultant which is, lets face it, a real craft, not just something to do between jobs. With motivational thoughts about teamwork, confidence, authenticity, client management and the projection of competence, these guys have it knocked...
Red Hat, Novell Suse Linux Get Upgrades
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Both Red Hat and Novell says the upgrades cover things like virtualization, management, hardware support, and security.
Pick 'em Posts 3
Commentary  |  5/22/2008  | 
There's been a lot of good stuff posted this week, including in part the following list. Just in case you missed it the first time around.

Programming 2.0

I'm a sucker for anything that's 2.0, while still wondering when 3.0 is going to happen. In this post, Joe Neely ponders what's driving the bus when it comes to today's dynamic programming languages.

Link: Microsoft Excel as 3D Gaming Engine!
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
Hey all you spreadsheet jockeys; want to do something creative (if a little crazy) in Excel? Today I was trolling Omniture (our Web analytics suite) and I noticed an article on a sister site (Gamasutra) that is hugely popular. It's a primer on creating 3D games in Excel, and it includes demo programs and videos of games created with the Excel 3D engine.
Microsoft 'Heroes' Include Open Source Programmers
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
The phrase, "Microsoft's open source heroes," doesn't trip lightly off the tongue. But that's what we're seeing when we visit a page on the Microsoft Web site: "Heroes Happen Here/Open Source." Do not expect to meet Linus Torvalds, Roy Fielding, or Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell on this page. Do expect to "Click here to download Silverlight."
Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 To Add ODF, PDF Support
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Despite its recent ISO approval, however, Microsoft will not support the standardized version of its own Open XML format until the release of Office 14.
Are Web Analytics Tools Past Their Prime?
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
Omniture's product strategy is focused on providing options and services on integrating Web data to both marketing and offline data - the logical next step for Web analytics. Yet, how much of the potential marketplace for analytics is actually going down the integration path?
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