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Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in July 2008
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VMware Releases Beta 2 Of Mac Virtualization App
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The latest suite of Mac-Windows integration features new ways for protecting virtual machines with multiple snapshots and new tools for technical professionals.
rBuilder: DIY Open Source Appliances
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
I blogged earlier about the growth of open source virtual appliances, which now includes outfits like Jumpbox who create value-added appliances for popular open source packages. Now comes rBuilder, for those with a bit more do-it-yourself spirit.

As Data Center Needs Grow, Microsoft Plows Into Iowa
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Its online services push requires a huge investment in new data center facilities.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Alfresco Debuts Beta Of SharePoint Competitor
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Today Alfresco takes aim at Microsoft SharePoint, the collaboration juggernaut, with the release of Alfresco Labs 3. Currently available in beta, Alfresco Labs 3 lets companies use SharePoint in an open-source environment.
Sybase, DBMS Clusters, MPP, and DATAllegro
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Sybase is a DBMS stalwart that gets far less attention than deserved. The company recently beat financial-performance estimates and has raised its 2008 sales estimate to $1.11 billion. Sybase's on-going success — the company's DBMS is much more than the parent of Microsoft SQL Server — earns the company a closer look, in its own right and as an excuse for one last comment on Microsoft's planned acquisition of DATAllegro.
Cuil Needs To Fix Its Technology Before It Can Get Hot
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Search engine expert Stephen Arnold believes the surge of interest in Cuil shows there's a huge pent-up demand for an alternative to Google.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Boeing To Roll Out Product-Management Software Companywide
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing as Boeing faces an order backlog of 3,600 planes, including the delayed Dreamliner 787.
Is Oracle Really Ready for BI and EPM?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Instead of just making a broad set of statements on the recent Oracle announcements made on July 16th, this is a little more depth and perspective that might be useful for you as you think about Oracle and their BI and performance management approach to the market... The devil is in the details of these announcements and the impact on your review or use of these products needs to be clear and precise.
Amazon Offers Online Payment Service For E-Commerce Sites
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay will compete with PayPal and Google Checkout for a piece of the online payments pie.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
Fighting Siloing In Open Source
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Another major theme recurring through the notes I took at OSCON, something echoed by many people there, is "siloing" -- or, rather, how to recognize it and do something about it.

Looking For Anyone In Particular?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
In the current economic climate, hiring new people is something that's put on the back burner at many organizations -- especially if there's any threat that a "reduction in headcount" might be in the cards. But, that doesn't mean no one is hiring IT people. In fact, certain talent is still hard to find and highly sought after at some organizations.
Behind the Business Objects-Oco SaaS Deal
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Earlier this month I saw a press release with the headline "Oco and Business Objects Sign Deal... " What does Business Objects, an SAP Company, the world's largest BI vendor and a software-as-a-service (SaaS) force in its own right, have to gain from Oco, an upstart SaaS vendor that's a fraction of Business Object's size? Business Objects executive Mani Gill filled me in on the details.
Mainframe Programming vs. Woonix Programming
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
The differences between the Woonix (Windows and/or Unix) world and the world of classic IBM mainframe operating systems exist not because the mainframing world is clueless. Rather, it exists because the two different worlds often accomplish different missions in different ways.

Despite the differences at which some Woonix programmers bristle, mainframe programming is still computer programming, and it is deucedly interesting.

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SharePoint Licensing Confusion Abounds
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Most customers don't understand Microsoft licensing in general and SharePoint licensing specifically. In fact, most customers are pretty confused by the dizzying array of options... In particular, some customers got a nasty shock when they realized the (potentially expensive) difference between an Enterprise Agreement and an Enterprise License in MOSS.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Weigh in and tell us which startups you think have the most compelling technologies.
Microsoft Dupes Windows Vista Haters With 'Mojave Experiment'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Microsoft's opinion that Vista's troubles are all in users' heads -- and not in the OS's performance -- was supported by a company experiment.
HP, Intel, Yahoo Join Government, Academia In Cloud Computing Research
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Each of the founding members will host a cloud-computing infrastructure largely based on HP computers and Intel processors in six data centers.
Five Key Questions About the IBM-ILog Deal
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
With apologies to Gertrude Stein, there's not enough "there" there in the business rules management system market, what with only a handful of players, but yesterday's announcement by IBM that it will acquire ILog will certainly spark aftershocks. I came across a few particularly keen questions from a former industry insider...
Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 2 For Windows Vista, Mac
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The update features dual-monitor support, streamlined search capabilities and localized image correction.
Most Vista Business Buyers Downgrade To Windows XP, HP Says
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
PCs downgraded from Windows Vista to XP represent "the majority of business computers we are selling today," says an HP marketing manager.
An Open Source Software Police?
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
I'm still sorting through the last bits of my OSCON trip notes, but one striking conversation I had was with Byrne Reese of SixApart about people who violate the end-user licensing of for-pay editions of OSS apps. Do we sic the open source cops on them? I'd like to think not.

Inside The OSCON 2008 Open Source Conference
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
We round up our coverage of the open source OSCON 2008 conference. Don't miss Q&As with Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth and The Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin. Check out the photo gallery, too.
The Mainframe Redux
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Like triumphant rock musicians who have never heard of Ravel and Satie, there are many successful Unix and Windows programmers in our profession with no experience of mainframes. Sadder still, they are convinced that mainframing is dead, and in any case irrelevant to our modern practice.

Rackable To Offer IBM Blade Servers In Containerized Data Center
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The custom ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems, which are certified for use by the telecommunications industry.
Facebook Hires Mozilla Engineering VP Mike Schroepfer
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Schroepfer brings with him years of experience as CTO of Sun's data center automation business, not to mention his role overseeing the launches of Firefox 1.5, 2, and 3.
Oracle Accuses SAP Execs Of Illegal Cover Up
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Oracle claims SAP senior executives knew the business model of SAP-owned TomorrowNow was illegal and even had a name for its cover-up: "Project Blue."
Competitors React to the Microsoft-DatAllegro Deal
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Oracle stays quiet while Greenplum, Netezza and Teradata say data scalability alone won't satisfy customers.
IBM To Acquire Software Maker ILOG For $340 Million
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
IBM said the acquisition will strengthen its portfolio of business process management software.
OSCON, Pt. 5.0: Sam Ramji's Wonderful, Terrible Job
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
There's a part of me that thinks Sam Ramji, director of Microsoft's Open Source Lab, has the worst imaginable job at Microsoft. But he doesn't see it that way: Where other people would see such a position as being crushed between two wholly opposed forces (Microsoft and open source), Sam sees it as a way to build a bridge that didn't exist before -- and maybe to transform Microsoft all the more from within.

IBM's ILog Deal Shakes Up Rules Market
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
IBM today announced that it plans to acquire ILog, an unquestionable leader in the business rules engine marketplace. The acquisition comes at a time when ILog seemed to be faltering, with declining profitability and reliance on a troubled financial sector, but there's no doubting the deal's tremendous value to IBM and customers.
Requirements Gathering: Don't Be Naïve
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
Whenever the subject of business requirements for data warehousing and BI comes up, I try to bite my tongue because it's always at a time in the project when expectations are high and people are hopeful. I hate to rain on their parade, but this is one of those areas where best practices are often worst practices.
NetSuite Launches CRM+
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
CRM+ uses a number of Ajax-built features that streamline business processes through more drop-down windows and drag-and-drop functionality.
Cast Iron Beefs Up Data Integration Appliance
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The iA4000 is an upgrade and replacement of the iA3000 appliance. New data migration capabilities include data conversion and profiling tools to accelerate software-as-a-service use.
SOA Patterns: Chapter 2 for Free Download
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
DZone recently published an interview with me on my  SOA Pattterns book. Along with the interview you can also download Chapter 2 of the book (I think you need to be a DZone member to actually download it).


Symbian Talks Open-Source Strategy
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Vendor neutrality and greater transparency will increase adoption of the soon to be open mobile platform, executives point out.
Microsoft's Answer To Google's PageRank Algorithm: Less Privacy?
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Scrabble Sues Scrabulous For IP Infringement
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Hasbro's lawsuit calls the online word game Scrabulous a "clear and blatant" infringement of Scrabble's intellectual property.
Software Group Contemplates Suing eBay
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
The SIIA is frustrated with eBay because so much pirated software is sold on the site that the group can't identify all the offenders.
Microsoft Becomes Official Apache Sponsor
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Microsoft said it's putting a wide range of protocols that were formerly in the Communications Protocol Program under the Open Specification Promise.
Get Ready For Google Gadget Malware
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
At Black Hat, RSnake is expected to demonstrate a zero-day vulnerability that allows for information theft, spoofing, and authentication issues.
OSCON, Pt. 4.2: openSUSE's Eleventh Hour (And Twelfth, And Thirteenth...)
Commentary  |  7/25/2008  | 
Aside from having one of the niftier names in the industry, Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier has a pretty nifty job, too: He's the openSUSE Community Manager at Novell, where he oversees the folks that help make what will ultimately turn into the next version of SUSE Linux Enterprise. I grabbed a few minutes of his time to follow up on things I'd talked to him about back at the Red Hat Summit.

Tableau Takes on Geospatial Analysis
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Tableau 4.0 upgrade adds mapping features as well as collaboration and usability enhancements.
Android-Symbian Merger: Officials Weigh In
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Despite predictions by analysis firm J. Gold Associates, officials with Symbian, Nokia, and Google aren't positive the union would work right now.
OSCON Pt. 4.1: SourceForge's CCA Awards & Ross Turk: Everyone's A Winner
Commentary  |  7/25/2008  | 
Even if two of my pet projects didn't garner any awards in the SourceForge.Net 2008 Community Choice Awards, it was still a thrill to hang out at Portland, Ore.'s superstylish Jupiter Hotel and see everyone from one of Microsoft's open source guys, Sam Ramji, to SourceForge community manager Ross Turk himself take the stage.

Two Years to Integrate DatAllegro? I Doubt It
Commentary  |  7/25/2008  | 
Talking to Fausto Ybarra, Microsoft's director of SQL Server product management, I certainly didn't get the idea that the integration of DatAllegro's software for shared-nothing, massively parallel processing (MPP) with Microsoft SQL Server will take an eternity... Stuart Frost and independent Curt Monash also say it's a "straigtforward" proposition, and I believe them.
Two More Views of the Microsoft-DATAllegro Deal
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
I learned of the Microsoft-DATAllegro deal from DATAllegro e-mail sent at 12:57 pm EDT on July 24. Ten hours later, I thought I'd see what others had to say. The search for views was more illuminating than any additional analyses I found. Take a look... if you don't mind snarky blog articles —
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