News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in September 2009
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Zimbra Adds Social Networking Features
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
E-Health Records Could Flag Domestic Abuse
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Predictive computer models that tap into electronic health records highlight subtle patterns of domestic violence that are easy to miss.
Google's Postini May Shape Wave Security
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Two years after being acquired by Google, Postini is looking to extend its messaging management tools to other Google services.
Kickfire Offers Data Warehouse Appliance for the Masses
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
MySQL-based offering targets 500-gigabyte to 5-terabyte range. Upgrades bolster enterprise performance and scalability.
Oracle To Acquire HyperRoll
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Relaunched Fails Accessibility Standards
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  |, a showcase government-transparency Web site that relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508 accessibility standards. The non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables despite on-site compliance claims. Sharron Rush of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility goes so far as to state, "The Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."
Windows 7 Compatible? Check The Logo
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Third-party hardware and software products that work with Microsoft's new OS will get a sticker that says so.
TSA Awards $493 Million Contract To CSC
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Transportation Security Administration has replaced Unisys with Computer Sciences Corporation as its primary managed services provider.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
IBM In Canadian E-Health Deal
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will create a database to store millions of digitized patient records.
Give Away The Platform, Sell The Tools
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Here is a radical suggestion to fund the development of newly-emergent open source OS platforms: Keep the platform and as much of the other software on it free. Sell the development tools. Helps Launch SaaS Company
News  |  9/30/2009  |, a startup providing financial and accounting software as a service, is getting a minority investment and on-campus office space from
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
Thoughts on Integrating OLTP and Data Warehousing (Especially in Exadata 2)
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Oracle is pushing Exadata 2 as a great system for OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing), data warehousing or both. This claim rests on a few premises, the first being that Exadata is great for data warehousing. At this time, that's a claim much better supported by marketing and theory than by practice...
Federal Contracting Databases Prone To Errors
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The GSA will award a contract in October to re-architect databases rife with inaccuracies, duplications, and poor system capabilities.
Google Clarifies Open Aspects Of Android
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The search giant has halted distribution of the Cyanogen custom Android build with proprietary apps like Gmail and Google Maps.
Palm WebOS Boosts Enterprise Features
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The 1.2 version of webOS improves calendar syncing, e-mail capabilities, and paves the way for paid apps, but doesn't restore the ability to sync media with iTunes.
More on 'The Next Big Reporting Challenge'
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
"Breakthroughs on climate change and improving our society's energy efficiency are within reach." Would you guess this quote is from A.) A naïve, tree-hugging environmentalist B.) Paul Dickinson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project or C.) John W. Rowe, chief executive of Chicago-based utility company Exelon? Don't be shocked, but the answer is C.
Global CIO: Ballmer Blasts IBM For All The Wrong Reasons
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Days before launching Microsoft's "New Efficiency" strategy, Steve Ballmer took some swipes at IBM and its strategy, which is bizarre because Ballmer's taking Microsoft down a path IBM's already on.
Q&A With A Post-Microsoft Sam Ramji
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Back when Sam Ramji announced he was leaving his position at Microsoft as director of their open source operations, I shot a couple of questions his way. He was on vacation at the time, but now he's back and has a lot to talk about -- about Microsoft, about open source, and about the two in combination.
Ballmer: Windows 7 Is 'Best Ever' OS
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Microsoft CEO says new features make it the right software for "the new normal."
Talend Acquires Master Data Management Firm
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The data integration supplier will convert Amalto's assets into open source code for master data management.
Talend Plans Open-Source Master Data Management Product
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Acquisition paves the way for a January 2010 product release promising MDM 'at a fraction of the cost.'
Google Gmail Disruption Caused By Network Load, Code Update
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Code changes, data center problems, and heavy usage conspired to make Gmail inaccessible for some last week.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Oracle customers hear a lot from you about your competitors, but rarely do they hear how you feel about them and what your vision and strategy for them is. You're missing a huge opportunity.
Nokia Buys Travel Social Network Dopplr
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The phone maker is trying to boost its mobile Internet services to better compete against the iPhone, BlackBerry, and others.
Has Cloud Computing Finally Arrived?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
If cloud computing is to deliver on its (as yet latent) promise, we need a true heavyweight behind it -- like, say, the US Government. By a curious coincidence, that's exactly what seems to be happening. Are celebrations in order?
Making Linux Binaries Simple: Automate 'Em
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
If Linux doesn't change its attitude about prepackaged binary (read: closed source) software anytime soon, here's a suggestion: a generic software deployment system for Linux binaries.

Datawatch Unveils BI Dashboards
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The Datawatch Dashboards is meant to be used by employees across an organization to gain insight into operational performance. The software can be used alone or integrated with other software applications.
Edmonton Police Use BI To Fight Crime
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The Canadian force, which polices a regional population of more than one million residents, uses IBM analytics technology to identify problems, associated trends and locations of crimes.
Tracking Carbon Emissions: The Next Big Reporting Challenge
News  |  9/27/2009  | 
With new greenhouse gas regulation looming, SAP, Microsoft and Accenture help the Carbon Disclosure Project with a SaaS-based BI platform.
AT&T Claims Google Voice Violates FCC Rules
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
AT&T claims Google violates regulations by blocking calls to some rural communities.
Intuit's New QuickBooks 2010 Eases Installation, Improves Reporting
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The latest version of the popular small-business accounting software also speeds editing of multiple list entries and makes it easier to customize forms and reports. Plus: new links to services like document management and e-mail marketing.
CA Updates Database Management For DB2
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Release 12 of the mainframe database management tool aims to simplify DB2 administration and improve application performance.
Google Boosts Gmail For Android, iPhone
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The tweaks show that Google is committed to improving the Web-based version of its e-mail service.
IBM Building 'Smarter City' Cloud In China
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
The center will be built with IBM's CloudBurst hardware and will be used to modernize a municipal administration and economy.
GPL Vs. Free Software Foundation
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
After my post about the GPL's day in court in France, a programmer friend noted he no longer used the GPL for anything, now that its instigator, the Free Software Foundation, has (in his view) gone off a cliff. Do other people see the GPL as tainted because of the FSF's rather stentorian views?

2009 ECM Market Overview
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
For those of you interested at what is happening in the world of Enterprise Content Management, here is a SlideShare recording that looks at the latest CMS Watch Cross-Check analysis of ECM vendors as of September, 2009.
Congressman 'Crowdsources' Healthcare Bill
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Texas Republican John Culberson has posted the House healthcare bill online and invited constituents to annotate it using a Web 2.0 collaboration tool.
Global CIO: Bill Gates Blasts China Over Corporate Software Piracy
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Gates blasted Chinese companies for using software they don't pay for and described how profits from companies that DO pay for software have allowed him to help millions of children around the world.
Simple API Is Part Of A Rising And Open Tide To The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
What's notable about the open source project announced yesterday, Simple API for cloud computing, are the names that are present, IBM, Microsoft and Rackspace, and the names that are not: Amazon, for one, is not a backer, and let's just stop right there.
Google Sites API Opens SharePoint Escape Route
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
Users of Google Sites now have access to an API to move data in and out of the service.
Nuclear Agency Network Falls Short Of Requirements
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
An internal investigation at the National Nuclear Security Administration blames network delays and cost overruns on poor planning and project management.
Gmail Outage Resolved
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
Google's Gmail service is up and running again after a brief outage affecting a limited number of users.
NetSuite Offers ERP iPhone App
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
The app, which provides access to NetSuite's on-demand enterprise-resourcing planning and CRM suite, is another example of business SaaS going mobile.
A GPL Court Victory In France
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Another test of whether open source licensing is enforceable in court has come. A French firm was taken to court for redistributing GPL-ed software minus its licensing and copyright information -- a big no-no.

Windows 7 Freebies For Twitter Fans
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
Microsoft turns to Web 2.0 to hawk its new PC operating system.
Red Hat 2Q Revenues Grow 12%
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
CEO Jim Whitehurst called the open source software vendor's second quarter revenues "better than expected."
Coverity Reports Reduction In Code Defects
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
The company started scanning open source code for reliability and integrity three years ago and has a Department of Homeland Security contract.
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