Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site.
Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
We Heart Google
Google, Google, Google. Lately, it's been all Google, all the time. And our readers can't seem to get enough of it.
No 3G Support For Centrino Santa Rosa
It looks like Intel has flip flopped on its earlier support for built-in 3G. Intel in September said it planned to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA networks in the next-generation of the Centrino mobile notebook platform, code-named Santa Rosa. But the company has since reveresed that decision. So why no 3G?
Can Businesses Remove Carriers From Their Mobility Efforts?
Let's admit it. You've thought about it before. Is it possible to remove carriers from the mobile enterprise equation? The promise of all-IP networks and better smartphones is that the role of carriers can be eliminated, or at least greatly reduced. Will this promised day ever arrive?
Q&A: Ted Farrell on Oracle's Path to Rich Internet Apps
As chief architect for tools and middleware at Oracle, Ted Farrell is responsible for the technical and strategic direction of Oracle's frameworks and development tools and for aligning those products with the vendor's Fusion middleware technologies. With some 30,000 Oracle, PeopleSoft and Siebel customers looking to those products, the direction Oracle sets will have a major impact on enterprise adoption of rich Internet apps.
Microsoft Rattles Anti-Linux Saber
CEO Steve Ballmer rattled Microsoft's saber against Linux among Wall Street analysts last Thursday. It's clear that he means to make threatening noises, but what exactly is under threat? And doesn't talking about intellectual property but taking no action to defend it ultimately weaken your claimed rights?
My Unsuccessful Quest To Replace Microsoft Office For My Mac
It looks like I'm going to be buying Microsoft Office for the Mac after all. I had hoped to avoid it -- not because I'm anti-Microsoft, which I'm not, but rather because I just wanted save the hundreds of dollars that Office costs. However, I was unable to find a suitable substitute among all the alternatives I tried.
With Open XML, Microsoft Is Riding A Gift Horse
If you listened just to Microsoft, you'd get the strong impression that IBM was practically guilty of war crimes for its opposition to Microsoft's sweet, innocent Open XML document standard before international standards bodies. The truth is, as usual, something different. I have no doubt that IBM's support for the Open Document Format and objections to OpenXML bear some taint of competitive free enterprise. But, let's call a spade a spade, Microsoft's indignant protestations bear some taint of
Debriefing: Adobe's Jeff Whatcott Explores the Rich Internet Apps Trend
Macromedia is credited with coining the term "Rich Internet Applications," so who better to comment on the future of enterprise apps than Macromedia veteran Jeff Whatcott. Now senior director, product marketing in the Enterprise & Developer Solutions Business Unit at Adobe Systems (which acquired Macromedia in 2005), Whatcott talks about Flex, Ajax and connections with services-oriented architecture.
Lombardi Blueprint Eases the Path to BPM
While I've been shouting from the rooftops that process modeling (in BPMN, ARIS, or whatever) is not that hard, Lombardi Software has been hearing from its customers that it's not that easy, either. Lombardi's on-demand Blueprint offering tries to do two basic things:
1) Link processes to business problems and goals and 2) Simplify collaborative building of process models
Learning To Speak The Same Language Of Mobility
I have almost recovered from the insanity that was the 3GSM World Congress last week in Barcelona. Not only did my airline manage to lose my baggage on the flight home, I also caught a nasty case of the flu -- so much for constantly using hand sanitizer and taking large doses of Vitamin C. As I sat down to digest the week that was, I kept thinking about how differently the carrier and the enterprise IT worlds see mobility.
Has Microsoft Patented A Successor To Clippy?
Remember Microsoft's Clippy, the annoying animated assistant featured in Office, until it was retired in 2004? Like most people, I found Clippy variously unnerving, obnoxious, and superfluous. Which, when you think of it, is no small feat for a nonexistent icon. It's been the subject of much speculation whether Clippy would ever return. Would he re-emerge as a s
Microsoft Shoots Self In Foot (Again, *Yawn*) Over Tool That Migrates Apps To Vista
Explain this one if you can: (a) Microsoft desperately wants to get users to abandon Windows 2000 and spend some new money updating to Windows Vista; (b) Microsoft creates a tool, Easy Transfer, that can migrate data and settings from Windows XP and Win2K PCs to Vista PCs; (c) Microsoft creates a second tool, Easy Transfer Companion, that does even better by migrating installed applications from old PCs to new PCs running Vista -- but (d) it only works if the old PC is running XP. Exactly how do