News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in April 2006
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Is Wireless Affecting Our Health?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
All this time I've been thinking that the cause of my tiredness and quick temper is work-related stress, the side effects of living in New York City, and lack of sleep. But it's possible that the actual culprit could be my home Wi-Fi network.
Can Microsoft Convince You To Switch?
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Everyone likes a good horse race--even when the race is fixed. That's about how I see the supposed race between Internet Explorer and Firefox. Ever since IE was included with Microsoft's operating system, its dominance has pretty much been a done deal. But that doesn't mean the front-runner should sit back and rest on its laurels. And up until now, that's what Microsoft has been doing.
Vignette and Lombardi Announce Software Enterprise Alliance
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The ECM and BPM vendors aim to deliver compelling business solutions to Global 2000 companies.
Surf's Up At Work
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
Just when you thought it wasn't safe to surf the Web at work, now it may be. Earlier this week, a New York judge made an advisory ruling that since time spent on the Internet is much like reading a newspaper or making a personal phone call, employees should only be reprimanded--not fired--for failing to stay off the Internet.
Microsoft, Hyperion Partner In BI
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions say they plan to integrate their business intelligence products in order to provide customers with a broader offering of complementary software.
Schwartz Must Usher In Software Age At Sun
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
Call it founder's disease. Call it what you want. But Scott McNealy hindered Sun from becoming a successful software company. Now Jonathan Schwartz has got his work cut out for him.
Cognos Unveils Performance Software For Bank Branches
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
Cognos Inc. on Monday launched analytical software to help retail banks measure the performance of branches.
Google Experiments On Humans
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
Over at the Google blog, Ambar Pansari, a Google product manager, and Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience, admit that Google is experimenting on its users. The two confess, "From time to time, we run live experiments on Google--tests visible to a relatively few people--to discover better ways to search. We do this because there's no good substitute for understanding how
Google's Got Its Business-Casual Khakis On
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
It's never been completely clear how seriously Google takes its enterprise IT business. Its latest search appliance leaves little doubt.
Stopping Google
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Imagine the conspiracy theorists having a field day with this one: eBay is separately talking to Yahoo and Microsoft to see if one of them might be a valuable collaborator against a common threat: Google.
Office Interactive, Inc. Launches Free, Integrated, Online Collaboration Suite
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
The Web-based application is designed for individuals and small teams.
Intentia Unveils Plans for Third Generation of Movex with Focus on Business Agility for the Mid-Market
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
Movex3 to give companies access to SOA benefits and a user experience designed to unlock more value from ERP.
ERP-Link and Quantrix Partner to Deliver Business Intelligence Solution that Revolutionizes ERP Data Capture and Use
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
Combination of tools to enable businesses to use their ERP data for "what if" financial modeling at a fraction of traditional ETL pricing.
IT Workforce Rise Occurs Despite Fewer Software Developers, Thanks To Managers
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Numbers don't always add up. Take, for instance, the latest IT employment stats that show American IT employment at a record high.
In Search Of Innovation
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
For years, we've seen far too little in the way of innovative enterprise applications or major hardware and networking advances. Arguably, more innovation is taking place in the consumer space, although much of that is incremental rather than revolutionary. There's more evidence this week that innovation in the IT industry is now being driven from the search engine outward, both for consumer and business applications.
Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
The long-predicted consolidation of the open-source software market is finally starting to happen. But which path will the market take--disappearance of the pure-play open-source vendors, or a winnowing to a few strong ones? Those were the two scenarios proffered by Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource Inc., when I spoke with her in late February. SpikeSource sells testing and tech support for open-source packages of business software such as JBoss, MySQL, and SugarCRM. If any of those companies get
The Cost Of Click Fraud
Commentary  |  4/18/2006  | 
Click fraud is a serious problem complicated by the fact that click fraud data is in short supply. The Click Fraud Index aims to change that. The good news is that the incidence of click fraud appears to be lower than the disturbingly high figure of 20% to 40% that has been suggested. The bad news is that at 14%, that's still a lot of bad clicks.
SAP Announces New Version of Supply Chain Applications
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
mySAP SCM 5.0 gains ground on best-of-breed vendors.
IRI Brings Next Generation of Analytics for CPG
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Sleepy CPG industry has new solutions to advance towards performance management.
Geronimo May Prove A JBoss Competitor
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
It's not an accident that JBoss Inc. has built up a head of steam, culminating in a $350 million offer from Red Hat. And it will be no accident that other promising application server projects follow in its path.
Analysis: BPM Vendors Tap AJAX to Put Process in Context
News  |  4/17/2006  | 
Pegasystems and Appian are using AJAX to deliver personalized and process-relevant dynamic interfaces.
In Focus: Is "Process-Oriented Application" an Oxymoron?
News  |  4/17/2006  | 
Not seeing a contradiction in terms, a growing number of BPM vendors are talking about process-oriented applications.
Wireless E-Mail Patent: What Did NTP Know And When Did It Know It?
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
More evidence surfaced this past weekend suggesting that NTP, which last month received a $612.5 million patent-infringement settlement from BlackBerry provider Research In Motion, should never have been granted its wireless E-mail patents. The idea of wireless E-mail dates back to 1982, when it popped into the mind of high-school dropout Geoff Goodfellow, a one-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur. That's two decades before NTP won its first legal battle against RIM.
Will Salesforce.com Solve The Mobile Apps Challenge?
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
Nowadays extending a business application to a mobile device is like putting together a huge puzzle. Each time you think you're getting close to completion, you're either missing a critical piece or you just can't make the different pieces fit. But it looks like things are finally starting to change. Take Salesforce.com's acquisition of Sendia this week as an example. The two c
Cognos Signs OEM Agreement with Lombardi Software to Embed BPM Capabilities in Analytic Applications
News  |  4/13/2006  | 
Companies share vision for integrating BI and BPM for corporate transformation.
An Engineer Blows The Whistle On AT&T
Commentary  |  4/13/2006  | 
I never believed that the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against AT&T, alleging that the company helped the National Security Agency coduct illegal spy operations, had much of a future. Consider the EFF's central claim in the case -- that AT&T and NSA collaborated to spy upon tens of millions of American citizens, including both domestic and overseas phone calls. EFF isn't just looking for the proverbial smoking gun; it needs to find a smoking howitzer to prove such a dramatic, and p
Open-Source Excitement
Commentary  |  4/12/2006  | 
Some are getting all hysterical over Red Hat's entry into the middleware market, like it's going to change the IT landscape as we know it. But I don't think so.
Save Lives: Debug Code
Commentary  |  4/12/2006  | 
We're so used to looking at programming these days as a throwaway, low-cost skill. We discourage students from pursuing it, we outsource the basic tasks, and we routinely struggle with balky applications. Regardless of how smart any of this might be, we know we can live with all that. But the tendency to ignore commonsense requests to thoroughly debug code? Very bad idea. In fact, it can be downright dangerous, according to panelists and attendees speaking at several sessions on topics such as
Microsoft's Crawl From The Bottom In Search
Commentary  |  4/11/2006  | 
Microsoft may be lagging in the search market, but give its engineers credit for moving faster to catch up. The software company posted a new search engine for academic journals to the Web Tuesday night, and while it's yet another example of Microsoft trailing Google in online software (digital maps and desktop searches also come to mind), Microsoft is showing what looks like a new willingness to take some chances and loosen up its release schedules.
Dashboard: Chipping Away at Privacy? The 'Spy Chips' Debate
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
As debates about surveillance and wiretapping swirl around, it's no surprise that these tiny radio frequency-emitting computer chips have have become a a flash point for heightened privacy concerns.
Feature: The Eighth Annual Editors' Choice Awards
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Join us for our annual take on 'The Dozen' most influential vendors driving the intelligent enterprise. Plus, we also laud 48 'Companies to Watch' in categories including business intelligence and enterprise applications.
Dashboard: Web 2.0's Effect on Business Intelligence
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Web 2.0 is a murky term whose definition even its creators can't articulate. But aspects of Web 2.0 are having an impact on business intelligence that will prove to be profound in a few years.
Processes Get Smart
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
The key to designing smarter processes is measuring and analyzing process results to spot improvements. Bring processes to the next level by blending business activity monitoring and BI with BPM. Such combined approaches are paying off at Great Clips, TransUnion and DHL.
Onsite: Alaska Airlines Takes Direct Route to Analyze Customer Data
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Integration and ETL weren't practical, so the midsize airline took a federated approach to gain better customer insight.
Deflating The Wireless Bubble
Commentary  |  4/11/2006  | 
Mobile and wireless computing are among the most hyped technologies available. My colleagues Elena Malykhina and Andy Dornan do a great job today describing both the potential and the problems of wireless and mobile computing. Their report includes the following:
Business Process Management: Never Rest
News  |  4/10/2006  | 
Many organizations have learned that BPM can compress cycle times, reduce cost and improve responsiveness, yet only about one-third of "process-oriented" companies go beyond the basics of the initial project. If you keep moving by monitoring and continuously improving core processes, you're sure to double your performance improvements.
Making A List? Look Who's Checking It Twice
Commentary  |  4/7/2006  | 
Think social networking is just kid stuff? Or a prowling ground for sexual predators? It's both, of course, but it's also a marketing paradise.
Callidus Software and Sales Performance Management
News  |  4/7/2006  | 
Company rebounding with new management, applications and customers.
Q&A with Gartner's Jim Sinur: Process Management Grows Up
News  |  4/7/2006  | 
In an era of rapid and drastic change, adaptive organizations are embracing BPM as the way to streamline operations. Gartner Analyst Jim Sinur talks about what it takes to get to the next level of process performance.
Change Agent: Three No-Cost Ways to Get Started with BPM
News  |  4/7/2006  | 
Whether you're a business analyst or a hard-core SOA developer, you don't have to spend a lot for BPM. Several free tools let you model processes, analyze performance and create an executable design.
Performance Management: A Grand Opportunity to Improve
News  |  4/6/2006  | 
Managing performance is at the core of every organization's mission
JBoss Aims for High-End Market with New Open Source Middleware Projects
News  |  4/6/2006  | 
JBoss Messaging and JBoss Web drive technical innovation for the JEMS Open Source Platform for SOA.
Wireless Challenges: What Mobile Users Really Think
Commentary  |  4/5/2006  | 
While moderating a Birds of a Feather Session (BOFS) at the InformationWeek Spring Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., this week, I presented the attendees with a list of wireless challenges in hopes of shining a light of realism on hype around mobile applications, dual-mode handsets, WiMax, and municipal Wi-Fi. But apparently the challenges don't stop there.
Truckin' And 'Pot'
Commentary  |  4/5/2006  | 
If you're in IT, and if you're a member of the team working on your company's Web site and you think it's boring, chances are good others will, too. Don't be afraid to suggest things (particularly to the marketing types--they're generally open to ideas). Take a lesson from some other corporate folks who are pushing the edge a bit. It just might work. It might also get you some positive attention from the business types, and that's always a good thing.
Apple Offers Windows On Macs
Commentary  |  4/5/2006  | 
Apple's new Intel Macs can now officially run Windows. The computer company today introduced a public beta of Boot Camp, software that lets licensed users of Microsoft Windows XP install Windows on their Intel-based Macs. The result is a computer that can boot Mac OS X or Windows. The Internet community has been feverishly trying to create just such a chimera since Apple announced its Intel-based Macs in January. One site,
Don't Put That In Your Mouth, You Don't Know Where It's Been
Commentary  |  4/4/2006  | 
One of the major objections to open source is that nobody's responsible for the code. Enterprise users need to be sure that the software they're deploying is secure. The way they do that for proprietary code is to bind the authors with contracts, requiring the authors to guarantee that the code has been reviewed for security. But you can't do that with open source because anyone can contribute to open source, and, ultimately, there's no single party that can be held responsible for the software'
Enterprise Software Wakes Up From Nap Time, Wants Juice And A Cookie
Commentary  |  4/4/2006  | 
It's very satisfying to hear an observation that's both completely new and--once you hear it--blindingly obvious. Jason Maynard, a software analyst for Credit Suisse, did that for me at the InformationWeek Spring Conference this week when he observed that there's been almost no innovation in enterprise software for the past five years or so. With the exception of the RIM BlackBerry, the enterprise sof
How To Implement SOA And Get Fired
Commentary  |  4/4/2006  | 
Let's say you hate your job and want to get yourself canned so you can get yourself some of that sweet unemployment insurance. Experts on a panel on service-oriented architecture at the InformationWeek Spring Conference Tuesday offered some handy tips to ease you on the road to unemployment.
SAS Institute: It Used To Be Technology That Rocked
Commentary  |  4/3/2006  | 
When the 30th SAS Institute user group convened in San Francisco on March 26, I hadn't attended a SUGI (SAS User Group International) gathering for over a decade. So let's say the high production values of its opening session--the big-time, high-fidelity sound system, slick video effects, and theatrically staged customer awards--were a shock.
The Hardest-Working Man In The Software Industry
Commentary  |  4/3/2006  | 
Al J. Monserrat is the hardest-working man in the software industry. Monserrat is vice president and general manager for North America for Citrix Systems. During a brief lunch presentation at the InformationWeek Spring Conference at Amelia Island, Fla., on Monday, Monserrat described how his company's products helped him keep working during Hurricane Wilma. While the wind and rain bore down on his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home, Monserrat kept working.
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