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Getting Ready To Eat My Words About 2007 Office And Windows Vista
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
I'm not prepared to eat my words just yet. But I'm setting the table in case I have to chow down.

A couple of months ago, I predicted Microsoft would have big trouble getting users to upgrade to Vista and the next version of Office.

Well, Microsoft dropped Beta 2 of 2007 Office, and it's looking pretty ta
VoIP Difficulties Don't Seem To Improve
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
Back in October 1998, I co-wrote a cover story for Network Computing on VoIP in the enterprise, introducing the technology to our readers and describing some of the deployment challenges that admins should watch for. What's interesting is that every time I've gone back and reread that article, I've expected to find it completely outdated, with most of the early problems resolved and newer challenges in place. But instead I keep
IONA's MTOSI Toolkit Enables Integration of OSS & BSS for Environments Using Artix
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
Toolkit available for free download over the Web.
MapInfo Launches New Web Services Connectivity in Location Intelligence Application
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
Users can access dynamic location data via the Internet.
Is Wikipedia Dead, Or Just Pining For The Fjords?
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
Nick Carr says it's dead, as the community encyclopedia has put in place a tightening series of controls on who can contribute content.

He notes that one of the kinds of restrictions is named "in good Orwellian fashion, 'semi-protection,'" which blocks unregistered editors and editors with very new accounts from editing a page.

"The end came last Friday," Carr writes. "That's when Wikipedia's founder, J
Microsoft MapPoint Web Service Access for Startup Applications
News  |  5/25/2006  | provides developers direct access to the Microsoft platform.
Do You Want To Be Part Of Microsoft's Revolution?
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
There's been a lot of hoopla about the simultaneous announcements of Microsoft Vista Beta 2, 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 2, and Longhorn Vista Server Beta 2. In fact, there's been so much coverage from all the various online and print media that I've been tempted to find myself a beta blocker. (Sorry--a little health care humor there.)
Apple Wants iPods To Keep Pace With Listeners
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
A patent application published today suggests that Apple is planning iPod software that plays songs to suit the pace of listeners' activities. "[T]he invention pertains to a computing device that is capable of controlling the speed of the music so as to affect the mood and behavior of
People Use Word Because They Use Word
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
I've been puzzled as to why people would choose to write in Microsoft Word--or any word processor--if the text they're producing has little or no formatting. Well, I got my answer, and I fear that, alas, it's less interesting than I had hoped: People use what they're used to using. Now you're thinking: Well, duh.
Mission Intelligence: Hide Complexity, Expose the Rules
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
Discovering existing business rules independently of applications and databases is often the first big step toward sustaining behavioral change across the enterprise.
Dashboard: Geek Fun: Event Stream Processing Entertains the Inner Nerd
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
An expressive command language won't win over the GUI-bound or those who study Fortune 500 market share. But those of us "braniacs on nerd patrol" will get the message.
Dashboard: Sizing Up the Survivors in a Competitive Portal Hothouse
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
The independent portal market, so promising in the mid-90s, appears to be dead. With a few exceptions, infrastructure vendors like BEA, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Sun dominate today's portal market. What happened?
Office 2007 'Shiny,' Says Scalzi
Commentary  |  5/23/2006  | 
Scalzi has been playing with the Office 2007 beta and loves it. He writes:

I can say at this point that a) I really like the new organizational structure of the features up at the top (the tabs mean you don't have to drill down through several hundred menus to find functionality), and b) I sure hope MS improves its"Publish to Blog" feature, because right now it stinks; I can't get it to play with the Whatever, which
Peak Performance: ERP's Promise: Is Reality Stunted by Perception?
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
Can enterprise resource planning live up to its promise? What is the future for ERP in large organizations? The enterprise IT group must define what's next.
Kimball University: Data Stewardship 101: First Step to Quality and Consistency
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
Data stewards are the liaisons between business users and the data warehouse team, and they ensure consistent, accurate, well-documented and timely insight on resources and requirements.
Feature: The Personal Workspace Evolves
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
In a sign of progress for data hunter-gatherers, Microsoft, SAP, IBM and Google are taking steps toward higher order personal productivity environments that will let you interact with enterprise data.
Progress Launches Dashboard For Business Activity Monitoring Platform
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Progress Software unveils a dashboard that provides a variety of visual displays for constantly changing data in the software maker's business activity monitoring platform.
Analysis: Invest in Tech as you Would Stocks and Bonds
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
The IT Governance Institute introduces Val IT.
Open-Source Java: What's It To You?
Commentary  |  5/22/2006  | 
The real winner with any Java open-source scenario will be Sun, which has been scrambling to lower the prices of its products and services to compete with the likes of Linux and the Wintel crowd.
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
QlikTech QlikView, OutlookSoft 5, and more.
Q&A with Business Guru Tom Davenport: Test Your Intuition
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Business change guru Tom Davenport, professor at Babson College and author of numerous articles and books, offers advice on making the most of business intelligence.
Put to the Test: Appian Enterprise 5 Masters Process Change
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Liberating users from rigid models, Appian's Enterprise 5 BPM suite lets you alter the process to ease exception handling.
Put to the Test: HaleyAuthority 5.1: Follow the Rules (in Plain English)
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
This BRM system offers a natural-language alternative that puts business users in charge of rules management.
Content Management Behind the Scenes: Targeting Transparency
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
A global law firm, a multi-agency county government and a giant energy-industry services firm demonstrate that the best approach to hiding content management complexity depends on user work habits and favored applications.
Enterprise Content Management: Hide What's Inside
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Content management works best when its behind the scenes -- and not treated it as an application unto itself. Consider integrating with e-mail and business apps or explore emerging options for infrastructure- or service-based management.
TiVo's Magazine Team-Up Shows Old-Media Arrogance: They're Just Too Fuller Themselves
Commentary  |  5/22/2006  | 
TiVo's announcement Monday that it's teaming up with old-line magazines like Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, and several other major print brands to create a so-called Guru Guide service for viewers shows that the company and its heavily recycled CEO, Tom Rogers, fundamentally don't get what's driving the new, networked, Internet 2.0 economy. So if I were a TiVo shareholder, which I'm not, here's why I'd be dumping that stock faster than Paris Hilton ditches Greek millionaires
Diagnosing an MDM Malaise
News  |  5/19/2006  | 
How to tell if you have problems with master data.
Business Objects and Purisma Announce Technology Partnership
News  |  5/19/2006  | 
Business intelligence and customer data integration will come together.
How To Succeed In Business
Commentary  |  5/19/2006  | 
It's the year of social networking. Oh no, wait, that was 2003. Because by mid-2004, pundits were already predicting the death of what was being called just a passing fad. But social networking couldn't have been quite moribund because people, with great fanfare, pronounced it dead again almost a
Microsoft's Not The Only Game In Town
Commentary  |  5/18/2006  | 
If you're like me, you use several Microsoft products every day: Windows, for starters. Word. Excel. PowerPoint. Windows Media Player. Huge numbers of you use Outlook for E-mail, contacts, and calendaring. Even if you've switched to Firefox or Opera, you probably use Internet Explorer for certain sites, such as corporate tools, that won't support other browsers. Microsoft software is everywhere on both corporate and home desktops. We use it all the time without even thinking about it. We may e
Hardware Monitoring On Windows
Commentary  |  5/18/2006  | 
In the last post, I wrote about the hardware-level monitoring tools that are available for Linux, and in this post I'll look at the same kinds of tools that are available for Windows. Surprisingly, hardware monitoring on Windows is much more complicated than it is on Linux. For one thing, there's no single extensible sensor engine like lm_sensors on Linux
Gates Lists BI As A Focus For Microsoft Business Software
News  |  5/17/2006  | 
Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., says the software maker is focusing on business intelligence to help address the need for better information management within companies.
Sun Answers The World's Most Boring Question
Commentary  |  5/17/2006  | 
Before announcing yesterday that it would release Java under an open-source license, Sun's executives might have considered the matter very carefully. They might have debated the pros and cons of open-source Java; invited outside experts to weigh in on the matter; and then settled on a carefully-timed plan for getting the job done. But they didn't. Rich Green, Sun's prodigal software boss, said yesterday about Sun
BlackBerry Vs. Laptop: It's No Contest
Commentary  |  5/17/2006  | 
If you could use only one device for an entire day, which would it be: your BlackBerry, cell phone, iPod, or laptop?
Sun's Schwartz Welcomes Bad-Boy Fleury To JavaOne Stage
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
Marc Fleury, CEO of JBoss Inc., took the stage at the opening keynote of JavaOne wearing a red beret. Well, he's French, which explains the beret, and JBoss is being acquired by Red Hat, which explains the color. But that's not what's surprising about Fleury being on stage during Sun President Jonathan Schwartz' address.
Tibco To Add Third-Party Ajax Components To App Dev Tools
News  |  5/16/2006  | 
Tibco Software, an integration and process management software maker, says it is adding open source and commercial third-party Ajax components to its Web application development framework.
Google In Your iBook
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
Charity, it seems, is catching, not to mention competitive. The Maine Department of Education recently struck a deal with Apple Computer to provide iBooks for 36,000 students for $289 apiece as part of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. The iBooks come with plenty of nifty software. But nothing from Google. So Google, ever committed to organizing the world's in
Compiere Announces Collaboration Management System
News  |  5/16/2006  | 
New version enables real-time chat and dynamic content delivery.
Salesboom Unveils Version 8
News  |  5/16/2006  | 
AJAX and RIA features added to increase efficiency.
Treo 700p: It Can't Wash Your Car (Yet), But It Comes Close
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
Hey, all of you traveling businesspeople out there! Put down your BlackBerrys and give the new Treo 700p smart phone a try. It may not come standard with "push" E-mail, but it combines the best of both worlds--professional and personal--into one neat package.
Yahoo's New Home Page: Nice But Not Enough
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
Yahoo today unveiled a redesign of its home page. The new design has a lot to recommend it. It's a big improvement over the old one. The use of Ajax technology to expand links, tabs, and menus is great--it vastly expands the amount of space on the page. And the integration of Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Local, and other services is quite elegant. "You'll see better content bei
Not Such A Scenic Vista For Microsoft
Commentary  |  5/15/2006  | 
Today's top story, "20 Questions About Windows Vista," only reinforces my gut feeling that we won't see any rush to upgrade to Vista. The software just doesn't offer any compelling reason for the vast majority of business users and consumers to run out and upgrade immediately.
Reality, Promise, And Web Services
Commentary  |  5/12/2006  | 
If it's like most technology, there are problems and implementation headaches and things you wish you'd known about Web services before you began. But you're probably slogging through anyway because the alternatives are even worse.
What Does Microsoft Have That Google And Yahoo Lack?
Commentary  |  5/11/2006  | 
There are dozens of valid answers to this question. Some are probably quite funny. The one that interests me at the moment: a chief privacy officer. Microsoft has one, Peter Cullen. Google and Yahoo don't. Google said yesterday it wanted to be more transparent. It would also do well to be more a
RedPrairie Enhances Workforce Performance System
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
Supply-chain software maker RedPrairie unveils new features for its DLx Labor productivity measurement system, including labor demand planning capabilities and an employee report card.
SilverBack Announces SilverMine Scripting Tool for System Monitoring
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
Graphic reports aim to provide accountability and help align business and IT goals.
Convergence, Version Umpteenth; It's No Pipedream
Commentary  |  5/10/2006  | 
News item: TiVo users will soon be able to watch videos downloaded from the Web on their TV sets, another sign of the convergence between TV and the PC.
Preaching To The Unconverted: Warner To Use Peer-To-Peer To Distribute Movies
Commentary  |  5/9/2006  | 
From the "can't beat 'em, join 'em" department: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Tuesday said it will use BitTorrent's peer-to-peer publishing platform to distribute flicks such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Matrix, Dog Day Afternoon, and Natural Born Killers, as well as TV shows such as Babylon 5 and Dukes of Hazzard.
VitalSpring Partners With SAP In Health Benefits Management
News  |  5/9/2006  | 
VitalSpring Technologies says SAP AG has agreed to promote VitalSpring's health benefits management application to companies using SAP's enterprise resource planning system.
SOA Software Acquires Blue Titan
News  |  5/8/2006  | 
SOA Software says it has acquired Blue Titan, a Web services networking company that fills a void in SOA's product line.
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