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Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in August 2006
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Where Gutenberg Led, Google Follows
Commentary  |  8/31/2006  | 
When you've been in the tech business for more than a few years, you develop loyalties to certain companies, sites, and products. This is why when I saw the recent coverage of Google's new venture to offer free book downloads, I bristled. Most news stories about the service tout the revolutionary aspects of the project, which "makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies" rat
Microsoft Boosts Support for Legacy Products
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Microsoft is extending custom support agreements for legacy products, which is good news for companies that want extra time before upgrading to newer products.
Oracle Upgrades PeopleSoft Performance Management
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Oracle unveils version 9 of the PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management suite of analytical applications.
Blogosphere Reacts To Google's Desktop Plans
Commentary  |  8/29/2006  | 
Google's announcement of a new Web-based application suite has been the buzz of the tech blogosphere these past two days.
Getting Smart About Smart Phones
Commentary  |  8/29/2006  | 
With the number of enterprise mobile data users expected to grow to 269 million by 2010, as forecasted by research firm Yankee Group, businesspeople will need reliable and functional mobile devices that can serve up everything they need while traveling. For this reason, smart phones are growing in popularity because they offer a choice of mobile operating systems and a range of applications they can support. Read on and take a poll to tell us which smart phones are most popular at your company.
Analysis: Processes, Composite Apps Put Portals in the Spotlight
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
The layering of an interesting mix of service-oriented architecture, composite applications and business process management possibilities on top of the portal platform may just bring back some of the portal's pizzazz.
IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere
Commentary  |  8/29/2006  | 
Look around your IT department. Doesn't it seem that every other person is a manager? That feeling isn't too far-fetched. The number of IT managers in recent years is way up. In mid-2006, the government classified 390,000 IT professionals in the United States as managers, up 119,000, or 44%, from mid-2001.
Performance Notification Is Not Performance Management
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Event-based alerts need context to enable timely management.
SAS Move Into Indirect Sales Is An Indication Of Accelerating Change In The BI Industry
Commentary  |  8/28/2006  | 
This week's SAS Institute announcement that it will begin selling business intelligence software through value-added resellers is a sure sign that commoditization within the BI technology industry is accelerating and another round of consolidation may be imminent. SAS, which until now has almost exclusively sold its business intelligence and data analysis software directly to customers, will develop a VAR channel to reach small and midsized businesses--defined as those with sales of less than $
Windows Vista: The last Of Microsoft's Supersized Operating Systems?
Commentary  |  8/28/2006  | 
With Bill Gates on the way out, Microsoft's new chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, has big shoes to fill and an even bigger operating system to manage. Windows XP is in the neighborhood of 50 million lines of programming code, and Windows Vista will push that number higher by millions. The time is coming for Microsoft to reverse direction and pare back its mother lode of code.
How Google Might Fail
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
Google's success has a downside--a lot of enemies. Beyond reflexive contrarians who hate Google because they enjoy swimming against the currents of popular culture, beyond governments around the world that prefer limited rather than universal information access, there are many businesses that feel threatened by the scope of Google's ambitions. Could Google really fail?
Are Intel And IBM Cheating With Their Quad-Core Processors?
Commentary  |  8/24/2006  | 
Are companies like IBM and Intel "cheating" in using multichip module (MCM) packages to create the latest advancements in multicore processors? Or is insisting that those next-generation devices be manufactured using a single monolithic design such as those by Advanced Micro Devices just gamesmanship?
Eaten By The E-Mail Monster
Commentary  |  8/23/2006  | 
E-mail has gotten to be downright impossible. It causes so many problems--lost productivity, infrastructure costs, legal liability--that we should just get rid of it. It's a waste of time and resources, and it's just likely to get us all sued.

And yet we can't afford to get rid of it. It's what we use to stay in touch. If we didn't have e-mail, we'd be isolated from business communications.

Like the old barroom saying goes: Can't live with it. Can't live without it.

Quick Tip For Firefox Users: Deleting Incorrect Auto-Complete Entries
Commentary  |  8/23/2006  | 
One of the nicest things about modern browsers is that they can "remember" the text strings you type into certain kinds of Web-based forms. On the downside, they also remember your mistakes and typos, and sometimes this results in incorrect values being reused. My mission over the weekend: Find a way to get rid of the old values, without nuking the whole cache.
Global 360 Ships Upgrade Of BPM Suite
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Global 360 releases an upgrade of its business process management suite, which includes integration with several Microsoft products.
AmberPoint Upgrades SOA Software
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
AmberPoint says it has introduced service scorecards and better policy enforcement in the latest version of its management software for service-oriented architectures.
Sales Compensation Management Market Grows
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
But persistence of spreadsheet use and lack of process hamper accuracy and results.
Review: Oracle Steps Up the Competition in Enterprise Search
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Its federation and security features make Secure Enterprise Search 10g a strong option for Oracle shops, but will it standalone in a non-Oracle enterprise?
In Focus: Embracing SOA Without the SOA Initiative
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Once considered a bleeding-edge technology, service-oriented architectures are becoming the preferred method when a project needs to get done.
Microsoft Selects Initiate Systems for Customer Data Integration
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Does it signal convergence of operational and analytic MDM?
In-Flight Internet Access: Although Much Wanted, Little Apparent Demand
Commentary  |  8/21/2006  | 
Many business travelers--and I'm one of them--spent the weekend scratching their heads over the inability of Boeing to make a go of its Connexion in-flight Internet access service.
Napster Redux: Music Publishers Take Aim At Web Sites For Copyright Infringement
Commentary  |  8/21/2006  | 
Here we go again. The music industry is targeting Web sites that allow users to share music. This time it's not recordings, but helpful hints on how to play the guitar.
Taming The Wireless E-Mail Beast
Commentary  |  8/18/2006  | 
E-mail is said to be the No. 1 application used by office workers everywhere. But e-mail can also be the No. 1 headache for IT administrators, considering that large companies receive millions of e-mail messages a week, a topic that my colleague Paul McDougall and I explore in our upcoming "E-Mail Beast" feature. Now with wireless e-mail on the rise, companies have twice as many headaches. The good news is technology vendors are coming up with tools to make wireless e-mail more manageable.
Readers Chime In On The Greatest Software Ever
Commentary  |  8/17/2006  | 
Our article on the Greatest Software Ever stirred many reader responses, from a variety of sources, including one from a writer who has a picture of himself next to a running Colossus machine--the machine that cracked the Nazi codes--at Bletchley Park, England.

Many of the comments add depth and understanding to my selections. Several writers made good arguments contesting some choices, particularly
What's Your Favorite Software Ever?
Commentary  |  8/16/2006  | 
The blog Lifehacker has a neat take on our Greatest Software article. They ask their readers to describe their favorite software ever. Not necessarily the best--just their favorites.

The nominees are an interesting bunch, ranging from 25-year-old software th
Dashboard: Briefs
News  |  8/15/2006  | 
Oracle partners with IDS Sheer; IBM makes third SOA acquisition; HP buys Mercury Interactive.
Dashboard: IBM Eyes FileNet
News  |  8/15/2006  | 
Enterprise content management consolidates as Microsoft and Oracle move in.
Onsite: Verizon Wireless Dials Up Payables Efficiency and Visibility
News  |  8/15/2006  | 
Verizon Wireless has mastered payables with online order-to-pay software, cutting down on paperwork, maximizing discounts and improving cash-flow management.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell...Your Computer
Commentary  |  8/14/2006  | 
Perhaps it will be a stroke of genius to link voice recognition into established IT apps, or perhaps it will be one more piece of bloatware that IT doesn't really want to have to deal with.
In Focus: IBM's FileNet Play Amounts to More ECM Consolidation
News  |  8/14/2006  | 
Increasing its portfolio, regaining its market share dominance and foiling its chief rival are part of the deal, but IBM also gains FileNet’s ready-made applications and solutions.
Analysis: To Better Manage, Separate Rules and Processes
News  |  8/14/2006  | 
Corticon's BRM system provides New Corp. the rules visibility its business, management and IT people need to succeed.
IBM Adds Sametime to its Linux-Compatible Catalog
News  |  8/14/2006  | 
Debuting this summer, the instant messaging and web conferencing software is Eclipse based, making it platform neutral. Could this give the Linux Desktop a real chance for success?
Steve Jobs Lives!
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
In the days following Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, a number of online publications expressed concern that Steve Jobs was sick. This isn't simply wild speculation brought on by lack of a world-shaking product announcement: Two years ago, Jobs
5 That Almost Made The List Of Greatest Software Ever
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
It was no easy task researching and writing our cover story this week describing the 12 best pieces of software written. After the agony of whittling that list down to a top dozen, you'd think I'd be finished. But no, here are the top five other programs that didn't make the list--even though they were very, very strong candidates.
Q&A with Rodney Masney, President of the Americas' SAP User Group
News  |  8/11/2006  | 
As president of ASUG and global IT architect at packaging giant O-I, Rodney Masney stays on top of the current enterprise resource planning opportunities and pain points. Here's his take on some of the hottest topics for ERP users.
Change Agent: Don't Bank on Reusing Services
News  |  8/11/2006  | 
Some service-oriented architecture evangelists make reuse out to be some sort of Holy Grail. Yet other practitioners on both the SOA and BPM sides believe that reuse is a 'phantom,' something not really there after all. So is reuse real?
Staying a Step Ahead of Fraud
News  |  8/11/2006  | 
The perpetrators of fraud change tactics faster than conventional methods of detection can track. Predictive analytics, authentication and rules engines will help detect and fight crime before the losses mount.
Intel Preparing Students For Multicore Future
Commentary  |  8/10/2006  | 
The technology evolution that may well most significantly change the course of computing over the remainder of the decade and beyond is multicore processing. Dual-core processors have rapidly moved into the mainstream, but the advent of quad-core devices by year-end and even greater core densities in the years ahead will add increasing complexity to both hardware and software design. Intel hopes to ease the transition to multicore processing with new programs at major universities that target th
Contextware Announces Release of Version 2.4
News  |  8/9/2006  | 
New version offers more ways to improve enterprise productivity.
In Tools, IBM Leads But Microsoft No Longer Trails Far Behind
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
IBM is boasting that its Rational IDE won the highest marks in a recent Evans Data survey. But Microsoft's Visual Studio.Net was No. 2. As a matter of fact, Visual Studio was nipping at the heels of Rational, and it's got a lot more users than Rational does.
Dreading the Third-Quarter Close? Movaris Offers Help
News  |  8/8/2006  | 
Account Reconciliation is software that eases the reconciliation process
In Child Porn Case, An IP Address Points To Jail Time
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
Robert Johnson, the former CEO of Bowne & Co. who was busted last year for possession of child pornography, last week admitted his guilt and now faces up to 30 years in prison. Johnson downloaded child porn images and movies onto his workplace PC from the comfort of his executive office in Bowne's New York City headquarters. An IP address, however, proved to be Johnson's undoing.
Sprint Ready To Reveal 4G Plans Today; WSJ Says WiMax
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint will choose WiMax technology for its next-generation wireless network. If so, it's a huge win for the fledgling technology, since Intel can only drive WiMax so far.
Ad-Blocking Using Apple's Web Clip
Commentary  |  8/7/2006  | 
Among the many intriguing features of Mac OS X Leopard that Apple previewed on Monday, Web Clip is the most subversive. Web Clip allows anyone to create an Apple Dashboard widget--essentially a small application--that displays a portion of any Web page. As demonstrated, a user can select a specific area of any given Web page, such as a video feed from a Web cam, without showing any other part of the originating Web
All The News That's Fit To Goog . . . Er, Search For
Commentary  |  8/7/2006  | 
The last seven days were hopping for Google watchers. Indeed, judging from the company's frenetic pace, it won't be long before Stanford has an endowed chair of Googleology--which has as much chance of being located in the law school or sociology department as in the computer science building.
Web Services Interfaces To CTI May Change Telephony Forever
Commentary  |  8/6/2006  | 
Computer telephony integration, or CTI, tools have been around for about three decades now, but have never really been a particularly "hot" area. A small number of applications have long had telephony hooks (particularly in the area of contact management), but the vast majority of applications have never had any kind of telephony hooks whatsoever. This may be about to change, however, as more and more IP-specific PBX vendors look to new opportunities for their products.
Summertime DRM Blues
Commentary  |  8/6/2006  | 
Last week I got around to perusing across my local library's newsletter and read that they would be offering "downloadable eAudiobooks." I was thrilled at the new prospect for doing some summer "reading," or what passes for such in my busy household. At least I was thrilled, until I read the fine print.
Oracle Adds BPM Tools to Fusion Middleware
News  |  8/3/2006  | 
With its announcement yesterday that it's reselling IDS Scheer's ARIS Platform as the Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, Oracle is gaining four useful BPM components.
Information Builders Ships Performance Analyzer For BI Systems
News  |  8/2/2006  | 
Information Builders ships new software that tracks the performance of business intelligence systems.
IBM's Latest SOA Move: Buying Webify
News  |  8/2/2006  | 
Moving its SOA strategy a few steps further ahead, IBM today announced its acquisition of Webify.
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