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Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in September 2005
Now, By Golly, PHP Has Got Marc Andreessen
Commentary  |  9/29/2005  | 
PHP used to be little known outside a small circle of open source developers. No large company advertised it or gave it top billing at computer shows. It had only the little tool-making firm that originated it, Zend Technologies Inc., as a booster. Now it's got Marc Andreessen.
How Broadband And The Internet Kept Me Out Of The Morgue
Commentary  |  9/28/2005  | 
How did I ever survive? How did the world ever sufficiently spin on its axis and remain in its proper orbit without the Internet and broadband connectivity?
I Feel Lucky
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
An evening with Google's Marissa Mayer Alan Williamson attended a presentation from Marissa Mayer, a product manager at Google, and blogged it. Highlights: 1. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact, it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only
Google Pursues Legal Fight Against Microsoft In Federal Court
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
It appears that Google doesn't much care for Microsoft's offer to settle its lawsuit to enforce former researcher Kai-Fu Lee's employment agreement. The search company on Friday filed additional documents in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., arguing against Microsoft's motion to dismiss Google's federal countersuit.
Regretting The Switch From Windows To Mac
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
Why I Might Switch Back Russell Beattie clearly woke up Thursday morning and said to himself, "You know, I don't think I get enough hate mail." That's when he posted a blog entry describing why, after seven months of using the Mac, he's thinking of switching back to Windows.
Google Goes Las Vegas
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
"Google Goes Las Vegas: An AdWords Experiment Shows Why at Google, the House Always Wins" Interesting article where Robert X. Cringely hypothesizes that Google is punishing merchants for reducing spending on adwords.
In Focus: Process Management Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
Cognos says its new platform, Cognos 8, will help users of BPM systems from EMC, FileNet, IBM and Savvion to monitor, invoke and modify processes with the aid of event management functionality.
When Writers Attack
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
I understand why the Authors Guild is so concerned about Google's book-copying initiative: This is unexplored legal territory, and many of the details remain open to debate. Yet instead of accepting what most legal experts already know -- Google's approach is reasonable, even if it is flawed -- the Guild is pursuing a lawsuit that only a fiction writer could love.
Why In The World Would Big Companies Use Open Source?
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
A little over a month ago, I set out to find out just how popular open-source software has become within big business. These are companies that have the money to spend on the biggest, most complex packages that IBM, Oracle, and other enterprise software makers have to offer. They're also companies with armies of IT professionals highly proficient in writing and maintaining their own applications. Why in the world would they use open source? Actually, the question has become: why in the world
Use of SAP's Transaction Manager Supports Compliance Efforts
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Increased automation offers a path to sustainable compliance. Rolls Out a Platform
News  |  9/22/2005  | is more a development environment than an application.
Geac Updates Compliance Management
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
Latest release offers a way to automate and achieve compliance efficiency.
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Do you have "experience developing or launching products in one or more of the following areas: interactive TV, set-top-boxes, personal video recorders, video-on-demand, IP TV or cable TV technologies"? If so there may be a job waiting for you at Google, particularly if you're a computer science PhD. Google, it seems, is searching for someone to "provide leadership o
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Cognos last week announced Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, what the company calls a "single product, single architecture." But does this claim ring true?
2005 Readers' Choice Awards
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Are Microsoft tools popular simply because users haven't been exposed to anything else? New questions qualify the results of our annual survey on preferred suppliers. Adobe, Business Objects, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAS, SAP and, of course, Microsoft are among the winners in 39 categories.
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Watson 2.0; Savvion Process Asset Manager; webMethods for Compliance; Oracle Application Server Standard Edition One; ContactNet 4.0
This Just In: Customers Hate Their Software Vendors
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
There's no love lost between software vendors and customers.
TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
TNT Logistics is using RFID to improve service to a big-three auto manufacturer without incurring ongoing tag costs.
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
Due in November, Cognos 8 consolidates formerly separate products, including PowerPlay, Visualizer, Metrics Manager and NoticeCast, into the services-oriented architecture underlying ReportNet, the Web-based reporting environment Cognos introduced two years ago.
Google Wireless
Commentary  |  9/20/2005  | 
Google has begun beta testing software called Google Secure Access that, as its name suggests, provides secure access to wireless networks. The software connects to Google's VPN server.
Simulation Helps Wachovia Test Twice, Develop Apps Once
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
Simulation Helps Wachovia Test Twice, Develop Apps Once
More Katrina Relief Info
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Freddie Manint, a CIO with Louisiana's 19th Judicial District, has put out an ongoing request for IT professionals who can provide products or technical expertise to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. Manint recently managed a $10 million upgrade to the district's database systems, using Red Hat Linux servers; his office is likely to be a good place for folks with Linux expertise to connect with organizations in the region that need help:
Salesboom Aims to 'Rescue' Siebel Customers
News  |  9/15/2005  | 
Hosted CRM rival claims Siebel OnDemand is a 'sinking ship,' and offers a 'life raft.''s Latest Move Is Simply Brilliant
Commentary  |  9/15/2005  | 
My favorite new story on our site yesterday has not all that much to do with business technology, but a lot more to do with simple business smarts.
Microsoft And Google In Glorious Donnybrook
Commentary  |  9/14/2005  | 
I'm a lazy person. I work only as hard as I need to. When the news is breaking fast (or when the boss is looking), I hustle. When the news is quiet, and the boss is away, I kick back with my feet on the desk and enjoy the many pleasures of the Internet. If anybody asks me what I'm doing, I say, research. When asked what the Cats In Sinks site could possibly have to do with my job, I say: It's complicated. It's about the paradigm shift inherent in grid util
Consumers Google, Froogle, Skype And Buy On eBay--Who Needs Oracle's New CRM? Not Net-Savvy Marketers
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
It's a bit ironic that Oracle's Larry Ellison signaled his intent to spend almost $6 billion on Siebel the very same day that eBay, in buying Skype for $2.6 billion, provided the latest evidence that CRM, along with lots of other "old IT" constructs, including telecom, is fast becoming irrelevant.
Medical Claims Outsourcer Gets a Process-Management Boost
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
Gtess tapps BPM vendor Fuego to help it revamp existing applications and launch new services.
FEMA Fixes Its Web Site
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
FEMA apparently got the message that its online aid application for hurricane survivors, which previously worked only on Windows PCs and Internet Explorer browsers, had to change. Actually, I suspect it got a few thousand messages, after the story appeared here and elsewhere. In any case, FEMA has now posted a statement on the Web site, stating that it is "in the process of modifying the
DriveSavers Offers Discounted Data Recovery for Hurricane Katrina Victims
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
The company is reducing its service fees by one third and waiving its typical $200 attempt fee. The discount will remain in affect until November 30th 2005.
Ballmer Vs. Benioff? I Can Hardly Wait!
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
For once, Microsoft may be picking the wrong battle, but brother, would I pay to see Steve Ballmer and Marc Benioff in the ring. A long line of opponents lay in the wake of Redmond--Netscape, Sun, the U.S. Department of Justice--but when Ballmer said Thursday that Microsoft would give Benioff's software-as-a-service juggernaut,, "a run for its money," he may have invited more than he bargained for.
Microsoft Looks To Duplicate Apple's Retail Stores
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
When Microsoft looks at the road ahead, it sees Apple. According to a report in the New York Post (registration required unless you go here first), Microsoft is considering One Times Square as a possible location for a flagship retail store. The Post story goes on to spe
Can't Touch This
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
The open-source community has, in the midst of the past week's horrors, already contributed in countless ways to the relief and rescue efforts. And while the coming week promises nothing except more of the same, I want to look, however briefly, past the current madness and towards the New Orleans region's future. It's a question that will concern the survivors, or course, as it will myself and other NOLA natives.Yet it also matters to anyone who values that region as a source of cultural wealth
Analysis: Adobe Upgrade Steps Up BPM Competition
News  |  9/6/2005  | 
Adobe today released significant enhancements to its Adobe LiveCycle server platform, including a new component-based workflow and embedded business activity monitoring capabilities aimed at "closed-loop" process improvement.
In Focus: Survey Says, 'Follow the BPM Template'... to a Point
News  |  9/6/2005  | 
Are business process management (BPM) templates and frameworks useful and timesaving as advertised, or do they defeat desired BPM flexibility and quash company differentiation?
A Wiki Gets To Work For NOLA
Commentary  |  9/3/2005  | 
Here's a link to another excellent primary source of news coming out of New Orleans: The NOLA Intel Wiki You'll find a lot of resouces here, most of them in the form of raw information -- including live feeds of key police, FEMA, National Guard, and other radio frequencies in the New Orleans area. Be aware: This is not a blog. Information-seekers who aren't motivated, patient, and at last somewhat technically incline
Live -- And Death -- In The CBD
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
If you're still relying on the TV networks to get news about New Orleans, do yourself a favor -- turn off the TV and spend the next half hour reading The Interdictor. And if you possess anything -- products, technology, or expertise -- the people running this blog might need to stay safe, supplied, and above all online, score some serious karma points and let them know it's available.
New Orleans Satellite Imagery: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Reporters
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
I went to DigitalGlobe a few minutes ago to follow up on a Metroblogger's report that they had satellite imagery of New Orleans and the surrounding area available. I'm posting a link below, to a satellite image taken Wednesday -- the height of the flooding in the city -- and some commentary to help you understand what you're seeing. Here's the short version: The city's historic districts -- its heart, its soul, and its collective memory, not to menti
Blogs From New Orleans
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
When a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina hits, bad information, rumor-mongering, and sloppy reporting only contribute to the confusion and suffering. Unfortunately, I'm not talking about bloggers or other alternative sources of news about the disaster zone. I'm talking about Fox News, CNN, and the rest of the "professionals" who still think they're reporting from downtown Baghdad. The blogs covering Katrina certainly aren't perfect, but they're currently the only source of information that's

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