News & Commentary
posted in September 2007
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Is Database Software a Commodity Technology?
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
Is database management a mature, commoditized software technology? It depends whom you ask. My answer: definitely!, which no doubt confirmed IE Editor-in-Chief Doug Henschen in his intention to later write that Oracle President Charles "Phillips's higher calling was to dispel the idea that database management systems have been commoditized in a mature market."
Business Intelligence and Excel: Happily Married?
News  |  9/30/2007  | 
Are spreadsheets a good match with business intelligence systems entrusted with providing consistent, reliable insight? The latest BI-Excel integrations let you have your spreadsheet-based analysis and always-validated, up-to-date data, too. Which add-in, plug-in or native link is right for you?
The Search For Mobile Video
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
I am, simultaneously, both a consumer and creator of Web video, and as both, I'm wildly interested in the quest for good mobile video. I wish someone (including me) would rise to the challenge.
Apple Users Talking Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Locking
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
You bought the iPhone, you paid for it, but now Apple is telling you how you have to use it, and if you don't do things the way they say, they're going to lock it. Turn it into a useless "brick." Is this any way to treat a customer? Apparently, it's the Steve Jobs way. But some iPhone users are mad as heck, and they're not going to take it anymore.
Google Is Really, Really Serious About The Mobile Ad Market
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Google sees its future in mobile advertising. Period. You don't believe me? Have you been following the news?
Adobe Piles On Microsoft With Online Word Processor
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
Microsoft Joins Online Productivity Battle With Office Live Workspaces
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software lets people store, share, and collaborate on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents online and share their desktop with one another.
CIOs Uncensored: Position Wanted: IT Plus
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Tom Lesica is looking for a job. But not in the back office.
Timely, Slick Centro Gives Palm A Shot In The Arm
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
My colleague Eric Zeman already has written about the new Palm Centro, unveiled yesterday at the Digital Life show in NYC. I just want to add: this is a great idea on Palm's part, the smartest move the company has made since it finally bought a perpetual license to its own OS from its Japanese owner last year. Whether or not it's enough to save Palm I don't know but this $99 sorta-smartphone is a timely
Running A Business Is Essential Experience For A CIO
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
If you want to excel as a tech exec, go out and run a business -- or get your place of employment to put you in charge of one.
Google Unplugged: gPhone Or Not, Google's Going Mobile
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Google's apps are smartphone ready, it's partnering with cellular carriers, and the company may bid on wireless spectrum. Connect the dots.
Embotics Manages Both Running And Offline Virtual Machines
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Controlling virtual machine "sprawl" is a problem that's beginning to be addressed by tools like startup Embotics' V-Commander.
Google Buys Mobile-Oriented Social Startup Zingku
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
A Truly Solid Innovation For The AirCard Crowd
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Sprint and Verizon Wireless each announced versions of the Novatel USB727 wireless modem. Normally AirCards aren't all that exciting (they just ain't sexy), but this one has a built-in microSD slot. Bingo! Instant sex appeal.
Apple's iPod Linked To iCrime Wave
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
"We propose that the rise in violent offending and the explosion in the sales of iPods and other portable media devices is more than coincidental," says a report from the Urban Institute.
We Need OS Diplomacy, Not OS Wars
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Some of the responses posted to my Linux blog entries have been filled with an amazing amount of venom -- directed not at me, but at other posters. The hate some people have for other people just because they elect to use another operating system on their computers never ceases to shock me.
Verizon Wireless Doesn't Want To Play By The Rules
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Not only has Verizon Wireless been lobbying the FCC to change the open access rules agreed to for the upcoming 700 MHz auction, but it actually sued the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals and called the rules unconstitutional. This week, FCC Chairman
Driver Problems Prove Windows Vista Still Isn't Fully Baked
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
I'm a music guy, and enjoy listening to tunes on my PC. So when the high-definition audio all of a sudden stopped working on my Vista machine, it was a big problem. Unfortunately, my investigation found that my issue was just o
Morgan Stanley Must Pay Millions For Withholding E-Mails
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority this week said Morgan Stanley has to pay $12.5 million in fines to resolve charges that it mishandled e-mail.
Motorola To Sell Embedded Unit To Emerson For $350 Million
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The cash is expected to help Motorola focus more on its ailing cell phone business.
Vista Has Failed To Push Aside Its Older Brother
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
It looks like Microsoft may be backing down, ever so slightly, from its stance that Vista is the best thing to happen to consumers and businesses since the invention of the can opener. The company announced yesterday that it's extending availability of XP for another five months to June 30, 2008. In other words, if you want XP, you can still get it.
Apple Corporate Customer: Aberration Or Leading Indicator?
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Businesses aren't beating a path to Apple Computer's door for Mac systems. Just don't tell that to one IT training firm that reports a major corporate client is embracing the company's recently launched Mac certification class. You decide whether it's an isolated example of Mac support or an indicator of a broader trend.
Mobile Phone Memory Cards Expected To Generate More Revenue Than Headsets
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
ABI Research predicts shipments of removable memory cards for mobile phones should pass the $7 billion mark this year, compared with $5 billion for headsets.
Microsoft To Extend Windows XP Sales As Vista Concerns Mount
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software company said it will make the full version of Windows XP available to PC manufacturers and retailers through June 30, 2008.
Cox Telecom Worker Pleads Guilty To Sabotage, Crashing Service
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The attack caused the loss of computer and telecommunications services for Cox customers throughout Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge.
3Com To Be Sold To Bain Capital Partners; Huawei Gets A Piece
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Bain Capital Partners plans to pay $2.2 billion in cash for the networking company, and 3Com's longtime partner Huawei Technologies will participate in the transaction.
Apple Patches The iPhone, Turns Some Into iBricks
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The iPhone V1.1.1 update, which shipped Thursday, is a giant patch, fixing issues with the device's mail service, a bug in Bluetooth, and seven bugs in Safari.
TI Develops New Platform For Government-Issued Electronic IDs
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The contact-less microcontroller technology features fast read and write times, as well as increased memory capacity and processing performance, the company says.
EU Dogs Microsoft, But To What End?
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Europe's competition authorities have finally won their long-fought legal victory over Microsoft. Problem is, their constituents -- outside the continent's intellectual salons -- could hardly care less.
Data Warehouse Appliance Meets High-End Analytics
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Netezza opens box, builds developer network for predictive analytics and high-demand, non-SQL analyses.
Rethink Three Myths When Picking a Consultant
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Independent consultants (a.k.a. sub-contractors) are often the back-bone of data management activities, especially database administration and ETL/database/BI development. Yet, finding good consultants is difficult. That's why you should steer clear of these three myths: #1: Vendors are always knowledgeable about the candidates they provide. #2: Prior work references can be easily obtained. #3: The candidate must be an absolute best-fit for the requirement...
Intalio Opens Its BPM Suite To Business Managers
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
BPMS 5.0 has been upgraded with support for standards geared toward making it easier for businesspeople to model processes that can be deployed by IT departments.
KVM May Be A Game Changer For Server And Desktop Virtualization
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
If a virtualization hypervisor is in some respects a stripped down operating system, then KVM, with its access to kernel resources, is a stripped down hypervisor.
Intel, VMware Partner In Virtual Machine Migration
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The collaboration is expected to ease software migration to new servers capable of running more business applications than older machines.
New York Times Recoups After Network Failure
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Halo 3 Record Launch Seen Through Gamers' Eyes
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
Unless you're living under a virtual rock, you know that Microsoft's new Halo 3 game for Xbox 360 is smashing all previous sales records, pulling in $170 million on its first day. But if you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about, but have no interest in buying the thing. OK, then let's go to the videotape... .
Iron Mountain Acquires Health Care Records Management Company
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The purchase is expected to better assist Iron Mountain's 45,000 customers who need storage and management of paper and digital records, including radiology films.
Plug-And-Play USB Phone Jack Debuts
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Developed by two CLEC veterans, MagicJack turns a PC into a communications hub.
Sonic Adds Download-To-DVD Software To Qflix
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The technology makes it possible for someone to make their own copyright-protected movie DVDs at home.
CIO Wake-Up Call: Consumers Are Turning To Online Apps
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
And if consumers use them, workers will want to use them, too. CIOs better prepare now for the coming wave of online-oriented employees.
About Half Of IT Workers Admit Sleeping On The Job, Kissing Co-Workers
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Forty-seven percent of tech pros admit they've kissed a co-worker, according to a survey of 5,700 U.S. workers conducted by Harris Interactive for job site CareerBuilder.com.
Another MVNO Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
This time it's Disney's family-centric MVNO that's calling it quits. By the looks of things, it appears as if 2007 is the year of death for MVNOs. Is the MVNO a doomed business model?
AOL Working On Patch For Instant Messenger Vulnerability
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Security researchers disclosed a bug in AIM that could enable a hacker to remotely execute malicious code and exploit Internet Explorer bugs.
Software Brands Need To Stand For Something
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
When it comes to software industry innovation, what does the CIO of one of the world's best-known brands -- Disney -- look for? Well, a meaningful brand.
Forrester: Why BI, BPM and Rules Technologies Will Converge
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
I'm attended a panel discussion here at the Forrester Technology Leadership Forum on the convergence of the three B's - business intelligence, business process management and business rules - featuring Mike Gilpin (EA and application development), Boris Evelson (BI) and Colin Teubner (BPM)... Gilpin sees BI as driving effectiveness in businesses, and the combination of BPM and BR as driving efficiency...
Network Appliance Exec Charged With Expensing Son's Tuition
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
A manager for the storage company faces a federal wire fraud charge for allegedly embezzling $90,000, including nearly $13,000 to pay her son's private school tuition.
Time To Ask The Hard Questions
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
Managing centralized computing systems as it was done a decade ago is impossible or too expensive. We take a look at how companies are rethinking application architecture, data center design, and servers.
Oracle, Dell, And EMC Unveil New Data Warehouse Initiative
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The Oracle Optimized Warehouse combines the Oracle Database with preconfigured hardware from Dell and EMC, with the goal of giving customers an out-of-the-box data warehouse.
Pfizer To Assign E-Pedigrees To Viagra Bottles
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Pfizer is using SupplyScape's E-Pedigree software, which creates an electronic pedigree, or record, for drugs and manages those records throughout the supply chain.
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