News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in January 2006
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Actuate Scores Performancesoft
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Enterprise reporting company is acquiring performance management scorecard supplier.
Is SOX Working?
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Home Depot will be the test case.
Salesforce.com has On-Demand Mishap
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Customers of salesforce.com lose service for a day.
Governance Gauge: Don't Worry, 'ITIL' Be Alright
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
After almost 20 years languishing on the shelf, large companies are beginning to adopt ITIL, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library of IT services best practices guidelines.
Is the Internet Broken? Web Veteran Says No
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
David Clark, senior research scientist at MIT, says he believes the Internet is crumbling under the weight of security problems and it must be rebuilt. Mike Nelson, IBM's director of On Demand Business and former director for technology policy at the FCC, disagrees.
Looking for Meaning in the Semantic Web
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
What is the Semantic Web and how can it help you? The concept may help solve tough corporate information-management problems.
FDIC Mandate Boosts Data Quality In World's Largest XBRL Project
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Although data tagging with Extensible Business Reporting Language produces accurate, transmittable and researchable financial data, it has languished as a largely theoretical improvement as agencies have balked at mandating use of the XML-based format -- until now.
Let Go of Your Inner Spaghetti
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
To share data and make SOA work, spaghetti days must end.
Mass. Names New CIO, Hardens OpenDocuments Policy
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
The Bay State has named Louis Gutierrez to fill the position of CIO in the Information Technology Division and, at the same time, reiterated its support for a previously announced plan to implement the OpenDocument format in state agencies in January.
Independent Software Training Blues
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
At least one business intelligence software instructor and a user group are throwing accusations at BI heavyweight Business Objects, claiming the company takes a hard line with independent organizations that teach users about its software.
Microsoft Making Visual Studio Team-Development Tools Available in March
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
The software should markedly increase the team development capabilities for Microsoft's .Net development tools
WinCramped
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
I don't usually cover security-related news here without, of course, an Open Source angle of some sort. But so many fans of open-source software use Winamp -- and so many use it constantly, as part of their daily routines -- that today's zero-day, attack-and-exploit report could be devastating. And now that a patch is available, the best way to prevent the very real possibility that an attacker will turn you
IBM Targets SMBs With i5 Servers, Software
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
IBM adds faster processors and an enhanced integrated operating system to make the System i5 product line more appealing to small and mid-sized businesses.
The Search for One Truth
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Master data management answers the call for better data quality and real-time information, meets the demands of service-oriented architecture initiatives, and shields your customer and product information from changes in systems and processes. The hardest part is getting stakeholders to agree to terms.
Analysis: Filenet Upgrades Its Web Content Management Suite
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
FileNet will introduce a Web Site Manager module for personalization and multisite management in late March. The module is aimed at enterprises replacing aging WCM systems -- but can FileNet break into a market in which it has had little presence?
The Data Deluge
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
It's true, what some technology analysts say: If data runs too rampant and widespread, it might as well not even exist. If you can't tame it, you can't channel it into intelligence.
Q&A: Got Data? Beware Privacy Pitfalls, Big Brother
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Jim Dempsey of The Center for Democracy & Technology discusses corporate data privacy policy.
Low-Cost Integration Beats the Application Big Bang
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Novelis chose low-cost integration to unify procurement and customer self-service processes.
The Perfect Search
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Google-style search is all right for some, but greater accuracy in the enterprise demands a mix of techniques including content tagging and taxonomy development and technologies such as entity, concept and sentiment extraction tools.
Sour Grapes And Cheap Whine
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Last week, I discussed the growing momentum Nicholas Negroponte and the One Laptop Per Child project have built lately, especially given the United Nations' .formal endorsement of the project in Davos last Thursday. This week, the other side of the story is emerging -- and it's possible that we may yet see a Certain Unnamed, Very Large Company try to undermine the project, even though OLPC is progressing to the point where such behavior looks increasingly malicious and petty. According to John
Microsoft Targets Red Tape At Government Leaders Forum
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Microsoft will promote strategies and solutions designed to reduce bureaucratic bottlenecks
BMC, Oracle Increase Identity Management Focus
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
BMC introduces identity management software for the .Net environment, and Oracle is on the look-out for a single-sign-on ID partner.
Favorite Firefox Extensions
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Other people play Minesweeper or Soduku or alphabetize their Rolodexes. When I'm looking to procrastinate, I mess around with desktop productivity software. Firefox extensions, in particular, are good for endless hours of work avoidance. Here's some of the best I've found recently:
Linux Vulnerabilities Spur Enterprise Warning
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Although most business customers don't officially use "raw" Linux products and so aren't in imminent danger, security experts say the situation makes it worth double-checking your software version levels and making sure the techies aren't bringing unpatched Linux products onto the network.
Google Plans Monday Beta For Toolbar Upgrade
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Google Toolbar 4 has features for customizing the toolbar, enhanced bookmarks hosted on Google's servers, enhanced search, and a new sharing capability called Send To.
Extension Addendum
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
I've received some great feedback on my Firefox extensions article; judging from the number of people reading it, this is just as popular a topic as it has always been. Some readers have emailed asking whether these are my own favorite extensions, or actually my picks specifically for beginning Firefox users -- as I'll explain, it's more the latter. I have also have received two other questions (so far) that I figure enough people will want to
Oracle's Wedding Gift: Siebel Ends On A High Note
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Oh, the irony. After three quarters of anemic earnings, Siebel Systems pulls a rabbit out of the hat just days before its shareholders are set to vote on Oracle's acquisition of the CRM software maker. Revenue through the roof. Profit up the wazoo. License sales at nearly pre-dot-com-bust levels. Larry Ellison must be feeling pretty good about himself about now.
Inside Windows
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Microsoft presents its offer to reveal source code as a bold stroke to appease Europe. It may amount to far less.
Who's In Sun's Wallet?
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Informatica Snaps Up Data Quality Firm
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
The $55 million purchase of Similarity Systems is expected to make it easier for Informatica customers to control the quality of information they process. Informatica also reports strong fourth-quarter earnings.
Software Trainers Level Complaints Against Business Objects
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Instructors claim the business intelligence firm is using its license for Crystal Reports to restrict the way users are taught about the software.
Sun Scores First 'Defensive' Open-Source Success
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
By making Solaris open-source code, Sun Microsystems has staged the first successful defensive open-source maneuver. I call it the scorched earth approach to open source. Like a smokejumper in front of a forest fire, Sun set a backfire to consume the fuel before the conflagration could reach it.
Oracle's SOA Push
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
The database giant Oracle wants to give its customers one-stop shopping for SOA solutions. The open question remains whether its customers are ready.
Marketers Mostly Happy with Their Web Analytics Packages
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
Survey: 62% of respondents would recommend their web analytics package to peers.
United Pipe & Supply Chooses OutlookSoft CPM
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
IX Infotech to implement corporate performance management solution for wholesale distribution house.
Microsoft Profits Up 5% On Xbox, Database Sales
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
The company set a quarterly revenue record, but fell short of its forecast, and operating income fell reflecting higher expenses associated with new product launches.
Google's Long March
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
It is very easy to spin Google's decision to censor the search results on its new Chinese Web site as a sellout. If you haven't already heard someone crowing over Google's cold, calculating betrayal of its corporate vow to Do No Evil, don't worry -- you will. Before you buy into this smugfest, however, consider another angle
Business Objects Claims Legal Victory Over MicroStrategy
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
The two business intelligence vendors continue to butt heads over patent issues, with more litigation scheduled to come.
Sprint Scraps Major IT Outsourcing Deal With IBM
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
Sprint is bringing back work and employees it gave to IBM under a $400 million outsourcing pact and redoing its multibillion-dollar call center deal with the IT services firm.
IBM Adds ZIIP To Mainframe Data Handling
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
New high-speed processor for the z9 accelerates data-intensive ERP, CRM, and business intelligence applications.
What Good Is BPM?
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
Have you heard of business process management (BPM)? If you have, that's pretty normal. Have you ever really gotten a clear explanation of what BPM is? If you haven't, that, unfortunately, is pretty normal too.
Tomorrow, The World
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
Almost everyone who learns about Nicholas Negroponte's effort to distribute millions of laptop computers to kids in developing nations has an opinion about the plan. Surprisingly, it's often a negative opinion: If Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC) ever appeared on the ballot, I would hate to have money riding on the outcome. Fortunately, that's a non-issue. Negroponte a
American Express Signs On With Sun Microsystems
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
Amex will use Java Enterprise System technology to build new portal services for its employees and customers.
Microsoft Takes Baby 'Open' Steps
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
One way to win back some industry kudos might be to more fully embrace the world of open-source software that Microsoft has long been fighting. Perhaps this is one small step in that direction.
Corel's New Graphics Tools Are Picture Perfect
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
CorelDRAW X3 is a nimble -- and budget friendly -- choice for small business graphics jobs.
Headsup: Down the E-Mail Drain
News  |  1/24/2006  | 
Two recent surveys attempt to quantify time wasted on handling e-mail.
A Changing CA Reports Improved Revenue And Earnings
News  |  1/24/2006  | 
The new management team says net income was $50 million in the quarter, compared to $31 million a year ago.
Google, The Sea Monster, And The Big Whirlpool
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
The headline on today's top story, "Google's Achilles' Heel," references classical mythology. Here's another classical mythology reference that's not mentioned in the story: Scylla and Charybdis. In Greek mythology, Scylla was a monster who lived on one side of the Strait of Messia. A whirlpool named Charybdis was on the other side of the strait. Ships passing through the channel had to carefully steer a course between the two hazards. If they went too wrong in one direction, the sea monster g
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