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Content tagged with Software posted in October 2005
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Analysis: Symantec Leads the Drive for Better Self-Service
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
If CRM is dead, as some speculated in the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Siebel, it may be in part because self-service is now the hot hand in providing customer service.
In Focus: When Capture Becomes a Service
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Imaging and content management executives were still buzzing last week about EMC's pending acquisition of Captiva Software, debating just what it will mean to the future of both markets.
Informatica Pushes Data Integration Boundaries
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
PowerCenter 8 links structured and unstructured data, offers integrated data quality management.
Stealing From Google
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
I have a confession to make: I've been stealing from Google. With $1.578 billion in revenue last quarter, the company is unlikely to miss the pennies I've denied it. Still, I feel I owe an explanation: I'm "adnorant," which is to say I ignore online ads.
Radware Offers Software To Detect Network Performance Problems
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
APSolute Insite is meant to deliver comprehensive network management and security auditing, making it easier control user access to data.
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Storage Gets Open Community
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Vendors launch effort to develop a common storage-management platform
MySQL Upgrade Targets Enterprise Deployments
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
MySQL can no longer be viewed as a limited, departmental database. With the release of version 5.0 in mid-November, the popular open-source database is a serious contender for enterprise-level use.
Virtual Iron Software Adds Support For AMD, IBM Blades
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
The vendor expanded its data center virtualization platform to include support for systems using Opteron processors and for IBM's blade servers.
Microsoft Does What The Others Didn't
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Microsoft, according to a number of reports, is "evolving its position" on the OpenDocument format. Although Microsoft told the State of Massachusetts last month that Office 12 will not support ODF -- and state officials effectively told Redmond to shove off by endorsing the format anyway -- the company was apparently hedging its bets in a big way.
Compuware Adds Agentless Monitoring To Vantage
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Compuware will unveil upgraded software for its Vantage application service-management appliance using technology from its acquisition of Adlex in May.
SmartAdvice: Getting The Business Case Right For IT Portfolio Planning
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Check out the seven C's for payback on portfolio planning, The Advisory Council says. Also, wireless upgrades could be the next "killer app" when a standard emerges.
Salient Zeroes In on Price and Margin for Performance
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Solution provider supports performance management decision-making for operations.
Kinaxis Focuses on Operational Performance Management
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
RapidResponse helps operational activities and decisions keep up with change.
55% of Top 20 Retailers Using RedPrairie Workforce Performance Management Solution
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Top retailers choose RedPrairie to increase productivity and reduce labor costs.
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
ARIS Platform v. 7.0; Hyperion System 9; Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database v. 6.0; MindSolve Visual Performance "MVP Express"
InfoVista Joins Forces with EMC
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Joint solution to deliver highly synchronized fault and performance management solution.
What, Me Worry?
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Microsoft is making good on its plans to invade the business intelligence market with the launch of Business Scorecard Manager, a business intelligence server that's due Nov. 1. But at least one stand-alone analytics vendor says it isn't worried by Microsoft's foray into BI.
Beyond Statistics: SAS Takes On Mainstream BI
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
SAS Enterprise BI Server and Web Report Studio make business intellience accessible to all.
Q&A: Advice for BPM Neophytes
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Tips on where to start on BPM from analyst Connie Moore.
Play To Your Strengths
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Midsize companies can use customer intelligence to out-maneuver the big firms, but executives will have to learn to share the knowledge and the authority to act.
Put Plug and Play on the Process Checklist
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
The latest analysis from Gartner holds that "pure-play BPM" is dead; the new game is "BPM suites."
Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin?
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
Reading the recent news out of Google, I can't help thinking about Netscape. Like Google, Netscape had a dazzling entry into the world of business. At that time, Web browsers were still a new thing; there were literally two dozen commonly available, none of them with decisive market dominance. And none of them presented any significant competition to the Netscape browser, which was decisively smaller, faster and lighter. Later, Netscape launched the first superstar dotcom IPO. We all
Letter Drop
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Customers Vs. Vendors; Plenty of Blame To Go Around; Content Modeling Lives
Good for Business, Good for IT
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Truth, accountability, and a dose of its own good medicine will help IT get fit for many challenges ahead.
Field Report: DARPA Grand Challenge, Primm, Nev.
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Racing robots follow the "rules" of the offroad
EULA Be Sorry Someday
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
Most software licenses serve two purposes: They demand the right to do crazy things, so that the slightly less crazy things they really want to do look reasonable; and they discourage users from thinking too hard about this fact. There's a way to solve the second problem -- and if you own or manage a business, thinking about the first problem might be a very good idea.
Microsoft Rattles Some BI Cages
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
Never mind that Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion Solutions and others are allied with Microsoft on the operating systems front. The giant from Redmond wants their business on the applications end.
Google Backs Colleges' Open-Source Efforts
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
Anything that puts competitive pressure on rival Microsoft is a good thing, Google says.
DOJ Probing Oracle Again, This Time Over Siebel
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
Unlike PeopleSoft, this Justice Department investigation is unlikely to cause a long delay
SOA Consolidation Continues
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
Last week saw further consolidation in the SOA marketplace, as IBM Corp. announced that it had acquired DataPower Technology, removing from the field one of the last independent startups in XML acceleration, since Intel acquired Savega last summer.
A Question For All Of You
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
Let's say a car dealer sells you a new set of wheels. Then, let's say they send a mechanic to your house six months later who yanks out the stereo, replaces it with an AM radio and a coat-hangar antenna, and tells you it's an "upgrade." Most of us would call this behavior insane, stupid, suicidal, or all of the above. Yet here in the tech industry, we call it something else: a business model. Here's my question for all of you: Just how common is it?
Fast's Desktop Search Platform Comes Gunning For Google
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Proliferation of desktop search software also is raising security concerns.
Federal Reserve Chairman Nominee Bullish On IT
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Outgoing chairman Alan Greenspan was an outspoken advocate of IT. In a time when mainstream business leaders are skeptical of the value of IT, Ben Bernanke, named as Greenspan's possible successor, sees IT as a valuable investment when done right.
Jewel In Plain Sight
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
Oracle says Siebel's budding business intelligence functionality is a "hidden jewel" within the database maker's planned acquisition of the customer relationship management firm. But it's hard to call analytics a "hidden" jewel when such BI functionality is the very thing Oracle most wants to add to its enterprise software and database systems.
Siebel Bets On Analytics
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
The Ticker
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Informatica Reports Profit, Strikes SAP Deal
News  |  10/23/2005  | 
Informatica earned $8 million in its third quarter ended Sept. 30, reversing a loss of $8.6 million in the comparable quarter last year.
Profit, Sales Both Rise In Hyperion Q1
News  |  10/23/2005  | 
CEO Godfrey Sullivan reports strong customer uptake for new Hyperion System 9 business performance management system.
Videocast: Firefox Heading For A Wall
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
My Web video debut describes how Firefox's stalled market share and the threat of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 could mean big trouble soon for the plucky, open-source browser. Download the video here (Windows Media format, 2 min., 7 sec, 7.3 MB), or, if you have your podcasting software pointing at this blog, the video should download automatically. Like I said, this is my first effort, so it's not exactly an awar
Microsoft Footprint Grows In Business Intelligence
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
Scorecard software is part of a broader strategy to recast the Office suite
Analysis: VANs, Visibility and the Changing Supply Chain
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
With the advent of XML, and with the more recent drive toward SOA, many have been predicting the demise of the VANs and a move to direct B2B integration.
In Focus: Why EMC Is Buying a Capture Kingpin
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
EMC wants to own the content management on-ramps as well as the highway.
SmartAdvice: 'Big Iron' Returns With Push For Server Consolidation
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
Companies can save money by reducing the number of servers, but consolidation can take different forms, The Advisory Council says. Also, it's time to decide whether to just comply with RFID mandates or to invest funds to re-engineer and improve effectiveness.
The SOA Leaders Council Shares Results from Surveys of Leading Corporate Implementers
News  |  10/20/2005  | 
Industry's largest end-user peer-to-peer community of SOA visionaries releases survey results.
Composite Information Server 3.6 Released
News  |  10/20/2005  | 
Composite Software's latest release aims to increase performance, reach and value of EII.
The More Things Change...
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
How often is the integration between analytics tools and data sources as inexpensive and easy as analytics vendors claim it will be? The answer, it seems, is not too darned often.
Apple's Captive Audience
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
One year ago, Apple Computer dumped iTunes 4.7 on millions of unsuspecting customers. If that sounds like an ominous way to describe a routine software update, it's because this "update" -- or, if you prefer, "trojan horse" -- is more notorious for what it took away from users' systems than for what it added.
SAP Profits Rise On U.S. Orders
News  |  10/20/2005  | 
Enterprise software maker SAP AG reported third quarter revenues up 13%, while net income rose to 1.29 per share, up $1.22 per share in the same period last year.
Oracle's Phillips: Analytical Software Among The 'Hidden Jewels' Of The Siebel Deal
News  |  10/19/2005  | 
Phillips also told the Siebel user group Oracle supports Siebel's current investment and architecture plans
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