News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in November 2005
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Sun Says It's Free: Java Enterprise System Now Available
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Open-source code includes Identity Management Server and Directory Server
Microsoft To Update 'Windows Live' Web Mail Beta
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
The latest release, called "Milestone 4," includes better security against phishing and spam, as well as new features such as spell checking while a person types an e-mail.
Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's part market research for Google, and it's a great way to jump out of the virtual world and into the real one, to become more than just the search bar on the Internet. Helping real people do research on their destination locations is a wonderful marketing technique.
Langa Letter: Free Tools For Road Warriors
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Not everyone has (or wants) a GPS. These Web-based alternatives Fred Langa searched out make even complex route planning a snap!
Free Software Foundation To Revise GNU License
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
A first stab at the new license will be released by the FSF at a conference it's holding at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mid-January. The final GPLv3 license is expected by spring 2007.
Software Streams Media To Mobile Devices In Real Time
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Entertainment services company Thomson, which created the software, plans to license the technology to telecommunication carriers and cell phone manufacturers.
Microsoft Taps EPA CIO For E-Government Business
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Kimberly Nelson will serve as the software company's executive director of E-government in its U.S. public sector business.
Windows Vista's Features Will Be Done In December, Microsoft Says
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Final version still due in the second half of 2006, "Longhorn" Windows Server in 2007
Open For Business (Intelligence)
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
"We are the most open-source-friendly traditional business intelligence vendor." That seems to be the mantra of every BI software maker these days, and they'll fall all over each other to yell it the loudest.
Business Objects, Red Hat Strike Technology Partnership
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
The firms will join in marketing and selling programs to push the open-source Linux operating system for business intelligence applications.
HP Launches Formal Utility Computing Service
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Customers can buy access to basic IT infrastructure, including server, storage, network, operating system, and associated HP management tools, and pay per CPU hour.
KDE Upgrades Its Linux Graphical Desktop
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Konqueror now passes the Acid2 Cascading Style Sheets test and includes an ad-block tool to filter Web page advertisements.
BI: A Worthwhile Use For Cell Phones?
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
Like many of the technological devices I own, I've got a love-hate relationship with my cell phone. That said, I'm sometimes staggered by the new capabilities being built into mobile phones. Do I really want to watch TV on my cell phone? Does anyone? Is that really necessary?
Out Of Control
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
Massachusetts Siding With Microsoft In Office Format Fracas
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
In a reversal, the state of Massachusetts has thrown its support to Microsoft in an ongoing battle over office-software formats, and has launched an investigation into the state's former IT chief, who had been championing open-source software.
New Path Of Attack
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Just when patching showed progress against the worst security threats, cybercriminals shift their focus.
Feds Drive E-Health Records In Devastated Gulf Coast
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Health-care payers showed the value of electronic records during the recovery
Struggling Airlines Try Portals For Business Travelers
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Direct sales channel saves money but faces tough Web-based competition
Google Analytics Get The Thumbs Up
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
The readers have spoken. And here's what they said: They like the idea of Web analytics tools from Google.
Mollifying The Paper-Pushers Could Benefit Microsoft's Business Customers, Too
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Microsoft never relinquishes control easily; this time, it buckled to the bureaucrats. But its decision, related to its upcoming Office 12 suite, should help customers, particularly those that want to customize Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
What's Missing from Business Intelligence for Supply Chains?
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Getting the big picture of supply chain performance is harder than it seems.
Adding Value to ERP
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
What is the opportunity cost of doing nothing?
A High-Priority Close
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
CFOs must put real teeth into efforts to accelerate the close.
What Sarbanes-Oxley Won't Do
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Refco confirms SOX can't prevent high-level fraud.
Voice Technologies Innovate for Efficiency and Effectiveness
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Evolution of information technology will change customer operations.
The Birth of the Voice-Managed Customer Center
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Voice recording and voice analytics herald a new day in contact management.
Salesforce.com Continues Drive to Dominate On-Demand Market
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
CRM company announces new product releases and new partners.
OFR, Reporting and Business Intelligence
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Don't invest in IT just to satisfy regulations.
Golden Gate for Geac
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Company to be acquired as industry consolidation continues.
Consolidating the Chart of Accounts
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Applying Master Data Management to a long-standing problem.
CFOs Face Major IT Challenges
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
The problem with IT is usually not the technology.
Cents and Sensorability
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Developing a performance management framework can mitigate the risks of RFID.
Stallman Stands Up
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
I get the impression that some people view Richard Stallman's run-in with U.N. security goofballs in Tunisia last week as further proof that, to put it bluntly, Stallman is a few bits short of a byte. If you share that opinion, do yourself and Stallman a favor: Read Bruce Perens' eyewitness account of the incident before you jump to any conclusions about what happened and
In HPC, A Question Of Where Microsoft Lays Its Bets
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
When Microsoft officially threw its hat into the high-performance computing ring this month with a speech by chairman Bill Gates at a supercomputing conference in Seattle, some computer scientists hoped the company could help sort out an arcane but potentially important problem in the market: coaxing more performance out of commonly used programming languages. It's a challenging technical conundrum, but it also illustrates how Microsoft's entry into the market is sowing both skepticism about its
Gartner's John Pescatore on the SANS report
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
I spoke with John Pescatore, VP and research fellow for information security at market research firm Gartner, Inc. for this story, posted earlier today, about the SANS Institute's report on the 20 most critical Internet security vulnerabilities for 2005.
HP Plunges Into SOA Consulting
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
Hewlett-Packard launched a suite of services to help companies move legacy applications to a service-oriented architecture.
Making Multi-Language Web Content Postings A Little Easier
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
Car rental company Thrifty uses a tool called GlobalLink to automatically pull content for translations and place it back into content-management systems for posting to the Web—all without the help of IT.
Information Builders, IBM Resellers Promote BI On Linux
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
The program will focus on bringing enterprise-level BI to Linux to all of IBM's platforms.
China Tests RFID System For Tracking Bird Flu
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
Technology from Smart-tek Solutions is being implemented at a poultry farm in an attempt to help stop the spread of the disease.
Microsoft Seeks Standards Approval For Its XML Office Format
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
The company has submitted its XML-based document format to the ECMA standards body, seeking a compromise with Massachusetts.
This Am A Bizarro Note About Microsoft
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
Today's news is dominated by stories about a world where Microsoft is an also-ran, trying to steal market share away from market leader Linux, and where Microsoft is trying to enhance its users' experience by supporting the Firefox browser. What strange world is this, you ask? Is it, perhaps, the Bizarro world, the square planet where everything is the opposit
Database Catch-Up
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
The Road Ahead?
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
Microsoft Windows turned 20 this week. Like any 20 year-old, Windows is heading into its third decade with a swagger in its walk and a hint of arrogance in its eyes. And with good reason: The road Windows has traveled for so many years looks just as familiar as ever and still promises to take it exactly where it wants to go.
Oracle Challenge To SAP Nets Response: We Like SQL Server
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
When Oracle went into the applications business, did it foresee how the move could affect its database business? Reading between the lines of Microsoft's recent SQL Server 2005 launch, maybe it underestimated the impact.
Q&A: Microsoft Touts New Ajax Tools
News  |  11/19/2005  | 
InformationWeek talks to Microsoft Product Manager Brian Goldfarb about the trendy new Web technology called Ajax, and Microsoft's plans for tools to make Ajax development easier.
Q&A: Bill Gates On Supercomputing, Software In Science, And More
News  |  11/18/2005  | 
Bill Gates talks to InformationWeek about how work done at Microsoft Research can apply to science, medicine, and engineering; how more powerful desktop processors can improve user interfaces; and his evolving role at Microsoft.
Watching For Signs Of Bird Flu
News  |  11/18/2005  | 
North Carolina system aims to provide early warning of a deadly outbreak.
Sony Plays The Blues As Bloggers Turn Up The Volume
News  |  11/18/2005  | 
Company halts sales of CDs with content-protection software after complaints
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