News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in November 2008
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Up Next: BI on Social Networks
Commentary  |  11/30/2008  | 
It's time for the BI community to treat social networks as the business-intelligence resource they are. The recent "Motrin moms" clamor and response to Mumbai terrorism prove networks' value. The value of the information that flows through these networks is indisputable. A deeper challenge is next on the agenda: optimizing that flow by better understanding the networks themselves.
Microsoft Loses Internet Ground, Or Not?
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
As Microsoft continues its struggle for relevance in Internet services, the latest numbers seem to tell a confusing story. Depending on the headline you read, Microsoft is either treading water or losing ground to Google. A closer look at two takes on the Microsoft search share show that it's a half-full/half-empty situation with a worrisome long-term trend.
Taking The First Steps With Drupal
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
O'Reilly Media, in conjunction with two of the authors of its forthcoming Using Drupal book, is presenting a webcast titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Drupal but were Afraid to Ask" on Friday, December 5.
My First Open Source Project
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
I started an open source software project a couple of weeks ago, sort of. It's about as minor as something like this gets -- at least for now. But even at that scale, it's become a learning experience.

Top Content Management Sites
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
FierceContentManagement last week published their list of the Top 10 content management websites. While compiling a top 10 list of this sort is always tough - what you leave off is usually just as controversial as what makes the list - I can't find fault with anything that they've included.
On Thanksgiving, Freedom for Some, Fear for Foreigners
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
I hope you will excuse a departure from my BI-focused blogs to a more personal one, but on this Thanksgiving eve, I find myself thinking more about freedom and how fragile it is right now. If you are one of the many foreign-born BI product managers, software developers, or BI specialists I have met over the years, then you will want to read this story...
Will Oracle And SAP Offer Big-Business SaaS? Sort Of
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
The question has been out there for some time: Will SAP and Oracle ever deliver software as a service to their large enterprise customers? The answer is, sort of.
History Reloaded: Changing The Past To Suit The Present
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The authors of a new report argue that revisions to the White House Web site reflect a willingness by the Bush administration to whitewash history.
Google Sorts One Petabyte Of Data In 6 Hours
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
According to last Friday's Official Google Blog, the Google Systems Infrastructure Team has sorted a record 1 terabyte of data on 1,000 computers in only 68 seconds, which breaks the previous mark of 209 seconds established in July by Yahoo.
IBM Plunges Into 'Business Event Management,' Helping Define Field
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The fairly new field of complex event processing sets parameters around a software event and triggers alerts if the rules governing it are violated.
Mac Resellers Launch Black Friday Discounts
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Best Buy, MacMall, and even Apple itself are lowering prices on Macs, iPods, and accessories.
Panasonic, Sanyo Far Apart On Acquisition Price
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
If combined, a Panasonic-Sanyo company would rival Japan's Hitachi, which has some $110 billion in annual sales.
SAP User Group Fires President
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
ASUG, which had been dealing with member complaints about SAP price hikes, said Steven Strout's departure resulted from a "strategic decision" by the board of directors.
MySpace Suicide Jurors Near Verdict
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The panel has reached a decision on three of four counts of fraud and unauthorized computer access.
Microsoft Helps Whiny Kids Get Their Xbox 360
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
It's Microsoft to the rescue for bratty children who've run out of reasons why their parents should pony up cash for an Xbox 360, economic slump be damned. The Xbox Web site will now generate a customized letter "that proves to the gift-giver in your life why you need an Xbox 360 console." I'm going to put it to the test.
Apple Needs A Netbook ... Like We Need A Third Elbow
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
There's been talk here and there about how Apple needs to release a netbook-style machine to remain "competitive." It's a bad idea, and a misleading one.

Retailers Brace For Holiday Traffic, Cyber Monday
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Brick-and-mortar and Web merchants hope for sales boost despite weak economy.
Google Round Up: Evil Layoffs, Chrome Speed Test, Street Views
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Here are several short updates on things that Google has been up to. The search giant has been quietly laying off thousands of contractors; its Chrome browser was recently rated as the speediest; and the Street Views user interface gets a revamp.
Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
Blockbuster Takes On Netflix, Apple With Direct-To-TV Player
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
To lure customers, Blockbuster is offering the player at no charge for people who rent 25 online Blockbuster movies in advance for $99.
Making Microsoft Office Apps Into SOA Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
PayPal Adds SMS Authentication Service
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
In a bid to add more security, the online payment company will offer the option of having a unique code sent to the user's cell phone prior to logging in.
Are Netbooks On Your Company's Shopping List?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
If your company occasionally sends workers out of the office, you might want to consider a having a "loaner" Netbook available to keep them productive without weighing them down. Especially since holiday sales are pushing prices down below $300 on Black Friday.
Death, Taxes, And Open Source Business Models
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
To the eternal list of death and taxes, we might as well add debates about open source licensing and sales. Two recent discussions about licensing and business models got me thinking again about what's suitable to what end, and how to interpret what you see other companies doing as a model for your own work.

Google Pins Gmail Bug On Phishing
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
In response to reported security vulnerabilities in Gmail, Google puts the blame on some users who fell for a bogus e-mail scam.
Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Dell Adds 3G Option For Mini 9 Netbook
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The device, powered by AT&T in the United States, supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps.
IBM Launches New Cloud Computing Services
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
IBM has announced new services aimed at helping businesses take advantage of cloud computing. And small- and midsize-business owners that have been thinking about making the leap to the cloud will be most interested in the industry-specific consulting service that assesses the cost of building a cloud.
Google SearchWiki Must Die
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Google's SearchWiki must die. It's a fine idea, allowing people to re-rank search results and comment on them. Viva democracy.
Fewer Than Half Of Available PCs Reused
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Transportation costs, import tariffs, and environmental legislation are among the hindrances cited by refurbished PC exporters.
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Mac Office 2008: 70% Off On Black Friday
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Microsoft is offering a deep, one-day-only price cut on the desktop software.
Readers Weigh In On GM Bailout
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
I recently provided some examples of how the death of GM or another automaker could impact the IT industry. Boy, I hit a nerve. Readers e-mailed me and posted comments at the blog, and their feelings on the topic ranged from the furious to the frightened.
Beatles On iTunes Talks Hit Snag
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Negotiations to bring the Fab Four's music to Apple's download service face roadblock.
Online Retailers Launch Early 'Black Friday' Sales
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With the economy in the tank, retailers have decided there's no time like the present to start the bargain shopping.
Visual Studio Users Face Patent Threat
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
A California company has filed infringement suits against Microsoft customers that use the app development software.
Apple Sued Over iPhone's Browser
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The latest iPhone lawsuit claims Apple is infringing on a patent for how the handset navigates the Web.
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
MySpace Suicide Case Goes To Jury
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Lori Drew's online taunts allegedly caused a 13-year-old girl to kill herself.
LinkedIn Intros Streamlined Search Engine
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Search results on the social networking site can now be refined by several categories, including name, company, school, and language.
Master Data Management Adoption Going Strong
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Worldwide revenue from master data management software is expected to reach $1.3 billion this year and more than double by 2012.
If You've Got Questions, Google Has The Answers
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Confused by the plethora of services that Google has made available to mobile phones? Can't figure out which version works with your device, or if your device is even supported? Google intends to give you a helping hand with its newly launched Google Mobile Help Forum.
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
While consumers planned to stay loyal to their favorite brand, they expected to buy less expensive models, a survey by the NPD Group found.
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways To Build Your Brand
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Cost cutting is the top priority for most business owners right now. Yet, extracting maximum value from efforts is just as important as slashing expenses. That's particularly true with marketing efforts that bring in new business and keep your business brand fresh in customer's minds.
IBM Launches Cloud Computing Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Big Blue is introducing new products aimed at helping customers move apps to the Web.
ECMHUB.com Offers A One-Stop Resource For ECM Information
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
With so many sources for content management industry information -- print, news sites, RSS feeds, podcasts -- it can be tough to know where to wade into the flood. The launch of ECMHUB.com, the ECMInstitute's new portal, hopes to change that.
Can't Migrate Virtual Machines Across Different Chips? Red Hat Can
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
I had just finished moderating a Webinar, my first, on how enterprises architect their virtual environments. One of the takeaways was, beware of the impulse to migrate virtual machines. They have to go from like to like, when it comes to server chipsets. And the first headline I saw afterward declared that information obsolete.
Microsoft's Virtualization Chief: Watch For Us In The Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Microsoft is positioning its Hyper-V hypervisor and Virtual Machine Manager component of Microsoft's System Center for on premises and in the cloud support.
MySpace App Shatters BlackBerry Download Record
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
In a sign that BlackBerry is gaining traction in the mainstream market, the social messaging app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times in its first week.
Windows Vista, Multimedia Codec Vulnerabilities Found
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Certain administrative rights are required for the vulnerability to be exploited, making it a risk primarily for malicious insider scenarios.
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