News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in November 2009
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Text Mining: The Intersection of Content & BI
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Companies used to employ armies of people to read through documents such as customer satisfaction surveys, but it took longer, cost a lot more money and yielded far less detailed, reliable and consistent information than you can now quickly uncover using text mining applications.
The CrunchPad That Never Was
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
In 2008, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington had a lovely vision for a $200 portable tablet device that would provide wireless web browsing. Sixteen months later, the collaborators on the CrunchPad are going through a messy divorce and it's not likely to see the light of day. Looking at the project's evolution, though, I can't say I'm surprised.
Open Source Firm Launches Cloud Middleware Platform
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
WSO2 is moving from supplying light weight SOA services to the enterprise to providing middleware as a service for cloud operations.
Sun Upgrades VirtualBox Virtualization Software
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The new version allows users to move running virtual machines between systems without interruption.
Online Shopping Gains Following Black Friday
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Online spending increased significantly year-over-year to date, with Amazon the most popular cyber-storefront.
rPath Upgrades Linux App Deployment Platform
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The development tool expands the capabilities of its Linux application deployment platform to provide dashboard visualization of the deployment stack.
Survey: Android Developers Unhappy
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Some Android developers are frustrated with low application download volumes, poor marketplace design, and problems with Google Checkout.
Senate Healthcare Reform Bill's IT Provisions Make Sense
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
As the Senate begins debating its healthcare reform bill, there's several health IT related provisions that aren't likely to stir a lot of emotion on the Senate floor, but deserve some attention.
Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Record
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The physics community is excited to see CERN's particle accelerator up and running again.
AT&T, LG Intro 1 GHz Smartphone
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The eXpo is the first major U.S. smartphone to feature a 1-GHz processor, an integrated mobile projector, and a fingerprint sensor.
Dell Dabbles With Chrome OS
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Owners of Dell Mini 10v netbooks can now try a version of Google's Chrome OS for themselves.
Gartner Sees Stabilization In Server Market
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Server shipments and revenue increased significantly in the third quarter from the previous quarter.
RIM Updates BlackBerry Server, Media Software
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The BlackBerry maker added multiple features to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Media Sync software.
OrderMotion Offers PivotLink BI To Online Retailers
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
In integrating PivotLink with its OMX product, OrderMotion adds a number of BI capabilities for its customers, including the ability to monitor sales trends for demand forecasting and to measure the lifetime value of customers.
Amazon Boasts Record Kindle Sales
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The e-reader is the best-selling product across all categories on Amazon.
The Myth of 360 Degree Views
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
We've all encountered the promise of 360-degree customer views, marketing-speak that asserts that BI solution X, CRM solution Y, or Sales Force Automation solution Z considers customer information from all angles. Yet I've never seen the "360-degree" claim fulfilled. Here's my take on 360-degree views and how they can finally becoming reality...
Is Wave A 'Concept Car' For Google?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I'm wondering if Google Wave is like a concept car for Google. We'll never see it in production--but all of its features and capabilities will emerge in other products released by Google and other companies. Google Wave solves some very real business problems. But I think even Google will have trouble getting companies to adopt it.
Android And Chrome OS: Google Vs. Google?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Would Google's Chrome OS spell more competition for Android than anything else? That's one of the possibilities looming for Google's browser-centric Linux distro, as on each closer inspection it looks that much less like a Windows killer.

Government CIOs Must Focus On Results, Not Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy.
10 ECM Basics and Gotchas to Avoid
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Explore the crucial components of enterprise content management and the 10 pitfalls that undo efforts to capture, manage, store, preserve, secure and share information.
Joost Assets Acquired By Adconion
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
It announced that "certain assets" of Joost will be acquired, but Adconion did not disclose terms of the deal.
Saving 70% Per Month In The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I need to add an FTP server to my environment, and as I sit here and struggle with how I'm going to do that and stay under my annual budget, it occurs to me that the cloud isn't a bad option anymore. The savings are pretty compelling, in fact; read on for a quick and dirty cost analysis.
Murdoch And Microsoft Redefine Search
Commentary  |  11/29/2009  | 
A report in the Financial Times says that Microsoft has approached News Corp to obtain exclusive indexing rights for their sites such as Fox News. In return for some payment from Microsoft, News Corp would change its sites to block Google's indexing (and presumably others as well), leaving Bing as the primary way to find content on their sites.
Elastra Cloud Server Preps Apps For Azure, Amazon
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Startup Elastra configures applications for deployment to a private cloud, Amazon EC2, or Microsoft Azure.
Apple Accepts PhoneGap For iPhone Development
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Cross-platform mobile development is getting easier, thanks to frameworks that leverage Web technology.
Be Transparent To The (Open) Core
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
"Transparency" is a vital term in open source: how easy is it to find out about some aspect of an open source project or product? Matthew Aslett of the 451 CAOS Theory blog went to find out how a number of vendors of open core products stacked up in this regard.

Apple Sues To Stop Power Adapter Knock Offs
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
A lawsuit filed on Monday charges a California-based company with copying a patented Apple design.
Fusion-io: This Ain't Your Father's SSD Hardware
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
Think your new SATA solid-state hard drive is hot stuff? There's a new kid on the block that will make it look like a relic from the storage Stone Age.
Text Data Quality: Mistakes and More
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
I wrote recently on Text Data Quality, looking at issues that affect analytical accuracy, that "the basic text data quality issue is that humans make mistakes, and the challenge is that people's natural-language mistakes defy easy, automated detection." This topic and related non-erroneous vagaries of human language bear further exploration...
Senators Urge EU To Finish Oracle Sun Probe
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
With Sun jobs at stake, U.S. lawmakers want the European Commission to speed up its antitrust investigation.
IT Owns E-Discovery
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Organizations are realizing technological expertise is just as essential as sharp legal analysis when it comes to e-discovery.
Amazon Boosts Kindle Features
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
The market-leading e-book reader is getting PDF support and longer battery life.
Older Android Phones Get Free Google Navigation
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
One of the coolest features that comes with the Motorola Droid is the new Google Maps Navigation application. It provides free, voice-guided navigation for the Android 2.0 platform. Google decided to spread the Maps Navigation love around a bit and recently made the app available to devices running Android 1.6.
Google, TiVo Partner For TV Data
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
TV advertisers can look forward to a deeper understanding of how TiVo viewers receive their ads.
Microsoft Lands UK Cloud Deal
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
CSC will support 30,000 U.K. postal service employees using cloud versions of Exchange and SharePoint.
Microsoft Azure Supports Federated ID
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
A federated identity can be used to provide a single sign on to multiple applications, both in the enterprise and in the cloud.
Google's New Chrome OS Partner: Ubuntu
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Among the people Google's partnering with to build Chrome OS, there's now a very familiar name: Canonical, the folks behind Ubuntu. In their words: "Canonical is contributing engineering to Google under contract" (for Chrome OS).

Reports of Perfectly-Balanced Hardware Configurations are Greatly Exaggerated
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Data warehouse appliance and software appliance vendors like to claim that they've worked out just the right hardware configuration(s), and that a single configuration is correct for a fairly broad range of workloads. But there are a lot of reasons to be dubious about that. Specific vendor evidence includes...
Black Friday FOR SMBs, Not Just BY SMBs?
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Typically, Black Friday is a sales event where companies offer big discounts to consumers to spur sales the day after Thanksgiving. But in today's economy (ITE) companies are also pushing Black Friday to their SMB customers.
Holiday Internet Marketing Grows, A QuickBooks Marketing App Gets Upgraded, And A New Entry-Level Shopping Cart
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
A new Constant Contact survey says SMBs are boosting their Internet marketing for the Holidays, ClickFuel has upgraded its FuelStation online marketing dashboard to work with QuickBooks 2010 and QuickBooks Pro, and ProPay's CartLite is an entry-level shopping cart.
Prepare for IE9 -- Or Not
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Internet Explorer 8 may have just shipped, but last week Dean Hachamovitch who is General Manager for Internet Explorer provided some hints about what is coming with IE9. A release date wasn't one of the hints that was dropped; I think it's far away.
Microsoft, News Corporation Plan Foot-Shooting
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Microsoft is reportedly discussing a deal that would see News Corporation remove its Web sites, such as the Wall Street Journal, from Google's index.
Microsoft Bing Cashback Not Always A Bargain
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Microsoft's search rebate program inflates some prices for online shoppers, claims a competitor.
Google Buys Ad Start-Up Teracent
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Teracent's technology will help Google automate display ad design and delivery.
AOL Previews Brand, Trims Workforce
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
The company is offering buyouts to 2,500 members of its workforce as it seeks to trim its employee headcount by nearly a third.
Next Steps for Analytics in the Big-Data Era
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
December events set agenda for education on analytics, business intelligence and data warehousing. Universities reset curricula.
Apple Defends App Store Approval Process
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
The company said its App Store approval process makes sure Apple's platform has high-quality products.
Roll Your Own Ubuntu Private Cloud
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Why use Amazon's EC2 or Google's cloud computing services when you can set up your own private cloud with a few open source tools?
Can IT Help New Cancer Screening Guidelines?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
New recommendations from a federal task force last week about breast cancer screenings have infuriated many cancer survivors as well as medical professional organizations, including the American Cancer Society. The guidelines were based on data analysis of the risks and benefits of mammograms for women under age 50.
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