News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in December 2005
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Breaking Up (Microsoft) Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
For nearly two years, Microsoft has played European antitrust regulators the same way it played U.S. regulators: as a bunch of hapless nitwits. This time, however, Microsoft has misjudged its opponents -- and instead of a slap on the wrist, it may face an executioner's ax for its trouble.
It's Too Early To Say
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
The only thing that is a certainty about the Internet, I believe, is that the next generation will blow anything we're doing right out of the water.
Google To Supply Search For Opera's Mobile Browsers
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
The browser's Mini version operates on WAP-equipped cell phones, while the more robust Opera Mobile version is generally offered as an add-on to mobile and wireless devices for a small user fee.
Browser Inventor Starts His Own Blog
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Tim Berners-Lee, now a scientist at MIT, said his blog is intended to be for "geeky semantic web stuff mostly."
Startup Offers Unique Delivery Model For Open-Source Software
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
iRadeon Group's monthly subscription serves up three open source applications in a dashboard-type interface, a model that could appeal to cost-conscious small businesses.
Blogging for Business?
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
A dozen contributors at Enel now post basic information including HR policies and company news, and they use RSS features to post energy industry news summaries.
From Monolithic to Business Process Applications
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
SAP is redefining the enterprise applications industry.
Experienced Advice for Contact Centers
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Opus Suite 3.0 adds not only functions but access to knowledge.
Sitting on a Gold Mine
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Unlock value from your IT budget.
Mass. IT Chief, Supporter Of Controversial Open Software Format, Quits
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
The Massachusetts state IT chief who shepherded the OpenDocument format through a series of battles has resigned, leaving ODF without a champion, but with plenty of critics in the state government.
App Integration Will One Day Help Houston's Storm Recovery
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
But city officials wish the IT overhaul had been in place before hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast in August and September.
Does the ERP Deliver Value?
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
CFOs must strive to increase the system's ROI.
The Perfect Test for MDM
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
Unifying your COA can produce more accurate information faster and at a lower cost.
Identifying Process Challenges in Finance IT
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
Our CFO workshop found a range of common issues.
Advizor Solutions Invites You to a Double Wedding
News  |  12/23/2005  | 
Advizor Analyst 5.0 reveals hidden patterns
Google And Microsoft Settle Bitter Lawsuit
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Google said today that it has settled the lawsuit brought by Microsoft in July to enforce a noncompetition agreement against Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a former Microsoft executive who left the company to work for Google. In a prepared statement, Lee, president of engineering, product and public affairs for Google China, said, "I am pleased with the terms of the settlement agreement."
Oracle Joins IBM Unix Facility as "Founding Partner"
News  |  12/22/2005  | 
Oracle's rediscovery of AIX comes a month after CEO Larry Ellison declared Sun Microsystems Solaris 10 as its preferred development and deployment platform for most x64 architectures.
Rating The Performance Management Vendors
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
You want fair, objective software rankings? We've got them. In fact, we run them all the time. And our latest set of reviews, new this week, covers performance management tools.
Who Gets Intellectual Property Rights? Everyone
Commentary  |  12/22/2005  | 
Collaboration ain't always easy. Sometimes it takes many months, occasionally more than a year, for IT vendors and university researchers to agree on who owns the intellectual property of industry-funded IT research at some of America's top schools. Such delays have prompted some vendors to direct some of their university-bound R&D funding to universities overseas, institutions less fussy about IP rights. Those concerns are voiced in a
Is Google Investing In An Obsolete Business?
Commentary  |  12/21/2005  | 
I startled myself the other day when I realized I didn't know whether my laptop computer has a modem. I had to think about it a couple of minutes. It's been that long since I've used a dial-up connection. Not long ago, having a laptop computer without a modem was like having one without a display or keyboard--completely useless. But these days, everywhere I go, I can count on a high-speed Internet connection, and in many places I can get a Wi-Fi connection. That's been true for quite some time
Cognos' Earnings Take A Hit
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
Delays in shipping Cognos 8 and fewer million-dollar deals during Q3 take a bite out of license revenue. Outage Inconveniences Customers
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
Database glitch a reminder that users of on-demand systems should make backup plans.
Software Resuscitation
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
Yahoo Does Google One Better
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
Auld Lang Slime
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
I.T. security pros may hoist a cup of eggnog this holiday season to an early gift they got this month: an E-mail worm attack with a delivery date.
Ventana Research Scorecard
News  |  12/20/2005  | 
2005 Performance Management Vendor and Product Scorecard
Wiki Wisdom
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
The recent uproar over a fake Wikipedia entry on journalist John Siegenthaler, Sr. should teach us all an important lesson: If you get the itch to libel someone, try to avoid prominent journalists from powerful families -- especially when they have carte blanche to use the USA Today editorial page to hunt you down.
U.S. Universities Loosen Grip On Tech Rights To Keep Vendor Grants From Going Overseas
News  |  12/20/2005  | 
An agreement between four IT vendors and seven major universities means intellectual property created by their collaboration will be made free to all.
IBM Acquires Portal Software Vendor Bowstreet
News  |  12/20/2005  | 
The move will help IBM expand its SOA offerings
A Look At Federal Software Spending
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
If a new study is correct, the feds will be spending a lot of money over the next year on information sharing and management. Let me say: hooray.
Oracle Shifts Pricing In Favor Of Sun's New Eight-Core UltraSparc
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
The new pricing structure will put Sun Fire T1000 servers "on a comparable footing with low-end AMD, Intel, and IBM Power servers," according to a Sun official.
Personal Software Test: Tackling the Business Card Problem
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Using Presto! BizCard from NewSoft to battle a personal document management problem in miniature.
In Focus: BEA Strategy Goes Well Beyond the Portal
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Add BEA to the list of big vendors bundling the basics of content management, collaboration, search and process management into its infrastructure software.
IT University Researchers Opt For Hard Cash Vs. Winning The Lottery
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Agreement between four IT vendors and seven research universities should make it easier for joint collaboration to develop open-source software.
Actuate, Quantum To Debut Physical Security Analytics
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
The firms plan to deliver a product that helps companies track, manage and analyze building access controls, surveillance and similar security functions.
Oracle Fortifies Application Security At The Source
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Oracle had previously relied on source-code analysis tools developed in-house but decided to work with a third party.
Will A Pure-Play BI Firm Be Acquired In '06?
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
We've seen the big enterprise software giants buy small analytics firms, such as IBM's acquisition of Alphablox in 2004. Nothing new there. But now some people on Wall Street are asking: Is one of the pure-play BI firms ripe for the picking? At least one equity analyst thinks so.
IBM Upgrades Alphablox Analytics Software
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
IBM acquired Alphablox in July 2004, and has since integrated the firms' analytics into products including DB2 Data Warehouse.
New Windows Vista Preview Could Attract 500,000 Testers
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
Latest version includes anti-spyware utility, disk encryption technology, and user interface improvements
Google's AOL Deal Undermines Its Principles
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
According to reports over the weekend in The New York Times and elsewhere, Time Warner is expected to announce tomorrow that it will renew its partnership with Google, which will make a $1 billion investment in AOL in exchange for a 5% stake in the company. While the actual terms have yet to be disclosed, one aspect of the deal is troubling. The Times reports, "Google, which pride
Podcast: Symbol Takes RFID Into New Markets And Regions In 2006
Commentary  |  12/19/2005  | 
Research firm Gartner expects the radio frequency identification technology market worldwide to reach $504 million this year, up 39 percent from last year. As more industries adopt the technology toward the end of 2006, new license revenue will climb to $751 million. By 2010, Gartner forecasts worldwide RFID spending to surpass $3 billion dollars. Symbol Technologies, which manufacturers RFID tags and readers, is stepping up efforts in 2006, expanding operations to meet demand. It already has a
Sun's Open (Source) Embrace
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
Database with IBM roots is now part of the Java Enterprise System
IBM Wants Its Share Of Unix Glory
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
The vendor tries to show that it doesn't live by Linux alone
Ford's Fix Could Send Help Desk Offshore
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
Project expands relationship with automaker's current outsourcer.
Why Don't More People Use RSS Feeds?
Commentary  |  12/16/2005  | 
I'm flummoxed why more people aren't using RSS feeds as their primary means of accessing frequently-visited Web sites. It's so much faster and easier for me to check my RSS reader than it is for me to visit a sequence of bookmarks to see if there's anything that's new on my regular sites. Why doesn't everyone feel that way? The vast majority of Internet users don't use RSS feeds. Only 6% of Internet users consume RSS
SmartAdvice: A Checklist For Determining IT Spending
Commentary  |  12/16/2005  | 
The days of deciding IT spending as a percentage of overall revenue are gone, The Advisory Council says. Also, tips for managing processes after adopting RFID.
Supercool Gadgets For The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/16/2005  | 
Let's forget business intelligence for a second so I can show you something. If you love gadgetry and hate holiday shopping as much as I do, you've got to see this.
Father-Son Team Builds Hospital Intelligence From Scratch
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
Taking aim at the general dearth of analytics tools used by hospitals, two doctors decide to build their own system.
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