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The BPM Journey
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Business process management is "a journey, not a destination." That's the description given by many BPM practitioners to writer Penny Lunt Crosman, author of the article "Processes Get Smart."
CA Upgrades Data Modeling Suite
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
CA says it has upgraded its AllFusion Modeling Suite with a new generalized data-modeling engine.
Cisco, Juniper, And Others Take Aim At Speeding Up Applications
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Expect a stream of new product announcements about application acceleration at this week's Interop show.
Sun's New CEO Faces Tough Challenges
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Jonathan Schwartz needs to make some changes to restore the computer company to profitability.
Debate Breaks Out Over 'Tag Spam'
News  |  4/28/2006  | 
Friends and foes of search engine optimizers locked horns at this week's Search Engine Meeting in Boston.
Kronos Buys Workforce Analytics firm ClarityMatters
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Kronos says it has acquired ClarityMatters, a workforce analytics software maker.
MySQL Launches Community Development Site
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
MySQL AB unveils a community site for users and developers to discuss, collaborate on and share code and applications for the company's namesake open-source database.
Can Microsoft Convince You To Switch?
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Everyone likes a good horse race--even when the race is fixed. That's about how I see the supposed race between Internet Explorer and Firefox. Ever since IE was included with Microsoft's operating system, its dominance has pretty much been a done deal. But that doesn't mean the front-runner should sit back and rest on its laurels. And up until now, that's what Microsoft has been doing.
Langa Letter: The OS Inside The OS
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Fred Langa shows how a simple tweak turns XP's low-level Recovery Console into a complete, standalone mini-operating system--in effect, an XP DOS!
Vignette and Lombardi Announce Software Enterprise Alliance
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The ECM and BPM vendors aim to deliver compelling business solutions to Global 2000 companies.
AIIM Conference & Expo Adds Information Management
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Addition of information technology exhibitors and new conference content aims to give attendees full spectrum.
Xinjiang Telecom Implements Teradata Warehouse for its Business Analysis System
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
First phase of centralized data platform deployed, improving data quality for business decision-making and marketing re-engineering.
VMware Assembles Alliance To Virtualize Desktops
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
The goal is to squeeze more work out of desktop computers through greater virtualization, and the alliance should help speed adoption.
Days Numbered For AssetMetrix's Windows Reporting
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Unbiased information on IT products is often hard to come by, so it's sad to see what looks like the end of AssetMetrix. Microsoft has agreed to buy the Canadian hardware and software asset management vendor, which is known for its detailed reports on Windows penetration in the workplace. Under its new owner, it's unlikely those reports would continue, given that they haven't always been helpful to the Redmond, Wash., software
Pentaho Joins MySQL Partner Program
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Business intelligence vendor Pentaho Corp. formalizes its relationship with MySQL AB by joining its partner program.
Surf's Up At Work
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
Just when you thought it wasn't safe to surf the Web at work, now it may be. Earlier this week, a New York judge made an advisory ruling that since time spent on the Internet is much like reading a newspaper or making a personal phone call, employees should only be reprimanded--not fired--for failing to stay off the Internet.
Microsoft Gets Closer To Hyperion BI
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
The high-tech industry is no stranger to cooperation among competitors. Among the latest example is the latest partnership between Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions. Despite plans to acquire business intelligence vendor ProClarity, Microsoft is teaming up with Hyperion to integrate its System 9 BI+ suite with Microsoft's SQL Server 2006 reporting, analysis and integration services.
Microsoft, Hyperion Partner In BI
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions say they plan to integrate their business intelligence products in order to provide customers with a broader offering of complementary software.
Information Builders Expands BI To 'Power Users' And Business Processes
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
The vendor hosts more than 1,200 customers at the Summit users conference.
Longhorn Server Slated For Second Half Of '07
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
At its Management Summit, Microsoft narrows down Longhorn Server's release date and reveals that Vista security will come with strings attached.
IE7 For XP Beta 2: Has Firefox Met Its Match?
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
The new public release of Internet Explorer Beta 2 is, according to Microsoft, more stable and ready to be used. But is it ready to go up against Firefox?
Schwartz Must Usher In Software Age At Sun
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
Call it founder's disease. Call it what you want. But Scott McNealy hindered Sun from becoming a successful software company. Now Jonathan Schwartz has got his work cut out for him.
Sourcefire Has Big Plans For Open-Source Snort
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
Many companies incorporate Snort intrusion detection and prevention capabilities into their network security products. Sourcefire founder and chief technology officer Martin Roesch owns Snort's General Public License, which means he drives the technology's development road map.
JasperSoft Rolling Out BI Suite
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
JasperSoft has released the roadmap for several modules that will eventually comprise its business intelligence software suite. The newest component is the JasperServer, a Java-based tool for customizing reports for any department within a company that needs financial and sales information.
Cognos Unveils Performance Software For Bank Branches
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
Cognos Inc. on Monday launched analytical software to help retail banks measure the performance of branches.
Analysis: Next-Generation Imaging Beats Data Entry
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
Document imaging has witnessed some fairly sweeping advances in recent years.
Microsoft Releases Second Internet Explorer 7 Beta
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
This version targets consumers and will offer tech support.
Google Experiments On Humans
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
Over at the Google blog, Ambar Pansari, a Google product manager, and Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience, admit that Google is experimenting on its users. The two confess, "From time to time, we run live experiments on Google--tests visible to a relatively few people--to discover better ways to search. We do this because there's no good substitute for understanding how
In Focus: The Top-Five Myths About SOA
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
Five experienced executives weight in on the top myths surrounding service-oriented architecture.
Former CA CEO Kumar Pleads Guilty
News  |  4/24/2006  | 
The charges could lead to up to 20 years in prison, but a guilty plea may significantly decrease the amount of time spent in jail.
CollabNet Makes Version Control A Hosted Application
News  |  4/21/2006  | 
By offering Subversion on Demand as a hosted application, CollabNet allows a development team to be distributed around the world and still have access to the system over the Internet.
SAP, Microsoft Adding Pressure To BI Market
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Developing products that deliver business intelligence to as many corporate workers as possible is the trend in the industry. The idea is to get valuable business metrics to the people who need them, while also upping the number of users, which means fatter licensing deals for vendors.
Google's Got Its Business-Casual Khakis On
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
It's never been completely clear how seriously Google takes its enterprise IT business. Its latest search appliance leaves little doubt.
Microsoft Pushes SQL Server Closer To Continuous Availability
News  |  4/21/2006  | 
Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2005 also forges tighter links between database and SAP application data.
Group Adds Linux To Boot Camp
News  |  4/21/2006  | 
Calling it a "triple boot," the open-source project that got OS X and Windows booted on the same machine adds Linux.
CA Offers Free Database Management Console
News  |  4/21/2006  | 
Database Command Center is split off from Unicenter and supports Oracle, Ingres, and IBM DB2 databases.
Stopping Google
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Imagine the conspiracy theorists having a field day with this one: eBay is separately talking to Yahoo and Microsoft to see if one of them might be a valuable collaborator against a common threat: Google.
Microsoft Making SAP Stronger Against Oracle
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Microsoft continues to lend a helping hand to SAP, as the battle grows fiercer between the German software maker and Oracle. In releasing Service Pack 1 this week for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft drew a bit closer to SAP by adding to the database Reporting Services that work better with SAP's NetWeaver Business Intelligence, a data store for SAP's business applications.
Office Interactive, Inc. Launches Free, Integrated, Online Collaboration Suite
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
The Web-based application is designed for individuals and small teams.
Intentia Unveils Plans for Third Generation of Movex with Focus on Business Agility for the Mid-Market
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
Movex3 to give companies access to SOA benefits and a user experience designed to unlock more value from ERP.
ERP-Link and Quantrix Partner to Deliver Business Intelligence Solution that Revolutionizes ERP Data Capture and Use
News  |  4/20/2006  | 
Combination of tools to enable businesses to use their ERP data for "what if" financial modeling at a fraction of traditional ETL pricing.
Microsoft Pushes SQL Server Toward Continuous Hot Availability
News  |  4/19/2006  | 
The company also forges closer ties to SAP with Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2005.
Taking BI To The Masses
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Cognos acknowledges business intelligence apps haven't been very useful for the corporate rank and file. With user interfaces built for business analysts, BI software has been less than user friendly for most workers. In fact, only about one in five corporate employees use the software, according to the Canadian software maker.
Dole Divisions License IRI Analytics
News  |  4/19/2006  | 
Two divisions of Dole Food Co. Inc. have licensed Information Resources Inc.'s advanced analytics for the consumer packaged goods industry, IRI says.
IT Workforce Rise Occurs Despite Fewer Software Developers, Thanks To Managers
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Numbers don't always add up. Take, for instance, the latest IT employment stats that show American IT employment at a record high.
In Search Of Innovation
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
For years, we've seen far too little in the way of innovative enterprise applications or major hardware and networking advances. Arguably, more innovation is taking place in the consumer space, although much of that is incremental rather than revolutionary. There's more evidence this week that innovation in the IT industry is now being driven from the search engine outward, both for consumer and business applications.
Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
The long-predicted consolidation of the open-source software market is finally starting to happen. But which path will the market take--disappearance of the pure-play open-source vendors, or a winnowing to a few strong ones? Those were the two scenarios proffered by Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource Inc., when I spoke with her in late February. SpikeSource sells testing and tech support for open-source packages of business software such as JBoss, MySQL, and SugarCRM. If any of those companies get
HP, IBM Tout Blade Server Advancements
News  |  4/19/2006  | 
HP introduced a management software offering for Linux, while IBM announced growth of its community.
Data Scanning And Capture Tools Aid In Productivity, Study Shows
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Nearly three in four companies using tools for scanning and capturing data from documents do so to increase productivity and efficiency, an industry trade group says.
Can Oracle Be Trusted With Business Intelligence?
Commentary  |  4/18/2006  | 
Oracle's business intelligence strategy appears to be coming together. The database giant says it plans to take recently acquired Siebel Business Analytics and make it the foundation for its BI products, which will include integration between Oracle Discoverer and the Siebel Analytic Server. Delivery of the combination is set for the first quarter of 2007.
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