News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in April 2007
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Sony Apologizes For Decapitated Goat In 'God Of War' Launch
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Animal rights groups chide the European event held for one of Sony's most popular video games for the PlayStation 2.
Sometimes Steve Ballmer Just Takes Your Breath Away
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
In a USA Today interview Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is asked if he wishes consumers would get as passionate about Microsoft as they do when Apple comes out with something new. "It's sort of a funny question," he answers. "Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? I want to have products that appeal to everybody." Steve, I've got one word for you: iPod.
Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Last week, Gartner's preeminent business process management analyst Jim Sinur announced he would join Global 360 (http://www.global360.com/ ) as Chief Strategy Officer. In this broad-ranging interview, Sinur explains the move, offers an update on the BPM market and explores the evolving convergence of BI, data, events, modeling, business process management and business rules.
Google To Launch iGoogle
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
At a brunch for journalists (where I am typing this), Google today rolled out new personalization applications and features that are scheduled to go live first thing Tuesday morning. First, the Google Personalized Home Page, previously known as IG because those two characters are at the end of the Personalized Home Page URL (www.google.com/ig), has formally become iGoogle. If you thought Froogle was a poor product name, be thankful Google rejected Yougle, Fusion, and Mockingbird for the rename
Outsourcing To Indiana: IBM To Open Hoosier Call Center
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The town of Daleville and Delaware County provided a package of incentives to IBM worth $419,000 to entice the company to locate the $2.9 million call center in the town.
Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
How did the animated cursor flaw, which plagued Microsoft users with wave after wave of exploits this spring, get through Vista's security? A Microsoft security guru takes on the question in a blog.
IBM's Hardware Rollout Targets Small Businesses Abroad
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
An IBM survey of 1,200 midmarket businesses around the world found that nearly 66% planned to change their business model within the next two years to compete internationally.
Ray Ozzie Outlines Microsoft's 'Sea Change' At Mix 07
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The company spotlights its cross-browser Silverlight technology, as well as improvements to Windows Live Spaces, Virtual Earth, and Live Search.
IBM Adds Business 2.0 Tools For Partners
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The new social networking services will let IBM's business partners communicate using the type of online tools more commonly found on teen-centric Web sites like MySpace and Facebook.
Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't resist taking shots at the iPhone. Who can blame him, the iPhone has the potential to redefine the entire handset business -- as well as position OS X as a competitor in the mobile OS market.
Data Integration Comes in Three Flavors
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Those shopping for data integration solutions will find that they come in three flavors: Stand-alone tools from niche players like MetaMatrix, Group 1, Pervasive and Tableau… Focused Solutions from vendors like Business Objects, Cognos, Informatica, Initiate and SAS… and One-Stop Shops such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Here's what each flavor has to offer.
Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
Dear Microsoft, Thank you for your concern about the lack of interactivity in my television. I realize that your researchers have only my best interests at heart, but please tell them that interactivity isn't necessary. TV is passive entertainment and I'm fine with that. If I want to interact, I'll do so using the computer in my home office, or maybe, if I'm feeling decadent, from my laptop while watching TV.
Amid Challenges, SAP CEO Kagermann Sticks To His Plan
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Technology, business models, and leadership are in flux.
Dimensional Relational vs. OLAP: The Final Deployment Conundrum
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The choice between deploying relational tables or OLAP cubes is not a trivial matter. Weigh these 34 pros and cons of each approach early in the design of your extract-transform-load system.
Deferred Revenue From Vista Upgrades Boosts Microsoft's Earnings
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Concerns continue to be raised about application compatibility and hardware requirements
Early SOA Adopters Face High Costs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
BearingPoint says these services costly, less reliable, hard to maintain
Brief: Eben Moglen Steps Down From Free Software Foundation
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Moglen will return to teaching at Columbia University and spend much of his free time on the Software Freedom Law Center.
HP Looks To Neoview For Gains In Data Warehousing
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The company is combining its NonStop database engine with its Integrity and ProLiant servers and its StorageWorks hardware and software.
MySQL Gets Boost From Google Enhancements
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
IBM also pledges support for open source database on its System i.
New Cisco Switch Automatically Adjusts To Applications
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Lets network administrators give priority to voice over IP, video, and other traffic types.
ACS Acquires Welfare Enrollment Software
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
ACS gains control of Albion's Vantage product line -- software that helps state officials determine citizen eligibility for health care and welfare programs.
Microsoft Details Silverlight At Mix 07 Conference
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Flash competitor to support VB programming; may show up in cell phones and on Linux
N.Y. AG Gets First Settlement Under Security Breach Notification Law
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The New York Attorney General's office reached an agreement with a Chicago-based firm that did not notify consumers of a data breach for two months.
Apple QuickTime Bug Could Be Days Away, Experts Warn
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Researchers say hackers could be a few days away from finding the vulnerable code, and then exploits and malicious sites could be built within a week.
Microsoft: Windows XP Sales Will Fade In 2008 as Vista Takes Hold
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Officials at the software maker said they expect that Windows Vista will account for 85% of OS sales in fiscal 2008 compared to 15% for Windows XP.
Pulling Back The Curtain At Sun Labs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Sun is working on faster switches, more efficient servers, new programming languages, and 3-D virtual workplaces.
Sun Researches Server Clusters With A Song
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Projects like Search Inside The Music, Snapp Radio, and MailFinder could help researchers understand how to build a better server cluster architecture.
BearingPoint Says SOA Can Be Costly, Hard To Maintain
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
It costs more to build a reusable service -- up to 35% more -- than it costs to build one for single use.
Sun Sees Virtualization Without VMware or Xen
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The company's investment in its Live-Star project could translate into improved software and security distribution models.
Microsoft Posts Record Third Quarter Profits, Credits Windows Vista
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The company said it achieved record third quarter profits partly on the strength of sales of the new Windows Vista operating system.
Broadband Service Providers Face Wiretapping Deadline
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC ruled in 2005 that broadband and VoIP providers must be able to facilitate wiretaps used by intelligence authorities so that old eavesdropping practices can be applied to newer technology.
EMC's VMware Unit Plans IPO
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The move isn't without risk. VMware's prospectus notes that the company may have a more difficult time thriving in the hotly competitive virtualization market as a spin-off.
Siemens Loses Its CEO, Gains An SEC Probe
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The giant engineering firm said the SEC is examining "possible criminal violations of U.S. law."
Carriers, Startups Face Off Over 700-MHz Auction
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC on Wednesday announced technical specifications for the upcoming 700-MHz auction, but put off deciding exactly how the spectrum will be divided and sold off.
IBM To Push Mainframes For Powering Virtual Worlds
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The project is meant to develop a new, and potentially lucrative, use for the mainframe, which has traditionally been used in banking, manufacturing, and other industries.
Cisco Warns Of Bug In NetFlow Monitoring Tool
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
When the tool is installed, it creates matching default username and passwords, enabling a remote hacker to gain access to the system.
Icahn And Zander Cite Proxy Studies In Motorola Board Battle
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Corporate raider Carl Icahn is seeking a Motorola board seat, while Motorola CEO Ed Zander maintains Icahn's lack of high-tech experience will be a problem.
Microsoft Releases Windows Server Longhorn To Public Beta
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The server software includes more than 130 management tools, an integrated scripting language, and a built-in Web server that brings together numerous online publishing technologies.
Ex-Comverse Chief, A Fugitive In Africa, Gets Another Reprieve
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Jacob Alexander's legal team maintained the presiding magistrate was biased against him and a resolution of the extradition issue was put off until June.
Thoughts on Content Management as a Service
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
Are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) options viable for enterprise content management? I hear that question with increasing frequency, and it's a difficult one to answer. There are plenty of vendor options out there - from pure plays like Spring CM, to hybrids like Xythos and Treno. But just because there are plenty of options doesn't means it's a particularly good idea.
IBM, MySQL To Bring Open Source Database To System i
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The companies have agreed to work together in offering the MySQL Server for i5/OS, the flagship operating system for System i, and to certify IBM's DB2 as a MySQL storage engine.
IBM, Intel, And Microsoft Tout Technology Future
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Though each company is working on something different, together they paint a picture of life with faster and more ubiquitous computing technology.
The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.

HP Looks To Neoview For Gains In Data Warehousing
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The company is combining its NonStop database engine with its Integrity and ProLiant servers and its StorageWorks hardware and software.
Does A Job Ad Signal The Return Of The Google Phone?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Just when you thought it was safe to deny the existence of a Google Phone, more rumors stir the blogosphere. Late last week Dan Jones at Unstrung pointed out that Google posted a job ad for hardware product manager. So much for Google not getting into the hardware business. Oh, it gets better.
OZ Buys Thumbspeed: Is The Mobile Messaging Market Consolidating?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Mobile messaging platform company OZ this week said it acquired Thumbspeed, a maker of mobile messaging and personalization applications, from Hands-On Mobile for an undisclosed amount. What does this deal mean for the mobile messaging market?
Survey: 30% Of Businesses Have No Plans To Upgrade To Windows Vista
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Concerns about compatibility and cost are driving less-than-stellar adoption rates, despite security enhancements in the new operating system.
Eben Moglen Steps Down From Free Software Foundation
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Moglen will return to teaching at Columbia University and spend much of his free time on the Software Freedom Law Center.
Dell Swaps Hard Drives For Flash Drives In More Notebooks
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The computer maker hopes solid-state disk drives' faster boot time and improved system performance will be selling points for its corporate customers.
Microsoft Sued Over Windows, Office, And SQL Products
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Texas inventor James Taylor contends that the Microsoft products infringe on a patent titled 'Post compile optimizer for linkable object code.'
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