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Content tagged with Software posted in May 2006
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Sun CEO Schwartz Plans To Cut Up To 5,000 Jobs
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Sun sets a six-month cost-cutting plan to cut jobs and increase efficiency.
IBM Touts Missing Link To Utility Computing And Shared IT Resources
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager lets users measure and bill for virtual server, storage, network, software, middleware, and e-mail consumption by company, department, or individual.
AMD Live! Home Entertainment Platform Expanded With Services
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The collection of services and applications is designed to make it easier to view, record, manage, secure, and store TV programs, photos, music, and movies on Web-connected devices.
Frontier Takes Off With Massively Parallel Flight Management System
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
To stay competitive, Frontier has adopted Greenplum's Bizgres MPP business intelligence tools, which act on data in a PostgreSQL open source database.
Getting Ready To Eat My Words About 2007 Office And Windows Vista
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
I'm not prepared to eat my words just yet. But I'm setting the table in case I have to chow down.

A couple of months ago, I predicted Microsoft would have big trouble getting users to upgrade to Vista and the next version of Office.

Well, Microsoft dropped Beta 2 of 2007 Office, and it's looking pretty ta
Big Plans, Unanswered Questions For Microsoft
News  |  5/26/2006  | 
Test versions of Windows Vista, Longhorn server, and Office 2007 are signs of progress, but $2.4 billion in additional spending has yet to be explained.
Symantec-Microsoft Lawsuit Shows Vista Straining Business Ties
News  |  5/26/2006  | 
The case is about storage technology, but it shows how Vista will move Microsoft into competition in new areas.
VoIP Difficulties Don't Seem To Improve
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
Back in October 1998, I co-wrote a cover story for Network Computing on VoIP in the enterprise, introducing the technology to our readers and describing some of the deployment challenges that admins should watch for. What's interesting is that every time I've gone back and reread that article, I've expected to find it completely outdated, with most of the early problems resolved and newer challenges in place. But instead I keep
Disrupt-O-Meter
News  |  5/26/2006  | 
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: Server Fears Hit Red Hat
News  |  5/26/2006  | 
An index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
Throw Away The Spreadsheets
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
While tossing all spreadsheets wouldn't be practical, it's good advice in the area of planning and budgeting. That's where stand-alone spreadsheets have become the biggest obstacle to making the business process a better management tool, according to Ventana Research.
IONA's MTOSI Toolkit Enables Integration of OSS & BSS for Environments Using Artix
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
Toolkit available for free download over the Web.
MapInfo Launches New Web Services Connectivity in Location Intelligence Application
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
Users can access dynamic location data via the Internet.
Is Wikipedia Dead, Or Just Pining For The Fjords?
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
Nick Carr says it's dead, as the community encyclopedia has put in place a tightening series of controls on who can contribute content.

He notes that one of the kinds of restrictions is named "in good Orwellian fashion, 'semi-protection,'" which blocks unregistered editors and editors with very new accounts from editing a page.

"The end came last Friday," Carr writes. "That's when Wikipedia's founder, J
Microsoft MapPoint Web Service Access for Startup Applications
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
Maps4MyApps.com provides developers direct access to the Microsoft platform.
Do You Want To Be Part Of Microsoft's Revolution?
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
There's been a lot of hoopla about the simultaneous announcements of Microsoft Vista Beta 2, 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 2, and Longhorn Vista Server Beta 2. In fact, there's been so much coverage from all the various online and print media that I've been tempted to find myself a beta blocker. (Sorry--a little health care humor there.)
IBM Beefs Up Criminal Detection/Analytics Software
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
Entity Analytics Solutions 4.1 determines identities, finds criminals, and discovers non-obvious relationships between identities like shared phone numbers or bank accounts
StreamCast Sues eBay For $12.3 Billion Over Copyright
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
The sale of Skype to eBay was made possible through a scheme to "misappropriate the FastTrack peer-to-peer technology that rightfully belongs to StreamCast," a StreamCast lawyer says.
People Use Word Because They Use Word
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
I've been puzzled as to why people would choose to write in Microsoft Word--or any word processor--if the text they're producing has little or no formatting. Well, I got my answer, and I fear that, alas, it's less interesting than I had hoped: People use what they're used to using. Now you're thinking: Well, duh.
Symantec Suit Against Microsoft Symbolizes Security Shift
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
Several years of negotiations over Microsoft's right to use Symantec's Volume Manager software boiled over last week when Symantec filed a lawsuit that threatens to keep Microsoft from further developing and distributing Vista and Longhorn.
Mission Intelligence: Hide Complexity, Expose the Rules
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
Discovering existing business rules independently of applications and databases is often the first big step toward sustaining behavioral change across the enterprise.
Dashboard: Geek Fun: Event Stream Processing Entertains the Inner Nerd
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
An expressive command language won't win over the GUI-bound or those who study Fortune 500 market share. But those of us "braniacs on nerd patrol" will get the message.
Dashboard: Business Objects Runs New Race
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
With the rollout of its new enterprise information management strategy, Business Objects looks to cover all the bases by integrating each of its EIM applications into Business Objects XI.
Dashboard: IBM Taps Silos with Master Data Management
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
IBM unveils new Master Data Management (MDM) tools that aim to solve the old problem of poor data quality and consistency.
Dashboard: Sizing Up the Survivors in a Competitive Portal Hothouse
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
The independent portal market, so promising in the mid-90s, appears to be dead. With a few exceptions, infrastructure vendors like BEA, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Sun dominate today's portal market. What happened?
Oracle Issues First Upgrade Of Sleepycat's Berkeley DB
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
Release 3.0 of the Java edition includes the ability to store Java objects quickly and cleanly to speed transactions and perform hot backups.
Office 2007 'Shiny,' Says Scalzi
Commentary  |  5/23/2006  | 
Scalzi has been playing with the Office 2007 beta and loves it. He writes:

I can say at this point that a) I really like the new organizational structure of the features up at the top (the tabs mean you don't have to drill down through several hundred menus to find functionality), and b) I sure hope MS improves its"Publish to Blog" feature, because right now it stinks; I can't get it to play with the Whatever, which
Nokia Opens Browser Code To Developers
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
Nokia is looking to reduce fragmentation for mobile browser application developers.
Gates Says Next Windows, Office Will Show The PC Is 'In No Way Standing Still'
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
The new versions will change a lot about how the PC operates, from how it boots up to how data, photos, and music are accessed.
Salesforce.com Moves Microsoft Excel To The Web
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
JotSpot Tracker is an online, collaborative spreadsheet that can import Microsoft Excel files. Though it lacks the depth of Microsoft's software, it offers basic spreadsheet functionality and unique mash-up and sharing features.
Informatica Pioneers Data Integration As Online Service
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
New software connectors allow users to capture key prospect and customer data from Salesforce.com and integrate it with an enterprise's in-house applications.
Letter Drop: Capacity for Veracity; OASIS Plans Universal Metadata
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
Chris Loosely contends that Joshua Greenbaum "describes blogs and wikis as 'a lot of bunk masquerading as information,' but his column contains a lot of bunk masquerading as a solution."
Peak Performance: ERP's Promise: Is Reality Stunted by Perception?
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
Can enterprise resource planning live up to its promise? What is the future for ERP in large organizations? The enterprise IT group must define what's next.
Kimball University: Data Stewardship 101: First Step to Quality and Consistency
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
Data stewards are the liaisons between business users and the data warehouse team, and they ensure consistent, accurate, well-documented and timely insight on resources and requirements.
Feature: The Personal Workspace Evolves
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
In a sign of progress for data hunter-gatherers, Microsoft, SAP, IBM and Google are taking steps toward higher order personal productivity environments that will let you interact with enterprise data.
In Focus: Microsoft Details Content Management Plans for SharePoint 2007
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
The giant's ECM push was the big story at AIIM last week.
Voters Want Better Cyber Security
News  |  5/23/2006  | 
CSIA released the results of its semi-annual survey dedicated to measuring the American public's confidence in security
Progress Launches Dashboard For Business Activity Monitoring Platform
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Progress Software unveils a dashboard that provides a variety of visual displays for constantly changing data in the software maker's business activity monitoring platform.
Analysis: Invest in Tech as you Would Stocks and Bonds
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
The IT Governance Institute introduces Val IT.
Open-Source Java: What's It To You?
Commentary  |  5/22/2006  | 
The real winner with any Java open-source scenario will be Sun, which has been scrambling to lower the prices of its products and services to compete with the likes of Linux and the Wintel crowd.
Shortlist
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
QlikTech QlikView, OutlookSoft 5, and more.
Q&A with Business Guru Tom Davenport: Test Your Intuition
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Business change guru Tom Davenport, professor at Babson College and author of numerous articles and books, offers advice on making the most of business intelligence.
Put to the Test: Appian Enterprise 5 Masters Process Change
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Liberating users from rigid models, Appian's Enterprise 5 BPM suite lets you alter the process to ease exception handling.
Put to the Test: HaleyAuthority 5.1: Follow the Rules (in Plain English)
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
This BRM system offers a natural-language alternative that puts business users in charge of rules management.
Application Insight: The Revolution Will Not Be Podcast
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Replacing mainstream media with something more personal but less accurate just shifts the problem around without solving the real issue: Where do you go to find the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Content Management Behind the Scenes: Targeting Transparency
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
A global law firm, a multi-agency county government and a giant energy-industry services firm demonstrate that the best approach to hiding content management complexity depends on user work habits and favored applications.
Enterprise Content Management: Hide What's Inside
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Content management works best when its behind the scenes -- and not treated it as an application unto itself. Consider integrating with e-mail and business apps or explore emerging options for infrastructure- or service-based management.
Kinaxis On-Demand Solution Spans Enterprises
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
New service provides visibility into trading partners' data for outsourced manufacturing.
Microsoft Launches MapPoint 2006
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Another indication that location awareness is a growing market.
Planning and Budgeting Remains Immature
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Few companies have tied it to performance management.
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