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Actuate Expands Performance Management Line
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Performancesoft Track activity management software helps businesses identify poorly performing activities and take corrective steps.
REBtel Offers Free International Calls For Cell Phones
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The Swedish startup lets mobile phone users place free, or at least cheap, calls around the world. But beware, there are some headaches involved.
New Cisco Suite Takes On Complicated Regulatory Issues
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
One product in the Cisco PACE suite, Network Compliance Manager, provides reports on compliance and changes and allows administrators to make bulk configuration and password changes.
Days After Entering 12-Step Program, Microsoft Falls Off Wagon
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
Whatever happened to the "12 tenets," announced just 10 days ago, that were supposed to help a seemingly humbled and repentant Microsoft assume a more ethical stance toward allowing competition? Could it be that its self-imposed 12-step program has already failed to cure Microsoft of its monopolistic impulses?
Put to the Test: Pegasystems' BPM Suite Combines Process and Rules
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Deploying SmartBPM Suite 5.1 can be challenging, but the reward is a powerful model-driven approach that manages the complete process environment.
In Focus: Q&A With Rodney Masney, SAP User Champion
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
SAP users: Does your ERP system need an SOA/BPM twist? User group champion Rodney Masney says "yes."
Sun Plus Greenplum Produces Instant Data Warehouse
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Sun in effect has found a vertical application for its "Thumper" server by teaming it with a data warehousing package.
In Depth: Software Vendors Try New Pricing Schemes For A Virtualized World
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
As data centers become multicore and virtualized, software vendors are looking for new ways to charge for their products. Keep your hands on your wallets.
Wikis Buttoned Down
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
The Upgraded Dragon Speech Recognition Software: Almost Perfect
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Nuance Communications promises its Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 will transform the PC user experience. A test of the software indicates that while that's a fragile promise, it does hold some truth.
Analysis: Is The World Ready For Open-Source Networking?
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Vyatta, Sourcefire, Groundwork, and the Asterisk IP PBX represent the open-source push for networks. They're gaining traction, but it could take years to make significant headway.
As Gates Travels The World, His Protege Ozzie Mulls The Web
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
At Microsoft's analyst meeting, Ozzie talked about Web-based versus packaged software
HP Expands Data Center Management Tools With Mercury Deal
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Company adds software testing and applications management to its systems and network management product line
Apple's Copy Protection Isn't The Problem
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Cory Doctorow, noted sci-fi writer and Boing Boing editor, marshals a strong argument against digital rights management in InformationWeek. But his assertion that there's no good DRM oversimplifies an issue that's best framed in compromises rather than absolutes. Apple's DRM has benefited the public and the music industry. It
Meet Your New Code Host: Google
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
NewsForge is reporting that later today, Google will announce a hosting service for open-source projects. The addition to Google Code will be similar, in many ways, to SourceForge; it will also, however, include a new issue tracking tool and other perks created especially for smaller, independent open-source projects.
ERP Makeover: The Pig's Next Gig
Commentary  |  7/27/2006  | 
Enterprise resource planning software--despite a long record of achievement in business process improvement--suffers from a lingering image problem. It's that ERP projects have a tendency to become resource hogs that waddle over budget and past deadline. New software in development by SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft promises to overcome the drawbacks of the past. But will ERP really get easier to deploy and manage? Or are ERP vendors merely putting lipstick on a pig?
Where's BI Heading?
Commentary  |  7/27/2006  | 
In its most recent analysis of the business intelligence market, International Data Corp. sees vendors through 2020 focused on automating more decision processes, and on expanding BI's reach to more people inside and outside an organization.
Ozzie Predicts Customer Cost Savings In Web-Based Software
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
As IT departments weigh cost versus control, the cost benefits of Web apps may be hard to ignore, says Microsoft's new chief software architect.
Pentaho Woos Excel Users to Open Source BI
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Pentaho Spreadsheet Services lets business users access OLAP data using Microsoft Excel PivotTables.
With Gates Away, Ballmer Takes The Stage
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
During its annual meeting with financial analysts, Microsoft's CEO talks of building on Vista while growing the company's Internet advertising and entertainment businesses.
Oil States Industries Improves Supply Chain Management and Operational Visibility with Glovia
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Leading manufacturer for the oil and gas industry migrates to current product release to take advantage of the more robust system and additional capabilities.
3i Infotech's ORION to Streamline Warehouse Operations at Master Cutlery
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Major knife supplier selects 3i Infotech's ORION Enterprise and ORION WMS to manage and control supply chain.
Canon Virginia Cuts Shipment Processing Time Nearly in Half with Kewill Flagship
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Kewill Flagship integrates with Oracle ERP to eliminate redundant data entry and streamline order-to-delivery process.
Microsoft Seals VPN Deal, Immediately Cuts Prices
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
As its security portfolio expands, Microsoft knocks 25% off the list price of VPN appliances and software to spur demand.
Microsoft Acquires Hospital-Developed Software As Part Of Major Health Care Push
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
The powerful decision-support tool captures, integrates, and displays data from wherever it was created within a health care environment.
Oracle Beefs Up Data Warehouse Technology
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
The company moved core data transformation functions to its Oracle 10g database and expanded the range of applications from which it can extract information.
Spiceworks Introduces Free, Ad-Supported IT Management Software
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
Now that Google has proved the viability of ad-supported online software and Microsoft is reluctantly following suit with Live service, it's possible companies will soon see more ad-supported applications like Spiceworks.
HP To Acquire Mercury Interactive For $4.5 Billion
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
The deal would push HP's software business to over $2 billion a year. HP CEO Hurd says he is confident Mercury's stock option problems are fully disclosed.
Who Owns The Internet?
Commentary  |  7/25/2006  | 
The key questions, which I hope are addressed in the hearing this week, are exactly what the Department of Commerce originally intended when it decided to work with ICANN back in 1998, whether those intentions have changed, and whether the requirements of the American business community have changed--or perhaps should change in its own best interests.
IBM Changes Its Server Software Pricing For The Dual-Core Era
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
Per-processor pricing isn't going to cut it as companies adopt multicore systems and virtualization.
AmberPoint Integrates SOA Management Software With Reactivity XML Appliances
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
AmberPoint has integrated its SOA management software with Reactivity's XML appliances.
U.S. Coast Guard Wins Technology Leadership Award
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Commercial, off-the-shelf software improves mission readiness, will save lives.
Syndera Enhances Its Technology
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Company improves product's performance and ease of use.
Coral8 Makes Market Push
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Company aims to be Crystal Reports of event processing.
Hyperion Steps Up in BI Market
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Vendor known for financial apps turns to IT.
Business Objects Announces Second-Quarter Results
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Lower license revenue indicates commoditization of query and reporting.
Cognos Announces Planning Applications for Manufacturers
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
New blueprints could change the market for operational performance planning.
Maxager Technology Announces Release 7
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Enterprise profit optimization software uses velocity concept to maximize ROA.
Vyatta Takes On Cisco With New Open-Source Router
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
But an open-source product is no better than those working on its code, and that number is much larger for a company like Cisco than it is for Vyatta and the small open-source routing community.
Analysis: Seven Signs You Need a Web Site Redesign
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Site design experts Best Web Site Services offer tips and tricks.
In Focus: Midsize Firms Drive Web Content Management Growth
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
The biggest benefit of Joslin Diabetes Center's recent adoption of WCM has been eliminating delays in getting new content and updates online.
Net Neutrality: The Frenzied Search For The Perfect Metaphor
Commentary  |  7/24/2006  | 
Listening to last week's lively audio debate on net neutrality between Vint Cerf and Dave Farber, I was struck (again) by something. Net neutrality. What a terrible name for such an important issue.
Microsoft Promises Fair Treatment For Competitors
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
In an effort to mollify regulators, the software vendor says it won't discriminate against competitors' products.
The Ticker
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Technology and business news briefs.
Interesting Spam Article
Commentary  |  7/23/2006  | 
"The State Of Spam," by Christopher Heun, provides a good catch-up on current spam volume, its changing nature, and current enforcement activities (governmental and private sector alike). It's a must-read for anybody who deals with junk e-mail on a daily basis.
New JotSpot Software Aims To Make Wikis Less 'Nerdy'
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
JotSpot Wiki 2.0 makes wikis behave and feel more like a Microsoft Office application, which could help propel them into the mainstream.
Microsoft Embraces Open-Source Xen To Run Open-Source Linux
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
With x86 virtualization gaining ground, Microsoft wants to ensure Windows remains the boss.
In Rising Rivalry With Cisco, Microsoft Improves Its Position With Nortel Deal
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
Microsoft and Nortel will co-develop unified communications products as part of a broad deal.
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