News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in August 2006
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BMC Software Offers Shoes To Cobbler's Children--IT Staffers
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The company believes the move to automate process management is now expanding to include IT processes, and it wants to provide the tools to help IT departments.
Brief: Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0 Beta 2--At Last
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Mozilla delayed releasing Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 to give developers more time to fix bugs.
IT Confidential: Are You Experienced? Microsoft Might Want You
Commentary  |  8/31/2006  | 
If you notice an increase in Buicks on the Redmond campus, here's why.
Where Gutenberg Led, Google Follows
Commentary  |  8/31/2006  | 
When you've been in the tech business for more than a few years, you develop loyalties to certain companies, sites, and products. This is why when I saw the recent coverage of Google's new venture to offer free book downloads, I bristled. Most news stories about the service tout the revolutionary aspects of the project, which "makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies" rat
Linspire Makes Linux Download Service Free
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The company is making money selling higher-end services, so users can kiss the $20 annual fee for the Click 'N Run service good-bye.
Microsoft Software Aims At 'Safe' Family Web Browsing
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
OneCare Family Safety provides Web filtering and activity reports. The service, now in beta, requires a software download.
AT&T Hack Highlights Web Site Vulnerabilities
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Hackers are experimenting with a number of methods for getting access to online personal information that could make them money.
Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 Will Launch Thursday
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Beta 2 has been delayed several times to give developers more time to quash bugs in the browser.
FBI Shows Off Counterterrorism Database
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
The FBI demonstrates its 659 million-record Investigative Data Warehouse and boasts about its speed.
Microsoft Boosts Support for Legacy Products
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Microsoft is extending custom support agreements for legacy products, which is good news for companies that want extra time before upgrading to newer products.
Oracle Upgrades PeopleSoft Performance Management
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Oracle unveils version 9 of the PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management suite of analytical applications.
Amazon: Office 2007 To Ship In January
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Amazon's pre-order listings for various Office 2007 editions indicate that the software will be released Jan. 30, 2007, the same day the online retailer has slated for Windows Vista's availability.
Blogosphere Reacts To Google's Desktop Plans
Commentary  |  8/29/2006  | 
Google's announcement of a new Web-based application suite has been the buzz of the tech blogosphere these past two days.
Google, Microsoft Online Apps Raise Security Questions
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
While the trend toward Web-based apps could send the traditional desktop computing model packing its bags, IT managers are just beginning to ponder how the security landscape might change.
Amazon Posts Vista Prices, Claims Jan. 30 Delivery
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Upgrade prices for Vista will range from $99.95 for a Home Basic version to $259 for the Ultimate. Amazon says it got the prices from Microsoft.
Analysis: Processes, Composite Apps Put Portals in the Spotlight
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
The layering of an interesting mix of service-oriented architecture, composite applications and business process management possibilities on top of the portal platform may just bring back some of the portal's pizzazz.
In Focus: Chrysler Scorecard Gets Auto Dealers Firing on All Cylinders
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Freda Bane-Prastitis explains the evolution of Chrysler's scorecard project--from human beings actually cutting and pasting information to the new interactive version that lets dealers, company field force managers and Detroit-based executives drill down on the metrics.
IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere
Commentary  |  8/29/2006  | 
Look around your IT department. Doesn't it seem that every other person is a manager? That feeling isn't too far-fetched. The number of IT managers in recent years is way up. In mid-2006, the government classified 390,000 IT professionals in the United States as managers, up 119,000, or 44%, from mid-2001.
IBM To Acquire FileNet
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Beefing up ECM to counter EMC.
Sarbanes-Oxley Starts a Foreign Affair
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Flight of IPOs from U.S. points to challenges ahead for securities regulation.
Performance Notification Is Not Performance Management
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Event-based alerts need context to enable timely management.
SAS Move Into Indirect Sales Is An Indication Of Accelerating Change In The BI Industry
Commentary  |  8/28/2006  | 
This week's SAS Institute announcement that it will begin selling business intelligence software through value-added resellers is a sure sign that commoditization within the BI technology industry is accelerating and another round of consolidation may be imminent. SAS, which until now has almost exclusively sold its business intelligence and data analysis software directly to customers, will develop a VAR channel to reach small and midsized businesses--defined as those with sales of less than $
The Ticker
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Technology and business news briefs.
Windows Vista: The last Of Microsoft's Supersized Operating Systems?
Commentary  |  8/28/2006  | 
With Bill Gates on the way out, Microsoft's new chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, has big shoes to fill and an even bigger operating system to manage. Windows XP is in the neighborhood of 50 million lines of programming code, and Windows Vista will push that number higher by millions. The time is coming for Microsoft to reverse direction and pare back its mother lode of code.
Genome Institute Turns To Sun's Opteron Servers To Get Gene-Sequencing Done
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Sequencing tasks that used to take a month or more now only take a few days or a few hours.
How Google Might Fail
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
Google's success has a downside--a lot of enemies. Beyond reflexive contrarians who hate Google because they enjoy swimming against the currents of popular culture, beyond governments around the world that prefer limited rather than universal information access, there are many businesses that feel threatened by the scope of Google's ambitions. Could Google really fail?
IBM Adds Security To Its IT Services Menu With ISS Buy
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
The deal lets IBM offer security services as part of a more complete outsourcing package.
SOA Management Rivals Snap Up Data Repository Software
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
BEA Systems and webMethods hope recent acquisitions will help push SOA into wide-scale adoption.
Analysis: Unified Communications Vision Lacks, Well, Unification
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
It'll be a few years before some ballyhooed products are available, and the new technology faces the inevitable interoperability issues.
Former Red Hat Execs Want To Rightsize Linux
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Billy Marshall and Erik Troan want to make it easier to bundle Linux with software applications.
Tool To Ease Collaboration On Integrated Circuit Design
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
A product from MataiTech lets engineers lay out integrated circuit hardware and software designs simultaneously.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: Red Hat
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
An index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
New Open-Source Database Touts Oracle Compatibility
News  |  8/25/2006  | 
Unlike other open-source offerings, EnterpriseDB Advanced Server can run Oracle database applications unchanged.
Unified Communications Hype Rings Loud At VoiceCon Conference
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
As this week's conference in San Francisco wraps up, one thing is clear: The buzz level of unified communications doesn't match reality.
Oracle Expands Predictive Analysis Toolkit
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
Oracle acquires the Sigma Dynamics intellectual property assets that underlie Siebel analysis tools for an undisclosed sum.
Are Intel And IBM Cheating With Their Quad-Core Processors?
Commentary  |  8/24/2006  | 
Are companies like IBM and Intel "cheating" in using multichip module (MCM) packages to create the latest advancements in multicore processors? Or is insisting that those next-generation devices be manufactured using a single monolithic design such as those by Advanced Micro Devices just gamesmanship?
Gene Database Gives Researchers Access To Bird Flu, Other Virus Info
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
The database will make it easier for researchers to track virus mutations, including strains that pass from human to human.
Eaten By The E-Mail Monster
Commentary  |  8/23/2006  | 
E-mail has gotten to be downright impossible. It causes so many problems--lost productivity, infrastructure costs, legal liability--that we should just get rid of it. It's a waste of time and resources, and it's just likely to get us all sued.

And yet we can't afford to get rid of it. It's what we use to stay in touch. If we didn't have e-mail, we'd be isolated from business communications.

Like the old barroom saying goes: Can't live with it. Can't live without it.

Sun Overtakes Dell In Worldwide Server Revenue
News  |  8/23/2006  | 
IBM is still the market leader, followed by Hewlett-Packard, but Sun was the only major server vendor to show an increase in worldwide revenue.
BEA Acquires Flashline, Expands SOA Capabilities
News  |  8/23/2006  | 
The software vendor also broadens its Tata Consultancy relationship to assemble and deliver SOA systems based on BEA technology.
IBM Bolsters Services Automation With $1.3 Billion Buyout Of Internet Security Systems
News  |  8/23/2006  | 
The operations of ISS, which is IBM's fifth largest acquisition ever, will be folded into its Global Technology Services outsourcing arm to expand offerings in the fast-growing security services market.
Quick Tip For Firefox Users: Deleting Incorrect Auto-Complete Entries
Commentary  |  8/23/2006  | 
One of the nicest things about modern browsers is that they can "remember" the text strings you type into certain kinds of Web-based forms. On the downside, they also remember your mistakes and typos, and sometimes this results in incorrect values being reused. My mission over the weekend: Find a way to get rid of the old values, without nuking the whole cache.
Bush Executive Order Unlikely To Pump Much Life Into Health IT
News  |  8/22/2006  | 
Though it pushes federal agencies to use standards-based IT, it won't drive many reluctant doctors to adopt such software.
Salesforce.com And NetSuite Debut Links To Google AdWords
News  |  8/22/2006  | 
The new services can be used to manage search-engine keyword marketing campaigns and measure their effectiveness.
Hummingbird Ships Integration Software For Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Hummingbird Ltd., a maker of enterprise content management software, has launched integration tools for Microsoft SharePoint.
Global 360 Ships Upgrade Of BPM Suite
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Global 360 releases an upgrade of its business process management suite, which includes integration with several Microsoft products.
AmberPoint Upgrades SOA Software
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
AmberPoint says it has introduced service scorecards and better policy enforcement in the latest version of its management software for service-oriented architectures.
CRM Has Passed Its Sell-By Date
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Managing customer relationships needs a much broader approach.
Sales Compensation Management Market Grows
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
But persistence of spreadsheet use and lack of process hamper accuracy and results.
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