News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in September 2007
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Is Database Software a Commodity Technology?
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
Is database management a mature, commoditized software technology? It depends whom you ask. My answer: definitely!, which no doubt confirmed IE Editor-in-Chief Doug Henschen in his intention to later write that Oracle President Charles "Phillips's higher calling was to dispel the idea that database management systems have been commoditized in a mature market."
Business Intelligence and Excel: Happily Married?
News  |  9/30/2007  | 
Are spreadsheets a good match with business intelligence systems entrusted with providing consistent, reliable insight? The latest BI-Excel integrations let you have your spreadsheet-based analysis and always-validated, up-to-date data, too. Which add-in, plug-in or native link is right for you?
Google Is Really, Really Serious About The Mobile Ad Market
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Google sees its future in mobile advertising. Period. You don't believe me? Have you been following the news?
Adobe Piles On Microsoft With Online Word Processor
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
Microsoft Joins Online Productivity Battle With Office Live Workspaces
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software lets people store, share, and collaborate on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents online and share their desktop with one another.
Embotics Manages Both Running And Offline Virtual Machines
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Controlling virtual machine "sprawl" is a problem that's beginning to be addressed by tools like startup Embotics' V-Commander.
Google Buys Mobile-Oriented Social Startup Zingku
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
We Need OS Diplomacy, Not OS Wars
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Some of the responses posted to my Linux blog entries have been filled with an amazing amount of venom -- directed not at me, but at other posters. The hate some people have for other people just because they elect to use another operating system on their computers never ceases to shock me.
Morgan Stanley Must Pay Millions For Withholding E-Mails
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority this week said Morgan Stanley has to pay $12.5 million in fines to resolve charges that it mishandled e-mail.
Microsoft To Extend Windows XP Sales As Vista Concerns Mount
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software company said it will make the full version of Windows XP available to PC manufacturers and retailers through June 30, 2008.
Apple Patches The iPhone, Turns Some Into iBricks
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The iPhone V1.1.1 update, which shipped Thursday, is a giant patch, fixing issues with the device's mail service, a bug in Bluetooth, and seven bugs in Safari.
Data Warehouse Appliance Meets High-End Analytics
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Netezza opens box, builds developer network for predictive analytics and high-demand, non-SQL analyses.
Rethink Three Myths When Picking a Consultant
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Independent consultants (a.k.a. sub-contractors) are often the back-bone of data management activities, especially database administration and ETL/database/BI development. Yet, finding good consultants is difficult. That's why you should steer clear of these three myths: #1: Vendors are always knowledgeable about the candidates they provide. #2: Prior work references can be easily obtained. #3: The candidate must be an absolute best-fit for the requirement...
Intalio Opens Its BPM Suite To Business Managers
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
BPMS 5.0 has been upgraded with support for standards geared toward making it easier for businesspeople to model processes that can be deployed by IT departments.
KVM May Be A Game Changer For Server And Desktop Virtualization
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
If a virtualization hypervisor is in some respects a stripped down operating system, then KVM, with its access to kernel resources, is a stripped down hypervisor.
Intel, VMware Partner In Virtual Machine Migration
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The collaboration is expected to ease software migration to new servers capable of running more business applications than older machines.
New York Times Recoups After Network Failure
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Iron Mountain Acquires Health Care Records Management Company
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The purchase is expected to better assist Iron Mountain's 45,000 customers who need storage and management of paper and digital records, including radiology films.
Plug-And-Play USB Phone Jack Debuts
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Developed by two CLEC veterans, MagicJack turns a PC into a communications hub.
Sonic Adds Download-To-DVD Software To Qflix
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The technology makes it possible for someone to make their own copyright-protected movie DVDs at home.
Forrester: Why BI, BPM and Rules Technologies Will Converge
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
I'm attended a panel discussion here at the Forrester Technology Leadership Forum on the convergence of the three B's - business intelligence, business process management and business rules - featuring Mike Gilpin (EA and application development), Boris Evelson (BI) and Colin Teubner (BPM)... Gilpin sees BI as driving effectiveness in businesses, and the combination of BPM and BR as driving efficiency...
Time To Ask The Hard Questions
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
Managing centralized computing systems as it was done a decade ago is impossible or too expensive. We take a look at how companies are rethinking application architecture, data center design, and servers.
Oracle, Dell, And EMC Unveil New Data Warehouse Initiative
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The Oracle Optimized Warehouse combines the Oracle Database with preconfigured hardware from Dell and EMC, with the goal of giving customers an out-of-the-box data warehouse.
Pfizer To Assign E-Pedigrees To Viagra Bottles
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Pfizer is using SupplyScape's E-Pedigree software, which creates an electronic pedigree, or record, for drugs and manages those records throughout the supply chain.
Microsoft Unveils TV Networking Devices For Windows Media Center
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Microsoft opens up revenue channels on its Internet TV platform for third-party hardware makers and content providers.
Microsoft Hopes Add Ons Will Boost Windows Vista
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The Extras pack includes a number of tools and utilities designed to make the operating system more secure and user friendly.
Cisco To Buy Latigent To Enhance Call Center Offerings
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Latigent's products will complement Cisco's Unified Customer Contact product, which is a platform used in call centers to personalize customer communications.
Chicago Taps IBM, Firetide To Install 'Operation Virtual Shield'
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The citywide video surveillance system uses a combination of unified fiber and wireless mesh networking to make data available in real time.
Halo 3 Sales Smash Game Industry Records
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Halo 3 broke records for first day sales, for preorders, and for the number of gamers who played the game online over Microsoft's Xbox Live system on launch day.
Field Report: MIX Proves XBRL Handles More than Statutory Reporting
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Microfinance organization shows standardized format is useful for gathering clean data within a distributed enterprise.
Five years of
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | has reached a significant anniversary. Earlier this month, OO passed the five-year mark as the only office software on my laptop computers, first installed when I bought a Windows 2000 machine in 2002, reinstalled a couple of months ago on a replacement laptop running Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux. Given diverse project-health indicators, I'm looking forward to my next five years of OO.
And the 'Email Validation' SQL Puzzle Winner Is...
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
The winner of last week's 'Email Address Validation' SQL puzzle is "Guest" (see comments), because he/she bothered to do the research and come up with an answer that is generic enough to port to any SQL dialect with a SIMILAR TO or a regexp() function. So, "Guest" please email me with your snail mail address (and some attempt to validate your SQL mastery/identity) and I'll send you one of my books. Here's my answer to last week's puzzle...
Call Quality Remains a VoIP Stumbling Block
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
At some point, businesspersons decided that they would put up with the occasional static and dropped calls found on their cell phone lines because of their benefits. They have not yet reached that point with VoIP services.
Surgient, Forgotten Stepchild, Burnishes Virtualized Application Testing
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The company recently upgraded its Surgient Virtual Lab Management Applications 5.3 to support a wider variety of guest operating systems, 64-bit hosts, and complex networking scenarios.
Apple Leopard Appears Nearly Ready
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
For Apple to meet its promise of releasing Mac OS X 10.5 to consumers sometime in October, the company would have to finish the current testing process within three weeks.
Big Ideas Aim To Make Tech Easier, But Also Eat Lots Of Bandwidth
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Ideas range from technologies that replicate original images into 3-D virtual images that can be touched and broadband technologies that support huge amounts of data.
AT&T Secures $1 Billion U.S. Treasury Contract
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
AT&T will engineer and design TNet, as well provide the necessary equipment installation and management.
Truphone Shows VoIP, Wi-Fi, Facebook On Apple's iPhone
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The company debuts its service by showing how the telephony software can integrate iPhone and VoIP with Facebook social network subscriber sites.
Hand-Me-Down Linux: The Notebook Edition
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Not long ago I blogged about fitting Linux onto an older system and giving it to someone who doesn't need the latest model of PC. This week, I tried it with a notebook that's about seven or eight years old. Windows XP barely ran. Linux gave it a new lease on life.
Lessons From Demo
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
This show was largely about applying Web 2.0 technology to solve interesting problems. In many cases, the interesting problems have been solved in other ways, though.
Video Alerts Give Google The Upper Hand -- Again
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
The latest enhancement to the Google Alerts product -- to include news-oriented videos on topics that readers select -- is a compelling upgrade for information junkies, online videophiles, or those researching information on the Internet. It raises many questions on the future of information access, the future role of online video as an information source, and Google's strategic directions.
Simplifying The Leap To SaaS For Small Biz
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Small businesses of 10 to 100 employees have a new option for CRM and sales force applications. LongJump offers a suite of software applications delivered via the Web.
IBM Adds 'Key Agility Indicators' to the BPM/SOA Mix
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Announcements highlight business activity monitoring, vertical process content and assessment services.
Microsoft Aims For Google With Live Search Upgrade
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
While some improvements are a bit of a catch-up with Google and Yahoo, others take Microsoft beyond what those search engines offer today.
Demo Day 2, Part 3: Personalized Media Delivery
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
This is an interesting group. Half are finding ways to overload you with information; the other half are providing ways to manage that overload.
Open Source Developers Shun GPLv3, Survey Says
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
More than 40% of those surveyed by Evans Data said they won't ever publish their work under Version 3 of the General Public License.
Cisco Product Rollout Aims To Boost Branch Offices
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The new products and services include platforms, hardware modules, software enhancements, and new feature sets.
Demo Day 2, Part 2: Software For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Interesting stuff here -- some of these small business tools are recreating existing tools.
Complex Event Processing Struggles for Market Definition
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Complex Event Processing (CEP) seemed like a no-brainer for broad-market acceptance a couple of years back. Relational data warehouses and conventional analytics have not kept up with the explosive growth in real-time data volumes and the perceived demand for real-time analytics. CEP promised to fill the gap: technology developed for extreme high-volume, low-latency processing demands. Yet two years on, CEP is still struggling for market definition.
Investigators Blame Lax Security For T.J. Maxx Data Breach
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
A report out of Canada also gives credence to widespread conjecture that hackers may have accessed the retailer's network through a wireless connection.
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