News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in January 2009
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Umbraco's New CMS Is An Impressive Step Forward
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Almost a year and a half after its last major release, the open source .Net-based Umbraco 4 content management system was finally released this week, and based on the impressive set of new functionality and features, it looks to have been worth the wait.
Gut Versus Analytics: What's the Real Story?
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
A recent article in CIO by Thomas Wailgum entitled "To Hell With Business Intelligence: 40 Percent of Execs Trust Gut" caught my attention. This was driven by some recent (separate) research by Accenture and Forrester to examine how business managers are using analytics, as opposed to... gut reaction, gut feeling, gut instinct and, related but even more evocative, butterflies in the stomach.
Draft "LEED For Datacenters" Now Available
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) that is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) yesterday posted a draft "LEED for Datacenters" on its website that the lab developed in partnership with a who's who of datacenter industr
Broadband Stimulus No Panacea
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
The nation's leaders plan to spend $6 billion on expanding broadband access, but it's unclear how their efforts will pan out.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Gartner's Top Six Marketing Processes For A Down Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Three of the processes, customer retention management, lead management and online marketing, focus on boosting sales, while the others, creative production management, marketing fulfillment and financial management, are designed to improve accountability and cut costs.
Why BI is in a Funk
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
I wrote recently that BI is in a "funk." Let me now offer a few ideas as to why that is so: 1. At its heart, BI is an application development technology. 2. Very few enterprises want to or can change the way they do business. 3. Large BI vendors aren't sure what business they're in. 4. The communication collaboration opportunity is being botched.
Tech CEOs Meet With President, Support Obama's Stimulus Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Tech giants have come out in support of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plans. Dozens of technology company leaders sent a letter to Congress last week saying that they supported Obama's plan.
Survey: Older Internet Users Embrace E-Commerce
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Gen Y isn't keeping up with predecessors when it comes to online banking and shopping.
Will It Take A New Deal To Stop The Economic Crash?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Colossal government work programs stopped the Great Depression and created infrastructure improvements we still use today, argues The Infamous Brad. What colossal technology programs might help pull the United States out of its economic nosedive, and leave a legacy for generations to come?
Vendor Stability Matters Too
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Technology is important, and so is vendor stability. You want solutions that perform, and you need to be confident that providers will be there for support and upgrades. I've seen evidence that two software vendors I follow are facing business complications. Here are their stories, a cautionary tale, names withheld as an ethical compromise...
Bandwidth Management Coming To You
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Cox Communications recently announced a new bandwidth management program, while Google and partners are releasing a tool to detect throttling. The traffic battles are heating up, but the deck is stacked against users since we use the pipes, not manage them. Even so, Cox's plan seems responsible and, if done right, can balance competing network demands.
Salesforce.com Sets Right Vision In Customer Service, Analyst Says
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Among the most important achievements in the recently launched Service Cloud is the recognition that Google and other search engines may well be "the most prominent customer service channel in existence," Datamonitor says
Oracle Audit Vault Monitors Competing Systems, Including DB2
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The software now supports monitoring of Sybase versions 12.5 and 15 as well as IBM's DB2 version 8.2 or 9.5 running on Linux, Unix, and Windows.
Intacct Announces SaaS Upgrade, Plans To Take On Oracle
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The small SaaS vendor wants to play in the big leagues. But first it must prove it can be profitable.
Paul Krugman On The Problems Of Turning Broadswords Into BlackBerrys
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Economist Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize laureate and columnist for the New York Times, takes a look at the Merchant Princes series of science-fiction novels by Charles Stross, finding in them powerful parallels to real-world economics -- the problems of moving medieval societies into modernity.
Cloud vs. SaaS For Small Business
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
A new survey shows small business is shy of the cloud. At the same time, a SaaS provider that focuses on SMBs is growing fast. Does SaaS resonate more than "cloud"?
Content Management Recommendations That Pull No Punches
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
You can barely take two steps on the Web these days without tripping over another "picking the best Web content management system" article, but I came across one published earlier this week on Webdesigner Depot that was particularly informative, funny, and certain to stir some mild controversy.
AISO.net: A 100% Solar-Powered Data Center
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
While many data centers and hosting providers tout their environmental concern by the dubious practice of trading carbon credits and purchasing green energy certificates, AISO.net, a solar-powered data center in Romoland, Calif., is one of only a small number of facilities powered by renewable energy that's generated on-site.
Google Gmail Available Offline, Calendar Coming Soon
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
After clicking on the "Offline" link, most or all of the user's Gmail messages, depending on the size of the mailbox, will be synchronized to a local cache.
Microsoft Woos Obama Administration
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
President Barack Obama has talked a lot about the need for transparency in government, and his campaign, transition team, and administration have used the Internet as a primary vehicle for communicating with citizens. Now, Microsoft wants to help him with that mission, and it's pulling out all the stops.
New Zealand Man Buys MP3 Player, Gets 60 Pages Of Sensitive U.S. Military Data
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
New Zealand's Chris Ogle probably thought it was his lucky day when he scored a used MP3 player cheap. But his luck soured when it turned out to be broken -- and loaded with 60 pages of U.S. military data and personally identifying information.
Microsoft Makes Sweeping Changes To BI Software Strategy
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Microsoft will discontinue PerformancePoint Server as an independent product and is exiting the market for standalone corporate performance management software.
CA Integrates Data Modeler With Data Profiling
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The addition of Exeros' technology adds the ability to analyze data in legacy systems, perform column analysis and discover primary-foreign key relationships.
Hard Decisions Loom As CMS Vendors Face Tough Times
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
It's an unfortunate reality that in an economy like this not every content management vendor is going to stay afloat. While many ultimately will make it through, some are certain to be taken over and others simply will be forced to shut their doors.
Microsoft Boosts BI, Backs Away from Performance Management
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Dashboarding, scorecarding and analytics are bundled into SharePoint while PerformancePoint and its planning engine reach the end of the line.
Mobile BI Emerges on the Apple iPhone
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
There's a "perfect storm" brewing that just might elevate the iPhone as the tool of choice for corporate types, not just for e-mail but for BI on the go. Apple equipment is still a rarity on the corporate landscape... But it looks like things might be about to change, with a groundswell led by the acclaimed iPhone.
CSC, Terremark Pitch Cloud Computing To Feds
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
Outsourcer Computer Sciences Corp. and infrastructure services provider Terremark are teaming up to introduce cloud computing services aimed at the federal government.
Four Business Intelligence Resolutions for 2009
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
In times of recession, business intelligence is more important than ever. In the year ahead, make commitments to use BI to beat the downturn, standardize tools, train users and invest in your own career.
Behind The Music: Animoto And RightScale Ramp Up To Render Facebook Videos In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
If you build a better Web 2.0 mousetrap, you have to be careful when everyone beats a path to your door. Remember Cuil, the over-hyped search engine that launched last year, which is currently nursing a market share around 0.01%, thanks to an initial server crash and complaints about the accuracy of Cuil's search results? On the other hand, there's Animoto, a 2-year-old New York-based s
Web 2.0 Tools Not Bringing Transparency To White House
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
Reality doesn't seem to be measuring up to the hype about the new administration's promise to use technology to increase access, accountability, and transparency.
Fidelity Reportedly Selling India IT Operation
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The recession is prompting many financial services companies to sell their India-based IT captives.
Alfresco Launches Upgrade Of Open-Source ECM
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The upgrade's new collaboration features include the ability to edit documents via the Microsoft SharePoint protocol.
Microsoft's Big Change on Performance Management (and BI)
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
What's the quickest way to grow your market share in an economic down turn? Change your licensing policy! That's exactly what Microsoft has done with the dashboard and scorecard capabilities that were initially part of PerformancePoint Server. Effective today, Microsoft is now making it easier for customers to get these by including them in the SharePoint Enterprise license.
A Smarter Alternative To PCI
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
Let's dump the credit cards' security compliance program and replace it with a framework to actually reduce the risk that card data will be stolen.
Tuxedo Emerges As Part Of Oracle Fusion Middleware
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Now part of 10g R3, the software has been integrated with Oracle's identity and access management and SOA products.
Sun Cloud CTO: 'Your Data Center Is Your Computer'
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Lew Tucker has contributed to several waves of technology innovation over the last 20 years. Currently VP and CTO of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, Tucker started work on distributed computing in the mid-'80s as a research scientist and director of advanced development at Thinking Machines, working on machine vision and system architecture to create the massively parallel Connection Machine.
Autonomy To Buy Interwoven
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The deal is expected to strengthen Autonomy's enterprise search and information management portfolio with the latter company's software for Web content and legal document management.
Panelists Say Legacy Apps In The Cloud Are A Roll Of The Dice
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
The premise of the Thursday morning panel discussion at the Cloud Connect event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., was that it's possible to have the best of both worlds: your legacy applications and the cloud. By the end of the hour-long discussion, many of the 200 or so attendees seemed to have come to the conclusion that enterprise and Web-scale development were worlds apart and moving further away from each other at something approaching the speed of light.
Autonomy Acquires Interwoven For $775 Million
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The combined company will become the largest in the legal information management industry.
Don't Chase Checkboxes
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Drew Conry-Murray takes apart PCI in his recent blog PCI Is Meaningless, But We Still Need It. I agree with most of his points, but they mostly apply to companies that view compliance as a set of checkboxes that have to be filled in annually. Filling checkboxes is doomed to failure. Focus on the spirit of the requirements and your company's security posture will be the better for it.
Why You Should Try Google's App Engine In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
When thinking about applications in the cloud, it's best to think of new applications, applications oriented toward Web operations, and applications that do things in a way that's contrary to what you're accustomed to. In other words, think about using Google Bigtable.
Supreme Court Rejects Child Online Protection Act
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
The Child Online Protection Act is still dead. COPA, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1998, would have required commercial Web sites to block children's access by requiring information from users. Critics said it was overly restrictive and unconstitutional, and the law never took effect.
Autonomy Acquires Interwoven: A First Take
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Today Autonomy announced that it intends to buy Interwoven. It was a surprise move for sure. Not that I was surprised that Interwoven was acquired, far from it; I expected that. But I did not expect them to be acquired by Autonomy... From a technology buyer's perspective, you need to use a great deal of caution when considering Autonomy as a "suite" vendor...
PCI Is Meaningless, But We Still Need It
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
The Heartland Payment Systems breach demonstrates that PCI is bunk. Unfortunately, unless something better comes along, bunk is better than nothing.
Adobe Launches Two New Content Authoring Suites
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
Content management tools aren't just used for posting content to Web sites -- they also can be used for authoring and presenting documentation, creating interactive courses, and countless other purposes. Adobe this week announced the launch of two new content authoring suites, each with a separate target audience but a similar focus on delivering compelling content using mature, well-integrated tools.
The Cloud/Electric Generator Analogy
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
One of the key slides in Adam Selipsky's presentation in the Evening in the Cloud panel on Jan. 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., was a picture of Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos in front of a vintage 1890s electric generator in a Belgium beer factory.
Cloud Connect: Evening Panel Woos IT Managers
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
"Much of what happened today, such as the Obama inauguration, happened in the cloud," panel moderator David Berlind said in his introduction to the Evening in the Cloud event on Jan. 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
What Far-Out Technology Of Today Will Be Mainstream In 2019?
Commentary  |  1/21/2009  | 
The president of the United States has a blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/. It's featured prominently on WhiteHouse.gov. I started blogging near the beginning, in 1997-99 or so. I couldn't have imagined then that we'd reach this point -- especially this quickly.
NHL's Alex Ovechkin To Tweet From All-Star Game
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Washington Capitals star will microblog on Twitter from Sunday's event in Montreal.
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