Semantic Search Footnotes: Concepts, Ontologies & Real Time
I want to respond to a few comments/suggestions I received about my recent Intelligent Enterprise story, Breakthrough Analysis: Two + Nine Types of Semantic Search. Jim Hendler suggested a semantic-search approach I'd missed, "real-time search with some sort of filtering." I'll tackle that and points raised by NLP/semantics researcher Tom O'Hara...
MicroStrategy Says It's Time for Mobile BI
"We are on the verge of a new era that will result in a new class of applications that will change the way we think about our business," says MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor. That era will be driven largely by mobile... Yes, mobile.
Your Dad's SLAs And The Cloud
I chatted recently with a number of vendors about service level agreements (SLAs) and cloud computing. Perhaps the quote from these conversations that resonated with me most was, "your dad's SLAs won't cover the use cases for cloud." And, it's true. I joke around that cloud computing is just renamed Internet computing or network computing, but when you start adding in the factors surrounding cloud, it's pretty obvious that Dad's role in cloud SLAs is as an advisor, not implementor.
Netezza Skimmer Joins the Short List
The main news here is that you can buy a Netezza box for $125K, plug it in, load a few terabytes of data, and be good to go with a pretty solid data warehouse...
Warning Signs Preceded Cyber Attack On Google
The news of a cyber attack from within China on Google and other companies has prompted a range of reactions, including Google's decision to reassess its operations there and a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But no one should be surprised by what happened. Two months earlier, a U.S. government report warned that the private sector was susceptible to this very risk.
Sentiment Analysis, Enterprise Content, and Social Media, Year 2010
Sentiment analysis is one of the most challenging and one of the most interesting uses of text technologies. Application areas include customer satisfaction and support, marketing, financial markets, media and publishing, and politics and policy. That's why I've created a new conference, the Sentiment Analysis Symposium, slated for April 13 in New York...
Hear BI Survey Results, Plus Donald Farmer
I'll present the results of the latest Intelligent Enterprise business intelligence survey and Donald Farmer of Microsoft will surely talk about the new PowerPivot add-ins for in-memory analysis in Excel. That should be enough to attract more than a few registrants to this week's "BI Agenda for 2010" webinar. But there's more...
IBM, Mayo Partner On Aneurysm Diagnostics
Advanced medical imaging, analytics, workflow software, and private clouds are helping Mayo Clinic doctors detect the brain disease -- and the technologies could aid other research.
Text Analytics Drives Customer Insight
By uniting intelligence from customer surveys and social media with conventional business intelligence, companies are moving beyond transactions to understand customer behavior.
Two Cornerstones of Oracle's Database Hardware Strategy
After several months of careful optimization, Oracle managed to pick the most inconvenient day possible for me to get an Exadata update from Juan Loaiza. But the call itself was long and fascinating, with the two main takeaways...
SAS Revenue Up In 2009
The analytics vendor reported growth rates for its industry solutions were highest in banking, government, health care, insurance and retail.
Is The US Afraid To Admit That China Declared War On It?
Had the Chinese shot intercontinental ballistic missiles into 33 US-based businesses including those in the finance and defense industries as well as the Mountain View-based headquarters of Google, there would be no question in anyone's mind as to whether war had been declared on the US. Is there any difference now that a Chinese government-backed organization has cyber-attacked 33 US businesses<
Down To Business: In Defense Of Profiling
While profiling is often associated with police work, everyone from insurance companies to bank lenders to e-commerce sites to fast food restaurants engages in the practice.
Websense To Monitor Facebook Pages
Today Websense released what is touted as the first security application for Facebook, developed via its recently acquired Defensio brand. Facebook users can now monitor their pages for unwanted content, including spam comments, profanity, and links to malware. This could be valuable for companies that want to control their online images and brands.
Education: It's That Simple
I'm at 35,000 feet in the air on a Virgin America flight from New York to San Francisco as I type this. The in-flight entertainment center just went out, and we're all left wondering what to do now. Then the really bad news hits: With the entertainment system down, the flight crew can't process food orders. We're trapped on a six-hour flight, we can't eat, we can't do anything. We are prisoners to failed technology.
White House Launches Mobile App
The White House has announced availability of the White House App for iPhones, which among other things can be used to access streaming video of President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address. It's the latest example of a trend in government to deliver data and content to the mobile, Web-connected public.
How to Develop and Drive an ECM Strategy
One of the toughest parts of enterprise content management is developing an overall strategy. The key is to have a holistic strategy that sets forth a vision for all aspects of ECM. The strategy must be driven by the business, not left solely to IT. Strategy is also a living process, and not a one-time event. With all this in mind, here's a four-step approach for developing an effective ECM strategy:
Will Oracle Kill MySQL?
MySQL founder Michael "Monty" Widenius is spearheading an energetic attempt to stall Oracle's acquisition of Sun. His concern is that once Oracle buys Sun, it will decimate MySQL. Should we be worried?