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Semantic Search Footnotes: Concepts, Ontologies & Real Time
Commentary  |  1/31/2010  | 
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...
Oracle on SharePoint: Waiting for Answers
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Oracle today doesn't seem to have an explicit answer to the foamy wave that is SharePoint. Will Oracle deliver on collaboration requirements?
Microsoft Enterprise Sales Fizzle
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Redmond posted record quarterly revenue, but most of the growth was driven by a recovery in consumer sales.
Informatica Buys Siperian, Reports Strong Earnings
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
The data integration firm steps into the master data management market with the $130 million acquisition.
Informatica Buys MDM Vendor, Reports Strong Growth
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Siperian acquisition bolsters data quality offerings. Revenues surpass $500 million.
Sybase Reports Record Earnings, Updates Adaptive Server
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The company's flagship relational database product now offers in-memory capability for sensitive transaction-based operations.
MicroStrategy Says It's Time for Mobile BI
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
"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
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
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.
SAP CEO Details Prospects For 2010
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Leo Apotheker is looking to the software firm's forthcoming Business ByDesign suite to boost revenue after a difficult 2009.
SAP Comments on 2009 Drop, Prospects for 2010
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
Seeing an upturn, executives highlight fourth-quarter revenue increase in the U.S. and Asia.
Down To Business: Oracle v. Rimini Has Huge Ramifications
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Can the decades-old enterprise software model hold up against the forces of upstart competition and price arbitrage?
Oracle: We're Hiring Sales, Tech Staff
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
CEO Larry Ellison says the company will hire 2,000 people while laying off about half that many in the near term.
Netezza Skimmer Joins the Short List
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
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.
Insurance Database Connects Dots on Truck Theft
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Integrating multiple sources, CargoNet will drive nationwide alerting and truck stop watch programs.
Sentiment Analysis, Enterprise Content, and Social Media, Year 2010
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
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...
Netezza Intros Entry Level Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Rather than taking Microsoft and Oracle head on, Netezza's Skimmer is focusing on application-specific offerings from partners.
Netezza Rolls Out Entry-Level Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
At $12,500 per terabyte, Skimmer release targets analytic applications, data-marts and development environments.
IBM, Mayo Partner On Aneurysm Diagnostics
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
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.
'High Value' Government Data Made Public
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The newly published data sets are the first concrete deliverables of the Obama administration's directive toward broader open government strategies.
Text Analytics Drives Customer Insight
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
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...
First Tweet From Space: 'Hello Twitterverse!'
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
Astronaut aboard ISS is first to post an extraterrestrial message directly to the micro-blogging service.
SAS Revenue Up In 2009
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
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<
Forget ECM: It's Document Management From Here On In
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Enterprise Conent Management still has a place in the acronym pantheon, but that place is an increasingly limited one...
SAS Revenue Grows in 2009
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
Analytics vendor posts 3.3% gain in software sales and 2.2% increase in revenue.
Oracle-Sun Deal Observers Mull MySQL Fate
News  |  1/21/2010  | 
The impact on MySQL and Java are the subject of industry chatter as Oracle's acquistion of Sun Microsystems lurches towards the finish line.
Down To Business: In Defense Of Profiling
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
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.
IBM Acquires 'Eyes Only' Specialist
News  |  1/21/2010  | 
Big Blue's buyout of NISC deepens its presence in sensitive areas like homeland security, defense, and intelligence.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Set For May
News  |  1/21/2010  | 
An add-in, in-memory BI engine for Excel and a Sharepoint add-in are among the database upgrades.
Breakthrough Analysis: Two + Nine Types of Semantic Search
News  |  1/21/2010  | 
There's more to it than offering related results. Here are 11 approaches that join semantics to search.
Clinton Calls On Businesses To Support Internet Freedom
News  |  1/21/2010  | 
In a policy speech, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlines five 'Internet freedoms,' and calls on tech vendors and other businesses to play a role in promoting Internet access and fighting censorship.
Microsoft Sets SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch for May
News  |  1/21/2010  | 
In-memory analysis and scalability features highlight database upgrades.
Oracle Sun Merger Wins EU Approval
News  |  1/21/2010  | 
Larry Ellison's company says it now expects to close the deal shortly on heels of nod from the Continent's competition watchdogs.
Websense To Monitor Facebook Pages
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/20/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/20/2010  | 
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.
IBM Sees Growth In Software, Services
News  |  1/20/2010  | 
Big Blue's fourth quarter results indicate key parts of the tech sector are poised for a rebound in 2010.
White House Details E-Mail Archiving Effort
News  |  1/20/2010  | 
The Obama Administration has been using EMC's EmailXtender e-mail management software since the President's first day in office.
Twitter Recovers From Latest Outage
News  |  1/20/2010  | 
Visitors to the social networking site early Wednesday were greeted with the familiar "fail whale" for about a 90 minute period.
Jaspersoft Enterprise Boosts Cloud Options
News  |  1/20/2010  | 
The business intelligence suite introduces multi-tenancy capabilities that will open up novel cloud-deployment possibilities.
Jaspersoft Enterprise BI Opens Cloud Deployment Options
News  |  1/19/2010  | 
IT departments deploy SaaS-style to deliver shared services. Version 3.7 upgrade improves in-memory analysis.
P2P Operator Cleared Of Illegal File Sharing
News  |  1/19/2010  | 
The creator of the Oink peer-to-peer file sharing network was found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
How to Develop and Drive an ECM Strategy
Commentary  |  1/18/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  1/17/2010  | 
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?
Virginia Tech Chief Faces Outsourcing Woes
News  |  1/15/2010  | 
Virginia's incoming secretary of technology faces a major challenge in a sputtering outsourcing deal with Northrop Grumman.
SAP Stacks Deck For Enterprise Support
Commentary  |  1/15/2010  | 
I see two elements of SAP's new two-tiered support plan that protect the company and stack the deck in favor of a higher-cost Enterprise contract.
SAP Revenues Drop In Q4, 2009
News  |  1/15/2010  | 
For the full fiscal year, SAP's total revenues declined approximately 8%.
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