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Can Security Awareness Deliver Competitive Advantage?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
It's disconcerting to live in a world where security can be seen as delivering competitive advantage, yet that's the idea behind Unisys's Enterprise Security initiative. But after all, the company's Trusted Enterprise Model only extends the security selling point that is a marketing mainstay for financial institutions and that has been adopted or embraced by IT vendors, sometimes far too slowly, with the rise of network computing.
AT&T's Introduces Mobile Search Products
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The applications are part of AT&T's recent initiatives to make it easier for people to conduct mobile searches.
IBM Launches Virtualization Tools For Small Business
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
JasperSoft Upgrades Open Source BI Suite
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite version 2.1 has new tools for building browser-based reports and dashboards.
Yahoo Releases Messenger Upgrade In Beta
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The upgrade also includes call forwarding, so Internet telephony calls to Messenger can be sent to a mobile phone or landline as a voice mail.
Survey Favors Dogpile's Metasearch Approach
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
A recent J. D. Power study ranks the search engine compilation site highest in customer satisfaction.
What Does Web Analytics Consolidation Mean to You?
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
There has been plenty of discussion over the last few days about "consolidation" in the Web analytics marketplace due to the Omniture/Visual Sciences deal... In fact, the marketplace is not consolidating; it is in fact fragmenting, and there are plenty of options to consider if you are purchasing Web analytics solutions... Much of the consolidation discussion is based on vendors that adhere to the SaaS/page-tag collection model.
Been There, Done That: Q&A With SAS's Jim Goodnight
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Doctor Jim Goodnight has led SAS since the company incorporated in 1976. Laconic and unflappable yet fiercely competitive, Goodnight has presided over a company that has long reigned atop the analytics market. We caught up with him in New York last week and discussed the changing BI market and the future of SAS.
BI as Commodity Technology: The Information Angle
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
BI is complex, simultaneously software, transformational work practices, and business information. Consider: What value is reporting or OLAP or data mining (software) that doesn't tap whatever data is relevant to produce business insights (information) that can help you restructure, realign, or optimize business operations (practices)? We need to examine all three, complementary aspects of business intelligence: software, information, and practices. Let's start with information, with BI sou
Oracle Looking For BEA Stockholder Action?
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The database company said it's happy to leave the issue of acquisition -- or hostile takeover -- to BEA's stockholders if its Board of Directors won't negotiate.
Ventana Research 2007 BI and Performance Management Scorecard
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
In its mid-year 2007 report, Ventana Research defines performance management, explains its PerformanceCycle assessment methodology and details the scores and ranking for 13 leading BI and performance management vendors and products.
The Not-So-Good at the Business Objects Meeting
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Following up on my last post about all the good things I encountered at Business Objects' recent user conference in Orlando, Fla., here are a few looming and, in some cases, troubling aspects of what's ahead for customers in the wake of the pending SAP acquisition. For instance, Business Objects is very bullish on its approach to enterprise performance management (EPM), a topic highlighted in many executive keynotes at the event... Despite all the reassuring words, I have my doubts about what li
The Good at Business Objects' User Conference
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
My trip to the recent Business Objects user conference in Orlando, Fla., revealed many good surprises as well as many big questions yet to be answered. Business Objects founder and chairman Bernard Liautaud addressed the deal during the opening of the event, and his comments quickly transitioned to those of SAP CEO Henning Kagermann (by way of video)... But with many forks in the path ahead for customers and partners of Business Objects, Kagermann's video instilled little comfort.
Public Knowledge Group Calls For Copyright Law Changes
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
The group's six-point policy change includes seeking a law to exempt search indexing from infringement claims.
Bye Bye, BEA: Why Oracle Needs This Deal
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
After rejecting Oracle's initial bid for $6.7 billion, BEA has now indicated readiness to sell itself to Oracle ("or any other bidder") for about $8.2 billion. With Oracle's insatiable appetite, BEA's relative stagnation, and incessant pressure from billionaire investor Karl Icahn on BEA management, the acquisition now seems a sure thing. So, what does Oracle get for $8 billion and change? A cake that it has always coveted with an icing to die for.
Green Grid Members Open Energy Efficient R&D Data Center
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
APC and Schneider Electric's new 100,000-square foot facility is part of the consortium's charter to improve overall efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
Business Objects Adds BI Bundles For SMBs
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
Business Objects partners with Citrix and IBM in delivering business intelligence software bundles targeted at small and midsized businesses.
Editor's Log: HP, SAP, Cognos, IBM and More
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
It has been a busy month, so I've decided to blog journal style this week, sharing snippets and scuttlebut picked up here and there... Rumor has it Wal-Mart didn't actually pay for its HP NeoView license... Cognos has finalized it's acquisition of Applix, but plans now call for the latter to remain a stand-alone business... IBM is getting closer with Business Objects, again... Headed to Vegas this weekend? Here's where to go for fast drink service.
Oracle Won't Budge Off Original BEA Offer; Bid Expires Sunday
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
BEA had rebuffed Oracle's Oct. 9 initial offer as 'undervaluing' the company.
LANDesk Touts Its Management Gateway Appliance For Mobile Workers
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The SSL VPN hardware was developed in part by Avocent, which acquired LANDesk last year.
RedSky Debuts 'E911 Anywhere' At Interop
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The company said the service works with analog, digital, IP hardphones, softphones, and SIP phones.
SanDisk Accuses 25 Companies Of Patent Infringement
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The technology is allegedly found in USB drives, MP3 players, and other flash storage products.
BEA Counters Oracle With $21 Per Share Demand
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
Oracle previously told BEA it won't be upping the offer and will withdraw by Oct. 28, if the BEA board of directors doesn't allow shareholders to vote on the bid.
Whose Data Is It Anyway? 'PITI' the Poor Homeowner
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
Think the sub-prime mortgage crisis is someone else's problem? Here's an eye-opener. Lending giant American Home Mortgage (AHM) recently filed for bankruptcy due to its sub-prime lending exposure. AHM clients Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae promptly terminated client-servicing agreements and asked AHM to return client files, including data related to mortgage principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI)... AHM, however, refused to comply.
Microsoft To Take $240 Million Minority Stake In Facebook
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
The price was based on a $15 billion valuation of the 3-year-old, privately held company, executives said.
HP Dukes It Out With IBM, CA, BMC On Services Management
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
The company is relying on four products -- two from OpenView and two from its acquisition of Mercury Interactive -- to focus on service health monitoring.
With Apps In Forefront, Google Cranks Up Enterprise Sales
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
Unlike its traditional application business, the company has built a more conventional sales force to hawk its enterprise-targeted products, including Google Apps.
Google's Glotzbach Evangelizes 'Culture Of Collaboration' At Interop
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
The product management director at Google Enterprise suggests companies need not only to push their ideas to market quickly but also innovate internally to survive.
IBM Buys Storage-Services Company NovusCG
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
IBM tries to catch EMC and Symantec in the storage software market by adding NovusCG to its Storage and Data Services business unit within IBM Global Technology Services.
Gmail Now Has IMAP Support
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
Announced at Interop New York, the e-mail feature syncs with Outlook Express, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003, Apple Mail, Windows Mail, and Thunderbird 2.0.
Open Text Offers Enterprise-Wide Content Management
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
The new content management framework, unveiled at the company's LiveLinkUp user conference, can stretch across a large organization's many repositories.
Medsphere Settles Lawsuit With Former CTO Over Open Source Code
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The case centered on posting to SourceForge elements of OpenVista, which is a patient care and hospital operations system first used by the U.S. Veterans Administration.
PBS Station Invokes Google Maps To Help San Diego Residents Flee Fires
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The station also has 588 people signed up to receive Twitter broadcasts, where the updates are pushed to recipients' BlackBerry devices and cell phones.
Faster Data Integration Helps Pfizer Speed Decisions on Drugs
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
Composite Software's integration middleware cuts months out of the process of compiling information on prospective new products.
Robotic Cars Must Drive As Well As Californians In Darpa Challenge
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
Twenty teams will make it to the urban military training grounds on the former George Air Force Base, for cash prizes of up to $2 million.
Comcast Chided For Managing BitTorrent Network Traffic
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
An AP investigation revealing the cable company's bandwidth management technology draws protests from net neutrality groups.
Radar Networks Ties Together Web 2.0, Semantic Web With 'Twine'
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The online knowledge management service ties together social networking, wikis, and blogging with RDF, OWL, SPARQL, and XSL technologies.
SAAS-Based ECM? Here's My Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
I have no problem telling buyers that SaaS-based enterprise content management may be worth considering, but actually recommending it is still something of a stretch for me... To what degree do you need to integrate into legacy content stores? How much development work do you need to do? If standalone applications suffice for now, will they still make sense when you have five or 15 of them? How would you/could you consolidate them?...
Linux's Colonel Of The Kernel Andrew Morton: 'Fix More Bugs'
News  |  10/22/2007  | 
Even though enterprise products have older versions of the kernel, Morton says there is a strong need to maintain the Bugzilla database and call attention to more security issues.
Nuance Continues Its Acquisition Spree With Pickup Of Viecore
News  |  10/22/2007  | 
Viecore has focused its business on deploying contact center solutions for large enterprises, particularly in vertical markets including financial services and health care.
From Casinos to Counterterrorism
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
Washington Post reporter Ellen Nakashima describes in a Monday, October 22 article, "From Casinos to Counterterrorism," how Las Vegas is a cutting-edge adopter of surveillance technology that has also found its way into U.S. security efforts. Las Vegas has "embraced the twin trends of data mining and high-tech surveillance, with arguably more cameras per square foot than any airport or sports arena in the country."
Eve Online Shuts Down To Fix Security Breach
News  |  10/22/2007  | 
Three previous uses of the exploit that took down the multiplayer science fiction game have been identified; no personal information or credit card numbers were exposed.
Notes From SAP, Business Objects User Conferences
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
I'm just back from both SAP's Reporting and Analytics conference and Business Objects' Insight conference... Business Objects CEO John Schwarz spoke directly about the pending acquisition, saying it will make the company stronger, faster, better and that Business Objects "will take over a significant group at SAP." (I hadn't heard this last aspect before). Schwarz openly acknowledged customer concerns and made the five following commitments…
Kimball University: The Subsystems of ETL Revisited
News  |  10/21/2007  | 
These 34 subsystems cover the crucial extract, transform and load architecture components required in almost every dimensional data warehouse environment. Understanding the breadth of requirements is the first step to putting an effective architecture in place.
Master Data Directions: Q&A with Siperian's Ravi Shankar
News  |  10/21/2007  | 
The Master Data Management (MDM) market is growing at a double-digit pace on the strength of three promised benefits: a cross-enterprise perspective for better business intelligence; greater consistency across customer records for improved transaction management; a solid foundation for service-oriented architectures (SOA). Has MDM turned the corner from leading-edge to must-have? Ravi Shankar, Director of Product Marketing at Siperian, shares his thoughts on MDM progress and next steps.
Web 2.0 Summit: Entrepreneurial Spirit Too Strong For Google Alumni
News  |  10/20/2007  | 
The money was great... Larry and Sergey were focused... but a panel of ex-Googlers revealed why they have now gone off to build their own Web 2.0 fortunes.
Web 2.0 Summit: Big Media Defiant Against Internet Threat
News  |  10/19/2007  | 
Why be a dinosaur? CBS and Comcast say getting TV clips out to Web users through YouTube or Facebook brings additional viewers to the full-length shows.
Zero-Day Vulnerability Threatens RealPlayer Users
News  |  10/19/2007  | 
For those using Microsoft Internet Explorer, visiting a malicious Web page could result in a compromised computer.
Web 2.0 Summit: Google The DNA Of Prospective Mates?
News  |  10/19/2007  | 
Genetic pioneer J. Craig Venter said his experience in posting his body's own code online means it's time to rethink human genetics.
Jolt Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
A quick notice to let everyone know that the nomination period for the 2008 Jolt Awards is now open. I'm a Jolt Awards judge, my second year, while this is the 18th go-around for the awards. The main sponsor is Dr. Dobb's, like Intelligent Enterprise a CMP computing magazine (or is IE a business magazine focusing on computing or is IE a portal rather than a magazine?)
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