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Content tagged with Information Management posted in October 2008
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Drupal Takes Home 2008 Overall Open Source CMS Award
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Drupal cleaned up for the second year in a row in the 2008 Open Source CMS Awards, taking home both the Overall Open Source CMS Award and the Best Open Source PHP CMS Award. This marks the first time in which a content management system has ever won the overall award in back-to-back years.
NIST Seeks New Hash Algorithm
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
NIST is wrapping up accepting submissions for a new cryptographic one-way hash algorithm today. NIST's competition follows a tradition of peer review, public discussion, and acceptance of algorithms that brought us DES, SHA, and AES. The selection process won't be complete until 2012, but final selection should addresses weaknesses in the hash algorithms used today.
Obama's Online Answer Center Fields Tough Questions
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Everyone is worried about the economy. But surprisingly, the economy isn't the subject of the top three questions people are asking online at an "answer center" run by Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Visitors are most interested in whether Obama is a Christian and a patriot, and they want to know his position on women's issues.
IBM Positions ILOG's Rules Engine To Head Pack
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Informatica To Offer Integration Service
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Informatica's Web-based service, to be announced at the Dreamforce conference next week, will let companies synchronize data between Salesforce CRM and onsite applications.
Tibco Unveils 'Network Analytics' For Spotfire
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The add-on, which is sold separately, offers a whole new layer of interactive visual analysis on the business activity monitoring suite.
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
As InformationWeek covers Microsoft's revelations at its Professional Developer Conference this week, it's becoming clear that Microsoft's top brass know they aren't in the same business they were just a few years ago. So is this the transitive stage that spells the end of Microsoft's dominance of the software industry?
IBM's Enterprise Content Management Push
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Content management systems may not be the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of IBM's name, but this week it's being made clear that they play a critical part in IBM's Information On Demand strategy.
Nexaweb Builds Framework To Migrate Legacy Apps To Web
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
In addition to Visual Basic, PowerBuilder and other scripting language applications, the company's Reference Framework can modernize some Cobol and C++ applications as well.
SAS Offers 101 on Voice Mining
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Manya Mayes of SAS has written a helpful introductory paper on audio analytics, "Tune into the Voice of Your Customer with Voice Mining." The technology and techniques described have applications for e-discovery, intelligence, and rich-media search. Given coverage of distinctive characteristics of speech and of analytical concerns that include BI integration, Manya's paper merits a look for anyone who works with audio data.
Oracle Acquiring Haley To Bolster Government Contracts
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Oracle said it will combine the Haley policy platform with Oracle's existing ERP and Siebel CRM applications to create the first packaged software for social services agencies.
In an Economic Maelstrom, How Bad is Your Performance Management?
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
It's obvious to everyone that we are in turbulent times as economic challenges rattle the globe. The question is whether the post-mortem analysis and diagnosis of the causes and symptoms of this mess will focus on the right areas and help minimize future failures... Let's be honest. Organizations have not managed their businesses using systems to understand current performance and risk in a common, enterprisewide fashion.
Mount Sinai Medical Center's Latest Surgical Tool: Data Mining
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Using business intelligence tools, officials discovered $4.5 million in uncollected revenue owed to the New York City hospital by insurers and others.
7 iPhone Apps Worth Paying For
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Airsharing, NotepadSync, and Twittelator Pro are just a few of the inexpensive apps that can turn your iPhone or Touch into a more powerful tool.
Bitrix Site Manager Launches Two New Versions
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Following just a few months after the release of Site Manager 7.0, Bitrix last week announced two new editions of Site Manager intended for sites that need to support heavy traffic and e-commerce.
Popular Digital Media Site Has Oracle Working Behind Scenes
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Interactive One hopes to expand its Web sites next year by adding one for each of its radio stations, while consolidating physical servers from 260 down to 120.
Yahoo Introduces Social Developer Platform
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Over the coming months, Yahoo expects newly developed social applications to make the experience of using Yahoo more like Facebook or MySpace.
Could Health Care IT Get A Boost Next Year?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
There's a lot of uncertainty out there in general when it comes to the economy, next week's elections, and other unknowns, but when it comes to the health care sector, the uncertainty runs a bit deeper, especially when it comes to investments in IT.
Mobile Social Networks Have Untapped Potential
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
There's a big financial reward if social networks can get a significant portion of its users into the mobile space, but the business model may need to be tweaked.
IBM, Oracle and the Appliance Campaign Trail
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Perhaps I've been watching too much political coverage on TV lately, but at one point during IBM's Information On Demand (IOD) press conference yesterday, it struck me like a campaign stop... Noting the lack of warehouse- and appliance-related announcements at IOD, Forrester Research analyst Jim Kobielus asked, "what is IBM's strategy, going forward, to make your InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse portfolio ever most cost-effective and ever more scalable?"
Survey Shows Disconnect On IT Policy
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Cisco follows up on its survey on data leakage, which I already wrote about, and an analysis of policy effectiveness. There isn't too much surprising in the findings, but the results continue to highlight the need for sound security policy management processes in organizations and,
Microsofts Cloud Vision: Not Quite 'Azure'
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Microsoft has introduced Azure, a cloud computing platform. Interesting, but what does it comprise, and what is Microsoft offering that isn't already out there from the likes of Amazon and Google?... For the multitude of Microsoft developers out there, this is great news. For others, though, Azure is yesterday's news
Open Source Data Integrator Talend Adds SAP Data
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Its Open Studio software can already connect to Oracle, IBM's DB2, Microsoft's SQL Server, Sybase or any standard relational database that follows ODBC or JDBC access standards.
IBM's On Demand Push: Greater than Sum of Parts
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Few individual announcements at this week's IBM Information On Demand Conference are earth shattering, but taken together, they underscore the depth and breadth of Big Blue's portfolio and its ability to set the information agenda.
IBM Introduces 'Information On Demand' Products
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The products are part of a three-year, $10 billion investment by IBM to build out a broad data management product portfolio.
BlackBerry Gets Live Video Streaming
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The mobile broadcasting service Qik announced support for the BlackBerry Bold and Pearl, with more handsets to come.
The PCI Protection Racket
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
A hotel operator says his point-of-sale vendor is using PCI as an excuse to force expensive upgrades to POS equipment.
Kimball University: Maintaining Dimension Hierarchies
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Dimension hierarchies and pre-computed aggregations can make or break your data warehouse. Here's how to design, load and maintain true hierarchies while working around bad data sources and optimizing for usability and performance.
Cocktail Conversation
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
I don't hear this expression much anymore, but my wife used to use it to describe the kind of chatter one can make about a subject, and seem knowledgeable, but possess only a very superficial grasp of it... Between conferences, blogs and webinars, I'm hearing a lot of cocktail conversation lately.
VMware, Citrix Work To Keep The Good Numbers Rolling
Commentary  |  10/25/2008  | 
Both companies exceeded expectations for the last quarter. Now... how to close '08 with a bang?
IBM Describes New Data Lifecycle Management Tools
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
IBM plans to unveil additions to its Optim data management portfolio at its Information On Demand user group in Las Vegas this week.
Yahoo Plans Y!OS Developer Release Next Week
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
In the coming months, the open software platform is expected to reach Yahoo's home page and Yahoo Mail, enabling functions and applications that utilize social profile data.
Measuring Data Center Power Efficiency
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Data centers consume massive amounts of energy. In a Forbes commentary in August, Kenneth Brill, executive director of the Uptime Institute (which monitors data center uptime), said the number of servers in data centers in the United States has grown from 5 million in 2000, to 10 million in 2005, to a projected 15 million in 2010.
ICANN Opens Comments On gTLD Creation
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
ICANN, the organization that manages the technical aspect of the DNS, among other things, has opened up a 45-day public comment period on the process for requesting a new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) such as .com, .net, and .gov. The comment period is the next step along the path of adding more gTLD's to DNS. If you are involved with DNS, or work for a global or national brand, you want to pay attention to t
Time Warner Cable's Road Runner Rolls Out TransMedia's Glide
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Similar to Google Apps, Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on compatible Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows.
SpringCM Announces Upgrades, Free Records Management
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
SpringCM made two significant announcements this week -- an upgrade to its hosted content management system and free access to its records management tools for customers for the next two years.
Microsoft Cuts Outlook, Blames Economy
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
In its first-quarter report, the software maker said it believes continued economic weakness is likely.
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself.
Pegasystems Offers Tools For Connecting BPM Systems
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The Federated Business Frameworks for Pegasystems' SmartBPM Suite comprises four components that enable system administrators to create a business process and workflow that incorporates processes running across different operational units.
Lawyers To IT: ESI Is Your Baby
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Fifty percent more attorneys than last year say IT has responsibility for developing and enforcing policies around electronically stored information. That's a good thing.
Free Event To Tour Kellogg's Intranet
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
Building and managing a compelling intranet that meets the needs of your organization can be challenging, but a look at the best practices employed by other leading intranets is always good fodder for brainstorming and emulation.
SaaS Revenue Growing, Market Set To Double By 2012
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Driving the growth in SaaS deployments is businesses' desire to reduce their IT capital expenditure budget and to rapidly implement software that supports a specific business need, Gartner said.
Amazon Reports Strong Growth, Buys Gaming Company
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The company reported $4.26 billion in revenue, an increase of 31% but just shy of forecasts that the company would bring in $4.48 in revenue.
IBM's New OpusUna Web-Conferencing Platform
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
At IBM's Market Street offices in San Francisco this week, I saw a first-hand demo of OpusUna, a unique Web-conferencing platform that incorporates widgets, audio, and video cameras so that multiple users can collaborate and communicate from within the same browser.
Yahoo Shares Rise On Cost-Cutting Plan
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Investors give CEO Jerry Yang's plan to reduce spending by $400 million a thumbs up.
Mr. Schmidt Goes To Florida With Obama
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
A few weeks ago, I was at a news event with Mike McCurry and I asked the former Clinton press secretary for some perspective on the technology lobby. I wondered whether he thought tech companies were any faster than others in terms of advocating for themselves in Washington.
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