NIST Seeks New Hash Algorithm
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
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.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
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.
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
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
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.
SAS Offers 101 on Voice Mining
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.
In an Economic Maelstrom, How Bad is Your Performance Management?
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.
7 iPhone Apps Worth Paying For
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.
Could Health Care IT Get A Boost Next Year?
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.
IBM, Oracle and the Appliance Campaign Trail
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?"
Microsofts Cloud Vision: Not Quite 'Azure'
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
IBM's On Demand Push: Greater than Sum of Parts
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.
The PCI Protection Racket
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
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.
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.
Measuring Data Center Power Efficiency
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
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
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
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
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
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 IntranetLive.com Event To Tour Kellogg's Intranet
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.
IBM's New OpusUna Web-Conferencing Platform
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.