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Blue Coat Identifies Halloween Trick
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Blue Coat has identified a new malware trick just in time for Halloween. Unsuspecting victims are redirected to one of two malware sites after searching for Halloween related sites. These distribution sites are typically used for hosting of warez, pirated digital content, but have been switched to malware distribution in the past 12 hours. Drupal Detractors Get Buggy
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
The news that relaunched this week running open source Drupal software raised eyebrows and hackles among knee-jerk anti-Obama types and a small cadre of ignorant bloggers.
MicroStrategy BI License Revenues Up 39%
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
The business intelligence application vendor's performance is in striking contrast to the broader software industry.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Records and the Threat of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
I recently hosted a panel for ARMA that proved to be one of the most thought-provoking sessions I have been involved in for a long time. What became abundantly clear early on was that records managers and compliance officers really need to get their head around cloud computing, and fast.
TV Web Site Opts For Cloud Servers
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
An Android App For The Military
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Raytheon's mobile application for Android-based smartphones employs GPS, camera, and other real-time capabilities for use in the field.
SAP Upgrades BusinessObjects Explorer
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Last May I complained that the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer release announced at Sapphire wasn't everything I expected from the big, splashy product launch. As of November, however, the missing ingredients -- namely the combination of system-agnostic data integration and acceleration -- will finally be in place. Here's the scoop.
Business vs. Tech Perspectives on SharePoint 2010
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
It's tough to get your mind completely around SharePoint 2010 -- an even bigger and more all-encompassing platform than 2007... I can't overstate the enthusiasm for SP2010 at last week's SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. But here's a question for you the enterprise customer: is all this enthusiasm always in your best interest?
New iPhone App Gives 24x7 Swine Flu Coverage
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Swine flu is permeating everywhere these days--not just the virus, but news about it. But if you're still not getting your fill of H1N1, Harvard Medical School has released a new iPhone app that provides real-time updates while you're on the move.
DOD Says Yes To More Open Source
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Open source in the government and military isn't a new thing; governance is one of open source's biggest target markets, so to speak. It's still all the more heartening to hear the Department of Defense come out strongly in favor of open source, and to recommend using more of it whenever possible.

Analytics Aplenty at IBM's IOD Conference
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
What were the odds we'd hear all about analytics at this week's IBM Information on Demand (IOD) conference in Las Vegas? I wish I could have placed that bet! "Analytics" was in the very name of two out of four new products announced at IOD. Here's my quick take:
EnterpriseDB, Postgres Maker, Raises $19 Million
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
IBM, Red Hat, and NTT are backing the open source database maker.
I've Got A Netbook And It's Not A Toy
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
I just put the wraps on an InformationWeek Analytics Informed CIO report on the rise of netbooks in the enterprise. These babies continue to make their way into the office, despite the somewhat weak claims from Intel and Microsoft that they're not appropriate for business use. Says who? Not folks in IT. In our recent InformationWeek Analytics Windows 7 survey of 1,414 business technology professionals, 36% of respondents said they already have some level of netbook use in their organizations
President Obama Details Smart Grid Funding
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The government plans to spend $3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds to upgrade the nation's power grid. R&D efforts are already underway at some leading tech vendors.
IBM Spins Off PLM Unit To Dassault
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
$600 million deal sees Big Blue transfer Product Lifecycle Management assets to industry partner.
Teradata's Hardware Strategy and Tactics
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
The most important takeaways about Teradata's hardware strategy from the Partners conference last week are: 1. Teradata's future lies in solid-state memory. 2. The solid-state future is imminent. 3. Teradata will increase the number of appliances it sells. 4. Teradata will mix and match parts (especially storage) in a modular product line.
IBM Intros BI Tools For Unstructured Data
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Content Analytics is a set of business intelligence tools designed to analyze e-mail, blogs, reports, and other external data.
Can Open Source Software Save Democracy?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Voting machines and their foibles were catapulted to the top of public consciousness during the 2000 Presidential election, but have gone largely unnoticed in subsequent elections, which is a good thing. The possibility that a widespread glitch could affect a close national election, and the potential for this to undermine democracy, cannot be overstated.
H1N1 A National Emergency: Bring On The E-Records!
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
President Obama has declared a national emergency in respect to H1N1. This gives hospitals more leeway in setting up emergency operations to respond to the rising swine flu pandemic. Wouldn't e-medical records systems come in handy now?
Hospitals Serving Poor Lag In Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
It's no surprise that hospitals which serve predominantly poor patients are lagging in implementing healthcare IT. However, it's a cause for concern that the federal stimulus program might not be up to the task of closing that gap, according to federally supported researchers.
White House Uses Open Source To Open Government
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The site now runs the open source Drupal content management system, which includes social networking tools that can be used for communications and participatory government.
SAP NetWeaver BPM: A 1.0 Product With Promise
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
It's not the best business process management system on the market, but can it be the best system for SAP customers?
Who Needs Analytics PhDs? Grow Your Own
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Analytics, whatever that means, has emerged as the hot topic all over our industry... According to the conventional wisdom, very special experts, quants we'll call them, are needed because mere mortals can't handle this stuff... But I don't buy this.
Teradata Offers Free Software
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Free data warehouse software is available for two x86 setting: Amazon EC2 and VMware Player.
EMANIO Intros 'Affordable' BI, Predictive Analytics For SMBs
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
The vendor is offering named user, concurrent access pricing for the integrated platforms, as well as a quarterly subscription model designed for smaller businesses. Server pricing is per named server, so the number CPUs doesn't matter.
Uncle Sam Mulls The Move To Windows 7
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Many government agencies participated in the Windows 7 beta program, but the public sector is expected to trail businesses in adopting Microsoft's new operating system.
Keep Your Laptop Off Our Inadequate Network
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
Why do IT people resist end users bringing their own equipment to the enterprise network? Those same IT folks are typically pretty proud of what they've achieved with their infrastructure. The message is typically, "it's a security risk." But the implied message is: "we have an inadequate network to deal with this challenge."
FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rule Making
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The move opens up a vehicle for comments, but how and to what degree the Internet should be free or regulated remains to be decided.
Sun Plans To Cut 3,000 Jobs Over the Next 12 Months
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Sun disclosed Tuesday in regulatory filings that it plans to cut 3,000 jobs from its workforce, as it awaits the go-ahead on its takeover by Oracle. It's cut 7,600 workers in three rounds of layoffs over three years, according to SEC filings. Will this mark the end of the downsizing?
Commercial and Community Open Source and Pentaho BI
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Last week, I offered the opinion that BI software publisher Pentaho has moved beyond a commercial open source business model. While what counts most is great, affordable software, an understanding of market trends helps everyone concerned make strategic choices. In this spirit, I'll present perspectives that complement mine, from Pentaho and from the Pentaho community...
Oracle Patches 36 Bugs
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
Three of the fixes with the highest vulnerability rating are for the core Oracle Database Server itself.
Enterprise IT Is Not Ready For Private Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
Our esteemed Director of InformationWeek Analytics, Art Wittmann, has a theory that I'm secretly working as a cheerleader for underdog technologies. And our esteemed Executive Editor of InformationWeek Analytics, Lorna Garey, often asks if my favorite drink is Koolade. To my dismay, they have proven themselves right once again. 18 months ago, I predicted that private cloud storage would take off for the Tier-2 storage needs of enterprises. You won't hear me say this often, I WAS WRONG.
CIA Invests In Social Media Monitoring Technology
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
Investment arm In-Q-Tel is funding Visible Technologies, making its online brand analysis capabilities available to U.S. intelligence agencies.
Secret Service To Revamp Ailing IT Systems
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
In an effort to avoid 'mission failure,' the agency plans to deploy new storage systems, virtualize servers, modernize databases, and expand mobile and wireless capabilities.
5 Ways to Cut Costs with Predictive Analytics
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
I was already in Washington DC for this week's Teradata event, so I figured I'd stop in at Predictive Analytics World in nearby Arlington, Virginia. Tuesday morning's keynote by event chairman and founder Eric Siegel offered a nice primer on "Five Ways to Lower Costs with Predictive Analytics." Here's the list...
Government Technologist: Energy's $32 Million Cloud Experiment
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
The Department of Energy has embarked on an ambitious project to see how cloud computing can be used by scientists at its national labs. Is it taking on too much, too soon?
More on Teradata's SSD Speedster and (Cautious) Public-Cloud Offering
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
Coming into this week's Teradata Partners user group conference in Washington D.C., I wanted to know more about the Teradata Extreme Performance Appliance 4555. This speedster is worth crowing about... but the announcement had all the power of a dim bulb compared to the bright spotlights cast in recent weeks by Oracle and IBM...
Q&A: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On Sharepoint 2010
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
The Microsoft CEO lays out the company's Internet-facing strategy for its enterprise collaboration tool, SharePoint 2010.
AT&T Pushes Mobile Enterprise Apps
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
The wireless carrier is extending its enterprise mobile platforms to the hospitality and consumer goods markets.
FCC Gets Net Neutrality Boost
Commentary  |  10/20/2009  | 
Prominent tech companies and individuals associated with the creation of the Internet (although not Al Gore) are filling new Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski's inbox with letters in support of his proposed network neutrality rules.
This Week at the Teradata Partners User Conference
Commentary  |  10/20/2009  | 
Here are some highlights of what's going on, although names, dates, and details will have to await conversations and press releases this week... Teradata hopes to leapfrog Greenplum in its "Enterprise Data Cloud" strategy. This is only fair, in that Greenplum lifted the idea from Teradata and eBay in the first place...
Microsoft Unveils SharePoint 2010
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer calls the enterprise collaboration suite the biggest and most important SharePoint release to date.
Teradata Taps the Cloud, Announces Solid-State Appliance
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
Data warehousing specialist promises cloud flexibility (with limits), and (oh by the way) solid-state hard drive speed.
Teradata Unveils 'Extreme' Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
The new Extreme Performance Appliance 4555 delivers sub-second responses to complex queries, while offering scalability and flexibility over other technologies, such as complex event processing and in-memory processing, according to the vendor.
NATO Turns To Telepresence For Savings And Security
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
The alliance is using 'life size' video conferencing for communications and collaboration, project management, and emergency situations.
Merge Unveils Healthcare IT Apps
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
Systems are designed to ease input of medical data while promoting patient privacy and comfort.
MicroStrategy Releases Free Starter Business Intelligence
News  |  10/16/2009  | 
The software enables companies to develop and deploy Web-based reporting applications.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Minds The Data
News  |  10/16/2009  | 
A car rental chain is using Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g to monitor 400 database systems, taking the burden off its DBAs.
The Custom URL Shortener
Commentary  |  10/16/2009  | 
My first thought when I saw that the federal government had created its own URL shortener was: what a waste of time and effort. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why other large organizations with popular Websites haven't done this for their links.
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