IBM Cognos 10 Impresses at IoD
I was at IBM's Information on Demand (IoD) and Cognos Business Analytics Forum this week in Las Vegas where Cognos launched its next-generation BI platform: IBM Cognos 10. Some of the improvements put the vendor in a stronger competitive position, but new collaboration features have the potential to be a significant competitive differentiator...
The Privacy Discussion Is Heating Up
Internet privacy issues are getting more and more attention. Frankly, I think we're getting past the point where the only big risk is loss of liberty. More and more, the risk of an excessive backlash is upon us as well...
Social Media Cuts Healthcare Costs
Health 2.0 initiatives reduce medical expenses while improving the quality of care, finds Healthcare Performance Management Institute study.
Use Analytics to Spotlight Customer 'HEROes'
Most people in communities are essentially there for the ride, contributing little while benefiting from whatever resources the more generous among them have chosen to share... That's fine, as long as you keep encouraging actively engaged individuals -- whom Forrester refers to as CRM Highly Empowered & Resourceful Operatives (HEROes) -- to keep the useful content coming.
Digg Lays Off 37% Of Staff
Two top execs resign in the social media company's latest restructuring, organized by new CEO Matt Williams to shore up the bottom line.
Social Market Lessons in J.D. Power's Analytics Deals
Marketing-information provider J.D. Power this week announced agreements with social-media technology companies Clarabridge and NetBase, yet the company had acquired social-analytics start-up Umbria just 30 months ago for pretty much the same need. This week's announcement illustrates new directions for the larger social/voice-of-the-customer analytics market.
Farmville Crops Up For iPad
Popular Facebook game comes to Apple's tablet with app modified to leverage the hardware's interface and larger screen.
YouTube For Android Updated To Version 2
Google has recently published YouTube 2.0 for the Android platform. The new YouTube app has an improved user interface and is no longer tied to core system updates.
FBI Disputes Audit On Troubled Sentinel Project
The Federal Bureau of Investigation slams an inspector general's report on its long-delayed and over-budget case management system overhaul as inaccurate and based on outdated information.
Should You Be Worried About Autonomy?
In the past week mega-vendor Autonomy saw its share price plummet by 20%. Much discussed in the financial press, it's also news that will be much discussed and publicized by Autonomy's competitors. Today I was asked by an advisory customer whether they should be concerned about the state of Autonomy?... So how did I answer?...
Social and Collaboration Software: Key Debates, Recent Evaluations
I hope you know about the forthcoming Enterprise 2.0 Conference, now in its second year on west coast. I'll be kicking off the "Business Tools and Technology Decisions" track... Speaking of which, Real Story Group has just updated evaluations of Google Apps, Jive Software, WordPress and...
Notes on Data Warehouse Appliance Prices
I'm not terribly motivated to do a detailed analysis of data warehouse appliance list prices, in part because everybody knows that data warehouse appliances tend to be deeply discounted... That said, here are some insights on data warehouse appliance prices...
HP Wins $26 Million Medicare Contract
Under the task order, Hewlett-Packard will provide data maintenance and integrity services for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services electronic health record incentive programs.
State CIOs Head For The Exits
The list of CIOs in state government who have resigned, or are about to, is growing. Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington are losing their top IT execs, and California is on the watch list.
Top 15 Facebook Apps For Business
While many of Facebook's 500 million users waste part of their days growing virtual crops or committing imaginary crimes, there are many Facebook applications designed to actually improve business productivity. There are more than 550,000 active applications on the Facebook platform, according to the social network, with many designed specifically to improve business practices or better-integrate Facebook into a company's operations. Many business apps are free. Often, fee-based apps offer a bas
Chevrolet Volt Gets Web Based Remote Control
MyVolt.com and OnStar's MyLink Mobile App allow car owners to check battery status, schedule charges, and start their cars from Android and Apple smartphones and web browsers.
EMC Introduces Greenplum Data Appliance
Billed as a "big data" appliance, the system supports data loading performance of 10 terabytes an hour and is the foundation of EMC's new Data Computing Products Division.
SAP BusinessObjects Announces 4.0 at ASUG
Last week I attended the ASUG (America's SAP User Group) Business Objects user conference in Orlando, where SAP announced BusinessObjects 4.0. While SAP had briefed me late last year under NDA, the ASUG conference marked the worldwide customer preview of the company's next-generation business intelligence capabilities.
FBI Website Redesigned For News
Making the FBI's Most Wanted, notable cases and crime statistics easier to find was among the goals of the agency's news-focused site revamp.
Social Media Captures Emerging Markets
In China, Egypt, Malaysia, and other rapid-growth markets, mobile devices and digital communications are transforming how people interact and learn, finds TNS study.
BI Governance (and MDM) in Context
For my 100th blog with Intelligent Enterprise, I would like to share some thoughts on BI Governance -- what it is and isn't, and its relationship with information governance, data governance and Master Data Management.
Greenplum Out, Teradata In at eBay
I chatted with Oliver Ratzesberger of eBay around a Stanford picnic table yesterday (the XLDB 4 conference is being held at Jacek Becla's home base of SLAC, which used to stand for "Stanford Linear Accelerator Center"). Things I learned included that eBay's 6.5-petabyte Greenplum database has turned into a >10-petabyte Teradata database, which will grow 2.5 x further in size...
The High Cost of Support
Software support fees often make up the bulk of the yearly IT budget. This is hardly surprising when vendors typically like to calculate support contracts on the basis of ~20% of list pricing per annum, in perpetuity. Even if you negotiate the initial licensing costs down to $500k, you may still pay $200k per year in support fees...
HDS' Victoria: One Storage Queen To Rule Them All!
Last month, Hitachi Data Systems unveiled the much-anticipated refresh of its USP-V enterprise storage platform. The new product, internally codenamed Victoria and officially named the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), is packed with features and seems to me well worth the wait. The same day HDS made the VSP announcement, HP also announced the release of its P9500, which it OEMs from Hitachi; HP rebrands the VSP and uses its own management software.
Playing From Behind
Cyber Command, the military sub-command dedicated to cyber ops, was slated to reach "full operating capability" by October 1, and I can't say I was surprised when it missed that deadline. There's still uncertainty facing Cyber Command's final shape and role, but it begs the question: what's holding it back?