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Microsoft Synchs Azure With SQL Server
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
SQL Azure in the cloud now synchronizes tables or entire databases with SQL Server on premises, removing a developer headache.
IBM Cognos 10 Impresses at IoD
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
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...
SAP Bullish Despite Third Quarter Shortfall
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Executives slam Oracle while highlighting sales gains and growth prospects.
Yahoo Integrates Social Media With Email
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Mail Beta brings Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, and texting into Yahoo inboxes on PCs, iPads, iPhones, and Android phones.
Social Media Cuts Healthcare Costs
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Health 2.0 initiatives reduce medical expenses while improving the quality of care, finds Healthcare Performance Management Institute study.
Twitter Prepares To Land In New Data Center
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Microblogging site is expected to anchor C7's just-opened Salt Lake City facility.
Use Analytics to Spotlight Customer 'HEROes'
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
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
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
Two top execs resign in the social media company's latest restructuring, organized by new CEO Matt Williams to shore up the bottom line.
IBM Cognos 10 Expands BI Boundaries
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
Upgrade delivers analytics, collaboration, user interface and iPhone options that broaden the footprint of business intelligence.
SSA To Release Data Sets In Transparency Push
News  |  10/25/2010  | 
Social Security Administration will post more than 30 sets on to support Open Government Directive.
Teradata Raises Data Warehousing Bar
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Point-in-time insight and processor upgrades highlight next-generation database, hardware and analytic strategy announcements.
Ex-Oracle President Phillips Takes Helm At Infor
News  |  10/25/2010  | 
Charles Phillips has been named CEO at Infor, a $2 billion enterprise software company focused on CRM, ERP and lifecycle management applications.
Social Market Lessons in J.D. Power's Analytics Deals
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
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
News  |  10/22/2010  | 
Popular Facebook game comes to Apple's tablet with app modified to leverage the hardware's interface and larger screen.
Grovo Launches Training Videos On Web Tools, Services
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
Facebook, GoogleDocs, Twitter, Gmail and security are among the free 15- to 20-minute tutorials available for beginners and advanced users.
YouTube For Android Updated To Version 2
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
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.
IT Sticking With Traditional Marketing Over Social Media
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
Tech vendors aren't rushing to replace old-school public relations strategies with blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts, found Tool Guy PR study.
FBI Disputes Audit On Troubled Sentinel Project
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
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...
Millionaires Bank On Social Media
News  |  10/20/2010  | 
High-wealth Americans are using Facebook and similar sites in higher percentages than the general population, reports SEI study.
Federal IT Spending To Grow Modestly
News  |  10/19/2010  | 
A 2.8 percent increase is expected by fiscal 2016, with cybersecurity and citizen-engagement leading the way, industry group TechAmerica says.
IBM Q3 Results Marred By Services Concerns
News  |  10/19/2010  | 
Big Blue posted across-the-board growth in all its business units, but investors see outsourcing slip as a red flag.
Notes on Data Warehouse Appliance Prices
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
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...
Software AG Buys MDM Vendor Data Foundations
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
Business process management middleware is the key pickup in third acquisition this year involving master data management.
Socialcast 'Reach' Extends Collaboration Into Enterprise Workflow
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
While most social networking software for the enterprise requires corporate users to log into yet another system, Socialcast's new Reach puts social in the context of applications.
HP Wins $26 Million Medicare Contract
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
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.
Apple Woos Facebook For Ping Partnership
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
With adoption of Apple's music social network faltering, CEO Steve Jobs is hoping a deal with Facebook will turn up the volume.
State CIOs Head For The Exits
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
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.
Credit Card Users Prefer Fingerprints To Validate ID
News  |  10/15/2010  | 
Unisys poll shows consumers think the biometric method is more secure than photo identification, PIN numbers or handwritten signatures.
Startup DeusM Aiming Online Communities At Business-Social Market
News  |  10/15/2010  | 
UBM's new 'marketing as a service' organization is offering its Community in a Box platform as a way for businesses to harness social engagement.
Top 15 Facebook Apps For Business
Slideshows  |  10/14/2010  | 
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
News  |  10/14/2010  | 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 Intros Backup-Savvy Greenplum Appliance
News  |  10/13/2010  | 
Vendor claims faster load speeds, lower prices than Oracle, Netezza or Teradata.
EMC Introduces Greenplum Data Appliance
News  |  10/13/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/13/2010  | 
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.
Recovery Act Recipients Meeting Transparency Requirements
News  |  10/13/2010  | 
Only 0.5% of stimulus funding recipients fail to submit quarterly reports; they will be aggressively pursued, said Office of Management and Budget director.
FBI Website Redesigned For News
News  |  10/12/2010  | 
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 Networks Meet Customer Service
Commentary  |  10/11/2010  | 
Text analytics technologies bring Twitter and Facebook streams into mainstream CRM workflows.
Social Media Captures Emerging Markets
News  |  10/11/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/11/2010  | 
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.
NoSQL Basics, Benefits and Best-Fit Scenarios
News  |  10/10/2010  | 
A popular new movement aims to take SQL database management systems out of the stack. But when is this emerging approach right for you?
Greenplum Out, Teradata In at eBay
Commentary  |  10/6/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/6/2010  | 
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...
Tumblr Streamlines User Interface
News  |  10/6/2010  | 
Microblogging site overhauled to fend off competition from WordPress and TypePad.
Carbon Factory In-A-Lab Wins Nobel Prize
News  |  10/6/2010  | 
The award goes to an international team of researchers that developed a tool for creating carbon-based chemicals in a test tube.
HDS' Victoria: One Storage Queen To Rule Them All!
Commentary  |  10/6/2010  | 
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.
HulloMail Delivers Voicemail To Facebook
News  |  10/5/2010  | 
Free Android app allows users to share voice messages with their social network friends.
Playing From Behind
Commentary  |  10/5/2010  | 
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?
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