News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in November 2007
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Egads! IBM Embraces Solaris For The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If nothing else, the mutual pats on the back represent a considerable thaw in the often-chilly relations between Sun and IBM.
USAID Server Hacked To Serve Pornography
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The compromised server was associated with USAID's Tanzania subdomain, Tanzania.usaid.gov.
Facebook Tempers Beacon Ad Features, Users Respond
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Actions taken on external Web sites will continue to appear at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed, but only if they opt-in.
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Generation 'Y' Loves Google, Telecommuting, Survey Finds
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The interns polled said they also place a high priority on information security and balancing security against usability.
TiVo Patent Upheld In Suit Against EchoStar
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Despite an endorsement from the USPTO, a decision on the infringement case by the U.S. Court of Appeals is still pending.
Asterpix To Debut Hyperlinks For Video
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The company's technology shows a flashing circle or a dotted rectangle that lets users navigate through the video and get information on objects displayed on the screen.
Tibco Makes Its Low-Latency Messaging Software A Bit Faster
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The latest upgrade of Rendezvous targets service-oriented architectures built by financial services companies.
Yahoo Updates Widgets For HTML And Flash Developers
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Version 4.5 also brings new features for consumers, including features for users to rate, tag, and share.
Delays In Product Searches, Check-Outs Plague Holiday Shopping Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
While multi-hour Web site meltdowns are now rare, slowdowns in product search, cart loading, and check out still left many shoppers stuck this week.
Focus on Operational BI: Q&A With Information Builders' Gerald Cohen
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Despite industry consolidation, business intelligence is not a commodity utility, insists Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. Among the largest independent BI vendors remaining, the company focuses on operational BI, and as Cohen explains, that means looking beyond data warehousing and conventional reporting and delivery methods.
Product Info Key To Online Retail Success, Survey Finds
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Shoppers are more likely to spend time browsing and purchasing from Web sites with complete and compelling product information, analysts with WebCollage found.
A Multilayer Approach To Reducing Data Center Heat
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Emerson Network Power's Cooligy is working with server manufacturers to integrate its close-proximity cooling techniques into "off-the-shelf" products starting next year.
Bigger Things to BI than Vendor Acquisitions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The BI platform is critical; it's what the business users see, touch, and interact with. Fail to get that right and the data warehouse is data wasteland. So yes, how BI buying will change as a result of industry consolidation is an important matter... But let's spend more time thinking about how to make BI relevant beyond power users.
Micron Unveils Family Of Solid-State Drives
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Under the new RealSSD brand, Micron will make 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch solid-state drives for notebooks and desktops.
IBM Warns Of Lotus Notes Vulnerability
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The flaw exists because Lotus Notes displays an icon associated with the attached file's extension rather than its MIME Content-Type header.
Overstock.com Divulges Secret To Its Cyber Monday Success
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
CEO Patrick Byrne credits the success of his new Web site to a move away from offshore outsourcing and the investment in "expensive" Java developers.
California Looks At Google Or Microsoft As Its Hosted Software Supplier
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A move to hosted e-mail and other services would affect a quarter of a million state workers and create a multimillion-dollar revenue windfall for either company.
Intel Releases Apple Leopard Toolset Upgrade
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The new compilers contain auto-parallelizing capabilities and new application programming interfaces for building multithreaded applications.
Oracle Hasn't Wasted Time on ECM Middleware
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
In the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Stellent, enterprise content management (ECM) was firmly on the agenda at Oracle OpenWorld. Or rather, Fusion Middleware was firmly on the agenda, and ECM was discussed as an integral part of it... Stellent the brand is no longer. The acquired functionality has already been repositioned and in some cases rearchitected as a set of services...
(How) Has Open Source Data Warehousing Developed?
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Given the strengths of open source database management systems, open source seems like a natural platform for data warehousing. We've seen a number of success stories over the years — Travelocity, O'Reilly, FTD, and Frontier Airlines — but the roster of case studies is mighty thin... I'd like to hear from actual users and developers for a report I am planning on open source (based) data warehousing.
TiVo Signs NBC Universal For Viewer Research
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Demand for such information is increasing as more people use DVRs that make it possible to skip commercials.
Dell To Sell Google Search Appliance, Google Mini
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Previously, Google operated its own manufacturing and assembling operation for its yellow rack server while Super Micro Computer manufactured the Google Mini.
The Cost Of Data Loss Rises
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Other costs include reputation fixes and customer support in the form of information hotlines and credit monitoring subscription for victims, according to a new survey.
IBM Deal on Hold, It's Business As Usual at Telelogic
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Enterprise architecture vendor upgrades, integrates business process analysis and model-driven development to bridge the business-IT divide.
Hollywood Writers, Producers Strike Heats Up ... On The Web
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Viewers have ample opportunity to understand the points that negotiators are hammering out, thanks to video sites and blog posts.
Open Verizon On The Horizon: A 'Domino Effect'
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
The carrier's move could result in an ecosystem of specialized devices that use the network to serve different types of mobile users, analysts suggest.
Google Reportedly Plans To Offer Online Storage Service
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
The product would be a kind of umbrella service for the storage Google already offers with some of its Web-based applications, such as e-mail and photo sharing.
Buggy Web Apps And Carelessness Top 2007 SANS Threat List
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
For example, Microsoft Office vulnerabilities spiked 300% this year primarily because of the new Excel vulnerabilities, the SANS Institute survey found.
Consolidation Hits the Business Rules Market
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Business rules engines are yet another example of a niche technology that is powerful, yet seemingly needs to constantly strive for the recognition it deserves. Other eclectic-yet-deserving technologies in this category include master data management and data quality solutions, etc. The challenge is to be perceived as an essential part of the corporate technology portfolio...
IBM Seeks Patent For Ad-Supported DVDs
News  |  11/26/2007  | 
Since most people buy or rent DVDs expecting to see the movie without commercial interruptions, it's unclear whether such a disk would be popular with consumers.
Security Breach Exposes Patient Data In Canada
News  |  11/26/2007  | 
A consultant's lost laptop includes names, Medical Care Plan numbers, age, sex, physician and test results for infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis.
Open-Source Software Vendor Certifies ERP Suite For Apple's Leopard
News  |  11/26/2007  | 
XTuple will announce this week that it's certified its OpenMFG ERP suite and its simpler, free PostBooks accounting software to run on Mac OS X Leopard.
Apple QuickTime Vulnerability Threatens Firefox, iTunes
News  |  11/26/2007  | 
The exploit requires that the victim is duped into clicking on a Web link in an e-mail message or on a Web page that points to what appears to be a media file.
GoldenGate Upgrades Real-Time Data Integration Platform
News  |  11/26/2007  | 
Log-based system for operational BI adds Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Sybase and HP Nonstop/Neoview to support list.
Let's stop agonizing about BI positioning
Commentary  |  11/21/2007  | 
I'm getting pretty tired of the agonizing whether recent market events and trends mean the end of business intelligence as we know it. Some of my fellow pundits are scrutinizing vendor consolidations and they're studying the impact of the emergence of new analytical approaches and application-delivery methods. Consolidation will mean a refocusing of product development for acquired vendors, that's all, not "the end of BI as a separate application."
Monster.com Unknowingly Recruited Bots For Crime Work
News  |  11/21/2007  | 
The incident marks the second significant attack on Monster.com in recent months.
How Buying Changes in the New BI Landscape
News  |  11/21/2007  | 
This year's business intelligence mega deals have altered the complexion of strategic and tactical decisions. Successful practitioners will be unfazed by shifting vendor ownership, but dissatisfied customers are up for grabs.
Microsoft Web Analytics Does Demographics
Commentary  |  11/21/2007  | 
Microsoft finally announced Gatineau, the beta release of its free Web analytics solution, at the end of October. Focused primarily on those who use Redmond's AdCenter service, Gatineau will draw comparisons with Google Analytics, but it offers some interesting differentiation, such as the ability to derive demographic data from site visitors who have signed up for a Live ID through Microsoft's Hotmail or Messenger.
Apple Mail Bug Rises From The Dead To Menace Leopard Users
News  |  11/20/2007  | 
The security flaw could create an e-mail attachment that executes malicious code when clicked on.
RIAA Piracy Fight Makes It To The Ivy League
News  |  11/20/2007  | 
Sixteen campuses were sent letters notifying administrators that someone used their network to download copyrighted music.
Yahoo, Sony BMG Team Up For User-Generated Content
News  |  11/20/2007  | 
The deal allows Yahoo to distribute Sony BMG content through applications and widgets that the portal's users can embed in their own Web sites.
Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 Beta 1
News  |  11/20/2007  | 
Improvements include Web Page Forgery Protection, clearer SSL Error messages, automatic plug-in checking, and compliance with Windows Vista parental controls.
SharePoint as a .Net Development Platform
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
On the one hand, the Web Parts framework is very attractive for plugging widgets into dashboard-type pages. In addition to what ships natively with SharePoint, you can find lots of 3rd-party Web Parts. But their quality and safety varies substantially, and inevitably you need to extend them...and then how do you handle support?... Microsoft's portal is no more or less complicated than, say, Sun's.
Is Search at a Tipping Point?
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
Only time will tell, but the sense in Silicon Valley is that the long-awaited shake out, shake up, and redefinition of search from it's indie, niche existence to the mainstream of the infrastructure is well underway. At the same time, there also seemed to be a new honesty about the limitations of enterprise search and the need to manage content properly.
Amazon.com Rekindles The Notion Of An E-Book Reader
News  |  11/19/2007  | 
The portable reader weighs slightly more than 10 ounces, and has a high- resolution, 6-inch diagonal electronic paper display that Amazon says reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.
Math Error Could Compromise Cryptographic Systems
News  |  11/19/2007  | 
The increasing sophistication of computer chip design raises the risk that undetected bugs could be used to crack public key encryption systems, security luminary Adi Shamir says.
Business Objects Brings Planning and Budgeting to the Midmarket
News  |  11/19/2007  | 
Performance Management module stands alone or complements Edge Series platform aimed at midsize businesses.
Maryland To Tax Computer Support Services
News  |  11/19/2007  | 
The computer industry is fighting the state's decision to add computer, data center, and disaster recovery support services to the state's new 6% tax rate.
Near Space Technology Brings Health Care To Navajo Nation
News  |  11/19/2007  | 
The partnership with the SkySite constellation marks the first time the communications system will be used to monitor health.
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