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Up Next: BI on Social Networks
Commentary  |  11/30/2008  | 
It's time for the BI community to treat social networks as the business-intelligence resource they are. The recent "Motrin moms" clamor and response to Mumbai terrorism prove networks' value. The value of the information that flows through these networks is indisputable. A deeper challenge is next on the agenda: optimizing that flow by better understanding the networks themselves.
Taking The First Steps With Drupal
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
O'Reilly Media, in conjunction with two of the authors of its forthcoming Using Drupal book, is presenting a webcast titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Drupal but were Afraid to Ask" on Friday, December 5.
Top Content Management Sites
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
FierceContentManagement last week published their list of the Top 10 content management websites. While compiling a top 10 list of this sort is always tough - what you leave off is usually just as controversial as what makes the list - I can't find fault with anything that they've included.
On Thanksgiving, Freedom for Some, Fear for Foreigners
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
I hope you will excuse a departure from my BI-focused blogs to a more personal one, but on this Thanksgiving eve, I find myself thinking more about freedom and how fragile it is right now. If you are one of the many foreign-born BI product managers, software developers, or BI specialists I have met over the years, then you will want to read this story...
Will Oracle And SAP Offer Big-Business SaaS? Sort Of
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
The question has been out there for some time: Will SAP and Oracle ever deliver software as a service to their large enterprise customers? The answer is, sort of.
Google Sorts One Petabyte Of Data In 6 Hours
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
According to last Friday's Official Google Blog, the Google Systems Infrastructure Team has sorted a record 1 terabyte of data on 1,000 computers in only 68 seconds, which breaks the previous mark of 209 seconds established in July by Yahoo.
IBM Plunges Into 'Business Event Management,' Helping Define Field
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The fairly new field of complex event processing sets parameters around a software event and triggers alerts if the rules governing it are violated.
MySpace Suicide Jurors Near Verdict
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The panel has reached a decision on three of four counts of fraud and unauthorized computer access.
Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
Making Microsoft Office Apps Into SOA Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Readers Weigh In On GM Bailout
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
I recently provided some examples of how the death of GM or another automaker could impact the IT industry. Boy, I hit a nerve. Readers e-mailed me and posted comments at the blog, and their feelings on the topic ranged from the furious to the frightened.
MySpace Suicide Case Goes To Jury
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Lori Drew's online taunts allegedly caused a 13-year-old girl to kill herself.
LinkedIn Intros Streamlined Search Engine
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Search results on the social networking site can now be refined by several categories, including name, company, school, and language.
Master Data Management Adoption Going Strong
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Worldwide revenue from master data management software is expected to reach $1.3 billion this year and more than double by 2012. Offers A One-Stop Resource For ECM Information
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
With so many sources for content management industry information -- print, news sites, RSS feeds, podcasts -- it can be tough to know where to wade into the flood. The launch of, the ECMInstitute's new portal, hopes to change that.
MySpace App Shatters BlackBerry Download Record
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
In a sign that BlackBerry is gaining traction in the mainstream market, the social messaging app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times in its first week.
Oracle Site Hub Brings Order to Location Intelligence
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Master Data Management product consolidates and cleanses site-specific information for retailers, government agencies, utilities and more.
Ingres 9.2 Offered With Ease Of Use Enhancements
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Support for both Java Database Connectivity and Microsoft's .Net Data Provider has been updated in the upgrade of the open source database software.
IBM Demos Reuse Of Data Center Waste Heat
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
The energy consumption of data centers is enormous. According to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report to Congress, the peak load on the power grid from data centers and servers is currently estimated to be approximately 7 gigawatts, equivalent to the output of about 15 typical power plants of 1,000 megawatts each.
Florida Teen's Suicide Streamed Live On Internet
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Some thought the event was a hoax until Abraham Biggs Jr.'s body was found by police.
Google SearchWiki To Customize Search Results
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
While Google users cannot alter the search results for others, their notes and votes are publicly viewable.
MySpace Suicide: Defendant Thought Hoax Was 'Funny'
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Court prepares to wrap up first week's testimony in the controversial case.
GM's Death Would Hurt The IT Industry
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
The mob is waving its torches and shouting, "Let them die! Let those fat-cat, private-jet flying dinosaurs collapse in a heap of rust dust!" Based on what I've read on some social networking sites, some of the most opinionated on this topic reside in Silicon Valley. Yeah, OK, let GM or another U.S. automaker go under...and then watch how that impacts the industry you work in.
Google To Seek Pre-Installation Of Chrome On PCs
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
If successful, such a strategy could help the company boost use of the browser, which currently stands at less than 1% of Web users.
How to Encourage Positive Behavior and Performance
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Frank Buytendijk, author of the new book "Performance Leadership" suggests ways to promote the right behavior with scorecards, goals and incentives.
When Obama Appeared On Stage, Web Traffic Dropped
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
I don't remember when the Obama family strode on stage Election Night, but a review of traffic at the Clickabilty site shows a sudden drop just before 9 p.m. The drop deepens until about 9:26 and then, just as precipitously, traffic resumes at its previous level. It's a snapshot of how the Web can be trumped by traditional media.
Three Ways to Link Execution to Strategy
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Performance management guru David Norton tackles the challenge of aligning day-to-day decisions with big-picture strategy.
Performance Management: Link Operational Decisions to Strategy
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
Go beyond BI to give decisions makers at all levels the data they need to make the right business decisions.
Making Money With Mashups
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
I'm back from this week's Mashup Camp in Mountain View, CA, and I came away impressed with both the event and my first real "unconference" experience. The 300 or so (mostly) developers attending were not only passionate and engaged, they drove much of the content, and at least 14 whipped up entries for the climax of the event, the Best Mashup Contest.
Six Apart Offers Journalists Free TypePad Accounts
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
With deep cuts in newsrooms and ad revenue shrinking, it's a tough time to be a journalist of any sort, whether online, print, or broadcast. So it's a breath of fresh air when someone comes along and does something nice for our colleagues in the Fourth Estate.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
Google's Lively Set To Die In December
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The 3-D interactive chat environment will join the list of Google misfires when it closes, less than six months after launch.
Teradata Offers Hardware/Software Packages For Data Warehousing
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The Teradata Accelerate bundles are meant to give mid-size companies a quick way to get started in data warehousing in four months or less.
Information Builders Resolves Excel Hell
Commentary  |  11/20/2008  | 
Microsoft's prescribed antidote to "Excel Hell" won't be available until at least 2010... So why wait years to evaluate a product when there are solutions today?... Last month Information Builders released its latest product, called WebFocus InfoAssist, which brings a range of BI capabilities for business and IT for easily accessing, analyzing and publishing data across the enterprise.
Monty Python Launches YouTube Channel
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
And now for something completely different...the comedy troupe makes it clear it would prefer payment to litigation.
Google's Gmail Gets Dressed Up In Themes
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Other recent features include adding voice and video chat as well as the ability to send and receive SMS messages.
Woolly Mammoth Genome Sequenced
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Just in time for global warming, scientists have sequenced the genome of the extinct woolly mammoth, last seen roaming the Earth about 10,000 years ago.
HP Revamps Online Customer Support
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Consumers of HP notebooks, desktops, printers, and monitors can get information from an overhauled peer-to-peer support forum, free online classes, and video tutorials.
Jury Selection Underway In MySpace Suicide Trial
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Lori Drew is accused of posing online as a teenage boy in order to harass the victim.
YouTube Live Event Streamed From Virgin Airline
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The demonstration will launch the airline's beta test of its Gogo in-flight Internet service.
Will IT Management Go SaaS?
Commentary  |  11/19/2008  | 
Forrester Research forecasts SaaS will take a modest bite out of the IT management market. The big surprise is the high level of interest from medium-sized and large enterprises.
New 'MPG' Metric For Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/19/2008  | 
While data centers consume massive amounts of energy, most data centers have become massively more efficient over the past several years.
Making the Business Case for Mashups
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Once a boutique pursuit for geeks, mashups are entering the enterprise application development mainstream.
CA To Overhaul Big Iron With Mainframe 2.0
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The management company claims mainframes can represent only half the cost of distributed client-server architecture for light workloads.
Sun Gives MySQL A Query Analyzer
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
The analyzer is hoped to push MySQL query execution closer to the performance range of large commercial database systems.
Day's Great Year
Commentary  |  11/18/2008  | 
Day Software is having an outstanding year so far. It landed squarely in the Visionaries quadrant of Gartner's 2008 Enterprise Content Management Magic quadrant report just a month ago, and its year-to-date revenue as reported at the end of last quarter was up nearly 10% from 2007. But probably the most exciting accomplishment is the release of newest version of its flagship Web content management system, Communiqué (CQ) 5.1.
Yahoo CEO Casts Departure In Positive Light, Lists Successes
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
Jerry Yang praises the company's tangible progress, despite a tough external environment, and says he'll "always bleed purple."
CSI 2008: You Want Standards, You Have To Demand Them
Commentary  |  11/18/2008  | 
This morning's Trusted Computing Group summit focused on the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), NAC, and the TNC. The event was well-attended and covered a range of topics from what the TPM is and what it is used for to the TNC's role in NAC and NAC standards. One overwhelming message came out: Users want standards. Vendors are not listening.
Does Management Get Virtualization?
Commentary  |  11/18/2008  | 
We're in the middle of a project where we'd proposed to measure the difference in perception of virtualization between business decision makers and technology decision makers. At the same time, we're looking at the same perceptions for advanced Web technology -- stuff like Ajax, the trend of adding collaboration and BI capabilities into apps. I've been surprised by the results.
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