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Senate Healthcare Reform Bill's IT Provisions Make Sense
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
As the Senate begins debating its healthcare reform bill, there's several health IT related provisions that aren't likely to stir a lot of emotion on the Senate floor, but deserve some attention.
OrderMotion Offers PivotLink BI To Online Retailers
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
In integrating PivotLink with its OMX product, OrderMotion adds a number of BI capabilities for its customers, including the ability to monitor sales trends for demand forecasting and to measure the lifetime value of customers.
The Myth of 360 Degree Views
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
We've all encountered the promise of 360-degree customer views, marketing-speak that asserts that BI solution X, CRM solution Y, or Sales Force Automation solution Z considers customer information from all angles. Yet I've never seen the "360-degree" claim fulfilled. Here's my take on 360-degree views and how they can finally becoming reality...
Government CIOs Must Focus On Results, Not Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy.
10 ECM Basics and Gotchas to Avoid
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Explore the crucial components of enterprise content management and the 10 pitfalls that undo efforts to capture, manage, store, preserve, secure and share information.
Saving 70% Per Month In The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I need to add an FTP server to my environment, and as I sit here and struggle with how I'm going to do that and stay under my annual budget, it occurs to me that the cloud isn't a bad option anymore. The savings are pretty compelling, in fact; read on for a quick and dirty cost analysis.
Text Data Quality: Mistakes and More
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
I wrote recently on Text Data Quality, looking at issues that affect analytical accuracy, that "the basic text data quality issue is that humans make mistakes, and the challenge is that people's natural-language mistakes defy easy, automated detection." This topic and related non-erroneous vagaries of human language bear further exploration...
Senators Urge EU To Finish Oracle Sun Probe
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
With Sun jobs at stake, U.S. lawmakers want the European Commission to speed up its antitrust investigation.
IT Owns E-Discovery
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Organizations are realizing technological expertise is just as essential as sharp legal analysis when it comes to e-discovery.
Reports of Perfectly-Balanced Hardware Configurations are Greatly Exaggerated
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Data warehouse appliance and software appliance vendors like to claim that they've worked out just the right hardware configuration(s), and that a single configuration is correct for a fairly broad range of workloads. But there are a lot of reasons to be dubious about that. Specific vendor evidence includes...
Next Steps for Analytics in the Big-Data Era
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
December events set agenda for education on analytics, business intelligence and data warehousing. Universities reset curricula.
Can IT Help New Cancer Screening Guidelines?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
New recommendations from a federal task force last week about breast cancer screenings have infuriated many cancer survivors as well as medical professional organizations, including the American Cancer Society. The guidelines were based on data analysis of the risks and benefits of mammograms for women under age 50.
Informatica Releases Cloud 9 Data Integration Platform
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Cloud 9's platform-as-a-service component enables developers to collaborate within IT teams to create reusable data integration and data quality mappings in the cloud or on premise.
Up With Virtual Grid Power
Commentary  |  11/22/2009  | 
I recently wrote a column for InformationWeek Analytics that got some e-mail responses, and I thought the discussion was interesting enough to post the column and some of the comments that sparked the discussion. So here goes.
Web 2.0 Expo: Noveck Cites Open Gov Challenges
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
The deputy CTO for open government sees progress, but acknowledges push back and resource constraints on the path to transparency.
The Million-Dollar Google Maps API
Commentary  |  11/20/2009  | 
The U.S. government's Web site provides new visibility into what federal agencies pay for cloud-based applications and commercial software, with offerings from vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Jive, Microsoft, and One of the priciest products on the site: Google's Maps API, which lists for nearly a million dollars.
IBM and Informatica Take Next Steps Toward Cloud Delivery
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
As the cloud model matures, new offerings pave the way for shared analytic insight and services-based data integration.
eBay Founder Starting Online News Site
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
As print journalism suffers from the move of ad dollars to the Web, Pierre Omidyar hopes his service will fill gaps in local Hawaiian news reporting.
Interop: Cloud Computing's Portability Gotcha
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
There were a couple "aha" moments for me at Interop's Enterprise Cloud Summit. The first was that some companies are already storing hundreds of terabytes of data in the cloud. The second was that it can be a slow and expensive process to move that data from one service provider to another.
Obama Team Challenges Web Developers
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
Having rebuilt on the open source Drupal platform, President Obama's new media team is calling on the open source community for new ideas and technology.
SAP Gets Microsoft Nod on Performance Management
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
SAP announced yesterday that Microsoft supports SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (formerly known as OutlookSoft) as a "preferred solution"... It makes sense that Microsoft would prefer SAP BusinessObjects' product over others in that it runs on the Microsoft platform...
Blumenthal: Patient Care, Not Tech, Will Drive Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
National health IT coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal dropped a big hint about upcoming criteria for giving out e-health records grants. He advised healthcare IT managers to focus on "goals of care" rather than technology.
Web 2.0 Expo: Startup Aims At Public Policy Crowdsourcing
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
Expert Labs, founded by Anil Dash, will use social media tools to bring private sector expertise to the U.S. government's decision-making processes.
Open Government: A San Francisco Treat
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | is San Francisco's major foray into open and transparent government; it is the city giving its vital data back to its citizens. We talked with the city's mayor, Gavin Newsom, several members of his technology team, led by CTO Blair Adams, and some of the early developers who have already built applications around the data. We've captured all of this in a new video documentary.
A Useful Outsider Perspective On Evil IT
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
Some of the best advice on being an IT executive that I ever got was from an ex-boss. Jonathan, he said, there are two types of CIOs. The first type looks into the data center, and the second looks out of the data center to interact with customers. The first type, he said, isn't nearly as useful and doesn't last nearly as long.
The Future of Content Management
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
From increased collaboration to business intelligence to better integration with applications, enterprise content management is evolving. Take our reader survey and let us know where you think ECM is heading.
Text Mining: The Intersection of Content & BI
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
Companies used to employ armies of people to read through documents such as customer satisfaction surveys, but it took longer, cost a lot more money and yielded far less detailed, reliable and consistent information than you can now quickly uncover using text mining applications.
Salesforce Adds Enterprise Social Networking
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Chatter brings Facebook- and Twitter-type capabilities to applications running on the cloud computing platform.
Obama Administration Defends Its Data Quality
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Inaccuracies in stimulus-tracking data on do exist, but overall the transparency effort has been a success, says a special advisor to the President.
Is the SharePoint Bubble Going to Burst?
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
There is plenty to be excited about in SP2010, especially if you belong to the SharePoint channel of resellers, consultants, developers, and system integrators... but I am starting to get the distinct impression that the SharePoint bubble is about to burst.
The Trouble With Movable Type 5
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
I've been using Movable Type as my blogging system of choice for several years now -- not just because it's open source but because it's a good program with great features. And yet the newest revision, version 5, feels like it falls far short of what could -- and needs -- to be done.
Bill Would Ban P2P Use By Federal Employees
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Proposed legislation would prohibit use of P2P software like BitTorrent or Limewire on government computers and set policies for employees and contractors.
EMC and HP Battle For Laptop Backup
Commentary  |  11/17/2009  | 
EMC's Avamar 5.0 and HP's DPNE bring backup with dedupe to laptops and desktops, but they each take a very different approach to backing up PCs.
Web 2.0 Expo: O'Reilly Warns Of Web War
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
Internet visionary fears an end to openness as Internet rivals consolidate power.
SGI Intros Supercomputer With Intel Nehalem EX
News  |  11/17/2009  | 
The SGI Altix UV high-performance computing system reaches 18.6 teraflop per second.
Uncle Sam's $24 Million Cloud App
Commentary  |  11/17/2009  | 
The U.S. government's cloud computing portal,, may be a breakthrough in fast, efficient, and transparent IT acquisition, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Witness the multimillion-dollar software modules available to government agencies on the site.
CEP for ETL: Next-Generation Tech for Low-Latency Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  11/17/2009  | 
Complex event processing (CEP) is the next big thing in data integration. At least that's the game plan at Microsoft and Informatica. And given that IBM and Oracle also have CEP available on their technology toolbelts, there's little doubt that success will breed more adaptations of CEP for low-latency data integration.
Reporting Health IT Security Compliance Gets Easier
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has unveiled a new program that helps streamline how healthcare organizations report to their business associates their status of compliance to security regulations such as HIPAA and others.
Clarabridge Upgrades Text Analytics For Customer-Feedback Apps
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
Clarabridge Enterprise 4 includes the addition of an ad-hoc uploader, upgrades to the natural language processing and sentiment engines, new collaboration tools in the classification suite and built-in alerts.
IBM Launches Business Analytics Cloud
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
Big Blue deploys cloud computing internally while also offering the service to customers.
True BI for the Masses
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
BI for the Masses is overused marketing-speak meant to suggest that Vendor X's break-out Product Y is going to enable/deliver business intelligence beyond the 15%-20% of knowledge workers who currently do BI. Well, I have my own notion of BI for the Masses, and it is NOT what it's typically claimed to be. What it is is illustrated by a couple of recent New York Times data visualizations...
YouTube Steps Up High Res Videos
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
YouTube will increase the maximum resolution of video uploads to 1080p, to accommodate higher-resolution consumer cameras, starting this week.
Garbage In, Garbage Out In Washington
Commentary  |  11/13/2009  | 
Problems abound with data about stimulus spending being reported on the federal government's stimulus-tracking Website,, as a cursory search for "stimulus" and "errors" on your favorite news search engine should tell you. While many of the numbers have been, quite simply, incorrectly reported by recipients, others are a symptom of greater problems in government IT.
Programmers Charged In Madoff Scheme
News  |  11/13/2009  | 
Two men were arrested for developing and maintaining computer programs that helped convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff cover up his operation.
Dealing With the ECM Skills Shortage
Commentary  |  11/13/2009  | 
One HR professional at a major healthcare firm told me this week that enterprise content management-skilled applicants are looking for approximately 40% more in base pay than their peers with a background in CRM or ERP... My advice (unchanged over the years) is to...
Truviso Upgrades Real-Time Analytics Product
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
Continuous Analytics v3.2, aimed at advertising networks, Web publishers, and other digital service providers, tracks sets of Web visitors for almost any segment or dimension. The sets are continually updated as new Web log, page tag or beacon data is added to the system.
Down To Smarter Business: People Want Technology Focused On Results, Not ''Solutions''
Commentary  |  11/12/2009  | 
Sensors, wireless, cloud computing, machine-to-machine networks--they're all coming together to change how people get their jobs done.
Open Source vs Commercial BI
Commentary  |  11/12/2009  | 
One of the challenging aspects in evaluating open source is in assessing what is in the free community editions versus in the premium, supported editions... But even the premium editions from open source vendors are priced significantly lower than suites from conventional BI vendors.
Oracle Updates Berkeley Database
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
Oracle has brought out a fourth version of the Berkeley DB Java Edition database system with enhanced performance and replication.
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