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Record Number Of Data Breaches Reported In 2007
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Researchers with the Identity Theft Resource Center cited 443 breaches in the U.S. in 2007 in their annual report, compared to the 315 they identified in 2006.
A Year of
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
It has been a year since Intelligent Enterprise magazine went on-line only. The last print issue, dated January 2007, came out last December. I thought I would miss the paper edition but now I see that, from a writer's point of view, the overhead of a print run, particularly for an IT publication, is a greater liability than may be justified by the extra value delivered.
NYC Taxi Commission Defends Touch-Screens In Cabs
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Stringent security protocols protect riders, officials say, despite recent claims that hackers can access information, including credit card numbers.
Vonage Settles Patent Fights With Nortel, AT&T
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The agreement, which also involved Digital Packet Licensing patents acquired by Nortel, centered on the use of 411 and emergency calls.
Generation Y Looks To The Web For Answers
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
A Pew Internet study found 58% of Americans go online first when seeking information on common issues, such as an illness, finances, taxes, and careers.
Microsoft Outlook Add-On Monitors Public Folders
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
The multithreaded software displays a list of folders in the Outlook in-box and Public Folders that contain unread e-mail.
Perl Offers Incremental Update; Version 6.0 Still Awaited
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
While the authors jumped in to fix some expressions for version 5.10, the upcoming rewrite is expected to be more of a community effort.
Boston Public Library To Put Historical Documents Online
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Several nonprofit library and archival organizations begin to make accessible U.S. historical documents, including President John Adams' entire library.
Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Line Of Storage Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May.
Campaign Visualizations: The Bad and the Ugly
Commentary  |  12/24/2007  | 
I wrote last week about a set of New York Times campaign visualizations that caught my eye. They met my "good" criteria: data-appropriate, designed to communicate rather than (merely) show off. The good is often contrasted with the bad and the ugly. Let's check out examples and then look at a TIBCO-Spotfire demonstration site.
IBM Plans To Buy Solid Information Technology
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
IBM plans to fold the in-memory database vendor into its information management software division. Solid's technology can be used in speeding up business intelligence software.
McKesson Migrates To Linux As Boost To Patient Safety
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The health care services company moved 50 of its 70 applications to Linux over the last two years and will complete the process with the remaining 20 within a year or two.
Online Holiday Shopping Spikes In Last Full Week
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Sales are expected to remain strong due to late-season shipping deals and the ability to buy online and pickup the merchandise at stores, an analyst firm said.
Miracle on Westgate Drive
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
I have a home office, so when someone pulled up in a Budget rental truck, my first thought was, "Wrong house. We're not moving." Much to my surprise, it was the FedEx delivery person. How brilliant is that?
TransMedia Launches Ad-Free E-Mail
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Web-based service, dubbed Glide, offers 2 Gbytes of storage with its free accounts.
Software AG Buys Parts Of Jacada For $26 Million
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The purchase leaves Jacada free to pursue its second product line, its call center solutions business, under its own name.
Google Exterminates Its 'Orkut' Worm
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The attack worked because the social networking site allowed users to embed Flash content in their scrap posts.
FTC Approves Google-DoubleClick Deal
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Reviewers determined the acquisition would not harm competition and that privacy concerns should be dealt with through additional guidelines.
Specialized Database Captures, Analyzes Time-Sequenced Data
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
The company claims the system can insert 250,000 records a second and extract 220,000 records a second.
Mac Fans More Likely To Pay For Music Than PC Users
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Mac users are also much more likely to listen to music files on their computers, according to a report from the NPD Group.
Inside Look At General Motor's OnStar System
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
GM faces a huge task in scaling its IT infrastructure to support the global expansion of OnStar and a doubling of the number of subscribers.
Fire Low-Value Customers. No, Wait… Doh!
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
The reasonable-sounding CRM conventional wisdom is that you should "fire your low-value customers," but it turns out to be not so reasonable after all. The theory is that low (or negative) value customers are a drain on limited resources, so getting rid of them should raise margins and make the company more profitable. Except it doesn't, according to a recent study by two Wharton marketing professors.
Campaign visualizations win my vote
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
I do admire a nice visualization, one whose composition suits the nature of the underlying data, one designed to communicate rather than as a means of showing off technology. Given these criteria, the New York Times delivered twice last Sunday with a pair of visualizations that nicely distill presidential-campaign themes and dynamics from what was otherwise a mighty big pile of words: debate transcripts. The Times's visualizations are useful in another way. They exemplify good design, especia
IBM Partners With ACI On SOA-Based Payments System
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Joint sales and technical teams are part of the deal, which combines ACI's money transfer system with IBM's mainframe hardware.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-20 Blogs of 2007
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
As the year winds down I'm in a reflective frame of mind. Today I posted the list of IE's Top 20 Articles of 2007. It's an interesting indication of reader interest, but being measured in page views, the list doesn't do justice to all the single-page blogs we publish. Thus, here are the Top 20 Intelligent Enterprise Blogs of 2007:
Intelligent Enterprise Top-20 Stories of 2007
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Trend stories, how-tos and reviews. Visitors to Intelligent Enterprise depend on all of the above, as proven by our list of the top-20 most-read stories of 2007. The roster includes perennial favorites, like the "Kimball University" series on better data warehousing, as well as forward-looking analyses, like Neil Raden's treatise on BI 2.0, and in-depth reviews, like Cindi Howson's tests of new BI products. Read on to catch the gems you might have missed.
Adobe Answers Rich-App Need for High-Performance Data/Messaging Services
News  |  12/14/2007  | 
Open source code is aimed at sophisticated Web 20-style apps such as live help, dashboard performance monitoring and guided self-service.
IBM Takes Content Classification Software To ECM
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
IBM has modified its Classification Module used to route incoming email in call centers, so it can be used with the company's FileNet P8.
Google Builds iPhone Interface For Picasa Photo Service
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
Features include the ability to search for photos in albums or through community photos as well as add Google Gadgets.
Amazon Launches New Database Service
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
While the S3 Web service is designed to store large objects or files, Amazon's new SimpleDB is optimized for storing smaller bits of data and accessing that data swiftly.
Opera Hits Microsoft With European Antitrust Complaint
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
The requests aren't without precedent, as the EC last year forced Microsoft to detach its Windows Media Player software from Windows Vista.
Scripps Networks Launches Online Real Estate Listing Service
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
The site plans to add user-provided information on areas where homes are listed to answer the question of "what it's really like to live in specific neighborhoods,"
Google Keeps What Erases
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
Google uses AskEraser data to fight click fraud and to present contextually relevant ads, but should you be worried?
AT&T Offers Schools RFID Tracking For People And Assets
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
The product helps schools keep track of equipment, as well as students, visitors, and staff, using radio ID tags combined with GPS-based resource management services. Launches Search Privacy Feature
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
AskEraser can eliminate a users' IP addresses, user IDs, session ID cookies, and the complete text of search queries from the servers.
Welcome to the New
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
"As you may know, Intelligent Enterprise ceased print publication with the January 2007 issue, but rest assured that the mission lives on and is being reinvigorated here at… " I posted these words nearly a year ago, and I'm happy to report that we've delivered on what we promised - up to a point… What we haven't delivered - that is until today - has been the promised "cleaner, more engaging Web site."
Google Accounts For More Than 65% Of U.S. Searches
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
Health and medical had the highest share of traffic from search engines at 44.64%, while business and finance had the least at 17.04%, according to the latest Hitwise survey.
IBM Rational Tools Zero In On Specific Industries
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
The latest RealTime download includes benefits for flight avionics and defense software testing as well as software for the automotive industry.
NBC Universal Taps SanDisk's Service As Replacement For iTunes
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
Shows that are expected to be available in January include The Office, Heroes, and 30 Rock.
Cognos Introduces OLAP Engine Derived From Applix Acquisition
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
The company's TM1 business intelligence product can now filter information about a trend in sales, for example, and then return results from a customer's "what if?" scenario.
HP Adds Arsenal to its Neoview Customer List
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
Vendor claims progress on its hardware, software and services push into operational business intelligence.
Microsoft Releases Office 2007 SP1
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
Most of the changes are relatively minor, including the five bugs that most often crash Office applications.
Expert Perspective: What We Need to Get to Operational BI
News  |  12/10/2007  | 
Current technologies aren't suitable for embedding business intelligence within applications and Web interfaces. What's needed is a developer-friendly split between query and data access that will lead to more pervasive use of BI.
SAP Focuses On Ease Of Use In CRM Upgrade
News  |  12/10/2007  | 
SAP adds a friendlier user interface to CRM 2007, as well as a variety of new capabilities.
Kimball University: Handling Arbitrary Restatements of History
News  |  12/9/2007  | 
How do you cope with an executive's request to "bring back a time series of activity for all subscribers who were in platinum status as of X date," or "show me a time series of orders by sales region according to the sales organization as of Y"? Here's how data warehouse pros can cope with the common requirement to look back in time.
Oracle Buys Moniforce To Bolster Its Application Monitoring Experience
News  |  12/7/2007  | 
Of particular interest to Oracle is Moniforce's UXinsight module, which can uncover errors in logic in custom and packaged applications on non-Oracle and Oracle infrastructures.
Microsoft Releases HD Photo Plug-In For Photoshop
News  |  12/7/2007  | 
The software is intended for use with Photoshop CS2 or CS3 running on Windows XP or Windows Vista.
Macrovision To Buy Gemstar-TV Guide In $2.8 Billion DRM Play
News  |  12/7/2007  | 
The company sees consumers with a personalized TV listing guide, accessing movie reviews before downloading a film or tap into their MP3 collection from any device.
Opera 9 Browser To Power Archos Media Players
News  |  12/7/2007  | 
Users can download and create personalized Widgets, such as weather forecasts, news, currency and unit converters, and calculators.
DOE Lab Hacked
News  |  12/7/2007  | 
No classified information was lost but the personal information of visitors may have been stolen from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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