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The Lighter Side of Consulting
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
The other day I ran into an old Consulting mentor of mine. Smooth, superior and self-assured, the man was Consulting Personified. But now gone were the suit and smirk, replace by sneakers, stubble and a sullen look. Could it be The Curse of the Consultant?
Eleven BI/Analytics Topics for 2010
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
This time of year, we pundit types like to post our summations of the past year's developments, our Best Of lists recapping our own work, and our industry predictions for next year, for 2010. Not me, not this year. I will, however, post on the year ahead... for me, on BI and analytics topics that I plan to cover in the next few months...
WSO2 Launches Business Activity Monitor
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The open source monitor provides visibility into services oriented architectures through the customizable WSO2 Gadget Server dashboard.'s Wizard Was Parker Harris And Team
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Much has been recorded about the rise of and how Marc Benioff's clever marketing brought the company to the forefront. Today, with its stock reaching new highs, I wanted to pay tribute to a giant of cloud computing, Parker Harris, the technology magician behind the marketing who made Benioff's story possible.
Oracle Lifts Cloud Over MySQL Storage Engine Vendors
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Earlier this month, Oracle put out a press release promising to play nicely with MySQL if its Sun takeover is approved... Point #2 is the biggie, lifting a major cloud from the MySQL storage engine business.
MyYearbook Speeds Web Responses
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
EXtremeDB, McObject's in-memory, object-oriented database, helps MyYearbook meet the high performance demands of the social networking site.
Intelligent Enterprise 2010 Event Calendar
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
If it's about information management, business intelligence, enterprise applications, processes or architecture, it's listed in our annual guide to technology events. Make your plans for the can't-miss conferences, expos and summits of 2010.
Manufacturers Seek Green Monitoring In ERP
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Executives want social media and environmental management functionality in their enterprise resource planning software.
Integration: ECM Curse and Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
With the proliferation of enterprise content management (ECM) vendors at many organizations, a new challenge is developing around managing federated ECM systems. Can the content management applications within an organization be integrated to help users find the information they need?
Twitter Buys Out Mixer Labs
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Microblogging service acquires developer of the GeoAPI location mapping tool.
Coming Soon from SAP BusinessObjects
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The tricky thing about events like the recent SAP Influencer Summit in Boston is that some attendees want broad, high-level insight, and others, like me (and readers like you) want much more detail... The company did share some of the most noteworthy improvements due in future releases of SAP Business Objects software.
Top Facebook Updates: Lady Gaga, Farmville, H1N1
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Social networking site says 2009's top memes reflect members' broad array of interests and worries.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
Google and the Meaning of Half Open
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Google is half open: the conclusion I draw after reading product management SVP Jonathan Rosenberg's "The Meaning of Open." For all the pride and confidence and even wisdom conveyed in the essay, Google's core, its strategic direction -- Rosenberg's own product management brief -- is rightly closed rather than community-driven.
Kundra's Management Challenges
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's job is different from others whom we've named as InformationWeek's Chief of the Year in the past in a few big ways that make it especially challenging.
2009's Budget Cuts Are 2010's Innovation Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
2009 was a perfect storm of IT nightmares. Budgets were slashed. Security issues got worse. And what with sea changes in how IT is expected to operate -- witness cloud computing and the
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Government agencies will continue to struggle with cybersecurity, while making strides in transparency and cloud computing. There will also be new pushes for accountability and IT procurement reform.
Intelligent Enterprise Top Blog Posts of 2009
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
News coverage gives you one version of the truth, but there's nothing like the instant expert analysis blogs can bring to breaking stories. Here are the top-15 posts of the year from the Intelligent Enterprise blogosphere:
Intelligent Enterprise Top Stories of 2009
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Our ten most-popular articles of the year delivered helpful advice, forward-looking insight and deep analysis. Plus, we add our list of popular 'evergreen' gems offering timeless insight.
Q&A: David Wennergren, DoD Deputy CIO
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Department of Defense deputy CIO David Wennergren addresses information stovepipes, SOA, procurement, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
BI Still Hindered By Technical Problems
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
A survey of BI professionals found the success rates of business intelligence deployments largely unchanged from the last survey in 2007.
Full Nelson: Many Eyes, Dancing Data
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
With data taking center stage in every organization, the ability to make sense and take action on that data is vital. Technology like Many Eyes will make that process more inviting.
How Did Our 2009 Predictions Fare?
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
This week CMS Watch issued its twelve predictions for 2010. In this post, I look back at our 2009 predictions to see how we did. The 2009 predictions were...
IBM Buying Lombardi: A Bauble on Big Blue's Christmas Tree?
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
I was on the analyst call this morning to hear about IBM's acquisition of Lombardi -- a pretty significant acquisition in the BPM space.
IBM Launches Voice-of-the-Customer Analytic Service
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Text mining and statistical clustering technologies tapped to bolster marketing, enhance service and improve customer loyalty.
Plurk Might Sue Microsoft For Code Theft
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Chinese microblogging service says it may take legal action in wake of plagiarism incident.
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The open source database's author urges users to object to deal that would give Oracle ownership of MySQL.
Pig Latin, Anyone?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Pretty stunning. Militants in Iraq have been able to intercept live video feeds from Predator drones, according to a new report. What's worse is how they did it.
'Beacon' Communities Need Track Record For Feds' IT Funds
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Communities will need a proven track record if they're looking to receive funding to become health IT "beacons" under a federal program to set up models of meaningful health information usage. Communities qualifying for inclusion in the program must demonstrate that they're already embracing e-health records an electronic health information sharing.
Practical Analysis: Enterprise IT Meets Survivor Syndrome
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
We can't co back to the staffing levels we knew, but how will your organization adjust as the economy slowly rights itself?
Data Architecture? What's That?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Data architecture has always been a topic close to my heart. "Overloaded and overlooked" is how I define a data architect's role. Has anything changed over the past decade? Yes, but possibly for the worse. Consider the following...
BBN Lands $81 Million Army Contract
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The lab will carry out pure research in networking, and will be responsible for transitioning new technologies to the Department of Defense.
End User Devices: The M&O Balance
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
I finished up a few months of research last week on an InformationWeek Analytics report about new paradigms that organizations can use for end user devices. Some of that research made its way into an article for InformationWeek, where one reader comme
Survey: BI Still Hindered By Technical Problems
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
A 2009 survey of 324 BI professionals by BI Scorecard also found the success rates of BI deployments were largely unchanged from the last survey in 2007.
White House Asks For Transparency Help
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Last week, the Obama administration announced the Open Government Directive, a tangible step toward the transparency the President has touted. Now, White House officials are asking citizens to keep the government accountable.
Race To The Finish Line For Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Unless you're in an industry like retail, the weeks leading up to the holidays are a time when a lot of people use up vacation days and catch up on end-of-year chores. But I suspect that for many folks in healthcare, the holidays this year will be more hectic than usual.
9 Reasons Enterprises Shouldn't Switch To Hyper-V
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
In my job I'm privileged to help companies navigate virtualization challenges. Lately, more and more enterprise IT groups are asking about migrating to Hyper-V because of perceived significant cost savings, from a licensing perspective. I always expected that at some point I would have to address this question, but I thought that time would be two or three years from now.
BI and Data Warehouse Vendors Chime in on Oracle's MySQL Commitments
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Open source partners say promises are a positive development for popular data source and growing data warehousing alternative.
IT Jobs: CIOs Need Help But Won't Hire
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Hiring for permanent IT positions is flat, but bright spots are seen for IT contractors specializing in security, BI, and SAP.
Software Tools Help Manage Clinical Trials
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Web-based, analytic software tools help pharmaceutical firms keep patient recruitment on track for clinical trials.
IBM Study Finds Top Firms Embrace Information-Driven Culture
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Use of analytics, data governance practices and employee empowerment set successful companies apart.
Microsoft Taps Into Open Government Market
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
The software vendor is using Sharepoint, Bing, SQL, Azure, and other tools to seize a chunk of the open government market.
Instruments That Help Clinicians Deliver Better Care
Commentary  |  12/15/2009  | 
In the medical world, every day brings new research findings that can potentially alter the prescribed "best practices" for treating patients with any given medical condition to facilitate the best outcomes. But keeping up with volumes of new medical studies is one of the biggest challenges for clinicians wanting to provide the best care possible for patients. That's where clinical decision support tools hold great promise.
Overlooking Problems with Oracle's Exadata
Commentary  |  12/15/2009  | 
The premise that Oracle Exadata V2 is going to siphon off all of the existing implementations on older SMP platforms to the new Exadata platform fails for two reasons...
Oracle Mobilizing MySQL Users
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
The European Commission investigation into Oracle's acquisition of Sun is turning into a political dogfight as MySQL users are writing letters supporting and opposing the deal.
Search, Compliance, Collaboration To Drive ECM 2010 Spending
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
Forrester Research also found in surveying 170 information and knowledge management professionals that Web content management and records management will be areas of investment next year.
Global CIO: The CIO's Christmas
Commentary  |  12/14/2009  | 
A holiday poem, with apologies to Dr. Seuss
ECM Features to Look for in 2010
Commentary  |  12/14/2009  | 
There are five areas that we hope enterprise content management (ECM) vendors will explore in 2010, and as buyers, we hope that you will press for roadmaps on these fronts prior to making a purchase.
New SAP App Targets Sustainability as Strategic Advantage
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
Module captures and discloses data on environmental, economic and social impacts. Goal is improving performance as well as meeting compliance demands.
BI or Analytics? "'T ain't what you do..."
Commentary  |  12/11/2009  | 
There was yet another "What's the definition of analytics?" exchange on-line today prompted by a software vendor's claim to be "beyond BI" or the like... My response: "'T ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it." Let's talk value, not feature lists...
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