The Lighter Side of Consulting
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
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...
Salesforce.com's Wizard Was Parker Harris And Team
Much has been recorded about the rise of Salesforce.com 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
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
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
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.
Integration: ECM Curse and Opportunity
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?
Coming Soon from SAP BusinessObjects
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.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
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
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
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.
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
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
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
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.
Full Nelson: Many Eyes, Dancing Data
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?
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...
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
The open source database's author urges users to object to deal that would give Oracle ownership of MySQL.
Pig Latin, Anyone?
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
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.
Data Architecture? What's That?
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
The lab will carry out pure research in networking, and will be responsible for transitioning new technologies to the Department of Defense.
White House Asks For Transparency Help
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
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
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.
Instruments That Help Clinicians Deliver Better Care
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
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
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.
ECM Features to Look for in 2010
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.
BI or Analytics? "'T ain't what you do..."
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...