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FAIR USE Act Aims To Clarify Copyright Limits
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The legislation would amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so that teachers, libraries and certain individuals could circumvent DRM locks.
Black Hat 'RFID' Compromise Is A Win For Security
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The deal between HID and IOActive shows how delicate a line security researchers walk when they seek to present their work to the public.
Google Mashup Helps You Avoid Traffic Backups
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The search engine company debuts an add-on to its Google Maps application for a handful of metro areas.
CRM Comes to Google Business Apps
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
One company is adapting its Web-based enterprise customer relationship management software to fit Google's Apps Premier Edition.
IBM Partners With Google For Business Web 2.0 Push
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
WebSphere Portal 6 and Portal Express customers can get Google Gadget Portlet for free starting in April.
Models Take the Danger Out of Prediction
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Predictive modeling isn't a crystal ball, and despite the efforts of Business Objects, Hyperion, Microstrategy and SAS to get predictive modeling into mainstream BI tools, there are many other reasons for its lack of success... Predictive modeling is different from using predictive models... Automating decisions with predictive models is a good idea, especially when those decisions are numerous and each one has a farily low risk of error.
Oracle on HP and Intel Claims New Database Record
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
For those keeping score, the Oracle/Intel/HP system is 1.5% faster than an IBM system, which was bumped down to second place.
JasperSoft Offers Business Intelligence On MySQL Database
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
JasperSoft launches a suite of reporting tools for the open-source database.
IBM Launches High-Performance Computing Initiative
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
IBM works with Microsoft and other application vendors to expand the use of its hardware in computer clusters and mainframes.
Web Analytics Vendor Adds Data Visualization
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
On-demand Web analytics service provider Omniture has launched Discover 2.0, a visual data exploration tool designed to uncover business opportunities, new customer acquisition strategies and ways to drive more revenue from online marketing campaigns. Complementing Omniture's SiteCatalyst Web analytics service, Discover 2.0 is said to support unlimited segmentation of online customers and site visitors.
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Vista, Infrastructure and BPM Top IT Concerns
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
What are the three most important priorities for IT organizations in 2007? GCR (formerly Gartner Custom Research) put this question to more than 1,000 IT professionals and determined that Windows Vista, core infrastructure and business process management are among the top concerns, eclipsing interest in security and hardware upgrades.
Sun Enlists In Free Software Foundation
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
As an FSF patron, Sun joins the likes of Intel, IBM, HP, Google, MySQL, EMC, and JBoss.
Oracle Ships Free Information Life-Cycle Management Tool
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
The software download can help companies move information accessed infrequently to lower-priced hardware for long-term storage.
Altosoft Unveils Business Optimization Suite
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Altosoft's upcoming operational business intelligence product uses data drawn from business processes.
Microsoft Challenges Adobe With Publisher Partnerships
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
In a war of digital readers, Microsoft is using its Windows Presentation Foundation technology to block out Adobe's Flash and PDF software.
Google Gets Hand In Trademark Dispute
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Previously critical of the search engine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation supports Google's argument that sponsored links do not constitute infringing uses of trademarks.
Field Report: Nuclear Fuel Supplier Tightens Database Security
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Keeping tabs on enriched uranium? Challenging. Keeping track of database integrity for SOX? Piece of cake.
How a Smarter Database Can Protect Your Data
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Databases and networks can't tell if hackers and insiders are pilfering data. Appliance and software-based solutions offer intelligence that helps spot suspicious activity.
Enterprise Applications Likely To Trip On Daylight-Saving Change Without Updates
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Server log files from electronic events, such as financial transactions, might be reconstructed and will tend to be off by an hour, a Forrester analyst reports.
IBM Issues Patch For DB2 'Viper' Security Flaw
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
The flaw in one of the latest releases could allow local users to write to, or alter, any file on a company's system.
How Rich Internet Apps Will Improve BI, ERP
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
Do you think rich Internet apps (RIA) are just a concern for consumer Web sites? Think again. RIAs will soon make their mark on the enterprise, making complex software such as ERP and BI systems more accessible to ordinary business users. SAP, for one, has licensed Adobe Flex for its analytics platform and for the NetWeaver Visual Composer development tool.
Hummingbird Users Shown Easy Path To Open Text ECM
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Open Text plans to make it easy for Hummingbird users to add Livelink capabilities to their content management systems.
Predictive Analytics: The Next Killer App?
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
At this week's TDWI Executive Summit, CIOs and IT leaders cast their votes on what BI innovation would have the biggest business impact in the next few years. The most highly ranked item: predictive analytics. Given the perceived value of predictive analytics, why does it seem to have had such lack luster success to date? I suspect the answer is part cultural and part technological.
First Woman Named Winner Of Prestigious Computing Award
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Frances Allen, an IBM Fellow Emerita, receives the tech industry's equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computing.
JRules 6.5 Delivers 'Push-Button' Decision Services
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Reusability is a key to successful services-oriented architecture deployments. ILog says the 6.5 upgrade of its JRules business rules management system automates the development of "decision services" -- business rules composed and deployed as Web services -- and then helps business users and experts alike easily find, understand, modify and reuse those services.
Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
The search engine company adopts a subscription model with its corporate bundle to counter Microsoft Office and Windows Live.
U.S. Accredits Two E-Voting Test Labs
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
The Election Assistance Commission gives thumbs up to iBeta Quality Assurance and Sys Test Labs. A decision on a New York contractor is pending.
Software AG Expects To Double Revenues From SOA Market By 2011
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
The German software maker will have to move fast to launch products and acquire technologies to compete with SOA heavies such as IBM, BEA, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and SAP, Forrester Research says.
IBM Digests FileNet
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
Last week IBM clarified its ECM intentions via a series of analyst briefings. In short the recently acquired FileNet P8 product will become Big Blue's main ECM offering, although legacy IBM products will remain supported for the foreseeable future... The ECM space will surely see more acquisitions, but the market has already bifurcated into business solutions providers and ECM platform players.
$1 Billion Contract Gives AT&T Key Role In GM's Globalization Effort
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
GM is counting on AT&T's telephony expertise to ease its expansion into emerging geographies where telecom standards may differ from those used in the U.S. and Europe.
Q&A: Ted Farrell on Oracle's Path to Rich Internet Apps
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
As chief architect for tools and middleware at Oracle, Ted Farrell is responsible for the technical and strategic direction of Oracle's frameworks and development tools and for aligning those products with the vendor's Fusion middleware technologies. With some 30,000 Oracle, PeopleSoft and Siebel customers looking to those products, the direction Oracle sets will have a major impact on enterprise adoption of rich Internet apps.
Is SAP Ready for BI?
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
The market for BI has never been more vibrant, or the interest by midsized to large organizations in adopting BI greater. Yet in the face of this opportunity, I continue to hear reports of unrest on the part of companies using SAP for BI - reports about its lack of enterprise capabilities and the usability of the technology. SAP has declared it understands the importance of BI, but it has yet to offer cutting-edge products.
InQuira Upgrades Web Support Software
News  |  2/20/2007  | 
InQuira 8 offers Web support and services in a portal-like application.
Thoughts on Jim Gray, Database Pioneer
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
After a period of upheaval, I'm ready to resume contributing to the IE blog. My thoughts, however, are clouded by news of the apparent disappearance of Jim Gray, founder and head of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center. Gray contributed more than anyone to the advance of database and transaction processing technology, and it's just stunning that he appears to have left us.
Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 For SQL Server 2005
News  |  2/20/2007  | 
The company also has eased its licensing policy to let owners of the Enterprise Edition run unlimited, virtual instances of the software on a single server.
Debriefing: Adobe's Jeff Whatcott Explores the Rich Internet Apps Trend
News  |  2/20/2007  | 
Macromedia is credited with coining the term "Rich Internet Applications," so who better to comment on the future of enterprise apps than Macromedia veteran Jeff Whatcott. Now senior director, product marketing in the Enterprise & Developer Solutions Business Unit at Adobe Systems (which acquired Macromedia in 2005), Whatcott talks about Flex, Ajax and connections with services-oriented architecture.
No Turning Back from Rich Internet Apps
News  |  2/16/2007  | 
Offering more than just dazzling interfaces, rich Internet apps for the enterprise will personalize interaction, empower mobile users and improve client and back-end flexibility. Here's what to look for -- and what to look out for -- when choosing RIA development approaches.
Borland Re-Invents Itself: Application Life Cycle Management Is Its New Goal
News  |  2/16/2007  | 
After spinning off Borland's JBuilder and Delphi products, CEO Tod Nielsen lays down his Gauntlet testing software against Microsoft and IBM.
Can Open Source Apps Find Strength in Numbers?
Commentary  |  2/16/2007  | 
Observations I drew from this week's LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit are that (1) location does matter, in both physical and market space and (2) some people have a strange notion of what constititues an IT solution. The interesting news at the summit was the annoucement of a new Open Solutions Alliance. But I'll get to that after first explaining my point on strange notions.
CIA Tech Incubator In-Q-Tel Invests in StreamBase
News  |  2/16/2007  | 
The U.S. intelligence community needs real-time surveillance and alerting capabilities, so this VC angel is investing in high-volume event processing and analysis technology.
NetSuite Takes Hosted E-Retail Service To Midmarket
News  |  2/15/2007  | 
New offerings include collaboration with eBay for companies that want to use the online marketplace as a new sales channel.
Scientists Develop Mind-Reading Brain Scans
News  |  2/15/2007  | 
Clinical studies from a think tank in Berlin could lead to specific thoughts being picked up by brain scans and turned into the appropriate actions.
Massive Insider Breach At DuPont
News  |  2/15/2007  | 
A research chemist who worked for DuPont for 10 years before accepting a job with a competitor downloaded 22,000 sensitive documents and viewed 16,706 more in the company's electronic library.
Alliance Will Push Enterprise Adoption Of Open-Source Code
News  |  2/14/2007  | 
The alliance hopes to reduce the number of skills needed to bring open-source code inside the enterprise and make it easier to deploy.
Microsoft Adds Analytics To Its Dynamics CRM Software
News  |  2/14/2007  | 
The plug-in for Dynamics is part of Microsoft's grab at a multibillion-dollar BI industry.
IBM, Novell, AMD Team Up On Informix Package
News  |  2/14/2007  | 
Many IDS customers are either retailers or telecommunication equipment manufacturers.
Firefox Tops 300 Million Downloads But Loses Market Share
News  |  2/14/2007  | 
It's not clear from a recent survey whether Firefox lost market share to Microsoft or Apple.
Analysis: IBM Flexes its Content Management Muscles
News  |  2/14/2007  | 
Following up on last year's acquisition of FileNet, IBM outlines its federation strategy, introduces new products and underscores its clout with customers.
SAS BI: Solid or Stolid?
Commentary  |  2/14/2007  | 
I agree with Gartner's assessment that "SAS offers the most comprehensive BI platform in the industry" with unmatched advanced analytics. My experience with the company's products over the years has rewarded my confidence. Yet Gartner also reports that SAS BI software is perceived as lacking usability. I agree with that assessment, too, and I've welcomed SAS efforts to counter it.
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