News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in February 2008
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Data Warehouse Appliances? Me too!
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Just as every presidential candidate this cycle is the candidate of Change, it seems that all the DBMS vendors offer the preferred data-warehouse appliance solution. That's the message I heard from appliance panelists at today's TDWI Washington DC chapter meeting. For a couple of them it was a real stretch, which in one case wasn't a bad thing. The net take-away is that we are seeing Change in the DBMS world, even if for the politicians that word is still only a promise.
Co-Founder: YouTube Live Video Coming This Year
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
With Google's financial backing, Steve Chen is optimistic about offering real-time streaming on the Web.
Sybase Bets Big, Wins On Column-Oriented Database
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Revenue for Sybase IQ, a column-oriented database for data warehouse systems, was up 70% last year.
SaaS vendor NetSuite Opens Platform To ISVs, VARs
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
In launching the NetSuite Business Operating System, the vendor is offering to host third-party software on its multi-tenant, on-demand architecture. As a result, ISVs and VARs can extend NetSuite's underlying capabilities to specific verticals.
IBM Envisions Clustered Modular Storage
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company also plans to introduce in the next couple of quarters solid-state drives that will work alongside hard-disk drives.
Did Poor Data Governance Spark the Subprime Crisis?
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The subprime lending crisis offer fresh evidence that we're in the bear-skins-and-stone-knives era of understanding risk and making good decisions based on data. That's one of the key points I heard yesterday at an IBM Data Governance Council meeting in New York... Current technologies are limited by a lack of best practices and standards and by the sheer scale and complexity of enterprises and financial markets...
Google Hands Out Voicemail To S.F. Homeless
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The social program is a joint effort between Google's Grand Central group and the city's Project Homeless Connect.
Michael Robertson Debuts SyncWizard Storage Service
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The software collects contacts, appointments, music, and documents online and makes it available on PCs, PDAs, and smartphones.
Google Readies Google Health
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The upcoming service is expected to look similar to Google News and provide links to profile data, medical contacts, health notices, and drug interaction warnings.
Where To Start With ILM
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Last week I hosted an ILM (Information Life-cycle Management) video Web cast. One of the questions that came up was "Where do I start with ILM without much risk?" It's a good question.
Alternative To Homeland Security's E-Verify System Proposed
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Under the NEVA legislation, confirming whether a prospective employee can legally work in the United States would be based on the new hires registry database operated in each state.
Google Down But Not Out Due To Poor Ad Click Growth
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Advertisers have gotten more sophisticated in the past year or two and are looking beyond click-based ads for other options, industry insiders remark.
Attensity Launches Software-As-A-Service Text Analysis Of Customer Feedback
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The on-demand version of the company's Voice of the Customer software identifies facts, opinions, requests, trends and trouble areas from unstructured feedback found in surveys, service and call center notes, emails, Web forums, blogs and other forms of customer contact.
Vignette Gears Up For A Better Web Experience
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
I caught up with Vignette as details were emerging about its updated Web content management tools. This week, we learned a little more about the Web Experience Platform, the company's new and improved approach at managing your content.
SharePoint Licensing Costs 'Highest in Class'
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The CMS Watch Web CMS Report, calls out MOSS 2007 as having "perhaps the highest fee structure in its class," - by which we mean among mid-market and departmental solutions - particularly when used as a Web CMS for a public site. Seems others agree...
Sun Locks Up MySQL, Looks To Future Web Development
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
"This is the most important acquisition in Sun's history," said CEO Jonathan Schwartz.
Congress Probes Case Of The Missing White House E-Mails
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Bush administration officials put some of the blame on a two-year transition from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange.
iTunes Boasts Second Place For Music Sales, Hits Milestones
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Legal music downloads now account for 10% of the music acquired in the United States, according to analysts with NPD Group.
Fading Hope for Wikis
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
If you ever spend time as an administrator or even an editor on Wikipedia, you find that your initial enthusiasm for the concept wanes pretty quickly. I thought Wikipedia was a forum for interested people to present their knowledge in an open and influence-free environment, to be vetted by like-minded, optimistic people. As it turns out, it became a dumping ground for every crackpot, agenda, vendetta and misinformation-broker on the planet...
Microsoft Moves Beyond Clicks With 'Engagement' Measurement
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The new method is intended to augment click-based metrics, which don't tell online marketers very much about their customers and are susceptible to manipulation.
Hospital Takes Its Grand Opening To Second Life
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Virtual visitors to the Palomar West Medical Campus can tour the facilities and see some of the amenities of the $810 million, real-life publicly financed hospital in San Diego.
Social Network LinkedIn Goes Mobile
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The site's 19 million members can now search profiles with photos and bios, make introductions, and invite other professionals to join a network while on the go.
Q&A: MicroStrategy, Teradata and Informatica CTOs on Pervasive BI
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Jeff Bedell, executive vice president of technology and CTO of MicroStrategy, Stephen Brobst, CTO of Teradata, and James Markarian, senior VP of product strategy and CTO of Informatica, have collaborated on a noted whitepaper and joint presentations on the topic of pervasive business intelligence. Intelligent Enterprise contributing editor Mark Madsen recently asked these three thought leaders about the latest trends carrying us toward broader adoption and near-real-time decision support.
India Outsources to US Tech Workers
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
The buzz in the local Indian trade magazines is about IBM recently grabbing a multi-year outsourcing deal from the Indian operations of Vodaphone, the global communications giant. Deals like these demonstrate that countries like India and China are more than a source of competition for US-based IT jobs, they offer a solid opportunity for those willing to brave the geographical and culture gap.
Sun, MySQL Seal the Deal
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
It's a done deal. In what seems like record time for an acquisition of this magnitute -- under six weeks, but who's counting -- Sun and MySQL have sealed the deal and MySQL is now part of Sun Microsystems.

"This is the most important acquisition in Sun history, and the most important acquisition in the modern software industry," Schwartz said.

And he may be right.

 
Microsoft Readies 'First Look' At Silverlight 2
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
The upgrade includes a set of built-in core controls such as TextBox, CheckBox, RadioButton, as well as layout and functionality controls.
'Exaflop' Supercomputer Planning Begins
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
Backed by $7.4 million in funding, computer scientists aim to narrow the gap between theoretical peak performance and actual performance through new architectures.
Telligent Wants A Piece Of The Content Management Market
Commentary  |  2/22/2008  | 
Rob Howard, CEO of Telligent, pulls no punches when he talks about his company's aspirations in the content management space. And the way Telligent markets its new CMS offering is just as brazen.
Sybase Introduces Cluster Edition With Virtual Database Management
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
The software may also be used to move workloads around, allowing for some of the servers to undergo downtime for maintenance, without disrupting database applications.
The Road To Pervasive BI
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
If you're not using business intelligence tools throughout your workforce, it's time to start--or get left behind in your competitors' dust
Neterion Provides I/O Virtualization
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
Adapter combines high-end Ethernet capacity with leading-edge virtualization and fills a gap in data center virtualization.
Greenplum Updates Open-Source Based Database
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
New features in Greenplum 3, which is based on the PostgreSQL open source database, includes parallel loading in excess of 3.5 terabytes per hour.
TDWI in Vegas: Bigger than Ever
Commentary  |  2/22/2008  | 
This week's TDWI World Conference turned out to be one of the biggest, with more than 1,000 attendees and another 200 executives at the BI summit. The highlights for me included...
DATAllegro Offers TeraData Utilities
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
The utilities can move data and applications from Teradata, in order to add capacity or boost performance of the data warehouse.
Is Your Web Analytics Tool Next-Level Ready?
Commentary  |  2/21/2008  | 
If your enterprise is ready to get to the "next level" in analytics - to have it help you drive decision support - you'll want to learn more about the Web analytics' vendors ability to integrate with other data and systems. This is the how web analytics can provide real business value for your enterprise.
Vignette, OpenText Retool For Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  2/21/2008  | 
For those of you who think Web 2.0 is a fad, you might want to take a look at what's on tap for some of content management's household names.
Predictive Analytics 101: The Limits of Intuition
Commentary  |  2/20/2008  | 
In a TDWI Executive Summit presentation entitled "The Yin and Yang of Implementing Predictive Analytics," Matt Schwartz of Corporate Express presented the "Yin," exploring the office supply company's 18-month foray into prediction. He asked attendees, "when people order a stapler on CorporateExpress.com, what else is going to be in their shopping cart?" The answer might surprise you.
Do You Hate Your Content Management System?
Commentary  |  2/20/2008  | 
Even though most of us agree that content management systems are critical to serving our markets, there's just as many of us that would rejoice if we never had to touch a piece of CMS code again.
Columns Better Than Rows For Data Warehouses, Says Vertica Systems
News  |  2/20/2008  | 
It's better for performance reasons to focus on the columns, says Michael Stonebraker, CTO of Vertica Systems.
TDWI Selection Bias: It Depends Whom You Ask
Commentary  |  2/20/2008  | 
The saying "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" is attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, and it's nicely illustrated in a couple of Intelligent Enterprise reality-check photos from this week's TDWI conference. Check out the TDWI Image Gallery photos for clear illustrations of "selection bias": not TDWI's fault, but an effect to keep in mind when you assess formal and informal research findings.
Wikileaks' Leaked Documents Blocked But Unbowed
News  |  2/19/2008  | 
The site that hosts some corporate secrets went offline last week following a California judge's order that its domain name records be disabled to satisfy the demands in a complaint.
Microsoft's Fast Search And Transfer Lays Out Product Roadmap
News  |  2/19/2008  | 
Fast brings its new personalization technology to the table, and will make up the high end of Microsoft's search portfolio.
TDWI Insight: Guiding BI From the Top
Commentary  |  2/19/2008  | 
To develop effective business intelligence programs, lead with organization, not technology. That was the advice from keynote speaker Tracy Austin here at the TDWI World Conference and Executive Summit here in Las Vegas this week. Austin is the former CIO of Mandalay Resort Group and former VP of IT at Harrah's Entertainment, one of the most celebrated BI-driven enterprises in the world. Here are Austin's 10 principles for guiding "BI From the Top:"
TDWI Keynote: Larry English Takes on the Status Quo
News  |  2/17/2008  | 
Organizations that aren't managing information as a resource are wasting as much as half their IT budgets "moving data from database A to database B." This troubling perspective, from expert Larry English, kicked off this week's TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas. Here's the keynoter's advice on the right approach.
Sun Optimistic On Funding Virtualization, MySQL
News  |  2/15/2008  | 
Company executives see improvements in overseas revenue growth as it builds out its xVM and open source database vision.
Public Safety Gets Lost In 700-MHz Bidding
News  |  2/15/2008  | 
The $1.3 billion "reserve price" for the spectrum that serves law enforcement and emergency management officials may be too much for some bidders, the FCC warns.
Yahoo Re-Launches Video Service
News  |  2/15/2008  | 
Improvements including a larger viewer, support for files up to 150 MB, and a "my video" section for users to upload, store, and share the content they create.
Robots, Computers To Help Phase Out Animal Testing
News  |  2/15/2008  | 
The EPA and NIH agree to use high-speed, automated screening robots to test compounds researchers suspect are toxic.
Red Hat Extends JBoss Middleware With Open-Source SOA Platform
News  |  2/15/2008  | 
In addition, Red Hat launched three product initiatives within the open-source community, including the development of software for BEA Tuxedo-compatible transaction processing, SOA governance and systems management.
IBM on Text Technologies for the Legal Sector
Commentary  |  2/15/2008  | 
My last blog article relayed key points about e-discovery and potential knowledge-discovery (KDD) applications in the legal sector that were reinforced by my participation in the recent LegalTech conference. A LegalTech exhibitor mentioned his company's discussions with IBM, so I dropped IBM text-technologies researcher Aaron Brown a note. He graciously gave me permission to share his response, which I'll post verbatim...
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