Content Management Conference Season Is Upon Us
Late winter and spring seem like prime time for content management conferences. If you were so inclined, you could practically make back-to-back reservations so that you're out of the office from March through June. Here's a quick look at a few of the conferences and events coming up for the first half of 2009. Ladies and gentlemen, start your frequent flyer miles!
The Data Center Hot/Cold Aisle Containment Debate
Optimizing air flow in your data center has several key benefits, including reductions in energy cost and carbon footprint. Most server equipment manufactured today is designed to draw in air through the front and exhaust it out the rear. This allows equipment racks to be arranged to create hot aisles and cold aisles. This 'hot/cold aisle containment' approach positions racks so that rows of racks face each other, with the front of each opposing row of racks drawing cold air from the same aisle
Oracle's Social Networking Plans?
There has been some buzz about Oracle working on a new social networking and blogging platform called Social Suite. It's true, but only sort of.
Ingres and Alfresco Offer an ECM 'Appliance'
This week Alfresco, together with Ingres, announced the release of an ECM "appliance"... However, this particular announcement left me a bit befuddled. Mainly because it is not really an appliance as such, rather it's a software bundling of sorts.
Google News Gets Text Ads
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Parasoft CEO Sees Possibility Of Huge IT Productivity Gains
There's a huge opportunity to improve productivity inside IT, which can then be leveraged into huge leaps in productivity at every level of your enterprise, an opinionated Adam Kolawa recently told InformationWeek in an exclusive interview. CEO of software tools vendor Parasoft, Kolawa holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Caltech and has written three books on software development, including his most recent one,
Microsoft, Sybase and Vertica Raise Data Warehouse Ante
This week has seen not one, not two, but three fairly significant data-warehouse-related product announcements at this week' TDWI event in Las Vegas. That's a testament to the pace of innovation in data warehousing and to the insatiable demand for better, faster, cheaper ways of crunching more numbers.
Datawatch Upgrades Reporting Tools
Datawatch ES, Version 4.6, boosts overall performance, improves Microsoft Excel integration and features compatibility with version 10 of Datawatch's Monarch business intelligence software.
Britain Endorses ODF; Why Not The U.S.?
The Open Document Format was adopted today by the British government as a basis for making future software purchases based on open standards. In general, Britain is requiring government agencies to use as much software based on standards as possible, based on its 10-point program to encourage open standards and open source. If Britain can do it, why can't we?
Stimulus Package Will Spur New Tech Jobs
Compared with other job sectors, the IT labor force has been holding up relatively well during the recession. And now there's an extra boost -- the government's economic stimulus programs should fuel demand for new tech talent in several key areas.
Lawmakers Twitter During Obama Address
Lawmakers listened to President Obama's not-the-State-of-the-Union address with their heads bowed -- not in respect or in prayer, but so they could better share their observations and comments with followers on Twitter. About a dozen federal legislators Twittered before, after, or during the speech, according to a roundup at the Huffington Post.
PCI And Schrodinger's Cat
The inherent paradox of the Payment Card Industry's compliance program to protect credit card data makes PCI a futile exercise. Let's try something else.
Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste
At InformationWeek Analytics, we work with senior technology pros involved in government IT at many levels, from local (Jonathan Feldman, author of our latest governance report) to federal (Michael Biddick, who wrote our report on advanced virtualization management).
Asbru's Latest Web CMS Delivers Impressive Features, Value
Asbru may not snare as many headlines as some other content management systems, but over the last decade it has built up an impressive client base, and has continuously made impressive enhancements to its CMS. The release earlier this month of Asbru Web Content Management v7.0 is no exception and I don't think it's hyperbole to say that it's their strongest release to date.
As American As Apple Mac
Apple OS X may have been approved for government sale since 2003, but the company has recently ramped up its pursuit of government customers, according to a source.
Internet Child-Protection Bill Raises Too Many Questions
Are you a child molester? I know I'm not. And yet U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Lamar Smith apparently think that there's a pretty good chance we both are. They've introduced bills that would require Internet service providers to keep customer records for two years. The law presents all kinds of creepy potential for abuse, and I don't see any reason to believe that it will be a cost-effective way to reduce the problem of molestation.
DNSSEC: Forgetting The User, Again.
A lot of very smart people are working very hard to make the Internet trustworthy. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has launched a beta Interim Trust Anchor Repository so top-level domain owners can publish DNSSEC material while ICANN works out signing of the root zones. The ITAR is one more step in the road to DNSSEC. But DNSSEC is a technical solution and, like other technical solutions, ultimately misses
Sybase Upgrades Its Analytic Server IQ 15
The latest version of the column-based business analytics server boasts new tools for data monitoring and management, better encryption, and faster business intelligence processing.
Infonic Reloaded, or the Liberation of Lexalytics
I have been following the recent implosion and regeneration of text-analytics, document-management, and Sharepoint services provider Infonic. The imbroglio affects subsidiary Lexalytics, which doesn't deserve the taint of guilt by association. I've concluded that the story bears exploring and that Lexalytics, given what I know of its products and management, should come out fine...
SilverStripe CMS 2.3.0 Builds On A Solid Foundation
This week the SilverStripe team released version 2.3.0 of its open source content management system, which packs in literally hundreds of bug fixes and dozens of enhancements. While I wouldn't consider anything in the latest release to be particularly groundbreaking, the development team is doing a commendable job of adding onto an already solid foundation.
Is NAC Hot, Or Not?
This is InformationWeek Analytics' fourth year tracking the state of NAC adoption. It's been fascinating to see firsthand the arc of a technology, from media darling to sitting on the sidelines, watching as new starlets like cloud computing grab all the glory. Something like Etta James watching Beyonce belt out "At Last," but without the smack talk.
Quick Take on Microsoft SQL Server Fast Track
"SQL Server Fast Track" is the Microsoft SQL Server equivalent to Oracle's "recommended configurations" or IBM's "Balanced Configuration Units." SQL Server Fast Track is further being portrayed as an incremental step toward Madison, Microsoft's future high-end data warehousing offering. Here are a few insights on what's coming:
How Much Work Should Washington Put Into Social Media?
The General Services Administration has put out a request for a research firm to look into how the public views Facebook, YouTube, and other social media. How much do Americans want the government to communicate with them through social media versus other channels?
Security, Privacy And Compliance In The Cloud
One of the more interesting panel discussions at the IDC Cloud Computing Forum on Feb 18th in San Francisco was about managing the complexities of security, privacy and compliance in the Cloud. The simple answer according to panelists Carolyn Lawson, CIO of California Public Utilities Commission, and Michael Mucha, CISO of Stanford Hospital and Clinics is "it ain't easy!"
A Premature Funeral For Analog TV
Premature death observances must be in the air. First, Anne Thomas Manes proclaimed the Jan. 1, 2009, death of Service-Oriented Architecture, "SOA Is Dead; Long Live Services," and followed up with an open invitation to a wake. Earlier this week, I attended a funeral service that featured eu
Insecure Eye Sockets Layer: Defeating SSL
Moxie Marlinspike's presentation New Tricks for Defeating SSL in Practice should be an eye-opening presentation on the fragility of the trust we place secure Web sites. Marlinspike uses some fairly mundane technical tricks coupled with astute observations about human behavior to pull off a difficult task -- seamlessly subverting the indicators of HTTPS Web sites prese