IBM FileNet P8 on your iPhone
Apple's iPad looks like an ideal platform for accessing enterprise documents. Turns out this good idea is almost in the here and now...
Michigan Beats Florida-To IT Jobs
Michigan has vanquished Florida again. This time it wasn't the Capital One Bowl, where the Wolverines knocked off Tim Tebow's Gators 41-35 in 2008. Rather, Michigan won a contest many would argue carries a greater prize-hundreds of good IT jobs.
SAP BusinessObjects Relaunches SaaS BI Suite
It's more than an incremental upgrade but everything promised isn't all there -- just yet, anyway. That's my quick take on SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand, a major upgrade and consolidation of the vendor's software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings for business intelligence.
Open Text Buying Nstein, TechCrunch Misreports
Enterprise content management vendor Open Text's planned acquisition of ECM + text-mining provider Nstein is significant text-analytics/publishing/content-management news. It gained the attention of TechCrunch, which managed to misreport the story. Here's my analysis of the news with a look at TechCrunch's mis-telling...
February 2010 Data Warehouse News
February is usually a busy month for data warehouse DBMS product releases, product announcements, and other real or contrived data warehouse DBMS news, and it can get pretty confusing trying to keep those categories of "news" apart. This year is no exception...
Feds Tackling Health IT Privacy, Security Issues
While the federal government is enticing healthcare providers with billions of dollars in stimulus funding to digitize patient health data, the feds also appear serious about the data privacy and security concerns these efforts raise.
NARA Addresses Cloud Record Keeping
The National Archive and Records Administration advises federal agencies on the challenges of data retention and records transfer in cloud computing.
DARPA Seeks Help With Translation System
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project aims to create a system that can pick out keywords and identify voices within noisy or degraded speech signals.
NGA Awards $1 Billion In IT Contracts
Accenture, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Raytheon are among the firms selected to provide engineering services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
What's The Next Breakthrough In Government IT?
Government agencies aren't known as hotbeds of IT innovation, but there are definitely some bold, game-changing moves underway in government technology. Here are five such initiatives. We're looking for others.
The GATE Way to Open Source Text Analytics
Hamish Cunningham is benevolent dictator of the GATE team, "researching human language computation." Their work is realized in a highly capable, open-source, text-analysis platform, the General Architecture for Text Engineering. Hamish's replies to my questions regarding Text Analytics Opportunities and Challenges for 2010 hold many insights about text analytics and open source...
Hospital Gives Kids Bedside Web Access
Touchscreen bedside units replace traditional hospital TVs and give pediatric patients Internet access, and a new way to communicate with hospital staff.
ROI Calculations Are a Joke
Let me state my take on ROI calculations as clearly as I can. ROI calculations for information technology are junk calculations -- a fraud, a nonsense, and a complete waste of time. Clear enough for you? Oh, and by the way, ROI calculations from software vendors are even worse.
Open Source Choices
Open source was Best Supporting Actor in the 2010 Editors' Choice Awards. It plays an important part -- in some cases, a star turn -- for 4 of The Dozen top-category winners and for 11 of the 36 Ones to Watch. Noting that the awards reflect both current impact and our expectations, clearly open source has reached a new level of enterprise importance and promise.
Q&A: GSA's CIO Coleman Talks IT Modernization
The CIO of the U.S. General Services Administration discusses cloud computing, plans for funding innovation with a flat IT budget, and the potential for equipping federal employees with new consumer technologies.
Department Of Energy Names New Acting CIO
The Department of Energy is pulling from its own ranks to temporarily fill the first of several impending gaps in IT leadership left by a departing CIO, acting CIO and associate CIO.
On Gartner's Data Warehousing Quadrant
Gartner's 2009 data warehouse DBMS Magic Quadrant -- actually, January 2010 -- is now out. Here I call out some points in the surrounding commentary that I find interesting or just plain strange.
VA Launches IT Dashboard
The Department of Veterans Affairs' dashboard extends the metrics available on the White House IT Dashboard.
5 Opportunities and 3 Threats for Oracle
With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle now has a few things going for it, including something no other IT giant has -- not IBM, not Microsoft, and not SAP. And lurking also are a few challenges.
Commerce Department Proposes One-Stop Climate Service
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new service would be dependent on data-modeling technology that analyzes climate information, drawing on the national climatic, oceanographic, and geophysical data centers.
NASA Gets Cloud Experience Through Nebula
Under CIO Vivek Kundra, the federal government has launched Apps.gov, an online marketplace of software where federal agencies can find what they need, sometimes at bargain prices. But behind the scenes, it's made a much bigger bet on cloud computing. It's NASA's Nebula cloud at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.