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.
Can Rip And Replacing Storage Solutions Be Good?
When you hear the term "Rip and Replace" it is not typically considered a good feature. In fact most of the time you hear it will be from a vendor stating that their solution is NOT rip and replace. Which of course they expect you to take to be good. Are there times though were rip and replace could be a good thing?
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...
Storage Services In The Infrastructure
In our last entry we discussed using storage services as part of the hypervisor in a virtual server environment. In this entry we will explore embedding those services as part of a SAN infrastructure itself. In this deployment the storage services that we have come to count on are essentially part of the SAN switch instead of on the storage controller.
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.
Storage Service At The Hypervisor
In our last entry we discussed what storage services are and reviewed the traditional manner in which they are delivered. They are the capabilities that make a storage system more than just an array and this intelligence typically lives on the storage controllers. There are several alternative ways to deliver these services and one of the newest is to leverage server virtualization. Storage service at t
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.
Where Will You Get Your Storage Services From?
Storage services is the intelligence added to storage systems that make them more than just a bunch of disk drives in a cabinet. This can range from the very basic RAID and LUN management functions to the more advanced snapshot and replication. The type of services a storage system is, to a large degree, where the vendors do battle. The differentiation between the services offered is often what makes you want one solution over the other.
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.