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DoD Loosens Social Media Restrictions
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
Soldiers and other Department of Defense employees may now access and use sites such as Facebook and Flickr via unclassified Defense networks.
IBM FileNet P8 on your iPhone
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
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.
Smoke And Mirrors Pricing Stifles PPM Tool Adoption
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
I tend to check in with a swathe of real world users when I'm working on InformationWeek Analytics reports. When I did this with material from our upcoming PPM best practices report, I gained a key insight from cranky would-be PPM tool customers: PPM vendors are stifling PPM tool adoption through their used-car-salesman smoke and mirrors appoach.
Survey Analytics Links to SalesForce, Omniture, Google, Twitter (ReviewCam)
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
Survey Analytics, a competitor to tools like Survey Monkey, claims to offer more complex survey types, and better integration with third-party reporting tools and CRM systems. We spent some time working through this with the company's CEO and founder, Vivek Bhaskaran.
SAP Revamps BusinessObject SaaS BI Suite
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The upgraded BI OnDemand service consolidates, adds workflows for business intelligence novices.
SAP Revamps BusinessObject SaaS BI Suite
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Upgraded BI OnDemand service consolidates, adds workflows for business intelligence novices.
SAP BusinessObjects Relaunches SaaS BI Suite
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
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.
VA Extends IT Accountability Program
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The Veterans Administration saved $54 million in fiscal 2010 by reforming its IT project management efforts.
Q&A: IBM's Top SPSS Exec On Predictive Analytics
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Marketing veteran Deepak Advani talks about business analytics, predictive models, and Big Blue's coming decision-management offerings.
Web Dashboards: A Window Into Government Performance
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Federal, state, and local agencies are building Web portals to make data available to the public, but there are still issues over what data to release, how much, and how to ensure its quality.
Q&A With IBM's New Top Executive at SPSS
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Marketing veteran Deepak Advani talks about predictive analytics and Big Blue's coming decision-management offerings.
SAS's DataFlux Intros Management Platform
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The product is a unified suite combining data integration, data quality, and master data management (MDM) technologies.
Open Text Buying Nstein, TechCrunch Misreports
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
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...
SAS DataFlux Unit Bows Unified Data Management Platform
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
Integrated product combines data integration, data quality and master data management capabilities while adding tools and interfaces for business users.
February 2010 Data Warehouse News
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
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.
Upstart Vendors Keep Data Warehousing Competitive
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
Announcements from Aster Data, Kognitio, ParAccel and Vertica highlight a healthy and growing market for data analysis alternatives.
NARA Addresses Cloud Record Keeping
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
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
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
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
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
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.
Facebook To Accept PayPal Payments
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
Advertisers, gamers, and other users of the social network will have an easier way to pay for their online activities.
Exclusive Research: Customers Skeptical Of Oracle-Sun Benefits
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
Do IT teams really want the integrated software-hardware stack that Oracle promises?
The GATE Way to Open Source Text Analytics
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
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...
NASA Releases First Images From WISE Satellite
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
The infrared satellite will scan the entire sky searching out previously unseen comets, asteroids, stars and galaxies.
Salesforce Launches Private Beta Of Chatter
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
The program will bring Facebook- and Twitter-type capabilities to businesses using applications on the cloud computing platform.
HHS To Manage Stimulus Spending From The Cloud
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
Acumen Solutions will build a app for the Department of Health and Human Services to manage health IT relationships and projects.
Hospital Gives Kids Bedside Web Access
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
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.
Feds Award Virginia $24M For Health IT
News  |  2/16/2010  | 
The funding will help the state coordinate health IT initiatives and assist physicians in setting up electronic health records.
Q&A: GSA's CIO Coleman Talks IT Modernization
News  |  2/16/2010  | 
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.
Washington D.C. Launches Performance Dashboard
News  |  2/16/2010  | 
New Gov 2.0 Web site lets users view budget and spending data and other key performance indicators on more than 50 agencies.
Department Of Energy Names New Acting CIO
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
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.
Google Grant Brings Free Wi-Fi To The Dalles
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
Google will be providing a $100,000 grant to The Dalles, Oregon, to build and operate a Wi-Fi cloud that covers the city's business district.
SAP's Schwarz Resigns; Analysts Question Growth Plans
News  |  2/12/2010  | 
Executive board member John Schwarz is the latest to head for the door as observers of the software company weigh acquisitions vs. innovation.
Federal CIO Launches 'TechStat'
News  |  2/11/2010  | 
Vivek Kundra aims to identify federal IT projects that are over budget, behind schedule, or underperforming.
Tableau Aims To Socialcast Data Visualization
News  |  2/11/2010  | 
Collaborators may illustrate and share data via social networking tools, by posting data to the software company's Web site.
Free Site Aims to be YouTube of Data Visualization
News  |  2/11/2010  | lets users load data and publish interactive charts on blogs, Web sites and Twitter feeds.
Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards 2010
News  |  2/11/2010  | 
Intelligent Enterprise names 'The Dozen' most influential vendors for the intelligent enterprise and 36 'Companies to Watch' in 2010.
California Plans Major Data Center Consolidation
News  |  2/10/2010  | 
Executive order calls for 30% reduction in energy usage by 2012 as part of a broad data-center consolidation plan and push for increased transparency and improved governance.
VA Launches IT Dashboard
News  |  2/10/2010  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs' dashboard extends the metrics available on the White House IT Dashboard.
5 Opportunities and 3 Threats for Oracle
Commentary  |  2/9/2010  | 
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
News  |  2/9/2010  | 
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.
IBM Releases Cognos Analytics Upgrades
News  |  2/9/2010  | 
TM1 in-memory engine supports dynamic scenario planning. Prebuilt blueprints tackle retail and insurance planning and profit analysis.
NASA Gets Cloud Experience Through Nebula
Commentary  |  2/8/2010  | 
Under CIO Vivek Kundra, the federal government has launched, 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.
Open Government Dashboard, Agency Sites Launched
News  |  2/8/2010  | 
While most federal agencies are meeting Open Government Directive milestones, the information on the sites diverges widely, and the public isn't participating much just yet.
SAP: Reorg Will Restore Trust, Speed Innovation
News  |  2/8/2010  | 
In the wake of the sudden resignation of CEO Leo Apotheker, company co-founder Hasso Plattner vows that a new management style will drive technical innovation.
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