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Content tagged with Information Management posted in March 2007
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The Search For Microsoft Researcher Jim Gray
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Colleagues rallied to look for the renowned computer scientist, but to no avail.
ZoomInfo Search Engine Makes Business Information Free
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The business-oriented semantic search service, tailored for finding information about companies and their employees, is expanding its reach to any Internet user.
Oracle and SAP: Fur Flies as Executive Jumps Ship
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
It's been an interesting week for the two giants slugging it out in the business software marketplace. First Oracle filed suit against SAP for intellectual property intrusions into its Internet-based repository of product support information... Also this week came the resignation of Shai Agassi, the president of SAP's product and technology group. It was hardly a surprise.
CIO Does Not Stand For 'Career Is Over'
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
…any more than, say, CEO stands for Capability Eludes Opportunity or CFO means Clever Financial Obfuscation - okay, maybe there's something in that last one… On the other hand, neither does CIO stand for Completely Infallible and Omniscient; CIO's need guidance, too. Here's a plethora of educational resources, including a new book on CIO Best Practices.
Next-Generation Desktop Applications Linked To Web
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
Microsoft hosts a day of startups looking to alter the productivity software landscape and position their products as the harbingers of Office 2.0.
Gartner Sees Strong Growth, Vendor Consolidation In BPM Market
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
The market shift toward business process management suites is expected to leave many pure-play BPM vendors behind, particularly as major infrastructure vendors start flexing their muscles in the market
Best Buy Sees A Growth Future In RFID
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
At stores where the retailer has tested RFID technology, revenue has increased by 18.7%, and number of units sold are up 14.1%.
Lawsuit Spotlights Loyalty As Well As Ethics
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
The BI industry has long been rife with companies suing one another. Most recently, Hyperion and HyperRoll squabbled about patent infringements, finally agreeing to become partners. Business Objects and MicroStrategy kept counter suing each other over a period of five years, with both parties ultimately declaring victory and neither having to pay one another. Last week, Oracle joined the cacophony by filing claim against SAP.
Google Pack Packs On The Applications
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
Google continues to bundle free software with partners to confound its rival Microsoft.
DHL Backs Off Plans For RFID On Every Package By 2015
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
The shipping company joins companies such as Wal-Mart that are rethinking their investment in the short-range wireless technology.
Prof. Davenport Misses the Point of Analytics
Commentary  |  3/26/2007  | 
I recently sat in on a keynote presentation by Thomas Davenport of Babson College, who wrote a much-touted article on analytics in Harvard Business Review last year. He identified analytics as a competitive market advantage and illustrated his point with some case studies. It's certainly important to recognize their value, but analytics alone are only a small part of what is missing in business today.
Q&A: SAP on Rich Apps, Architecture and Ajax-Based Portal Enhancements
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
Rich Internet applications promise interfaces that are more responsive, productive and adaptable to various deployment environments. SAP executives Dennis Moore, General Manager of Emerging Solutions, and Andrew Cabanski-Dunning, marketing director for NetWeaver User Productivity Solutions, discuss the required back-end infrastructure, and they reveal plans for Ajax-powered portal functionality to be introduced at next month's Sapphire event.
Washington State To Offer RFID Licenses
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
U.S. citizens could potentially travel passport-free to and from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda until January.
InfoWorld Follows (Readers') On-line Path
Commentary  |  3/26/2007  | 
InfoWorld has announced that their April 2 issue will be the last to appear in print. The magazine follows in the footsteps of Intelligent Enterprise in going on-line only. Like IE, InfoWorld cites the advertisers' desire for "more immediate gratification and measureable results than print can afford them." Yet there's another important factor to on-line delivery that InfoWorld does not explore: reader preferences.
Kimball University: Think Critically When Applying Best Practices
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
Best practices are precision tools that should be wielded precisely and skillfully. This article describes five best practices drawn from the Kimball Method that often are described incorrectly.
Yahoo Updates Widget Platform
News  |  3/22/2007  | 
The fourth iteration features a new Widget Dock that can be hidden automatically and attached to any side or corner of the screen, even with multiple monitors.
Embed Rules Without Reinventing the Wheel
Commentary  |  3/22/2007  | 
Business rules show up in a lot of apps. Call centers employ rules for routing, exception-handling, escalation and approvals. Financial services set up rules based on deal value, customer status and regulatory scrutiny. Security software embeds access security rules. And as always, rules are made to be broken, so developers ideally want something that business users can change without having to go to IT.
Defense Intelligence Agency Boosts Search Firepower
News  |  3/22/2007  | 
The U.S. military's latest maneuver could improve search efforts beyond basic keywords and apply search technologies that better help its personnel connect the dots.
New Standard Seeks To Allow Services To Talk To Each Other
News  |  3/22/2007  | 
IBM, Microsoft, HP, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Intel, Cisco, CA, EMC, BEA Systems, and BMC rally around Service Modeling Language.
In Defense of Hype
Commentary  |  3/21/2007  | 
As a writer and editor, I felt a twinge of guilt when I read Seth Grimes' blog on hyperbolic PR and "writers and editors who don't have the time, knowledge, and/or judgment to ask the right questions." Seth's last two blogs came about because a SaaS-model BI vendor served up what he felt was self-conscious PR overstating its actual accomplishments. But what's true of this startup company is still true of and was once true of Google.
Judge Finds Google Isn't A Monopoly
News  |  3/21/2007  | 
The court suggests Google's high prices, by themselves, are not anti-competitive or exclusionary, but critics see things differently.
On Products, the Press, Analysts and SaaS
Commentary  |  3/21/2007  | 
"How do companies with such a trivial product get such [extensive] press?" I had written in a recent blog about the claims and the coverage garnered by a BI software as a service (SaaS) company... The person who sent me this question founded a rival company that creates BI solutions using open-source software... Consider the following PR 101 from someone on the receiving end of many press releases.
Study Finds Competency Centers Breed Success
Commentary  |  3/21/2007  | 
Companies that develop formal practice areas around process management (sometimes described as a "BPM Center of Excellence") are far more likely to succeed than those that don't. That's one of the important conclusions of BP Trends' recent "Survey of Business Process Initiatives."... And what's true for business process management may also apply to business intelligence.
Oracle Applications Revenue Starts To Kick In
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
Total software revenue -- applications, middleware, and databases -- was up 25% to $3.5 billion compared to $2.8 billion a year ago.
Google Adds Interface Improvements
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
The search engine breaks out of its single-color routine with six new themes for personalized pages.
Police Department Wins Gartner's 2007 BI Excellence Award
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
A dashboard deployment blending reporting, alerts, predictive analytics and geographic mapping has helped the Richmond Virginia Police Department get ahead of crime.
Cognition Searches For Understanding
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
The company's alternative search engine to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo aims to enable the Semantic Web.
New TPC Benchmark Poses Realistic Hurdles For Database Performance Results
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
The new benchmark requires the database to deal with several types of complex data. The document specifying the transaction steps and how they must be executed is 264 pages long.
New UPS Technologies Aim To Speed Worldwide Package Delivery
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
The company revamps its software with new versions of WorldShip, Quantum View Manage, and UPS Billing.
Put to the Test: Xythos Enterprise Document Manager 6.0
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
Xythos offers a low-cost-yet-scalable approach to document and records management that is refreshing, but it lacks the breadth and depth of the leading enterprise content management suites.
CA Extends Introscope To SOA Management
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
The company refreshes the upcoming version of Wily Introscope with customizable reporting for Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulatory requirements.
Advertisers Corrupt Search, Microsoft Research Finds
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
A study with help from UC Davis suggests advertisers should closely scrutinize syndicators and traffic affiliates that are profiting from spam traffic.
Field Report: Appliance-based Integration Offers a Shortcut to
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
Northeastern University deploys Cast Iron's integration appliance to link PeopleSoft, DB2 and an on-demand sales force automation application.
Data Warehouse Appliances Serve Up Information by the Gulp
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
Promising low cost and fast deployment, data warehouse appliances are increasingly popular, but they're not right for every business. Here's a look inside this emerging class of products, their architecture and their suitability to a range of application and workload requirements.
How BI Can Solve Airline and Passenger Woes
Commentary  |  3/19/2007  | 
Stranded travelers and lost luggage are daily news items of late. Outraged passengers, grounded on the tarmac for hours, are demanding a Passenger Bill of Rights. Airlines, business intelligence can rescue you! Here is my three-step recipe on how BI can solve airline and passenger woes...
Build a Practical Intranet Development Plan
Commentary  |  3/18/2007  | 
Managing an intranet seems like an overwhelming task... In most enterprises, the opportunities for internal collaboration and process improvement are, well, limitless...but also very difficult to pull off. That's why I very much like Step Two Designs' new guide, 6x2 methodology for intranets.
Adobe Releases Apollo Alpha
News  |  3/16/2007  | 
The cross-platform runtime works both online and offline, and doesn't require a Web browser.
Colorado Woman Sues To Hold Web Crawlers To Contracts
News  |  3/16/2007  | 
Web site owner Suzanne Shell's lawsuit against the Internet Archive poses a question: "Can software programs be held liable for their actions?"
Microsoft Pays Enterprise Customers To Adopt Windows Live Search
News  |  3/16/2007  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer outlines the company's new initiative to become an Internet, information, and advertising company.
Behind IBM's 'Dynamic Data Warehousing' Jargon
Commentary  |  3/16/2007  | 
You might get lost in buzzwords if you read this week's press release on IBM's "Dynamic Warehousing" strategy. For example, "real-time" showed up at least a couple of times in the release. And my brain starts to hurt whenever someone starts using the phrase "unstructured information," as if documents, e-mail and e-mail are just blobs of text. What do these terms really mean?
The Business Bottleneck May Be Technology
Commentary  |  3/16/2007  | 
Too often, businesses get little information in return for the millions of dollars they spend on information technology. We've built silos of BI tools attached to ERP and CRM systems that aren't designed to communicate common objectives across business. Even data warehouse efforts haven't automated information processes, instead creating poorly structured libraries of data that business users may not be able to find or access.
Web 3.0 Survives The Wrath Of Wikipedians
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
Despite its marketing overtones, a batch of technologies that make up the Semantic Web could give Google some serious competition.
SAP Introduces RFID Tracking Of Individual Product Units
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
The database software lets you follow that $300,000 Bentley or bottle of ibuprofen from the manufacturer to the customer's door
Privacy Starts Making Sense for Google
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
Privacy concerns prompted the search company to think about anonymizing selected server logs.
What's Your BI Competency Center Quotient?
Commentary  |  3/15/2007  | 
Competency centers are making headway in the BI arena, and they grabbed a lot of attention at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit. BICCs are typically cross-functional teams that develop frameworks of metrics, goals and best practices that can then be shared with business units and departments throughout the organization. Here's what people are saying.
Red Hat Makes Virtualization Push In Enterprise Linux
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
The release comes in two versions: the Advanced Platform for server deployments, and an Enterprise Desktop.
Oracle Releases SOA Upgrade For Enterprise Manager 10g
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
The upgrade helps monitor and control enterprise-wide collections of online utilities.
Make the BI/Business Process Connection
Commentary  |  3/14/2007  | 
"Process-driven BI" has been a big theme at this week's Gartner BI Summit, so I sat in on a presentation by Gartner analyst Gareth Herschel on "Integrating Business Insight With Business Processes." Good presentation, but I wanted to hear more about the direct connections with modeling and management technologies. The performance management and process management camps share the whole idea of a "continuous circle of improvement."
Vendors Introduce 'Affordable' Business-Intelligence Systems
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
Business Objects, IBM, and others are putting together packages designed to take the bite out of costly BI. Cost and integration are a big problem for businesses, according to new InformationWeek research.
Microsoft Spotlights PerformancePoint
Commentary  |  3/14/2007  | 
Day Two at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit was nonstop, with wall-to-wall sessions and appointments with industry blue-chip and challengers. Microsoft, IBM, HP, SAS, Cognos and SAP, among others, weighed in the direction of their products and the direction of the industry. You can visit our photo gallery to get the big picture, but I'll drill down on some of the bigger deals here in my blog… starting with Microsoft.
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