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Open Source Databases Widely Used, Seldom Paid For
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Open source systems have replaced only a few commercial products in the enterprise.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: The Next Generation of Innovation
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Decision making as core competency, emerging technologies as BI enablers and changes in the BI market itself are core topics at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago. Analyst Kurt Schlegel explains the trends and business drivers.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: Q&A With Howard Dresner
News  |  3/30/2008  | 
In a preview of his keynote presentation at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit, former analyst Howard Dresner talks about his new book, the convergence of BI and process management, and what it takes to get to the next level of performance management.
Sun's MySQL Will Continue Oracle Relationship
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Despite a new owner and the potential for more competition in the future, MySQL and Oracle will continue to work together.
VeriSign Raises Domain Name Fees Again
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
In justifying the increase, VeriSign pointed to the emergence of consumer-driven services and the soaring number of Web-connected wireless devices.
Natural Language Query: Old Answer for 'New' BI Opportunity
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
As combinations of business intelligence and search technology are emerging, Progress Software is reviving a simpler approach: turning natural language queries into SQL code.
The 'Weekly Watch' On Content Management
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
With all the activity in the content management market, I thought it would be a good idea to start a weekly ritual of quick blurbs and sound bites from vendors, users, and anyone else who'd like to throw their message in the mix.
Technology Is Not the Driver of BI Adoption
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
I'm having trouble with the supposition that "Emerging Technologies Will Help Drive Mainstream BI Adoption"... There are only two pieces of enterprise analytical software (broadly speaking) that ever gained currency in organizations in the past two decades - Excel and Google. Wouldn't it be a good idea to understand why?
GoldenGate Upgrades Data-Quality Software
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Veridata 2.0 improves on the first release, which made it easy to compare source and target data in relational tables, but had limited database support and functionality.
Amazon Flexes Its EC2 Muscle With Elastic IP Addresses
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The company revamps its Web services to be a more fault tolerant way to manage servers that would be available to developers running their own physical servers in a data center.
Will Content Management Be Most Affected By Open Source?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Some of open source's biggest proponents were probably gloating this week over some results from North Bridge Venture Partners' annual open source survey (PDF). Most of the findings weren't terribly prophetic, but there were a few that caught my eye.
Google Search Within Search Box Hurts Affiliates, Says IDC
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
Follow-up searches without leaving means any ad revenue generated by this second search goes to Google and not to site owners, particularly publishers.
Who's Number One in Web Analytics?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
It's a question people ask a lot in many domains, but especially in software. As such, it regularly pops up within the Web analytics community. You can rank them crudely by how many customers they have - or rather, how many they say they have...
H-1B Visa Debate Warms Up (Again)
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
This month, Bill Gates urged lawmakers to increase the number of H-1B (guest worker) visas and two bills were introduced in Congress seeking to raise the visa cap... As we approach April 1, the date when the US Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting H-1B applications, the controversy is reigniting yet again.
Mission-Critical Apps Continue To Descend From The Clouds
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
There's a lot of interesting scenarios these days around the intersection of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and content management. Thanks to companies like Google,, and Amazon, cloud-based computing is no longer some mythical, business-led, revolutionary approach to accessing technology. Everyday, mission-critical applications are being neatly packaged and delivered to business users regardless of time, place, or device.
IBM Invests In Open Source EnterpriseDB
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
Four weeks after Sun Microsystems locked up the open source MySQL database system, IBM has decided to become one of four investors in EnterpriseDB.
What's Driving BPM Demand? It's the Economy, Stupid
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The model-driven approach and new SaaS-based offerings are sparking interest in business process management technology, but the recession may send demand over the top.
The 'Secret Sauce' of BPM Success
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The business process management market is heating up, and a new report reveals that centers of excellence are the key ingredient of deployment success.
Software as a Service: Are You Prepared?
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
The economic environment has placed increased pressure on organizations to use their IT budgets and resources wisely... Software as a service (SaaS) alternatives could be a great opportunity to deliver business value and avoid long IT cycles... But nothing comes so easily without precautions and warnings.
Identity Systems Launches Data Quality Suite
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The Information Quality Server provides a set of integrated tools that cover data quality steps in both batch-process and real-time operations. The tools are managed from a central console.
IBM Software Lets Business Execs, IT Collaborate On Data Integration Projects
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
Information Server FastTrack translates into software code requirements defined by business analysts.
Green Agendas Continue To Influence Content Strategies
Commentary  |  3/21/2008  | 
My first post of 2008 was a content management trend watch: number two on the list was the movement toward green IT.
Amazon Introduces Fulfillment Web Service
News  |  3/20/2008  | 
The feature lets merchants store their own products in Amazon's storehouses until instructed by Amazon FWS to fulfill orders.
Teradata Has Acquired BI/DW Firm Claraview
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
Data warehousing powerhouse Teradata has acquired BI/DW solutions provider Claraview. The news is there on Claraview's Web site, "Claraview is a division of Teradata Corporation,..." but I don't have a clue why Teradata hasn't seen fit to announce the acquisition. There are a few hints of the take-over out on the Web, and an individual in a position to know told me the deal is (or was) "an open secret."
Excel 2003 Patch Causes Calculation Errors
News  |  3/20/2008  | 
The error shows up if a patched version of Excel is linked to a real-time data source through macros built with Visual Basic for Applications.
SAS Acquires Text Mining Firm, Upgrades Core Platform
News  |  3/20/2008  | 
Responding to competitive threats, SAS buys Teragram for its natural language processing, categorization and search technologies.
Data Modeling and the Canonical Conundrum
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
The definition of canonical information model only serves to highlight the confusion out there around [enterprise] [canonical] [business] [data/information/object] models... As somebody (Confucius? African proverb?) once said: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
Gartner: Emerging Technologies Will Help Drive Mainstream BI Adoption
News  |  3/20/2008  | 
The technologies expected to breakdown today's hurdles to wider adoption of business intelligence include interactive visualization, in-memory analytics, search integrated with BI, software as a service and service-oriented architecture, Gartner says.
Google Adds 'Gadgets' To Online Spreadsheets
News  |  3/19/2008  | 
Consumers and small businesses primarily use Google Apps, but the company has been trying to push adoption to large companies.
Visa Pierces Financial Gloom With $17.9 Billion IPO
News  |  3/19/2008  | 
The effort marks the company's transformation from a processor of credit card transactions to a provider of financial networks and technology.
Citizens Less Happy With E-Government Sites
News  |  3/19/2008  | 
It's the third consecutive quarter that satisfaction dropped, according to a University of Michigan customer satisfaction report.
Content Management Companies Can Learn From Social Networkers
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
I continue to be impressed with how vendors outside the CMS space are helping companies manage content, and lots of it. One in particular is Neighborhood America, the Florida-based company that provides social networking capabilities to companies such as CBS Networks, Kodak, and Fox News.
Apple's Safari Upgrade Adds HTML 5, CSS Web Fonts
News  |  3/18/2008  | 
The latest version also includes new drag-and-drop bookmarks, easy-to-organize tabs, and integrated search that shows the number of matches in a page.
Google Maps Now Open To Editing
News  |  3/18/2008  | 
Certain place markers that correspond to hospitals or local businesses that have been claimed through Google's Local Business Center cannot be altered.
New Credit Card Breach Will Test PCI
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
The latest exposure of more than 4 million credit and debit card numbers may strain the validity and stability of the credit card industry's controversial security rules.
The SAS-Teragram Deal's Back Story
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
SAS has announced their take-over of text-analytics vendor Teragram. The companies' joint press release states that "the acquisition will enhance SAS's own robust text mining and analytical BI offerings and extend them to enterprise and mobile search." Here's my take on positioning, technology, and solution considerations that likely motivated what seems like a smart move for both companies.
Data Centers To Fall Short In 2-5 Years, HP Predicts
News  |  3/17/2008  | 
One third of CIOs surveyed believed they would not be able to find the electricity, cooling capacity, space or budgets they need to continue to expand their data centers.
Google's Online Maps Gets New Jersey Commuters On Time
News  |  3/17/2008  | 
A transportation routing partnership with NJ TRANSIT has its roots in Google's California headquarters.
Coldwater Creek Grows With Location Intelligence
News  |  3/17/2008  | 
Women's clothier relies on geospatial analysis to track customers and avoid overlaps as it adds more than 60 retail locations per year.
Washington State Closer To Making RFID Skimming A Felony
News  |  3/17/2008  | 
If signed, the proposed law would apply to all forms of the technology, whether it is embedded in credit cards or television sets.
FatWire Quietly Serves Billions
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
After hearing FatWire Software brag about one of the best quarters in its history, I thought it was a good time to catch up with its CEO, Yogesh Gupta. We spoke about everything from open source to SaaS, with Gupta also highlighting some of the company's recent enterprise 2.0 moves.
Location Intelligence: Geographic Context Spurs Innovation
News  |  3/17/2008  | 
Location intelligence will transform call center operations, e-commerce activities, field service and sales initiatives, but new research reveals that organizations need to look beyond obvious data sources and basic functionality for business success.
Omniture's SiteCatalyst 14 Catches Up
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
Web Analytics vendor Omniture used its recent annual summit to announce the release of SiteCatalyst 14... Certainly the new Ajax interface jumped out as a big improvement...13.5 was getting tiresome to look at, especially when compared to Google Analytics, IndexTools, and Nedstat...
The Lighter Side of Information Democracy
Commentary  |  3/14/2008  | 
It's time to take a closer look at the increasingly popular catch-phrase "Information Democracy." Some time back, I received a vendor e-mail message promising "information for all" through MDM. But deep contemplation of this important matter (interrupted only by intermittent wakefulness) led me to an astonishing revelation: Information isn't a Democracy, it's...
Nine Inch Nails Free Download Experiment Nets Over $1.6 million
News  |  3/14/2008  | 
Band leader Trent Reznor now encourages user-generated videos for Ghosts I-IV album.
Bebo Traffic Down, Brand Up Ahead Of AOL Acquisition
News  |  3/14/2008  | 
The social networking site ranks fourth among a list of 55 similar properties, behind MySpace, Facebook, and MyYearbook, recent traffic statistics show.
FCC Defends Its Database, Management Tools
News  |  3/13/2008  | 
A 53-page GAO report claims the agency doesn't properly collect and analyze data, making it impossible to analyze the effectiveness of its enforcement.
Google Sky Rises Above Google Earth
News  |  3/13/2008  | 
However, the launch that allows the previous plug-in to be seen in a separate Web browser is partially being eclipsed by a lawsuit.
Fixing The Flaws Of The Web Experience
Commentary  |  3/13/2008  | 
A lot of the conversations I've had lately have revolved around the notion of the user experience, or in vendor speak, the Web experience. I'm not knocking the marketing messages (OK, maybe a little) but we've been talking about the Web experience since the Web 1.0 days, without much movement.
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