A Last Look at Open Source BI
Open-source BI and I have come to a parting of ways. OS-BI capabilities, reliability, and support have matured. Commercial OS-BI vendors now compete with BI market leaders. That competition now appears to focus primarily on solutions and on the cost and community advantages open-source-reliant business models can (and do) offer. I will, however, take one last look, a snapshot of the state of the market, before I take my leave of the topic...
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
Facebook Quick Tip: Managing The Redesign
Facebook's redesign puts more information in your News Feed -- sometimes too much. Here's how to block updates from the noisiest pals in your social network, without un-friending them entirely.
BI from the SAP Customer Viewpoint
It struck me that the SAP Netweaver BI & Portals conference keynote was perhaps too visionary for where attending SAP customers are today in terms of their BI initiatives. Many are primarily writing ABAPs for reporting... Even Business Objects Web Intelligence is a major leap forward for them...
Annual Strategic Security Survey
If it's spring, it must be InformationWeek's Annual Security Survey, where we gather and analyze changes in security practices. Please join the 40,000 security professionals, IT staff, and managers who have participated in this landmark survey in recent years.
Panorama Unveils RC1 Of NovaView 6
The preview of the latest version of NovaView incorporates Google Apps to enable customers to use the online office productivity suite to share and collaborate on reports.
From 'BI' to 'Business Analytics,' It's All Fluff
I was there in Washington, D.C., last week at the SAS Global Executive Forum when Jim Davis gave his much-talked-about, business-intelligence-is-dead, business-analytics-is-the-future presentation. "I don't believe (business intelligence is) where the future is; the future is in business analytics," he said. I thought at the time that it was a little silly.
How One Small Town Is Using Twitter And Other Social Media
Following my post earlier this week about why local governments aren't making use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, I found myself in Second Life with the city engineer of the town of LaSalle, Ill, talking about how the government of her little town uses Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Skype and Second Life to better serve their citizens and stay in touch with other small-town officials across the United States and Canada.
Obama Data Transparency Faces Many Hurdles
While the Obama Administration might talk a lot about transparency, government agencies face any number of challenges to turn that buzzword into reality, especially in terms of getting usable data online.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 27, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small businesses want less stimulus, more tax cuts, free small businesses resources, Amazon, Google, IBM layoffs, Facebook needs $, Google Checkout fees rise, SMBs virtualize blades, Sun VDI 3, Microsoft attacks Mac, Apple WWDC, Windows 7 Release Candidate, Verizon netbooks, Accolade Systems sues Apple, Skype for iPhone, Opera Mobile 9.7, BlackBerry SlingPlayer, U4EA/Vidtel video communication services, TNCI integrated communications, Conf
Nuxeo Releases Upgrade Of Open Source ECM
Nuxeo EP 5.2 includes more than 30 new features and marks the first upgrade since the European company announced the launch of its North American operations in February.
Obama's Crafty Web 2.0 Experiment
It wasn't exactly the Nixon-Kennedy debates, but the White House Online TownHall meeting today will go down in history, though not for the reasons you might think.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday March 26, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small business optimism, Opera browser geolocation, hosted virtual desktops, MacBook Pro memory upgrade, Voice-powered Google search for BlackBerry, ContactsCalendarSync for G1 Android, Alltel My Circle, Adobe Flash for Android, mobile app store growth, Wedge Networks security appliance, protecedpdf Small Business Edition, Google services for Web sites, Twitter premium, Twitter best practices...
Why Aren't Local Governments Using Twitter And Facebook?
Local governments deal with people one at a time. The face of local government is the face of your neighborhood cop, your kids' schoolteacher, and the firefighter who comes when you smell smoke. Social media like Twitter and Facebook are great for helping organizations deal with people one-on-one. So why aren't more local governments on Facebook and Twitter?
Malware Controlling Hardware Is Not A Necessity
The last two weeks have brought us two different attack vectors affecting servers and PC's alike. First Invisible Things Lab's Joanna Rutkowska and Rafal Wojtczuk presented the details of an attack on Intel's System Management Module which lets the malware do whatever it wants and effectively hides from everything else. Meanwhile, An
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday March 25, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Google invests in Pixazza, economy crimps pay-for-performance outsourcing, Firefox architecture instability and memory leaks, no local Windows Azure, proprietary software model broken, is Linux Wal-Mart?, Hitachi 2.5" hard drive, Xobni ends beta, Dell servers and storage, T-Mobile 3G USB laptop stick, Sprint WiMax in 10 cities, Samsung SMB dealer program, Skype leading international carrier, botnet malware targets routers and modems, value
'Fewer Measures, Better Results' and Other Advice for the Times
If your enterprise is focusing on more than, say, a dozen key performance measures, you are probably not seeing the forest for the trees. This is just one bit of advice delivered in one of nearly a score of articles we've published on the theme of adjusting your information management plans and BI approaches to combat the economic downturn. Next week we roll the best of that advice into a one-hour Webinar...
Microsoft Kills adAnalytics (a.k.a., Gatineau)
Like the month of March, software vendors often will go in like a lion and out like a lamb. Such was the case with Microsoft's adAnalytics project (originally codenamed "Gatineau"). The beta launched with great expectations of duking it out with Google Analytics -- only to be quietly shelved earlier this month.
SAS Enters Its Own Cloud
The Register has a fairly detailed article about SAS expanding its cloud/SaaS offerings. I disagree with one assertion; namely, I fail to see why SAS's campus would be better than leading hosting companies' data centers for either data privacy/security or data upload speed...
President Highlights Renewable Energy In Call To Space
President Barack Obama called the International Space Station via satellite link from the Roosevelt Room in the White House Tuesday. He used the opportunity to emphasize his plans for renewable energy and solar power.
We Want You For Application Delivery
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bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 24, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: software developers expectations for stimulus package, Power Pack 2 for Windows Home Server, Sage SalesLogix Today CRM software-hardware appliance, Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 and NAS 420 servers, HP dc5850 Business Desktop with Linux, AOL Shortcuts.com coupon service goes mobile, Concur comes to BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, RIM updates BlackBerry Internet service, Elfiq WAN load-balancing product suite, iPhone captures 50% of smartphone W
Key Differences Between Data Integration and App Integration
There's been a blurring of the lines between data integration in the BI environment and in the operational environment. You used buy ETL tools for the data warehouse while hand coding data integration for OLTP projects. Problems arise when vendors obscure the differences between data and application integration to broaden the appeal of their tools...
Obama's Latest March Madness Pick: Health IT Czar
Though the Obama administration still has lots of key positions to fill--including naming a federal chief technology officer-- one critical appointment was made last week that will help fill in many of the important details related to Obama's nearly $20 billion health IT stimulus program.
Google Boosts Video Analytics on YouTube
To what was a very basic tool, Google has added such features as the ability to take a look at the YouTube community's comments and ratings about a video and to drill down on feedback to a particular country or region in the world.
Report: Cloud Computing Could Be Bigger Than The Web
A new report, funded by Google, portrays cloud computing as representing the next major evolution of computing, one that follows in the footsteps of mainframes, PCs, and smartphones. The authors suggest that cloud vendors could power a "dramatic expansion" of the U.S. economy, and they call on U.S. policymakers to get involved.
Twitter Vulnerability Exposed
The XSS security issue allows attackers to inject malicious code into Web pages, including HTML and client-side scripts.
Listen To A Conversation About Battlefield Robots With:"Wired For War" Author P.W. Singer
P.W. Singer, author of the book Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, inspires wonder and fear about real-life advances in robotic technology. Thousands of unmanned drones and ground-based robots have become an essential part of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, changing the nature of war and what combat means to our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women.