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Finding the Best Vendor Means Treating Bidders Right
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Some enterprises believe that technology suppliers are so hungry for business that they will line up for kilometers to respond to an RFP. This is increasingly not the case. We're actually seeing fewer responses to even "good RFPs." There are a couple reasons why...
Oracle Unveils Tuxedo 11g, Options
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Database vendor beefs up the software in effort to lure new customers and spur upgrades.
10gen Commercializes 'No SQL' MongoDB
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Document-oriented database can scale-out as demand increases by adding nodes on a server cluster.
If You've Got Big Data, You May Want Big Memory
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Jas Dhillon, CTO of Taser, explained to me last December how his company has gone from delivering stunning shocks to unruly police suspects to shocking the competition via cloud computing. In continuing to follow Taser's innovative approach, I found a story behind the story of how Taser was able to do this.
SRA Lands $500 Million USDA Contract
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has engaged SRA International to implement an SAP-based system to streamline its business processes.
NASA Archiving Social Networking Activity
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The U.S. space agency has teamed with The Internet Archive to archive its image, video, and audio collections in a single, searchable resource.
Expert Analysis: Is Sentiment Analysis an 80% Solution?
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Sentiment-analysis technologies aren't perfect. But what critics are missing is the value of automation, the inaccuracy of human assessment, and the many applications that require only "good-enough" accuracy.
CIO's Front-Row Seat In Healthcare History Making
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
John Glaser, CIO at Partners HealthCare System--which operates several Boston area hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's, is finishing up his nearly year-long stint as an advisor to President Obama's health IT czar.
Fed IT Urged To Emulate Private Sector
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Government IT pros should follow the lead of private industry to improve project management, customer service, and accountability, report says.
From Vision to Reality at SAP's NetWeaver BI Conference
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Last week, I was at an SAP Insider conference focused on business intelligence... As I felt once before in attending one of these events, there is a big disconnect between SAP BusinessObjects' lofty vision and customer reality.
GSA Pilots Procurement Wiki
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
The General Services Administration's BetterBuy project allows vendors to provide online feedback on the RFP process.
NorthScale Memcached Server Speeds Farmville
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
The distributed data caching specialist supplies the data management muscle behind Zynga's Farmville and Mafia Wars social networking games.
Sybase Analytics Keeps SMS Moving
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
Combining Sybase IQ data warehousing with MicroStrategy dashboards, Operator Analytics 365 gauges telco network performance.
Business Trends Reported in Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
In recent conversations with various analytic DBMS vendors, a fairly consistent picture has emerged...
NASA Makes Mars Rover Smarter
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
AEGIS software autonomously analyzes images taken by the exploratory vehicle's wide-angle camera, speeding data collection.
Sybase Analytics Service Keeps SMS Messages Moving
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
Combining Sybase IQ data warehousing with MicroStrategy dashboards, Operator Analytics 365 gauges telco network performance.
Practical Analysis: InformationWeek Analytics' Subscription Model
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
In-depth research and peer-based analysis that's more accessible, valuable, and useful than ever to IT pros.
Census Web Site Tracks Participation
News  |  3/25/2010  | 
Taking into consideration privacy and security concerns, the bureau is not collecting 2010 census information online.
Kundra Outlines Open Government Progress
News  |  3/24/2010  | 
The federal CIO said the government is already seeing performance improvements from the Obama administration's transparency plan.
Is It Time For NoETL?
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
I've been bemused by NoSQL, the movement that propounds database-management diversity. Is it now similarly time for a NoETL movement, reflecting a new world of liberated, semantically enriched, analysis-ready, mashable data?
Global CIO: Ford's Challenge: Social Networking At 70 MPH
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Automaker takes a different view of location-based apps.
Federal CIOs Seek Direction On Open Government
News  |  3/23/2010  | 
Agency officials say they are taking steps to make government more transparent, but worry that their efforts lack structure and could come at a price for security.
How Many People Use Advanced Analytics?
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Approximately one in three companies implementing traditional BI also uses advanced analytics. In other words, if, say, 3 percent of employees in BI-implementing firms use traditional BI, that would correspond to 1 percent of those firms' employees using advanced analytics...
White House Overhauling Financial Systems Policy
News  |  3/23/2010  | 
Current financial systems take too long to deploy, cost too much, and don't give federal agencies the right data, OMB official says.
Forrester Sees 'Smart Computing' IT Growth
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Findings at Forrester Research indicate that every 15-20 years, there is a resurgence in IT spending -- and that we are on the cusp of the next big spend cycle, focusing on optimizing the balance sheet. They're calling it "Smart Computing."
Wendy's Taps Text Analytics To Mine Customer Feedback
News  |  3/23/2010  | 
Clarabridge text analytics software will be used to analyze nearly half a million text-based customer comments per year.
Wendy's Taps Text Analytics to Mine Customer Feedback
News  |  3/22/2010  | 
Restaurant chain will analyze customer comments to quickly spot product and service problems.
IBM Exec: Health Analytics Skills In Great Need
News  |  3/22/2010  | 
Advanced analytics skills are in demand in the wake of healthcare reform legislation, Dan Pelino, general manager for IBM's Global Healthcare and Life Sciences business, says.
Q&A: IBM's Steve Mills On Strategy, Oracle, SAP
News  |  3/22/2010  | 
The veteran leader of IBM's software business talks about growth, reorganization, enterprise software diversity, and the place of competitors, including Oracle and SAP.
Q&A With IBM Software Group's Steve Mills
News  |  3/22/2010  | 
The 20-plus-year veteran leader of IBM's 65,000-employee-strong software business talks about growth, reorganization, enterprise software diversity and the place of competitors including Oracle and SAP.
Expert Analysis: Metrics Can Lead In the Wrong Direction
News  |  3/22/2010  | 
People often come up with ingenious ways to distort measurement systems. Thus, metrics can not only discourage desired behavior; they can promote dysfunctional behavior.
Virginia AG Tweets Healthcare Lawsuit
News  |  3/22/2010  | 
Ken Cuccinelli bypasses the traditional press conference to announce plan to challenge reform bill on constitutional grounds.
FlightCaster Leverages Big Data
News  |  3/20/2010  | 
The cloud-based service forecasts up to six hours ahead of time if an airline flight is likely to be delayed, using what's known as Big Data techniques.
FCC Tests Spectrum Dashboard
News  |  3/19/2010  | 
Currently in beta, the tool enables users to search the entire 225 MHz to 3.7 GHz mobile wireless spectrum range.
Social, Spatial, & Temporal: The Coordinates of Community in the Cloud
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
Social networks have their foundations in the space-time continuum -- you know, the funky coordinate system that Einstein was so keen about... Down deep, I consider social network analysis an important new branch of decision support systems as a discipline.
Let Stormy Session On Cloud Standards Be Your Guide
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
A panel Wednesday at the Cloud Connect show in Santa Clara, Calif. to talk about where cloud standards are going did not go as planned. Whatever the script, it was as if the audience had come prepared to present its point of view, and the panel members were forced to listen.
Pegasystems To Buy Chordiant For $161.5 Million
News  |  3/18/2010  | 
The business process management firm makes a play for a CRM player with predictive analytics prowess.
Verizon Files Patent Suit Over Cablevision Boxes
News  |  3/18/2010  | 
The International Trade Commission complaint says Cablevision's set-top boxes infringe five Verizon patents pertaining to video downloading and social networking features.
Following Up On 'Claims and Conjecture'
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Last week I posted a blog about "Claims, Conjecture and Outright Lies." It generated a lot of comments as well as soul searching on the part of PR professionals, software marketing types and, I'll admit, myself.
Hospital Supply System Improving Bill Accuracy
News  |  3/17/2010  | 
By simplifying medical supply record-keeping, a patient-charge capture system is helping a hospital system capture hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.
PivotLink Launches Analytic Apps
News  |  3/17/2010  | 
Prebuilt metrics, reports, and dashboards extend the company's software-as-a-service-based business intelligence platform.
PivotLink Bows Analytic Sales, Marketing and HR Apps
News  |  3/17/2010  | 
Prebuilt metrics, reports and dashboards extend vendor's SaaS-based business intelligence platform.
Evaluating Vendors? Kill the Spreadsheets
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Over the years, I've learned a hard truth: more details and more complexity in a scoring methodology may not deliver you the right vendor. It can occasionally do the exact opposite. Ideally you should dispense with spreadsheet scoring entirely in favor of a more practical, facilitated decision-making process.
FBI Goes Undercover On Social Networks
News  |  3/16/2010  | 
Investigators may be using fake identities to track criminals online, if a confidential FBI presentation is any indication.
Ning CEO Steps Down
News  |  3/16/2010  | 
Gina Bianchini, co-founder and public face of the social network builder, has resigned; COO Jason Rosenthal will take over her duties.
Federal CIO Seeks Out Apple, Facebook, Google
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Vivek Kundra was on the West Coast last week, where his schedule included meetings with Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, and other tech innovators. The federal CIO says that U.S. government employees are at a disadvantage when it comes to the technology they use, and he's looking for better ways of working.
Facebook Edges Google In Site Visits
News  |  3/16/2010  | 
The social networking colossus, now the most visited Web site in the U.S., could see a revenue boost.
Google App Store is Boon for Businesses
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
The newly opened Google App Store isn't going to shake any foundations (yet) -- and Apple's iPhone Store it's not -- but it looks like great news for small and midsize businesses, and a step forward for cloud computing.
AT&T Adds Web Services For Feature Phones
News  |  3/15/2010  | 
The company is launching quick messaging devices, inexpensive phones with an online address book, messaging, and the ability to share photos and video with friends or social networks.
Progress Releases Real Time BPM Suite
News  |  3/15/2010  | 
The Progress Software product combines Savvion business process management technology with complex event processing and monitoring capabilities.
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