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Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Last week, Gartner's preeminent business process management analyst Jim Sinur announced he would join Global 360 ( ) as Chief Strategy Officer. In this broad-ranging interview, Sinur explains the move, offers an update on the BPM market and explores the evolving convergence of BI, data, events, modeling, business process management and business rules.
Data Integration Comes in Three Flavors
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Those shopping for data integration solutions will find that they come in three flavors: Stand-alone tools from niche players like MetaMatrix, Group 1, Pervasive and Tableau… Focused Solutions from vendors like Business Objects, Cognos, Informatica, Initiate and SAS… and One-Stop Shops such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Here's what each flavor has to offer.
Dimensional Relational vs. OLAP: The Final Deployment Conundrum
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The choice between deploying relational tables or OLAP cubes is not a trivial matter. Weigh these 34 pros and cons of each approach early in the design of your extract-transform-load system.
HP Looks To Neoview For Gains In Data Warehousing
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The company is combining its NonStop database engine with its Integrity and ProLiant servers and its StorageWorks hardware and software.
Sun Researches Server Clusters With A Song
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Projects like Search Inside The Music, Snapp Radio, and MailFinder could help researchers understand how to build a better server cluster architecture.
Sun Sees Virtualization Without VMware or Xen
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The company's investment in its Live-Star project could translate into improved software and security distribution models.
Thoughts on Content Management as a Service
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
Are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) options viable for enterprise content management? I hear that question with increasing frequency, and it's a difficult one to answer. There are plenty of vendor options out there - from pure plays like Spring CM, to hybrids like Xythos and Treno. But just because there are plenty of options doesn't means it's a particularly good idea.
IBM, MySQL To Bring Open Source Database To System i
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The companies have agreed to work together in offering the MySQL Server for i5/OS, the flagship operating system for System i, and to certify IBM's DB2 as a MySQL storage engine.
IBM, Intel, And Microsoft Tout Technology Future
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Though each company is working on something different, together they paint a picture of life with faster and more ubiquitous computing technology.
HP Looks To Neoview For Gains In Data Warehousing
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The company is combining its NonStop database engine with its Integrity and ProLiant servers and its StorageWorks hardware and software.
Dell Swaps Hard Drives For Flash Drives In More Notebooks
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The computer maker hopes solid-state disk drives' faster boot time and improved system performance will be selling points for its corporate customers.
Mozilla Extends Firefox 1.5 Support For One More Security Update
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Support now will run through mid-May to accommodate one more security and stability update, but Mozilla is recommending users upgrade to Firefox 2.0 now.
Should BI and Performance Management Be a Single Platform?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Weeks before Business Objects announced it will acquire Cartesis, I had an interesting chat with BI-industry veteran Ben Plummer, now a VP at Applix. Plummer commented that the company is positioning itself "in the convergence between BI and performance management… we're calling it 'Business Analytics.'"
IBM Boosts Dividend, Adds $15 Billion To Buyback Fund
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
As a result of the buyback program, IBM increased its forecast for 2007 earnings per share growth to between 12% and 14% -- one to three percentage points higher than its previous estimate.
Data Breaches Cry Out for Data Governance
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
The New York Times on April 20 reported yet another significant data breach: the inadvertent public disclosure of tens of thousands of social security numbers belonging to people who received financial assistance from the U.S. Agriculture Department. The breach, coming on top of numerous others recently, is a clear indication that data governance is the need of the hour.
Google Releases Improved MySQL Code
News  |  4/24/2007  | 
While it does contribute to the project, Google uses the open source relational database internally for some applications that aren't search related.
California Legislature Considers RFID Card Bans
News  |  4/24/2007  | 
The bill would place a three-year moratorium on the use of RFID technology in driver's licenses and school ID cards.
HP Looks To Neoview For Major Gains In Data Warehousing Market
News  |  4/24/2007  | 
The company's new high-end data warehousing system was unveiled Tuesday in Berlin.
Oracle To Buy Utilities Software Maker Lodestar
News  |  4/24/2007  | 
The acquisition represents the latest gulp in what has become an ongoing buying binge that began with PeopleSoft in 2005.
Business Objects Leads Financial Tech Shakeup
Commentary  |  4/24/2007  | 
If you work in finance or IT, yesterday was a big news day, with Business Objects announcing it will acquire Cartesis, Oracle finalizing its acquisition of Hyperion and SAP announcing at its Sapphire user conference that it will resell Acorn Systems' costing and profitability technology. So shakeup was the word of the day in financial performance management, and there was no doubt that Business Objects made a smart move.
Business Objects-Cartesis Deal Advances BI-Performance Management Union
News  |  4/23/2007  | 
2007 shapes up as the year of convergence with Business Objects' following in Oracle's footsteps in acquiring a performance management vendor. Despite all the deal making, it's customers who are driving the BI-CPM combination.
Gartner Calls On IT Heroes
News  |  4/23/2007  | 
"Most IT organizations can't deliver new value because their DNA is fundamentally about control," says Gartner fellow Jennifer Beck.
Put to the Test: Oracle Data Integrator
News  |  4/23/2007  | 
Oracle has upgraded the Sunopsis ETL technology it acquired last fall to address master data management and SOA needs as well as data warehousing and data migration. It's not an easy tool to master, but it's a powerful and versatile choice if you're willing to invest in training.
Microsoft Sued Over .Net Technology
News  |  4/23/2007  | 
Vertical Computer Systems claims Microsoft is violating a patent it owns and uses in its SiteFlash product.
Put to the Test: Oracle BI Enterprise Edition
News  |  4/23/2007  | 
Built on the federated data access and Web-based architecture of Siebel Analytics, Oracle's latest BI offering is competitive, but the admin and query interfaces could stand a few usability improvements.
Face Off: Business Objects vs. Oracle (and Microsoft)
Commentary  |  4/23/2007  | 
When Business Objects first acquired SRC software in Q3 2005, some industry and financial experts wondered, "why SRC, a little-known budgeting, planning, and financial consolidation vendor… why not a stronger performance management player such as Cartesis or OutlookSoft?" Fast forward 18 months and Business Objects did exactly that, announcing late Sunday night its intent to acquire Cartesis.
Informing People Does Not Improve Decisions
Commentary  |  4/23/2007  | 
I don't typically watch C-Span, but I was watching last week because my wife was giving testimony before a Senate Committee… From Senator Gordon Smith to the esteemed panel with academic and scientific pedigrees in abundance, here was a group of people who were as well-informed on the issues as any group could be. Yet, not a single of one them was swayed from their positions by the others' testimony… So what does this have to do with BI? Everything.
Do Women Belong in The Kitchen or in BI?
Commentary  |  4/23/2007  | 
I want to highlight a piece of recent news from CIO Insight: women are leaving IT. There are no studies as to why this is happening, only the fact that it is. Fortunately for women in BI, it looks like our role in this segment of IT remains steady at 28 percent... Compared to other IT sectors, BI seems to be wonderfully represented by females, particularly in industry thought leadership.
Stat Fight Erupts Between Online Ad Groups
News  |  4/20/2007  | 
Two leading Internet metrics firms are asked to submit to a third-party audit of their measurement processes.
USDA Admits Exposing 26 Years Of Social Security Numbers
News  |  4/20/2007  | 
As many as 150,000 people have had their ID numbers exposed from an online database, one savvy farmer discovered.
PoliticsUpClose Looks At 2008 Election And Beyond
News  |  4/20/2007  | 
The site's search engine and content aggregator will be a center for U.S. government-related information and resources.
Privacy Groups Decry Google's Plans For DoubleClick
News  |  4/20/2007  | 
The groups want the FTC to determine what data collected by Google and DoubleClick is personally identifiable.
Infrastructure: A Wake-Up Call for India, China
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
If China and India aspire to recognition and respect for their increasing prowess in technology, they must do better. The World Economic Forum recently released its annual Global Information Technology Report for 2006-2007. The reports Networked Readiness Index ranked India 44th and China 59th, down four places and nine places, respectively, from last year's standings.
Google Delivers Solid Earnings On Ad Sales
News  |  4/19/2007  | 
Revenue from AdSense continues Google's momentum as the company looks forward to acquiring DoubleClick.
Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 2
News  |  4/19/2007  | 
A new find-as-you-type feature in the free e-mail client winnows displayed messages on the fly, making searches faster.
Take the Survey on BI Success
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Long-time Intelligent Enterprise contributor Cindi Howson wants to understand why and how some companies are more successful with business intelligence than others. The results won't be available for a while, but sometimes taking surveys can be as thought-provoking as reading them. What's more, Cindi will send respondents the key findings.
IBM Adds Google Gadgets To WebSphere
News  |  4/19/2007  | 
The applets allow for customized Web applications like a map-based sales tracker or a clock that shows the local time at branch locations.
Oracle Readies New Release Of Siebel CRM On Demand
News  |  4/19/2007  | 
The latest upgrade contains new features for easier use, more advanced customization, and more comprehensive integration options.
Information Convergence Is a Work in Progress
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
John Schwarz, CEO of Business Objects, yesterday gave a keynote address at AIIM Expo entitled "The Parallel Evolution and Convergence of Enterprise Content Management and Business Intelligence." The title notwithstanding, I didn't hear a lot of concrete examples of convergence in the speech, but there are signs the worlds of data and content are slowly coming together.
AIIM 'Smackdown' and the Perils of Portals
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Yesterday at the annual AIIM Expo, we held an "Enterprise Portal Smackdown," in which a packed room keenly watched seven-minute demos presented by different consultancies (Ironworks, Molecular, and Liferay) demonstrating, respectively: BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, and Liferay Portal. Here's a one-liner summary of each demo:
Open Text Offers Records Management For SAP
News  |  4/18/2007  | 
The Livelink ECM Records Management product will be marketed and supported by SAP and Open Text.
Oracle Makes Big Push Into Content Management
News  |  4/18/2007  | 
Five of the six products scheduled for release are related to last year's acquisition of Stellent.
Media Execs See Peril And Promise In User-Generated Content
News  |  4/18/2007  | 
Accenture and Hitwise stats released this week question whether user-generated content is really a threat to mainstream media companies.
Mashups, APIs Help Make Money, Panel Suggests
News  |  4/18/2007  |, Kapow, and Mashery debate the best way to build a profitable market with Web 2.0-based applications.
Vendors Vow To Make Web 2.0 More Useful For Businesses
News  |  4/18/2007  | 
It's all about collaboration, but don't throw out your Microsoft Office or IBM Lotus system just yet, Google, Zimbra, and SocialText argue.
Fear and SharePoint: Trends Seen at AIIM Expo
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
Compliance mandates and legal risks are a big focus here at the AIIM show in Boston. Also everywhere - the keynote lineup, the press room, the collateral material, etc. - are presentations, announcements and references to Microsoft SharePoint. I'll get to SharePoint and parallels between BI and content management in a moment, but first a few thoughts on fear mongering.
Microsoft, Adobe, Yahoo Tout Web 2.0 Hybrid Apps
News  |  4/17/2007  | 
With or without a browser, large-scale companies suggest partners get rich Internet applications or die tryin'.
FAST pushes SNaaS - Software NOT as a Service
Commentary  |  4/17/2007  | 
Enterprise-search vendor FAST is poised to strike a blow for SNaaS - Software NOT as a Service... The FAST AdMomentum platform is designed to shift control of delivery of contextual advertising from third-party service providers... Web search has always been delivered as a service. Who but propeller-hatted weenies (like me) would even think to pre-label this service with "Software as a"?
Oracle Critical Patch Update Hits The Street With 37 Fixes
News  |  4/17/2007  | 
Nine of the vulnerabilities addressed in the patch can be exploited by an attacker remotely over a network without the need to have a valid username and password for authentication.
Hitwise Predicts Which Web 2.0 Firms Will Win
News  |  4/17/2007  | 
They're relatively unknown now, but if you're a Young Digerati or a Bohemian Mix, a new survey suggests you already know and use them.
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