News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in April 2008
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Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
What's Your Opinion on Performance Management?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
It's your last chance to "Take The Poll" on our home page (left column below the blog). I'm wrapping up this month's poll on performance management and will post a new poll next week. So... Which of the following best describes your top performance management priority?
Why IT Might Be in Big Trouble - Again
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
IT has lost touch with reality as they have been disconnected from the situation in business and do not seem to be concerned about it... IT is apparently responding by shifting focus to data management rather than worrying about or focusing on the capabilities needed by business...
IBM Informix Upgrade Enhances Clustering, Database Management
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Princeton Softech "Optim" tools round out IDS 11.5 management suite. Big Blue claims gains in database marketshare.
Content Management Blunders From Down Under
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
The hits keep coming in from our "Top 5 Reasons A Content Management Company Will Go Out Of Business" post. This time, the experiences come from a university from the land down under, proving content management blunders serve us all on a truly global scale.
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
Barracuda Launches E-Mail Archive Product
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
The anti-spam appliance vendor learned about the value of archives the hard way -- by getting sued by Trend Micro.
BI Goes Green(er)
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
This week, SAS is announcing SAS for Sustainability Management. It uses the BI platform and performance management applications to provide companies with a way of measuring sustainability goals and performance against them. Using predictive analytics, customers can even model changes in energy consumption or emissions to see the impact on sustainability goals.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
What Will Oracle Acquire Next?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
So now that the BEA Systems acquisition is complete, what is next for Oracle? Given Oracle's pattern, it's due for about three acquisitions this spring.
Finding Design Failure with Microsoft Office Search Commands
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Cheers to Microsoft Labs for their release of Search Commands, an Office 2007 add-in that "helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in... Word, Excel, and PowerPoint." The embedded Guided Help calls it "a useful complement to the usual method of browsing for commands by clicking tabs on the Ribbon." But with Search Commands, Microsoft has adapted a findability fix that's quite common on the Web: Search as a crutch. Search Commands reinforces a point I've made in the past, that
Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
How to Choose the Right BPM Suite: From RFP to Final Selection
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
You've decided that business process management is right for your organization. But what's next? Here's how to build an evaluation team, write a request for proposal, review RFP responses, evaluate a short list of candidates and choose the right BPM suite.
Follow Three Best Practices to Succeed at Business Activity Monitoring
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
BAM can monitor crucial key performance indicators around time, cost, quality, and productivity, but many firms struggle when deploying the technology. Three best practices will jump start your project and help you choose the right metrics and alert levels.
The Fall of the Relational Empire
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
Relational is given a lot of credit because of its staying power and incumbency, which is often confused with universal usefulness. But if you step back and think about it, there is nothing special about a relational database, and in the world as we see it evolving, the physical structure, and even location of data, no longer matters...
In Database Market, Oracle Gets Bigger, Others Hang On
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Microsoft was the only member of the big three to grow at a rate under the market average, 11.2%, for revenue of $3.4 billion and an 18.3% market share, IDC said.
The Weekly Watch On Content Management
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
Leading off this installment of The Weekly Watch is Alfresco, a company that's proven there's plenty of innovation left in the enterprise content management (ECM) sector. Alfresco sent InformationWeek some of its recent accomplishments and a few grabbed our attention.
'LOL' Slips Into Homework But Formal Writing Still Valued
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Twenty-five percent of teens surveyed said they used emoticons in school writing and 38% said they used text shortcuts or abbreviations.
Is Web 2.0 Disruptive to Databases?
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
Are Web 2.0 innovations (mashups, cloud computing, web communities, etc.) conspiring to bring about the downfall of the relational database as we know and love it?... Or, to paraphrase a popular quote, is the news of the conventional database's demise greatly exaggerated?
Controlling Content In A Social Publishing World
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
I read this PC World story and I couldn't help but think how indicative it is of the typical command and control mentality within enterprises. I know there's a balance between fighting the external social network (SoNet) effect and creating a corporate one of your own. With all the technology, horsepower, and APIs gone wild, shouldn't we be able to figure out how to create some harmony between the two?
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
CIOs Uncensored: A Painful Data Integration Experience
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
Dear Cleveland Clinic CIO: Help a broken man out.
Web 2.0: Yahoo Rewires With Open Strategy
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
With its Yahoo Open Strategy, the company follows in the footsteps of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft by opening up its software to developers.
Text Technologies in the Mainstream
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
Adoption of text analytics has accelerated in the years I've followed the topic, with growth in expected and unexpected directions both. It wasn't hard to foresee extension of data mining workbenches to text, but I had thought BI vendors would be much quicker to build "unstructured information" into their stacks. And I didn't anticipate the nature of the solutions that would be responsible for the greatest market growth...
Web 2.0: It's No Fad
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Marc Andreessen, Tim O'Reilly, and other leaders muse on the future of the Web browser, social networking, widgets, and the Web 2.0 movement itself.
Web 2.0: MySpace Takes Application Gallery Out Of Beta
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The company boasts more than 1,000 approved applications in a selection of categories ranging from music, politics and causes, quizzes and polls, and video.
Web 2.0: Microsoft's Live Mesh To Reinvent The Platform
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
What remains to be seen is whether Windows users will occupy positions of privilege on Microsoft's evolving platform.
Microsoft Developers Weigh In On Live Mesh
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft MVPs say that they hope Microsoft can deliver on the big promises it's making with its software-plus-services development platform.
Do Greener Pastures Await Green Content Management Vendors?
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
As another Earth Day passed, I thought it was appropriate to pass along some green tidbits within the content management and IT space. I ran across Jarrod Gingras' post referring to how the green movement is affecting purchasing decisions for SaaS-based Web content solutions.
Interop Preview: Tech Industry Gets Ready To Rumble
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The nation's leading business technology event, Interop, gains added breadth this year as it is co-located with Software 2008, an event aimed at software developers, users, and industry executives.
Lost Fans Find Internet Thrills Via Wikis, Games, Second Life
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Fans and producers of the hit TV show Lost are taking to the Internet, building a wiki, alternate reality games, communities, and a virtual island in Second Life to explore the world of the ABC show.
Microsoft Hires Database Pioneer, Opens Database Development Lab
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Parallel database pioneer David DeWitt will join Microsoft as its newest technical fellow and open an advanced development laboratory in Madison, Wis.
Why Business Should Be Mad as Hell at IT
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
The state of information adequacy across business has never been worse. The percentage of IT budgets allocated to improving decision support and business intelligence for business and the underlying information management technologies is now a miniscule fraction of total spend by IT for business. Even worse, the time it takes to implement improvements is dire...
Informatica Plans To Add Identity Software To Integration Platform
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Informatica plans to use the acquisition of Identity Systems to add to its integration software identity search and resolution for a variety of objects, including people, companies and products.
BI Software Is a Commodity Technology
Commentary  |  4/22/2008  | 
BI Scorecard author and IE blogger Cindi Howson writes that she "gasped" on hearing Jim Davis of SAS talk about the commoditization of BI. Yet I'm with Davis — BI software is a commodity — the technology, that is, and not BI as a whole. That "as a whole" includes extensions wrapped around the commoditized technology core, extensions that build-out common-place core BI into solutions, extensions that adapt the technology — that package it in suite or application or embedded fo
Terracotta Offers Alternative To Database Congestion For Java Apps
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Instead of subdividing a physical machine by adding applications, Terracotta 2.6 multiplies JVMs to make a server handle more traffic.
Dilbert Creator Embraces Web 2.0
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
The comic strip's Web site is going interactive, allowing fans to write their own punch-lines, create mashups, and share favorites.
Teradata Fights Fire With Fire
Commentary  |  4/22/2008  | 
The price-per-terabyte figures for Teradata's new appliances are aggressive, the performance looks promising and, most important, they all run on the Teradata 12 database. That last point is crucial because most customers would rather not have to run multiple DBMS environments.
Welcome to 'Competing on Decisions'
Commentary  |  4/21/2008  | 
Perhaps you noticed that I renamed this blog "Competing on Decisions" from "Addicted to BI."... I've come to the conclusion that informing people (BI) is part of an incomplete cycle. If we as a company make an investment in BI, it isn't the informing of people that matters, it's what happens next. The decisions.
So Crazy It Just Might Work
Commentary  |  4/21/2008  | 
Startup RevStor cuts your unstructured data into chunks and stores them on the PCs and servers on your network -- no NAS or SAN required. Is this plain crazy, or just crazy enough to work?
5¼ More Reasons That A Content Management Company Will Go Out Of Business
Commentary  |  4/21/2008  | 
I seemed to have touched a nerve in my recent entry about the top five reasons a content management company will go out of business, judging by the feedback received via e-mail, tweets, IM, and the blog.
Message in a Bottle: On Outsourcing Science
Commentary  |  4/21/2008  | 
We outsource manufacturing. We outsource services. Farming and mining already follow a natural global-sourcing model. Now, research says that we should outsource science too; it's good for American innovation. I guess the outsourcing genie is well and truly out of the bottle…
Bebo Chooses Gap Year Traveler For Interactive Reality Series
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The show will include a social media network site and follow Cara Cioni, a 24-year-old from Chicago, as she and five other travelers tour the world.
Six Apart Acquires Apperceptive, Expands Offerings For Bloggers
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The purchase will bolster Six Apart's new VIP program, which aims to help influential bloggers expand audiences and increase visibility.
BPMS Watch Rates 11 Business Process Management Suites
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The BPMS Watch Ratings Report for the Second-Quarter 2008 takes a close look at the integration, human workflow, production workflow and case management capabilities of industry-leading BPM suites. All-around standouts include BEA and Lombardi, Oracle, Software AG, EMC and Global 360.
Cloud Computing: Microsoft Joins Emerging Database-as-a-Service Market
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
SQL Server Data Services is a late-but-promising entrant in an emerging market that promises to be a boon to small and midsized firms looking to reach distributed groups of employees, partners or customers while controlling costs.
Web 2.0: Companies Will Spend $4.6 Billion By 2013, Forrester Predicts
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Some of the companies adopting social networking, RSS, blogs, wikis, mashups, podcasting, and widgets will be presenting at the Web 2.0 Expo show this week.
LiveUniverse Acquires Personalized Homepage Provider Pageflakes
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
Pageflakes has been absorbed at a time when its style of services is being offered by major Internet companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Live.
MindTouch Puts The Enterprise In 2.0
Commentary  |  4/18/2008  | 
It's not often you hear terms like application integration and IT governance from companies building their businesses on Web 2.0 underpinnings such as blogs, wikis, and RSS. So I was somewhat surprised to be smacked in the face with just that from Aaron Fulkerson, the tech-talking co-founder and CEO of MindTouch, a company that wants to be the "tissue" that helps enterprises connect all those disparate systems.
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