News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in April 2009
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Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Feds Ink Deals To Let Government Agencies Use Social Media
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
The General Services Administration reached agreements with popular social media networks like Facebook and YouTube to allow agencies to use the service. Previously, elements of the terms of these services blocked the government from using them.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
IBM Adds Social Networking To DeveloperWorks Portal
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company is hoping to unify its approximate 8 million registered users worldwide, including enterprise software developers and other IT professionals.
Will Business Intelligence Software Move to Appliances?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
SAP-Teradata alliance, IBM's plans and Oracle-Sun deal all point to BI bundles on top of data warehouse appliances.
Incubator Aims to Cook Up Potential Cloud Standards
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A group of heavyweight tech vendors have assembled to put cloud interoperability and security specifications on a fast track to standardization
Twitter Users' Loyalty As Brief As Their Posts?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The most popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, have much higher user retention rates than Twitter.
New ProCurve Threat Module: Flexibility Requires Planning
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
HP ProCurve announced a new module for their ProCurve 8212 and 5400 modular switches. The Threat Management Module offers firewall, VPN, and IPS functions simultaneously on the switch backplane which is unlike Cisco's approach with the Catalyst 6500 requiring separate security modules firewall, VPN, and IPS. The cost, however, is lower performance per module. ProCurve needs to increase module performance to make it a replacement for appliances.
Ingres Refreshes BI Appliance With Integration
News  |  4/29/2009  | subscribers can use the Ingres Icebreaker applicance to run ad-hoc queries and trend-analysis reporting against sales data within the software-as-a-service vendor's customer relationship management applications.
Microsoft Unveils Software Platform For Life Science Research
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Amalga Life Sciences is the latest product under the 3-year-old Microsoft Health Solutions banner.
Google Starts Twittering News Headlines
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
SAP-Teradata Alliance Goes Beyond the Database
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
To what extent will SAP BusinessObjects software be integrated with Teradata?" The possibilities go well beyond SAP BW and the DBMS, and it's not so much a matter of smiting the competition as keeping up!
IBM to OEM Brocade Switches. It's IBM vs HP.
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
IBM and Brocade jointly announced that Big Blue will be selling Brocade network switches branded as IBM Ethernet switches. The agreement extends the existing IBM/Brocade OEM deal for SAN equipment. A lot of people will see this as a reaction to Cisco's UCS launch, but according to IBM, nothing is further from the truth. I think it pits IBM against HP.
Candid Thoughts About Recent Gartner & Forrester Research
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
My reaction to recent Gartner and Forrester analyst reports, as covered in Intelligent Enterprise articles, is that the firms are tarting up a couple of instances of questionable research.
Facebook Opens Stream To Devs
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Web and mobile developers can create applications and Web sites that let Facebook users access their news streams without visiting
Swine Flu Cases Rise To 40 In U.S., But Google Sees No Spike
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Google is augmenting its Flu Trends Web site with user-generated maps of the swine flu outbreak and links to a variety of health resources.
SAP, Teradata Team Up For Business Intelligence
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The partnership shows that neither vendor is sitting still as Oracle contemplates opportunities for hardware-software combos with its planned acquisition of Sun.
Teradata, SAP Forge Enemy-of-an-Enemy Alliance
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Oracle is an obvious target... but let's not forget about IBM. Yes, SAP and IBM are strategic partners... But IBM has stepped up bundling of InfoSphere information management and Congos BI software in recent months, and that can't be sitting too well with SAP executives watching out for BusinessObjects.
Virtual Appliances for Amazon's Storage Service
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Vembu Technologies lets managed service providers resell storage services on top of Amazon's cloud.
Poor Use Of Data Integration Tools Can Waste $500,000 Annually: Gartner
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The analyst firm recommends adopting a standard tool for each of the three main categories of data-integration tools and using open-source software and tools that are provided at no additional cost with database management systems.
Kimball University: Eight Guidelines for Low-Risk Enterprise Data Warehousing
News  |  4/26/2009  | 
New data sources and BI delivery modes make it that much harder for EDW initiatives to succeed. Here are eight recommendations for controlling project costs and reducing risks.
Lawson Refreshes Smart Office
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
Smart Office 9.0.3 enables greater personalization of employees' desktops, making them more specific to workers' daily tasks.
Cambridge Science Festival Focusing Social Networks For Enterprise
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
IBM is expected to demonstrate a brace of social networking technologies at the nine-day event.
Facebook Users Approve Terms Of Use
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The changes increase user control while improving account deletion and limiting sublicenses and reducing data exchanges between application developers.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees Potential Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Cloud computing has a supporter in Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who told me in an April 23 interview that he saw potential for big savings with the cloud approach. In fact, the fed's information portal,, is being moved to a cloud-computing infrastructure within weeks.
How The Defense Department Should Use Social Media
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
The National Defense University recently released a report on how the Defense Department can benefit from social media. They did a really nice job of it too -- they're a good set of rules, not just for government, but for any organization.
Infobright Upgrades Query Speed by Extending SQL Support
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
Solaris and Sun storage support added just in time for the MySQL Conference (and unexpected Oracle acquisition).
Yes, We're Talking Mainframes
Commentary  |  4/23/2009  | 
Sure, much of our audience is thinking "Seriously dude? You're bumming me out. I've been working for a few hours and I almost have my iPhone virtualized. I'm gonna have, like, three iPhones running on one phone." But if you're one of the select few who sees the real future of virtualization, have I got a survey for you.
How Sun Could Fit With Oracle's Strategy
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Acquisition would allow Oracle to integrate an application, operating system, middleware, and database on top of its own hardware.
Review: Tweetie, A Sweet Twitter Client For Mac
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
An alternative to the clutter of desktop Twitter apps such as TweetDeck, Tweetie packs a lot of power beneath its sublimely simple, cheerful interface.
State AG Wants Craigslist To Nix Hooker Ads
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal says social networking site should use IT to eliminate sex listings.
MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe To Step Down
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
Departure is part of a broader shake-up of social networking site's executive suite.
Mind the Gaps in BI Support and Value
Commentary  |  4/23/2009  | 
The good news is that most business execs and IT professionals we recently surveyed are supportive of BI initiatives. The bad news is that many of these respondents also say their enthusiasm isn't shared by either top executives or end users... Here are a few thoughts on these latest bits of BI intelligence.
Lawson Launches Search For ERP, BI
News  |  4/23/2009  | 
The new search tool can scour structured and unstructured data across Lawson's enterprise resource planning systems and business intelligence applications.
MySQL Manager: In Oracle We Must Trust
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Black humor about the Oracle Sun deal rippled through the MySQL Conference & Expo, but MySQL manager Karen Padin stood up for Oracle.
E-Prescription Adoption Picking Up
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Over the past two years, tens of thousands of U.S. clinicians have traded in their paper prescription pads for electronic prescribing software.
Facebook Upgrades BlackBerry App
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
The updated social networking app enables tighter integration of Facebook contacts with the BlackBerry contact list.
Need Lindsay Lohan News? Try MSN
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
Microsoft is looking for a larger share of the entertainment news and gossip market.
Berkeley's Opinion Space Maps Online Comments
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
New visualization tool groups like-minded commentators into "opinion clusters" to facilitate better communication.
Symantec Acquires Startup 50 Company
Commentary  |  4/22/2009  | 
Mi5 Networks, which makes a Web security appliance, will be integrated into Symantec's product line later this year.
SaaS-Based Budgeting Helps Manufacturer Fight Downturn
News  |  4/22/2009  | 
With revenue and cash flow in flux, power equipment maker Vicor speeds and improves financial reporting and analysis.
MySQL Users Wary On Oracle Acquisition
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
Nobody believes Oracle bought Sun with a subsidiary notion of killing off MySQL. But black humor abounds among those heavily committed to the open source database system.
Yahoo Cutting 5% Of Jobs
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
Company execs blamed quarterly declines on currency fluctuations, the sale of Kelkoo, and lower fees from broadband partnerships, VoIP, and music subscriptions.
U.S. Fighting Cyber-Spy Threat
Commentary  |  4/21/2009  | 
UPDATED Spies have breached project plans for a vital U.S. fighter jet project and the Air Force's air traffic control system, reports the Wall Street Journal, hot on the heels of an earlier WSJ report detailing infiltration of the U.S. electrical grid by the Chinese and Russian governments.
Global CIO: Prove IT's Business Value To Your CEO -- Or Else
Commentary  |  4/21/2009  | 
CIOs face relentless pressure from CEOs to prove, in financial terms, the business value of the IT team and the IT budget.
Sunlit Oracle Could Become Formidable Hardware Vendor
News  |  4/21/2009  | 
Industry analysts predict the Oracle-Sun combo will shift the balance of power in the data center software and hardware sector.
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