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Content tagged with Information Management posted in April 2010
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MongoDB Handles Masses Of Data
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The merits of MongoDB, a NoSQL database management system, are detailed by its CEO.
What's Not BI? Don't Get Me Started...
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
Do you prefer the broad or the narrow definition of BI, and how should we differentiate BI and analytics? Read on for my "extended jam" on these and other FAQs about business intelligence.
Avatar Director Helps NASA With Mars Cameras
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
James Cameron is working with the space agency to outfit the next-generation rover, Curiosity, with 3D cameras.
YouTube Dominates Online Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Google-owned site reached 75% of the 180 million Internet users who watched online video in March.
Sentiment Analysis Feels Its Way Forward
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
A bit of controversy regarding sentiment analysis is playing out. A techno-skeptic blogger clique asserts that automated sentiment analysis is so inaccurate as to render automated methods worthless. Others differ with them: we like automation. Newly joining us are some of the skeptics' own kind, critics such as "Measurement Queen" K.D. Paine...
Federal Health Architecture Director Steps Down
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Vish Sankaran used his post to urge federal agencies to collaborate with one another and to adopt interoperable health IT.
Business Analytics: Q&A With Teradata's CTO
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Stephen Brobst makes a case for open access to data, simpler analytic tools and new forms of analysis for sources such as Facebook.
6 In 10 Americans Use Government Web Sites
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The popularity of accessing government information online supports the mission of the Open Government Directive, research shows.
Computerized Medication Order Errors Studied
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Researchers want to learn the cause of mistakes related to computerized physician order entry systems so they can help software makers prevent them.
Seven Questions for Teradata
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
I'm about to attend day two of Teradata's annual third-party industry influencers meeting. I'm grateful for the opportunity to listen, to voice my opinions, and, per the agenda distributed by analyst-relations manager extraordinaire Kim Dossey, to "Ask Any Question." I'll actually aim for seven. Here they are...
VMware Plus Salesforce.com, An Unlikely Pair
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Cloud Computing Climbs Adoption S-Curve
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
If Cloud Computing is of more than passing interest to you -- and you're still sitting on the sidelines -- here's a series of recent happenings (and my interpretation of the S-curve) that should inspire you to move forward.
Open Government Plans Need Improvement
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Only three federal agencies received excellent marks on compliance with White House open government requirements.
FEMA Blasted For IT Systems Overhaul Waste
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Inspector General report finds delays, lack of oversight by IT leadership, and questionable ethical behavior at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Government IT Innovators: Apply Here
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
Government offices may be prone to bureaucracy and inefficiency, but they're also places where technology is being used to drive new ways of working and to deliver better government services. InformationWeek is looking for examples of such tech innovation in local, state, and federal government.
Oracle Tackles Supplier Management Woes
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
New master data management and lifecycle management applications address supplier data quality, tracking and governance challenges.
Twitter Buys Text Startup Cloudhopper
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Cloudhopper powers mobile messaging campaigns. Terms were not disclosed.
Digitization Slashing Health IT Vendor Dominance
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Dell says traditional health IT vendors will lose market share as the medical industry converts from film to digital medical imaging.
Advanced Analytics: Teradata's CTO on Breakthrough Insight
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Stephen Brobst makes a case for open access to data, simpler analytic tools and new forms of social network analysis.
Wanted: A Rational Approach To Cloud Adoption
Commentary  |  4/25/2010  | 
Is it just me, or does the cloud computing frenzy smack of the Internet start-up frenzy of the late 90s? I'm not saying that cloud services shouldn't be part of the portfolio of choices for organizations that are considering new IT systems - they should be. But are organizations are taking a rational approach to cloud service adoption?
Riptano Offers Cassandra Commercial Support
News  |  4/23/2010  | 
Two former Rackspace employees form a spin-off to support the Cassandra open source database.
Image Gallery: 12 Offshore Hot Spots For IT Outsourcing
Slideshows  |  4/23/2010  | 
India is still the dominant player when it comes to IT outsourcing, but other regions are gaining ground. Here's a look at some of the places, vendors, and institutions that will play a big role in globalization's next wave.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2 and BI for the Masses
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Microsoft announced yesterday that SQL Server 2008 Release 2 has been released to manufacturing. It's a big accomplishment for the company and big news for database customers. Is it big news for the BI industry?
Earth Day Data Center Makeover
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
There's no doubt that new investments in green technology are big business. But, this Earth Day, consider making some low tech investments in your data center to save energy as well as scarce budget dollars.
My Take on BI Cost of Ownership
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
On reading Gartner's take on BI cost of ownership below, at first glance the numbers seemed "out of whack". But the pieces quickly fell into place... and the *real* cost began to emerge...
Microsoft Launches SQL Server R2
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Fast, in-memory analysis and centralized management are highlights, but will it make BI more accessible to business users?
World Bank Posts 2000 Data Sets Online
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Information on global health, business, finance, and other topics are now accessible to the public in an effort to make the institution's data more widely available.
Information Builders' CEO Gets Intelligence First Hand
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Business intelligence software chief Gerry Cohen stays close to customers, and closer to the competition.
BI Integration Fear Factors
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
Don't fall prey to business intelligence fear mongering. For every vendor threat, there is a far less-threatening reality.
Facebook Drops Facebook Lite
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
The slimmed-down version of the social networking site provided access to just the fundamentals of the full-fledged site.
Information Builders' CEO Gets Intelligence First Hand
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
Gerry Cohen stays close to customers, closer to competition.
VA Offers Lessons For Health IT Adoption
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
The private healthcare sector can benefit from the VA's successful, decades-long use of health IT, says a senior Veterans Affairs official.
Gartner's Take on BI Cost of Ownership
Commentary  |  4/20/2010  | 
The five-year cost of a typical, 500-seat BI deployment ranges from about $150,000 for an open-source system to just over $1 million for the full suite from SAP BusinessObjects, IBM Cognos or Oracle. So does this research from Gartner change your mind about the type of BI vendor you would choose?
Gartner's BI Summit Warning: Buyer Beware
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
Megavendor business intelligence stacks and data warehouse appliances are gaining ground, analyst firm says, but watch out for discounts and easy answers.
NoSQL Needed For Cloud-Sized Data
Commentary  |  4/20/2010  | 
At the Under the Radar showcase for cloud start-ups, I was struck by how relational database, one of the defining technologies of a previous era, has become outmoded in this one. In example after example, it was obvious SQL and structured data tables are no longer the right way to go about handling data.
Microsoft Unveils Crowdsourcing For Politicians
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
The TownHall platform aims to help public officials and candidates better engage with the public.
IBM Q1 Earnings Beat Street
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
Big Blue's strong quarterly report indicates growth may be returning to the tech sector.
Top 10 Meaningful Use Challenges Faced By Docs
Commentary  |  4/19/2010  | 
Doctors and other eligible healthcare providers, such as dentists and nurse practitioners, who meet the federal government's upcoming meaningful use criteria for health IT could earn up to $44,000 or $63,000 each in incentives depending on the patients (Medicare or Medicaid) they treat. But meeting those criteria won't be easy. A new CSC report lists the top ten challenges healthcare providers face in cashing in on the incentives.
Gartner's BI Summit Warning: Buyer Beware
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
Megavendor business intelligence stacks and data warehouse appliances are gaining ground, analyst firm says, but watch out for discounts and easy answers.
IRS E-File Rejecting Tax Returns
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
Business rules used by the Internal Revenue Service to evaluate tax returns are refusing valid individual filings.
It's Very Early in the Game for SAS Social Media Analytics
Commentary  |  4/19/2010  | 
The flash and splash of last week's SAS Social Media Analytics (SMA) launch belies the apparent very early, incomplete state of the service. The dashboard interface is attractive, but the application is nonetheless narrowly focused and inflexible, an analytics silo with no out-of-the-box integration with enterprise systems.
Hitachi Takes A Swing At Cisco
Commentary  |  4/19/2010  | 
Hitachi Data Systems Monday unveiled its version of a converged infrastructure. Dubbed Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), the HDS offering is a direct competitor to Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS).
FDA Performance Tracking System Goes Live
News  |  4/16/2010  | 
The Food and Drug Administration has launched a public system for tracking the activities of 100 agency offices against key performance metrics.
NASA Launching Supercomputing Application
News  |  4/15/2010  | 
Even computer-unsavvy scientists will be able to use NASA Earth Exchange to collaborate on modeling and analysis of large data sets.
Library Of Congress Archives Twitter
News  |  4/15/2010  | 
Billions of public tweets will be added to the library's national collection of Web content.
HIT Critical To Improving Patient Care
News  |  4/15/2010  | 
Supplying medical providers with health information technology will ultimately yield improvements in patient health, says a government report.
Mobile BI Apps Target iPad
News  |  4/14/2010  | 
Roambi, QlikTech, and MicroStrategy are among business intelligence software vendors taking advantage of the Apple tablet's screen real estate.
Taxes and Why Excel Remains the Number-One BI Tool (sort of)
Commentary  |  4/14/2010  | 
It's tax day tomorrow. Are you done? I do tend to procrastinate, but one thing I can count on to help in my tax preparation is my annual American Express statement in Excel format. Or so I thought...
Navy Taps Modus Operandi For SOA Network
News  |  4/14/2010  | 
The $600,000 contract is to help submarine sensors more intelligently collect and analyze operational data.
SAS Offers Social Media Analytics Service
News  |  4/13/2010  | 
The sentiment analysis tools aim to take the technology challenges out of Facebook, Twitter, blog and public-forum monitoring.
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