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Content tagged with Information Management posted in April 2011
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SAS Institute Creates Internal Facebook With Socialcast
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Socialcast offers support for internal company activity streams that mimic the news feed on a Facebook page and is available as a service or as a software appliance.
Congress To Question White House On Digital Communications
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
A House committee will consider whether social-networking communications of White House staffers should be preserved according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Feds Aim To Improve IT Management Skills
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Officials have established a CIO best practices forum and program governance boards to comply with a 25-point IT reform plan.
Wildfire Helps SMBs With Social Media Marketing
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Here's a Web app that you don't need a lot of money or technical know-how to use.
Filemaker Eyes Mobile SMBs With Go Updates
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
iPhone and iPad versions of the popular desktop database software target users frustrated by a lack of mature business apps and those lacking development resources to build applications themselves.
VMware, Why Are You Buying SlideRocket?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Acquiring the presentation software company and pushing into end-user apps seems strange, but the virtualization firm's new VP of apps insists it's core to what they do.
IBM Tutors Yale Students On Social Media Analytics
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Cognos Consumer Insight business intelligence and analytic tools used by Yale MBA candidates to seek insight and identify evolving topics.
PepsiCo Debuts Social Vending Machine
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The beverage giant sees a new way to connect with customers.
GSA Prepares $2.5 Billion Cloud Procurement
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra said federal agencies will use the cloud to consolidate 950,000 email boxes now sitting on 100 different systems.
SAP Product Promise Pushes Ahead Of Profit
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Software giant's first-quarter financial results fall short of expectations as its mobile, in-memory database, and on-demand products ramp up.
Can IT Really Nail A Complex Medical Diagnosis?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
State-of-the-art clinical decision-support systems can sharpen a veteran physician’s reasoning skills, but they're far from perfect.
SETI Shutters Search For Alien Life
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Budget cuts force the Allen Telescope Array, which scans space for extraterrestrial life, into hibernation mode while SETI searches for other funding.
Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Upgrade Customer Service
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Executive Order requires federal agencies to develop plans to leverage technology to improve their customer service capabilities.
Everyone Wants to Own Your Activity Stream
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Enterprise collaboration tools are adopting activity streams a la Twitter or Facebook, but how many streams do you really need?
How To Build A Modern Data Center
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Borrowing ideas from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, Vantage is building three wholesale data centers in Santa Clara that focus on energy efficiency.
Google Sees Smartphones As Advertising Goldmine
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Smartphones are used by consumers when they are shopping to help make buying decisions, according to a Google survey.
GageIn Combines Social, News Media Tracking With Discussion
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Intended to boost businesses' competitive intelligence, the freemium service combines social and news media aggregation with sharing and commenting features.
How HootSuite Recovered From Amazon's Cloud Outage
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
CTO Simon Stanlake said the social media monitoring company was able to get back online after being down for much of Thursday, but it had to sacrifice some customer data.
Lawson Accepts Infor's $2 Billion Bid
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
ERP provider will become number three vendor and Infor CEO Charles Phillips pledges aggressive investment and support.
SMBs Need Real Plans For Social Media
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Without clearly defined goals for social media activities, small and midsize businesses risk chasing an elusive return on their investment in the technology.
Databases Alone Can't Conquer Big Data Problems
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Data-integration and data-transformation steps taken before loading the database are sometimes the best antidote to high-volume storage and scaling challenges.
Get To Know The New HP
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Léo Apotheker has Hewlett-Packard positioned right where it needs to be.
WorkSimple Targeting Bigger Firms With Social Goals Tool
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
The social, web-based tool for employee goal setting and tracking is expanding reaching beyond the SMB market as enterprise customers seek ways to assess performance.
Supreme Court To Hear Doctor Pharmacy Data Case
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Data collection firms are challenging a Vermont law limiting use of doctors' prescription records for targeted marketing programs by drug companies.
Video Analytics Can Boost Corporate Performance
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Dartfish specializes in analyzing athletes, but says its technology can be applied on the factory floor or to a corporate presentation.
Air Force To Build Intelligence Sharing Cloud
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Intelligent Software Solutions won a $49.9 million task order for a system to gather and share intelligence information across multiple military and federal sources.
Cost, IT Support Top BI Obstacles For SMBs
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Microsoft had the largest market share, followed by Business Objects, LogiXML, Cognos, and SAP, according to a LogiXML survey.
EMRs Provide Valuable Genetic Data Quickly
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Researchers can use electronic medical records to cut the time and expense of recruiting thousands of patients.
When Oracle And Cisco Face Fire, Their Execs Breathe It Too
Commentary  |  4/22/2011  | 
Oracle is battling the big players in Big Data with its integrated stack approach. Cisco is battling the commoditization of its core business. As those battles were heating up, Oracle President Safra Catz and Cisco CEO John Chambers came out with a little fire.
BrainYard News Briefs
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
HootSuite Recovers From Outage, Adds Security Features.
DHS Blasts FEMA's CIO, IT Infrastructure
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General said poor planning and management are hindering the agency's efforts to repair IT problems.
Amazon EC2 Outage Hobbles Websites
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Engine Yard, Foursquare, Hootsuite, Heroku, Quora, and Reddit were among the websites that suffered from slowed or disabled access.
MicroStrategy Expands Business Intelligence For SMBs
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Visual Insight allows users to glean, analyze, and publish data without centralized IT support or deep BI expertise.
NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Exclusive: The spy agency aims to complete the powerful, energy efficient, secure High Performance Computing Center at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., by December 2015.
NSA CIO Pursues Intelligence-Sharing Architecture
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
In an exclusive interview, Lonny Anderson discusses plans for a shared development environment for U.S. intelligence agencies, cloud computing, and tech modernization.
Seesmic Adds InboxQ's Twitter Question Finder
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Also available for Firefox and Chrome, the InboxQ plug-in seeks out unanswered Twitter questions as potential sales leads.
Military Software Developers Get Enhanced Social Network
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Social media extension are added to the Forge.mil software collaboration tools to boost collaboration outside project boundaries.
Social Media Usage By SMBs Often Ad-Hoc
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are using social media without any formal strategy or budget, according to a study by SMB Group.
Crimson Hexagon Reads Social Feeds With Human Help
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Once trained by a human, the ForSight social media monitoring software can achieve about 97% accuracy in scoring or categorizing statements, tweets, and posts, the company claimed.
IBM Q1 Profit Jumps 13%, Guidance Raised
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Strong gains in services, software and hardware sales help Big Blue handily beat Street estimates.
Microsoft Office 365 Signals Huge Cloud Shift
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
More than 100,000 organizations are signed up to test the vendor's new on-demand platform, suggesting email and collaboration could overtake CRM as the top services-based app.
Defense Department Adds Social Networking To Developer Site
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Forge.mil Community offers an online venue for connecting and sharing information about open source projects managed within the DoD's collaborative development site.
Optify Refreshes SMB Social Media Marketing
News  |  4/17/2011  | 
By merging SEO and social media, the software seeks to help smaller companies boost site traffic and online marketing campaigns.
IBM Software Helps NY State Recover $83 Million
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
The state's taxation and finance office recovered 8% more in delinquent taxes in 2010 over the previous year by leveraging the company's specialized analytics software.
Socialtext Offers On-Premises Option For Social Media
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
VMware integration will help spread the microblogging, wiki, and document sharing workload across enterprise servers, according to CEO Eugene Lee.
Sprout Social Helps SMBs Manage Social Networks
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
With a focus on smaller businesses, Sprout offers social media monitoring as well as tools for scheduling posts and tweets, and engaging with customers and prospects.
BrainYard News Roundup
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
E2 LaunchPad Semifinalists Selected. ZoomInfo likes proposed data privacy law.
Centralized Social Media Control For Distributed Organizations
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
One to One Global has joined Hearsay in attacking corporate-local structures with an emphasis on central control.
Lexalytics Analyzes Wikipedia To Understand How Humans Think
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
Concepts extracted from the community created encyclopedia can be used to improve analysis of documents and sentiment in social media.
CIO Risk Takers, Rain Makers
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
When CIOs take calculated risks, choosing emerging technologies from less established companies, the payoff can be enticing. We take you inside the journey of two established organizations for a deeper look at this success.
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