Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
The Challenge of Mobile Analytics
Last year everyone was talking about Web 2.0; this year it's all about the Mobile Web. Let's take a look at what this means for mobile analytics... The bottom line: Mobile analytics are relatively new; beyond infancy, but certainly not for the faint of heart. The biggest challenges are...
Obama's Tech Outreach Betrays Small Glitches
While Sen. Barack Obama unveiled an impressively broad technology policy plan last November, his campaign still has a few glitches to work out in terms of its own use of online technology for outreach.
Security, the Cloud and the Data Warehouse
"Doesn't DW-in-the-cloud suffer from the same fundamental problem as DW-as-a-Service in that you have to pump all of your proprietary, strategic, highly sensitive data outside of the firewall onto someone else's hardware?" James Dixon posted this question in response to my last post, and it points to a fundamental criticism that has been around since the first ASP started years ago...
Why Not Data Warehouse Appliances?
In my book, it's time to stop thinking of data warehouse appliances (including those powered by column-store databases) as experimental devices for pioneers and performance nuts... Will these devices start replacing conventional enterprise data warehouses (EDWs)? I haven't heard many solid arguments against the appliance approach.
Semantics and SOA: Don't Give Up
Although I don't remember when I first heard the term Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), I remember researching Web services around 2000. Back then... the sky seemed the limit... Platform independence, long-running transactions, and asynchronous processes - it would be like world peace. Unfortunately, it hasn't really panned out yet.
Joomla Rocks, Or How To Build A Professional Web Site For No Money Down
Working in a garage-based company that's looking to create its first killer Web site? Or maybe you're toiling in the bowels of a behemoth corporation, wondering why you're mired in an old-fashioned, "waterfall" software-development process when all you wanna do is board that Web 2.0 train, and quickly. Well, I've got the answer for you, and it's called Joomla.
How Will Your Social Computing Strategy Deliver ROI?
I spoke with Matthew Greeley, CEO of Brightidea.com, recently and came away impressed with its approach to delivering real value with Web 2.0 sizzle. It just released WebStorm 5.0, which uses social networking elements to capture information that companies can use to drive innovation.
'In the Cloud' is the New 'as a Service'
I've come to the conclusion that "as a service" is getting played out as a marketing term. The new and exciting term now being borrowed from the Web world is "in the cloud." While there is a difference between the two, many companies never figured out if they were SaaS or a managed hosting environment... I expect to see more confusing messages as vendors rush to the next buzzword.
Misunderstanding Open Source
Richard Stallman announced the GNU Project in September 1983. Eric S. Raymond published the first version of The Cathedral and the Bazaar in 2000. IDC estimated a year ago that worldwide revenue from standalone open source software reached $1.8 billion in 2006, projecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% from 2006 to 2011. That's revenue, not the presumably much higher avoided cost of closed source alternatives. So why are open-source fundamentals still so widely misunderstood, inc
Q&A With Gartner's Don Feinberg on Database as a Service and Cloud DBs
Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Sun are now fueling the growing fire around the database-as-a-service and cloud database markets, but what's the difference between these offerings and what's the appeal? Database guru Don Feinberg defines terms and raises important questions about reliability and security.
American Idol Fans Break Text Messaging Record
AT&T customers said they tend to text more frequently during Fox's American Idol season than other times of year, and some first learned to text message by voting for the show's contestants.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Consulting Is to Watch Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters is perhaps the single best training film for consultants I've come across. In simple words, they embody all the right stuff for a successful consultant which is, lets face it, a real craft, not just something to do between jobs. With motivational thoughts about teamwork, confidence, authenticity, client management and the projection of competence, these guys have it knocked...
Link: Microsoft Excel as 3D Gaming Engine!
Hey all you spreadsheet jockeys; want to do something creative (if a little crazy) in Excel? Today I was trolling Omniture (our Web analytics suite) and I noticed an article on a sister site (Gamasutra) that is hugely popular. It's a primer on creating 3D games in Excel, and it includes demo programs and videos of games created with the Excel 3D engine.
What CIOs Say About Innovation And Web 2.0 Tools
There are plenty of barriers to innovation, including a fear of change, riskiness, cost, and more. But an important element in facilitating innovation is collaboration, and Web 2.0 tools that help people share ideas are helping some organizations to break down the barriers stunting innovation.
Are Web Analytics Tools Past Their Prime?
Omniture's product strategy is focused on providing options and services on integrating Web data to both marketing and offline data - the logical next step for Web analytics. Yet, how much of the potential marketplace for analytics is actually going down the integration path?
BEA and Oracle in Chicago
I spent a couple of days in Chicago last week at BEA's (oops, Oracle's) "Participate" user conference... Of course the big question surrounding the whole event was the "roadmap" for these products going forward. Oracle finds itself in possession of no less than four portal products....
Data Deduplication: Did You Say 20% Or 20 Times?
Single-instance storage is one of those concepts that is devilishly simple on its face, but intensely complex to implement correctly. That leads to different implementations -- and that leads to very different performance claims.
Intelligence on the Go: Mobile Delivery of BI
Many BI vendors now offer modules that let you deliver just about any report to smart phones, but as a major retailer, a health care provider and a major government agency have discovered, practical, tactical wins are the key to mobile success.
Cognos Gets 'Flashier'
Close to 4,000 customers and partners convened in Las Vegas last week for the annual Cognos Forum, making it Cognos' largest conference ever. While some time was given to synergies with IBM's product line, more air time was devoted to what's new in Cognos 8.3... A future interactive viewer capability was the flashiest - literally, as it leverages Adobe Flash to provide an appealing interface.
HP Upgrades Database Archiving Software
HP Database Archiving has a new designer module that improves the software's ability to model application transactions, such as purchase orders and sales orders, and to apply business rules and corporate retention policies.