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Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
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?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
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.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Collaborative Tools Gird Wachovia's Global Push
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Wachovia is embracing Wikis, blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites, Microsoft's Sharepoint, and other collaborative tools to connect staff, cut costs, and retain and attract younger employees.
The Challenge of Mobile Analytics
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
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.
Obama's 'Solution' For Bridging U.S. Science Gap: Eliminate SATs
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The Democratic presidential candidate has found a unique way to boost U.S. students' performance in math and science -- he'd eliminate rigorous testing and let everyone into college for free. Yup, that ought to do it.
Security, the Cloud and the Data Warehouse
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
"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...
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
Why Not Data Warehouse Appliances?
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
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.
Facebook Says It Will 'Open-Source' Its Platform
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Facebook's decision to open its platform comes less than two weeks after the social network began denying Google's Friend Connect.
Joomla Rocks, Or How To Build A Professional Web Site For No Money Down
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
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.
Global Warming Skeptics Plot 'Carbon Belch Day'
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Conservative grassroots group wants people to waste as much energy as possible on June 12 to break free from "carbon footprint guilt."
Google Claims Viacom's Lawsuit Threatens The Net
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
The Web portal says its YouTube division exceeds the minimum requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
How Will Your Social Computing Strategy Deliver ROI?
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
I spoke with Matthew Greeley, CEO of, 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.
Microsoft To Unveil Social Bookmarking Tool
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
A preview version of Microsoft's Social Bookmarks, to be introduced next month, will allow users to bookmark, tag, and share any URL on the Web.
'In the Cloud' is the New 'as a Service'
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/26/2008  | 
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
Adventures in Encryption
Commentary  |  5/25/2008  | 
Q&A With Gartner's Don Feinberg on Database as a Service and Cloud DBs
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
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.
Yahoo Delays Annual Meeting, Urges 'No' Vote On Icahn Slate
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Yahoo delayed its annual meeting to gain more time to develop business alternatives that don't involve Microsoft to present to shareholders.
American Idol Fans Break Text Messaging Record
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
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.
In Slap At Microsoft, Google Has 'No Plan To Pay Our Users'
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
A Google executive told an investor conference that there are many revenue opportunities for the company, particularly through refinements in search relevance, user experience, and ad quality.
Facebook Getting Facelift With Redesign
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
Four new tabs will be located at the top of user profile pages and the new layout is expected to cut down on the need to scroll down to view the pages.
Your Next Data Warehouse? Size Up Column-Store Databases and Appliances
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
These approaches may beat out conventional databases in price and performance. Here's how to find products that fit with your company's data analysis needs.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Consulting Is to Watch Ghostbusters
Commentary  |  5/22/2008  | 
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!
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
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.
SocialVibe Raises Funds For Earthquake, Cyclone Relief
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
The social networking site launched a new feature this week that helps members raise money for victims of natural disasters.
Social Networking, E-Commerce Driving Smartphone Users To The Web
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
U.S. smartphone users spend almost a third of their mobile Web time shopping on Craigslist, while their U.K. counterparts are browsing Facebook.
Are Web Analytics Tools Past Their Prime?
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
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?
ParAccel Unveils Pilot Program For Analytic Appliance
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
the new analytic appliance is built on EMC CLARiion midrange CX-3 UltraScale networked storage and ParAccel's analytic columnar database.
Updates To InformationWeek's NAC Immersion Center
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
As part of our on-going coverage on network access control, InformationWeek's NAC Immersion Center was recently updated with new content from recent Las Vegas Interop keynotes and presentations.
Yahoo Claims Record With Petabyte Database
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
Yahoo claims it has the largest SQL database in a production environment and that it will grow larger.
BEA and Oracle in Chicago
Commentary  |  5/20/2008  | 
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....
Senator Lieberman Wants Terrorist Videos Removed From YouTube
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Islamic terrorist organizations use YouTube to distribute propaganda, attract followers, and provide weapons training, the senator said in a letter.
AOL Completes Acquisition Of Social Network Bebo
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The acquisition gives AOL the third piece of a three-prong strategy focusing on advertising, publishing, and social networks.
Data Deduplication: Did You Say 20% Or 20 Times?
Commentary  |  5/19/2008  | 
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.
Google Launches Google Personal Health Record Tools
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The pilot project with the Cleveland Clinic lets hundreds of patients add and access information about their medical histories and conditions.
Wetpaint Injected Promises Social Publishing For All
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The company's wiki hosting business decouples its technology so that Web publishers can add wikis -- rebranded "social publishing" -- to their own sites.
EMC Foggy About Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  5/19/2008  | 
Joe Tucci's keynote fails to articulate a vision for EMC and the winds of change.
Intelligence on the Go: Mobile Delivery of BI
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
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.
Exaprotect Integrates Its Log, Event, Security Change Managers
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The company's Unified Architecture lets businesses manage network configuration change, information, security records, and compliance in one system.
Missouri Legislators Outlaw Cyber Stalking
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The bill was passed in response to the death of Megan Meier, the Missouri teen who hanged herself after receiving taunts and insults on MySpace.
Doctors Use Speech Recognition Tools To Enhance Patient E-Health Records
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
By 2011, the Defense Department expects to have its integrated, interoperable electronic medical record system at more than 500 military medical facilities and hospitals worldwide.
Microsoft's Johnson Outlines Online Ad Strategy In E-mail
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Johnson's e-mail and the ad conference come as Microsoft expressed renewed interest in Yahoo on Sunday with an "alternative" deal, likely involving advertising.
Microsoft To Court Advertisers With Revised Search, Ad Plans
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The company is now looking to make "small, targeted acquisitions" in search and advertising, and potentially in regional markets or "key geographies."
Cognos Gets 'Flashier'
Commentary  |  5/19/2008  | 
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
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
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.
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