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Content tagged with Information Management posted in May 2009
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Has Omniture's Analytics Push Stalled?
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Omniture has created a great vision of how analytics should be the common thread among all Web marketing. But if you're an Omniture customer, are you ready?... I think Web analytics software has evolved more quickly than the ability of most people to use it effectively -- or justify paying for it.
Kimball University: The 10 Essential Rules of Dimensional Modeling
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Follow the rules to ensure granular data, flexibility and a future-proofed information resource. Break the rules and you'll confuse users and run into data warehousing brick walls.
Terracotta Helping Hotelier Build Individualized Services
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
InterContinental Hotels is using in-memory data-sharing systems to better anticipate what amenities customers will want during their stays.
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
Do Executives Take Security Seriously? Survey Says Yes.
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Our exclusive InformationWeek survey shows that IT and executives are on the same page when it comes to information security threats, policies and more.
White House Launching Transparency Blog
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
In a nod to openness and citizen participation in government, the Obama administration also will open White House blogs to public comments.
Risk Technology Comes Up Short on Wall Street
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
I was interested to hear Bank of America/Merrill Lynch executive Jay Morreale talk about next-generation BI last week... But when he started talking about his 20 years of experience building risk-analysis applications in the financial services industry, I was thinking, okay, so was he part of what went wrong on Wall Street?
Federal Agency Seeks $6.6 Billion In Outsourcing Deals
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Defense Intelligence Agency seeks IT services including CRM, cybersecurity, data center administration, disaster recovery, and software development.
Ingres Adds Red Hat's JBoss To Database Middleware Stack
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Using the stack will let developers avoid leaning on stored procedures or triggers written in a vendor's proprietary form of SQL.
Smithsonian Online
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
With transparency the new government buzzword, the Smithsonian Institution is working hard to figure out how it should make itself and its collection more accessible online, and wants the public to give it an additional push.
Good Technology Buys Intercasting
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The acquisition will enable Good to offer a smartphone-like experience, with access to social networks, IM, and e-mail, for feature phones.
Ramming The iPhone Into The Enterprise
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
Whatever side of the fence you're on about supporting the iPhone in the Enterprise, you're probably going to have to do it eventually. The question is, can you appease your users and keep your data safe simultaneously? There might be a middle ground to be found.
Merrill Lynch Tech Executive Touts BI Shift to Analysis
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Jay Morreale says next-generation business intelligence demands faster data integration, easier tools and big-picture analytics.
IBM Cognos Forum: The Secrets and the Sizzle
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
Much of what I learned and got excited about at IBM Cognos Forum I can't yet write about. So I will stick to the practical, the here and now, about two things in IBM Cognos 8.4 that caught my attention. First are the new metadata features: Business Glossary and Data Lineage.
Glide's Engage To Deliver Twitter-Style Micro-Blogging
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and on dozens of mobile devices.
Google Riding 'Wave' To Redefine Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Structured like Gmail, the developer and end-user software interoperates with other Web services, such as IM, forums, wikis, and blogs.
Facebook Gets $200 Million From Russian Investors
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
DST offer values social networking site at about $10 billion.
Trillium Refreshes Data Quality Software
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Trillium Software System version 12 offers several new components that improves the product's overall capabilities for data profiling and discover and data cleansing. Enhancements also have been added to the software's data quality dashboards and reporting.
More on MySQL Forks and Storage Engines
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
Suppose Oracle wants to make life difficult for third-party storage engine vendors via its incipient control of MySQL? Can the storage engine vendors insulate themselves from this risk by working with a MySQL fork?
SAP Braces For Change
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
New sole-CEO Leo Apotheker wants the enterprise-software powerhouse to be more responsive to customers.
3-Year-Old Levels Parents: Earthmover Bought Online
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
With a few clicks of the mouse, the girl from New Zealand won the heavy equipment listed on the auction site's home page.
Google Develops Celebrity Face Recognition For YouTube
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
Researchers have developed an automated technique to associate faces detected in an image with people's names found in Web pages text or tags.
Database Alliance Secures MySQL's Future, Co-Founder Says
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
With the threat of major changes by future owner Oracle, Monty Widenius, original author of MySQL, says the group will act as a safe haven for the open source database system.
Air Force Calls In Twitter Air Strike
Commentary  |  5/22/2009  | 
When the Air Force wanted to refute reports that GPS technology is failing, the service turned to Twitter to get the word out. Government Q&As on Twitter have been going on for a few months; it looks like they've gone beyond the gimmicky roots and are emerging as useful communications tools.
Interop: Data Represents Big Cloud Challenge
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Slow and inefficient Internet links, security concerns, and architectural problems in terms of processing are top of mind for one expert panel.
Will 11n Ever Supplant Ethernet To The Desktop?
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
That's just one of the questions InformationWeek Analytics is looking to answer with our first-ever "Wireless Nation" report. Security and compliance are also high on our coverage list.
Federal Government Launches Data.Gov
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The site, managed by CIO Vivek Kundra, is intended to let businesses, organizations, and consumers access large sets of government data.
YouTube Launches U.S. Government Portal
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The channel aggregates videos from the White House, CDC, NASA, and other federal agencies using a player that complies with government privacy regulations.
Limits of Visualization: Wordle Misses Meaning
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
As I related in connection to my image gallery, "See Connections with Visualization," "Building on the foundation of basic charting, data graphics and dashboard displays, the growing palate of visualization makes analyses more accessible and understandable to a general business audience." Yet visualizations can be no better than the information and analyses that feed them. Let's use Wordle, an excellent "toy," to see why.
IBM System S: Not for Everyone
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
IBM's announcements about "System S" along with its "Smarter Planet" campaign have really caught my attention... It's quite an achievement, so far as I can tell, but the breathless enthusiasm of the press/bloggers/analysts has me a little put off. Here's why...
Touchy Feely IT Departments Use More Hardcore Automation Tools
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Yes, I'm still sifting through data for our upcoming InformationWeek Analytics Service Assurance report, and here's tonight's bit of data magic for your consideration: IT organizations that collect customer feedback on a regular basis are also more likely to use automation tools to ensure consistent quality deployments for their organizations. My question for the studio audience is, "why?"
Microsoft's 'Kumo' Search Engine Rebranded 'Bing'?
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Whatever the software is called, it will likely feature search result categorization and other refinements designed to make general queries more specific.
RoamBi Brings Business Intelligence to the iPhone
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Mobile BI solution combines iPhone App, SaaS and on-premise offerings. System integrates with SAP BusinessObjects and
Google, Utilities Bringing Energy Usage Data To Consumers
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
The PowerMeter software displays data provided by the new generation of network-ready smart power meters that are being installed by various utilities.
White House Strives To Reduce Noise In Social Media Initiatives
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The White House is learning that asking for public comment on a social media site isn't enough. The people running the site also have to separate the useful comments from noise. The White House is demanding results, not just openness, from its transparency efforts, said Beth Noveck, deputy director for open government in the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy. Noveck is "point person" for Obama's open government initiative, says Feder
Interop: Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Riverbed Agree: Consolidate
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
I just finished a panel discussion on the future of the data center with leaders from all four companies, and while they disagree on some practices, there was unanimous agreement that now is a good time to be consolidating servers, networking, storage, and even data centers.
EMC World? More like VMware's World
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The user conference is labeled "EMC," but its VMware that has the potential for world domination.
Performance Testing And Integration At Interop
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
If networking is cool at Interop, then testing, the red-headed stepchild of networking, is going to make itself known. Factors like data center consolidation and virtualization are changing the demands made of the network for more resilient, low latency and high speed capacity.
Yahoo Aims To Redefine What It Means To Search
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
The company hopes bolstering its semantic search capabilities will help it better compete with Google for ad dollars and happier customers.
Laptops In Bed? Workaholics Surf Before Snoozing
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
More than half of those surveyed who browse the Web in their pajamas do so for as much as six hours a week, Credant Technologies finds.
Talend Takes on High-Volume Data Integration
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
MPx suite incorporates MapReduce architecture and parallel processing to handle up to one million records per second.
Napster Slashing Pricing On Music Subscription Service
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
Parent company Best Buy is looking to keep pace with other retailers, such as Amazon and Wal-Mart.
In-Memory BI Upgrades Point to Mainstream User Adoption
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
Both the TIBCO Spotfire 3.0 upgrade and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer release take first-generation in-memory products to a broader base of users.
IBM And Games? Can't Be, Unless We're Talking Innov8
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
If you didn't know IBM was in the "game" business, don't feel bad -- I didn't know either. But I wanted to find out everything I could about IBM's BPM Simulator -- Innov8 from Phaedra Boinodiris, the Serious Games Program Manager in IBM's Software Group.
Social Networks Get Advertising Guidelines
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
The Interactive Advertising Bureau's latest best practices provide a library of examples of how to execute such ads for various marketing messages.
Sybase Reaches For The Clouds
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
The database vendor introduces an initiative to make it possible for developer to build, test and deploy applications in cloud-computing environments, starting with Amazon EC2.
Cloud Computing And More With IBM's Dr. Angel Luis Diaz
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
What exactly is IBM's BPM BlueWorks? At IBM's IMPACT 2009, Dr. Angel Luis Diaz and I talked about BPM working in the cloud and how he sees Business Event Processing (BEP) differ from traditional Complex Event Processing (CEP).
Talking Rational with Scott Hebner at IBM's IMPACT 2009 Conference
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
Scott Hebner, Marketing and Strategy Vice President for IBM's Rational Software talks about Rational's transformation during the last six years and its role in SOA and Cloud Computing.
Lombardi Upgrades SaaS-Based BPM Software
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
The new version of Blueprint borrows from online social networks with read-only views of process maps and diagrams that allow line of business employees, partners and customers to comment directly in threaded conversations with process authors.
Lombardi Launches Teamworks 7 BPM Suite
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
The upgraded business process management suite increases collaboration, governance and reuse and simplifies tasks across the process development lifecycle.
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