Obama Administration's IT Security Review
Today the White House released its 60-day review on cybersecurity policy, and the report -- as well as the administration's plan -- consists of five primary prongs: top-down leadership, education, distributed responsibility, information sharing, and encouraging innovation.
Has Omniture's Analytics Push Stalled?
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.
Risk Technology Comes Up Short on Wall Street
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?
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
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
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.
IBM Cognos Forum: The Secrets and the Sizzle
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.
Trillium Refreshes Data Quality Software
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
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
New sole-CEO Leo Apotheker wants the enterprise-software powerhouse to be more responsive to customers.
Air Force Calls In Twitter Air Strike
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.
YouTube Launches U.S. Government Portal
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
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
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
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?"
White House Strives To Reduce Noise In Social Media Initiatives
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
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.
Performance Testing And Integration At Interop
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.
IBM And Games? Can't Be, Unless We're Talking Innov8
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.
Sybase Reaches For The Clouds
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
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).