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VoltDB Introduces Extreme Transaction Processing Database System
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
The specialized system from database guru Michael Stonebraker claims to be faster than other OLTP systems because it doesn't do calls to disk.
Gov 2.0: GSA Crowdsources Procurement With Wiki
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
The GSA BetterBuy pilot site wiki represents a culture change for government procurement, but shows promise for streamlining the process said assistant commissioner Mary Davie.
Constant Contact To Add SMB Tools
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
NutshellMail acquisition will enable small business email marketers to interact with customers through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
EHRs Lack Standards, Best Practices
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Vendors support an independent body to develop best practices and usability standards for electronic health record products.
IBM Picks Hadoop To Analyze Large Data Volumes
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Big Blue unveiled a package of services and analytics called BigInsights based on Apache's open source Hadoop.
Yahoo, Zynga Partner On Games Distribution
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The pact makes Farmville accessible across the Yahoo network and allows product integration of Zynga games with the Yahoo Application Platform.
Image Gallery: SAP Unveils Integrated BI Strategy Roadmap
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010  | 
Laying out an ambitious roadmap at its SAPPHIRE NOW conference in May, SAP executives detailed an in-memory, tech-powered plan to unite enterprise applications and business intelligence. If it succeeds, the plan will change the course of IT.
Ten Reasons Governance Is Like Sex
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
I don't claim to be an expert on IT governance, but after a couple decades of helping people make technology decisions, I'll boil down my thoughts on the topic to one simile: Governance is like sex because...
The Software Salesperson and Buyer: Part 1
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
It's all too easy to take ourselves and our enterprise software world too seriously. Every so often it's good to pop the bubble and just have a laugh... check out this little video I put together last week.
Sybase IQ Upgrade Takes On Text Analysis
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Analytic database handles structured and unstructured data. Federation and loading options improve.
Gov 2.0: Quit The Social Media Whining, Bureaucrats
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Even at the Gov 2.0 Expo, a government IT event where the geeks seem to outnumber the bureaucrats, I hear the same old refrain about social media and open data from some questioners and attendees: we can't do this, management won't accept it, government regulations make it too hard.
On Sybase IQ and the V15.2 Upgrade
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Sybase IQ Version 15.2 was released today with three major upgrades: data federation that makes sense mainly in the context of rigorous security rules, an upgrade to Sybase IQ's built-in text indexing, and improved LOB (Large OBject) management.
IBM To Migrate Sybase Customers To DB2
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
ANTs Software is partnering with IBM to offer users an easy path to migrate their relational database systems to DB2.
Global CIO: The Myth Of The Social-Misfit, Business-Bozo CIO
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Piling on to the popular myth that CIOs know tech but nothing else, a new study's flawed conclusions show that the real know-nothings are the researchers.
Gov 2.0: Aspiring To Greatness In Open Government
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Tim O'Reilly is raising the bar on what he envisions for the open government movement. At this week's Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, D.C., O'Reilly won't be talking merely about government serving as "a platform" -- that was last year's idea -- but about government as "a platform for greatness."
Climate Agency Awards $350 Million For Supercomputers
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will pay CSC and Cray to plan, build, and operate high-performance computers for climate prediction research.
Can SAP Deliver IT Simplicity?
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Apps vendor talks real-time; customers hear "removing IT infrastructure." Refresh Uses Open Source, Cloud
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Updated site allows more in-depth analysis of where and how the federal government is spending money.
Facebook CEO Promises 'Simpler' Privacy Controls
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Mark Zuckerberg says his company "missed the mark" on privacy controls and will deliver changes 'in the coming weeks.'
Smart Apps Take You From Insight to Action
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Embedded BI and analytics are aimed at uniting analysis with business processes. The ultimate test: Helping employees make better decisions.
Cloud: Does ROI Matter?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Nobody asked about return on investment during the American Revolution. And, I highly doubt that Edward Jenner was thinking real hard about the total cost of ownership while he was inventing vaccination. Sure, modern democracy and immunology have value. But that value didn't become apparent until time had passed and until these concepts had proven successful. So it will be, I think, with cloud.
MySpace Seeks Game Developers
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
With an eye on rival Facebook's success with games, MySpace kicks off a labs program for developers.
Feds Advance Cloud Adoption Plans
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
In the past two weeks alone, the government has introduced a new cloud RFQ, expanded its cloud app store, and launched a clouds standards effort.
IBM Platform Promises Easy Predictive Modeling
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
Decision Management system launches with customer-service and insurance-claims applications.
Medical Association Objects To EHR Rules
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The Medical Group Management Association says expanding HIPAA disclosure requirements is burdensome and will hurt electronic health record adoption.
Can Government Come Together Around Cloud?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
The Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop works to bring the government closer to adopting common standards
The HiPPO In The Room
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
I attended the MIT Sloan Symposium yesterday, which largely focused on the democratization and decentralization of IT. "You're no longer in control," says Frank Moss, former Tivoli CEO and now head of MIT's media lab. "Get over it."
Quick Takes on SAP's 'New DB'
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
How soon could the SAP Business Analytic Engine, or "New DB," as Hasso Plattner described it, replace data warehouse infrastructure and the databases underlying applications? Hold on there, dreamer. That's something for years down the road...
SAP and In-Memory: Take Three
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
It has taken multiple briefings, presentations, and well, time, for SAP to convince me that their just-announced in-memory solutions will be game changing. My 'ah ha' moment came only after seeing a prototype.
SAP Announces In-Memory Analysis Technology
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Business Analytic Engine promises business-user-accessible analysis of real-time information.
Facebook Plans 'Simplistic' Privacy Tools
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
New options for choosing privacy levels will come 'in the next couple of weeks' says Facebook exec. To Relaunch Friday
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
The federal government's online data repository is getting a redesign that will add Microsoft's Bing search, feature links to data sets and applications, and focus on usability.
CMS Awards $107 Million In Health IT Contracts
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Northrop Grumann and CGI Federal will improve the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' e-medical record system and beneficiary Web sites.
DIA Awards $6.6 Billlion IT Contract
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
The Defense Intelligence Agency contract covers the gamut of intelligence-related IT from unclassified to top secret and from the U.S. to Afghanistan.
Facebook Slammed By Adware Attack
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
A security researcher calls the weekend attack 'stunning in terms of scale.'
SAP Customers Get A User-Group Champion
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
At SAP's SAPPHIRE conference, ASUG's CEO promises strong advocacy as the user group tackles software-support and BusinessObjects integration woes.
ReclaimPrivacy Launches Facebook Privacy Settings Tool
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
The browser-based tool lets users easily monitor Facebook privacy settings and issues warnings about privacy settings that fail to protect users.
E-Health Laggards Need To Start Moving Now
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Healthcare providers starting from scratch with projects to implement e-health record systems in hopes of cashing in on the government's $20 billion-plus meaningful use incentive programs had better get going.
FBI CIO Unveils Next-Gen IT Strategy
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Despite a setback to its Sentinel case-management system, the agency is deploying a high-speed network, new Office-based PCs, and other infrastructure improvements.
Do We Expect Too Much from Data?
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
We all like to believe in "fact-based decision making," but noted author John Allen Paulos makes the case that our increasingly data-driven culture can be easily mislead by numbers.
Facebook, Twitter Bridge Customer Service 'Last Mile'
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
The majority of customers are frustrated with customer service offered by communications and high-tech vendors, but social networking tools may enhance the customer experience.
Reactions to SAP Acquiring Sybase
Commentary  |  5/13/2010  | 
SAP is acquiring Sybase. On the conference call SAP said Sybase would be run as a separate division of SAP (no surprise). Most of the focus was on Sybase's mobile technology, which is forecast at >$400 million in 2010 revenues (which would be 30%ish of the total). My quick reactions include... Moved To Amazon Cloud
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
The federal government hopes moving the stimulus-tracking Web site to Amazon EC2 will allow the recovery board to save money and refocus on its core mission.
SAP Must Prove Sybase Synergies
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
Applications vendor is counting on breakthrough combinations with Sybase mobile and analytic technologies.
Facebook Schedules Thursday Privacy Meeting
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
On the agenda for Thursday's meeting: growing concerns about the site's privacy policies among individuals, groups, and government officials.
Of SAP, Sybase, the Mets and the Yankees
Commentary  |  5/13/2010  | 
In SAP's acquisition of Sybase, conventional wisdom seems to lean towards Sybase mobile capabilities as the driving factor, but I'm leaning in a slightly different (and more old-fashioned) direction that goes to the very core of SAP's existence.
Day 1: Highlights Of Citrix Synergy 2010
Commentary  |  5/13/2010  | 
Day 1 of Citrix Synergy 2010 in San Francisco brought some exciting advances. The highlight was Citrix CEO Mark Templeton's keynote address that confirmed earlier product availability news and introduced several other new offerings and roadmaps. There is definitely more energy and excitement at Synergy this year than could be felt in previous years. Here is a quick summary:
Is Caspio The "Microsoft Access" Of The Cloud?
Commentary  |  5/12/2010  | 
While it may look and feel like Microsoft Access, is most definitely not Microsoft Access. But it does many of the things that Microsoft Access promises to do for its users, only from the cloud. While at the Cloud Connect conference, Editor-in-Chief David Berlind captured a demo of Caspio on video from the company's CEO Frank Zamani.
National Cancer Institute Develops A Research Cloud
Commentary  |  5/12/2010  | 
When it comes to developing the business case for cloud computing National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a pioneer.
Google Seeks Social Networking Head
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
A reportedly leaked recruiting letter acknowledges that Google is late to the high-stakes social networking game.
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