Constant Contact To Add SMB Tools
NutshellMail acquisition will enable small business email marketers to interact with customers through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
The Roll Down Hill Effect Of Primary Storage Deduplication
The adoption rate of deduplication in primary storage has been relatively low so far in primary storage. There are concerns on user's minds about performance impact, data integrity and how much capacity savings they will see. Clearly each of these concerns need to be addressed. When it comes to capacity savings though, there is a key component of capacity savings that might get overlooked, the roll down hill effect of proper primary storage deduplication.
Image Gallery: SAP Unveils Integrated BI Strategy Roadmap
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
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
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.
Tape and Disk Better Together
I have seen a few surveys recently that tape penetration in data centers remains very high, less than 15% of data centers have become tapeless, of course that means that 85% of environments still have tape. In my conversations with IT managers most are planning to keep it. Most see the role of disk in the backup process to augment or at best compliment tape. What's needed then is a way to make tape and disk better together.
Gov 2.0: Quit The Social Media Whining, Bureaucrats
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
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.
Gov 2.0: Aspiring To Greatness In Open Government
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."
Selecting A Cloud Storage Provider
In my last entry I discussed some of the circumstances that might lead a business to decide to use one cloud storage application over another. The other end of that equation is the actual provider. All cloud storage providers are not created equal and some research should be done before selecting the vendor that could potentially be storing your organization's digital assets for years to come.
Cloud: Does ROI Matter?
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.
Feds Advance Cloud Adoption Plans
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.
When To Use Cloud Storage?
When storage managers start to sift through the hype surrounding cloud storage and try to decide if and where cloud storage would make sense in their environment, they are often left dazed and confused. There are so many companies trying to jump on the cloud storage bandwagon that almost any new feature makes them "the" cloud storage provider. The goal of this entry is provide some ideas on when should a business use cloud storage.
The HiPPO In The Room
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'
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
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.
Data.gov To Relaunch Friday
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.
DIA Awards $6.6 Billlion IT Contract
The Defense Intelligence Agency contract covers the gamut of intelligence-related IT from unclassified to top secret and from the U.S. to Afghanistan.
MySpace Simplifies Privacy Controls
Struggling social network MySpace says it will simplify its privacy controls so users can select one privacy setting for all the information in their profile.