News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in June 2007
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Congress Says Homeland Security Has Insufficient 'Exit' Plan
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
The Government Accountability Office says it could take up to a decade to find a practical way to implement biometric exit capabilities at land ports of exit.
Can Microsoft Office Front-End Your Business Processes?
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Microsoft is set to kick off an Office-for-business-processes strategy, focusing on composite apps called Office Business Applications, or OBAs, starting next month.
The Enterprise Content Management - SOA Divide
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
In the content management world, I sense something of a backlash brewing against SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), but I wonder how real it is. With most Fortune 2000 firms already way down the SOA path, there seems to be no turning back. At the enterprise architecture level, there is no Plan B. So the issue for me is not whether SOA is the way forward for ECM, but rather how seriously some of the ECM vendors are embracing it.
Google Offers Cash For Gadgets
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The catch is that the cash is available only to those with gadgets already garnering 250,000 page views per week or more.
Get Real About Marketing Performance Management
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Nick Sharp, a VP and general manager at WebTrends, recently wrote a piece for mycustomer.com entitled "Web Analytics is dead!" The gist of the article is that Web marketers should not look at Web analytics data in a vacuum, but rather, use it to drive campaigns and solutions. No disagreement with the premise... but then I came across the term term "Marketing Performance Management." What is MPM exactly?
GM, Boeing Faced Uphill Battle To Reach Global Identity Management
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Managers from two multinational companies share their tips on connecting employees, parts suppliers, other business partners, and outsourced software developers.
Intel Offers Tools, Cables For Building High-Performance Computers
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The company revealed its Cluster Ready program and Connects Cables products at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany.
IPhone Net Searches Surge Before Launch
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The most popular queries for iPhone focused on price, reviews, news, and the release date, with price queries accounting for 4.23% of all U.S. iPhone searches.
Google Helps Nonprofits Conquer Google Earth
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The project also includes online forums to enhance communications and connect interested users of Google Earth with experienced developers.
Microsoft Plans E-Mail, IM, Blog, And Photo Sharing Suite
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The common theme for the Windows Live suite is that all of its apps combine a rich Windows client application with Internet services that add power to those apps.
Google And Yahoo Add Photo Features
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The two search engines upgrade their respective online photo services to give consumers a more integrated experience.
Enterprise 2.0 Won't Fix 'Broken E-mail Culture'
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
I'm still thinking about last week's Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston, which ranks as the most exciting and thought-provoking event I've attended thus far this year... Blogs, wikis, text messaging, presence awareness and all things social networking received a lot of attention... but rich Internet applications, Ajax, mashups, SOA, SaaS and composite applications are also a big part of the Enterprise 2.0 mix.
Universities, Businesses Agree On Guidelines For IP, Shared Research
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Team announces a new set of guidelines that will continue to encourage research sharing, while adding licensing terms and conditions.
Are You Ready for (Google) Location Intelligence?
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Google is offering its mapping capabilities as a potential source of enterprise-class business intelligence in the area of location intelligence. Google has made its Google Maps for the Enterprise available at a low cost while providing telephone and e-mail support. The challenge for you is to decide whether this offering can meet your enterprise needs.
IBM Makeover Pursues Personalization In Revamped Site
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
The company used fundamental techniques for improving the navigation of what is sometimes viewed as an opaque, 3 million page site.
Apple Security Update Patches Safari 3 Beta
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
The download fixes remote code execution bugs and other flaws in both its Safari Web browser beta and Mac OS X.
Composite Software Bolsters Scalability, Virtualization
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
Clustering option supports location-independent data services strategies by meeting demanding service-level agreements and backup-and-recovery requirements.
Sun Aims High With Constellation Blade-Based System
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
In terms of density, the system designed for high-performance computing packs a maximum of 1.7 petaflops of computing power in a 48-blade rack-size chassis.
Tech Vendors Publish BPEL4People Spec
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
A group of technology vendors published a specification that extends business process execution language to incorporate human interactions. BPEL is an executable modeling language for building processes within an SOA.
Google Apps Opens Door To Migrating E-Mail Users
News  |  6/25/2007  | 
The company reports adding new business customers at a rate of 1,000 per day since it launched in February.
Scientists Use BI Software And Inuit Trackers To Gauge Polar Bear Populations
News  |  6/25/2007  | 
Polar bear populations could be affected if global warming leads to less ice.
Zend To Release Rapid Development Platform For PHP
News  |  6/25/2007  | 
The framework will connect the application to databases and networks, leaving developers free to concentrate on user interactions and the business logic behind them.
Handheld Devices Need Handholding
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
My commentary last week referred to data-related issues in identifying Iraqi insurgents for allied soldiers on the move. An obvious solution would be for the soldiers to carry mobile devices (e.g. laptops, PDAs) to verify identity on-the-spot. The trouble is, application and data synchronization for widely distributed mobile devices is still an imperfect science. It all boils down to the question: What's your poison?
Oracle Introduces BI Bundled and Priced for Small and Midsized Enterprises
News  |  6/25/2007  | 
Oracle BI Standard Edition One answers Microsoft and Business Objects products for SMBs, but is low price and easy installation enough to appeal to neophytes?
How Scary Is the Future?
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
We're told that China has more honor students than the US has students, has the largest English-speaking population in the world, that Nintendo spends more money on basic research each year than the US spends on research into education and that a college freshman studying a technical topic will be learning things that are obsolete before he/she graduates...
Plaxo Introduces New Address Book With Better Sync
News  |  6/22/2007  | 
The company offers to synchronize multiple online address books and services from companies and organizations like AOL, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Yahoo.
Scientist Touts Big Efficiency Improvement For Data Center Cooling
News  |  6/22/2007  | 
The co-founder of Microway claims he developed a system that reduces the amount of energy required to cool data centers up to 50%.
Satellite Destruction Using Google Earth And Orbitron
News  |  6/22/2007  | 
Researchers use off-the-shelf software as part of an experiment to demonstrate the vulnerability of critical space infrastructure.
Enterprise Search: Seek and Maybe You'll Find
News  |  6/22/2007  | 
New search appliances claim to be uniquely adapted to meet enterprise needs. We tested eight enterprise search products and analyzed the technology's security and architectural implications. Our take: The math just doesn't add up.
RIAA Request For Music Downloaders' Identities Denied
News  |  6/22/2007  | 
A judge said the RIAA will have to work with the university to notify the students that have been sued before it can gather information about them.
Ingres Meets ECM to Boost Salesforce.com
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
The story begins with CA (Computer Associates), which spun off its Ingres line into a separate, open source project. Ingres is now teaming up with open source ECM provider Alfresco. The Ingres "Icebreaker" product (linux + database stack) will offer an ECM option provided via Alfresco.
Google Turns Its Hardware Manufacturing Over To Dell
News  |  6/21/2007  | 
Up until late last year, Google assembled its high-end enterprise search box on its own, from components supplied by a variety of white-box manufacturers.
Stolen Backup Device Holds Info On 225,000 Ohio Taxpayers
News  |  6/21/2007  | 
The device was stolen after a state intern took it home as part of a policy that called for one backup device to be kept offsite.
Oracle Heads To Wall Street With New Business Unit
News  |  6/21/2007  | 
Oracle said it created the financial services unit so that it can better provide product lines and technology roadmaps designed for the industry.
IBM: The Mainframe Is Alive And Going Strong
News  |  6/21/2007  | 
The company said its hardware mainframe revenue grew 12% in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, and 25% year-over-year.
Internet Terrorism Trial Highlights Web Open Info Access Dilemma
News  |  6/21/2007  | 
The case is the second this year in Switzerland focusing on Islamic terrorism, but the first-ever terrorism case there involving the Internet.
BI 2.0: Data Visualization Meets Social Networking
News  |  6/21/2007  | 
Web sites demonstrate that analysis gets better when it's open to discussion.
Whatever You Call It, Web 2.0 Is Driving Enterprise Software
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
Web 2.0 is driving the way companies are doing business. For proof, look no further than the fact that VC money has virtually dried up for enterprise software. The only true innovation going on now is at the edge of the Consumer Web... Web 2.0 is only partly about blogs and collaboration... There's also the Long Tail - the economics of narrow niches.
Google Broadens Pay-Per-Action Ad Beta
News  |  6/20/2007  | 
Advertisers currently in the beta test should see an alert in their AdWords account informing them that they can create PPA ad campaigns.
Microsoft Search Compromise Could Hinder Innovation
News  |  6/20/2007  | 
An antitrust complaint filed by Google is forcing Microsoft to change the way its Windows Vista operating system handles desktop search queries ... and perhaps its future.
BI in Rome
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in Technology Transfer's annual data warehouse and BI summit in Rome, Italy. It's been about 11 years since I've been to Italy and this was my first work-related trip there. So I was a little nervous. Does the Italian market care about the same issues as the U.S. market? Do they face the same challenges?
Trojans Lurking In Fake Video Postings On YouTube
News  |  6/20/2007  | 
In the past week, two fake video postings have been set up on YouTube to infect users with a Trojan that includes pop-up porn ads, Secure Computing warns.
People Matter in Advanced Analytics
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
I read with interest Tom Davenport's article, "Humans and Black Boxes" in BIReview. He raises the issue about whether humans are required in the analytics process anymore, given the offerings of vendors of unattended data mining tools. After all, with all of the hardware and bandwidth at our disposal, shouldn't systems be smart enough to swim around in the data and come up with predictive models that are more accurate than we mere humans can? Of course, Davenport doesn't believe that, and neithe
David-and-Goliath Battle Shapes Up in Enterprise 2.0 Technology
News  |  6/20/2007  | 
IBM, Microsoft and SAP respond to the social networking innovators.
Key Industries Get More Traffic From Search Engines
News  |  6/19/2007  | 
Categories such as travel, media, entertainment, business, and finance saw double-digit increases in traffic coming from search engines.
IBM Looks To Help Companies Adopt Web 2.0
News  |  6/19/2007  | 
IBM is working on several products -- all under a new Enterprise 2.0 initiative -- to help companies adopt Web 2.0 technologies.
YouTube Goes International
News  |  6/19/2007  | 
Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom now all have local versions of YouTube.
Shifting To The Edge, SAP Coins Phrase: Enterprise 2.1
News  |  6/19/2007  | 
The evolution will be defined by user control over how these things work together, one executive said.
Enterprise 2.0: Making the Business Case
Commentary  |  6/19/2007  | 
The Enterprise 2.0 movement gets an "A" for awareness and technology development, but a "C" for communicating business benefits. This report card, offered today by Harvard Business School professor and keynote speaker Andrew McAfee, sums up the mix of enthusiasm and hunger for practical applications in evidence here at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston.
Enterprise 2.0 Users Want Easy Unified Communications
News  |  6/19/2007  | 
While integrating voice, fax, e-mail, pictures, and video is a white-hot subject, implementing their related applications has been elusive.
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