News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in June 2008
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Fatwire Expands Its Product Line And Customer Base
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Fatwire Software has strung together and impressive set of wins, most recently with the one-two punch of the introduction of its Content Integration Platform and the recent announcement that Military.com has migrated onto its Content Server product.
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Voters In Both Parties Favor Same VP Candidate
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
No matter what their party affiliation, Americans like peanut butter, Gatorade, and Colin Powell. That's according to a company that helps big names like Wal-Mart and Gatorade with market research.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Avoid End-of-Quarter Buying and ELAs
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Last week I had the pleasure of keynoting at the DocTrain event in Indianapolis and also running a small session on "How to procure Content Technologies."... At the end of the session I chatted with the head of a leading US-based systems integrator who said he liked the session but would have added two key points: 1. Never buy at the end of a quarter and 2. Avoid Enterprise License Agreements.
Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.
How's This For A Concept?: E-Mail Less, Talk More
Commentary  |  6/29/2008  | 
It occurred to me, after reading Luis Suarez's piece in the New York Times today, that I need to free myself from e-mail in much the same way that Neo was freed from the Matrix by Morpheus. E-mail is not only destroying my productivity, it's hampering my career development.
Google Tests Social-Networking Features On iGoogle Homepage
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Google is adding the ability for subscribers to chat with friends without having to download any extra software.
Livelink ECM Targets The Life Sciences Industry
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Managing quality is obviously a critical issue for companies of all sorts, but few have the strict guidelines and need for process of those in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Broadly including pharma companies, biotech firms, medical equipment manufacturers and others, life sciences companies have to balance both internal process with regulatory requirements. Managing all aspects of this can be a challenge.
No One Gets Fired For Registering A Dot-Com
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), recommended opening the gTLDs to organizations that can afford the registration process and can prove they have the wherewithal to manage a gTLD. Many are predicting Wild West expansion of names and the death of the .com. I predict it will be risky business for domain name owners.
Judge Says Battle Over Founding Of Facebook Is Over
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The terms of the settlement, which involved an award of cash and Facebook stock, was ordered sealed by the judge.
Talend Unveils Open Source Data Profiler
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Open Profiler helps IT teams assess data to identify potential problems before beginning projects such as data integration or application development.
Second Life Artist Faces Setback in Struggle For American Citizenship
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
The U.S. government recently denied a green card application by a well-known Second Life artist, declaring her two-year marriage to an American citizen to be fraudulent. The news isn't all bad for her, though -- the denial gives her an opportunity to appeal and prove that the marriage was legitimate.
Sun Bundles MySQL Database, GlassFish App Server
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
By charging only $65,000 per year, Sun hopes to challenge traditional commercial software providers that charge large license fees and maintenance costs.
Hyper-V Released. Much Rejoicing.
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
More than 1 million eval instances have hopefully worked out the kinks. Oh, and MS has been running a chunk of its main portal on VMs since early June. Did you notice?
Survey on Voice of the Customer Text Analytics
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
I have created a short survey for users and consultants on Voice of the Customer (VoC) text analytics best practices. There are seven questions plus a comment field. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. If you are involved with VoC text analytics or are looking at solutions for possible adoption, please respond to the survey. I'll publish results at a later date. Thanks!
MySpace Publishes APIs For Linking To Third-Party Sites
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Similar initiatives by rival Facebook and other social networks are expected over time to build huge networks in which to offer services to a far larger pool of people.
Cloud9 Analytics Brings Forecasting to Salesforce.com Users
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Data warehouse in the cloud gains forecasting app, Excel-based visual report builder.
Yahoo Says Google Deal Doesn't Rule Out Microsoft Sale
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Emphasizing that the agreement does not rule out a Microsoft takeover will likely add to speculation that talks between the two companies are quietly ongoing.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Should The U.S. Nationalize The Internet?
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
The Internet faces many problems from companies looking to maximize profits at the expense of the public good. Greedy businesses threaten innovation by trying to put an end to net neutrality, media companies want to control every Internet-connected device in an effort to lock down distribution channels, and spammers and other fraudsters have pretty much taken over e-mail. Now, TechCrunch is reporting that Vint Cerf, the so-called "father of the Internet," says maybe we should think of the Intern
Don't Troubleshoot. Change The Way You Work
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
Many of us computer users suffer in silence. Yes, there are the outspoken people we see complaining on message boards, but in general, we put up with the quirks of applications because the alternatives are not worthwhile. And sometimes, we have to go along to get along, which means forced updates to the latest version of software for no other reason than you have to be able to share files easily. Computers should change to fit our needs, not the other way around.
Government Search Engine Expands With Vivisimo
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
USASearch.gov bolsters its search affiliate program to enhance news, images, frequently asked questions, maps, and weather forecasts, as well as government contact information.
Microsoft To Buy Mobile Services Company MobiComp
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Among MobiComp's customers are Vodafone, clothing company Esprit, and a number of mobile carriers including ones from Portugal and Saudi Arabia.
Help With Selecting A Digital Asset Management Solution
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
The process of selecting a Digital Asset Management solution can be daunting. The licensing costs alone can be staggering, even before adding in the additional expenditures for integration, consulting, and user training. Beyond just cost, though, lie other potential pitfalls: too few (or too many) features, poor integration with existing system, or a lack of vendor support.
Oracle Earns Record Revenue While Quietly Raising Software Prices
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Oracle this month raised software license prices by about 15% on average, according to a Forrester Research analysis.
Getting Started With: Drupal
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
The popular, powerful Drupal may seem a bit intimidating for the uninitiated, but for those looking to start out, here are some recommended resources to start learning the ropes.
HP-Oracle Warehouse Marks Another Win for Appliances
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
HP BladeSystem bundle targets 1-4 terabyte market sweet spot. HP claims speed and energy efficiency advantages over Dell's alternative.
Checkpoint Acquires Successful RFID Startup OATSystems
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Despite high-profile deals with Airbus and Kimberly-Clark, OATSystems decides to no longer fly solo in the shaky market for RFID technologies.
McCain's Lack Of Computer Skills Not Campaign Obstacle
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
Sen. John McCain's computer aptitude, or lack thereof, became a hot topic of discussion at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City this week. The forum tackled technology's role in politics and policy. So, when news surfaced that McCain doesn't know how to use a computer, both technophiles and politicos in attendance were intrigued. Some were also involved.
Bitmapped to Hell
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
Oracle bitmap indexes are generally used to index columns that have very sparse domains such as Y/N, gender, or any other list of member values that is small in number. You get the advantage of indexing without creating in imbalanced btree if a conventional index is used. There is lots of info on bitmap indexes. They are also very common in read-mostly applications like data warehousing.
Fear of New Technology Is an Old Problem
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
Here's a clever video from Norway (by way of AIIM's Information Zen site) that reminds us that fear of new technology dates back to the transition from scrolls to books. In fact, there's little doubt that earlier collaborators resisted the move from tablets to scrolls. But who knew there were help desks way back when? Enjoy...
Test Driving Online Document Collaboration Tools
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
Buzzword, Adobe's Web-based word processing application, has made quite a splash over the past few weeks as it launched as part of Adobe's new Acrobat.com site. But while it's a neat tool, it faces some very strong competitors in the online document collaboration arena.
Business Process Optimization on the Cheap
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
Homeowners know that installing energy-efficient windows help save money in the long run, yet are reluctant to make the investment in these challenging times. Businesses are no different, but even in this difficult economy, companies looking to optimize business processes have a very useful yet inexpensive tool at hand. It's called the Hawthorne Effect...
Another E-Mail Archive Service Gets Bought
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
SaaS plus e-mail archiving gets hotter and hotter.
HP Tailors BladeSystem To Oracle Data Warehouse
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The system provides the essential elements of a data warehouse infrastructure, including computing power, storage, interconnect, and management.
Skype VoIP Feed Turns Into Political 'Candid Camera' For John Edwards
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
It should have been a disappointment when Elizabeth Edwards couldn't make it to the Personal Democracy Forum Conference (PdF '08) in New York City where she had planned to speak Monday. Thanks to VoIP technology, those who had hoped to hear her were able to link up with her via Skype, and that turned out to be an unexpected advantage.
Oracle Forms Health And Sciences Business Unit
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
While the company's focus on health care and life sciences isn't new, Oracle clearly sees growth opportunities in the sector.
Pitney Bowes MapInfo Integrates Software with Cognos 8 Platform
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Location intelligence vendor adds another BI suite integration to take geospatial analysis mainstream.
E-Discovery, Compliance, Auditing, and Investigation
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
E-discovery and auditing are flip sides of a single coin, the one concerned with retention of records and their production in litigation, the other with studying records to verify the correct of execution of corporate business processes and accounting procedures. Compliance is the coin standing on edge: operational rules and monitoring designed to ensure that businesses stay out of legal and accounting trouble.
Blogger Huffington Blasts 'Old' Media
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The founder of The Huffington Post said traditional news organizations have failed to uncover and report the truth.
Social Networking Can Affect Real World In Powerful Ways
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Groups already have demonstrated real-world power generated by online networks, according to New York University professor and author Clay Shirky.
Archiving and the Limitations of E-Discovery
Commentary  |  6/23/2008  | 
Last week we read about yet another major financial scandal allegedly exposed through the discovery of an e-mail message from a fund principal that apparently stated that their fund was going to be "toast." First, this was (if true) a fantastically stupid communication to put in an e-mail exchange. Second, I wonder why it took so long to find this e-mail message...
Microsoft, AT&T, Covisint Partner On Health Data Exchange
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The agreement lets consumers who use Microsoft's HealthVault share their health data with their doctors.
Affinnova Algorithm Claims It Can Pick Most Popular Veep
Commentary  |  6/23/2008  | 
It's obvious that the Internet is shaping opinions and becoming a vehicle for sharing information during the presidential campaign. It was only a matter of time before we began hearing more about how political operatives are using the Web to shape their strategies. Now, one technology company is touting a "secret weapon" for choosing the ideal presidential ticket.
Kimball University: Microsoft SQL Server Comes of Age for Data Warehousing
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
With new compression, partitioning and star schema optimization features, Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 is catching up with the state of the industry in data warehousing. Here's why these three capabilities are crucial for scalability and performance on any platform.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Embraces The Wikipedians, Sort Of
Commentary  |  6/23/2008  | 
With the upcoming relaunch of its Web site, Encyclopaedia Britannica is making some interesting changes. It's taken steps to embrace certain aspects of the collaborative nature of Wikipedia (and the Internet in general), but at the same time, it reasserts the need to rely on experts with strong voices and distinct points of view.
AP Struggles To Save Face In Blogger Copyright Dispute
Commentary  |  6/20/2008  | 
I don't blame The Associated Press for refusing to participate in a conversation about its attempts to overthrow government authority and rewrite copyright law to its own liking. The AP is like a husband who foolishly told his wife that the new jeans do make her butt look big. The best way to limit damage at that point is to simply shut up and hope the subject eventually goes away.
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