News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in June 2009
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Realizing Government 2.0
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
One of the most compelling attributes of Web 2.0 is that it transformed the static Interweb from something pushed at us to something that includes our inputs. The coincidence of Howard Dean's intelligent use of the Web, the rise of Facebook in public consciousness and Barack Obama's very technologically-savvy campaign has led to the expectation that Government 2.0 would quickly follow.
Twisting Terms to Make BI Market Share Claims
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When a BI vendor claims they are the market leader of anything, according to IDC, you need to be clear on what exactly gets counted. In other words, study the taxonomy on page three of IDC's latest report...
The Go-To Geek, June Edition
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Oh, sure, you may be a high flying enterprise architect, DBA, infrastructure engineer, or coder, but your friends and family all think: you work in IT. You love IT. And, "you must want to take care of my consumer grade tech needs because you love IT so much." Riiiight. How can you satisfy them and still have time for summer fun?
Will New Certification Criteria Fuel Open Source E-Health Records?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Till now, certification requirements for electronic medical records were pretty hefty, addressing hundreds of stringent criteria that comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory systems must meet in order to get a seal of approval from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, or CCHIT, a non-profit federally supported group.
Information Builders Tops Ventana's 'Value Index' For BI Vendors
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Information Builders topped the list of seven vendors that agreed to participate in the study with a value index of 93%, followed by IBM Cognos Software, Infor, Softscape, Arcplan, Actuate, Symphony-Metreo, Microsoft and InetSoft, respectively.
Panorama Gets Help From Google In Upgrade Of Web-Enabled BI Apps
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A new Google Apps client includes a Flash-based analysis application that uses Google Docs in presenting an intuitive user interface that allows casual information workers to navigate through large amounts of data to generate business insights.
VM Management For Fun And Profit
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
I chatted up a group of IT pros running full tilt towards virtualization. They all seemed to have left their management hats at home... How 'bout you? We'd love to get your view on VM management.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
CIO Seeks Open Government In Brawling New York State Senate
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Andrew Hoppin, CIO of the New York State Senate, is working to leverage information technology to get more people involved in politics. Politics needs more voices from the left, right, and center, he said. "Not just professional voices, the people paid to be there, but the people who are interested and have a concern about the workings of the legislators," he said.
IBM Talks Up Cloud Computing
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
"Cloud computing is a new way of consuming IT," says Willy Chiu, vice president of IBM Cloud Labs.
Can Government Mandate Innovation?
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
An influential technology lobby wants President Obama to create an Office of Innovation Policy (OIP) to help spur innovation in the U.S. It sounds like the making of a new alphabet soup, but the idea has some merit.
When Business Gets Too Personal
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Visualization guru Stephen Few reminds us that analyst opinions, while offered by recognized experts, are inherently personal, and that on the other side of the table, there are real people behind products, marketing campaigns, and corporate decisions. But I disagree with Steve that analysts should always name names. Some situations become simply too personal...
Cloud Computing Advocates Detail Its Future
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Sun Microsystems CTO Greg Papadopolous, and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com speculate on cloud computing's future.
Enterprise 2.0: Twitter Up, Facebook, MySpace Down
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Twitter is this year's social networking phenom. Last year it was Facebook. Next year's is anyone's guess.
IBM Builds 3D World For Business Meetings
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime lets colleagues and partners get together—in avatar form.
Enterprise 2.0: Making Virtual Collaboration Work
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
A Volvo team's online collaboration experiences demonstrate the importance of finding a human side to virtual teams.
Oracle Automates E-Commerce Personalization
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Real-Time Decisions 3.0 upgrade supports offline marketing and adds prebuilt 'decision patterns' for cross selling and customer retention.
Make IT 'Storefront' A Reality With Service Catalogs
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
Adoption of ITIL v3 has helped promote the concept of Service Catalogs that provide self-service requests and can be used for IT procurement and workflow automation.
Summer Reading: IR, Sentiment Analysis, and Visualization
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
Summer's slower pace allows time to work through material set aside for calmer days. My reading list includes works on Information Retrieval, Sentiment Analysis, and Visualization. The items on my list are technical and accessible, of potential interest to anyone who works with analytics. You might also find them worth at least a quick look.
Talend Launches Real-Time Data Integration Platform
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The Talend Integration Suite RTx enables IT organizations to accelerate the movement of data across computing systems, providing up-to-the-minute data to help in decision-making.
Obama Plans Brighten IT Prospects
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
If all you've heard is business complain that increased taxes and government regulation is driving investment and innovation abroad or is otherwise bad for business, you haven't been listening to IT vendors.
Ellison: Oracle Plans To Be No. 1 In On-Demand Software
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
It may take 10 years, the CEO acknowledges, noting that Oracle is currently only "a little bit" involved in cloud computing.
Enterprise 2.0: nGenera Unveils Platform Upgrade, CEM Solutions
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Collaboration Platform 3.0 features a widget-based collaboration architecture. Four new CEM solutions are designed for collaboratively managing the enterprise.
Enterprise 2.0: Spotlighting SharePoint's Wide Reach
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Social networking applications in the enterprise span industries as diverse as education, the military, and software development.
Is America Losing The Social Networking War?
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
While Twitter and YouTube have proven strategic for election protesters in Iran, the US Defense Department is "way behind the power curve" on social networking, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said last week. Military leaders need to get on Facebook and other social networking sites themselves, to learn how they're used firsthand.
Enterprise 2.0: IBM's LotusLive Connections Captures Award
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The winner of the show's Cloud Computing Technology Buyers' Choice Award combines business social networking with collaboration tools.
Say I Need More Bandwidth And I'll Bite Off Your Face
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
Stop that madness. Before you 'just buy more' think about looking at how you can improve your applications today. Yes, we're talking about load balancers, WAN optimizers, SSL appliances, and network monitoring systems; the stuff true IT geeks love. Cool Tools that can improve performance without spending more on bandwidth. Mike Fratto, lead Analyst at InformationWeek Analytics, has a new report on improving delivery of applications by leveraging performance tools and appliances.
Embracing Project Inefficiency
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
I ran my local chamber of commerce's 5k this past Friday. Total time elapsed from leaving the office to going home: 90 minutes. Previous experience showed that I could change, travel, then run the same course on my own with half the total elapsed time: 45 minutes. Many participants of a large IT project would be seriously ticked off at a 200% inefficiency; but that would be silly.
RightScale Offers Hyperic HQ For Cloud Management
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Hyperic HQ monitors an application's performance as it runs in the Amazon EC2 cloud or in Google's App Engine cloud.
Google Endorses Health Data Rights
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
Google on Tuesday endorsed the Declaration of Health Data Rights, a set of principles designed to promote consumer empowerment, privacy protection, and data portability.
Enterprise 2.0: SAP, Jive Combining BI With Wikis
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
IT departments won't have to arrange for separate licenses or subscriptions for business intelligence tools that people want to use in their companies' Jive-based wikis.
Your Malware-Infected Computer Is Being Traded Like A Stock
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
Finjan's most recent Cybercrime Intelligence report pulls the covers off a clandestine, underground network of buyers and sellers of a new and valuable commodity, your spyware infected computer! Read on for the details.
Is the LucidEra Over?
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
The Industry Standard reported yesterday that SaaS-base BI vendor LucidEra is set to shutter the business and put all assets up for sale. The story named only "a person familiar with the company's situation" as the source. There's no official word on the Web site and all my attempts to reach the company have failed thus far.
Melody: Movable Type, Reloaded
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
It's always compelling news when an open source project of some renown is forked. It's twice as compelling when it's a fork of a project you use and rely on personally. I speak of Melody, a spinoff of the open-source branch of the blogging and publishing system Movable Type.

What's Your Secret to Success?
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
Is the economy helping or hurting your BI efforts? Maybe a down economy is forcing you to work smarter, or maybe layoffs and budget cuts are putting a dent in your BI strategy. Two years ago, 42% of you had standardized on a BI platform. Have industry consolidation or the economy changed that? And if so, which vendors are you standardizing on?
UPS Taps 'Continuous Analytics' for IT Systems Reporting
News  |  6/22/2009  | 
Real-time business intelligence helps the shipping giant keep tabs on mission-critical transactions.
Metastorm Connects BPM Software To Latest SAP ERP
News  |  6/21/2009  | 
ProVision Connect offers an efficient and cost-effective way to start a process-modeling project while upgrading to SAP ERP 6.0, the latest version of SAP enterprise resource planning system.
Don't Let Iran's 'Twitter Revolution' Make You Stupid
Commentary  |  6/19/2009  | 
In two short years, Twitter has gone from a startup to celebrity plaything. Now, in the case of the election demonstrations in Tehran, it's apparently a serious tool of U.S. foreign policy. This leaves IT managers in government and business with the important role of steering their organizations between the twin dangers that face any fashionable emerging technology: Irrational exuberance on the one hand, and excessive skepticism on the other.
IBM's ILog Unit Rolls Out Rule and Optimization Upgrades
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Rule management systems gain easier testing, simulation and authoring. Supply chain and production planning apps add optimization features.
Of Cloud 9 and The Importance of Parachutes
Commentary  |  6/19/2009  | 
Back when I did a lot of security work, we used to joke around that single sign on should be called "single vulnerability". Maybe single provider cloud models should be called "single point of failure".
IDC Offers Outlook, Vendor Evaluation In Latest BI Report
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
The IDC Competitive Analysis Report lists SAP BusinessObjects as the clear leader of the business intelligence tools market, and says SAP is "well positioned to fulfill the future needs of BI technology purchasers."
Public Can 'Participate' In NASA's Lunar Mission
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
NASA's launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite marks one of the space agency's first "participatory missions," says Chris Kemp, CIO of NASA's Ames Research Center. From their backyards, as well as from Moon-gazing tools from Google and Microsoft, the public will be able to view high-resolution images of our celestial neighbor.
Will .Gov Sites Nix Cookies for Analytics?
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
We may be on the verge of significant changes to US Federal government policy on the use of persistent cookies. The White House blog is inviting comment on how a new cookie policy should be shaped... My recommendations for a new policy are fairly straightforward...
EnterpriseDB Bidding For Customers With Oracle Compatibility
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
Postgres Plus Advanced Server's latest retooling could make it easier for existing Oracle users to migrate a reporting or transaction application.
Federal CIO Seeks 'Storefront' For Government IT Procurement
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
The goal is to have a central place to allow federal agencies to quickly buy systems and get them up and running.
How To Measure Your Web Presence
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
Web Metrics Guru says it's one thing to generate online buzz. It's another to know how to use it. These tools can help.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Social Networking Fires Up Business
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
Businesses implementing blogs, wikis, and other must-have social networking strategies for the enterprise will get a leg up at the Enterprise 2.0 event in Boston next week.
iManage & iPhone: Something New, Something Old
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
Search-cum-enterprise content management (ECM) vendor Autonomy has announced an integration for its recently acquired WorkSite product with the iPhone... Smart mobile devices are increasingly usurping laptops as the mobile computing device of choice, so secure access to documents via the iPhone makes a great deal of sense...
U.S. Gov't Asked Twitter For Help with Iran
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
A State Department official asked Twitter to postpone scheduled downtime to keep a channel open for Iranians protesting the country's contested election, according to the NY Times.
Is YouTube Close To Profitability?
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Google's ownership of dark fiber, cost-efficient data centers, and use of peering agreements may be cutting the video site's losses close to zero, a new report finds.
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