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Unidesk: A Companion To VDI
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Every now and then, a technology comes along that's intriguing enough that I sit up and take notice. Unidesk, a start-up based in Massachusetts, recently introduced the concept of "composite virtualization," a technology that addresses a missing component in VDI implementations: user personalization. Now, you may be saying, "That's not new, it's existed forever in profile management and other tools." In this blog, I will explain why the way Unidesk approaches personalization really is n
Big Data is This Year's Hot Topic
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Hadoop is a fast-growing choice for handling large-scale-data (as in petabytes) as well as complex-data (as in XML, e-mail, images and more) and mixed-data (as in structured mashed with semi-structured data types).
Machines Are Driving The Big-Data Era
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Future big-data growth will be in the area of machine-generated data. In contrast to human-generated data, which can grow only as fast as human data-generating activities allow it to, machine-generated data is limited only by capital budgets and Moore's Law.
DARPA Plots Supercomputing Future
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The Omnipresent High Performance Computing program is seeking proposals to dramatically advance the performance and capabilities of future computing systems and enable ExtremeScale computing.
Hadoop Gains Momentum for Affordable Data Analysis
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Talend and Quest add to fast-growing list of Hadoop data-integration options.
Glaser Talks About Healthcare's Challenges, Opportunities
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
When longtime Partners Healthcare CIO John Glaser leaves his position in mid-August to join Siemens Healthcare as CEO of its Health Services Business Unit, he'll be bringing along solid, on-the-ground experience and insightful perspective about the many challenges facing the healthcare industry.
Foursquare Valued At $95 Million
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The location-based social media firm closed on an additional $20 million in venture funding Tuesday.
DoD Updates Open Government Plan
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Responding to feedback that previous versions lacked detail, the agency made some info about its transparency plan more accessible.
Image Gallery: 11 Leading Data Warehousing Appliances
Slideshows  |  6/29/2010  | 
Enterprises are abandoning conventional warehouse development approaches in favor of prepackaged apps and hardware configurations combining database management systems, processing power, storage, and connectivity. Here are the leaders.
HP, Avaya Partner On Unified Communications
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Avaya UC products will be sold and delivered by HP, bolstering the latter's growing enterprise communications portfolio.
My Feelings About Sentiment Analysis
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Growth in visibility, acceptance, and adoption of automated sentiment-analysis solutions has been fueled by vendor innovations and by positive customer experiences, reports Elizabeth Glagowski in 1to1 magazine. Liz interviewed me for her article, and with her permission, I will share the full text of our exchange with readers...
Open Letter To Jack Domme, CEO, Hitachi Data Systems
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
A few weeks ago, HDS put together its first-ever blogger day, hopefully the first of many. Titled "HDS Blogger Day 0.9," I and other bloggers had access to an impressive lineup of executives and technical leaders. The company's CEO, Jack Domme, attended the dinner after the event, a great show of support for the community in general. But I do have some remaining questions.
OMB Ends Cookie Ban
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
An updated privacy policy for federal websites allows limited use of cookies, but limits tracking on non-government sites.
Data Warehousing Shifts to Analytics Arms Race
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Performance upgrades and in-database functions highlight latest Netezza, Aster Data and Infobright releases.
Resistance To EHRs May Widen Healthcare Disparities
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Small medical practices serving Medicaid patients have been reluctant to adopt electronic health records because they're already overwhelmed with providing medical services.
IT Unprepared For Flood Of Consumer Devices, Apps
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Study finds enterprises are under increasing pressure to manage and support iWorkers' devices and applications.
Social Media Up 230% Since 2007
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Two-thirds of Americans now use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social media sites; 43% visit multiple times per day.
When Google Analytics Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  6/26/2010  | 
Google's free service has become the most widely deployed Web analytics solution in the world... but for some enterprises, it's not sufficient. How can you know for sure whether Google is the right choice for your organization?
NASA Radar To Study Gulf Oil Spill
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
The same technology used to detect the effect of a Mexican earthquake on the earth's surface will help determine how oil has penetrated ecological zones in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mobility To Lead Health IT Innovation
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Government stimulus funds will help, but not quickly cure, the lag in health IT adoption caused by years of failure to invest in new technology.
Spiceworks Launches Cloud Partner Program
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Reach channel venture will give cloud-based service providers access to 1 million IT pros using Spiceworks' social IT management application.
The Great EMR Certification Bottleneck
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
While the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has been moving at a pretty good clip since December when it released the "meaningful use" notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and certification interim final rule (IFR), right up until the announcement this week of its final temporary certification program, it's apparent just how jammed up its timeline is becoming.
Why Orszag's Resignation Matters (And Why Not)
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
When Obama administration budget director Peter Orszag steps down from his post sometime next month, he'll be leaving as one of the tech-savviest budget directors ever. Whether that matters for government IT is a different question.
Workplace Social Network, Personal Device Use Gaining
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Enterprises are increasingly allowing employees to access unsupported applications and devices over their networks, in spite of the security risks, according to a Cisco study.
Image Gallery: 2010 Global CIOs
Slideshows  |  6/23/2010  | 
See how 10 world IT leaders are driving change and growth.
The New SAS Apps and Our In-Memory Future
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
As today's announcements from SAS suggest, the future will see analytic applications increasingly pre-integrated and pre-tuned to run on state-of-the-art hardware.
UK Budget Cuts and Public Sector IT
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
What the move to eGovernement in the UK has shown us is that though there are great benefits to be gained in providing access via the Web to government services to citizens, that empowerment comes at a high cost.
SAS Plans In-Memory Apps Built on HP Hardware
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Analytics vendor will bow retail and financial applications optimized for pre-integrated HP hardware.
Wolfe's Den: Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 Roadblocks
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
Our columnist identifies the challenges which could derail social enterprise tools, as Cisco and IBM battle to turn businesses into Facebook-like collaboration environments. With counterpoint from JP Rangaswami, Murali Sitaram, and Ted Schadler.
Webcast: Army Talks Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
The U.S. Army will discuss plans for integrating cloud computing into its enterprise architecture and broader IT transformation, during an InformationWeek Government Webcast on Weds., June 23. It's a unique opportunity to hear one of the world's largest IT user organizations share its strategy for the emerging cloud model.
Beyond SQL, Knowledge-Seeking Queries
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
"Does anyone have a good example of a query that SQL can't do?" Fact is, 30+ years in, there are few queries that you can't implement with SQL. More-complex queries may rely on user-defined functions (UDFs), procedural extensions, or convoluted coding but may still fall short. So here's my beyond-SQL example -- "What are the 39 Steps?" -- by which I mean, knowledge-seeking queries.
Federal IT Spending To Reach $112 Billion
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
More than five percent growth is predicted for Federal IT spending spurred by the Obama's administration cost-saving and transparency goals. Launches Chatter Collaboration Tool
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
The "Facebook for business" brings social networking elements to the 160,000-plus custom applications available on
Exploring Netezza's Coming 6.0 DBMS
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Netezza is having its user conference, Enzee Universe, in Boston Monday-Wednesday, June 21-23, and naturally will be announcing new products there, and otherwise providing hooks and inducements to get itself written about.
Kimball University: Extreme Status Tracking For Real Time Customer Analysis
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Customer interactions create a wealth of timely data that marketing departments are eager to exploit. The customer status fact table provides a central switchboard for using this fast-moving data.
FAA Not Ready For Air Traffic Upgrade
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
An inspector general says that the Federal Aviation Administration needs to do more planning before jumping in on its major NextGen upgrade.
Superhighway To Hell
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Internet Evolution founder Stephen Saunders believes everything you think you know about the future of the Internet is wrong. Read why, and join our discussion by leaving a comment at the bottom of his open letter to readers.
Gov Forum: Back-Office Upgrades Key To Intel Sharing
News  |  6/18/2010  | 
Despite public focus on collaboration and culture, intelligence IT execs highlight data center consolidation, identity, and access management efforts.
Twitter Delays OAuth Migration
News  |  6/18/2010  | 
High traffic loads from the World Cup will push Twitter's total switch to its new authentication technology to August.
The Unvarnished Truth About VDI? Not Hardly.
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
On June 14, InfoWorld published an article titled "The unvarnished truth about VDI desktop virtualization". In it, the author, Frank Ohlhorst, makes some claims about VDI and desktop virtualization that I believe need to be addressed.
Global CIO: Cisco's Chambers Calls Out Obama's Job-Killing Protectionism
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
CEO Chambers is telling all who will listen that high U.S. corporate tax rates are forcing businesses to do most of their investing and hiring elsewhere.
Social Networks Pose E-Discovery Risks
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Growing corporate use of Twitter, Facebook, and cloud-based applications are creating new e-discovery demands, but c-level awareness of risks remains scarce.
Hospital Order Management Platform Slashes Purchasing Costs
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Seventeen hospitals will save millions of dollars by combining their purchase orders through VHA SupplyNetworks ordering system.
Oracle Unifies Its Process Management Platform
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
BPM Suite 11g consolidates acquired tools to address systems-, content- and people-centric processes.
NASA Tests GPS Tsunami Prediction System
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Researchers used data from a GPS network to successfully predict the size of the tsunami that followed February's 8.8 earthquake in Chile.
YouTube Gains Online Editing Features
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
Google has added a new online video editing tool to YouTube that lets users edit directly from their browser.
Twitter Warns Of Increased Outages
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
The next few weeks will be "rocky," the microblogging site said, due to technical problems and increased traffic during the World Cup.
When Infrastructure Vendors Use Niche Products for Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
What does it tell us when major infrastructure and enterprise content management vendors employ niche social computing products for some of their own projects? Oracle, Microsoft, Open Text and EMC are cases in point...
75% Of U.S. Households Use Social Networking
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
A Nielsen study shows Internet users spent an average of more than 6 hours a month on sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter during May.
Storage Outlook: Cloudy, No Swimming
Commentary  |  6/15/2010  | 
Earlier this month I sat down with Deepak Mohan, senior VP of Symantec's Information Management Group, and Anil Chakravarthy, senior VP of Symantec's Storage and Availability Management Group, to discuss the growth of digital information and topics that InformationWeek Analytics will be covering in the second half of the year.
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