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Amazon EC2 Lets Users Sell Software As A Service
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
Joyent A-Twitter Preaching Its Shared Infrastructure
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The 18-employee company is making a quiet change in the collaboration tools space especially for Ruby on Rails developers.
Vermont Sets Five-Year Plan For E-Health Record Adoption
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
In its road map report, Vermont Information Technology Leaders identifies what's needed to reach a 2011 goal of getting more than half of the state's doctor practices to use electronic medical records.
Business Objects Tackles Product- and Region-Specific Data Quality Problems
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
New Universal Data Cleansing option extends data quality initiatives beyond customer information.
Aruba Certifies Apple iPhone For Enterprise
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Aruba said it tested the iPhone's WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK security, roaming, VPN connections, and portal authentication combined with public shared key encryption.
Mozilla Issues Fixes For Two Firefox Bugs
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Mozilla releases Firefox version right before it's expected to announce new security tools at this week's BlackHat security conference.
TIBCO Takes the Open-Source Route to Integrating Mashups and Composite Apps
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
After helping to set the standards of the OpenAjax Alliance Hub, TIBCO is taking its own PageBus publish-and-subscribe message bus open source. It's an important integration tool as developers envision componentized Ajax applications.
Yahoo Testimony About Imprisoned Reporter Contradicted
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
A document from the Beijing State Security Bureau suggests that Yahoo possessed more information than it has admitted to about Chinese journalist Shi Tao.
A New Marketplace Greets EMC Documentum 6
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
At first blush, EMC Documentum 6 is a substantial upgrade to D5, consolidating many of the firm's acquisitions into a much more unified and standardized product set, and also boosting some areas, such as BPM and transactional document management capabilities... But the market has changed, and favors the buyer now far more than the vendor. Documentum was once the dominant and obvious choice for major ECM implementations, but today there is much more serious competition.
EMC Documentum 6 Upgrade Makes it Easier on IT
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
If content management is to spread "enterprisewide," development can't complex, cumbersome process. With SOA improvements, Eclipse standardization and configuration enhancements, EMC streamlines with IT in mind.
Kimball University: Keep to the Grain in Dimensional Modeling
News  |  7/29/2007  | 
When developing fact tables, aggregated data is NOT the place to start. To avoid "mixed granularity" woes including bad and overlapping data, stick to rich, expressive, atomic-level data that's closely connected to the original source and collection process.
Wikia Search Gets Distributed Web Crawler
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Jimmy Wales buys Look Smart's Grub search engine and secures it under an open source license for a public release later this year.
German Court Says EBay Must Work To Halt Sale Of Fake Rolexes
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Despite its best efforts, eBay has been plagued by con artists attempting to sell a variety of counterfeit goods on its site.
Mozilla Gives Thunderbird E-Mail The Boot
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Proposed options include releasing the offline e-mail client as a community project similar to SeaMonkey.
America's E-Mail Addiction Goes Mobile
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
E-mail use on mobile devices has nearly doubled since 2004, and 59% of those with mobile devices check e-mail every time it arrives in their in-boxes, according to AOL.
Packet Sniffing for Web Analytics: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
You could be excused for thinking that packet sniffing-based data collection for Web Analytics was long gone. Like log file analysis, packet sniffing fell out of favor with the advent of page tag-based data collection. Proponents argue that packet sniffing is superior because data collection becomes "hands off" once the collection appliance is installed between the router and network switch. There are no tags to maintain, nor log files to administer. On the other hand...
Microsoft Gives New Detail Of Services Transformation
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
There will be five layers to Microsoft's online architecture, beginning with a Global Foundation Services layer that includes the physical data centers.
Microsoft Strengthens Advertising Chops With Deals, New Research Group
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer tell analysts Microsoft is "hell-bent" on becoming a powerhouse in the online ad business.
Yellow Pages Publisher To Buy
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
R. H. Donnelley's $345 million acquisition proposal is significantly more than the $7 million paid for the domain name in 1999.
New Bill Proposes 'Health Record Trusts' That Pay Doctors To Use E-Health Records
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Under the proposal, the records managed by the trust would travel with the individual through life, and not be controlled or owned by any particular health care provider, employer, payer, or other party.
Pegasystems Improves on Process Localization, Testing and Data Encryption
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
SmartBPM Suite upgrade focuses on global process deployment and security challenges.
Data Discovery: A Tool for Information Management
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
We all need to understand better how to establish cost-effective information management strategies. As part of this effort, we need to identify methods and technologies that can automate and improve data processing... The silos of data generated over the last decade continue to grow and to challenge organizations as they look to gain a consistent view of their operations... Data discovery is one way to identify data that should be assimilated into a common definition...
LucidEra Unveils New Tools For On-Demand Forecast-To-Billing Application
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
LucidSnapshots provide quick access to sales opportunities in the pipeline and customer acquisition trends and win rates.
Google Earth Enterprise Gains Web Browser Integration
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The updated software will allow IT administrators to embed a 2D view of Google Earth data into any Web application and to make enterprise mashups.
Digg And Microsoft Strike Ad Deal
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The two companies plan to work together on future technology and advertising initiatives.
Motorola To Build Tiny Projectors Into Mobile Devices
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The technology would allow people to share movies, personal videos, mobile TV, photographs and presentations on a larger screen.
CDI, PIM and MDM: Confusion Prevails
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
A comment on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Customer Data Hubs from our own Brain Food Blogger served, inadvertently, to highlight the confusion that prevails in the CDI/PIM/MDM space. That's particularly unfortunate, because one simple mathematical equation could set the confusion to rest. First, here's the equation: {CDI, PIM} Subset {MDM}. In other words, customer data integration and product information management are both subsets of master data management.
NewsGator Offers iPhone Newsreader
News  |  7/24/2007  | 
The Safari-based software is one of several coming on the market used to organize and access RSS feeds from Web sites.
Cisco CEO Visualizes The 'Data Center 3.0'
News  |  7/24/2007  | 
John Chambers said he will work with partners to roll out service oriented-architecture, Web 2.0, and the automatic provisioning of resources through virtualization.
Returned Merchandise? NetGear Takes Charge of a Troublesome Process
News  |  7/24/2007  | 
Network equipment maker streamlines a cumbersome, paper-intensive task that vexes many manufacturers.
Cisco Embarks On 2-Year Data Center Product Rollout
News  |  7/24/2007  | 
The plan includes new products and programs for building data centers using technologies that go beyond traditional networking.
Darpa, NIST Evaluate Military Translation Computers
News  |  7/24/2007  | 
Tests on new palm-sized translators this week could result in the devices being used in war zones and potentially hostile environments.
Presidential Candidates Conduct 'YouTube Debate'
News  |  7/23/2007  | 
CNN and YouTube executives maintain that video questions will bring a level of authenticity to the process.
Spock's Social Search Engine
News  |  7/23/2007  | 
The soon-to-be-public search engine declares it's now clear that social networks can help organize the world's information and make it personally accessible and useful. Optimizes the Customer Experience, One Segment at a Time
News  |  7/23/2007  | 
On its path to leadership among online agencies, the "Orbitz of auto insurance" takes a fine-grained approach to improving customer satisfaction and driving more clickthroughs.
Facebook, Accused Of Copying Idea, Gets Hearing
News  |  7/23/2007  | 
A judge this week will try to sort out legal issues between Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Harvard University students who helped develop ConnectU.
Offshore 101 for SMEs
Commentary  |  7/23/2007  | 
As a small or mid-sized enterprise, you simply do not have the kind of leverage on offshore service providers as the GEs and Citis. But just because you aren't spending $20 million annually on offshore services doesn't mean that you have no options... Fortunately, there are ways to get the kind of attention and service you need even if you're a relatively "low-ticket" spender.
The BI Gap in Moore's Law, SOA and DB Performance
Commentary  |  7/23/2007  | 
Here is the rub. SOA and the standards that go around it were not invented for BI. It's one thing to ship a url or a 141-digit credit card transaction string or even 50k of XML around the network, but SOAP was not designed to handle shipping a 10 GB result set from one service to another. The whole idea of loosely coupled begs the question, "Where is the data?"
Do the Right Thing: Gain the Customer Experience Advantage Over CRM
News  |  7/22/2007  | 
Rather than bridging gaps between business units and creating a single customer view, CRM has too often created yet another silo with incomplete information. Customer experience management ensures that customer information is consistent across channels and that next steps are guided by segment- or event customer-specific strategies. Here's how to move toward a more holistic approach.
Whole Lotta Shaking Going On at Visual Sciences
Commentary  |  7/20/2007  | 
If you're a Visual Sciences customer (i.e., HBX and Visual Site analytics, Publish CMS, or the former Atomz Search), you'd have to be a bit concerned by yesterday's report that the company is actively considering "unsolicited inquiries" to be acquired... the company's earnings failed to meet its earlier guidance, despite top-line revenue growth.
Analyst's View on HP NeoView 2.0: The Enterprise Data Warehouse, Reconfigured
News  |  7/19/2007  | 
HP's new appliance is aimed at enterprise data warehouse deployments with mixed BI-query workloads.
Oracle Adds Google Maps To Field Service Software
News  |  7/19/2007  | 
Integrating precise geographical information is one of the enhancements Oracle has built into Field Service Release 12.
Read Gartner's Take on Customer Data Hubs
Commentary  |  7/19/2007  | 
One indication that the customer data integration (CDI) space isn't a very mature is that there are only 11 vendors in Gartner's just-released Magic Quadrant. Another indication is that just two vendors, IBM and Oracle, are in the "leaders" quadrant. Two other vendors, Initiate Systems and Siperian, are within striking distance in the "visionaries" quadrant, but most vendors are stuck down in the lower-left, "niche player" quadrant.
DSpace Foundation Created To Digitally Preserve Research Collections
News  |  7/18/2007  | 
HP and the MIT Libraries jointly started the DSpace community in 2002 by creating open source software for accessing, managing, and preserving scholarly works in digital archives.
How to Get Rich in Software
Commentary  |  7/18/2007  | 
From time to time, CEO's and founders and even venture capitalists ask me for my opinion about how to do this or that, and I always respond the same way: "I've never earned a dime running a software company, why would you ask me?" And it's true. I have the utmost respect for the entrepreneurs and managers who build something from nothing and have the attention span to attend to the details. I can't do that.
U.S. Tech Employment Hits Its Highest Point In Seven Years
News  |  7/18/2007  | 
The 2% unemployment rate matches other professional categories and is a big improvement from 5% in 2004.
IBM Research Head Steps Down
News  |  7/18/2007  | 
The new leader of the computing industry's largest research arm is John Kelly, most recently IBM's senior VP for technology and intellectual property.
Gartner, Open Source, and Microsoft
Commentary  |  7/18/2007  | 
I received Gartner e-mail this week marketing their up-coming open-source summit. Analysts will explain the heretofore anti-establishment open-source movement, albeit without the help of representatives of the communities that lend open source its power and vibrancy. The message contains gems that help further illuminate Gartner's perspective on open source and the larger IT world...
MicroStrategy and the BI Breadth vs. Depth Debate
Commentary  |  7/18/2007  | 
While much of the BI market has been busy expanding its solution breadth - acquiring or developing performance management capabilities - one vendor that has stayed focus exclusively on the BI front-end has been MicroStrategy... The company maintains that there is still a lot of work to be done to solve hard problems in the traditional BI space... problems such as impact analysis and regression testing.
A Closer Look at Oracle's 11g Database Release
News  |  7/16/2007  | 
Last week's announcement of Oracle's soon-to-be released 11g database highlighted a bevy of new features and options promising improved performance, accelerated change management, higher scalability, easier administration and reduced cost. The market leader is pioneering on some fronts and following on others, but the one thing that's clear is that the still-fast-growing database market is far from commoditized. Here's a closer look at the stand-out enhancements.
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