News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in July 2008
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Alfresco Releases An Open Source SharePoint Compatible Alternative
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Alfresco, whose open source enterprise content management (ECM) software has earned it a significant following, is making more waves with the release this week of Alfresco Labs 3, an open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
Alfresco Debuts Beta Of SharePoint Competitor
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Today Alfresco takes aim at Microsoft SharePoint, the collaboration juggernaut, with the release of Alfresco Labs 3. Currently available in beta, Alfresco Labs 3 lets companies use SharePoint in an open-source environment.
Sybase, DBMS Clusters, MPP, and DATAllegro
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Sybase is a DBMS stalwart that gets far less attention than deserved. The company recently beat financial-performance estimates and has raised its 2008 sales estimate to $1.11 billion. Sybase's on-going success — the company's DBMS is much more than the parent of Microsoft SQL Server — earns the company a closer look, in its own right and as an excuse for one last comment on Microsoft's planned acquisition of DATAllegro.
NowPublic Lists Silicon Valley's Most Influential Web Voices
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The "crowd-sourced" list contains the most popular voices on the Web through sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and others.
Cuil Needs To Fix Its Technology Before It Can Get Hot
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Search engine expert Stephen Arnold believes the surge of interest in Cuil shows there's a huge pent-up demand for an alternative to Google.
Scrabulous Revived On Facebook With New Name, New Features
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Like Scrabulous, the new game Wordscraper allows players to choose seven tiles at a time to create words on a board that offers double word and triple letter points.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Boeing To Roll Out Product-Management Software Companywide
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing as Boeing faces an order backlog of 3,600 planes, including the delayed Dreamliner 787.
Is Oracle Really Ready for BI and EPM?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Instead of just making a broad set of statements on the recent Oracle announcements made on July 16th, this is a little more depth and perspective that might be useful for you as you think about Oracle and their BI and performance management approach to the market... The devil is in the details of these announcements and the impact on your review or use of these products needs to be clear and precise.
Nielsen Norman Group Evaluates Intranet Portal Usability
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, a Web usability-centric column published every two weeks, focused recently on enterprise intranet portals. It's been three years since the Nielsen Norman Group last took a detailed look at the enterprise portal industry, and in its latest report, it notes that while many things have changed, certain key principals -- such as usability, governance and effectively measuri
MySpace Adds To Senior Executive Suite
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
MySpace, which launched four years ago, now has more than 117 million users worldwide and offices in 19 countries and 29 localized sites across the Web.
Rural Areas Hotbeds Of Twitter Searches, Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Lightly populated areas are more prone to fostering online relationships because of travel constraints, a report from Gaebler Ventures suggests.
Struggling Banks Turn To Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Fiserv has launched a Facebook application called MyMoney that lets users pay bills, make transfers, and check balances.
Behind the Business Objects-Oco SaaS Deal
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Earlier this month I saw a press release with the headline "Oco and Business Objects Sign Deal... " What does Business Objects, an SAP Company, the world's largest BI vendor and a software-as-a-service (SaaS) force in its own right, have to gain from Oco, an upstart SaaS vendor that's a fraction of Business Object's size? Business Objects executive Mani Gill filled me in on the details.
Mainframe Programming vs. Woonix Programming
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
The differences between the Woonix (Windows and/or Unix) world and the world of classic IBM mainframe operating systems exist not because the mainframing world is clueless. Rather, it exists because the two different worlds often accomplish different missions in different ways.

Despite the differences at which some Woonix programmers bristle, mainframe programming is still computer programming, and it is deucedly interesting.

I've compiled a li
Bamboo Solution's Bundles Extend SharePoint Functionality
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Bamboo Solutions is probably a familiar name to the IT staffs at enterprises running SharePoint. The company made headlines in couple of months ago when it released information on how to run SharePoint on a Vista box, but it's also one of the best known and most successful vendors of plug-in modul
Scrabulous Disappears From Facebook
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The software's makers decided to remove the popular game after Hasbro sued them for intellectual property infringement.
EV Certificates Enhance The Bottom Line, Not Trust
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
VeriSign has been very active in beating the Extended Validation certificate drum. I just have a real problem with EV certificates being sold as "better" than regular EV certificates. EV certificates don't change the security features of the resulting SSL connection. The green or red address bar doesn't tell us whether a Web site is trustworthy or not. But the green bar adds greenback to you
Video Of N.Y. Police Officer Shoving Bicyclist A YouTube Hit
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
A New York City police officer is on desk duty after an anonymous YouTube user posted video showing the officer knocking a bicyclist to the ground in Times Square.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Weigh in and tell us which startups you think have the most compelling technologies.
Five Key Questions About the IBM-ILog Deal
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
With apologies to Gertrude Stein, there's not enough "there" there in the business rules management system market, what with only a handful of players, but yesterday's announcement by IBM that it will acquire ILog will certainly spark aftershocks. I came across a few particularly keen questions from a former industry insider...
Looking At Open Source CMS Market Share
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
Lots of factors go into choosing an open source content management system: ease-of-use, compatibility with existing systems, support options, user communities, functionality. And while you don't want the selection process to turn into a popularity contest, knowing what systems are building critical mass and increasing (or decreasing) in popularity can be helpful.
Rackable To Offer IBM Blade Servers In Containerized Data Center
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The custom ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems, which are certified for use by the telecommunications industry.
Facebook Hires Mozilla Engineering VP Mike Schroepfer
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Schroepfer brings with him years of experience as CTO of Sun's data center automation business, not to mention his role overseeing the launches of Firefox 1.5, 2, and 3.
Oracle Accuses SAP Execs Of Illegal Cover Up
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Oracle claims SAP senior executives knew the business model of SAP-owned TomorrowNow was illegal and even had a name for its cover-up: "Project Blue."
Competitors React to the Microsoft-DatAllegro Deal
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Oracle stays quiet while Greenplum, Netezza and Teradata say data scalability alone won't satisfy customers.
Samsung, GyPSii Sign Social Networking Deal
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The deal enables Samsung to beef up its mobile social networking and location-based services.
Cuil Challenges Google With Privacy
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Founded by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson, Cuil aims to rank the relevancy search results by content analysis rather than by popularity.
China Has More Internet Users Than U.S.
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Chinese consulting firm BDA also says that China has the world's largest number of mobile phone users, with about 560 million subscribers.
IBM To Acquire Software Maker ILOG For $340 Million
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
IBM said the acquisition will strengthen its portfolio of business process management software.
IBM's ILog Deal Shakes Up Rules Market
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
IBM today announced that it plans to acquire ILog, an unquestionable leader in the business rules engine marketplace. The acquisition comes at a time when ILog seemed to be faltering, with declining profitability and reliance on a troubled financial sector, but there's no doubting the deal's tremendous value to IBM and customers.
Bebo And Paramount Collaborate On Movie-Web Integration
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The social network site will introduce its Sofia's Diary audience to Paramount Pictures' teen comedy movie, Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging.
Requirements Gathering: Don't Be Naïve
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
Whenever the subject of business requirements for data warehousing and BI comes up, I try to bite my tongue because it's always at a time in the project when expectations are high and people are hopeful. I hate to rain on their parade, but this is one of those areas where best practices are often worst practices.
NetSuite Launches CRM+
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
CRM+ uses a number of Ajax-built features that streamline business processes through more drop-down windows and drag-and-drop functionality.
Cast Iron Beefs Up Data Integration Appliance
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The iA4000 is an upgrade and replacement of the iA3000 appliance. New data migration capabilities include data conversion and profiling tools to accelerate software-as-a-service use.
Microsoft's Answer To Google's PageRank Algorithm: Less Privacy?
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Scrabble Sues Scrabulous For IP Infringement
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Hasbro's lawsuit calls the online word game Scrabulous a "clear and blatant" infringement of Scrabble's intellectual property.
Open Text Rounds Out Offerings With Strategic Acquisitions, Partnerships
Commentary  |  7/25/2008  | 
Open Text has had a busy couple of months, with certifications, partnerships, and a couple of acquisitions to round out its already robust enterprise content management (ECM) product offerings. These will serve to extend their reach internationally, as well as bolstering the functionality of its flagship ECM Suite.
The View From Google Knol
Commentary  |  7/25/2008  | 
Google's answer to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, Google Knol (short for Knowledge), launched earlier this week to some fanfare, at least from cash-strapped authors and other subject-matter experts.
Tableau Takes on Geospatial Analysis
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Tableau 4.0 upgrade adds mapping features as well as collaboration and usability enhancements.
Microsoft Adds Windows Live Search To Facebook
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Facebook users' Web queries will produce search results and paid search ads generated by Microsoft's search engine.
Two Years to Integrate DatAllegro? I Doubt It
Commentary  |  7/25/2008  | 
Talking to Fausto Ybarra, Microsoft's director of SQL Server product management, I certainly didn't get the idea that the integration of DatAllegro's software for shared-nothing, massively parallel processing (MPP) with Microsoft SQL Server will take an eternity... Stuart Frost and independent Curt Monash also say it's a "straigtforward" proposition, and I believe them.
Two More Views of the Microsoft-DATAllegro Deal
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
I learned of the Microsoft-DATAllegro deal from DATAllegro e-mail sent at 12:57 pm EDT on July 24. Ten hours later, I thought I'd see what others had to say. The search for views was more illuminating than any additional analyses I found. Take a look... if you don't mind snarky blog articles —
Content Migrations: Not For The Faint Of Heart
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
A number of bloggers in the content management community have been buzzing about why Oracle recently migrated its internal and external blogs to Movable Type instead of one of its own tools. It's a fair question, but the migration is understandable, as Movable Type is a solid platform, and well-suited to the type of work they are doing. But I'm interested in a more pragmatic question: How did Oracle manage to migrate all of that content?
Beyond Server Farms In The Sky
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
In a previous entry, I wrote about how weeks of outages had forced Twitter, the popular microblogging site, to scale back on service features in an effort to keep its servers from going down.
Microsoft To Buy DATAllegro
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
The data warehouse appliance maker's software is typically used with Ingres' open source database, but could be easily be optimized for Microsoft's SQL Server.
DATAllegro? Is Microsoft Buying the Wrong Company?
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
My first thought on learning of Microsoft's plan to acquire DW appliance vendor DATAllegro is that MS is buying the wrong company. Yes, DATAllegro's parallelized database technology will fill a big gap in Microsoft's DW product line, namely that SQL Server doesn't scale to the top end, but the technology isn't compatible. It's Dataupia that would, without disruption, close the gap. No, this deal is about gutting DATAllegro. Look at the details —
What the Microsoft-DatAllegro Deal Means for Customers, Vendors and BI
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
By acquiring DatAllegro, Microsoft is filling a performance and scalability gap that has kept them from consideration in larger data warehouse deals... Regardless of any roadmap, the acquisition won't affect SQLServer users for at least two years... It will be hard to compete with Microsoft's deep pockets and a 100 percent SQLServer-compatible database...
Microsoft Acquires DatAllegro to Scale Up SQL Server Deployments
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Deal validates tectonic shift in data warehousing, puts pressure on Oracle and independent appliance vendors.
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