GAO Launches Mobile Website
Responding to the growing trend of accessing content on mobile devices, the Government Accountability Office reports are now accessible to BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and other mobile device users.
Google Ramping Games Business
Discussions with online gaming companies and a job listing for a games project manager suggest Google is prepping its Facebook-competing social network.
Facebook Launches Q&A Service
Facebook Questions, launched in a limited beta, allows crowdsourcing of answers to questions on any topic from the 500 million users of the social network.
Slideshow: Top 10 Tech Newsmakers Of 2010
These individuals and companies involved in the most significant news stories so far this year. Here's of list of the people and businesses who are making waves in the tech pool.
What To Do About False-Positive Alerts, Non-Collaborative BI and Inaccurate Metrics
"Push" alerting technology could be much more granular and useful, but is being held back by the problem of false positives. Metrics passed down from on high didn't work too well in Stalin's USSR, and haven't improved sufficiently since. A piece of the solution to both problems is an engine for setting and modifying metrics definitions.
Oracle Exadata V2 Customer Tells All
I've been encouraging Oracle to serve up Exadata reference customers instead of sales pipeline claims. The company has delivered, setting up an interview with Paris-based financial services giant BNP Paribas. Jim Duffy, the company's data warehouse architect, went into great detail about the deployment. Here are a few highlights...
Facebook, Twitter Influence Purchases
A Gartner study of social networks influence on purchasing decisions finds they have become important shopping tools for both retailers and consumers.
Google For Government Signals Long Cloud March Ahead
Google's announcement Monday that it was formally releasing a version of its application suite for government doesn't just represent a Google sales push, but in some ways also indicates that although the federal government is stepping up its cloud computing push, much work remains.
Google Docs Gets Smartquote Controls
Google on Tuesday is adding two new features to Google Docs: The ability to translate documents into one of 53 languages and the ability to remove smartquotes.
Social Media Analytics vs. Social Network Analysis
Is there a real difference between these two terms, or are you seeing double? My initial impetus for a podcast on leveraging the power of social media and social networks to manage your brand was to spell out the chief distinctions between these two terms...
Federal Register Gets Web 2.0 Makeover
The site refresh is part of the Obama administration's Open Government Directive to make federal government information and activities more accessible and transparent.
How Hospitals Are Helping Doctors Achieve Meaningful Use
Hospital executives aren't just worried about having their own organizations meet the federal government's meaningful use requirements; they're also concerned about their affiliated and owned doctor practices achieving the goals. In fact, many hospitals are assisting (or plan to help) doctors to get on board with e-health records even as those hospitals struggle with their own projects.
Big Data: The Early Days Are Over
At least five [update: make that six as of late Friday] innovative data warehousing practitioners have stepped up to share their stories for my upcoming "Mastering Big Data" feature article planned for August 9 in InformationWeek. I'll get to the list of my latest customer interviews in a moment, but first a refresher...
Agile Data Warehousing: Do You Scrum?
When IT professionals speak of "agile development," they could be referring to any of countless overlapping schools of thought. It's best to tread lightly and keep an agile mind to find some hybrid or innovative approach that specifically meets your needs.
MicroStrategy Launches Mobile Platform
What's different about this platform is that it's the first from a major BI platform vendor with native support for both iPhone and iPads and broad, interactive BI content...
With VDI, Local Disk Is A Thing Of The Past
Last week I read a few interesting articles about storage in desktop virtualization, VDI in particular. The consensus is that this storage belongs on local disk, not the SAN. One industry expert even says you can use SSDs locally and still get away for less money. I beg to differ.
Meaningful Use Rules Make Sense To Patients
I'm not a doctor or nurse. Nor am I a hospital administrator, CIO or health IT worker. However, I am a patient. So while the government's long-awaited, meaningful use, stage 1 "core objectives" could very well entail a lot of process changes and costly technology to implement for healthcare providers, from a patient perspective--my perspective--many of the requirements sound reasonable, even commonsensible.
The Socialization of BI
As social computing matures, we see signs of a socialization of BI: Incorporation of social-media analysis into the BI toolkit, adaptation of social styles to BI processes, and development of BI tools that play nice on social platforms.
Enterprises Failing Social Media Test
Siemens study highlights the disconnect between the majority of consumers who want to use social media to connect with businesses and the few companies who are prepared to meet the demand.
NASA's Muslim Outreach Is Real
The White House on Monday was forced to walk back NASA administrator Charles Bolden's recent remarks to Al Jazeera that one of his top priorities was outreach to Muslim countries, but in fact, the Obama administration has been doing a lot of science and technology outreach to the Islamic world in recent months.
Will We Still Be Building Data Centers In 10 Years?
As I look back at the timeline of technology, I can clearly distinguish a turning point in IT's evolution. I see the technology landscape in terms of "Before Virtualization" (BV) and "After Virtualization" (AV).
SAP Makes BI Easy(er)
Business intelligence tools are probably high on most people's list of complex applications. But a SaaS product from SAP tries to make BI a bit more usable.
Homeland Security's Fourth ERP Attempt Foundering
The Transformation and Systems Consolidation, intended to create an integrated financial, asset management and acquisition management system, has suffered from incomplete planning, poor oversight, inspector general finds.