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Oracle Sued By Justice Department For Fraud
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
The suit contends Oracle misrepresented its commercial sales practices to give government customers deals inferior to those offered to commercial customers.
GAO Launches Mobile Website
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
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
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
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
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
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.
EnterpriseDB Upgrades Postgres Plus Advanced Server
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
The 8.4 version includes protection against SQL injection attacks and compatibility features to make it easier to migrate Oracle applications.
Slideshow: Top 10 Tech Newsmakers Of 2010
Slideshows  |  7/28/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
"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
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
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...
Oracle Exadata V2 Customer Tells All
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
BNP Paribas cuts database size and maintenance time by more than half.
Sina Opens Microblog Platform
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
Twitter-style rapid information sharing faces an uphill battle with China's government censors.
Slideshow: 12 CIOs' 'Career Killer' Pet Peeves
Slideshows  |  7/27/2010  | 
Don't derail your career by making these missteps with your boss. Get the inside scoop on what not to say in these excerpts from our CIO Profiles.
Facebook, Twitter Influence Purchases
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
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.
Gov 2.0 Summit Preview: How Open Government Spurs Innovation
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
On September 7 and 8 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D. C., leaders from government and the private sector will share their experiences working with open data, and brainstorm over what's next. Betas Q&A Social Network
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
Search technology will direct people to experts who can answer their questions.
Social Media Analytics vs. Social Network Analysis
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
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
News  |  7/26/2010  | 
The site refresh is part of the Obama administration's Open Government Directive to make federal government information and activities more accessible and transparent.
Expert Analysis: A Case for Socialization of Data
News  |  7/26/2010  | 
It's time to integrate social data, enterprise analytics and enterprise data for better social-media strategy.
SAS Lawsuit Referred to European Court
News  |  7/26/2010  | 
Both sides claim victory in court case against software clone maker World Programming Ltd.
How Hospitals Are Helping Doctors Achieve Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  7/26/2010  | 
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.
Wikileaks Posts Thousands Of Afghan War Documents Online
News  |  7/26/2010  | 
White House condemns leak, says publishing of classified material could put American lives at risk.
Big Data: The Early Days Are Over
Commentary  |  7/23/2010  | 
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...
Big Data: The Early Days Are Over
Commentary  |  7/23/2010  | 
Netezza, Teradata, Aster Data, Datameer and IBM data warehousing customers share their stories.
Web 2.0 Triggers Government Security Challenges
News  |  7/23/2010  | 
Record keeping, privacy, and freedom of information are also concerns as agencies adopt new Internet technologies, says federal auditor.
Twitter To Open Dedicated Data Center
News  |  7/22/2010  | 
Custom Salt Lake City facility being built to address technical problems resulting from the microblogging site's rapid growth.
Agile Data Warehousing: Do You Scrum?
Commentary  |  7/21/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  7/21/2010  | 
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...
Memphis Cuts Crime With Predictive Analytics
News  |  7/21/2010  | 
Tennessee city attributes 31% drop in crime rate to knowing when and where to put cops on the street.
Facebook CEO Hired Man Suing For Ownership
News  |  7/21/2010  | 
Mark Zuckerberg says he had a contract with Paul Ceglia seven years ago, but the web designer's claim of 84% ownership in Facebook is incorrect.
With VDI, Local Disk Is A Thing Of The Past
Commentary  |  7/21/2010  | 
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.
Auditor Finds Some Government IT Performance Data Inaccurate
News  |  7/20/2010  | 
Government Accountability Office finds that while the federal IT Dashboard has increased transparency, data quality and data standards still need improvement.
Forrester Wave Findings: Customer Service Analytics Empower Predictive Process
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
The latest Forrester Wave on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Customer Service Solutions includes 19 vendors evaluated against 196 criteria. As you can well imagine, it took time to compile the research and double-check the facts before we scored these sophisticated product suites.
Meaningful Use Rules Make Sense To Patients
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
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.
Down To Business: Oracle Suit Casts Shadow On Rimini Gains
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Alternative provider of software support services gaining enterprise customers, despite Oracle suit's chilling effect.
Enterprises Failing Social Media Test
News  |  7/19/2010  | 
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.
SAS Buys Intelligence Analytics Provider
News  |  7/16/2010  | 
The acquisition signals SAS' intent to pursue opportunities in the federal intelligence community.
Collective Intellect Intros Social Media CRM
News  |  7/16/2010  | 
Customer relationship management platform offers real-time text mining and analytics to help companies manage feedback drawn from social networks, websites, and call centers.
NASA's Muslim Outreach Is Real
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
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.
Federal Register Gets User-Friendly Updates
News  |  7/15/2010  | 
The government's newspaper of record, long maligned for its poor transition to the web, is getting some well-deserved improvements to make it more useful online.
Facebook Increases Mobile Users 50% Since April
News  |  7/15/2010  | 
The social network is ramping its mobile presence to boost adoption in countries where smartphones are the main way to access the web.
Will We Still Be Building Data Centers In 10 Years?
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
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).
Tech Industry's Pain Is Federal IT's Gain
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
In his Government Technologist column, John Foley argues in favor of the federal freeze on financial system projects, despite an industry backlash.
Global CIO: In Database Wars, Oracle Blasts Microsoft And IBM
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
As real-time and Big Data pressures mount and CIOs need advanced databases to keep up, Oracle claims 11g is 5-10 years ahead of IBM and Microsoft. First in a series.
Microsoft Townhall Driving Congress Crowdsourcing Site
News  |  7/15/2010  | 
House Republicans are the second users of Microsoft's services-based software aimed at political candidates and government customers.
Evernote Launches Trunk Productivity App Platform
News  |  7/14/2010  | 
Evernote announced Trunk -- a platform to add new types of content and user experiences to this popular productivity application for desktop and mobile clients.
SAP Makes BI Easy(er)
Commentary  |  7/14/2010  | 
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
News  |  7/14/2010  | 
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.
Microsoft Outlook Enhances Facebook Integration
News  |  7/14/2010  | 
Social network support added to make the e-mail client more of a communication hub on the desktop.
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