Factories Get Wireless Help
NIST researching ways to help manufacturers minimize radio interference so wireless devices work better in factories.
Google News Becomes A Publisher
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
The Lighter Side of Outsourcing
Consumer confidence faltering in a sputtering economy, jobs continuing to move offshore at rapid pace… is this a time to laugh at outsourcing? Why not? As outsourcing vendors get increasingly sophisticated, and as corporate America gets increasingly greedy about the cost savings, here are a few glorious changes that we can look forward to.
Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile
I had a long briefing with database legend Michael Stonebraker today, and I feel compelled to share a few highlights of the conversation. Stonebraker is known as a visionary, and he has consistently turned those visions into long-term bets through commercial startups. Today's prediction? "Sooner or later, the entire data warehousing market is going to move to column-store solutions," Stonebraker asserts, column-store being the architectural basis of his latest venture, a startup called Vertica.
Google Web Toolkit Leaves Beta
The company estimates that recompiling applications with GWT 1.4 can result in software that has 30% less code and can run 20% to 50% faster.
Open Text Keeps Up With Legal Sector
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor Open Text recently announced that it will deliver a major upgrade to the acquired (ex-Hummingbird) eDocs technology for the Legal sector. Not earth-shattering, but important news nonetheless... It reaffirms Open Text's commitment to building on other repositories where sensible - in this case Microsoft - the platform that dominates Legal.
WebTrends Upgrade: The Price is Wrong!
What troubles me is how pricing based on "unique requirements" has become the standard operating procedure among the largest Web analytics firms - not just WebTrends. Perhaps this is just a reflection of a software space maturing and coming up with more enterprisey licensing models - "whatever you've got is what you'll pay" - but for you, the customer, this is not a good thing. I rarely meet a customer who completely understands their license or contract agreement.
Of BI, Crème Brulee and Chocolate Mousse
Just back from vacation in France and was wowed by something unexpected: BI for waiters! When the waiter showed up to take our order, he wielded a kind of pen-computing/Palm device, not a pad of paper. I had never seen this before - at least not in NYC-area restaurants. At my enthusiasm, the waiter proudly declared "C'est nouveau!"… "it's new!" Imagine the possibilities: When I order mousse au chocolat and it's sold out, the waiter can proactively recommend an available alternative - cr
Six Sigma and Lean Meet BPM: Q&A With Software AG's Bruce Williams
There are plenty of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing practitioners out there, but all too often they worked in isolation, unable to penetrate the IT domain and hard-pressed to measure and replicate success. Bruce Williams, general manager of business process management solutions at Software AG, says there's a big opportunity for companies to connect their Six Sigma or Lean initiatives with the data-gathering, execution and closed-loop-improvement advantages of BPM.
Host Google Ads, Boost Your Page Rank
I've been puzzling out a technique, used by sites that machine-aggregate content, that may boost pages' Google rankings. The aggregators stuff their pages with (Google) ads and contextually similar - albeit just similar enough - content. All that pseudo-content surely moves them up the Google rankings. How else to explain the success of the bottom-feeders who exploit others' content in order to sell ads?
Master Data Management: Minimizing the Complexity
There are many factors that pose a challenge for enterprisewide Master Data Management. Business ownership and ongoing participation, business process disruption, data integration and synchronization - these and other factors can make an MDM implementation painful, time-consuming and expensive. But there are also some factors that help reduce the pain and effort.
Can Microsoft Performance Point Perform for You?
Microsoft is on the final leg of their journey to release its dedicated BI technology to support performance management... Microsoft PerformancePoint is a platform and set of tools that includes the long-awaited version of Microsoft Excel Server... The group of products is a critical first step toward becoming an enterprise-class vendor, but is it a large enough first step? I'm not sure yet, but let's look at a couple of examples and see what you think.
Market Intelligence (without Search): TechNavio Debuts
Search has many limits but the price is right and the alternative, reliance on traditional interfaces and human-structured information, is increasingly perceived as unacceptable. Yet there's still much to be said for old-school information-retrieval methods. Witness a new, search-free IT-market research tool, TechNavio, just launched by Infiniti Research.
Vermont Volunteers For Secure ID
Under a DHS initiative, the enhanced driver's license will be slightly more expensive than a state driver's license and will require proof of citizenship, identity, and residence.