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Content tagged with Information Management posted in August 2007
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Pervasive Connects QuickBooks With
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
DataSynch automatically synchronizes customer, product, and order information between the two systems.
JasperSoft Upgrades Online Reporting Tools For
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Jasper4Salesforce can create, manage, share and distribute reports directly from
Factories Get Wireless Help
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
NIST researching ways to help manufacturers minimize radio interference so wireless devices work better in factories.
Google News Becomes A Publisher
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
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."
Apple Cancels NBC Fall TV Lineup On iTunes
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The rift was based on a doubling of the wholesale price Apple pays for each NBC TV episode.
The Lighter Side of Outsourcing
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
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.
IBM's Computing Breakthrough Promises Chips The Size Of Dust
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
IBM's new techniques may well lead to the use of atoms for digital storage, which could store the entire contents of YouTube -- about 1,000 trillion bits of data.
Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
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.
IBM Unveils Second Cell-Based Blade For High-Performance Computing
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
With a peak performance of 460 giga floating point operations per second, a single BladeCenter chassis of QS21s can achieve 6.4 teraflops, IBM claims.
Google Web Toolkit Leaves Beta
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
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.
Field Report: eHarmony Finds a Compatible Database
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Dating site parts ways with SQL Server 2000 after finding a more scalable, available partner.
Linux Foundation Urges 'No' Vote On Microsoft's Open XML Format
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
With voting underway, critics contend there is already an ISO/IEC standard intended for documents -- the Open Document Format.
Nokia's Ovi Opens Door To Music, Internet Services
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The platform is a rebundling of Nokia services such as its N-Gage games and its Nokia Music store that sync up with existing social networks, communities, and content.
Open Text Keeps Up With Legal Sector
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
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!
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
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.
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court.
Of BI, Crème Brulee and Chocolate Mousse
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
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
KACE Launches Appliance For Managing Virtual, Physical Servers
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
The company's technology includes software for agentless deployment of physical and virtual machines from a centralized deployment library, as well as VM management support.
Six Sigma and Lean Meet BPM: Q&A With Software AG's Bruce Williams
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
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.
Web Service To Measure Campaign Buzz On Blogs
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
The software aims at being a real-time scorecard for which presidential candidate is winning the battle of the blogs.
Yahoo Mail Adds Mobile Text, Microsoft To Its Mix
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
Yahoo plans to roll out co-branded versions of the new Yahoo Mail to carrier partners like AT&T and Verizon.
Kimball University: Educate Management to Sustain Data Warehouse/BI Success
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
Data warehousing and business intelligence success cannot be taken for granted. You must create an ongoing education and communication program to maintain your success and extend it across the organization.
Host Google Ads, Boost Your Page Rank
Commentary  |  8/24/2007  | 
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?
Open Source PostgreSQL Developer Bruce Momjian Spills The DB Beans
News  |  8/24/2007  | 
The database architect talks about the emergence of a commercial company, EnterpriseDB, behind PostgreSQL and the vitality of the database itself.
Internet Users Experience More Content, Less Talk
News  |  8/24/2007  | 
As of May 2007, Internet users spent 47% of their time online consuming content, compared with 34% in 2003, according to the Center for Media Research.
Google's Single-Number Service Hits A Couple Of Speed Bumps
News  |  8/24/2007  | 
Some 434 GrandCentral users were affected when a small regional carrier partner decided to exit certain local markets.
'Money Mules' Increasingly A Cog In Cybercrime Underground
News  |  8/24/2007  | 
With phishing scams on the rise, one expert says cybercriminals need to recruit 10,000 to 20,000 people a year to help illegally transfer money out of victims' accounts.
India Deals Blow To Microsoft Office 2007 Standard
News  |  8/24/2007  | 
Country officials say they will not recommend that the OOXML file format be adopted when the issue comes to a vote next month.
NetSuite Launches CyberSource Electronic Payments
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
The online services include support for credit and debit cards, and electronic checks. In addition, a portal is available with services to lower fraud risks.
Cognos, IBM Partner In Risk Management Software For Banks
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
The Cognos-IBM Risk Adjusted Profitability Blueprint provides a performance-management framework for building multi-dimensional, product-level profitability plans and forecasts aligned with risk-management strategies.
Free Legal Search Engine Challenges Fee-Based Competitors
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
The site offers access to about 170,000 decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appellate courts going back to the early 1990s.
Nuance And Jingle Team Up To Push Free Mobile Directory Assistance
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
Jingle currently attracts more than 20 million calls a month and market research analysts predict its growth rate is expanding more than 200% a year.
Intellectual Property Holders Press For Access To WHOIS Data
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
The conflict pits individuals and groups that favor privacy protections against organizations and law enforcement agencies that favor data access.
An Inside Look At The Second-Fastest Growing Company In Business Intelligence Software
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
Panorama Software has a "coopetition" relationship with Microsoft that's more complicated and deep-rooted than most.
U.S. Spy Agencies Go Web 2.0 In Effort To Better Share Information
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
In December, the DNI will launch A-Space, a portal that will eventually include everything from wikis, blogs, and social networking; built using SOA.
File-Sharing Could Generate $28 Billion In Revenue Over Next Five Years
News  |  8/23/2007  | 
More cellular and wireline service providers are offering legitimate P2P and downloading services for their consumers, according to a report out this week.
Master Data Management: Minimizing the Complexity
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
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.
Siemens, Verizon Business Expand Their Unified Communications Offerings
News  |  8/22/2007  | 
The companies are strengthening their offerings, simultaneously beginning to collaborate and compete with each other.
Data Warehouse Wars: Teradata Wins One Against HP Neoview
News  |  8/22/2007  | 
After HP Neoview nabs a humiliating win with Wal-Mart, Teradata beats out HP for the Bank of Shanghai.
IBM Buys WebDialogs To Bolster Its Unified Communications Middleware Client
News  |  8/22/2007  | 
The acquisition will add Web conferencing as a software-as-a-service offering within the Lotus Sametime UC client.
Music Piracy Costs U.S. Economy $12.5 Billion, Report Reveals
News  |  8/22/2007  | 
The study is one in a series to examine the economic impact of copyright and patent infringement.
Can Microsoft Performance Point Perform for You?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
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.
XenSource's Levine And Citrix's Wasson Explain Future Virtualization Moves
News  |  8/21/2007  | 
The executives reveal that Citrix will create a fine balance to maintain the Xen open source community, while adding to its product line.
Verizon Adds To Its Hosted IP Centrex Service
News  |  8/21/2007  | 
At VoiceCon, the company announced its new Integrated Communications Package, which lets employees push incoming office calls to a mobile phone or voice mail.
Vermont Volunteers For Secure ID
News  |  8/21/2007  | 
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.
Phony Job Ad Nets More Stolen Identities
News  |  8/21/2007  | 
The data apparently is being stolen and stockpiled by one hacker group using the latest variance of the Prg Trojan.
A Power Tool Approach To Unified Communications
News  |  8/21/2007  | 
Black & Decker is planning on expanding its Avaya IP telephony infrastructure overseas after success in migrating its communications infrastructure.
Open Text To Build Law Firm-Focused Content Management System On Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  8/20/2007  | 
The new product, available next year, would would combine Open Text's expertise in lifecycle management of legal documents with the collaboration and content management capabilities of SharePoint.
Linux Weather Forecast Includes SLUB And Pending Kernel Update
News  |  8/20/2007  | 
The revised version of the Linux Weekly News includes information about changes to security, virtualization, and hardware support.
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