GMIS Epilogue: DHS, DC, and The Merits of In-Person
Like every conference attendee, I was way too busy dealing with logistics to deal with most anything else. But now that I'm all unpacked, here are a few things of note that I left out of my conference blog, including advice from the Department of Homeland Security, cloudy goodness from Dmitry Kachaev of the District of Columbia, and why we might all want to be teleconference luddites.
Will Kennedy's Death End Or Renew Push For Reform?
During his 47 industrious years in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy championed more than 2,000 bills. Hundreds of them became law, including landmark healthcare legislation ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the $20 billion health IT provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Tibco Adds Matching Engine To MDM Platform
The addition of Netrics' technology to Collaboration Information Manager version 7.2.1 considerably improves the finding of duplicate records in very large data sets through advanced mathematical modeling of human similarity.
Building On The Government 2.0 Platform
Tim O'Reilly is enthusiastic, and rightly so, about the promise of innovation in "Government 2.0," the concept of government serving as a platform from which new services and applications are made available to the public. So, if the government is a platform, how do businesses and other developers build on it?
Shadow IT: A Plague on Good Governance
One of my favorite technology terms is "Shadow IT." The term is not employed often enough, and its role in undermining good information management should be more widely broadcast, because Shadow IT represents a plague on content management.
Massachusetts Data Privacy Law Delayed, Again
We predicted this eventuality here, in this blog, 6 months ago. The MA Data Privacy law, touted by some as the most far reaching in the nation, is too unwieldy for small businesses to follow. However, the law is getting watered down a bit, making it more palatable for small businesses.
Do SharePoint Right Before It Does You Wrong
I recently advised a global consumer goods firm about how to integrate its various Social Software implementations and where to place SharePoint in that mix... It occurred to me later that the same advice could be taken to heart by existing SharePoint customers. It might mean "undoing" some work, but here are six basic things you can do...
GMIS 2009 Report
I'm here in Rhode Island at the GMIS International 2009 conference, and it's apparent that even though budgets are tight, local governments are still investing in training conferences that make sense and that ultimately benefit citizens. There's good attendance and sessions ranging from the coupling of 311 and local government metrics program to cloud computing (moderated tomorrow by yours truly).
Facebook Plans Hiring Spree
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social networking site plans to increase its staff by as much as 50% this year.
Teradata's Active Enterprise Data Warehouse Story
Teradata used to tell a one-size-fits-all Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) story. That's no longer the case. Last year, Teradata introduced a range of products. I think Teradata is serious about selling its full product range, and by now has achieved buy-in from its sales force for that strategy. I base these beliefs on data points such as...
IDC Ranks Vendors In Growing Business Analytics Market
In 2008, Oracle led the overall market, followed in order by SAP, IBM, SAS and Microsoft, a recent IDC report says. Rounding out the top 10 were Teradata, Fair Isaac, Informatica, Infor and MicroStrategy, respectively.
ConSentry Goes Belly Up
After $80M invested by its VC partners, over $9M of which was received earlier this year in order to fund future growth, an innovator in the Network Access Control space, ConSentry Networks, closed its doors for good today. What does this say about the viability of the NAC space?
DOD Moving To Adopt Limited Social Networking
The Pentagon's on-again, off-again relationship with social networking looks like it's on again ... maybe ... as Navy CIO Robert Carey says that social networking tools will be deployed solely on the military domain and cut off from the public Internet.
SAS Institute: There Is No For Sale Sign In Our Yard
Forrester Research predicts that growing interest in predictive analytics will spur a new wave of consolidation in the business intelligence software market. So I asked the king of predictive analytics, SAS Institute, if the company is up for sale. Here's the answer: "We don't have a sign in the front yard by any means."
MySpace Acquires iLike
In buying the popular social music service, MySpace will gain a connection to users of rival social networks Facebook, Bebo, and Hi5.
A New View Of Government 2.0
Government 2.0 has been identified in a couple of ways: one could be really called Politics 2.0, and is best personified by the digital grassroots organizing of the Obama campaign.
IBM Adds Intelligence To Sensor Data
The WebSphere Sensor Events software can draw data from readers of radio-frequency identification tags on items moving between suppliers, manufacturers and distribution centers, and then send that information to business systems for processing.
U.S. Government Goes Startup
Blogger Anil Dash takes a look at this year's crop of tech startups, and concludes that the most interesting one around is a little outfit based out of Washington D.C. Maybe you've heard of it? It's the executive branch of the U.S. government. Government technologists embrace the hard-working, open, innovative culture of the best of Silicon Valley, says Dash.
Healthcare Reform Must Include Connected Health
There's great excitement and much debate over President Obama's ambitious healthcare reform agenda. Unfortunately, its three major thrusts--adoption of health information technology (HIT), universal access, and payment reform--focus only on improved access. Policy makers are realizing that these initiatives will only lead to cost increases and magnify healthcare labor shortages.
Workgroup Co-Chair Says HIT Certification Process Is 'Going Well'
Last week, the HIT Policy Committee, which is advising the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on the details of the $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, made several recommendations related to the certification of e-health products. Marc Probst, a co-chair of the HIT Policy Committee's certification and adoption workgroup, provides some insight.
Media Helps Carriers Spread Broadband Stimulus FUD
Where's the so-called liberal media when you need it? Large carriers like Verizon, Qwest and AT&T say they are refusing to apply for broadband stimulus funds because they don't want to accept government "strings" and because they can't "compete" with government, and the national media repeats their charges verbatim.
The Opposite of Open Source
What's the opposite of open source? Hint: The answer is quite straight-forward. And it's not what some analysts and insiders would have you believe.
Should E-Health Records Be A Job Perk?
Vanguard Health is the latest company that's signed up with the Dossia Consortium to offer its employees electronic health records as a work benefit. But when will it become mainstream for any and all patients to access their health records electronically, rather than it being a rare job perk for some?
Four Vendors Join In Offering BI From The Cloud
The joint software-as-a-service stack includes Jaspersoft's and Talend's open source business intelligence and data integration technologies, respectively; Vertica's analytic database and RightScale's developer tools for setting up server clusters in a cloud computing environment.
Data Warehouse Appliances: Are They Simple or Complex?
Vendors have seen the future, and it is appliances... The irony about appliances is that even as vendors market them to be simple, plug-and-play systems, it is becoming increasingly important for customers, as they expand their implementations, to understand the products' innards and how they compare.