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Content tagged with Information Management posted in August 2009
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GMIS Epilogue: DHS, DC, and The Merits of In-Person
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
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?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
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.
U.S. Open Warns Against Tweets
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Players are banned from sending Twitter messages during matches of the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
VA CIO Eyes 'Big' Changes, Challenges
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report finds "systemic" problems in IT project management at the agency.
Fickle Carriers Now Want Stimulus Funds
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The unqualified success of the first part of the government's broadband stimulus effort is forcing broadband carriers to change their tune.
Tibco Adds Matching Engine To MDM Platform
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
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.
IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Application envisions a system that would allow users to microblog while watching TV.
Building On The Government 2.0 Platform
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
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?
Facebook Updates iPhone App
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Version 3.0 of the social networking app has a retooled user interface and new features.
Shadow IT: A Plague on Good Governance
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
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.
Social Networkers Risk More Than Privacy
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Facebook and Twitter users post personal information that could be used by professional home burglars looking for targets, says a U.K. study.
Facebook Promises Stronger Privacy Controls
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Developers who create Facebook applications will have to get explicit permission to use personal information from Facebook users.
Facebook Testing Mobile Payments
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The social network is enabling some users to buy Facebook Credits with their mobile phones instead of a credit card.
Do SharePoint Right Before It Does You Wrong
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
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...
Yahoo Enhances Search, IM, Mail
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
With enhancements for Mail, Messenger, and Search, Yahoo continues to develop as a social destination site.
GMIS 2009 Report
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
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).
Social Networks Leak Personal Information
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Internet users are revealing information that identifies them through the use of social networking sites, a research study claims.
Microsoft Launches OneApp Platform
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
The application will bring lightweight versions of Twitter, Facebook, and other programs to feature phones.
Facebook Plans Hiring Spree
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social networking site plans to increase its staff by as much as 50% this year.
CDC Readies Internet Barrage To Combat Swine Flu
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control uses a range of Internet services, including Twitter, YouTube, and even games, to help spread flu-protection messages.
Teradata's Active Enterprise Data Warehouse Story
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
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...
SPSS Unveils Predictive Analytics For Marketers
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
PASW-Direct Marketing is designed for business users and requires no knowledge of advanced statistics.
IDC Ranks Vendors In Growing Business Analytics Market
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
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.
Global CIO: LG Transforms Global Operations With New Oracle ERP
Commentary  |  8/23/2009  | 
After mapping and standardizing 440 critical business processes across 83 global subsidiaries, the CIO of $44 billion LG Electronics is making his company the first ever to implement Oracle's newest ERP platform.
ConSentry Goes Belly Up
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  8/20/2009  | 
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."
Army Uses SaaS To Gauge Carbon 'Boot Print'
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
An expanded pilot program aims to cut costs and gas emissions and increase environmental compliance through use of standardized processes.
MySpace Acquires iLike
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
In buying the popular social music service, MySpace will gain a connection to users of rival social networks Facebook, Bebo, and Hi5.
IBM's SPSS Deal May Spark BI Market Consolidation
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
SAP will likely acquire a company specializing in predictive analytics within the next year, Forrester Research predicts.
Following Big 2008 Slump, E-Health Systems Will Boom
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
Fewer new clinical information systems were sold in 2008 than during the previous seven years, according to a new report. But that trend will change in a big way soon.
A New View Of Government 2.0
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
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
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
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.
Former Gartner Exec To Lead GSA's Online Outreach
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
A veteran of government IT, Dave McClure will manage, the primary portal through which the General Services Administration shares information with the public.
Healthcare Reform Must Include Connected Health
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
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'
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
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.
IBM Turns RFID, Sensor Data Into Actions
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Data collected from networked sensors on highways and across power grids can be used by governments and utilities to make decisions.
Media Helps Carriers Spread Broadband Stimulus FUD
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  8/17/2009  | 
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.
MySpace Close To Buying Social Music Service iLike
News  |  8/17/2009  | 
MySpace is near to closing a $20 million deal to acquire the service, which tracks tastes and recommends music to its 50 million registered users.
Huffington Post Launches 'Digital Water Cooler' With Facebook
News  |  8/17/2009  | 
The HuffPost is using Facebook Connect to help readers to discuss its articles with their friends.
Should E-Health Records Be A Job Perk?
Commentary  |  8/17/2009  | 
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?
Kimball University: Five Alternatives for Better Employee Dimension Modeling
News  |  8/17/2009  | 
The employee dimension presents one of the trickier challenges in data warehouse modeling. These five approaches ease the complication of designing and maintaining a 'Reports To' hierarchy for ever-changing reporting relationships and organizational structures.
Feds Launch Stimulus Reporting Site
News  |  8/17/2009  | collects a slew of data from stimulus recipients and sends it off to be posted on
Gartner Advises Enterprises To Adopt An 'Emergent Architecture'
News  |  8/15/2009  | 
The emergent architecture approach is best summarized as "architect the lines, not the boxes, which means managing the connections between different parts of the business rather than the actual parts of the business themselves," Gartner says.
Four Vendors Join In Offering BI From The Cloud
News  |  8/15/2009  | 
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.
'Pointless Babble' Tops Twitter Use
News  |  8/14/2009  | 
Tweets with "pass along value" and news accounted for only about 12% of Twitter traffic, according to a study.
Data Warehouse Appliances: Are They Simple or Complex?
Commentary  |  8/14/2009  | 
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.
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