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NASA Successfully Tests Shuttle Rocket Successor
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Though its future is up in the air, NASA's test of the 22 million horsepower rocket engine appears to have met expectations.
Android, iPhone Users' Preferences Differ
News  |  8/31/2010  | data, based upon the number of coupons printed or saved to store loyalty cards in various categories, indicates distinctions between the users of the two mobile operating systems.
MySpace Syncs With Facebook, Twitter
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Users can share music, videos, links, photos across social networks.
Wirefly Selling HTC EVO 4G To Facebook Fans
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
The wireless retailer is making the popular Android handset available for a limited time, but only to its friends on the social networking site.
Why HP and Dell are Going Nuts Over 3PAR
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Of the many reasons why HP and Dell are wooing 3PAR, only one actually has to do with 3PAR... Beyond all the qualitative and quantitative factors, HP and Dell are betting that virtualization and cloud computing are the storage of the future.
10 Predictions For Analytic Decision Support by 2015
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
By 2015, companies will increasingly blend math, technology and decision sciences, employing user-generated data to infuse analyses with behavioral and social-network insights.
Department Of Interior Tackles Two High-Risk IT Projects
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
As the White House begins heavy scrutiny of its IT projects, the agency is getting a head start on the multi-year $7.6 billion Consolidated Infrastructure, Automation, Telecomm project and the much smaller Incident Management, Analysis, and Reporting System.
PowerPoint and Failure to Communicate
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
As a tool for communicating data-derived insights, PowerPoint comes up repeatedly, praised or under fire, reflecting the office software's ubiquity, adaptability, and unfortunate ease of misuse.
The Secret Sauce of Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
More than half the cyber forensics analysts with government security clearances in the United States work for General Dynamics, which does about $2 billion in annual cybersecurity-related business. Too often, though, what's behind work like that done by General Dynamics is obscured.
12 Best Government Websites
Slideshows  |  8/26/2010  | 
Easy access to government online has gone from being nice-to-have to being necessary in the "open government" era, with many government websites taking advantage of modern designs and technologies to help do the trick. All too often, local, state and federal governments and government agencies do far too little to reach out to citizens on the web. Many governments and agencies are stuck in the 1990s era of tacky animated images, an over-abundance of white space, and confusing arrays of links. Ho
Skeletal Scans Explored For Crime Fighting
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Add biometrics of people's bone structures to the list of methods considered for identifying terrorists, criminals, or trusted individuals.
Facebook Sues Startup Over Use Of Word 'Book'
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Educator social network Teachbook is trying to trade on Facebook's popularity, says lawsuit.
IBM Bolsters Social Media For SMBs
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Training launched to help companies weed through the options, understand how to use online networks as sales tools.
IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
Gov 2.0 Summit Preview: Info Sharing In Afghanistan
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
At the upcoming Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, a U.S. intelligence expert will discuss a new program that makes Internet access and collaboration tools available to the Afghan public.
SSA Readies $2 Billion IT Contract
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Multiple vendors will split the award, which will be made by the end of the Social Security Administration's fiscal year.
Mobile BI, Situational Intelligence, and a Call-Out to SAP-Sybase
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Mobile computing is a disruptor, a game-changer. Forward looking organizations, notably recently merged SAP and Sybase, have seen mobile's enterprise potential, including as a BI revolutionizer. Our vision should extend to situational intelligence, situational awareness coupled with interpretation of the users status, plans, and goals and enhanced with analysis of the user's social network...
SaaS BI Vendor Analyzes Online Marketing
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
myDials business intelligence service measures Web campaigns, paid search and Facebook and Twitter activity.
NASA Features Hurricane Katrina Data, Satellite Images
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
A video retrospective marking the fifth anniversary of the most costly storm in U.S. history includes information from various space-agency technologies.
26 Government IT Projects Under Evaluation
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
About $30 billion worth of projects are on Vivek Kundra's high-risk list and could be on the chopping block.
Social Network Gaming Upending Industry
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
More Americans are playing social media-based games, but spending on other games has dropped 20%, finds NPD Group.
HP Looks To Deny Dell Access To The Data Center
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
HP's trumping of Dell's bid for 3PAR is a masterful preemptive strike. HP is certainly not that interested in 3PAR and will most likely not counter offer should Dell choose to pursue the deal. What HP is interested in is making the buy as expensive as possible for Dell in order to throw a wrench into the PC giant's further acquisitions ambitions.
E-Gov Satisfaction Slips In Q2
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
NASA wins the highest rating among government departments, according to a Foresee Results survey.
Advanced Visualization Is Top of Mind at TDWI
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
I'm back from last week's TDWI conference in sunny San Diego... I briefly visited the Executive Summit to hear about what trends CIOs and VPs of business intelligence think will have the biggest impact over the next three years.
Facebook Gobbles Hot Potato
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
Location-based service will cease operations as features are integrated with the social network.
Employee Lifetime Value
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Corporate leaders talk a lot about customer lifetime value-the notion that long-term customers create sustained revenue for an organization. And we've spent the last ten (or more) years in IT getting out of the technology-centric model and embracing a more customer-focused IT governance model. But I think that we may due for another retrenching, something that, for lack of a better term, I'm calling "employee lifetime value."
IBM Analytics Help NC State Sell Tech Innovations
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Breakthrough NoSQL-style text analysis speeds search for technology developers.
Dell 2Q Profits Rise On Enterprise Boost
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
The computer maker's net income rose 16% overall, spurred by a 38% bump in sales to large enterprises.
Apache's Cassandra Adds Column Data Analysis
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Keynote at the Cassandra Summit outlined features in the 0.7 release of the NoSQL database system, notably support for secondary indexes.
HP Q3 Profits Rise On Strong Global Sales
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
In its first earnings report since ousting Mark Hurd as CEO, Hewlett-Packard reported that profits in its third fiscal quarter rose 6% on higher worldwide sales in its core computer businesses.
Intel's McAfee Deal Stirs Mixed Feelings
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
There's a lot that Intel can accomplish by acquiring McAfee, but it's hardly what we might categorize as a "Well, duh!" move... This merger falls into the "strange bedfellows" category.
CIA Opens Weapons Intelligence Center
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Agency's new Counterproliferation Center brings together two existing organizations in an effort to thwart nuclear, biological, and other weapons of mass destruction.
SAP Outlines Sybase Development Plans
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Business Suite applications will go mobile as in-memory technology spreads to Sybase products.
Dana-Farber Exploits Business Intelligence To Drive Efficiency
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Informatica platform will help the cancer hospital integrate patient data, identify patient trends, and predict staffing and supply requirements.
What's At Stake in the Big Data Revolution?
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
For database vendors and customers alike, success depends on affordability, manageability and speedy analysis.
What's At Stake in the Big Data Revolution?
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
For practitioners, big-data success could be the key to survival or opening up vast new markets. Among vendors, the incumbents have the most to lose -- an unstated subtext of my recent Big Data feature -- but fresh survey data suggests that MySQL may be a spoiler.
8 Big Data Deployments In Detail
Slideshows  |  8/18/2010  | 
What does it take to move into the era of large-scale data analytics? Data warehousing experts from Barnes & Noble, BNP Paribas, Cabelas, McAfee and more share insights on innovative big-data deployments.
Teradata's Future Product Strategy
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
Teradata's future product strategy is coming into focus. I'll start by outlining some particular aspects, and then show how I think it all ties together. The immediate hook here is Teradata's acquisition of Kickfire's assets...
MongoDB Update Adds Scale Out Features
News  |  8/18/2010  | 
Auto-sharding and replica sets equip the open source key value system to subdivide data sets across a large server cluster.
Who Should Hewlett-Packard Buy?
Slideshows  |  8/17/2010  | 
HP can't afford to buy every one of our Desirable Dozen, but in the post-Mark Hurd era, the world's largest computer maker needs to consider acquiring more than a few of these companies. Here's who -- and why.
HP Awarded $200 Million Medicare Contract
News  |  8/17/2010  | 
Provision of applications support and maintenance for processing Medicare Part B claims will expand Hewlett-Packard's longstanding relationship with the federal health insurance program.
Is Virtualization the Same as Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  8/17/2010  | 
A recent Reuters news item that equates virtualization and cloud computing is symptomatic of the ongoing confusion between the two terms. Without splitting hairs, are virtualization and cloud really the same?
EHRs Can't Measure Stage 1 Meaningful Use
News  |  8/16/2010  | 
Two-thirds of the quality reporting requirements aren't captured in current hospital electronic health record systems, finds CSC study.
InformationWeek's E-Health Record Buyer's Guide
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
Spurred by a more than $20 billion incentive from the federal government, under the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009, there's nothing hotter than electronic health records.
IBM To Buy Marketing Management Firm Unica
News  |  8/13/2010  | 
Campaign analysis and automation firm will stoke competition with SAS, Teradata and Adobe.
Government Agencies Lauded For Transparency Efforts
News  |  8/13/2010  | 
U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra honored nine agencies for their achievement in mapping out transparency plans that go "above and beyond" Obama's directive.
Delta Flies The Facebook Skies
News  |  8/13/2010  | 
In addition to online ticket booking through the social network, the airline will debut an iPhone app that allows users to purchase and check in for flights.
Americans Expect Emergency Responders To Monitor Social Media
News  |  8/13/2010  | 
Red Cross finds that in a disaster many people would post cries for help on Facebook and Twitter, assuming they'd be answered.
NASA Collaborative Advances Aircraft Safety
News  |  8/12/2010  | 
Dashlink lets developers of integrated vehicle health management technology share code and test applications in real time.
Stream Blends Social Media Into CRM
News  |  8/12/2010  | 
Websites, blogs, and social networks are monitored to respond quickly to customer questions and identify revenue generation opportunities.
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