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Content tagged with Information Management posted in September 2007
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Is Database Software a Commodity Technology?
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
Is database management a mature, commoditized software technology? It depends whom you ask. My answer: definitely!, which no doubt confirmed IE Editor-in-Chief Doug Henschen in his intention to later write that Oracle President Charles "Phillips's higher calling was to dispel the idea that database management systems have been commoditized in a mature market."
Business Intelligence and Excel: Happily Married?
News  |  9/30/2007  | 
Are spreadsheets a good match with business intelligence systems entrusted with providing consistent, reliable insight? The latest BI-Excel integrations let you have your spreadsheet-based analysis and always-validated, up-to-date data, too. Which add-in, plug-in or native link is right for you?
Adobe Piles On Microsoft With Online Word Processor
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
Microsoft Joins Online Productivity Battle With Office Live Workspaces
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software lets people store, share, and collaborate on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents online and share their desktop with one another.
Google Buys Mobile-Oriented Social Startup Zingku
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
Data Warehouse Appliance Meets High-End Analytics
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Netezza opens box, builds developer network for predictive analytics and high-demand, non-SQL analyses.
Rethink Three Myths When Picking a Consultant
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Independent consultants (a.k.a. sub-contractors) are often the back-bone of data management activities, especially database administration and ETL/database/BI development. Yet, finding good consultants is difficult. That's why you should steer clear of these three myths: #1: Vendors are always knowledgeable about the candidates they provide. #2: Prior work references can be easily obtained. #3: The candidate must be an absolute best-fit for the requirement...
Intalio Opens Its BPM Suite To Business Managers
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
BPMS 5.0 has been upgraded with support for standards geared toward making it easier for businesspeople to model processes that can be deployed by IT departments.
Intel, VMware Partner In Virtual Machine Migration
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The collaboration is expected to ease software migration to new servers capable of running more business applications than older machines.
New York Times Recoups After Network Failure
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Iron Mountain Acquires Health Care Records Management Company
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The purchase is expected to better assist Iron Mountain's 45,000 customers who need storage and management of paper and digital records, including radiology films.
Oracle, Dell, And EMC Unveil New Data Warehouse Initiative
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The Oracle Optimized Warehouse combines the Oracle Database with preconfigured hardware from Dell and EMC, with the goal of giving customers an out-of-the-box data warehouse.
Pfizer To Assign E-Pedigrees To Viagra Bottles
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Pfizer is using SupplyScape's E-Pedigree software, which creates an electronic pedigree, or record, for drugs and manages those records throughout the supply chain.
Field Report: MIX Proves XBRL Handles More than Statutory Reporting
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Microfinance organization shows standardized format is useful for gathering clean data within a distributed enterprise.
Five years of
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | has reached a significant anniversary. Earlier this month, OO passed the five-year mark as the only office software on my laptop computers, first installed when I bought a Windows 2000 machine in 2002, reinstalled a couple of months ago on a replacement laptop running Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux. Given diverse project-health indicators, I'm looking forward to my next five years of OO.
And the 'Email Validation' SQL Puzzle Winner Is...
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
The winner of last week's 'Email Address Validation' SQL puzzle is "Guest" (see comments), because he/she bothered to do the research and come up with an answer that is generic enough to port to any SQL dialect with a SIMILAR TO or a regexp() function. So, "Guest" please email me with your snail mail address (and some attempt to validate your SQL mastery/identity) and I'll send you one of my books. Here's my answer to last week's puzzle...
Big Ideas Aim To Make Tech Easier, But Also Eat Lots Of Bandwidth
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Ideas range from technologies that replicate original images into 3-D virtual images that can be touched and broadband technologies that support huge amounts of data.
AT&T Secures $1 Billion U.S. Treasury Contract
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
AT&T will engineer and design TNet, as well provide the necessary equipment installation and management.
Truphone Shows VoIP, Wi-Fi, Facebook On Apple's iPhone
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The company debuts its service by showing how the telephony software can integrate iPhone and VoIP with Facebook social network subscriber sites.
IBM Adds 'Key Agility Indicators' to the BPM/SOA Mix
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Announcements highlight business activity monitoring, vertical process content and assessment services.
Complex Event Processing Struggles for Market Definition
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Complex Event Processing (CEP) seemed like a no-brainer for broad-market acceptance a couple of years back. Relational data warehouses and conventional analytics have not kept up with the explosive growth in real-time data volumes and the perceived demand for real-time analytics. CEP promised to fill the gap: technology developed for extreme high-volume, low-latency processing demands. Yet two years on, CEP is still struggling for market definition.
BPM Focus Turns to People in the Process
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Message to SOA-centric IT groups: The next wave of optimization lies in empowering the individual.
Business Objects Unveils Search, Text Analysis Software For Unstructured Data
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The new capabilities gives BO customers a unified set of tools for accessing structured and unstructured data from the company's business intelligence platform. The new products stem from the acquisition of Inxight Software in july.
AMD Bets On 2nd 'Black Edition' Gaming Chip
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The latest dual-core Athlon 64 X2 can be combined with the AIT Radeon HD 2000 series graphics processor and the AMD 580x or upcoming AMD 700 series chipsets.
Office Politics
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
Way back in the '80s, a popular maxim had it that "nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM." An IBM salesman probably came up with that one, but in any case it stuck. Reflecting on last week's announcement about the new IBM Lotus Symphony desktop suite, based on technology and available as a free download, I'd say it's time for a new maxim: "Nobody ever got fired for perpetuating the Microsoft Office monopoly."
Facebook Investigated For Failing To Protect Users From Sexual Predators
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
Facebook's troubles mirror those of MySpace, which addressed its security last year after a string of high-profile cases.
Dilbert Takes On Web 2.0
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
There's a particular Dilbert cartoon making the rounds that pokes good fun at Web 2.0 in general and "folksonomies" in particular... Cartoonist Scott Adams is particularly adept at surfacing (and pillorying) vague but alluring-sounding words like "folksonomy" and "platform" that, yes, we all over-use. But getting Dilberted also represents a certain coming of age...
Verizon Business Pushes Its Deployment Of IPv6
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The telecom said it will complete its North America migration in 2008 and move into the Asia-Pacific and European regions in late 2008 to 2009.
Facebook Slice Could Boost Microsoft's aQuantive Unit
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The social networking site could help boost Microsoft's recent $2.47 billion in revenue in online services, according to one financial analyst firm.
Open Text Ships Invoice Management Software For SAP
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Vendor Invoice Management Version 5.1 is used to optimize vendor invoice processes. The product also includes built-in reporting and analytics.
Microsoft Reportedly Eyeing Facebook Stake
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Independent of financial suitors, Facebook reportedly is developing its own advertising system that will target ads based on users' profile information.
Systems-Management Vendor Hyperic Incorporates JasperSoft Reporting Tools
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The new Hyperic HQ Enterprise Reports, a part of Hyperic HQ 3.1, provides a graphical report designer and a Java reporting library that enables creation of complex layouts.
Virtualization Desktop Startup Qumranet Debuts
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The company was co-founded by former XenSource guru Moshe Bar and former Cisco director of engineering Rami Tamir.
Starbucks To Give Away 50 Million iTunes Songs
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The offer is good for users of Apple's iPhone, its new iPod Touch, or any wireless-capable laptop loaded with the Apple's iTunes software.
Web Meeting Service Startup Takes On Cisco, Microsoft
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Dimdim will be showcased at this week's DEMOfall 07 conference as a free alternative to WebEx or PlaceWare.
Senate Hearing To Examine Emerging Google-opoly
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Thursday's hearing could lead to a round of questions surrounding Google's market might and its business tactics, one analyst firm suggests.
Congressmen Call For Investigation On Government Cyberattacks
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Unisys, a major government IT contractor, reportedly is being investigated for allegedly failing to detect cyberattacks, and then covering up its failings.
Rumors, Shareholders and Customers
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
I wasn't going to comment on the rumors about Business Objects looking to be acquired, because it seems to be one that resurfaces every few months. If the rumor is true, it runs counter to all the positioning the vendor has been doing since Oracle acquired Hyperion... If Business Objects is in the market to be acquired, what does that suggest about its stated strategy: oops, change in direction?
FireEye Builds A 'Botwall' To Fend Off Botnet Attacks
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The security company is offering an appliance that is backed up by a network that tracks botnet activity ramping up around the world.
Analyst's Take: Actuate Targets Developer Interest in Open Source BI
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Business application developers seek inexpensive, embeddable BI and reporting.
PerformancePoint At Last: Q&A With Microsoft's Alex Payne and Michael Smith
News  |  9/23/2007  | 
After four years in development and more than a year in beta testing, Microsoft PerformancePoint is finally shipping. Intelligent Enterprise discusses what the platform delivers and what critics are saying with two key executives who helped guide development, packaging and pricing.
Sallie Mae Becomes Online Business With Help Of Complex Event Processing
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
The former government entity uses 35 fraud detection patterns to combat fraud and ensure student loans are processed correctly.
Wikipedia Discredits Reports It's Abandoning Open Editing
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
However, one possible change under consideration is a revision tagging tool that can be used to verify a Wikipedia article as accurate.
PS3 Drives Petaflop Performance Of Stanford Computer
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
The PS3's computing power in conjunction with about 200,000 other computers on the network have pushed the Folding@home project beyond what organizers had hoped.
IT Titans Take Manhattan
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
IBM, SAP and Microsoft choose the Big Apple for three big-time, industry-altering announcements.
SAP Business ByDesign - One Step at a Time
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
With Business ByDesign, SAP is adding another branded application suite to its portfolio that goes beyond the three on-premise suites it already has for large, medium and small businesses. The on-demand applications suite focuses on midsized firms with 100 to 500 employees and provides a new area for growth for the company. Yes, there is more fanfare, but the application suite is not yet ready for primetime.
Intel Offers Vision On The Future Of Virtual Worlds
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
Second Life and World of Warcraft are only the beginning of what the chipmaker envisions for new forms of entertainment, conducting business, and socializing.
Dell To Sell Data Warehouse Versions Of Microsoft SQL Server
News  |  9/20/2007  | 
The configurations provide a number of connectors and plug-ins so that they can be managed with both Dell tools and Microsoft software.
Google Debuts Online Tool To Design Newspaper Ads
News  |  9/20/2007  | 
The software allows merchants to choose a newspaper from a list of participating publications and place a bid for the ad space based on a variety of criteria.
NBC To Offer Free, Ad-Supported Downloads Of TV Shows
News  |  9/20/2007  | 
In a slight to Apple, NBC Direct will only be available for Windows computers initially and will contain ads that cannot be skipped.
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