News & Commentary
Content tagged with Information Management posted in September 2008
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Nokia To Acquire Mobile E-Mail, IM Provider
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The acquisition of OZ Communications is part of Nokia's larger strategy of providing more than just the handset.
Data Leakage Is A People Problem
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Cisco commissioned a global survey of IT administrators and computer users about their perceptions on data leakage. Not surprisingly, the study found employees use their work computers for personal use and IT knows it.
Waiting for Answers From Oracle
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I wrote last week, the information available on the HP Oracle Database Machine and HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server is incomplete. Pertinent questions are on the table, but I've been unsuccessful, thus far, in getting any answers from Oracle... I have, however, talked to HP about the fit between this new device and its own Neoview appliance.
SaaS Vendor Offers Free E-Mail Continuity For Exchange
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
LiveOffice launches a free e-mail continuity offering as a loss-leader for its archiving service.
50 First Blogs (Or, What Writers Want)
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I "pen" my 51st blog for Intelligent Enterprise, I'd like to take a different slant on the usual blog: What I, as a writer, expect from you, our reader. The continuing, unprecedented economic turbulence that is roiling us all provides a relevant backdrop to this note... How do we help our customers and employers stay afloat in these sinking economic sands?
Acquia Launches Commercial Drupal Distribution, Support Network
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Acquia today accomplished their goal of releasing a commercially supported version of the open source content management system Drupal. At the same time, they've launched the Acquia Network, a service that offers site management tools and various subscription-base levels of support for anyone running Drupal 6.
What Does Gartner's ECM Magic Quadrant Mean To You?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Content management reports and analysis always are interesting fodder for discussion, and now that Gartner's 2008 Magic Quadrant report on enterprise content management is complete, it's certain to have an equal number of vendors crowing about their inclusion, as well as those who question Gartner's findings.
Glide America Mixes Politics With Social Networking
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The service also offers what it's calling the People's Rolodex, a list of federal government contacts that users can add to their existing online contacts.
Is Business Activity Monitoring a BI Application?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
A question I posed to a LinkedIn group — Is Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) a BI Application? — sparked interesting discussion. There have been 9 responses to date, including two from Howard Dresner, who has done as much as anyone to shape current-day BI. The responses speak to growing interest in operational BI, and they hint at the impact that complex event processing (CEP) will have on enterprise analytics.
Kalido Offers BI As Managed Service Through Partners
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Axis Group and the Project Performance Corp. are the first to offer Kalido's infrastructure software on a subscription basis.
Obnoxious Hipster Startups Must Die
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Dear Lord, please tell me not all startups are as smug, self-satisfied, and alcohol-centric as this one.
Kimball University: Practical Steps for Designing a Dimensional Model
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
What does it take to develop a robust dimensional model? Here's how to get from requirements-gathering to final approval in a process that will ferret out the good, bad and ugly realities of your source data and help you avoid surprises, delays and cost overruns.
GM Set To Relaunch Social Media Site
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The automaker is hoping new Web 2.0 tools will help build a loyal fan base that will see it through its industry's tough times.
Key Management? Don't Hold Your Breath
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Ben Tomhave posted a lengthy set of observations from the IEEE Key Management Summit 2008. He did walk away confident that key management standards will be forthcoming. That's too bad. One of the best ways to protect data at rest is to encrypt it. However, enterprise encryption requires enterprise key management, not a bunch
Can Roles and Agility Coexist in Oracle Fusion Middleware?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
I listened carefully for the better part of two-and-a-half hours last week to Thomas Kurian, Sr. VP of Oracle, present the entire product set and positioning of Oracle's Fusion Middleware. I liked almost everything I heard... but down at the bottom of this stack, he raised the issue of "unified UI for Enterprise Applications controlled by roles." This is where he lost me...
Will Open Source Breathe New Life Into Health Care Cost Savings?
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
A California bill calls for interoperable records and a full, hospital-running health care IT system that's open source. That's music to provider Medsphere, which backs OpenVista.
Mollom Comment Spam Solution Emerges From Beta
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
With a comment spam-blocking success rate of 99.79% and nearly 10 million spam messages caught, Mollom has made a big impression on the content management community since its introduction in early 2008.
Living With NAC In An EDU World - Part Two
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
My last blog entry on our NAC experience at Purchase College resulted in the expected emails and phone calls from NAC vendors convinced that we would be ready to junk StillSecure's SafeAccess and adopt their products just because I used the line "while it's not going as well as we hoped, it is going better than we feared." Well folks while we do have a few bones to pick with StillSecure, which I'm not getting into today, most of our headaches are more about how NAC is harder in the EDU space th
Looking for 'Front-and-Center-ware' at Oracle Open World
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
I attended my first Oracle Open World this week with a degree of trepidation when a colleague told me 60,000 people attend... I was a little worried about the BI sessions and customers getting lost among larger lines... and I'm not thrilled that the BI products reside in the middleware group. BI should be front-and-center-ware - the payback for all that data warehouse and middleware plumbing!
Oracle's New Exadata Architecture
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
A day after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced Oracle's first-ever hardware product, the HP Oracle Database Machine, which he touted as the world's fastest database machine, I sat through an OpenWorld session that promised to revolutionize query processing.
IT And Legal Make A Great Team. Yeah, Right.
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
While technological challenges abound in e-discovery, IT's biggest hurdle may be getting in-house attorneys to meet them halfway.
PG&E Finds Middle Path Between Oracle, SAP Products
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
When it came to business process management, the power company needed a bridge between its reliance on Oracle databases and SAP applications.
Questions Emerge On HP-Oracle Device
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
The whole concept of the data warehouse appliances has gone from "an interesting niche in the market to something that's smack dab in the middle of the mainstream market." That's how Jim Baum, president and COO of Netezza, sized up the HP Oracle Database Machine announced earlier this week, but it's clear that competitors, as well as analysts and potential customers, are still struggling to size up the actual product.
CMS Watch Offers Guidance on Enterprise Content Management Systems
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
Although the recent announcement of the emerging Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standards promise to make Enterprise Content Management systems play nicely together, the process of selecting an ECM vendor is still a challenge, and isn't likely to become much easier anytime soon.
Oracle Unveils New Products, Then Drifts Into The Cloud
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Deal with Amazon means customers can subscribe to Oracle databases as a service.
LGR Test Drives HP Oracle Database Machine
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced a high-end, high-performance HP Oracle Database Machine in San Francisco yesterday. LGR Telecommunications has been working with such a Database Machine for more than a year, while the kinks were still being ironed out. Chief architect Hannes van Rooyen says it's an ideal design for taking on massive data loads with rapid cycle times.
Single Sign On For Multiple SaaS Apps
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
A startup has launched a cloud service that offers identity management for SaaS apps. IT can enforce user authentication, manage compliance, and speed deprovisioning.
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Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
Find out what it takes to survive and thrive as a CIO in the latest InformationWeek Analytics Audiobook: Tomorrow's CIO. We look at responses from more than 700 readers who weighed in on how to keep the CIO role strong well into the future. Author John Soat looks at the qualities that the CIO will need, including technology savvy,
Risk Management Failings Spur Big Financial IT Investments
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Some companies have increased their investments in risk management and the computing power needed to understand complicated risks since the downturn began.
MySpace Music Debuts To Rival iTunes
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Subscribers can stream music free or buy songs at MySpace Music through a partnership with Amazon.
Oracle and HP Partner to Deliver Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
HP Oracle Database Machine takes on Teradata and Netezza in a bid to defend Oracle's database dominance.
Oracle Teams With HP On Database Hardware
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Oracle in tandem with HP is bringing out its first hardware product, a database machine, which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says is suitable for high end, high performance data warehouses.
Oracle Finally Answers Data Warehouse Challengers
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
Oracle, in partnership with HP, has announced a new data warehouse appliance product line, cleverly branded "Exadata."... Numbers are being thrown around suggesting that, unlike prior Oracle offerings, the Exadata-based appliance at least has scalability and price/performance worth comparing to Teradata - hey, Exa is bigger than Tera! - Netezza, et al.
The Evolution Of Content Creation Tools
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
As our content creation needs grow and evolve, the tools we use for authoring content need to grow as well. The same tools and approached that worked 10 or 15 years ago will struggle to meet our needs today.
Using Oracle Database In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
Two of the biggest announcements from the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco this week were that customers could run some Oracle products within Amazon.com's AWS cloud computing environment, and that the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant would be supporting other cloud environments in the future.
SAS Institute: Banks Lack A Comprehensive Risk Management Strategy
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Among the challenges identified by the survey's respondents were data management and company culture, which hindered implementation of "comprehensive" risk approaches.
Microsoft, NBC, Artists Join Improve Content Distribution
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A coalition of tech companies is lending its hand to help develop and distribute content over safe and reliable networks where artists can earn fair compensation for their work.
Dell, EMC Offer Pre-Configured Oracle Data Warehouse
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The initiative reflects the emerging interest among BI customers in data warehouse appliances that deliver high-speed data mining.
Digg Gets $28.7 Million In Funding, Plans Major Expansion
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The social news site's CEO says the company will double its staff and enhance its international appeal by launching the site in multiple languages.
Vertica Spells Out Compression Claims
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
Omer Trajman of column-store DBMS vendor Vertica put up a must-read blog spelling out detailed compression numbers, based on actual field experience... Omer goes on to claim that Vertica's compression is typically severalfold better than that of competitive row-based systems.
Hey Congress! Slow Down On The Bailout
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
It might be a good idea to take more than a week to formulate a response to the biggest financial crisis in our history.
As Event Processing Hits Main Street, Vendors Rev CEP Engines
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
CEP upgrades focus on business users. Experts foresee big opportunities for real-time analysis.
A Roadmap To Destroy Open Source?
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
Deishin Lee of Harvard Business School, and Professor Haim Mendelson of Stanford's Graduate School of Business, eloquently lay out a strategy in a recent paper for squashing open source competition. Ironically, it's also a road map for open source companies to use to defeat their entrenched and expensive rivals.
Content Management Software As A Service Comes Of Age
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
It has taken quite some time, but it seems that centrally hosted content management tools are finally beginning to reach critical mass. And as content management Software as a Service offerings (SaaS) become more reliable and feature rich, there's no reason to expect the trend of businesses adopting them to slow down.
Oracle Mum On 11g Refresh, Eyes Complex Event Processing
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Instead of fresh news, Andy Mendelsohn, senior VP of database server technologies, offered a clinic on Oracle 11g best practices at Oracle OpenWorld.
Using FlexFrame For Oracle To Implement A Virtualized Service Oriented Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
An overflow crowd of 400-plus people at an Oracle OpenWorld Executive Solution session at Moscone Center in San Francisco today heard Jörg Tettenborn, director of the Oracle Strategic Alliance for Fujitsu Siemens Computers, describe how to create a lean and agile IT infrastructure by virtualizing and consolidating Oracle Application Server and Database applications with FlexFrame for Oracle (FF4O).
Google-Yahoo Ad Deal Favored By Antitrust Group
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Members of AAI suggest regulators reshape the alliance between the two Internet companies to foster its benefits to consumers, while also avoiding its anticompetitive risks.
Facebook Users With Lots of Friends More Likely To Be Narcissists
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
University of Georgia researchers analyzed Facebook users' pages to measure the relationship between an inflated sense of self-importance and the number of friends and wall posts on the social network.
Companies Not Ready For E-Discovery
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
A new survey says companies and their in-house lawyers aren't prepared to meet legal discovery requests. And McAfee's recent hiccup shows that even big companies make mistakes.
The Technology Behind Wall Street's Meltdown
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
Could technology have saved Wall Street from its current financial crisis? From my perspective, the Fannies, Freddies, Lehmans and AIGs of this world no doubt had plenty of risk analysis, predictive analytics, and business rules technology to see and avoid the risk. They just ignored the danger signs or, worse, used the technology to paper over the dangers.
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