Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
Oracle To Acquire HyperRoll
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards
Recovery.gov, a showcase government-transparency Web site that relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508 accessibility standards. The non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables despite on-site compliance claims. Sharron Rush of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility goes so far as to state, "The recovery.gov Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."
Sustainable & Green: The Color of Money
Having worked with an organization that got good press for saving money through an automated PC shutdown program, I've fielded a lot of questions from IT managers looking to make sustainability and green moves. I can consolidate my advice on the topic into two short points: First, remember that green is the color of money. Second, overseed.
A New Generation Of Internet Lawmakers
I'm still stuck in the 90s when I think about elected officials using the Internet. Back in the 90s, elected officials had never even touched the Internet. They thought it was a sewer of child porn and terrorists, and their only reaction to it was to try to control it--or make it go away. Until recently, I thought of lawmakers as still being as naive as they were back then. But a brief conversation with Rep. John Culberson shattered my preconceptions.
Thoughts on Integrating OLTP and Data Warehousing (Especially in Exadata 2)
Oracle is pushing Exadata 2 as a great system for OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing), data warehousing or both. This claim rests on a few premises, the first being that Exadata is great for data warehousing. At this time, that's a claim much better supported by marketing and theory than by practice...
More on 'The Next Big Reporting Challenge'
"Breakthroughs on climate change and improving our society's energy efficiency are within reach." Would you guess this quote is from A.) A naïve, tree-hugging environmentalist B.) Paul Dickinson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project or C.) John W. Rowe, chief executive of Chicago-based utility company Exelon? Don't be shocked, but the answer is C.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Web Security In The Cloud
Are tight budgets crimping your ability to provide adequate web security to your organization? Can you afford $30/month per user instead? Don't lament if you can't afford a shiny new Bluecoat ProxyAV, you may be able to get the same level of service in a subscription based model.
Has Cloud Computing Finally Arrived?
If cloud computing is to deliver on its (as yet latent) promise, we need a true heavyweight behind it -- like, say, the US Government. By a curious coincidence, that's exactly what seems to be happening. Are celebrations in order?
Datawatch Unveils BI Dashboards
The Datawatch Dashboards is meant to be used by employees across an organization to gain insight into operational performance. The software can be used alone or integrated with other software applications.
Edmonton Police Use BI To Fight Crime
The Canadian force, which polices a regional population of more than one million residents, uses IBM analytics technology to identify problems, associated trends and locations of crimes.
2009 ECM Market Overview
For those of you interested at what is happening in the world of Enterprise Content Management, here is a SlideShare recording that looks at the latest CMS Watch Cross-Check analysis of ECM vendors as of September, 2009.
Google's Dataliberation.org a Public Policy Blow for Freedom
I'll admit it, I was raised paranoid. So, part of me is highly suspicious of Google when the IT world seems like a bunch of crazed lemmings leaping to ADOPT GOOGLE'S SEXSAH NEW OFFERINGS RIGHT NOW. But Google, despite the fact that it is a Massive Empire, may well be the real deal when it comes to understanding what smart CIOs need. And frankly, they may be contributing to reversing a terrible public policy trend.
NetSuite Offers ERP iPhone App
The app, which provides access to NetSuite's on-demand enterprise-resourcing planning and CRM suite, is another example of business SaaS going mobile.
The Vendor-Analyst Echo Chamber Game
Had a nice chat with an old acquaintance who has served as both practice lead at a major technology analyst firm and as head of "analyst relations" for a major vendor... We talked about the conflicts of interests when analyst firms consult for both buyers and vendors... and we also discussed a related issue that strikes me as potentially more insidious...
Twitter Stirs Up the Analyst Industry
Every Twitter user gets the same on-site visibility and capabilities. As a result, celebrities excluded, authority chez Twitter derives from your network and from your tweets and only after that from your biography and employment. Since open publishing is an independent-analyst ethos, we independents have taken to wide-open Twitter like, well, whales to the air...
NASA Names CIO
Linda Cureton leaves her position as NASA Goddard's CIO to fill the space agency's top IT job.
Issues Comparing Analytic DBMS Performance
The analytic DBMS/data warehouse appliance market is full of competitive performance claims. Sometimes, they're completely fabricated, with no basis in fact whatsoever. But often performance-advantage claims are based on one or more head-to-head performance comparisons...
Federal Government Wrestles With Crowdsourcing Problems
The problem with letting everybody contribute ideas to an open forum is that everybody does. White House-led open government initiatives are learning that lesson, as forums set up to let American citizens contribute suggestions for government actions are being hijacked by potheads, conspiracy theorists, and anti-Scientologists.
University Of Texas Moving Into Second Life
The University of Texas launched a year-long, state-wide initiative to use Second Life in the curriculum for all 16 of its campuses, experimenting with using the platform as a means of providing innovative, low-cost undergraduate instruction involving students, faculty, researchers and administrators.
Dell-Perot Deal Augurs Well for Customers
Hot off the press! In a marriage of convenience, Dell just announced the acquisition of Perot Systems -- a deal that, while not particularly awe-inspiring or exciting, has very positive implications for customers and the combined businesses.
Marines' Social Media Ban Bad For Morale
The Marine Corps' ban on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and other social media could hurt morale more than it helps security, a public policy researcher said. "The ban is at odds with realities of the 21st-century military," said Chris Bronk, a research fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Obama Opening Door To Technology Innovators
Big businesses like Verizon and AT&T might be gnashing their teeth about the Obama Administration's policies and priorities, but small businesses and innovators should be rubbing their hands with glee.
Omniture and Adobe: A First Take
Omniture's business model has been suffering as companies delay purchases of add ons such as Test & Target, Search Center, Discover and Genesis integrations... Finding a "sugar daddy" certainly makes sense... but this deal could also signal how the future of Web content shapes up and how it will be analyzed.