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Content tagged with Information Management posted in September 2009
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Zimbra Adds Social Networking Features
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
E-Health Records Could Flag Domestic Abuse
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Predictive computer models that tap into electronic health records highlight subtle patterns of domestic violence that are easy to miss.
Kickfire Offers Data Warehouse Appliance for the Masses
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
MySQL-based offering targets 500-gigabyte to 5-terabyte range. Upgrades bolster enterprise performance and scalability.
Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
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
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Relaunched Fails Accessibility Standards
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  |, 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 Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."
Personalized Health Project Integrates E-Medical Data, DNA
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
Sustainable & Green: The Color of Money
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
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.
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
A New Generation Of Internet Lawmakers
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
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)
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
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...
Federal Contracting Databases Prone To Errors
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The GSA will award a contract in October to re-architect databases rife with inaccuracies, duplications, and poor system capabilities.
More on 'The Next Big Reporting Challenge'
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
"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.
What IT Needs To Know About E-Discovery: Webcast
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Join me tomorrow at noon Eastern for a Webcast on IT best practices for e-discovery. We'll cover policies, products and get real-world insight from e-discovery professionals.
Talend Acquires Master Data Management Firm
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The data integration supplier will convert Amalto's assets into open source code for master data management.
Talend Plans Open-Source Master Data Management Product
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Acquisition paves the way for a January 2010 product release promising MDM 'at a fraction of the cost.'
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Nokia Buys Travel Social Network Dopplr
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The phone maker is trying to boost its mobile Internet services to better compete against the iPhone, BlackBerry, and others.
Social Network GovLoop Sold To GovDelivery
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The popular government social network's founder expects that the acquisition will give GovLoop more backing and a chance to grow its impact.
Web Security In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
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.
Feds Refresh Stimulus Tracking Site
News  |  9/28/2009  | now includes better mapping and navigation and more data, but roadblocks to a smooth launch remain.
Has Cloud Computing Finally Arrived?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
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
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
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
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
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.
Tracking Carbon Emissions: The Next Big Reporting Challenge
News  |  9/27/2009  | 
With new greenhouse gas regulation looming, SAP, Microsoft and Accenture help the Carbon Disclosure Project with a SaaS-based BI platform.
Twitter Braces For New Round Of Financing
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Launched initially as a consumer service, Twitter is increasingly being used by businesses.
Government CIO 50
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
CA Updates Database Management For DB2
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Release 12 of the mainframe database management tool aims to simplify DB2 administration and improve application performance.
Virtual Collaboration Tool Gets New Name, New Customers
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Qwaq rebrands itself as Teleplace as it continues to preach the gospel of virtual worlds for business collaboration.
2009 ECM Market Overview
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
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 a Public Policy Blow for Freedom
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
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.
Nuclear Agency Network Falls Short Of Requirements
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
An internal investigation at the National Nuclear Security Administration blames network delays and cost overruns on poor planning and project management.
NetSuite Offers ERP iPhone App
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
The app, which provides access to NetSuite's on-demand enterprise-resourcing planning and CRM suite, is another example of business SaaS going mobile.
Business Intelligence Boosts a Dairy Coop's Profits
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
Sales and operations planning improves production efficiency, product selection, promotions and profitability.
The Vendor-Analyst Echo Chamber Game
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
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...
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Linda Cureton leaves her position as NASA Goddard's CIO to fill the space agency's top IT job.
Oracle To Offer SaaS To Midsize Customers
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Mid-market software-as-a-service will include the option of subscription-based pricing, the software company said.
Issues Comparing Analytic DBMS Performance
Commentary  |  9/22/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/22/2009  | 
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.
GSA Devises Search Plan For Federal Web Sites
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Dave McClure, the recently appointed GSA official responsible for and other sites, wants to make federal data more accessible across government Web sites.
Dell's Acquisition Of Perot Helps Healthcare Push
Commentary  |  9/21/2009  | 
Dell's $3.9 billion acquisition of Perot Systems will help fortify Dell's pursuit of new customers in the healthcare industry, a sector that's been getting a lot of attention from Dell--and its competitors--in recent months.
Profiles in Performance: Q&A with Howard Dresner
News  |  9/21/2009  | 
A leading business intelligence and performance management guru maps out his "Performance Culture Maturity Model."
Jaspersoft Adds Flash To Reporting Engine
News  |  9/21/2009  | 
JasperReports Professional version 3.6 is available in developer and production runtime packages, starting at $249 per user and $4,600 per production server.
University Of Texas Moving Into Second Life
Commentary  |  9/21/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/21/2009  | 
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.
Global CIO: Apple's Next Billion-Dollar Idea: The Enterprise Mobility iCloud
Commentary  |  9/20/2009  | 
Apple has a massive opportunity--and unique qualifications--to connect hundreds of millions of mobile workers with enterprise data and information through Apple's Next Big Thing: the iCloud.
Marines' Social Media Ban Bad For Morale
Commentary  |  9/18/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/18/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/17/2009  | 
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.
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