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Practical Analysis: Wielding Process Like A Weapon
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
One sure way to get your team hated is to suggest that LOB peers change their processes because they don't fit IT's.
ADP Service Taps IBM Cast Iron Software
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Virtualized data integration makes the connection between cloud services and on-premise ERP systems.
Skype, Facebook Partnership Would Boost Both Firms
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
VoIP firm trying to increase revenue-generating opportunities in advance of its IPO.
Zoho Integrates Business Apps With Gmail
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Available from the Google Apps Marketplace, Zoho has introduced contextual integration of its CRM, project and invoicing applications within Gmail messages.
LinkedIn Mines Twitter Streams
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Social network aims to help professionals glean relevant information from the massive volume of tweets.
SAS' Answer to Pervasive BI: Microsoft Outlook
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
I recently attended the SAS BI User Connect Conference to learn about new product capabilities. One of the improvements I was most excited about is a new version of the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office that offers tight integration with Outlook... SAS appears to be ahead of the market in leveraging Outlook as a way of making BI more pervasive...
Twitter Halts Vulgar Malware Attack
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
Offensive tweets about goats hijacked user accounts using cross-site request forgery.
Shipwire Announces Web Based Order Management Tool
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Businesses can create and manage shipping orders from multiple locations and use different e-commerce providers and shipping services with the free Shipwire Anywhere service.
Sociable BI: Could 'Tableau' Become a Verb?
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Tableau visual data-analysis software embodies sociable BI, business intelligence that prizes accessibility, ease-of-use, and power, with a strong measure of collaboration and sharing, per Tableau Software's "Business Analytics For All" tag line. Does that mean that "Soon we'll say that we 'tableau' data the way we now say we 'google' for information"?
Welcome To InformationWeek's New Commenting System
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
We're making some changes to our commenting system. Some of them are apparent, while others not so much. But the benefits are plenty.
JetBlue: Anatomy Of A Social Marketing Failure? Or Success?
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
To promote an All-You-Can-Fly-In-30-Days-For-$499 program, JetBlue attempted to disintermediate the traditional media and its own email marketing capability by relying solely on social media. But did it work?
Six Definitions of Smart Content
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
Smart Content is information, typically originating in "unstructured" formats, that is findable, reusable, more profitable for the producer, and more useful for the consumer. While technology facilitates smart content, it is business value -- not analytics, semantics, or XML storage -- that is central to industry experts' definitions, and to mine...
IRS Faulted On Poor Tax Return Data Management
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
Auditor finds the Internal Revenue Service could save more than $1 billion with better use of third-party data.
Pentagon Reopens Child Porn Investigation
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
We now learn that the Department of Defense, after seeming to come clean on an internal child-porn investigation, was withholding more than it was sharing. It's now time for the Pentagon to deal with this problem with openness and determination.
Giving Patients Meaningful Health Data
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
Healthcare providers aren't the only ones trying to achieve meaningful use of health IT. Patients are also increasingly looking to use electronic tools meaningfully for managing and tracking their own healthcare.
Tata Docomo, Yahoo, Alcatel Partner On Mobile Phone
News  |  9/22/2010  | 
Co-branded OneTouch Net handset comes preloaded with Yahoo services and access to Tata Docomo's Dive-In portal.
Global CIO: How Wet Seal Drives Sales With Facebook, iPhone
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
With a customer base of teenage girls, this retailer is learning what works and doesn't work on social networks and smartphones.
Obama Administration Adds Real Time Alerts To USA.Gov
News  |  9/22/2010  | lets people receive text messages, e-mails, or RSS updates from federal agencies about topics of their choice.
OpenText Upgrades Enterprise Content Management
News  |  9/22/2010  | 
ECM Suite 2010 offers improved social collaboration, mobility, and compliance management, adds capabilities gained through acquisitions.
Thoughts on IBM Buying Netezza
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
As you've probably read, IBM and Netezza announced a deal Monday for IBM to buy Netezza. Naturally, I have some quick thoughts, which I've broken up into sections on "clearing underbrush," speculation about what IBM/Netezza will do, speculation about alternative acquirers, and speculation about what IBM/Netezza competitors will do.
SAP's New Analytic Apps
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Much of what SAP has historically delivered has focused only on data stored in the SAP systems and then using SAP front-end technologies, whether the BW warehouse or Visual Composer, for example. The solutions announced last week take advantage of the BusinessObjects tools, Explorer, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius.
Hurd Takes Oracle OpenWorld Stage To Highlight Products
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
In his first public appearance at Oracle, new co-president Mark Hurd steps out at OpenWorld as a champion of Oracle products and product direction.
iPhone Users Most Likely To Pay For Apps
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
Nielsen finds Apple smartphone owners pay for one of every three apps they download, while BlackBerry users are the least likely to purchase mobile software.
Google Data, Statistics, and the Semanticized Web
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
I imagine that Google employs many hundreds of data scientists, folks whose job is to study and turn to good use the huge masses of data the search-advertising-application services giant, and its users, generate. Each document indexed, each search, each ad served, each service call creates data. This data is used to create a better Google: easier to use, faster, more accurate, effective, and functional, and yes, more profitable. Google Instant, out a couple of weeks ago, is a latest initiative
Twitter Touts Redesign's Advantages For Marketers
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
COO Dick Costolo tells ExactTarget's integrative marketing product users that enhancements to the microblogging site will improve their ability to engage with consumers.
Enterprise Wi-Fi Survey
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
I'm working on a followup to my last State of Wi-Fi report, which garnered huge response. A lot has happened: This time last year, the IEEE promoted 802.11n to an official standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance quickly followed by declaring any 802.11n DRAFT 2.0 devices as "n CERTIFIED." But has any of that changed your plans for displacing copper to the desktop with a WLAN?
Oracle Profits Rise On Software, Hardware Sales
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
CEO Larry Ellison took shots at SAP, telling analysts Oracle's rival made a 'colossal' mistake challenging his firm in the database market.
White House To Track Agency Performance Online
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
In another move toward transparency, will publish the results of how agencies meet key goals set by the Obama administration.
15 Budget Busting Technology Projects
Slideshows  |  9/16/2010  | 
Large-scale information technology projects can balloon to inconceivable figures very quickly with endless revisions, change orders and delays pushing budgets into the stratosphere. Sometimes the cost of an IT project can be measured simply in dollars, but just as often these projects costly in other ways -- in reputation, for example. With government projects, it's easy to look at the budget and see how much it costs -- or at least how much it's supposed to cost. In the private sector, it's not
White House Financial System Review Saves Millions
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Three federal agencies will save an estimated $327 million by scrapping or cutting back planned financial system modernization efforts, White House says.
Infogroup Interactive Launches Yesmail Enterprise 7
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Integrated marketing product incorporates email, web, social media, direct mail, campaign management, and analytics.
Success Factors Upgrade Follows Footsteps
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Cloud-based applications vendor will add Chatter-style collaboration capabilities.
Mobile App Downloads Rising
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Social networking, music, texting, and web browsing are also gaining among cell phone subscribers, finds ComScore.
Top 15 Data Visualization Tips
Slideshows  |  9/15/2010  | 
This image gallery offers best-practice examples, advice, free resources and insight from experts on the best of data and information visualization.
FBI Takes Control Of Troubled Sentinel Project
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Exclusive: The agency's CIO outlines a plan to complete the case management system with internal resources, while reducing reliance on primary contractor Lockheed Martin.
SAP Launches First Wave of Targeted Analytic Apps
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Vendor plans growing portfolio of industry-focused, stand-alone apps built on BusinessObjects components.
OnStar Tests Facebook Connectivity
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
In-car technology branching out from safety to entertainment and information with voice-based social media, texting, and other services.
Software Piracy Tracker Integrates With
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
CodeArmor Intelligence 3 helps app vendors collect licensing fees by linking sales staff with non-paying organizations.
InformationWeek 500: Using Sound, Video To Represent Data
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
A University of California at Santa Barbara researcher uses sound to highlight patterns hidden in complex data sets and present a more tangible representation to users.
Microsoft Questions Cloud Computing Growth Prospects
Commentary  |  9/14/2010  | 
Will the hot CRM vendor be a cloud computing shooting star? Microsoft says it's now spending $9.5 billion per year to provide the infrastructure that will be required for the cloud computing era while is investing only $120 million per year.
John Mayer Drops Twitter For Tumblr
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Microblogging service continues growth trajectory, despite rash of celebrities closing their accounts.
Opinion: Industry Standard Data Models Fall Short
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
They are billed as a handy shortcut to data warehousing success, but prebuilt data models are more trouble than they're worth.
New DHS IT System Targets Immigration Fraud
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
The new system will combine several existing systems and layer search technology on top to help catch immigration fraud and immigrants who pose security threats.
Microsoft Wins California By Default
Commentary  |  9/9/2010  | 
When the State of California put a revamp of its 200,000-user email system up for bid, it seemed like another opportunity for Google to grab territory that has typically been owned by Microsoft. Then Google saw the requirements, and cried foul.
NASA Seeks Ideas For Commission Based IP Sharing
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
The space agency wants U.S. companies to help it broker deals to share patented technology with the marketplace with IP-transfer partners earning a certain percentage of revenue.
Oracle Integration Release Meets Real Time Demands
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
Acquired technologies are paired to speed big-data capture and transformation.
Oracle, McKesson, Lawson Ranked Below Average For HIT
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
Overall client satisfaction with ERP solutions in the healthcare industry is not high, but no alternatives stand out enough to warrant changing vendors, according to KLAS.
Semantics and Analytics Unlock Value in Social and Online Content
Commentary  |  9/8/2010  | 
Facebook, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, and Twitter -- social media -- are almost incidental, replaceable tomorrow if another platform proves more attractive, powerful, and agile. It's content that is king, especially "smart content" that allows producers and consumers alike to find the greatest value in online and enterprise content.
Using Virtualization for "Smart Multi-Tenancy"
Commentary  |  9/8/2010  | 
The old debate on single- vs. multi-tenancy for SaaS solutions has become really interesting, the game changer being virtualization... Who's right? Of course, there are two sides to every argument.
Gov 2.0 Summit: Feds Launch Online Prize Platform
News  |  9/7/2010  | 
New website will act as a locus for government-sponsored innovation challenges that award winners with prizes ranging from small change to millions.
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