News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in December 2006
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John Edwards Does YouTube. This Could Get Interesting
Commentary  |  12/29/2006  | 
Count on political Internet video to get a lot more exciting than Democrat John Edwards' announcement posted this week. What if the Kerry Swift boat controversy of the last presidential campaign played out on YouTube? It all might even get hot enough to spark some interesting business uses of Internet video.
In Focus: Our Top-15 Stories of 2006
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Practical advice once again trumps trend stories and news analysis in Intelligent Enterprise reader appeal. Check out some of our most insightful stories of 2006.
AT&T Concessions Bode Well For Consumers And Businesses Alike
Commentary  |  12/29/2006  | 
The long dragged-out battle over net neutrality took a decisive turn last week. Anxious to push through the largest telecom deal in U.S. history by the end of the year, AT&T made some serious concessions to the critics of its proposal to buy BellSouth. Most notably, the telecom giant assured members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it will not discriminate--either positively or negatively-
Microsoft Claims Vista's Aero Interface Doesn't Slow PCs
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Principled Technologies, which conducted the research for Microsoft, is offering a download of the report.
Software as a Service Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Hosted systems can expand access to analytic information. But Ventana Research recommends evaluating SaaS models for particular business needs and to determine how they can work together with internally deployed BI applications.
Microsoft, AMD Send Free High-End Laptops To Select Bloggers
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Giveaway triggers debate over ethics and whether the companies are really offering bribes. The ensuing publicity reportedly has prompted Microsoft and AMD to reconsider the gift.
Brief: Personal Information Showing Up On Google Notebook Search
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Links revealing the sensitive data were found on Digg.com.
Kaspersky Adds Vista Support To Consumer Antivirus
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
The company becomes the latest security vendor to add support for Microsoft's new operating system.
Alliance Data Systems To Acquire DoubleClick's Abacus
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Alliance says its second purchase from DoubleClick will enable it to market services to 80 private-label credit card retail clients.
Get A Second Life
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
Now that 2006 is fast slipping away, everyone has turned on their nostalgia and is eagerly looking back at the "top" stories of the last 12 months. I usually find these kinds of pieces interesting, but instead, I want to look at what I think will turn into one of the top trends of 2007.
The Return Of Spam
Commentary  |  12/27/2006  | 
In recent weeks, you've probably noticed the return of an old pest: spam. For almost two years, it seemed as if spam might finally be on the decline. Remember when Bill Gates said that by 2006, "spam will be solved"? Well, that was all going well until a few months ago when spam struck back.
Apple Quietly Fixes iPod Shuffle No-Play Problem
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
The new utility corrects a flaw that prevented recent iTunes purchases from playing on first-generation iPod shuffles.
Microsoft Plans NYC Vista Launch On Jan. 29
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
Microsoft has repeatedly pegged Tuesday, Jan. 30, as the date when the long-anticipated Vista operating system and Office 2007 suite update will be available to consumers.
VMware Takes Mac Virtual Machine To Beta
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
When it goes final, VMware's Fusion will run multiple instances of non-Apple operating systems -- including Windows, Linux, Netware, and Solaris -- on an Intel-based Macintosh simultaneously with the Mac's own operating sytem.
Goals and Resolutions for 2007
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
The promise of a fresh start, a new leaf, new projects, and maybe, just maybe, not repeating the mistakes and bad habits of the previous year is appealing, isn't it? We asked readers and industry luminaries what they plan/hope to do differently and predict will happen in the coming year. Here are some of their answers.
Don't Worry, It's Not Socialism
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
We're starting to see the emergence of new economies in the Internet in which the exchange of money isn't the straightforward path from customer to merchant that we're all used to. This has led to some alarmed hand-wringing about socialism, when in fact what we're seeing is the good ol' free market at work in strange and new ways.

Nature's Failure Shows Limits Of User-Generated Content
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
The publication Nature is abandoning an experiment with open, online peer review to help vet scientific research before publication. It highlights a question being asked with more skepticism about user-generated content attempts: Why should I generate content for you?
Well-Known Developer Leaves Novell Over Microsoft Deal
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Jeremy Allison is leaving, apparently terming the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement a "mistake."
Microsoft Extends Warranty On Xbox 360
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
The software maker said it was making the change to make the standard Xbox warranty consistent throughout the world.
First Exploit Of Windows Vista Spotted
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
It is the first Windows Vista exploit made public since the operating system was released to volume license customers Nov. 30.
U.K. Scales Back National Identity Plan
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Still, efforts toward a national ID system have not been scrapped completely, and the British government also is still considering requiring foreign nationals to register biometric data.
Plenty Of Dumb To Go Around
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
A U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Web site Supercrosslive.com should be prohibited from providing direct links to live audiocasts of motorcycle races. Get out a big bucket of dumb, people, because there's plenty to go around for everybody in this case.

Symantec: Another Surge In Worm Scanning For Unpatched Antivirus Software
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Sensors monitored by Symantec's DeepSight threat management service have reported a significant spike in traffic related to TCP port 2967, which Symantec has traced to scans generated by the "Sagevo" worm.
Residential VoIP Users Number More Than 9 Million
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Subscribers using facilities-based VoIP have created a horse race between Vonage and Time Warner Cable users, with Vonage reporting 1.7 million users to Time Warner's 1.6 million.
Microsoft Seeks RSS Patents; Blogosphere Worries
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Discovery of the patents has led to conjecture among tech bloggers that the software giant may someday try to seek payment for use of the technology, which is related to receiving and organizing news feeds through a Web browser.
Sale Of Voting Machine Firm With Venezuelan Links Will Avoid U.S. Probe
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
During the recent midterm elections in the United States, Sequoia said its voting machines were used in 16 states without any major problems.
Amazon Files Motion To Consolidate IBM Patent Suits
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Amazon wants the cases to be combined into a single action to be heard in a single federal court, not two.
Subcontractor On Troubled Texas Welfare Contract Files Claim Against Accenture
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Maximus claims that Accenture unilaterally redefined the scope of the work on a contract and that it's no longer profitable for Maximus to continue working on the deal.
RIM Chief Can Sign Up New BlackBerry Subscribers, But He Really Wants A Hockey Team
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
In a letter to the Pittsburgh Penguins, RIM chairman Jim Balsillie said he is still "very interested" in the team. Previously, Balsillie had signed an agreement to purchase the Penguins for $175 million.
Sony Settles Rootkit Suit With 39 More States, Will Pay $4.25 Million
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Sony agrees to pay each of the 13 states that began the lawsuit $316,000, and the remaining states and Washington, D.C., $5,000 each.
EDS Completes Acquisition Of SAP Integrator
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
As part of the deal, about 150 GEMS employees will join EDS, giving the outsourcer an immediate boost in SAP-qualified programmers.
Fear Is Driving Users From Desktop To Web
Commentary  |  12/21/2006  | 
The author of my favorite desktop application that I'm not using anymore kicks off a discussion of why applications are moving to the Web. Nick Bradbury of NewsGator, author of the FeedDemon RSS aggregator, says it's because people are afraid of installing software on their desktop.

Scoping Out the Emerging Spreadsheet Management Market
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Ventana Research expects applications that perform spreadsheet management to evolve into a $500 million market by 2011.
Atlanta Licenses Cognos BI
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The City of Atlanta has licensed Cognos's business intelligence platform as the software foundation of its citywide performance management initiative.
NetSuite Launches Online Employee Self-Service Center
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Online software provider NetSuite has launched an employee resource management service that the company says reduces costs and boosts productivity by enabling workers to perform project-related chores, and access human resource-related documents.
Microsoft Wins Hands-Down For Most Disappointing Product Of 2006
Commentary  |  12/21/2006  | 
Many tech newspapers and magazines have year-end wrap-ups of the best products of the year, and at least one does a wrap-up of the biggest vaporware of the year, but I don't know anybody who's doing a wrap-up of the most disappointing products of the year -- products that were hyped like crazy, and which (unlike vaporware) actually materialized, but proved to be duds once the vendor showed us what was actually behind
2007 Tech Policy Agenda
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
CompTIA releases its top seven priorities for '07.
Vonage To Fight Baltimore's Effort To Tax Its Internet Phone Service
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Vonage won a court battle more than three years ago in which a federal judge ruled that Vonage's service was an information service, not a telecommunications service.
Motorola Plans To Boost IPTV Set-Top Boxes With Tut Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Tut sells digital video encoding, processing, and distribution products that support local ad insertion, real-time conditioning of video and audio, and compression of video.
Vista Issues Bedevil Firefox
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
A total of 34 Firefox bugs related to Windows Vista have been collected in the Mozilla Bugzilla database; 20 of the bugs remain unfixed.
German Net Scammers Sentenced To Four Years
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The two men were part of an Internet auto-dialing scam that netted them more than 12 million euros, or $15.8 million.
Microsoft Rereleases Mac Office Patches
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Microsoft rereleased the Office 2004 and Office v. X updates; the former adds improvements to PowerPoint and Entourage, while the latter includes stability enhancements for PowerPoint.
Seagate Extends Storage Offerings With EVault Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The hard-disk drive manufacturer will acquire EVault for $185 million in a deal expected to close in Seagate's fiscal Q3 2007.
Opera Lands Samsung Licensing Deal
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The South Korean electronics maker will use Opera Mobile in as-yet-unspecified advanced cell and/or smartphones.
Sweet Suite Integration: BI Vendors Get it Together
Commentary  |  12/21/2006  | 
Here's another sure-fire way to make BI an everyday office tool: standardize on a BI suite that has all the goodies (OLAP, reporting, query, dashboards) optimized for your different user groups yet reduces the cost of ownership. A fair few nay sayers grumble that the latest BI suites are a not at all integrated. Not true! The latest releases are miles ahead of previously disparate products. Here are just a few examples:
The InformationWeek Weblog Community Sounds Off
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
The community discusses the death of outsourcing advocate Sunil Mehta, tools for getting the most from two PCs, outsourcing security, upgrading Windows, and getting around Windows activation.
Swedish Startup Offering Image-Based Search
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The service from Polar Rose can identify whether a photo contains images of people, find other photos of the same people, and help with identifying the subjects of photos.
DNS Provider ZoneEdit Downed By Denial Of Service Attack
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The attack, which started early Tuesday morning Eastern time and continued Wednesday, affected four of ZoneEdit's 25 domain name servers.
Has Blockbuster Finally Found The Hammer To Crush Netflix?
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
TechCrunch thinks it has, as Michael Arrington, a self-confessed former "die-hard Netflix fan," notes in a post explaining why he's canceling his Netflix membership. He says the recent announcement by Blockbuster that you can now return mail-order rentals at the store tips the balance. Also helping make Blockbuster more attractive: Allowing customers to use the free rentals for movies or games, generous free-
Musician Turned Programmer Wins Rights To '60s Classic 'Whiter Shade Of Pale'
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
A London High Court judge awarded Matthew Fisher a 40% cut of the royalties generated by the song, which is generally credited to bandmates Gary Brooker and Keith Reid.
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