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Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in March 2006
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Game Companies Get Down To Business
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Being a genius with a great idea isn't enough; gaming companies are following the lead of corporate IT and adopting third-party middleware to make their products winners.
Virtualization Vendors Jockey For Advantage
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Microsoft delays update for its Virtual Server software, licenses its Virtual Hard Disk format to XenSource.
From Jill Carroll To InformationWeek's Own Tom Claburn: Journalists Just Doing Their Jobs
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
I feel like I should know Jill Carroll. She grew up down the street from me, went to the same Michigan middle school and high school as I did, and swam for the same neighborhood swim club. But I didn't know her. She's quite a bit--ahem--younger than I am.
Microsoft Security Flaws Create A New Market
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
It's happened again: Someone other than Microsoft has ridden in on their white horse and delivered a patch designed to protect Microsoft customers while Redmond readies its next regularly scheduled download of fixes. Russian programmer Ilfak Guilfanov, senior developer with Belgian software maker DataRescue, opened the barn doors in January when he issued an unauthorized piece of workaround code to help companies
EMS Scales A Data Mountain
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Outdoor gear merchant Eastern Mountain Sports implements Web-based business intelligence to help it win retail sales.
Fujitsu Announces Controls Automation and Monitoring Solution for Compliance, Risk, and Performance Management
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Collaboration with Deloitte Consulting LLP also in the works.
Kawasaki Expands Use of Click Commerce Solution Worldwide
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
The powersports equipment manufacturer intends to increase sales of Kawasaki accessories around the world.
Cox Communications to Deploy Informiam's ClearPath with Cisco IP Contact Center Solution
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
ClearPath being deployed in conjunction with recently announced Cisco IPCC solution to allow for visibility of customer operations across 19 North American contact centers.
Oracle's BI Play
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
Oracle is pushing a new product line that it hopes will cover companies' BI needs from top to bottom.
Justice Department Spreads Subpoenas
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
Search engines aren't the only companies being sent subpoenas. As part of its campaign to demonstrate the futility of Internet filtering, the U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed at least 34 Internet companies and software makers. The story is now posted on I discovered this thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request I filed with the Department of Justice. The DOJ complied, though r
Maybe It's Just That Nobody Gives A Cr-- Uh, Darn
Commentary  |  3/29/2006  | 
Nonprofits and political organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are campaigning against America Online's plan to give preferential treatment to some E-mail newsletters and other bulk mail, provided that the senders are willing to pay a fee. Bennet Haselton, of the political group, posted an explanation on Slashdot. It's thoughtful--but demonstrates why Peacefire and the EFF are missing the
Is Open Source Ready To Implement SOA?
News  |  3/28/2006  | 
LogicBlaze debuts open-source Fuse middleware to help businesses get started with their SOA projects.
SAS Expands Into Credit Risk, Bank Compliance Areas
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
At its annual user conference, SAS also details its expanded data integration R&D efforts.
Oracle's Wookey Talks Up Fusion, Open Source
Commentary  |  3/27/2006  | 
Most customers won't make the jump to Oracle Corp.'s Fusion applications for years, but the software maker says it has begun working with companies to make the transition. Along with the transition, Oracle's focus has been on delivering industry-specific features, similar to tools from Microsoft Business Solutions and SAP AG. Click here to download or listen to the podcast.
Cognos Adds Search Technology To BI Toolset
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
The updated release of Cognos 8 also offers PowerPoint support and tighter integration with the SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal.
Skype Founders Sued For Racketeering
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
The suit claims that peer-to-peer client maker Kazaa, also founded by Skype founders, violated StreamCast's exclusive rights to the technology behind Kazaa by selling it to a shell company.
Process Management Grows Up: Q&A With Gartner's Jim Sinur
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
VP and distinguished analyst Sinur outlines a BPM maturity model and talks about what it takes to get to the next level of process performance.
Three No-Cost Ways To Get Started With BPM
News  |  3/27/2006  | 
Several business process management vendors now offer free, downloadable tools that let you model processes, analyze expected performance improvement and create most, if not all, of an actual executable design.
Microsoft SQL Server Runs With Largest Databases
Commentary  |  3/24/2006  | 
Microsoft's SQL Server keeps showing up in unexpected places. One of them is the list of entrants for Winter Corp.'s 2005 TopTen largest databases.
Microsoft And Eclipse: A Showdown For Ajax Leadership
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
Dueling Ajax efforts could determine who controls the user interface for interactive Web applications.
Heads Roll As Microsoft Misses Vista Target
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
The business version is on time, but the company won't make the key holiday consumer sales season.
Updated: Check Point And Sourcefire Scrap Acquisition Amidst Scrutiny
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
Israel-based Check Point will have to seek other business partners to add intrusion detection to its product lineup.
Office 2007 Delay Sets Stage For Massachusetts Open Document Battle
News  |  3/24/2006  | 
The delay gives Microsoft time to challenge the Open Document Format in Massachusetts. By January, Microsoft is expected to have received approval from the ECMA standards body for Office 2007.
Problems Pile Up For Upcoming Vista, Office Upgrades
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Problems continue to pile up for Microsoft as it tries to push out the latest versions of its major products: Windows and Office. Microsoft said earlier this week that it won't ship Windows Vista in time for the winter holiday season. Meanwhile, Office has its own problems. For years, users have complained that Office is too bloated; Microsoft is reacting to those complaints by piling on new features that
The Skinny From Bill Gates
Commentary  |  3/23/2006  | 
Microsoft's desktop strategy is slated to take its next step forward later this year, with the release of Office 2007. Gates, now Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, talked with our sister publication InformationWeek last week and held forth on an array of topics related to corporate data and information-sharing, including a server-based version of Excel, enterprise data search and corporate blogging.
Readers: Less Faith In Database Analytics?
Commentary  |  3/22/2006  | 
A comparison of two Business Intelligence Pipeline polls indicates that readers have less confidence in database makers' ability to deliver built-in analytics than they did a year and a half ago.
IBM Gets Into Gaming, Animation
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
IBM is helping three companies innovate in the gaming and animation industries.
Adware Pioneer To Exit Market, Sale Could Lead To Consolidation
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Claria's announcement that it will sell its adware business raises the possibility of rivals 180solutions and WhenU making a bid.
Workscape Promotes Enterprise Compensation Management
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
New release brings more providers into pay for performance.
What Is Location Intelligence?
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Improve processes and performance through contextual information about location.
Dassault Intros Software For Future Animators, Engineers
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Cosmic Blobs Lab Pack, aimed at children ages seven to 14, lets kids create 3D characters and objects to animate and is being marketed to schools.
Making the Audit Pay
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Regulatory compliance effectiveness often brings operating efficiency.
Informatica Intensifies Focus on Data Integration
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
New technology roadmap and data quality lead focus for Informatica.
Coming Soon: Your Next ERP System
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Companies face crucial choices in enterprise software, and not just enterprise applications.
RFID Pays Way, Opens Doors At Resort
News  |  3/22/2006  | 
Guests at a resort in Niagara Falls will be given RFID wristbands to access rooms and pay for service during their stay.
March Madness Means Internet Madness
Commentary  |  3/22/2006  | 
So who's watching March Madness basketball on their computers? Apparently millions. CBS SportsLine, which is offering games on-demand for free, said some 4 million visitors hit the site in the first four days. That resulted in more than 14 million live video streams being served up. It believes that's more than any live event in Internet history.
Eclipse Expands, Urges Shift Away From Windows User Interface
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Eclipse Rich Client Platform offers developers a way to build user interfaces that run across Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops.
Microsoft Delays Consumer Version Of Vista Until January
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Versions for business will be available by November, but Microsoft will miss holiday consumer sales.
Microsoft's Going Broader, Google's Going Deeper--And Some Mobile Services May Not Go At All
Commentary  |  3/21/2006  | 
The possibilities are endless, and I think Google's really onto something here. It's their core business proposition--search--but with a twist. We'll see what the rest of this year brings along these lines; I've got to believe other themed sites aren't long behind.
Analysis: On SOA & BPM: Q&A With Systinet's Tom Erickson
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Systinet president Tom Erickson offers seasoned views of the integration and process management market.
In Focus: Xerox Adds Sophistication to Low-Cost ECM
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
Xerox's DocuShare 5.0 upgrade stays easy-to-use while debuting blog- and wiki-support functions and componentized content management capabilities.
Many Data Centers Still Have No Risk Management Plan
News  |  3/21/2006  | 
More than 75% have experienced a business disruption in the past five years, including 20% who say the disruption had a serious impact on the business, according to a recent survey of data center managers.
Step Outside the Magic Kingdom
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Conventional wisdom can crowd out innovation.
Oracle 3Q Earnings Soar On Hefty Sales Increase
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
CEO Ellison predicts that new search technology and the recently completed Siebel acquisition will further fuel Oracle's growth.
Field Report: Meineke Car Care Centers
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Meineke Car Care Centers has more than 900 locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America. Finding the best locations to attract customers is a challenge when there is intense competition for prime real estate, especially when your stores require good road access and visibility from major intersections.
Has Google's Privacy Policy Protected Us From Government Surveillance?
Commentary  |  3/20/2006  | 
The District Court ruling that Google doesn’t have to turn over any search records to the Bush administration isn’t just a victory for Web surfers who don’t like the thought of being tracked by the government. It's a victory for anyone who stores data and doesn’t want to be h
Gates Vows A New Internet Explorer Every Year--Or More
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
In his MIX06 keynote, Bill Gates promises to update IE as often as every nine to 12 months to keep pace with quickly evolving Web technologies and programming tools.
Will Rich Internet Apps Catch the Bus?
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Rich Internet applications (RIA) have been the buzz in the applications development community as organizations look for ways to break out of primitive modes of Web services and applications and make better use of the power resident on the client side of most architectural implementations.
Field Report: Global Travel Exchange (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Imagine competing in a cutthroat business with ever-tightening margins but little control over your costly distribution system. That's the frustrating situation for many suppliers in the travel and tourism industry.
Gates Q&A: Changes Around The Office
News  |  3/20/2006  | 
Microsoft's chairman sits down with us to preview the many updates to be made to Office.
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