News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in March 2009
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The End Of Encarta
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
This week, Microsoft announced the end of Encarta, its multimedia encyclopedia that started life as a CD-ROM-only product offering way back in 1993. Back then, even a CD-ROM drive was a novelty. A lot has changed in the intervening years, including Internet resources like Wikipedia that tap into the collective knowledge of the world.
CA Links Advanced Systems Management To VMware OS
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
CA seeks to remain a virtualization vendor-neutral supplier of systems management as VMware, Citrix Systems, and Microsoft contend as hypervisor suppliers to the data center.
HP Eyeing Google's Android
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
Web 2.0: Mixes Social Network, Facts, Opinions
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The startup matches like-minded people in its review community to zero in on what's most interesting and helpful.
Airborne Emergency Rooms Possible With Flying Wi-Fi
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Incidents of passenger medical crises have been increasing as populations age and as more huge airliners come into service.
A Last Look at Open Source BI
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Open-source BI and I have come to a parting of ways. OS-BI capabilities, reliability, and support have matured. Commercial OS-BI vendors now compete with BI market leaders. That competition now appears to focus primarily on solutions and on the cost and community advantages open-source-reliant business models can (and do) offer. I will, however, take one last look, a snapshot of the state of the market, before I take my leave of the topic...
Facebook, Adobe Team On Support For Flash
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The companies got together last fall after Facebook reviewed support for ActionScript and found that none of its client libraries was complete and fully updated.
H-1B Visa Applications Expected To Slow
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Experts believe the weak economy will lead fewer companies to apply for H-1B visas this year, but that the 85,000 visa cap eventually will be filled.
Google's Stimulus Package: A Venture Capital Fund
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The company will invest up to $100 million in consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech, and health care startups through Google Ventures.
The TomTom Dispute: No Bang
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Kinda saw this one coming. TomTom and Microsoft have settled their whole dispute out of court -- leaving, as various pundits have observed, the whole MS-vs.-Linux issue still in legal limbo. That is, if there even is such an issue.

Microsoft Offers Server For Tiny Businesses
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Windows Server 2008 Foundation, aimed at organizations with 15 or fewer computer users, will be sold through computer manufacturers.
Google Yanks Tethering Apps From Android Market
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It looks like Google is exerting some control over a few applications in the Android Market. It recently pulled a tethering application for Developer Distribution Agreement violations.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
Cloud Interoperability? Amazon And Microsoft Play Nice
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Amazon and Microsoft--both of which declined to sign the newly published Open Cloud Manifesto--yesterday said they won't lock customers into their respective cloud services.
MySpace Launches Local Business Directories
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The social networking site kicks off a trial version of a service it ultimately plans to offer nationwide.
EBay Opening App Store In Summer
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Similar to Apple's App Store, eBay hopes to entice third-party developers with a slice of the revenue from its Selling Manager Application.
PC Failures, PC Fixes: Troubleshooting Mysterious Problems
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Our expert shares strategies for dealing with difficult-to-trace desktop computer problems stemming from Windows and hardware failures, electrical problems, and untrappable OS issues.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
American Airlines Plans Fleet Of Flying Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Service is scheduled for 150 domestic MD-80s this year to be followed by the rollout of the Wi-Fi service on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Microsoft Encarta Is Web 2.0's Latest Victim
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The online encyclopedia falls in the face of competition from the likes of Wikipedia.
Facebook Quick Tip: Managing The Redesign
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Facebook's redesign puts more information in your News Feed -- sometimes too much. Here's how to block updates from the noisiest pals in your social network, without un-friending them entirely.
BI from the SAP Customer Viewpoint
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It struck me that the SAP Netweaver BI & Portals conference keynote was perhaps too visionary for where attending SAP customers are today in terms of their BI initiatives. Many are primarily writing ABAPs for reporting... Even Business Objects Web Intelligence is a major leap forward for them...
What Intel's Nehalem Servers Mean To SMBs
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It might seem easy to dismiss Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series processors (code-named Nahelem) as expensive toys for high-performance computing and large enterprises. But despite the launch's concentration on big companies, the new chips also promise to deliver faster, more energy-efficient options at small-business-friendly prices.
Cisco Opens Up Unified Communications And Telepresence To Multivendor Solutions
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Lack of interopability between vendors' systems has long been a thorn in the side of both Unified Communications and Telepresence. At VoiceCon this week, though, Cisco is moving to let its products work better with vendors -- and that could help spur interest in both technologies, especially among smaller companies.
Operators Agree To Standardize Marketing
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
AT&T's, Sprint's, T-Mobile's, and Verizon Wireless' marketing practices could deliver a more consistent experience for the end user.
Intel's Nehalem Server Chips Seen Aiding Virtualization
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The improvements in Xeon processors are the kind of technology organizations will need as they deploy more virtualization in their data centers and move toward cloud computing, Intel said.
Netflix To Charge 300% More For Blu-ray Discs
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Many customers who currently pay $1 extra per month for HD discs will soon have to shell out $4 per month.
Video Game Play Improves Eyesight
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
A research study showed that playing first-person shooters like Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty 2 improves vision.
MySpace Coming To Windows Mobile
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The partnership will also open up Microsoft's Silverlight to MySpace developers.
Will Buying New Nehalem Servers Save Your Business Money?
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Spending more to spend less? That's HPs claim for the new line of ProLiant G6 rack, blade, and tower servers. But do Nehalem processors, improved power management, enhanced automation, and seductive financing make it so?
Online Ad Revenues Break Records In 2008
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Web-based advertising is growing despite the economic downturn.
Discovery Crew Returns Home From ISS
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Astronauts land in Florida after finishing up 12-day mission aboard the International Space Station.
Google China Starts Offering Free Music Downloads
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Google's partner and music source is, a 4-year-old Beijing-based company that aims to promote licensed online music distribution in China.
AT&T Nabs Nokia E71x Smartphone
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone will be aggressively priced at $99, a sign that Nokia is aiming to have a stronger presence in the U.S. market.
BearingPoint Sale Could Disrupt Customer Engagements
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Tech consulting firm Gartner is warning clients that the sale of government outsourcer BearingPoint could disrupt work on current projects, such as the rebuilding of Afghanistan's civil institutions.
Warning: Bad Men In Black Hats!
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
If there's one criticism of open source you can count on -- one that comes back like crabgrass in the lawn of life, to paraphrase Peanuts's Linus -- it's the line that goes something like this: "Open source means everyone can see your code. Therefore anyone with Bad Things in mind can hack you all the more easily." Here is, I hope, another bullet to the forehead of that myth.

Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum and remove features from its car navigation devices.
Storage Startup Turns Many Servers Into One Storage Pool
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
ParaScale software enables a cloud-like system for tier 2 storage and archiving on commodity hardware and Linux.
Fresh Crop Of Intel Nehalem Servers On Way
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, and Sun are among the vendors launching products at the same time Intel officially introduces its latest Xeon server chips.
Annual Strategic Security Survey
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
If it's spring, it must be InformationWeek's Annual Security Survey, where we gather and analyze changes in security practices. Please join the 40,000 security professionals, IT staff, and managers who have participated in this landmark survey in recent years.
Intel To Launch Nehalem Server Processor
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The new members of Intel's Xeon family implement the company's next-generation microarchitecture featuring an integrated memory controller.
Microsoft Gaffe Hints At Windows 7 Release Date
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Online leak points to a Release Candidate in May and the possibility of a final version by autumn.
LucidEra Upgrades Online Sales Analytical Tool
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Pipeline Insight 2.0 introduces new pre-built stage conversion metrics and best-practice reports that enable sales managers to analyze current and historical trends.
Panorama Unveils RC1 Of NovaView 6
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The preview of the latest version of NovaView incorporates Google Apps to enable customers to use the online office productivity suite to share and collaborate on reports.
From 'BI' to 'Business Analytics,' It's All Fluff
Commentary  |  3/29/2009  | 
I was there in Washington, D.C., last week at the SAS Global Executive Forum when Jim Davis gave his much-talked-about, business-intelligence-is-dead, business-analytics-is-the-future presentation. "I don't believe (business intelligence is) where the future is; the future is in business analytics," he said. I thought at the time that it was a little silly.
'The BI Survey 8' Finds Customers Want Faster Performance, Better Support
News  |  3/29/2009  | 
Annual business intelligence poll uncovers selection criteria for 23 products. Independents fare better than 'megavendors' on support and customer loyalty ratings.
Private-Cloud Azure? How About Shipping Azure?
Commentary  |  3/29/2009  | 
Microsoft is hard at work trying to finish its Azure cloud operating system and eventually make the Azure world safe for customer data. With that in mind, it seems a bit premature to worry about whether users can create their own private Azure environments. Microsoft is right to tamp down speculation that Azure will move from service to product any time soon, because it is too soon.
Faceless Twitter Users Exposed By Other Social Networks
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Just by comparing Flickr and Twitter, researchers connected the dots in the completely anonymous Twitter graph with only a 12% error rate.
How One Small Town Is Using Twitter And Other Social Media
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Following my post earlier this week about why local governments aren't making use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, I found myself in Second Life with the city engineer of the town of LaSalle, Ill, talking about how the government of her little town uses Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Skype and Second Life to better serve their citizens and stay in touch with other small-town officials across the United States and Canada.
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