News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in March 2010
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Finding the Best Vendor Means Treating Bidders Right
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Some enterprises believe that technology suppliers are so hungry for business that they will line up for kilometers to respond to an RFP. This is increasingly not the case. We're actually seeing fewer responses to even "good RFPs." There are a couple reasons why...
Can Your Data Storage Avoid A Digital Doomsday?
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Your small business may stand the test of time, but what about your data? As existing storage technologies mature and new ones enter the picture, that question is just as hard to answer as it ever was.
Orange, OpenX To Challenge DoubleClick
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Telecom operator will use OpenX's platform to reach the 343 million users of its Ad Network service.
Microsoft Exec: 'We'll Beat Google In Cloud'
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Senior VP Kurt DelBene says cross-platform browsing and editing advantages, plus management and security features, will lure enterprises to Office Web Applications.
IBM And ShoreTel Introduce "UCC-In-A-Box"
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
The new ShoreTel for IBM Lotus Foundations is a unified communications and collaboration package intended for SMBs.
Microsoft, Ford In Electric Car Venture
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Software maker will tie its energy management platform to Ford's vehicles in effort to boost power efficiency.
Novell Wins Unix Case Against SCO
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
A federal jury ruled that Novell, not SCO Group, owns the Unix copyrights, but SCO said it would continue its fight.
SAP Launches Collaboration Cloud
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
StreamWork announcement highlights agile development and innovation. But is it a platform customers want from SAP?
Oracle Unveils Tuxedo 11g, Options
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Database vendor beefs up the software in effort to lure new customers and spur upgrades.
10gen Commercializes 'No SQL' MongoDB
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Document-oriented database can scale-out as demand increases by adding nodes on a server cluster.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Nightmare: 10 Ways SAP Can Beat Oracle
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Ellison bluntly predicted Oracle will blow past SAP in enterprise apps, but here are 10 steps SAP should take to reassert its preeminence.
If You've Got Big Data, You May Want Big Memory
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Jas Dhillon, CTO of Taser, explained to me last December how his company has gone from delivering stunning shocks to unruly police suspects to shocking the competition via cloud computing. In continuing to follow Taser's innovative approach, I found a story behind the story of how Taser was able to do this.
Connected TVs Gaining Interest
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Consumers' growing use of PCs and game consoles to access the Internet on TV bodes well for the future of connected TVs, analyst says.
Dell Launches Printers For SMBs
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Multifunction and single-function laser printers offer low printing costs, reliability, and productivity features for small and midsize businesses.
SRA Lands $500 Million USDA Contract
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has engaged SRA International to implement an SAP-based system to streamline its business processes.
Apple Updates Snow Leopard
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The update will improve stability, application compatibility, and security within the Mac and server versions of the operating system.
SMBs Continue Hiring Trend
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
U.S. Small businesses created approximately 50,000 new jobs in March and almost 175,000 since mid 2009, while wages and hours worked remained flat.
NASA Archiving Social Networking Activity
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The U.S. space agency has teamed with The Internet Archive to archive its image, video, and audio collections in a single, searchable resource.
IBM, Johnson Controls Eye Smart Buildings
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Vendors combine facilities management and IT systems to help customers reduce energy costs by as much as 35%.
HD2 Gets Windows Phone 7, Unofficially, Maybe
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Microsoft has confirmed that the popular HTC HD2 phone will not be getting the Windows Phone 7 Series upgrade later this year, even though the hardware appears to be perfectly capable of running the new OS. Sooner or later someone will obtain a ROM of WinPho 7 and load it onto the device. Reports are circulating that it has happened already.
Global CIO: Oracle's Dazzling Profit Machine Threatened By Rimini Suit
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
The two-way litigation's nominally about intellectual property but is really about Oracle's phenomenally profitable support revenue.
Harbinger Plans LTE Network
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
The company plans to use a combination of terrestrial base stations and SkyTerra satellites to deliver Long Term Evolution services to wireless providers.
Red Hat KVM Virtualization Finds Early Adopters
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Red Hat launched Enterprise Virtualization Nov. 3 based on yet another hypervisor, KVM. Red Hat had arrived on the scene late, what with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft already partying like it was 1999 all over again. I wondered how long it would take for Red Hat to be able to demonstrate some uptake of KVM.
Expert Analysis: Is Sentiment Analysis an 80% Solution?
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Sentiment-analysis technologies aren't perfect. But what critics are missing is the value of automation, the inaccuracy of human assessment, and the many applications that require only "good-enough" accuracy.
Google Mobile Service Trouble In China
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Google's mainland China service dashboard shows mobile service problems.
CIO's Front-Row Seat In Healthcare History Making
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
John Glaser, CIO at Partners HealthCare System--which operates several Boston area hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's, is finishing up his nearly year-long stint as an advisor to President Obama's health IT czar.
Colorado Piloting Health, Education Telepresence
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
The state is working with Cisco to implement remote health and distance learning, as well as make Colorado's buildings more energy efficient.
Fed IT Urged To Emulate Private Sector
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Government IT pros should follow the lead of private industry to improve project management, customer service, and accountability, report says.
HP Boosts Server Performance
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
The IT industry is moving away from autonomous server, storage system, and network devices toward more integrated solutions. In response, HP, which has the necessary pieces for such devices, boosted the performance of its ProLiant server line, which has been a staple in many small and medium businesses.
From Vision to Reality at SAP's NetWeaver BI Conference
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Last week, I was at an SAP Insider conference focused on business intelligence... As I felt once before in attending one of these events, there is a big disconnect between SAP BusinessObjects' lofty vision and customer reality.
SCO Novell Jury Decision Pending
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
A Utah federal jury is deliberating over the copyright ownership case between the SCO Group and Novell.
GSA Pilots Procurement Wiki
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
The General Services Administration's BetterBuy project allows vendors to provide online feedback on the RFP process.
PlayStation 3 Upgrade Kills Linux Option
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Outraged users claim Sony is removing a feature they already bought and paid for.
Polycom A Takeover Target
News  |  3/29/2010  | 
Now the largest independent videoconferencing provider, Polycom has recently inked new contracts with Avaya and HP.
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Declares War On IBM And SAP
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Ellison admits Oracle trails SAP in enterprise applications and IBM in high-end servers, but lays out plans for becoming #1 in each sector.
Are 'Pads' A Useful IT Tool?
Commentary  |  3/28/2010  | 
It looks like the iPad has enjoyed robust early demand; Apple has responded by delaying its new pre-orders until April 12 so that there will be enough inventory available for in-store sales beginning on April 3. So much for being the first to own the iPad by ordering in advance!
NorthScale Memcached Server Speeds Farmville
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
The distributed data caching specialist supplies the data management muscle behind Zynga's Farmville and Mafia Wars social networking games.
Google Broadband Plan Stirs Hunger For Speed
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
The company's experimental fiber network plan has elicited almost 200,000 invitations from speed-starved Internet users.
Apple iBookstore More Relaxed About Explicit Content
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
Explicit content in Apple's iBookstore seems not to be the problem that it is in the App Store.
Sybase Analytics Keeps SMS Moving
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
Combining Sybase IQ data warehousing with MicroStrategy dashboards, Operator Analytics 365 gauges telco network performance.
Business Trends Reported in Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
In recent conversations with various analytic DBMS vendors, a fairly consistent picture has emerged...
NASA Makes Mars Rover Smarter
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
AEGIS software autonomously analyzes images taken by the exploratory vehicle's wide-angle camera, speeding data collection.
Sybase Analytics Service Keeps SMS Messages Moving
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
Combining Sybase IQ data warehousing with MicroStrategy dashboards, Operator Analytics 365 gauges telco network performance.
Bada Bing: Microsoft In Search Comeback
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
Bing upgrades have Redmond on the road to recovery in search market while the competition stagnates.
Full Nelson: CTIA: HTC EVO 4G And All The Toys
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
This year's annual mobile industry gathering saw more 4G phones, more handsets, and a little bit more focus on the enterprise. Our Full Nelson columnist dials in his take on the new gear and services.
Oracle Revenues Rise 17% In 3Q
News  |  3/26/2010  | 
License and maintenance revenues are up; operating margins off slightly as Oracle concludes its third quarter and acquisition of Sun.
Cellphone Owners: We'll Use The iPad For Work
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
In a survey of mobile phone and smartphone owners, the most popular anticipated use for the iPad and other tablets was for work, followed closely by entertainment.
Red Hat Annual Revenues Up 15%
News  |  3/25/2010  | 
The supplier of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss middleware also saw 4Q revenues increase 18%.
Intel Updates AppUp Center
News  |  3/25/2010  | 
The online app store, open for U.S. and Canadian netbooks powered by Moblin 2.1, will be extended to 27 European countries next week.
Google Payola Scheme Sullies Android's Success
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
According to sources at two different wireless network operators, Google has been paying the carriers to deploy the Android platform. Perhaps that's why Android headlines have dominated trade shows this year, such as CES, Mobile World Congress and CTIA. With this knowledge, I believe it's fair to say Google has fully turned to the Dark Side.
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