What's Not BI? Don't Get Me Started...
Do you prefer the broad or the narrow definition of BI, and how should we differentiate BI and analytics? Read on for my "extended jam" on these and other FAQs about business intelligence.
Sentiment Analysis Feels Its Way Forward
A bit of controversy regarding sentiment analysis is playing out. A techno-skeptic blogger clique asserts that automated sentiment analysis is so inaccurate as to render automated methods worthless. Others differ with them: we like automation. Newly joining us are some of the skeptics' own kind, critics such as "Measurement Queen" K.D. Paine...
HP-Palm Deal Reinforces Microsoft-HTC Pact
This week has seen two big developments in the business of mobile technology. The first was Microsoft's intellectual property licensing agreement with HTC, the maker of Android devices including Google's Nexus One phone. Next came Hewlett-Packard's offer to buy Palm Computing for $1.2 billion. Turns out that is more good news for Microsoft too.
Image Gallery: Government's 10 Most Powerful Supercomputers
The United States government owns many of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, including six of the top ten. These supercomputers are being used for everything from climate modeling to building spaceships to basic science research.
Foxit, Solid Documents Release New PDF Tools
Two new programs for working with PDF files have become available this week. Foxit Phantom PDF (for Windows) is for creating and manipulating PDF files, while Solid PDF to Word for Mac is for turning PDF files into documents editable by standard office programs.
Microsoft Adds BPMN to Visio (with Help from G360)
It's safe to say that despite the proliferation of real BPMN tools, the majority of BPMN-like process diagrams that exist in the world have been created in Microsoft Visio. For me, Visio, by itself, was always just a "drawing" tool, not a real modeling tool... In Visio 2010 Premium, Microsoft has put a real BPMN editor into the box.
Apple iAd Aims Upscale
High-profile partners are being sought by Apple for its iAd platform, ones willing to pay well and make a splash.
Most Software Execs See Rebound This Year
According to the findings of a new survey, most software CEOs and CFO see a return to pre-recession levels this year and cloud computing, particularly among SMBs, is the big driver for the rebound.
NIST: Federal R&D Boosts Industry
In an annual report, The National Institute of Standards and Technology details innovations developed collaboratively by federal labs and organizations outside of government.
Apple WWDC Kicks Off June 7
The iPhone OS 4, HTML 5, and potentially a new iPhone will be spotlighted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Microsoft Gets Paid For Android
By striking a patent licensing deal with HTC, Microsoft is raising the cost of using Google's free Android operating system.
SMBs Demand Fast ROI On IT Investments
According to a CompTIA survey, 80% of SMBs wants technology solutions that "deliver immediate payback in terms of minimum disruption of business continuity and seamless integration with existing solutions" and are most interested in virtualization, unified communications, and mobile.
Seven Questions for Teradata
I'm about to attend day two of Teradata's annual third-party industry influencers meeting. I'm grateful for the opportunity to listen, to voice my opinions, and, per the agenda distributed by analyst-relations manager extraordinaire Kim Dossey, to "Ask Any Question." I'll actually aim for seven. Here they are...
Interop 2010 Show Winners
This year's competition shines a light on the very best that IT vendors have to offer in cloud computing, network management, security, virtualization, wireless, and more. We also picked a top startup and gave out a green award.
BPM Helps Manage Aircraft at Heathrow Airport
Before a recent event-driven architecture initiative took place, London's Heathrow Airport had a depressingly low on-time departure rate of 68%... Better air-to-air management now saves 90 liters of fuel per flight and has raised the on-time departure rate to 83%.
Mac Vendor Launches SMB Sweepstakes
MacMall, a leading Mac mail order company, is holding a sweepstakes in which creative studios and related businesses can pick up a complete Mac-based work station (except for the Mac).
VMware Plus Salesforce.com, An Unlikely Pair
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Cloud Computing Climbs Adoption S-Curve
If Cloud Computing is of more than passing interest to you -- and you're still sitting on the sidelines -- here's a series of recent happenings (and my interpretation of the S-curve) that should inspire you to move forward.
Google Buys Labpixies
In acquiring the widget maker, Google is deepening its commitment to social software.