News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in May 2007
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Google Introduces New Developer Tools
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The introduction of Google Gears, Google Mashup Editor, and Google Mapplets gives software developers a host of new tools to work with.
Should Companies Hire People With Black Marks On Their Internet Histories?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
An international retailer finds a great candidate to head up its store in Shanghai. But a bit of last-minute Googling turns up information about political activism against the Chinese government. Should she still get the job?

Microsoft Drops A Few Data Center Strategy Hints
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Ever wanted to know how Microsoft makes decisions about how to build its data centers, where they are and how big they are, and what the company intends to do with them all? A video interview the company has posted today with Michael Manos, the Microsoft's senior director of Data Center Services, gives a few hints.
Video Game Prescription Helps 12-Year-Old Beat Cancer
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
His treatment consisted of, among other things, chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and permission to play Re-Mission as often as possible.
Why Novell Might Need 'Plan B' For Linux Distribution
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Novell says its alliance with Microsoft is a key part of its Linux sales strategy. It may need to rethink that. On Thursday, the Free Software Foundation took aim at the partnership with a deal-busting final draft of the new open source license.
Big Carriers Chosen In Federal Telecom Networx Award
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The award means that the five chosen companies are eligible to offer their services on a competitive basis to the 135-odd federal entities.
Microsoft Would Lose Patent Rights Under New Linux License Terms
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The final draft of GPLv3 states that companies that distribute open-source software cannot at the same time pursue patent claims against users of that software.
Everest Game Takes Players Into Thin Air
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
World-renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs partnered with Big Fish Games to give players a multimedia experience of a high-altitude expedition.
VoIP Startup Jajah Buddies Up To Telecom Carriers
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Jajah's strategy is to work with telecom service providers so both companies can make money from VoIP calls.
You Can See Steve Jobs' House On Google Maps
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
RFID-Tagged Umbrellas Track Shoppers' Movements In Philly
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Each one is identified by a Motorola RFID tag that's inlaid in plastic and dangles from the strap.
Google Analytics Suffers Outage
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Last week Google Analytics customers reported service outages that affected some for more than 24 hours. Worse, Google issued no official comment until Tuesday. As "Web Analytics Report" readers know, Google's official support partners fare no better than users, and in this case received no communications on the outage. As a free service, perhaps the offering is not supposed to be enterprise-class, but let's compare marketing hype to real functionality.
How Customers Should Prepare for Vendor Demos
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Tony Byrne has provided some advice to vendors regarding product demos. Those ten points make essential reading for vendors and customers alike, but there is another perspective. Since I have personally sat in on those demos both as a buyers' advisor and as a vendor (system integrator), I need to add three points that customers should keep in mind when asking vendors to demonstrate their products:
Google Set To Offer Browser-Based Security For Its Apps
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Google's purchase of an antivirus company has industry analysts talking about Google diving into the enterprise apps market, as well as adding security to its toolbar.
LogiXML Upgrades BI Platform
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
LogiXML improves the abiltiy of Logi 8 to export data to Microsoft Excel.
Google Goes Offline With 'Gears'
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Flanked by partners, Google offers new APIs and focuses on its plans to move further into Microsoft's desktop space.
U.S. Mobile Applications Market Forecast To Reach $9 Billion Soon
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The business mix includes custom-coded wireless packages, productivity tools, enterprise resource planning tools, e-mail, and security applications.
DOE Rolls Out Powerful ESnet For Scientific Researchers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The optical network will serve more than 50,000 DOE laboratory staffers and scientists as well as thousands of academic researchers.
Open Source Mapping Database For Broadband Data Recommended
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Contrary to the FCC's plans, the ITIF argues that a user-generated map would encourage public participation and generate precise local broadband data.
HP Unveils In-Store Customer Kiosk
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The experimental Retail Store Assistant is billed as a more effective marketing tool than mailings and other types of traditional promotions.
Information Builders Adds Dashboards, Excel Plug-in, Compliance Framework
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Business intelligence vendor offers two approaches to sharing data and insight: the usual Excel route, or 'Active' license-free reports with dashboard and collaboration features.
Cigna Offers Cancer-Fighting Video Game To Patients
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
HopeLab claims that cancer patients who play Re-Mission have more successful treatment than those who don't play the game.
Microsoft Gets Novell Linux Code Ahead Of Open Source Community
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
SEC document shows that Microsoft is entitled to receive key technical documentation from the Linux distributor -- even if that documentation is not generally available to open source software developers.
Palm's Foleo Fails To Wow Followers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The Foleo is a Linux-based, large-screen companion device to the Treo that lets users create e-mails and edit documents using a 10-inch display and a full-sized keyboard.
Apple Patches Bugs In QuickTime ... Again
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
For the second time this month, Apple released a security update to fix vulnerabilities in its QuickTime media player.
Why Are Customers Frustrated With Web Analytics?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
I spoke to customers and vendors at the recent Emetrics Summit to find some answers. Customers generally underestimated the level of effort required of them -- for example the tagging required to collect "basic" data, such as downloads of PDFs, Excel and Word files. Not understanding the need to develop a process for data collection, page tagging, and analysis, customers often assume that once the Web analytics solution is in place, it will run itself.
HP Unveils Entry-Class Server For Telecom Industry
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The HP Integrity NonStop NS3000AC is sold as a package that includes hardware, an operating system, and a database stack.
IE Mobile Gets Standards For Windows Mobile 6
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
For those of you eagerly waiting the upgrades to Internet Explorer Mobile for Windows Mobile 6, here is a rundown of what you can expect from the new OS.
Mozilla Update Ends Support For Firefox 1.5
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Users of the open-source browser will now be encouraged to migrate to Firefox 2.
RFID Skills Improving But Deployment Slows, Study Finds
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Among those who believe there is a shortage of RFID skills, 68% said the shortage would impact adoption, CompTIA found.
Is Google Getting Serious About Business Software?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Here's to betting that a Salesforce.com and Google business partnership has been consummated. Salesforce informs me it will be making an announcement with a "leading Internet company based in the Bay Area" on June 5.
Computer GUI Revolution Continues With Microsoft Surface's Touch Screen, Object Recognition
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Microsoft's tabletop display computer may set us on the path to where we no longer need keyboards and mice to work with computers.
Apple Launches DRM-Free Music Tracks On iTunes Plus
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
More than a dozen of Paul McCartney's classic albums are also making their debut.
Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying softwar
Ajax Versus Silverlight, JavaFX and Flash/Flex
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
I've noticed that spokespeople for Microsoft, Sun and Adobe tend to gingerly disparage Ajax… It doesn't fit their model: proprietary delivery methods (runtime clients, graphics engines), proprietary or semi-proprietary development tools-their own solutions for overcoming the deficiencies of HTTP Web applications… It pains them that Ajax is so popular. They have to deal with it, treat it with kid gloves, even support it; but they don't like it.
Harmony Integrates BI Into Software For Social Service Organizations
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Harmony Information Systems plans to integrate the Logi 8 BI platform into irs software for managing operations related to child welfare, juveniles justice, substance abuse, and other social services.
Microsoft Cancels PDC... What's A Developer To Do?
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
Is Microsoft suffering from developer show burnout? -- or -- does the rescheduling suggest that it will it be a long time before Microsoft's "next wave of platform technologies" is ready?
Google Adds Street-Level Pictures to Google Maps
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Initially, Street View images are available in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. Additional cities will be covered in the future.
Beatnik Offers Music Format For Low-Cost Phones
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The file format is one-tenth the size of the typical MP3 file, making it possible to quickly download tunes on older digital mobile phone networks found in emerging markets.
Novell Says Open Source License Changes Could Kill Microsoft Deal
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Novell said that proposed revisions to the General Public License could force the company to modify its relationship with Microsoft or find alternatives to the deal.
Microsoft's SharePoint Server Gets DoD Certification
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The company's Office collaboration and document management tool gains some stature with the military's 5015.2 seal of approval.
FTC Reviews Google's Plans For DoubleClick
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Analysts suggest that anti-trust concerns will take precedence over privacy concerns during the evaluation.
Crossing Channels: Q&A With Best Buy's Matt Smith
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
As Senior Director, Customer Insight at Best Buy, Matt Smith oversees Web analytics, one-to-one marketing, the Reward Zone customer-loyalty program, market-share measurement, in-store test-and-measurement and an analytics research and development team that serves multiple operating groups. Smith explains the retailer's move into cross-channel analysis, which he says is essential to transitioning from customer acquisition to relationship building.
T-Mobile's Parent, Deutsche Telekom, Invests In VoIP Startup Jajah
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The investment marks the first by a cell phone service provider in VoIP and is a signal that the German company is willing to risk the cannibalization of its existing landline service.
Service Innovation: Survival of the Savviest
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
On May 30, a bunch of very smart people from a variety of industry and academic settings will gather in Santa Clara, Calif., to discuss service innovation in the technology industry, at a symposium organized by the recently formed Service Research Innovation Initiative (SRII). Service innovation is an idea whose time has come. The service sector now accounts for 75 percent to 80 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
Customer Insight: Complete the Picture With Cross-Channel Analysis
News  |  5/28/2007  | 
Are you looking at store-, contact center- and Web-based transactions in isolation? Employing cross-channel analysis, Best Buy learned that best customers are typically multi-channel customers, and it's now personalizing marketing messages with a complete view of customer behavior. Here's a look at the cross-channel trend and its implications for technology choices and operational decisions.
Novell Tips Details Of Microsoft Linux Deal, Spotlighting FSF Opposition
Commentary  |  5/28/2007  | 
The Free Software Foundation, that merry band of advocates of the GNU/Linux operating system (don't call it "Linux" -- FSF president Richard Stallman will get mad), is looking to throw a monkey wrench into the peace pact between Novell and Microsoft. Under that deal, signed last November, Novell insulated itself from Linux patent suits from Redmond and got millions of dollars in much-needed cash to boot. Now, Novell financial filings release
BEA Systems To Launch Software For Complex Event Processing
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
Complex event processing servers are able to match detected events to rules embedded in them that either sanction or disapprove of the recognized sequence.
Linux Foundation To Microsoft: Touch One Of Us, Fight Us All
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office desktop applications are threatened by open source code, but the company will be reluctant to file a patent suit, foundation officials said.
Google Calendar Now Available For Your Cell Phone
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Google this week released a mobile version of its Calendar tool. Sign up is easy: Just go to calendar.google.com from your mobile phone and the application should work on your phone.
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