News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in July 2005
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New Windows Era
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
It's strategy time for Microsoft customers as Windows Vista goes into beta testing. So, what's your plan?
Mozilla Goes Mobile
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Mobile-phone version of the popular Firefox browser is previewed for developers.
General Motors Signs Biggest Java Deal Ever
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
For Sun, the GM deal and another with General Electric are signs of a rebound
Microsoft Denies IE 7 Breaks Yahoo, Google Toolbars
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Company says problem was a bug in pre-beta versions that's fixed in Beta 1 version released last week; denies rumors that MSN search engine will be only default search in IE and pledges to support third-party toolbars and search engines. Internet Explorer.
Feds To Offer Low-Cost Health-Care Software
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
But it might not be enough to spur physician adoption of E-health-record technology.
Under New Management
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
One year after assuming the CEO job at Informatica, Sohaib Abbasi assesses where the company and the data-integration market are going.
National City Banks On TransUnion Cross-Selling System
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Software analyzes criteria such as estimated income and debt-to-income ratios to help the bank decide whom to extend credit-card offers to.
Wanna Be A Certifiable Linux Geek?
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
This just flew over my transom: At LinuxWorld in San Francisco next month, the Linux Professional Institute will offer free or really cheap Linux certification testing to all takers:
SmartAdvice: Use Java And WebSphere To Reengineer Legacy Mainframes
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
Set guidelines that ensure easy technology transitions and migrations, The Advisory Council says. Also, to profit from RFID, rethink business rules.
The First Open-Source Keyboard
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
I enjoyed Bill O'Brien's piece on new and interesting input devices over at Personal Tech Pipeline. But he missed what may be coolest thing to happen to a keyboard since, well, since there have been keyboards: Artemy Lebedev's Optimus. When I first laid eyes on this thing about a month ago, I knew I had to have one. Why? If you have to ask, then I can't explain.
Business Objects Reports 18% Second-Quarter Sales Increase
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Growth fueled by BusinessObjects XI sales and more million-dollar contracts
Microsoft Investigates Reported Hack of Windows Authenticity Check
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
A popular blog reports that Microsoft's online validation process for Windows has been hacked.
Microsoft's Growth Strategy Includes Premium-Priced Windows And Office Versions
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
The company's new triumvirate -- Gates, Ballmer, Ozzie -- lays out a growth strategy that also includes making more acquisitions to enter new markets, and selling more services
Dashboarding From The Bottom Up
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
A heck of a lot of organizations are rolling out reporting and analytics capabilities to their so-called "line-of-business" workers -- those knowledge employees whose ability to make smart decisions impacts things on the operational level. In other words, the people who really make a business run. As dashboards spread to more and more folks throughout the organization, one prominent business performance management executive has some advice for companies taking on new dashboard deployments: St
Government Agency To Offer Low-Cost Electronic Health-Record Software
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
But convincing doctors to adopt the software and change the way they do business will be a challenge.
Cognos Brings New Market and Product Strategy to Market
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Cognos Version 8 and Cognos Office Connection highlighted at Cognos Forum 2005.
RFID Innovator Gets $66 Million Funding
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
The funding bring Alien's total capital investment to $200 million.
Microsoft's Get-Out-Of-Jail Card
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
Longhorn, a difficult-to-herd animal of the Nor'West, has been roped, corralled and rebranded as Vista.
Cognos Offers a Sneak Peek at Version 8
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
September BI suite release tightens integration and unifies UI.
IBM Takes on Information Integration
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Initial vision combines adjacent products as starting point.
SAP Purchase of Lighthammer Likely to Deliver Performance Solutions
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Acquisition targets SAP's 12,000 manufacturing customers.
Dell Seeks To Migrate Exchange Users
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Dell on Thursday debuted a turnkey package of hardware, software, and services for enterprises that want to leave Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 before the aging mail server exits support at the end of the year.
Customer Data Challenge
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Consumer-goods companies have to learn to work closely with China's traditional wholesale/agent channels if they want to reap the rewards of better understanding their customers.
Dashboarding From The Bottom Up
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
If you're rolling out new reporting capabilities, think about empowering line-of-business workers first, before taking dashboards into the executive suite.
Tibco Offers RFID Middleware
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
RFID Interchange integrates data collected from RFID devices into business processes.
Microsoft Releases Limited Beta Of IE7 For Windows XP
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
The tabbed-browser beta went out to 10,000 testers already lined up for Windows Vista Beta 1, as well as 500,000 members of Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN programs.
Sun Inks Largest Java Deal Ever With GM
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
GM will use Sun Java Enterprise System to build a companywide services-oriented architecture.
InterBase: What Was The Chance...
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
My last column raised as many new questions as I had when I researched it. This one concerns the back-door login that had been compiled into Borland's InterBase code. If anyone knows the answer, or knows someone who might, give me a shout.
Embrace, Extend, Annoy
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
Years ago, I spent enough time dealing with both Quark and its customers to get the gist of that company's end-user support philosophy: sit down, shut up, and do as you're told -- please.
Google-ize Your Logo
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
Just for the fun of it: Logogle takes whatever text you input and makes it look like the Google home page. Like "InformationWeek," for instance. (Via Boing Boing and elsewhere.)
The Internet Worm
Commentary  |  7/26/2005  | 
Earlier this afternon, I got an interesting email from Bill Whiting, a Linux Pipeline newsletter subscriber. After reading my editor's note -- also availble on the site as today's column, "Analyze This!" -- Bill wrote to suggest that Borland and Cisco might, in fact, have some prominent open-source company: Sendmail, courtesy of a once-infamouse worm that came simply to be known as "The Internet Bug."
Windows Vista Beta Arrives
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
Microsoft has to prove that Vista's visual polish can make PCs easier to use and close a perceived elegance gap with Apple Computer's Mac OS X.
New CEO, Same Earnings Woes For Siebel
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
CEO George Shaheen said the company is paying for its habit of allowing too many deals to slide to the end of the quarter. "Sometimes we land the plane too close to the end of the runway."
New 'On-Demand' Offering To Help Hospitals Identify Supply Savings
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
Medical supplies make up 25% to 30% of hospital expenses. The Neoforma system spots overcharges and inefficient purchasing.
Your Favorite Databases
Commentary  |  7/26/2005  | 
Readers show a wide range of views when it comes to which databases are the most analytics-friendly.
First Windows Vista Beta Could Ship Wednesday
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
The company is holding a meeting for financial analysts on Thursday, and Microsoft watchers speculate that the company wants to kick off the meeting with good news.
Analysis: DITA Cuts the Cost of Content Reuse
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
Switching to XML-based management for multichannel content reuse brings long-term savings, but in the short term it can be an expensive and time-consuming journey.
In Focus: What's Hot and Not-So-Hot in ECM
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
The quarterly sport of watching vendor financial results isn't just for industry insiders. These reports are a window into not only what fellow technology users are buying but also the vision and management acumen of current and prospective technology suppliers.
BI Bullet Points
Commentary  |  7/25/2005  | 
Want quick advice on the best ways to leverage business intelligence tools? Check out this list.
Want A Microsoft Download? First, Complete This Test
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
As part of Microsoft's efforts to stop software piracy, users must now install counterfeit-detection software on their PCs.
BI Bullet Points
Commentary  |  7/25/2005  | 
There's nothing better than a nice business intelligence bullet list. OK, maybe that's an overstatement. But they're nice. And in case you haven't seen it yet, I've got one for you.
Making Deals, Raising Cash
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
There was a lot of money sloshing around the IT industry last week, with several companies making acquisitions and several others lining up new financing. The buyers were plugging holes in their product portfolios or buying technology. News Corp. bought more than 30 Web sites. Business Objects went for financial-planning and performance-management software. Microsoft grabbed an E-mail-services hosting company. And Broadcom focused on 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology. Meanwhile, venture capital flo
EMC Unveils New High-End Storage Array
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
Symmetrix DMX-3 can support as much as a petabyte of data and offers information life-cycle-management capabilities.
Sun Adds Two Millionth Solaris 10 License
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
About 11,000 operating system licenses are being distributed every day.
Hyperion Earnings Jump 40 Percent
News  |  7/24/2005  | 
The business intelligence software maker reported earnings of $20.7 million in its fourth fiscal quarter ended June 30, compared with net income of $14.7 million in the same period last year.
Informatica Sees Sales, Earnings Spike In Q2
News  |  7/24/2005  | 
Sales rose to $64.2 million in the quarter, up 21 percent from the same period last year. License revenue reached $28.1 million in the second, also up 21 percent from the comparable quarter a year before.
SmartAdvice: Taking Project-Management Efficiency To The Next Level
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
It's possible to leverage many project-management efficiencies without starting a formal office, The Advisory Council says. Also, align goals when trying to reduce product costs with collaborative commerce.
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