News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in July 2007
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MPack Banking Crimeware Infects 500,000 Computers
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The hacking toolkit has been going for $1,000 on the Russian underground and researchers say it's now in the hands of 58 cybercriminals.
Cranky Bosses Are Bad Business
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
According to a new study, bosses in a bad mood are bad for business. Apparently, unhappy bosses lead to more employee turnover and other behaviour problems among employees. And US News & World Report blogger Justin Ewers suggests that these results are of special interest to smaller companies, "who tend to have more control over their work environments than managers at larger compani
Amazon EC2 Lets Users Sell Software As A Service
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
Joyent A-Twitter Preaching Its Shared Infrastructure
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The 18-employee company is making a quiet change in the collaboration tools space especially for Ruby on Rails developers.
Zango Denies Claim That It's Flouting FTC Agreement
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Spyware researcher Ben Edelman charges that Zango, the adware company formerly known as 180solutions Inc., is distributing deceptive software without adequate consent or disclosure.
Poll Results on BPMN Portability
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
There's no denying that BPMN is gaining traction in the marketplace. I see it in my training. I see it in BPMS and BPA vendors getting on board. But what's amazing about this is that it's happening without a standard way to store and interchange BPMN between tools. It almost boggles the mind that the creators of BPMN "forgot" about this when they started, and its current owners place model interchange far down the priority list...
Vermont Sets Five-Year Plan For E-Health Record Adoption
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
In its road map report, Vermont Information Technology Leaders identifies what's needed to reach a 2011 goal of getting more than half of the state's doctor practices to use electronic medical records.
Microsoft Submits Photo File Format For Standardization
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft hopes its new digital-photo file format will one day replace the widely used JPEG format as the industry standard for electronic photography and digital imaging.
Business Objects Tackles Product- and Region-Specific Data Quality Problems
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
New Universal Data Cleansing option extends data quality initiatives beyond customer information.
Aruba Certifies Apple iPhone For Enterprise
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Aruba said it tested the iPhone's WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK security, roaming, VPN connections, and portal authentication combined with public shared key encryption.
Mozilla Issues Fixes For Two Firefox Bugs
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Mozilla releases Firefox version 2.0.0.6 right before it's expected to announce new security tools at this week's BlackHat security conference.
Microsoft Windows Vista Fixes Leaked. Are They SP1?
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The fixes were offered over the weekend to participants in Microsoft's beta test program for Windows Server 2008, but quickly leaked onto the Internet.
Poll: Internet Explorer, iPod, Windows 95 Among Most Influential Tech Products
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft products captured four of the top five spots in the poll, which asked techies to name what they think are their industry's most influential products of all time.
A Service Pack For Vista? Yes And No
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft has been saying there is no trial version of a Service Pack 1 for Vista, but Ars Technica reports that The World's Largest Software Company has released a "sneak peek" of several patches on its Windows Connect download service for beta testers of Win
Twitter Turns Drivel To Cash
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Web 2.0 ventures have discovered a simple formula for success: encourage users' conceit that what they say, do, and think is interesting enough to share with others. This is how Twitter, a hot startup, turns a stream of drivel into cold, hard cash.
TIBCO Takes the Open-Source Route to Integrating Mashups and Composite Apps
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
After helping to set the standards of the OpenAjax Alliance Hub, TIBCO is taking its own PageBus publish-and-subscribe message bus open source. It's an important integration tool as developers envision componentized Ajax applications.
Court Ruling Supports Claims That Microsoft's First OS Was Stolen
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
A book that calls DOS a "rip off" of CP/M is legally protected opinion under the First Amendment, in part because it's based on some facts not generally in dispute, a judge rules.
Apple iPhone Out, BlackBerry 8800 In At NASA
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The minutes of a meeting of NASA tech officials show that the space agency has determined the iPhone "not to be enterprise ready."
Second Life Loses Gamblers But Finds God
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
An Italian Catholic priest is urging the faithful to use the virtual world to get in touch with reality.
Microsoft's Open-Source Strategy Coming Into Focus
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
If Microsoft and OSI come to terms, IT organizations should not interpret this as a radical shift in Microsoft's long-term business strategies, analysts suggest.
My Custom Linux Distribution Chooser
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
A couple of columns back I talked about how many people are daunted by the sheer number of Linux distributions out there. I argued that the total number of distributions that you need to consider are actually fairly small, and that it probably wouldn't be too tough to create a road map or chooser. Here's my first attempt at doing exactly that.
Yahoo Testimony About Imprisoned Reporter Contradicted
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
A document from the Beijing State Security Bureau suggests that Yahoo possessed more information than it has admitted to about Chinese journalist Shi Tao.
Just How Successful Are Google's Mobile Initiatives?
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Japan's No. 2 carrier, KDDI, today said it plans to offer a new mobile e-mail service powered by Google's Gmail. This is the latest in a long line of Google-related mobile announcements. While Google's mobile onslaught continues, this question remains: Just how successful are the search giant's efforts?
A New Marketplace Greets EMC Documentum 6
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
At first blush, EMC Documentum 6 is a substantial upgrade to D5, consolidating many of the firm's acquisitions into a much more unified and standardized product set, and also boosting some areas, such as BPM and transactional document management capabilities... But the market has changed, and favors the buyer now far more than the vendor. Documentum was once the dominant and obvious choice for major ECM implementations, but today there is much more serious competition.
EMC Documentum 6 Upgrade Makes it Easier on IT
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
If content management is to spread "enterprisewide," development can't complex, cumbersome process. With SOA improvements, Eclipse standardization and configuration enhancements, EMC streamlines with IT in mind.
Boosted By Wireless Growth, Verizon Reports Increase In Profits
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Net income was up 4.5% to $1.7 billion while revenue rose 6.3% to $23.3 billion.
AlarmPoint Matches Problems To Problem Solvers
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
AlarmPoint releases version 3.1 of its event management system. New in this release is integrated support for RIM, Avaya VoIP/SIP presence technology, and better reliability.
Risk Management System Busts Data Skimming Ring
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Four men have pleaded guilty to using phony point-of-sale PIN-pad terminals to steal customers' data and passwords and then defraud stores.
Gartner: Windows XP A Shaky Bridge To Windows 7
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Gartner warns that businesses that decide to stick with Windows XP -- Windows Vista's predecessor -- until Windows 7 is available may be pushing their luck.
IBM Hit With Second Employee Overtime Lawsuit
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Three IBM salesmen claim they regularly worked more than 40 hours per week, but were never paid overtime and also did not receive mandatory rest and meal breaks.
Kimball University: Keep to the Grain in Dimensional Modeling
News  |  7/29/2007  | 
When developing fact tables, aggregated data is NOT the place to start. To avoid "mixed granularity" woes including bad and overlapping data, stick to rich, expressive, atomic-level data that's closely connected to the original source and collection process.
Wikia Search Gets Distributed Web Crawler
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Jimmy Wales buys Look Smart's Grub search engine and secures it under an open source license for a public release later this year.
German Court Says EBay Must Work To Halt Sale Of Fake Rolexes
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Despite its best efforts, eBay has been plagued by con artists attempting to sell a variety of counterfeit goods on its site.
Linux Distro Of The Week: 64 Studio
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
In 1989, a company called New England Digital demonstrated a $100,000+ all-digital audio workstation suite. Things are a bit cheaper now.
Business Value Of Web 2.0 Tools Hard To Measure
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Business IT pros said Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, generated the highest value while blogging produced the lowest, the Forrester Research survey shows.
Mozilla Gives Thunderbird E-Mail The Boot
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Proposed options include releasing the offline e-mail client as a community project similar to SeaMonkey.
America's E-Mail Addiction Goes Mobile
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
E-mail use on mobile devices has nearly doubled since 2004, and 59% of those with mobile devices check e-mail every time it arrives in their in-boxes, according to AOL.
Microsoft Releases Batch Of Development Products
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
The code includes betas for .Net Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, and the Ajax Control Toolkit; a release candidate for Silverlight 1.0; and a pre-alpha of the IronRuby dynamic programming language.
Microsoft Offers Tools To Calculate ROI For Unified Communications
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Many businesses are reluctant to deploy unified communications technology because the return on investment is hard to prove.
Packet Sniffing for Web Analytics: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
You could be excused for thinking that packet sniffing-based data collection for Web Analytics was long gone. Like log file analysis, packet sniffing fell out of favor with the advent of page tag-based data collection. Proponents argue that packet sniffing is superior because data collection becomes "hands off" once the collection appliance is installed between the router and network switch. There are no tags to maintain, nor log files to administer. On the other hand...
Cisco Earmarks $150 Million To Invest In VMware
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
VMware and Cisco say they will work to extend the benefits of virtualization to remote offices and end-user desktops.
Microsoft Gives New Detail Of Services Transformation
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
There will be five layers to Microsoft's online architecture, beginning with a Global Foundation Services layer that includes the physical data centers.
Microsoft Strengthens Advertising Chops With Deals, New Research Group
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer tell analysts Microsoft is "hell-bent" on becoming a powerhouse in the online ad business.
Yellow Pages Publisher To Buy Business.com
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
R. H. Donnelley's $345 million acquisition proposal is significantly more than the $7 million paid for the Business.com domain name in 1999.
$28 Million For An Old Idea-Part 2
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
We have to kill the firewall in order to save it. That's the essential message from startup Palo Alto Networks.
Sprint, Google Hook Up For WiMax Services
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
For Google, the deal provides access to Sprint WiMax subscribers who will presumably be eager to use the Web-based tools on the go, at no or little cost.
New Bill Proposes 'Health Record Trusts' That Pay Doctors To Use E-Health Records
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Under the proposal, the records managed by the trust would travel with the individual through life, and not be controlled or owned by any particular health care provider, employer, payer, or other party.
More Copies Of Windows Than Cars?
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that by the end of this fiscal year, which began July 1, there will be more than a billion Windows PCs worldwide. "There will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which is, at least to me, a mind-numbing concept," Ballmer said. That hasn't been the only number thrown out so far.
Pegasystems Improves on Process Localization, Testing and Data Encryption
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
SmartBPM Suite upgrade focuses on global process deployment and security challenges.
Microsoft Creates New Ad And Search Research Group
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
Microsoft's been criticized repeatedly for arriving late to the game in some technologies, and the Web is no exception. Today, company chairman Bill Gates announced a new group called the Internet Services Research Center to help close the gap between research and productization for services Microsoft is investing in, especially advertising and search.
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