News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in September 2008
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Dell Offers PC Pre-Loaded With Movies
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
For an additional $20, movie fans can get a copy of "Iron Man," along with bonus features, pre-loaded on select Inspiron, Dell Studio, and XPS laptops, and desktops.
Open Source Census Finds FOSS Everywhere
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Open Source Census, which I mentioned back in April, just dropped a press release this morning about the data it's been collecting. I chatted the day before with Kim Weins, senior VP of OpenLogic, a key co-sponsor of the census, and how they found a few ... surprises in the results.

Google Share Plunge To Be Erased By Nasdaq
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The search engine's canceled trades were triggered by erroneous orders that were routed to Nasdaq from another market center, officials said.
Crisis Survival Kit: 10 Cash Flow Tips You Need Now
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
For fighting back against the credit crunch, SMBs have some of the best options out there, according to consultant and financial software developer Rusty Luhring.
Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
AMD Says 'Shanghai'-Based Servers To Hit Market In 4Q
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker said that rollout of its first 45-nm server chip is ahead of schedule and that it learned from its mistakes in launching Barcelona.
LG Intros Affordable Touch-Screen Phone
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The KP500 has Bluetooth, a document viewer, expandable memory, and multimedia capabilities, and it should have a low price.
LG, Samsung Going To Be Late To The Android Party
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
A report coming out of Korea suggests that handset manufacturers LG and Samsung won't have Android handsets in the market until the second half of 2009. Will that be too late?
10 Tips For SMBs To Survive The Cash Flow Crisis
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
If you own a small business, it could feel like the whole world is closing in around you. And yet, SMBs have some of the best options out there, according to consultant and financial software developer Rusty Luhring.
Nokia To Acquire Mobile E-Mail, IM Provider
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The acquisition of OZ Communications is part of Nokia's larger strategy of providing more than just the handset.
Microsoft: Internet Search Battle Far From Over
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
A Redmond official insists it's early days in the race for market share and that Microsoft is just a killer app, or two, from catching Google.
iPhone 3G Gets Lotus Notes Support
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
IBM released a Web app that enables iPhone users to get access to their Notes and Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts.
Owners Of Smaller Businesses Face Tightening Credit
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
During the dot com boom, option grants and stock prices dominated water cooler conversation. Then after that blew up, financial small talk shifted to how far underwater those (worthless) options were, but even that dismay was leavened by the relentless increases in real estate values. Now the talk is about what bank will fail next, will the credit markets seize up entirely, and when your essential business equipment will be liquidated.
Data Leakage Is A People Problem
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Cisco commissioned a global survey of IT administrators and computer users about their perceptions on data leakage. Not surprisingly, the study found employees use their work computers for personal use and IT knows it.
Waiting for Answers From Oracle
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I wrote last week, the information available on the HP Oracle Database Machine and HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server is incomplete. Pertinent questions are on the table, but I've been unsuccessful, thus far, in getting any answers from Oracle... I have, however, talked to HP about the fit between this new device and its own Neoview appliance.
SaaS Vendor Offers Free E-Mail Continuity For Exchange
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
LiveOffice launches a free e-mail continuity offering as a loss-leader for its archiving service.
The Bottom Line is Green
The Bottom Line is Green
InformationWeek Videos  |  9/30/2008  | 
Financial services organizations face increased legislation at the national, state, and municipal levels mandating that they reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The good news is that being green can boost the bottom line.
Inside 1&1's Giant Web Hosting Data Center
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Photos of the ISP's newly green data center in Kansas reveal the infrastructure behind the Web host's strategically located facility.
50 First Blogs (Or, What Writers Want)
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I "pen" my 51st blog for Intelligent Enterprise, I'd like to take a different slant on the usual blog: What I, as a writer, expect from you, our reader. The continuing, unprecedented economic turbulence that is roiling us all provides a relevant backdrop to this note... How do we help our customers and employers stay afloat in these sinking economic sands?
Acquia Launches Commercial Drupal Distribution, Support Network
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Acquia today accomplished their goal of releasing a commercially supported version of the open source content management system Drupal. At the same time, they've launched the Acquia Network, a service that offers site management tools and various subscription-base levels of support for anyone running Drupal 6.
Accidental Accomplishment in ObjectRexx
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
My work on the PigIron open source project is focussed on a Java interface to z/VM SMAPI so that eventually GUI or Web administrative and user applications can be coded in open source so you can run your little ol' mainframe from your desktop or browser.

But imagine testing such code!

What Does Gartner's ECM Magic Quadrant Mean To You?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Content management reports and analysis always are interesting fodder for discussion, and now that Gartner's 2008 Magic Quadrant report on enterprise content management is complete, it's certain to have an equal number of vendors crowing about their inclusion, as well as those who question Gartner's findings.
SOA Applications In Virtual Machines? Experience Matters
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Not everybody remembers a little outfit called Wily Technology. It was a Silicon Valley startup that caught my eye because it did something that made eminent common sense: it watched a running Java application the way an end user would experience it on the Internet. In January 2006, CA acquired the eight-year-old company for $390 million.
Glide America Mixes Politics With Social Networking
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The service also offers what it's calling the People's Rolodex, a list of federal government contacts that users can add to their existing online contacts.
Apple Tweaks App Store Policies
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.
Nintendo DS Refresh Sets Its Sights On Apple
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next version of the handheld gaming device would be able to take pictures and play music similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
SpaceX 'Falcon 1' Marks New Era For Space Industry
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Falcon 1 is carrying a simulated payload, a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber that weighs 364 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall, designed specifically for the test mission.
HTC G1 Android Phone Temporarily 'Sold Out' Online
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
How something can sell out when it's not even shipping yet is a concept I can't quite wrap my head around. Be that as it may, T-Mobile subscribers attempting to preorder the GPhone over the weekend were told that it was no longer available.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Nero Launches TiVo For PC, Multimedia Software
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company announced software that brings TiVo to PCs, a digital media transferring tool, and an upgraded burning and ripping suite.
Another Open Source Feather In Microsoft's Cap
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
My colleague Dave Methvin jumped on the news about Microsoft's use of the jQuery library before I did, but it has to be said: it's something that says as much about the state of open source as it does about Microsoft. Most of it positive, actually.

Samsung 'Pixon' Hits Store Shelves With 8-Megapixels
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The camera phone also supports 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, a Microsoft Office document viewer, and a multimedia player.
Is Business Activity Monitoring a BI Application?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
A question I posed to a LinkedIn group — Is Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) a BI Application? — sparked interesting discussion. There have been 9 responses to date, including two from Howard Dresner, who has done as much as anyone to shape current-day BI. The responses speak to growing interest in operational BI, and they hint at the impact that complex event processing (CEP) will have on enterprise analytics.
Kalido Offers BI As Managed Service Through Partners
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Axis Group and the Project Performance Corp. are the first to offer Kalido's infrastructure software on a subscription basis.
Sprint Debuts 'XOHM' WiMax In Baltimore
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The no-contract service will feature a $10 daily pass, a $25-a-month home plan, and a $30-a-month on-the-go plan.
Obnoxious Hipster Startups Must Die
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Dear Lord, please tell me not all startups are as smug, self-satisfied, and alcohol-centric as this one.
Kimball University: Practical Steps for Designing a Dimensional Model
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
What does it take to develop a robust dimensional model? Here's how to get from requirements-gathering to final approval in a process that will ferret out the good, bad and ugly realities of your source data and help you avoid surprises, delays and cost overruns.
GM Set To Relaunch Social Media Site
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The automaker is hoping new Web 2.0 tools will help build a loyal fan base that will see it through its industry's tough times.
Key Management? Don't Hold Your Breath
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Ben Tomhave posted a lengthy set of observations from the IEEE Key Management Summit 2008. He did walk away confident that key management standards will be forthcoming. That's too bad. One of the best ways to protect data at rest is to encrypt it. However, enterprise encryption requires enterprise key management, not a bunch
Microsoft Details Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company will focus on debugging and modeling for developers, including a feature that functions just like an airplane's black box.
Can Roles and Agility Coexist in Oracle Fusion Middleware?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
I listened carefully for the better part of two-and-a-half hours last week to Thomas Kurian, Sr. VP of Oracle, present the entire product set and positioning of Oracle's Fusion Middleware. I liked almost everything I heard... but down at the bottom of this stack, he raised the issue of "unified UI for Enterprise Applications controlled by roles." This is where he lost me...
Microsoft Adopts jQuery JavaScript Library
Commentary  |  9/28/2008  | 
Blog entries by Microsoft's Scott Guthrie and Scott Hanselman today have announced that Microsoft will be supporting the jQuery JavaScript library as part of its official development platform. A jQuery blog entry by John
First Impressions Of The InformationWeek Virtual Trade Show
Commentary  |  9/28/2008  | 
I was impressed with my first-ever visit to a Web-based trade show, the InformationWeek 500 Virtual Event, last week. It was powerful and involving. But it also demonstrated how we're still in the very early days of live virtual events, with a long road ahead.
Another WCF Gotcha: Calling Another Service/Resource Within a Call
Commentary  |  9/27/2008  | 
I wrote in the past how WCF defaults limit scalability but this thing (which had cost me two days of head scratching) is even worse. Consider the following scenario:
 You have a WCF service/resource. when you get a message/request your codes needs to send another message to another service.
 

AT&T, DirecTV Partner On Satellite Television
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
AT&T planned to start offering DirecTV service after its contract with Dish expires Jan. 31, 2009.
Will Open Source Breathe New Life Into Health Care Cost Savings?
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
A California bill calls for interoperable records and a full, hospital-running health care IT system that's open source. That's music to provider Medsphere, which backs OpenVista.
Mollom Comment Spam Solution Emerges From Beta
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
With a comment spam-blocking success rate of 99.79% and nearly 10 million spam messages caught, Mollom has made a big impression on the content management community since its introduction in early 2008.
Living With NAC In An EDU World - Part Two
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
My last blog entry on our NAC experience at Purchase College resulted in the expected emails and phone calls from NAC vendors convinced that we would be ready to junk StillSecure's SafeAccess and adopt their products just because I used the line "while it's not going as well as we hoped, it is going better than we feared." Well folks while we do have a few bones to pick with StillSecure, which I'm not getting into today, most of our headaches are more about how NAC is harder in the EDU space th
China Overtakes U.S. In Number Of Broadband Lines
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Broadband for the two countries grew in parallel for 18 months until the first quarter of this year, when China took a leap forward, according to analysts with Point Topic.
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