News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in September 2009
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Zimbra Adds Social Networking Features
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
E-Health Records Could Flag Domestic Abuse
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Predictive computer models that tap into electronic health records highlight subtle patterns of domestic violence that are easy to miss.
Google's Postini May Shape Wave Security
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Two years after being acquired by Google, Postini is looking to extend its messaging management tools to other Google services.
Google Tries To Take The Typing Out Of Mobile Search
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Performing searches on mobile phones -- especially those without readily accessible QWERTY keyboards -- can be a pain in the, er, thumb. Google recently made some changes to how local search works on mobile phones, and it requires fewer keystrokes.
Kickfire Offers Data Warehouse Appliance for the Masses
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
MySQL-based offering targets 500-gigabyte to 5-terabyte range. Upgrades bolster enterprise performance and scalability.
National Broadband Could Cost $350 Billion
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
An FCC task force said costs are far higher than available funding, but the plan would produce major economic and social benefits.
BlackBerry For Mac Out Friday
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital CIO, Marianne James
Cincinnati Children's Hospital CIO, Marianne James
InformationWeek Videos  |  9/30/2009  | 
Marianne James, CIO of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, talks about intergating IT into applied healthcare and the success of the hospital's Fetal Care Portal
Google Wave Ridden By Cybercriminals
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Google Wave is being made available on Wednesday to 100,000 or so developers, early adopters, and Google Apps customers. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are making the most of the launch: They've rolled out a blackhat SEO poisoning campaign to turn interest in Wave into a computer infection.
Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
HP Hires Sun's Senior VP Of North American Sales
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HP has hired Randy Seidl, a key Sun sales executive to head up its Americas sales organization, putting more pressure on Sun.
Oracle To Acquire HyperRoll
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Recovery.gov, a showcase government-transparency Web site that relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508 accessibility standards. The non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables despite on-site compliance claims. Sharron Rush of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility goes so far as to state, "The recovery.gov Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."
Personalized Health Project Integrates E-Medical Data, DNA
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
Windows 7 Compatible? Check The Logo
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Third-party hardware and software products that work with Microsoft's new OS will get a sticker that says so.
TSA Awards $493 Million Contract To CSC
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Transportation Security Administration has replaced Unisys with Computer Sciences Corporation as its primary managed services provider.
Mathias On Mobility: Wi-Fi Continues Its Advance
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The recent finalization of the IEEE 802.11n standard spotlights the fact that wireless has moved up to the esteemed position of primary access for, well, almost everyone today.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
Hybrid Service Overcomes Satellite Phone Complaints
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
AT&T and TerreStar will partner to offer a hybrid cellular-satellite service on standard-sized handsets.
IBM In Canadian E-Health Deal
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will create a database to store millions of digitized patient records.
Give Away The Platform, Sell The Tools
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Here is a radical suggestion to fund the development of newly-emergent open source OS platforms: Keep the platform and as much of the other software on it free. Sell the development tools.

Salesforce.com Helps Launch SaaS Company
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
FinancialForce.com, a startup providing financial and accounting software as a service, is getting a minority investment and on-campus office space from Salesforce.com.
Sustainable & Green: The Color of Money
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Having worked with an organization that got good press for saving money through an automated PC shutdown program, I've fielded a lot of questions from IT managers looking to make sustainability and green moves. I can consolidate my advice on the topic into two short points: First, remember that green is the color of money. Second, overseed.
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
Microsoft's Must-Have Software Release
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
While all the focus has been on Windows 7 lately, there's another piece of Microsoft software coming out this week that could make an even bigger difference to the Windows world: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). Athough I think MSE will be a great solution for most people, not everyone will be happy about this software.
A New Generation Of Internet Lawmakers
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
I'm still stuck in the 90s when I think about elected officials using the Internet. Back in the 90s, elected officials had never even touched the Internet. They thought it was a sewer of child porn and terrorists, and their only reaction to it was to try to control it--or make it go away. Until recently, I thought of lawmakers as still being as naive as they were back then. But a brief conversation with Rep. John Culberson shattered my preconceptions.
Windows 7 Is 'Best Ever' OS
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Quick FAQ: Making Sense Out Of Moblin
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Are you wondering what Moblin is and why you're hearing so much about it lately? Step right up, and we'll try to answer your questions.
FileMaker Beefs Up Bento
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Version 3 of Bento, the "personal database" from FileMaker, adds features that make it a good choice for Mac-based small offices and midsize businesses with modest database needs. Its close integration with existing Mac tools means that getting up and running is relatively easy.
Bank Drops Google Suit Over Errant Gmail
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
After obtaining information about the Gmail account holder who accidentally received confidential information, Rocky Mountain Bank and Google have agreed to end the bank's lawsuit.
Dell Releases Latitude Z With Wireless Charging
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ultra-thin laptop can wirelessly access power, USB ports, audio jacks, and a DVI video link.
Thoughts on Integrating OLTP and Data Warehousing (Especially in Exadata 2)
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Oracle is pushing Exadata 2 as a great system for OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing), data warehousing or both. This claim rests on a few premises, the first being that Exadata is great for data warehousing. At this time, that's a claim much better supported by marketing and theory than by practice...
Federal Contracting Databases Prone To Errors
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The GSA will award a contract in October to re-architect databases rife with inaccuracies, duplications, and poor system capabilities.
Google Clarifies Open Aspects Of Android
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The search giant has halted distribution of the Cyanogen custom Android build with proprietary apps like Gmail and Google Maps.
More SaaS IT Service Management Options
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
AccelOps' latest software release adds new features for network and data center service management, both for premises and SaaS deployments.
New York Health System Launches $400M EMR Program
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Major hospital network plans to deploy one of the largest electronic medical record initiatives in the nation.
Google Wave Preview Release Wednesday
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
After months of closed testing, Google says it will offer Wave accounts to developers, early adopters and select Google Apps customers.
Palm WebOS Boosts Enterprise Features
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The 1.2 version of webOS improves calendar syncing, e-mail capabilities, and paves the way for paid apps, but doesn't restore the ability to sync media with iTunes.
More on 'The Next Big Reporting Challenge'
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
"Breakthroughs on climate change and improving our society's energy efficiency are within reach." Would you guess this quote is from A.) A naïve, tree-hugging environmentalist B.) Paul Dickinson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project or C.) John W. Rowe, chief executive of Chicago-based utility company Exelon? Don't be shocked, but the answer is C.
AT&T Launching Location-Centric Garmin Nuvifone
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Garmin's smartphone includes the turn-by-turn navigation features found in its high-end GPS navigation devices.
Global CIO: Ballmer Blasts IBM For All The Wrong Reasons
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Days before launching Microsoft's "New Efficiency" strategy, Steve Ballmer took some swipes at IBM and its strategy, which is bizarre because Ballmer's taking Microsoft down a path IBM's already on.
What IT Needs To Know About E-Discovery: Webcast
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Join me tomorrow at noon Eastern for a Webcast on IT best practices for e-discovery. We'll cover policies, products and get real-world insight from e-discovery professionals.
Q&A With A Post-Microsoft Sam Ramji
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Back when Sam Ramji announced he was leaving his position at Microsoft as director of their open source operations, I shot a couple of questions his way. He was on vacation at the time, but now he's back and has a lot to talk about -- about Microsoft, about open source, and about the two in combination.
Ballmer: Windows 7 Is 'Best Ever' OS
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Microsoft CEO says new features make it the right software for "the new normal."
Talend Acquires Master Data Management Firm
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The data integration supplier will convert Amalto's assets into open source code for master data management.
Talend Plans Open-Source Master Data Management Product
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Acquisition paves the way for a January 2010 product release promising MDM 'at a fraction of the cost.'
Google Gmail Disruption Caused By Network Load, Code Update
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Code changes, data center problems, and heavy usage conspired to make Gmail inaccessible for some last week.
Getting A Grip On Health And Wellness Via The Web
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Open enrollment season starts soon and unfortunately for many organizations, that'll mean informing employees that they've got higher healthcare co-pays and deductibles starting in January. But for some employers, this year's open enrollment season brings some innovative twists to their benefits offerings, thanks to the web.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Mac Security A Myth? Really?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
As the launch date for Windows 7 approaches, more and more articles about flaws in Mac security are hitting the Web. Should Mac-based businesses be worried?
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