Commentary
Content posted in January 2007
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Adobe Does VoIP And P2P
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
Om Malik over at GigaOM analyzes Adobe's acquisition of P2P firm amicima and Adobe's subsequent move into the VoIP and peer-to-peer online spaces.
Is The Linux Community Breaking Apart?
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
A lot of talk is going around these days about social networking on the Web and how people are forming new types of communities via sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and LiveJournal. But as far as I'm concerned, the real online communities are those groups of people who gather online wherever they can because of shared interests, shared concerns, or shared values. And one of the most fervent, opinionated, interesting, and influential groups is the open source community.
Simulation Part III: Activity Based Costing
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
Activity Based Costing is not just determining the cost of each process activity from its active labor costs, or even its total direct costs. ABC is about allocating the indirect costs, both labor -- management/supervisory, plus ancillary functions -- and fixed overhead, like plant and equipment. You can't get that from the simulation model! Or can you?
Linking Insight to Action: The Next Big Goal
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
I've had a number of conversations in recent days around the theme of linking analysis to action. There's lots of frustration out there, understandably, because managers and executives increasingly have plenty of tools that spot problems -- reports, alerts, dashboards, KPIs, scorecards, etc. -- but they're not connected to levers that enable them to take action.
Metaphorical Cold Water In Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
John Kusters is an enthusiastic World of Warcraft player. Nonetheless, he poured cold water on one of the main theses of my article: That virtual worlds, like World of Warcraft and Second Life, are becoming mainstream. He says they're inherently solitary pursuits, and therefore appeal to solitary people, who are comfortable spending hours at a time alone in front of their computers.
Discuss: Will SATA Rule Enterprise Storage?
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
All the research data agrees: SATA already acoounts for the overwhelming majority of all desktop drives currently being sold, and is well on its way to taking the lead in notebook storage too. However, most analysts expect that enterprise storage will remain predominately SCSI, although I'm not so sure about it.
Mobile Phones Pass Major Sales Landmark and Shoot for the Cosmos
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
If Carl Sagan were still alive, all the wireless associations around the world could have tapped him for his famous, though-never-actually-uttered, catch phrase.
Will 2007 Finally Be the Year of Mobility?
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
IDC seems to think so. Sure, there are some hurdles that remain to be cleared, but a reasonable amount of interoperability already exists. Mobile devices themselves are finally powerful enough to handle just about anything business app we can throw at them. The real question is, when will enterprises realize this and adopt the technology that's going boost their business into the next realm?
Meet Your New Spouse: The PC
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
Just in time for Valentine's Day hype, a new survey claims that 65% of US consumers over the age of 18 spend more time with their computers than with their spouses or significant others. Talk about tech love.
Lotusphere Thoughts
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
In A Virtual Den Of Vice And Iniquity, Your Feet Don't Stick To The Floor
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
I had my first visit to Mature-rated area of Second Life. It wasn't on purpose. Message to my wife: You hear that? I didn't do it on purpose! Do I have to keep sleeping on the couch?

Report from Lotusphere
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
Enterprise Search Is Not Dead
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
Someone tell the vendors. Two fine blog entries point out that search vendors miss the point when they reposition themselves as business intelligence or business processing suppliers. Gilbane's Lynda Moulton finds vendors attempting to "stave off their own boredom" with enterprise search. MarkLogic CEO Dave Kellogg sees search vendors as "distracted with a strategic vision."
Hey, Are You Reading this Blog While You're At Work?
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
A new study shows that the majority of office workers use their company's technology for personal reasons, including checking personal email and taking personal calls on their office telephone, despite express policies forbidding it. Tsk, tsk!
Cause We're All Phonies
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
Sprint has our number. They know we use our mobile phones as excuses to get out of awkward social situations (bad dates, family funerals, meetings), and are launching a hysterical new service to help us all be better liars.
AOL's AIM Today Beta: When Good Web Apps Go Bad
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
Are you an AIM user? Have you been sucked into AOL's AIM Today beta? How much do you hate it? Yeah, me too. AOL has apparently forgotten that instant messaging is supposed to be about communication. It's thrown out the buddy list and chat window, and now pushes you into a schlock celebrity-scandals-and-ads portal page that is some marketing guy's twisted take on the social Web. I don't want Naomi Watts or a thousand new best friends. I want
Hello Windows Vista, Goodbye PC
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
Microsoft's New York City bash on Jan. 29 to mark the official, it's really, really here, introduction of the consumer version of Windows Vista will be the last "operating system as event" the PC world will ever witness.
Interview With Science-Fiction Writer Charles Stross About Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
This research into virtual worlds and online gaming is taking me to some weird places. So to speak. Today, I'm totally jazzed because I got to interview one of my favorite writers, Charles Stross, a science-fiction author, former tech journalist, programmer, and veteran of two dot-coms. I talked to Charlie about his upcoming novel, Halting State, set 12 years in the future, in a world where virtual worlds have become mainstream.

A Peek At The Future Of Computing
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the best things about the IBM Lotusphere conference is always the glimpses it gives you of the future of computing. The various IBM Research labs send representatives who staff a room filled with demo pedestals -- two dozen this year -- where creators show off their projects. This year, as usual, several projects look like good prospects to become future products, and IBM Lotus has even put one up on the Web so you can get a look at it even though you're not at the confer
Tech Pros Get Ready: We've Only Seen Tip Of Outsourcing Iceberg
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
In the United States, there's been much hue and cry about the thousands of tech jobs that have been offshored to India over the past couple of years. But viewed in football terms, outsourcing is only in the first five minutes of the first quarter. Get ready for tens of thousands more American IT jobs to head overseas in the next few years.
The Problems With E-Mail
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
OS X/Vista Debate Rages
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
GPS = Gosh, People are Stupid!
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
Is anyone else as astounded as I am with the outright idiocy of crooks, thugs and thieves? Some Babylon, NY, scofflaws found out the hard way that stealing cell phones often leads the police right to your front door.
802.11n(evermind)
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
The eye-triple-e recently took another baby step toward ratifying the 802.11n standard, which is said to be finalized by this summer. I say, "So what?"
SaaS-ification is Harder than it Seems
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
I'm working with a few mainstream enterprise application companies that are going though the painful process of SaaS-enabling their applications. What's important to enterprise customers is that they understand this pain. It's not a matter of remarketing and hosting these apps. It's much more involved and complex than many assume it to be.
Second Life, First Impression 2: "Your Clothing Is Still Downloading"
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
This afternoon I learned to walk, and fly, and fix my hair. I picked up a beachball and put it on a table, I'm ready to leave Orientation Island and go out into the real world. Or, rather, the real, virtual world of Second Life.
Good Riddance To IBM Workplace
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
ORLANDO, Fla. — DisneyWorld is such an appropriate setting for Lotusphere, IBM Lotus' annual lovefest for its customers, developers, and business partners. There's been a strong element of fantasy in Lotus' product direct direction for the last half a dozen years. But this morning there was a change, as general manager Mike Rhodin announced two new social-computing products, Quickr and Lotus Connects, that could be real-world successes. Even more important, he killed an old one, the poorly
Second Life, First Impression: I Find My First Life Pretty Confusing Already
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
I'm now ready to make a pronouncement about Second Life, based on well under an hour of experience with it this morning: It's pretty confusing. Also, my hair looks terrible.
Virtual Worlds: The Next Big Thing Or Next Big Nothing?
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
Are virtual world and online games like World of Warcraft and Second Life what the Internet will look like in coming years? A few people I've been talking to recently think so, including Corey Bridges, co-founder of Multiverse Network, whom I interviewed Friday afternoon for an article on virtual worlds. A generation of young people is growing up hacking and slashing their way through virtual worlds -- that's literally true in the case of World of Warcraft -- and they're going to expect a 3-D
Mind the Gaps in Decision-Making Data, Processes
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
A new study shows that at least 40 percent of execs aren't happy with their companies' decision-making abilities. The DecisionROI Institute launched the "Business Traction From Better Decision Action" initiative in Q2 2006 to explore the state of decision-making and come up with suggestions for best practices. Based on interviews with more than 300 executives, the institute's "Business Traction" report found that...
Mobile Messaging Madness
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
A new report from Aberdeen says the best companies use varied means of mobile messaging to stay in touch with their employees and their customers. Do you?
Seamless Global Roaming? Don't Make Me Laugh
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
We hate to burst your bubble, but there's just no way wireless enterprise users will be able to roam the entire globe without hitting a few snags here and there. Yet.
Simulation Part II: Better Resource Utilization
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
Continuing my recent post re simulation analysis and BPMN… In Use Case 2, the problem is process "bottlenecks." Usually static analysis gives you a rough idea of staffing requirement even without simulation. For example, if you create 100 instances an hour, and Task A takes 1 hour, you need around 100 people to perform Task A to keep up. But what if instead of creating 100 instances an hour, you are getting 800 instances overnight and your resource for Task A also is responsible for Task B
Heading to Lotusphere
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
When Linux Distros Rumble
Commentary  |  1/20/2007  | 
The jabs at each other continue for some members in the Open Source community.
MySpace Lawsuits Called Losers
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Four families are suing MySpace for failing to prevent adults from contacting and subsequently sexually assaulting their daughters. The lawsuits charge MySpace and parent company News Corp. with negligence, gross negligence, fraud, fraud by nondisclosure, and negligent misrepresentation. As InformationWeek's Antone Gonsalves reports, the assaults occurred in late 2005 and early 2006. Auth
IT Confidential: What Vista Goes To Show
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
OK, software is hard, but is it that hard? Guess that online, real-time, collaborative, refrigerator-restocks-itself future will have to wait, huh?
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
The Revolution Will Be Vlogged
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Will privacy become a quaint custom that people in the 20th century used to practice? While government and corporate surveillance and massive, petabyte databases of personal data are making it harder to keep secrets, the biggest threat to privacy is something you're carrying around in your pocket: Your cameraphone.
Reach Out And Touch Your Computer
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
What will the computer user interface of 2017 look like? Maybe something like this, which allows users to reach out to the computer screen and touch and move objects on it as though they were physically real. Check out the mind-blowing video demo.

Cognos Acquires Celequest: A Smart Move!
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Dashboards are the face of BI for a very important user constituency: managers and executives. Given the importance of this aspect of a total BI solution, it came as little surprise to me that Cognos nabbed Celequest, a small player with a powerful dashboard solution. Until now, Cognos' own dashboard solution has been limited to that of a single Report Studio document. While Cognos 8 brought some improved visualizations embedded in Report Studio documents, it misses the mark for one essential d
Will 'Craplets' Put Windows Vista At Risk?
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
After a week of anticipation, I finally got Microsoft on the phone to discuss these so-called "craplets," crappy applets that an unidentified Microsoft official told a reporter at last week's Consumer Electronics Show would interfere with Vista if they were loaded by PC makers and system builders onto computers running
Casting Pearls Before The Swine
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Do people really care what color their cell phone is? Blinged out teeny-bopper Paris Hilton models aside, did we really need the new, white Pearl, from RIM?
Free Wireless, A Good Idea?
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Yet another municipality is announcing free Wi-Fi wireless access for its denizens. Is 802.11 becoming commoditized?
Rumor-Busting: Bloggers Won't Be Required To Register
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
Looks like yesterday's rumors that bloggers might be required to register as lobbyists, or face jail time, turns out to be just plain wrong. U.S. Sen. David Vitter has a statement clarifying the proposed law.
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