Liautaud Takes the Money and Runs
Business Objects announced today that its founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Bernard Liautaud, has resigned from those roles and will join SAP's supervisory board in June. With the acquisition of Business Objects by SAP all but complete and the BI agenda being set, at best, by committee, Liautaud is heading for the exit (a well-trod path by executives in his shoes), free to enjoy the well-earned spoils of his success.
Debunking the 'Web 2.0' Myth
My thanks to our friend James Robertson for pointing to an important UK study that debunks many of the "Web 2.0" and "Google Generation" myths that currently abound. I have bit of a reputation as a cynic, but the Google Generation is something of which I have simply seen no real evidence, despite vendors and fellow analysts arguing loudly about its importance in today's workplace.
vThere: A Fine Model Mashup
Sentillion saw a business opportunity, talked to its customers, and mashed up a novel solution to a problem that already had a couple of "answers."
At DEMO, The Pen Is Mightier Than The Cord
Like many people, I tend to zone out when I hear the phrase "pen-based computing." Plenty of variations on the concept have been tried, including the LeapFrog Fly, which was aimed at the "tween" market. But when Livescribe showed off its latest version at Demo this afternoon, I was impressed.
Full Nelson: Recommind's Enterprise Search On TechWebTV
Groupware. Portals. Enterprise search. I'm not saying they're irrelevant, I just sort of forgot about them. Like tricycles, ER, and Oasis; the use of the word "bashful." But they're all relevant in some way (except probably Oasis), especially enterprise search: Witness -- speaking of bashful -- Microsoft's recent purchase of Fast (see video below for a fun perspective from Steve Ballmer at Web 2.0 on Microsoft and search).
DEMO Update: Skyfire Debuts New Mobile Browser
With all the transformation occurring in the mobile and wireless market -- with powerful new devices and established mobile browsers jostling for users' attention -- it's an interesting time for a new mobile browser to appear. That's what happened today at Demo.
Are You SCAP Ready?
In case you missed it, about a year ago the Office of Management and Budget issued policy memorandum M-07-11, aka the Implementation of Commonly Accepted Security Configurations for Windows Operating Systems. Essentially, this mandates that all federal agency systems must adhere to the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) by February 2008. That's this Friday.
Old Scheduling Dog Shows DEMO A New Trick
We often hear that business technology must look and feel more like personal technology, and Demo's kick-off presentation came from a company that's moving in that direction. TimeTrade Systems, whose enterprise scheduling software is used by 300 companies, demonstrated an innovative scheduler for individual users.
Free Identity Theft Webinar Tomorrow
This week's release of a new report on Identity Theft (and strategies for avoiding and combating it) will be accompanied by an online Identity Theft Webinar tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, at 2 pm EST.
Green-For-Profit At DEMO '08
Can green business be good business? Two companies highlighted at Demo '08 this week are foregoing the not-for-profit model. One has unveiled a smarter charger for consumer electronics, the other tracks and shares users' energy-saving actions.
Apple: The Most Hated Company On The Internet
I was going to post this blog about why Apple is the most hated company on the Internet first thing yesterday. But my Mac crashed and ate the post, so I spent most of the day re-doing my work. I think that might be a sign.
Poking Cisco In The Eye
Cisco frowns on resellers of used network hardware because it doesn't get a cut of aftermarket sales. Network Hardware Resale (NHR), a prominent reseller, is going a step further by offering an alternative to Cisco's SMARTnet maintenance service -- a key revenue source for the networking giant.
A Chat With Movable Type's Anil Dash
What with Six Apart's blogging/CMS software Movable Type now released in an open source edition, I decided to go directly to someone at the company -- namely, VP Anil Dash -- and talk to him about where his company's headed. Movable Type's become one of my personal open source case studies, partly because I use the program myself (as does InformationWeek) and because I'v
Point. Click. Phish.
Are you ready to launch your own phishing scam, but don't know where to start? Too tired from your day job to copy write your own fraudulent e-mails? Or, are you like millions of others who just don't know how to leverage Facebook or Orkut for illicit profit? These are no longer problems for you.
Enterprise Architects Must Plan for SaaS
This week I'm speaking at the Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in San Francisco. I did the Keynote presentation at the summer conference in Austin, Texas, and will be providing the Keynote at this conference as well. So, what does enterprise architecture have to do with SaaS? Plenty, and those who plan, work, and build their enterprise architectures today will ignore SaaS at their peril.
At DEMO, Microsoft Keeps A Watchful Eye
At the Demo conference this week, dozens of entrepreneurs will vie for the attention of investors, customers, and the media. Microsoft is none of those things, yet it's a platinum sponsor of the event. Why? Microsoft is looking to bring more up-and-coming companies into its fold.
The Integration of Storage and Switching Takes a Giant Step Forward
At one time, networking functions were placed in stand-alone devices. Recently, suppliers tried to reduce the number of products needed ï¿¼ and simplify deployment and maintenance -- by integrating different functions into one device, a trend industry giant Cisco heartily endorsed.
CommVault Watches Your Backups
CommVault's new Remote Operations Management Service (ROMS) will watch your backups for you, assuming, of course, you use CommVault's Galaxy backup program. And if you spring for the diamond level, a human being will even call you in the middle of the night to discuss what went wrong.
Backup administrator is a thankless job at best. People only notice when something goes wrong and then they're breathing down your back, acting like 6-year-olds in the back seat, saying "When will we be back up?"
Should Your IP Address Be Private?
The European Union has just ruled that Spain's Telefonica SA doesn't have to hand over the identities of file sharers on its networks . At least, not simply because the allegedly aggrieved party asks for such information.
Press Release Roundup
Today was one of those days that makes you wonder, 'just how may PR firms are working the virtualization sector?'
Whoops: $73 Billion In Fraudulent Trades Just Slipped By Us
While there's no hard evidence yet released on what could prove to be one of the largest frauds in financial history, some details are starting to surface. It's my hunch that this case, other than its financial magnitude, will not prove much different than previous insider frauds.
If I were an IT vendor like Cisco and competing with Juniper (telecom) and Brocade (storage), a new Nexus platform and accompanying OS might make a lot of sense, splitting the difference as they do between these two backbone switching markets, each so hungry for terabyte and petabyte capacities. But if I were a storage buyer, I'd probably yawn.
Demo Preview: Let's Get Liquid
I just touched down in windy Palm Springs for the 2008 Demo conference, which doesn't actually start up until tomorrow morning, but it's already clear that, here in the desert, the big buzzword for this year's startup showcase is "liquid."
Bill Gates For Senate
Nostradamus I'm not. Most of my past tech-industry predictions have fallen flat: Sun Microsystems didn't buy Apple, Apple hasn't acquired Motorola, and OS/2 never beat out Windows. But here's one prognostication you can take to the bank: Sometime after he retires from Microsoft, when being a world-class philanthropist begins to get a wee bit boring, Bill Gates will run for public office.
Xsigo I/O Virtualization On TechWebTV
This is taking the virtualization thing just a bit too far! First we've got servers being virtualized, then storage, and now Xsigo, among others, (I'll come back to this) is virtualizating I/O. But that's not all: CEO Ashok Krishnamurthi was stuck in some traffic bottleneck (oh, the irony) so he left his StartupCity TV filming in the hands of marketing manager Kelly Ciccone and damn if she didn't do a great job. Virtualized interview, indeed.
Lombardi Executive Re-org and 2007 Results
Lombardi held an analyst conference call last week in advance of today's press releases - a relatively new format for Lombardi - to discuss their executive reorganization against the backdrop of their 2007 results and 2008 strategy. Rod Favaron, CEO (and, until last week, President) and Phil Gilbert, President (formerly CTO) gave us the update...
Startup Tackles E-Mail E-Discovery
Fortiva has launched an archiving service to address e-discovery for e-mail. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) demand that enterprises involved in litigation be able to produce relevant e-mails within prescribed time limits.
IT Security Vs. Censorship
In a memo distributed to employees, Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell called for all of Tribune's business units to yank the use of content filters. Now, I'm not sure anyone, myself included, would list content filters among their most favorite things. Yet, I'm not so sure Zell made a good move -- at least not for Tribune's IT security.
Nokia Snags Trolltech
The latest open source acquisition just came down the pike, and from the outside it's one of the unlikelier pairings imaginable: Mobile handset vendor Nokia just made a $150+ million offer for open source software makers Trolltech.
Happy Data Privacy Day!
We're less than a week away from finding out whether Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter. While we wait for him to make his annual weather forecast, we've got time to squeeze in another holiday. You may not be as familiar with this one -- there's no parades, gift-giving or time off from work. Frankly, it's a shame we have to acknowledge it at all. But it's a testament of the kind of world we live in. Today is Data Privacy Day.