Commentary
Content posted in November 2005
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Prediction No. 2: Manpower Reductions
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
With more and more manual processes associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities being automated through technology, we expect the people costs for SOX to fall off dramatically in 2006. This is actually a pretty safe bet since it will be the third year that large public companies have had to manage SOX compliance. One could assume that everyone is getting more adept, including the independent auditors, so manpower costs should go down as a percentage of overall costs associated with SOX
Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's part market research for Google, and it's a great way to jump out of the virtual world and into the real one, to become more than just the search bar on the Internet. Helping real people do research on their destination locations is a wonderful marketing technique.
SmartAdvice: Businesses Wise To Set Acceptable-Use Internet Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's important to spell out what can and can't be downloaded on company PCs, The Advisory Council says. Also, be prepared to manage the cultural differences to succeed in doing business in China.
Langa Letter: Free Tools For Road Warriors
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Not everyone has (or wants) a GPS. These Web-based alternatives Fred Langa searched out make even complex route planning a snap!
Is Patent Insanity Ruining Software Innovation?
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Many of the requirements that should define a patent, says Network Computing Editor Rob Preston. are all but forgotten when it comes to awarding protection to software and business processes. It's time to quit giving IT-industry patent traffickers a 'free' ride that costs everyone else dearly.
Open For Business (Intelligence)
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
"We are the most open-source-friendly traditional business intelligence vendor." That seems to be the mantra of every BI software maker these days, and they'll fall all over each other to yell it the loudest.
20 Whats For Windows?
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
From the mailbag: My tepid birthday greetings to Microsoft Windows and its smarter cousin, the Apple Macintosh OS, last week in my e-mail newsletter (what, you're not a subscriber?) drew a couple of e-mail replies -- actually less backchat than I expected.
How To Rescue Federal IT
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
The issue of allowing federal CIOs to more actively manage their agency's IT investments certainly looms large. The other big problem is that of culture.
How To Rescue Federal IT
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
To make federal IT as effective and efficient as that in the private sector, something needs to change. The question is: what now?
Let Us Predict
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
The holiday season is now officially out of its cage and you know what that means . . . Yup, it's time for that annual right of analysts, pundits, journalists and wags everywhere to vent their predictions for the coming year. But rather than wait and wrap all predictions up in a nice holiday bundle, I think I'll meter out our guesswork in the time-honored tradition of seasonal marketing campaigns that dictate the emergence of flocked trees and jingle bells shortly after the back-to-school sale
BI: A Worthwhile Use For Cell Phones?
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
Like many of the technological devices I own, I've got a love-hate relationship with my cell phone. That said, I'm sometimes staggered by the new capabilities being built into mobile phones. Do I really want to watch TV on my cell phone? Does anyone? Is that really necessary?
EBay Hears And Sees No Evil, It Just Sells It
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
Is eBay Adam Smith's perfect market, where prices are set by the honest interaction of buyers and sellers and everyone goes home happy--or is it simply the perfect vehicle for price gouging--and much, much worse? The short supply of Microsoft's Xbox 360 means the game system is now fetching up to $1,000 on eBay. Fair enough, if a gamester really can't wait a few more weeks to play the 360 version of Call of Duty 2 or NBA Live 06 then it's their money, right? Sure, but eBay's willingness to turn
Feedback
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Google Analytics Get The Thumbs Up
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
The readers have spoken. And here's what they said: They like the idea of Web analytics tools from Google.
Mollifying The Paper-Pushers Could Benefit Microsoft's Business Customers, Too
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Microsoft never relinquishes control easily; this time, it buckled to the bureaucrats. But its decision, related to its upcoming Office 12 suite, should help customers, particularly those that want to customize Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Rugged MP3 Player A Solid Idea
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Sharp plans to ship November 26 two ruggedized mobile music players that can survive being dropped from 1.4 meters. The Sharp MP-S200 (512MB) and MP-S300 (1GB) players' electronics are protected against damage with what the Japanese news site Nikkei.net Interactive describes as a "
Stallman Stands Up
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
I get the impression that some people view Richard Stallman's run-in with U.N. security goofballs in Tunisia last week as further proof that, to put it bluntly, Stallman is a few bits short of a byte. If you share that opinion, do yourself and Stallman a favor: Read Bruce Perens' eyewitness account of the incident before you jump to any conclusions about what happened and
Ready, Set, Shop!
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
In HPC, A Question Of Where Microsoft Lays Its Bets
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
When Microsoft officially threw its hat into the high-performance computing ring this month with a speech by chairman Bill Gates at a supercomputing conference in Seattle, some computer scientists hoped the company could help sort out an arcane but potentially important problem in the market: coaxing more performance out of commonly used programming languages. It's a challenging technical conundrum, but it also illustrates how Microsoft's entry into the market is sowing both skepticism about its
Gartner's John Pescatore on the SANS report
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
I spoke with John Pescatore, VP and research fellow for information security at market research firm Gartner, Inc. for this story, posted earlier today, about the SANS Institute's report on the 20 most critical Internet security vulnerabilities for 2005.
Something Else To Worry About, Or Not
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
It's right before Thanksgiving and I'm trying hard not to think curmudgeonly thoughts but just in case you haven't noticed your users downloading AOL's spiffy new IM client (which is much more than an IM client) be aware that instant messages aren't the only thing that could be breaking your compliance policies. The new AIM Triton service, which became available for free download today, is an integrated communications client that off
Ready, Set, Shop!
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Don't look now, but Thanksgiving is bearing down upon us, which you probably know means that the biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner. What you might not know, however, is that the Monday following that weekend, is fast becoming the biggest online shopping day of the year. This year, online retailers plan to help drive Cyber Monday shopping with special promotions and discounts, wi
This Am Bizarro Note About Microsoft
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Peter Jackson Re-Creates 1933 King Kong Scene
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Movie director Peter Jackson, most famous for his Lord of the Rings trilogy and soon to be most famous for his spectacular King Kong remake, has spearheaded a project to re-create at least one awesome scene missing from the 1933 original King Kong. When test screening the original movie in San Bernadino, Calif., in 1933, one scene terrified the audience so much that the mo
Piling On Sony
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
I've been as mad as anybody at Sony over its use of a rootkit as a "digital rights management" tool. It's a little like calling a sawed-off shotgun a privacy-management tool -- it's effective, but the consequences are both unpredictable and horrific. Now both the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Texas Attorney General have filed suit against Sony BMG Music Entertainmen
AT&T Operator? Information Please...
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Virginia Outsourcing Deal Bears Careful Watching
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Virginia's massive outsourcing deal will succeed or fail pretty much on one metric: how well it does at providing e-services for its citizens.
This Am A Bizarro Note About Microsoft
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
Today's news is dominated by stories about a world where Microsoft is an also-ran, trying to steal market share away from market leader Linux, and where Microsoft is trying to enhance its users' experience by supporting the Firefox browser. What strange world is this, you ask? Is it, perhaps, the Bizarro world, the square planet where everything is the opposit
The Road Ahead?
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
Microsoft Windows turned 20 this week. Like any 20 year-old, Windows is heading into its third decade with a swagger in its walk and a hint of arrogance in its eyes. And with good reason: The road Windows has traveled for so many years looks just as familiar as ever and still promises to take it exactly where it wants to go.
Oracle Challenge To SAP Nets Response: We Like SQL Server
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
When Oracle went into the applications business, did it foresee how the move could affect its database business? Reading between the lines of Microsoft's recent SQL Server 2005 launch, maybe it underestimated the impact.
Google's Book Search: Best of Times, Worst of Times For Libraries
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
College professors complain about the current generation of copy-and-paste students. Raised online, impatient with card catalogs and paper indices, these students use Google to do research papers, finding even obscure references and far-flung sources in seconds. Unfortunately, their results -- and their final papers -- tend to be heavily slanted toward the knowledge and opinion in magazines, on Web sites and other resources that were first to put their offerings online. Knowledge not digitized
Feedback
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
OQO: Rich And Beautiful
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
OQO Inc. got $20 million in venture funding this week. All that money makes OQO very attractive, but I confess, I was in love with OQO even before it was rich, because it makes an intriguingly beautiful tiny PC. If want a little dose of computer lust (or maybe a Christmas gift suggestion) go to www.oqo.com and gaze longingly at the OQO Model 01+. It's got a 1GHz processor, a 30GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, integrated wireless networking, and FireWire and USB port
Best Bits: Motherboard Integration as Profit Center, Part 1
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
PC makers like what moving functions such as audio and video from add-in cards to the motherboard does for their bottom line. Should you?
SmartAdvice: Making The Most Of SOA
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
Focus on making business processes deliver more value to benefit from a service-oriented architecture, The Advisory Council says. Also, measure business risks against established metrics before deciding which IT services to outsource.
Not Just For Dinner Conversation Anymore
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
The Little Guys' Head Start
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
"Standardization." It's a big word in business intelligence ever since organizations of all sizes stepped back, looked at the number of BI tools they were using, and realized it was, in a phrase, too many.
Why 'Windows Live' Ain't Dead Yet
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
If history is a lesson, it's a mistake to underestimate Microsoft's new Windows Live strategy.
After The Binge
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
SOA Implementations Face Challenges
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
The news is sobering, if not surprising. According to a recent poll administered by SOA Pipeline, SOA implementations are taking longer than expected, raising more challenges than anticipated, and returning ROI later than desired.
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