Silicon Valley's First Phone Company?
Ribbit, a 2-year-old company whose software integrates cell phone calls with Web applications, is about to unveil plans to become, by its description, "Silicon Valley's first phone company."
Performance Management or Measurement Tyranny?
In "Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations," Dorset House Publishing, 1996, Robert Austin made a very clear case that performance measurement often leads, paradoxically, to distortion and dysfunction instead of improvement. According to Austin... measuring an indicator of a performance raises the risk of making things worse. How can that be?
Is LiveJournal Deal Part Of Putin's Putsch?
The same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin posted a controversial electoral win, a Moscow firm backed by a Kremlin insider bought up a blogging service widely used by dissidents in the country. Coincidence?
When Bad Things Happen With Good Software
If you create a piece of open source software and discover that it has been put to use in a way you find personally distasteful or immoral, what would you do about it?
ParAccel Lowers the Cost of High-Performance BI
ParAccel announced top TPC-H benchmark numbers with Sun at the end of October, beating out the former leaders in both the price and price-performance. Not by a little, but by four times in performance with a big drop in cost. The fact that a little startup like ParAccel can enter the market with a database to support BI that beats the TPC-H results of all the major vendors should wake people up.
Motorola Dumps Brash CEO
One trick pony may be an apt description for Ed Zander, who had been CEO of Motorola but now finds himself on the unemployment rolls .
Business Intelligence in 2008
Facebook is good for something (beyond wasting time)! It brought me to a BI 3.0 discussion thread started by Darren Cunningham, prompted by his LucidEra colleague Ken Rudin's blog entry, "What's in Store for Business Intelligence in 2008." LucidEra does interesting enough work, but that blog entry of Ken Rudin's is mighty solipsistic. My own BI 3.0 hot/heating-up list additionally includes, in rough order of 2008 significance...
Managing Your Employees By Age
Kids today, they hate everything. Or at least, they hate the companies they work for, probably including yours. But here's news: savvy managers can solve the problem: FREE!
The CIO And IP
Somebody's got to do it -- take a systematic approach to realizing the potential revenue encapsulated in the IP of new applications, research projects, and business processes. It should be the CIO.
Want To Try KDE 4 Now? Go Live
There's been more than a bit of buzz circulating in the Linux community about the upcoming release of KDE version 4, and there's also more than one way to try out the release candidate -- such as a live CD.
Microsoft Says Verizon Announcement Will Give CIOs More Choices For Mobility
If anyone besides Google stands to gain from a wireless market with open network access, it's Microsoft. Open networks could allow Microsoft to leverage its massive global user base of Windows and Exchange with millions of Windows Mobile smartphones to create a mobile world where businesses can seamlessly integrate their Windows products from e-mail server to desktops to smartphones. This has been the promise of Windows Mobile from the beginning, but after more than five years the reality has ye
Is Dell Readying An iPhone Killer?
Rumors about a new smartphone from Dell have been floating about the Interwebs since the company hired former Motorola veteran Ron Garriques earlier this year. Garriques was brought on to help Dell revamp its mobile product lineup. Now that it's been nearly a year, is Dell ready to pounce with an integrated media device of its own?
IT's Value? Prove It
Tech managers in small to midsize companies are constantly wrestling with the need to prove the benefit of the business' IT investment. But quantifying that kind of value is not simple. But now there could be an easier way.
BPMN Training Revisited
When I launched my course "Process Modeling with BPMN," I discussed why so many people beginning to "do" business process management (BPM) were looking for training in modeling, and why that was especially needed for BPMN. Now, having delivered the training, I have a better appreciation of Business Process Modeling Notation's strengths and limitations, and what students really need to know about BPMN modeling.
Who's The Child Now, Or Wii (Why) Most Adults Don't Play Video Games
I got the heck beat out of me a few months back, when commenters vehemently objected to my characterization of Xbox 360 gaming -- and by implication, PS2, Gameboy, and Wii as well -- as an activity appropriate mainly for children. ("If you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about," was how I put it.) Now, I've got some evidence to back up that opinion, in the form of