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ParAccel Lowers the Cost of High-Performance BI
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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!
How Should You Format Your External Hard Drives and USB Flash Drives for Macs?
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
Its amazing how USB flash drives  sometimes called thumb drives  have replaced floppy disks as the most convenient way to transport data. They're small, sturdy, fast, reliable, and hold a heck of a lot of data.
The CIO And IP
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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.
If something's wrong with your Macs, check the fonts
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
The Achilles heel of the Mac has always been its font handling.
Revealed: A Look At Google's Corporate Intranet
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
Ever wonder what Google's corporate intranet looks like? Well, wait no more. Two bloggers have released screen shots of the search giant's dog food.
Microsoft Reportedly Considering SAP Acquisition
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
In Europe earlier today, traders felt strongly enough about a rumor regarding a Microsoft/SAP acquisition that they drove up SAP's stock by nearly 2%.
Want To Try KDE 4 Now? Go Live
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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.

Fastest Intel Quad-Core Ever, QX9770, Coming In Early 2008
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
The latest addition to Intel's Core 2 Extreme processor family will hit the streets in the first quarter of next year, in the form of the ultra-fast QX9770.
Microsoft Says Verizon Announcement Will Give CIOs More Choices For Mobility
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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?
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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.
Where Will You Get Your Entertainment In Five Years? Nokia Says From Your Peers
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
Nokia conducted a large study and is predicting that by 2012, 25% of all entertainment will not come from the major movie and music studios, but will have been created within one's peer group. Is the end of traditional media finally in sight?
BPMN Training Revisited
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/2/2007  | 
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
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