Microsoft Kills adAnalytics (a.k.a., Gatineau)
Like the month of March, software vendors often will go in like a lion and out like a lamb. Such was the case with Microsoft's adAnalytics project (originally codenamed "Gatineau"). The beta launched with great expectations of duking it out with Google Analytics -- only to be quietly shelved earlier this month.
SAS Enters Its Own Cloud
The Register has a fairly detailed article about SAS expanding its cloud/SaaS offerings. I disagree with one assertion; namely, I fail to see why SAS's campus would be better than leading hosting companies' data centers for either data privacy/security or data upload speed...
Oracle's Phillips Sees Grid Computing For The Masses
Looking past a limited audience of advanced users to a much broader market, Oracle plans to release this summer a new version of its Real Application Clusters (RAC) technology featuring "significant ease-of-use enhancements" that will make possible "grid computing for the masses." Whether the masses are hungry for grid computing is another matter.
Microsoft adCenter Analytics: Nipped In The Bud
Back in 2006, Microsoft bought a company named DeepMetrix that offered web site traffic analysis tools and services. After being absorbed by Microsoft, DeepMetrix no longer offered those products and services. However, Microsoft was supposed to be rolling similar features into a great new product named adCenter Analytics.
Podcast: New Rev Of SUSE Linux First To Officially Support .NET, Silverlight
With no change to its business model or pricing (subscription-based support starting at $349 per server), Novell launched version 11 of it Linux distribution known as SUSE Enterprise Linux. For the first time, according to Novell officials, support is now available for running applications that were originally designed for Microsoft's .NET or Silverlight platforms. But, given how IT shops are starting to pinch pennies by moving to the cloud, must Novell change course?
Uncle Sam's Cloud Computing Dilemma
Federal agencies are under pressure to deploy cost-effective IT systems quickly, and cloud computing is one of the solutions favored by the Obama Administration. Yet, would-be cloud users in government will have to navigate a thicket of security requirements and other guidelines, warns one expert.
Where Silverlight Meets AIR
Microsoft's Silverlight 3, with its out-of-browser capabilities, and Adobe AIR, with its out-of-browser capabilities, won't necessarily compete head-to-head as rich Internet application platforms. They're just too different.
Blog Reviews The Unreleased BlackBerry Niagara In Detail
I don't know how The Boy Genius got his hands on it, but he did. He's posted the first part in a two-part review of the forthcoming BlackBerry 9630 Niagara. Think of it as an 8900, Bold and Storm merged into one ultra device that has the best of all things BlackBerry. Verdict? It's going to be a smash hit.
President Highlights Renewable Energy In Call To Space
President Barack Obama called the International Space Station via satellite link from the Roosevelt Room in the White House Tuesday. He used the opportunity to emphasize his plans for renewable energy and solar power.
Should TARPfare Bums Be Allowed To Outsource?
A Pennsylvania lawmaker is blasting JP Morgan Chase for accepting $25 Billion in TARP funds while planning to outsource thousands of U.S. tech jobs to India. And you thought AIG bonuses were a hot-button issue.
IT's Dark-Side Potential Seen In SmartGridCity Project
In an exciting and thought-provoking experiment in the city of Boulder, Colorado, Xcel Energy has kicked off a $100M project called SmartGridCity designed to give consumers greater control over energy usage and options via Web-based accounts. But the control goes both ways: the test also allows Xcel to reach into consumers' homes and adjust thermostats during periods of high demand.
Video: Jeff Jarvis On What Should Media Do
Bear with me here on my latest short video, because while it's not tech news per se, it's about tech news. As in, what's the business model for online sites in an age where ad revenues are declining but demand for killer content is higher than ever? That's the discussion I had with Jeff Jarvis, author of "What Would Google Do?," journalism professor, and Buzzmachine blogger. Click on to see the video.
We Want You For Application Delivery
Network connections have been getting faster over time and, correspondingly, applications have been keeping pace by getting fatter. Add in the changes in how applications are delivered as Web applications, hosted applications, and virtual desktops, application performance is becoming increasingly important. We want to get your thoughts on application delivery. Please take a few moments to fill out our InformationWeek
Mobile Internet On Phones Becomes More Routine
Between January 2008 and January 2009, the number of people accessing the internet daily from a mobile device increased from 10.8 million to 22.4 million people according to a comScore report. The report studied the habits of 63.2 million people that accessed the internet to some degree with their phone for news and information.
Finding Your Way Around The New Facebook Home Page
Facebook recently redesigned the page you see when you first log in. The redesign is proving to be controversial -- more than 1.7 million users have signed up for the Petition Against The New Facebook group on Facebook. I guess that makes me part of a small minority -- I like the new Facebook. Sure, the user interface still needs a lot of tuning, but Facebook has definitely moved in the right direction.
Cloud Computing FUD Muddies SaaS Waters
Vendors adopting cloud computing strategies are disparaging SaaS in a manner that could jeopardize their entire service-based business model just as it's starting to gain larger acceptance in the market.
Is Data In The Cloud Risky?
With the recent report that the FTC is considering a request to shut down Google Apps, the question of Cloud Security has come up and with it the question of if data in the cloud is risky. Of course only the government could hold a two day hearing on whether or not data in the cloud is at risk.
10 Social Networking Sites For Your Business
Between Facebook and Twitter, is there room for other social networks? Not only is there room, but the networks that aren't in the headlines every hour may be exactly the places you should be considering invaluable business resources.
Google Improves Search Results
Google has tweaked its search technology in hopes of providing better search results. It now offers a refined list of associated searches and also provides lengthier snippets of each result to let you glean more information on the results page before clicking.
The Coming Linux Malware Scourge (And How To Stop It)
There's an oft-repeated homily that goes something like this: "The only reason Linux hasn't become a malware target is because it's not that popular." I'm learning there's more truth to that than we realize. Especially if open source developers in general use "open source" in the abstract as a security measure ... and it's not.
In Honor of Ada Lovelace
Marion Cameron is a former developer, the best project manager who I've ever worked with, and was a tremendously calming and mentoring influence over my growing team of (mostly male) developers... She spent her younger years working on contract as a developer in other countries, including a stint in Vietnam while there was a little armed conflict going on there...
Key Differences Between Data Integration and App Integration
There's been a blurring of the lines between data integration in the BI environment and in the operational environment. You used buy ETL tools for the data warehouse while hand coding data integration for OLTP projects. Problems arise when vendors obscure the differences between data and application integration to broaden the appeal of their tools...
Churn Rising Among SaaS, Hosted Subscribers: Gartner
Subscribers to software solutions with a fixed duration are shopping around more vigorously for replacements and cost-cutting is a major motivator, a Gartner blogger says. The frenzy hasn't hit on-premises software companies nearly as hard because their perpetual licenses are, well, perpetual -- so in that universe the churn-and-burn season never happens.
Five Steps To A Well-Tuned Cloud
Many early adopters of cloud computing are poorly equipped to monitor and manage the performance of their cloud applications. In a just-published InformationWeek article, author Michael Healey outlines five steps users can take to change that.
Obama's Latest March Madness Pick: Health IT Czar
Though the Obama administration still has lots of key positions to fill--including naming a federal chief technology officer-- one critical appointment was made last week that will help fill in many of the important details related to Obama's nearly $20 billion health IT stimulus program.
Next-Gen iPhone To Have Faster Wireless Internet, Chew Your Food For You
Reports about a future version of the iPhone are starting to ramp up, even though Apple itself has not even hinted that new hardware will be announced any time soon. The latest scuttlebutt says that the next version of the iPhone will have "significantly faster" wireless Internet, video capture and more.
You're probably just as fed up as I am with hearing about Linux-powered netbooks that'll be veritable Windows-killers. Well, there's more of them on the way. And as it turns out, they may well turn out to be Windows-killers in at least one respect: Windows won't run on them, period.
YouTube Hosts Amateur Slam Dunking Contest
Google's YouTube unit is getting into the spirit of the NCAA tournament. It is having its very own slam dunk contest. Anyone can shoot themselves pulling an air Jordan and then upload their video to YouTube, where it will be judged by NBA pros.
Time to Secure Your Companyï¿¼s IM Conversations?
Technology is often a step or two ahead of an IT staffï¿¼s ability to control it. That has certainly been the case with some recent communications advances. Increasingly small and medium businesses are recognizing that they need to monitor their employeesï¿¼ instant messaging conversations, and in response, various vendors have been moving to deliver such services.
Carriers On Dell Smartphone: No Thanks, Too Dull
Differentiation in today's smartphone market matters. In that regard, Dell has learned a painful lesson: it ain't got not design chops. According to a Kaufman Bros. analyst, Dell shopped a smartphone to the wireless network operators and was told it was too "Dell-like." Dude, ouch.
Salesforce.com Embraces Twitter
If you still didn't think Twitter had arrived as a serious marketing platform, it's time to think again. Salesforce.com is continuing its relentless drive to incorporate all aspects of social networking with Salesforce CRM for Twitter.
Podcast: Sybase, SAP Talk Smartphone Apps
I've been tardy in posting this five-minute podcast, where Sybase chief marketing officer Raj Nathan and SAP vice president Vinay Iyer delve into their joint deal to improve access to SAP's smartphone apps. (Sybase is providing the middleware.) But you should listen, because the "smartphone is the computer" is a meme that's rapidly gaining traction from deals like this.
Is IE8 A Rising Star, Or Just Maintaining Altitude?
In Microsoft terms, Internet Explorer is on a fast track. It's been just over two years since IE7 was released, and IE8 is already making its debut. In contrast, it took more than five years for IE6 to meander its way up to IE7. In the meantime, IE's market share has dropped from 95 percent to 67 percent. Will IE8 change that trend?
Amazon Offers 'Reserved Instances'
Amazon has introduced "reserved instances," a new Amazon EC2 pricing option that lets businesses claim a part of the Amazon cloud as their own... Good thing? Sure! Companies that are dedicated to using cloud computing resources such as Amazon Web Services will benefit from this kind of pricing.