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Content posted in April 2006
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The BPM Journey
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Business process management is "a journey, not a destination." That's the description given by many BPM practitioners to writer Penny Lunt Crosman, author of the article "Processes Get Smart."
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Down To Business: The IT Industry Is Showing Its Age
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
The marquee vendors are bringing in new leadership and flailing in new directions. For the most part, the glory days are over.
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Is Wireless Affecting Our Health?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
All this time I've been thinking that the cause of my tiredness and quick temper is work-related stress, the side effects of living in New York City, and lack of sleep. But it's possible that the actual culprit could be my home Wi-Fi network.
Did You Get Your Free Flash Drive Yet?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
A while back I posted a story that said Microsoft was giving away free flash drives. There were just a couple of catches, of course -- you had to have a Microsoft Passport account to get one, and they came packed with information on Microsoft licensing. That was two months ago. Has anybody seen their freebie yet? I haven't.
Analyzing The Outsourcers
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Is your organization outsourcing any IT functions? Outsourcing relationships are constantly evolving, and even the leading IT service providers fall in and out of favor. Here's your chance to sound off about the performance of your organization's key IT vendors in InformationWeek Research's Analyzing the Outsourcers survey. Share your experiences with the editors of InformationWeek by completing our brief and confidential
Down To Business: IT Globalization: Don't Kill the Messenger
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Don't try to seal off our borders, either. Employment and pay are up, so we must be doing something right.
TV Guide To Launch 'Downloads' Column
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
In a sign of the times, TV Guide Magazine plans to launch May 1 a new weekly column called "Downloads," which will talk about the latest TV shows available for download to an Apple iPod video or other media player.
Can Microsoft Convince You To Switch?
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Everyone likes a good horse race--even when the race is fixed. That's about how I see the supposed race between Internet Explorer and Firefox. Ever since IE was included with Microsoft's operating system, its dominance has pretty much been a done deal. But that doesn't mean the front-runner should sit back and rest on its laurels. And up until now, that's what Microsoft has been doing.
Langa Letter: The OS Inside The OS
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Fred Langa shows how a simple tweak turns XP's low-level Recovery Console into a complete, standalone mini-operating system--in effect, an XP DOS!
A Price Tag On Your Skills
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Days Numbered For AssetMetrix's Windows Reporting
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Unbiased information on IT products is often hard to come by, so it's sad to see what looks like the end of AssetMetrix. Microsoft has agreed to buy the Canadian hardware and software asset management vendor, which is known for its detailed reports on Windows penetration in the workplace. Under its new owner, it's unlikely those reports would continue, given that they haven't always been helpful to the Redmond, Wash., software
IT Career Strategies And Pitfalls
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
Surf's Up At Work
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
Just when you thought it wasn't safe to surf the Web at work, now it may be. Earlier this week, a New York judge made an advisory ruling that since time spent on the Internet is much like reading a newspaper or making a personal phone call, employees should only be reprimanded--not fired--for failing to stay off the Internet.
No One Wants To Reinvent The Wheel
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
Microsoft Gets Closer To Hyperion BI
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
The high-tech industry is no stranger to cooperation among competitors. Among the latest example is the latest partnership between Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions. Despite plans to acquire business intelligence vendor ProClarity, Microsoft is teaming up with Hyperion to integrate its System 9 BI+ suite with Microsoft's SQL Server 2006 reporting, analysis and integration services.
Stop Acting Your Size
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
'Outsourced' Programmers Finally Get Same Benefits As Laid-Off Factory Workers--A Fair, But Costly, Development
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
Companies lay off workers for many reasons--they're employed in a unit that isn't profitable, they worked on a discontinued product, the employer is downsizing, etc. Or they work in an industry that's losing ground to foreign competitors with lower costs. Given the myriad ways in which one could suddenly find himself or herself out of a job, is there any justification for the government singling out the latter category for special benefits--like an extra year's worth of unemployment payments?
Schwartz Must Usher In Software Age At Sun
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
Call it founder's disease. Call it what you want. But Scott McNealy hindered Sun from becoming a successful software company. Now Jonathan Schwartz has got his work cut out for him.
A Gadget To Hold (And Charge) Your Gadgets
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
Here's a device that seems custom-made for Personal Tech Pipeline readers: It's a room lamp that charges your many handheld gadgets, while at the same time providing a tidy place to put the charging cables and place your wallet and keys.
Interactive Podcasting
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
JasperSoft Rolling Out BI Suite
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
JasperSoft has released the roadmap for several modules that will eventually comprise its business intelligence software suite. The newest component is the JasperServer, a Java-based tool for customizing reports for any department within a company that needs financial and sales information.
vPro: Do Businesses Need An Intel-Branded PC Platform?
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
Can too much of a good thing be more than the customer wants, needs, or even cares about? Intel on Monday unveiled its vPro, a new brand name it will apply to its Professional Business Platform the company introduced only a year ago. Intel now has three platform brands: the highly
Google Experiments On Humans
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
Over at the Google blog, Ambar Pansari, a Google product manager, and Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience, admit that Google is experimenting on its users. The two confess, "From time to time, we run live experiments on Google--tests visible to a relatively few people--to discover better ways to search. We do this because there's no good substitute for understanding how
Offshoring Is Your Wal-Mart: Don't Take It Head-On
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
Offshoring is to U.S. IT workers what Wal-Mart is to retail. If you're squarely in its path, competing head-to-head on price, you'll be crushed by the economics in its favor. But that doesn't mean the death of the IT career.
SAP, Microsoft Adding Pressure To BI Market
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Developing products that deliver business intelligence to as many corporate workers as possible is the trend in the industry. The idea is to get valuable business metrics to the people who need them, while also upping the number of users, which means fatter licensing deals for vendors.
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Down To Business: IT Globalization: Don't Kill the Messenger
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Don't try to seal off our borders, either. Employment and pay are up, so we must be doing something right.
Google's Got Its Business-Casual Khakis On
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
It's never been completely clear how seriously Google takes its enterprise IT business. Its latest search appliance leaves little doubt.
The E-Mail Hoax To End All E-Mail Hoaxes
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
I'm repeatedly amazed that I still get e-mail hoaxes, always sent earnestly by relatives who have been suckered in. Give-away hoaxes ("Bill Gates"), sympathy hoaxes ("Little Girl Dying of Leukemia"), warning hoaxes ("Stay Out of the Mall on Halloween!"), chain letters ("Hawaiian Good Luck Totem"), urban myth e-mails ("Flesh Eating Bananas") -- I'm sure you've gotten your share.
Pearl Jam, The Doors Use Technology To Bypass Traditional Music Delivery
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Technology and risk-taking innovators in popular music are taking content delivery where it hasn't been available previously, and in a manner that large record labels sometimes have had to be dragged kicking and screaming. Seattle-based Pearl Jam has led the way in providing instant online access to each of its concerts, and now legendary '60s band The Doors is following its path by making about two dozen previous
If You Can't Say Something Nice About Steve Ballmer, Come Sit By Me
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
In my ceaseless search for Truth and Enlightenment that I can pass on to you I look at a lot of Web sites and blogs. I totally revere folks like John Perry Barlow and Dave Winer who think deeply and independently about computing, and nerds like Fred Langa and Steve Gibson absolutely who understand this stuff. But I have to admit to a secret vice: gossip. I love gossip. But satisfying dish about the high-tech world can be hard to find. Well, I just found some. A lot, in fact.
Stopping Google
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Imagine the conspiracy theorists having a field day with this one: eBay is separately talking to Yahoo and Microsoft to see if one of them might be a valuable collaborator against a common threat: Google.
Is Your PC EC?
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
In Search Of Innovation
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Microsoft Making SAP Stronger Against Oracle
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Microsoft continues to lend a helping hand to SAP, as the battle grows fiercer between the German software maker and Oracle. In releasing Service Pack 1 this week for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft drew a bit closer to SAP by adding to the database Reporting Services that work better with SAP's NetWeaver Business Intelligence, a data store for SAP's business applications.
Is Your PC EC?
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Technology is what makes it possible for us to study the environment and discover what helps and hurts our ecosystems. Computers and telecommunications help us analyze and spread that knowledge. In many ways, computers are helping us save the planet.
Survival in the 21st Century
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Taking BI To The Masses
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Cognos acknowledges business intelligence apps haven't been very useful for the corporate rank and file. With user interfaces built for business analysts, BI software has been less than user friendly for most workers. In fact, only about one in five corporate employees use the software, according to the Canadian software maker.
IT Workforce Rise Occurs Despite Fewer Software Developers, Thanks To Managers
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Numbers don't always add up. Take, for instance, the latest IT employment stats that show American IT employment at a record high.
In Search Of Innovation
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
For years, we've seen far too little in the way of innovative enterprise applications or major hardware and networking advances. Arguably, more innovation is taking place in the consumer space, although much of that is incremental rather than revolutionary. There's more evidence this week that innovation in the IT industry is now being driven from the search engine outward, both for consumer and business applications.
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