AT&T Delivers The Fruits Of Its BellSouth Merger
If you're a business, AT&T has good news for you: It's rolling out the first set of integrated wireline and wireless services. The products are a result of AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth last year. The carrier says it's responding to customer demand for wireless technology, which accounted for about 30% of total telecom budgets last year, according to
Infrastructure: A Wake-Up Call for India, China
If China and India aspire to recognition and respect for their increasing prowess in technology, they must do better. The World Economic Forum recently released its annual Global Information Technology Report for 2006-2007. The reports Networked Readiness Index ranked India 44th and China 59th, down four places and nine places, respectively, from last year's standings.
A 'Most Likely to Succeed' List from the Web 2.0 Hypefest
Tim O'Reilly, who gets credit for coining "Web 2.0," has taken several whacks at defining it, and he took another one this week at his own Web 2.0 Expo this week in San Francisco: "We are talking about persistent computing in which we are becoming part of a great machine." Thanks, but if that's it, I'll pass. If you, gentle reader, on the other hand, want to plug into whatever Web 2.0 means, a ratings company called Hitwise used th
My Second Life As A Swimsuit Model
I already have a job, mortgage, family, and community, so I don't see any need for a Second Life. The first one keeps me plenty busy, thank you. But I can use what I found at LandsEnd.com: An avatar that tries on swimsuits for me.
Get Your Wallet Out: App Upgrades And Music Fees
Whatever else Windows Vista does for your PC, it's not going to make the numbers on your budgetary spreadsheet any lower. Several software vendors have decided not to upgrade existing versions of their products to be Vista-compatible -- instead, they're going to reshape upcoming versions. So if you buy a Vista PC, you don't get to reinstall your existing application onto your new machine. Instead, prepare to fork out some additional cash to get the next iteration.
Tip: Use Babelfish To Translate Chat, Discussions In Real-Time
OK, probably everybody in the world already knows this, but you can use BabelFish (and other online translation services) to translate the discussion of people you encounter in Internet discussion. I generally think of BabelFish as a translation service for Web pages -- and a not-very-effective one at that -- but of course it'll work on any text.
Take the Survey on BI Success
Long-time Intelligent Enterprise contributor Cindi Howson wants to understand why and how some companies are more successful with business intelligence than others. The results won't be available for a while, but sometimes taking surveys can be as thought-provoking as reading them. What's more, Cindi will send respondents the key findings.
Information Convergence Is a Work in Progress
John Schwarz, CEO of Business Objects, yesterday gave a keynote address at AIIM Expo entitled "The Parallel Evolution and Convergence of Enterprise Content Management and Business Intelligence." The title notwithstanding, I didn't hear a lot of concrete examples of convergence in the speech, but there are signs the worlds of data and content are slowly coming together.
AIIM 'Smackdown' and the Perils of Portals
Yesterday at the annual AIIM Expo, we held an "Enterprise Portal Smackdown," in which a packed room keenly watched seven-minute demos presented by different consultancies (Ironworks, Molecular, and Liferay) demonstrating, respectively: BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, and Liferay Portal. Here's a one-liner summary of each demo:
Take 5: How To Prepare For Another BlackBerry Crash
Welcome to this week's edition of Take 5, Over The Air's weekly interview segment where we ask a mobile business insider five (or more) questions about a select topic. This week's guest is mobile and wireless analyst Jack Gold with J.Gold Associates. Our topic is yesterday's system-wide crash of the BlackBerry push e-mail system -- and how you can build a contingency plan for your orginization.
Nokia's N95: 2.5G, Not 3G
In my excitement last week about the new $750 Nokia N95, I misspoke when outlining the smartphone's networking capability. Here's what I wrote: "The N95 includes a 5-megapixel camera, a powerful media player, 3G networking over the Cingular/AT&T HSDPA system, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as an innovative dual-slide design." In fact, the N95, while it works over European 3G networks based on WCD
Microsoft To Pop The Top On PhizzPop
Microsoft may not have been at the forefront of creating social networks, but the Windows company is ready to lift the lid on a conversation with the new architects of Web 2.0.
Machinima: Making Movies Using Computer-Game Software
"Machinima" is the art of making computer animation using software from video games, rather than expensive, dedicated computer-animation software. I'm no expert on the subject, but here are some of my favorites.
Will Linden Lab's Open-Sourcing Second Life Hurt Some Of Its Biggest Customers?
Currently, Linden Lab's major revenue source is "land sales," leasing space on its servers for businesses and dedicated consumers to build property in Second Life. Many businesses derive revenue by turning around and renting property in-world. When Linden Lab open-sources the servers, land will become more plentiful and the value of land will decrease, thus diminishing the value of these "land barons'" investments.
How Big is Microsoft's Silverlight Shoe?
On April 15, Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight, which formerly was called Windows Presentation Foundation/E. Based on technology developed for Windows Vista, Silverlight is a streaming media delivery module, a piece of code that plugs into a browser, that Microsoft hopes will open the floodgates for media rich applications. Also, it's an Adobe (Macromedia) Flash killer.
Sneak Peek at 'Defining the CIO' Research
Well, Nation, we've just received the results of our fifth annual "Defining the CIO" research, a survey of 575 business and IT professionals about the evolving role of the CIO in business. And I'm happy to report, given some of my recent postings deriding recent third-party reports supposedly chronicling the demise or decline in influence of the CIO, that our research refutes just about every aspect of those other studies and media coverage...
Fear and SharePoint: Trends Seen at AIIM Expo
Compliance mandates and legal risks are a big focus here at the AIIM show in Boston. Also everywhere - the keynote lineup, the press room, the collateral material, etc. - are presentations, announcements and references to Microsoft SharePoint. I'll get to SharePoint and parallels between BI and content management in a moment, but first a few thoughts on fear mongering.
Linden Lab To Open-Source Second Life Servers
Linden Lab plans to open up the source code for Second Life's servers, allowing anyone to run their own version of Second Life, a company spokesman said today, confirming the widespread belief among many in the 3D community that open-sourcing the servers was inevitable.
Microsoft On Its Internet Do Or Die
I'm out here at Microsoft's massive Redmond campus this week interviewing Microsoft executives about everything from newly-announced Flash competitor Silverlight to what's on tap for Windows Server "Longhorn." And also my lead feature from this week, "Microsoft's Internet Do or Die," which was greeted by a general "eh, harumph" from one of the Microsoft executives I quoted.
FAST pushes SNaaS - Software NOT as a Service
Enterprise-search vendor FAST is poised to strike a blow for SNaaS - Software NOT as a Service... The FAST AdMomentum platform is designed to shift control of delivery of contextual advertising from third-party service providers... Web search has always been delivered as a service. Who but propeller-hatted weenies (like me) would even think to pre-label this service with "Software as a"?
Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
The Internet moves quickly, but perhaps you remember this essay from that long-ago time of last week (gosh, we were so much younger then, weren't we?). In it, developer Paul Graham argues that Microsoft is dead, killed by Web applications and buried by the Apple comeback. I do think there is some truth to Graham's essay -- but it's only part of the story. InformationWeek's J. Nicholas Hoover