Offshore Outsourcing Mostly About Lower Salaries? No Kidding!
There's a new study out by Duke University challenging the belief that a common reason businesses go to China and India for engineers is because the United States doesn't graduate nearly enough of them. The main reason businesses offshore outsource, the study concludes, is because the salaries are lower. Well, no $#*&!
Just What is 'Convergence' Anyway?
For the past two decades I've heard about the "coming convergence" in enterprise software between the data and content sides -- or, if you like (I don't like, but other people do) -- between structured and unstructured information management. This always seemed like more of a vendor fantasy than real enterprise need
Going For The Green
Last week, our old 19-inch tube TV became very ill -- it starting painting everything a weird shade of green -- and so we went out and bought a snazzy new 27-inch flat screen display. We were really happy with our new purchase -- until we realized that we now had to figure out how to get rid of the old TV.
Are The Big Wireless Trade Shows Now Irrelevant?
It has been over a week since I was down in Orlando for CTIA Wireless 2007 and it is time to take a look back at the show that was. Like many of my colleagues in the wireless press corps, I was more than a little disappointed by this year's CTIA. Frankly, I was also a little disappointed by
iPhone Dead After 40 Minutes?
That's what John C. Dvorak claims in his podcast, anyway. Citing an internal Cingular product tester, the iPhone only provides for 40 minutes of talk time and the interface crashes all the time. I taste some sour apples here.
Future of Enterprise Software in a SaaS World
Last week I did a keynote at the Enterprise Architecture Conference (EAC) in New Orleans. I spoke on SaaS, SOA, and Web 2.0, and as always, I took a poll. How many people are using SaaS now? About half of the hands went up. How many of those people were using SaaS two years ago? Almost no hands up. How many people will deploy SaaS in the next two years? Almost all hands went up...
Considering Smaller ECM Vendors
I have a short fuse with those who say that "basic content services" are all that any enterprise needs for their ECM requirements, but I remain nonetheless supportive of "lite" offerings. ECM is such an overblown and overused term that encompasses everything from huge imaging and case management deployments to simple document collaboration projects.
Guess What, Steve -- I Don't Love It (Remix)
Over the years I have received my share of e-mail calling me an idiot, but I never got more than I've gotten for yesterday's blog entry titled "Guess What, Steve, I Don't Love It." And guess what? In this case I deserve it. I try, as a personal goal, to reply to all the e-mail I get from readers that doesn't contain obscenities, and the more mail I answered today about my commentary on Apple's announcement of DRM-free music, the more trouble I had defending it.
Trashing the Competition: Oracle, Microsoft & More
You already know about the Oracle/SAP flap: Oracle's contention is that... SAP's strategy is to:
• Offer cut-rate support services to Oracle customers
• Lure Oracle customers to (SAP)
• Siphon off valuable software maintenance revenue from Oracle
• Compete with Oracle support and maintenance services...
But this is just the latest episode of a long running comedy-drama.
Five Signs That India Isn't Just For Back Office Work Anymore
Of late, there have appeared a number of not-so-subtle signs that India is moving well beyond its traditional role as host for low-level back office and IT work from the West. The only question now seems to be when (not if) we'll see the first U.S. corporation move its headquarters and CEO to the subcontinent. Here's what to watch for:
A Mac-Related Announcement From Microsoft For MIX?
Microsoft is promising a bunch of news at its annual MIX web developer conference at the end of this month, from a "still-secret 'Technology X'" to help Web developers create new experiences to a keynote from the recently reclusive Ray Ozzie, a peek at the future of Internet Explorer and new ways to build applications on top of Microsoft's Live (online) platform. But what's the blockbuster news? A source I spoke with today, who recently spoke with Microsoft abo
Gray: Brilliant Researcher With An Indelible Personal Touch
In an industry that has consistently exploited its research for rapid financial gains, Jim Gray stood out as caring more about the research than the gains. "Jim used to say, 'I love astronomy data 'cause it's worthless. It's got no commercial value'," recalls Alex Szalay, professor of astronomy at Johns Hopkins.
Is Microsoft Really Validating Ajax?
Last month, Microsoft announced it had joined OpenAjax. When I read this tidbit, my first thought was "what else was there to do?" Then I asked myself, does this mean Microsoft is validating the Ajax juggernaut? Is this a symbolic milestone in the transition out of the hype phase for one of Web 2.0's leading elements? I suspect a number of IT managers might have similar questions.
Carnival Of Mobilists #67
The Carnival of Mobilists #67 is up over at Wap Review. This edition's topics include the future of smartphones, mobile content creation, mobile marketing news from CTIA, the mobile user experience, the walled mobile content garden, and, of course, the iPhone.
Picsel Makes Mobile Browsing Less Painful
The mobile Internet, while becoming cool and more useful every day, still has a long way to go. Viewing Web pages or documents on tiny screens just doesn't compare to the desktop browsing experience. Web pages are often squashed, elongated, impossible to read, and unusable in the mobile environment, no matter how big the screen or how speedy the data connection. One company is helping to change that.
Guess What, Steve -- I Don't Love It
"We think our customers are going to love this," said Steve Jobs in Apple's press release yesterday announcing that its iTunes store would sell DRM-free versions of EMI's music catalog. Wrong. I like it, but, please, Steve, stop doing me favors that (1) raise music prices 30% and (2) force me to take the extra steps to remove your AAC encoding.
Mexico City To Launch Municipal Wireless
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard yesterday inked a deal with China's ZTE to set up wireless hotspots that will connect municipal services and agencies. Ebrard hopes to expand the network to offer city-wide municipal wireless service for the city's residents, even as Mexico City struggles to offer basic services like water and electricity.
Who Defines BI?
I was more than a little surprised when I read the article "Think Critically When Applying Best Practices," by Bob Becker and Ralph Kimball. Unless I misread it, they have come around and defined BI as the total process, including data warehousing (DW). This is something that the other prominent DW guru's did a few years ago when, fearing they would miss the hot BI-market boat, declared their IT-oriented DW environment as BI.
Steve Jobs And EMI End DRM And Start Price Gouging
The deal announced today between Apple and EMI to sell unprotected digital songs on iTunes for $1.29 isn't a deal. It's a 30% piracy tax, substantially more than the 3% tax levied on blank digital audio recording media in the United States.
Never mind that Jobs is right and DRM should go. Charging a third more under the pretense of higher fidelity and greater freedom is just a rip-off.
Google's April Fools'
This year's first day of April wasn't the usual workday hoot, since it fell on a Sunday. However, the guys at Google had a good time, posting on their site news of a faux beta for a high-speed Internet service running through your, er, toilet.
CIOs Wanted For Important Software Survey
My good friend M.R. Rangaswami, founder of the Sand Hill Group and head of the upcoming Software 2007 conference, is partnering with McKinsey on an interesting survey on software usage trends and innovation. I encourage you to participate. I've negotiating with M.R. to get members of the "CIO Nation" who link to the survey from here a free copy of the finished report. Also, M.R. has extended complimentary registration to the CIO
Palm Makes The Rounds At Jupiter
If you've ever received medical care at a state-of-the-art facility, you've likely seen physicians and nurses hurrying to and fro with some form of mobile technology in their hands. Not wanting to be left out the current technology revolution, the physicians at Jupiter Medical Center are using a combined solution from AT&T, Palm, and McKesson to access electronic medical records and more. Given the amount of information gene
Mobile Banking Is About To Go Mainstream
Citibank today launched a mobile banking service that lets customers pay bills, check account information, and other basic online functions through their mobile phones. The new service, dubbed Citi Mobile, will be available for Citibank customers in Southern California through a download this week at Citibank.com and will expand across the United States this summer.
The Web 2.0 MVNO
Juha Christensen, a former head of Microsoft's mobile business and a founder of Symbian, today launched a new MVNO (that's Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or wireless service reseller, for those of you who don't speak telecom) called Sonopia. Sonopia offers a back-end solution that allows any business to launch its own b
Join Me For Regional CIO Breakfasts
I've stayed in touch with a great many of you through informal breakfasts and lunches I've held throughout the country with a half-dozen or so CIOs at a time. I'm putting together a schedule of more breakfasts for the spring and summer, and I hope to meet you for some great conversation and networking among your peers. This season's theme: "CIO 2.0." Even though we try not to structure the conversations too much, the next-generation of the CIO in the business seems to be on everyone's radar. So,
Reframing Text Analytics with BI
I spent a pleasant and illuminating 90 minutes recently with Justin Langseth, president and co-founder of Clarabridge. Clarabridge sells text-mining software designed to integrate with business-intelligence tools. But boosting Clarabridge is not my job, and, at least for those 90 minutes, it wasn't Justin's either. The bulk of our conversation was about the changing text mining market.
Data Integration: How Times Have Changed
Enterprise data integration has clearly "arrived." The road had many twists and turns, yet data integration has not just survived, it has grown in strength and stature. How do we apply our collective learning from market developments to position ourselves better for 2007 and beyond?... BI and performance management need not be the raison d'etre for data integration efforts.