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Content posted in April 2008
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Proclivity's Prediction Software Is In Style
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Proclivity Systems, which predicts trends with its e-commerce "predictive engine," is looking like a trendsetter itself. The New York startup has moved into Fifth Avenue office space, and upscale retailer Barneys New York is a reference customer. Founder and CEO Sheldon Gilbert recently took a break from selling software to be photographed for Men's Vogue.
Citrix Rethinks Data Center
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Citrix has remade themselves as a virtualization vendor. Now they want to remake your data center as a 'delivery center.'
Interop: Jumping to SaaS -- Look Before You Leap
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Got SaaS yet? If not, you're either a nattering nincompoop or blazingly brilliant. For every drumbeat touting the power and ease of Saas to remake your IT operations, there's competing tympany warning of the dire hazards of leaping into SaaS headlong.
Oracle Feeling "Social" These Days
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
At Interop, Oracle execs pitched the company's efforts to bring social computing to the enterprise. They might be on to something.
Microsoft Finally Concedes On Windows-Linux Management
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Microsoft's announcement of Linux extensions for Systems Center settles an old debate I once had with Bill Gates. Four years ago, I suggested Microsoft could do a better job at cross-platform management, but Microsoft's chairman wouldn't hear of it. Now, the company is doing just that.
Interop: Rat's Nests Of Cables No Match For Panduit's Intelligent Patch Panels
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
I'm sure competing solutions exist (or maybe not -- you tell me). But this year's Interop marks the first time I've ever seen an intelligent patch panel: one that drives the visibility into your network another layer deeper than the visibility that might normally end with your routers and switches. The offering -- a Best of Interop finalist -- comes from Panduit, and about the only thing I can imagine comi
Apple Finally Upgrades to the Latest Version of Java
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Java is the "write once, run anywhere" platform, developed by Sun Microsystems, which gives applications developers the ability to write powerful, portable cross-platform software. And finally, we can use the latest version on the Mac.
The Internet And The Father Of Acid
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
I've been racking my brain all day to come up with an excuse to blog about the death of Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD. Turns out Nick Carr already beat me to it!
Live (Again) From Interop: Workshop A Success, But No Takers On Craps Lessons
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
The worst news from Interop is that my fat old body just can't handle the things I did easily 15 years ago when I made a living teaching 5-day NetWare administration seminars. My Disaster Recovery Cookbook workshop went well, with 80 of my now-closest friends spending the day listening to me pontificate on the relative merits of Cemaphore Systems' MailShadow over Double-Take or WANsync. I, however, was a wreck at the end of the day. Even more disappointing, no one took me up on my offer of free
Google Admits Making Money With YouTube Has Been Difficult
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In a candid TV interview, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "I don't think we've quite figured out the perfect solution of how to make money [with YouTube], and we're working on that. That's our highest priority this year." You don't say...
What Do Google And John McCain Have In Common?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Since early March, Sen. John McCain has had the GOP nomination tucked safely in his back pocket, while the stalemate between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has left the Democratic party at an impasse. Like the Republican pundit, Google is benefiting from the current standoff between Yahoo and Microsoft.
Pay Isn't The Only Gap Between Male And Female Tech Pros
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You'd think there'd be more female tech pros peeved about earning 10% less than their male counterparts. But interestingly, our new 2008 InformationWeek salary survey of 9,653 IT pros indicates that money matters more to men, while women are most concerned about the job's challenges and responsibilities.
Google Refines Its Image Search Technology
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Having won the text search war, Google may soon take the lead in image searching. In a paper published last week, Google researchers describe how they were able to use image recognition technology to reduce the number of irrelevant images returned through a Google Image search by 83%.
Open That Platform!!
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
What's Your Opinion on Performance Management?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
It's your last chance to "Take The Poll" on our home page (left column below the blog). I'm wrapping up this month's poll on performance management and will post a new poll next week. So... Which of the following best describes your top performance management priority?
ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser, Continued
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In my post the other day about whether or not work in the ReiserFS file system would continue after Hans Reiser's murder conviction, I mentioned that this being an open source project, it wouldn't be hard for someone else to pick up where others leave off.  And as it turns out, that's precisely what's happening: according to folks on the ReiserFS team, work on ReiserFS will
If You've Done Nothing Wrong, This Shouldn't Worry You
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
There's a worrisome article in the Seattle Times about an investigative toolkit that Microsoft is making available to law enforcement agencies. It's got 150 tools, including data collection and password crackers, conveniently packaged in a USB thumb drive. Police no longer need to seize a computer to peek into its contents.
Hey! You Got Video In Our FriendFeed!
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Hey, FriendFeed users: Interested in getting InformationWeek headlines and TechWeb TV videos delivered to your feed? Get them now by friending InformationWeek on FriendFeed.
Why IT Might Be in Big Trouble - Again
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
IT has lost touch with reality as they have been disconnected from the situation in business and do not seem to be concerned about it... IT is apparently responding by shifting focus to data management rather than worrying about or focusing on the capabilities needed by business...
Report: T-Mobile's 3G Network Launching In NYC Tomorrow
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
New reports are pointing to May 1 (tomorrow) as the official launch of T-Mobile's AWS 1700 MHz network in New York City. Some 20+ other cities will go live with T-Mobile's 3G network by year's end.
Interop Swag Wars
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
As at any trade show, there are new products, new services, metric tons of backgrounders, spec sheets, and brochures, buzzwords, and cadres of corporate clans marching along in matching polo shirts. But with all that eye candy to spin your head every stroll across the show floor, it's the take home swag that keeps on giving.
Vidyo Named Best Startup Of Interop
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Vidyo, which began shipping its videoconferencing-over-IP system in March, has just won the startup category in this year's Best Of Interop competition. Vidyo promises to make low-cost, high-quality videoconferencing an option for more companies.
Content Management Blunders From Down Under
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
The hits keep coming in from our "Top 5 Reasons A Content Management Company Will Go Out Of Business" post. This time, the experiences come from a university from the land down under, proving content management blunders serve us all on a truly global scale.
Official BlackBerry 9000 Specs Leaked
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
This is the real deal, folks. No speculation here. An enterprising informer found an internal RIM document that highlights all the details of the forthcoming BlackBerry 9000 smartphone. Take a peek for yourself.
Interop: Fixed/Mobile Convergence Coming to Your Company?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Employees no longer sit in their cubicles all day. Instead, executives move from place to place, visiting customers and clients. Figuring out how to reach these individuals has been a problem: Do you try their office number or their cell?
Interop Video: Management Guru With A Heart Of Globe
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Tuesday's morning keynote at the killer Interop conference was given by C.K. Prahalad, a business professor who's not only got a keen sense of how technology impacts the globalized marketplace, but a social conscience and a sense of humanity, too. Who knew such a powerful combo was even possible?
Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's
Best Of Interop 2008
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Each year Interop presents its "best of show" awards. This year featured several products from Cisco (some developed in-house, some acquired), and the usual lineup of upstarts (Palo Alto Networks, Mellanox Technologies, Splunk, Spigit). Cisco managed its share of awards, most notably for its
Java, You, and Me
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Where does Java fit into your life? Have you ever really considered how much Java is a part of your everyday life, even outside of software development? For instance, it's most likely running software on your cell phone, smart phone, or other device; but you probably knew that already.
Interop: Alcatel-Lucent Claims APIs And Scalability Are Comm Server's Key Differentiators
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Here at Interop in Las Vegas, a handful of exhibitors who also are Best of Interop finalists are waiting to find out if InformationWeek's editors have singled them out as winners or not. One of them is Alcatel-Lucent, who is here showing off its XML API-enabled Omnitouch Advanced Communications Server (ACS). Via those APIs, director of product management Peter Anderholm (pictured below left) claims that enterprises can, for collaborati
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
System Center To Play Nice With Others
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
This is good news for multihypervisor shops. Microsoft pushed out the beta of VMM today, which includes management support of VMWare.
Barracuda Launches E-Mail Archive Product
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
The anti-spam appliance vendor learned about the value of archives the hard way -- by getting sued by Trend Micro.
Vendor Rankings an Imperfect Science
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Transparency's not a new business buzzword, but the drive to peek behind the curtain has more and more industries concerned about the coverage quality of their clothing (emperor's or otherwise). Some IT vendors may be scrambling to duck behind mama's nightshirt.
Under Pressure, Senate Clears Runway For Air Traffic Control Modernization
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Breaking up an impasse as bad as rush hour over La Guardia Airport, the U.S. Senate this week is set to pass a reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration that may finally pave the way for modernizing the nation's antiquated air traffic control system.
Open Source's Hidden Trap: IP Liabilities
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Sure, open source software is free -- as in beer. It can also get you sued if you're not cautious.
Sun Offers Free Storage OS
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
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BI Goes Green(er)
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
This week, SAS is announcing SAS for Sustainability Management. It uses the BI platform and performance management applications to provide companies with a way of measuring sustainability goals and performance against them. Using predictive analytics, customers can even model changes in energy consumption or emissions to see the impact on sustainability goals.
Web 2.0: Clay Shirky On Wikipedia, Sitcoms, And Gin
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor at NYU who studies social media, gave a stirring talk at Web 2.0 Expo last week on the Web 2.0 revolution -- how it's harnessing all the brainpower made available by the societal changes of the past 60 years. That time was, until recently, wasted watching mindless television, but now it's being put to work on Web 2.0 projects, some profound and some silly, but all significant.
What Will Oracle Acquire Next?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
So now that the BEA Systems acquisition is complete, what is next for Oracle? Given Oracle's pattern, it's due for about three acquisitions this spring.
Hello, Would You Like A New Job?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
When was the last time you got a call from a headhunter? Have those calls cooled down lately? Think it's due to the weak economy, or do you think it's possible that you're just not that "hot" anymore?
Learning in America
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
'Lost' Fans Serve Up Surprising Lessons About Web 2.0 For Business
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
When I set out to do an article about fans of the TV show Lost and how they're using the Internet, I didn't think I'd learn anything about using Web 2.0 for business. I thought it was an article our readers might find entertaining, and that I'd enjoy doing, and nothing more than that. And yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of business lessons popped out, about self-organizing groups and how they can get results without traditional, top-down management.
A ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
After three days of deliberation and six months of testimony, a jury found Hans Reiser, creator of the ReiserFS file system for Linux, guilty of first-degree murder. There's no end of commentary about the trial itself, but now that the verdict is in, I thought I'd contemplate a related issue: What happens to an open source project when one of its main instigators suffers calamity?

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