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Content posted in May 2007
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SMS Really Means "Send Messages, Stupid!"
Commentary  |  5/4/2007  | 
Korean teenagers send an average of 60.1 text messages per day. That's 2,000 per month. I did a quick calculation on how Americans might stack up. Americans are sending about 20 billion text messages per month. Divide that by 236 million wireless subscribers and you get 84.75 messages per month per user, or 2.82 per day. That's assuming everyone sends some text
Microsoft Looks To Buy Yahoo: Will They Pull The Trigger This Time?
Commentary  |  5/4/2007  | 
According to a report in today's New York Post, Microsoft is pursuing a deal to acquire Yahoo. And the report claims that Microsoft may be desperate to buy Yahoo. Translation: Microsoft may actually close the deal this time.
'Mob Rule' In Digg Case? Not.
Commentary  |  5/4/2007  | 
In the wake of Digg's decision to allow entries to include the encryption key for AACS copy protection, several stories have appeared with headline's like "Mob Rule at Digg." I'm no great fan of Digg. It's obviously open to easy manipulation, and too much of what rises to the top is only slightly more important than who fathered Anna Nicole's baby. But the i
Mobile TV More Popular Than First Thought?
Commentary  |  5/4/2007  | 
New data suggests that there is indeed some interest in mobile TV services. According to Research and Markets, between 60% and 85% of people who had experienced video on a handset said something to the effect of, "When can I buy one?" The biggest reason behind peoples' interest? Boredom.
The 'E' in ECM Stands for Efficient Processes
Commentary  |  5/4/2007  | 
At the recent AIIM Expo I had the privilege to lead a panel, "When E Means Big," where customers revealed lessons learned in truly huge enterprise content management deployments. A strong consensus emerged on the need for a detailed mid- to long-term strategy for ECM… and that nearly all ECM at this scale is underpinned in some way by BPM (Business Process Management).
Intel, Inspired By Apple TV, Eyes Handheld Web Browser
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Call it an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), call it a handheld Web browser, but whatever you call it, it's Intel's most important new foray since it tried--and failed miserably--to become the major supplier of cellphone chips. Whatever the name, the planned lightweight platform is the Apple of Intel's eye in more ways than one.
Microsoft Buys Mobile Advertising Company ScreenTonic
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Microsoft this week agreed to buy mobile advertising company ScreenTonic for an undisclosed sum. Will this move make Windows Mobile 6 a mobile advertising platform?
More Than A Quarter Of Companies Do Not Enforce Wireless Security
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
According to a survey by Infosecurity Europe, 26 percent of companies do not enforce wireless security. So all those Wi-Fi networks out there are wide open?
Shimmin On Software: It's Go Time For SOA + SaaS
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Service-oriented architecture and software as a service are a powerful tag team supporting flexible software delivery and systems integration.
Subscription-Based BI at $15,000 Per CPU
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
It's not a SaaS offering and it's not a dummied-down business intelligence (BI) platform with features and functions removed to meet a target price point. To lower the cost barrier to BI, LogiXML offers the alternative of subscription-based licensing of its complete Web-based BI Platform, which includes ad hoc reporting, OLAP reporting, dashboarding, BI data services and managed reporting.
AMD Bolsters Its Mobile Strategy
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Perhaps Dr. Ruiz and company should advertise it as "Turion... it's not your father's Core 2 Duo, and that is a good thing."
Digg Yields To The Wrath Of The Crowd
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
NBA Goes Above The Rim In Second Life
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Big Apple On Net Neutrality
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Cellular Companies Want To Have Cake, Eat It Too
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
The Internet Neutrality debate took an entertaining turn this week when several cellular carriers responded to a petition by VoIP provider Skype asking the Federal Communications Commission to extend its consumer broadband principles to the wireless industry. What we got was a sideshow performance by Verizon Wireless, AT&T and a sock puppet "industry association," the
The Muppets' Cookie Monster Eats A Computer In A 1971 Video
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Well, actually, it's not the Cookie Monster, but a precursor. The Muppets created the skit for an IBM training video, and later performed a version on the Ed Sullivan Show, says Boing Boing, which also links to a Wikipedia entry about Cookie Monster. There's a Wikipedia entry about Cookie Monster?

What If A ?Mob? Ruled Your Company?
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Why Green Computing Now Matters To CIOs
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
I spoke this morning with Ned Renzi, a partner in Pittsburgh-based VC Birchmere Ventures, and he's the first investor I've talked to about the whole "green" computing phenomenon who's been able to capture why some CIOs are starting to pay attention to the concept, and why all should start thinking about it soon. And the reason isn't solely based on an inconvenient truth...
TIBCO Spots Opportunity in Analytics
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
We are seeing the market for analytics change again with TIBCO's announcement that it plans to acquire Spotfire, a rapidly growing provider of analytics for operations management. This merger will bring analytics to a leading information bus and business process management provider… TIBCO's CEO, Vivek Ranadivé, espouses the building of a predictive business, something that cannot be accomplished without analytics…
Want Free Business Software? Just Look At The Ads
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Forget the mantra of Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff and a handful of other industry chatterbugs that "Software is Dead," and consider an even more radical concept: Paying for software is dead.
Tips To Offshore-Proof Your Tech Career
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
For IT professionals, the word "offshore" is probably on the same list of dreaded terms as "death" and "taxes." But unlike dying and paying Uncle Sam, being a casualty of offshoring isn't inevitable.
T-Mobile First To Launch Nationwide Fixed-Mobile Convergence Service
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Over The Air reported in the past that T-Mobile was running a trial for a service whereby cell phones that have Wi-Fi on board can roam seamlessly between Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks. Looks like the trials w
RIM Throws Consumers A Curve Ball
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
Research in Motion unveiled its latest prosumer smartphone today, the BlackBerry 8300 Curve. The Curve is RIM's second stab at providing consumers with a tricked-out smartphone that combines the best of business and pleasure. This larger version of the Pearl includes a full QWERTY keyboard, improved media player, and a 2-megapixel ca
Six Steps Toward Spreading BI
Commentary  |  5/3/2007  | 
A recent survey by InformationWeek brought out two interesting findings: the percentage of businesses providing BI tools to more than a quarter of employees remains unchanged since last year, and major challenges to more widespread adoption include complexity and unclear ROI. These are non-trivial challenges, but here are six steps vendors and IT practitioners can take to push the pedal.
How Should You Look When Doing Business In Second Life?
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Avatars are among the most fascinating elements of Second Life. In the real world, how you dress and wear your hair makes a statement to the people you meet. The same thing is true in Second Life; how people look says something about what they think of themselves, and what they want other people to think of them. In Second Life, of course, everything about your appearance is customizable: Hair, clothes, body shape, and even gender and species. This past week and a half, I've been focused on p
Phoenix CIO Breakfast Taking Shape
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Phoenix, New York City, and Washington are shaping up to be the first of the cities in the CIO Nation "CIO Breakfasts" (check my blog of April 2 for more info on how you can participate). If you're a CIO in any of these cities and are interested in attending, please let me know (post a response here or e-mail me at bgillooly@cmp.com). These are no-obligation opportunities to simply gather with your peers, exchange ideas and best practices, and of course get a free omelette. The Phoenix timeframe
A Day At Avaya's Demo Center
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Last month, Internet Protocol telephony provider Avaya opened the doors to its brand new Executive Demo and Briefing Center in New York City's Penn Plaza. The center is designed for existing customers and potential customers, as well as analysts and journalists that want to learn about the applications that Avaya can enable. Now I've got hands-on experience with some of Av
A CIO Who Understands Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
I just got off the phone with a retail CIO -- someone who really understands how to make Web 2.0 technologies work in the enterprise -- who told me how they're scrapping a blog approach for franchise updates and going instead with a wiki/RSS combination that is catching fire. He asked for anonymity because he wants to be selective about who knows what they're working on, but if you're interested in connecting with this CIO, post a response here or shoot me an e-mail at bgillooly@cmp.com and I'll
Should BI & Performance Management Be a Single Platform - Part II
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Whenever I disagree with someone smart, I automatically assume I must be wrong and seek to understand why. So it really bothered me that Doug Henschen was so certain that customers are driving demand for BI/PM convergence in this blog. It also doesn't sit too well with me that the vendors are clearly pursuing this strategy, while I'm saying I'm only seeing a handful of customers buying into it.
Digg Does The Right Thing
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Digg found itself in the middle of a classic journalistic dilemma yesterday and it made a decision that gives me hope for the future of journalism on the Internet: it decided that its first obligation was to the free flow of information. It's especially interesting since Digg was responding to a censorship demand based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), because it came
The IT Paycheck Battle of The Sexes
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Hey ladies -- if you're out there -- take a look at these numbers. You're earning about 86 cents for every dollar your male IT counterpart makes. (But you sort of knew that already, didn't you?)
Mail Should Be More Relevant (Call Me Mr. Obvious)
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
What if your e-mail program was more intelligent, was able to let you know only when you got important e-mails, but not unimportant ones? And I'm not talking a spam filter. The unlikely company spurring this blog: AOL.
Clearwire To Roll Out WiMax Card For Laptops
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a WiMax laptop card that will connect users to Clearwire's WiMax wireless broadband network. Even though Clearwire's network presence is limited to a few dozen markets
Two-Thirds of Survey Respondents Said "Zero Chance" They Would Buy An iPhone
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
Research firm Markitecture conducted yet another study on the awareness of the iPhone and shed some interesting light on the potential success of the device. Of the 1,300 people surveyed across the U.S., 77% were at least aware of the iPhone, but only 6% said they we
What If BPMN Were a Modeling Language?
Commentary  |  5/2/2007  | 
For all its faults, BPEL enjoys something that BPMN advocates can only dream about: an XML storage and interchange format that makes sense… I've been thinking about this with the announcement from OMG that the "official" XML format for BPMN is in its final stages… And let's not forget XPDL 2.0, the Workflow Management Coalition's process interchange warhorse… To me, none of these proposals is as satisfying as BPEL's approach…
Could An Enhanced Google Talk Spell The End For Skype?
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
According to a bunch of IP bloggers, Google may soon add both a multichat function and conference calling to Google Talk. If Google Talk has these functions, other peer-to-peer VoIP clients, especially Skype, may find themselves unable to compete. Could this be Google's play to kill Skype?
Small Businesses Steal The Show At Mobile Business Event
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
Last night I had the pleasure to moderate a panel for the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday entitled, "Mobile Business 2.0 - How Mobility Will Impact Business from the SMB to the Enterprise." We addressed the big issues that going mobile poses for so many businesses.
Life's Sweet With Muni Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
I'm sitting in a rented Dodge Magnum outside a Starbucks in a strip mall parking lot in downtown Anaheim, and … I've got an Internet connection! (And no, I'm not piggybacking on the T-Mobile for-fee access inside Starbucks.) This wonder of modern technology is being brought to me by EarthLink's new municipal network for Anaheim, which is being built out as we speak and is scheduled to be 80% complete by early summer. This is my first experience with muni wireless, and while both I and my c
Dell Does Ubuntu, Anointing Winner In Linux Distro Wars
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
Dell's announcement that it will sell PCs equipped with the Ubuntu distribution of Linux makes it official: the Johnny-come-lately version of the open-source operating system has hit the big time.
Do You Have Business Intelligence?
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
It's sad but true that in most organizations "business intelligence" is something of an oxymoron. The term ought to refer to the ability to ascertain the state of a company's performance and then to determine its future direction and strategy by applying information and metrics… Many companies fall short… but a self-assessment can show you where new investments are necessary to spread BI to everyone in your organization.
?New Rules? for Collaboration
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
The NBA Provides A Lesson For Real-Life Companies On Doing Business In Second Life
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
I really wanted to hate the NBA Headquarters in Second Life. Dozens of real-life companies have started operations in Second Life, and only a few of them actually seem to understand how to do business in the virtual world. But, much to my disappointment (at first) and later, delight, the NBA really seems to get it, and it's built a Second Life area that will be appealing to geeky basketball fans.

The First Slam-Dunk Second Life Strategy
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
In recent months, InformationWeek's Mitch Wagner has immersed himself in Second Life, chronicling much of the time he's spent there and positing many potential business applications for the virtual world. While he's argued persuasively to our readers and to his coworkers that SL has near-term business utility, I've been something of a skeptic.
It's Important To Ridicule The Things That Don't Interest Us On The Internet
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
I think it's important to ridicule new things on the Internet that don't interest us. When people come up with a new service or tool like Twitter or Second Life, it's very important that we announce that it's just silly, it appeals only to self-centered losers, perverts, and criminals, and it's a big waste of time. We must let it be known that we ourselves are too busy, and our lives are too full of children, mortgage payments, and work, to get involved in such nonsense. And we must make these p
Age Is Just A Number, Or Is it?
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
Feeling old? Apparently for some people, the IT profession makes them feel older than they are because employers are ready to put them out to pasture.
Ballmer Says iPhone Won't Succeed. Has Windows Mobile?
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
Steve Ballmer seems to be full of bluster these days. In his latest potshot at the iPhone, the Microsoft CEO says, "the future of the mobile handset business will primarily depend on software influence rather than hardware." In other words, Apple's hardware approach to sales won't work and Microsoft's software approach is better. Let's take a real look at the success of
Alltel Offers One-Day Pass For Mobile Internet
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
In what looks like an attempt to draw in more customers to its wireless data services, Alltel is offering subscribers the opportunity to sample them for one day. The $1.49 fee buys 24 hours of access to Alltel's Axcess mobile Internet content such as games, news, and sports information.
Report from the European Text Analytics Summit
Commentary  |  5/1/2007  | 
I had the privilege of chairing last week's European Text Analytics Summit in Amsterdam. I've never attended any other computing event that mixes scientists, police investigators and media-company product managers with technologists. I report here on a few points that are worthy of note, grouped under the headings user stories, market, and technology.
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