Can IT Redeem Politics Gone Wrong?
We can try to use data mining to forestall terrorist attacks. We can also use it for precision marketing, to predict and reduce customer churn, to forecast product sales. Could our government not do a bit of data mining to understand why someone becomes a terrorist and then do some scenario analysis to see if we can constructively create conditions that will address root causes?
Microsoft Buys Stratature to Master Data
Microsoft has announced its acquisition of Stratature, a master data management (MDM) vendor that supports the definition, sharing and maintenance of reference data. Stratature's technology is used by organizations with analytical master data challenges in which master data changes over time in financial, product and customer hierarchies. Microsoft lacked a solid position and technological approach to MDM and was under competitive pressure to respond.
Google Pitch For Lifting H-1B Visa Limits Heralds 'In-Sourcing' Surge
Having winnowed the domestic pool of highly experienced IT and engineering talent by hounding thousands out of the business through years of layoffs and false complaints about the math-smarts of American students, big business has hit on the latest tack for controlling high-tech labor costs: In-source the jobs it was previously outsourcing, by getting the government to lift the cap on H-1B visas.
Give Me Your Tired, Your Not-So-Poor...
Immigration is a topic that has occupied the American mind since a group of English settlers had their visas stamped at Jamestown, VA, in 1607. However, while a great deal of the debate in the past centered around the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" who were the majority of those searching for a place in the United States, some of today's arguments concern a less desperate group: highly skilled workers, many o
Research: iPhone Will Be A Big, Big Seller
Analyst firms may not agree on exactly how many iPhones Apple will sell this year, but they all seem to agree that the number will be a big one. We're talking more than 3 million by the end of 2007, which eclipses Jobs' hoped-for number of 1 million by a mile. But just who is it that's interested?
First Impression: Camino 1.5 Is A Sleek, Fast Mac Browser
I've been working today on a review of the recently released version 1.5 of the Camino Mac Web browser. So far, I'm impressed. It's lightweight, sleek and fast, and fixes a lot of the user interface clumsiness that's kept me off Camino in the past.
ECM and The Reemergence of Process Reengineering
Large enterprises are now reembracing reengineering. It seems that there is only so much streamlining you can do until you reach a point where you need to completely rethink a situation. That point is being reached by more and more large organizations, and radical change is now on the agenda for banks, insurance companies and manufacturing firms globally.
Did Incompetent IT Nearly Send Substitute Teacher To Prison?
A Connecticut substitute teacher could go free after being convicted on charges that she exposed her kids to online pornography. She says out-of-control spyware is to blame. If that's true, she took the fall for an incompetent IT department.
Kudos For Straight Talk On Airline's Tech Integration Problems
In an environment where most CIOs have their own PR handlers and their IT organizations can do no wrong, it's refreshing to get some straight talk from US Airways about its tech integration problems following its merger with America West. US Airways' sales and marketing VP, H. Travis Christ, comes off as more sinner than savior in this missive to frequent flyers.
I Wish More CIOs Were Like This...
...at least when it comes to candor. An online letter recently sent to US Airways frequent flyers explaining some of the IT-related problems customers have been experiencing since the merger with America West is chock-full of frank mea culpas that you don't see coming from many businesses these days, much less a major airline. It's clear in the letter that frustration over problems in integrating the two airlines' reservation systems is percolating, as CIO Joe Beery says he'd like "to be buried
Say Ha-Ha To Lala, iPod-Only Streaming Service
I couldn't get on Lala, the new music-streaming service that's so popular one day after its launch that it's apparently down. No matter; the idea of a service which combines the worst features of the defunct mp3.com business model with a lock-in to Steve Jobs's proprietary (yep, that's the word for it) iPod platform isn't the service from which I want to be getting my dinosaur rock tunes.
Will Mobile Video-Sharing Services Take Off?
AT&T will be launching its Video Sharing service this summer. The services are being pitched to consumers rather than enterprises right now. This is unfortunate. The enterprise uses of shared video are practically unlimited.
Web 2.0 Changes Web Analytics Pricing Models
Most hosted Web Analytics vendors charge you according to page views -- not unreasonable since each view is a call to their server and a new record in their database. But what happens when Ajax and other rich applications eliminate the notion of a "page"? Well, vendors are now talking about pricing in terms of "events" or "server calls," rather than page views.
A One-Day Lesson In Telepresence Basics
For my first telepresence experience, I entered what looked like an ordinary meeting room, with ordinary people sitting at ordinary tables. The people were 5,489 miles away, but their video images were life-sized, realistic -- and a little bit creepy.
The Rise, Fall and Return of Operational BI and Analytic Applications
I find the recent press on operational BI an interesting resurfacing of events. A few years ago, operational BI was a hot topic. With EII technologies that allowed BI tools to tap directly into source systems, some wondered if it was the demise of data warehousing as we knew it. (It wasn't.) Analytic applications share a similar story with operational BI as many vendors initially jumped on this band wagon and later retrenched…
How Far Should We Trust Online Reviews?
What do you want first, the good or the bad news?
With the goal of ending this editor's note in an upbeat way, let's start with the, er, less reassuring results of a recent undercover investigation by Daily Tech about whether Internet sites that routinely evaluated hardware were accepting payola in exchange for reviews.
Phoenix CIO Breakfast Is Set For July 31
I couldn't book something in Death Valley on July 31, so I had to settle for the cooler climes of Phoenix -- but if you're a CIO from the greater Phoenix area (or happen to be visiting that day), I invite you to join me and up to eight CIOs for the first in this season's series of informal CIO Nation Breakfasts.
Did Verizon Wireless Force Amp'd Mobile To Declare Bankruptcy?
Maybe. Staci Kramer at mocoNews.net points out that the carrier may have played a hand in the event. Verizon Wireless -- Amp'd Mobile's host carrier -- reportedly played a key role in Amp'd Mobile's decision to file. Is this real or is this just Amp'd trying to spin the story?
The More UMPCs Shrink, The More They Stay The Same
Ultra-mobile PCs are a category in search of a definition. Microsoft tried to nail it down last year with "Origami," a spec for a keyboardless device, that was pretty much laughed out of the park. But that didn't kill interest in small devices. And as today's introduction of a new "reference design" for a UMPC by VIA, the chipset and CPU maker, shows, while the devices are staying small, their usefulness is getting bigger.
Do BI Vendors Want SOA Now?
It was interesting to see at IBM's recent Impact 2007 event on service-oriented architecture (SOA) that the only business intelligence (BI) vendor exhibiting to demonstrate interfaces to IBM's SOA technology was Actuate… Few BI vendors have been motivated to go beyond the fundamentals; the BI market seems a little insulated from the SOA and enterprise architecture transformations.
Is AT&T Enhancing Its Edge Network For The iPhone?
According to an internal operations employee, AT&T decided that it had better get its data network in tip-top shape for the iPhone launch. As such, it is working to improve coverage, latency, and throughput in its Edge systems. AT&T is calling the upgrade Operation Fine Edge. I'd say AT&T is walking the razor's edge here. While it will dampen the sting of not having 3G in th
Open Source's Rod Johnson: No Nuclear Winter Pending On Patents
Judging by the reaction to Microsoft's patent assertions, open source advocates have been put on the defensive. But Rod Johnson, the developer of the popular Java framework, Spring, hasn't been thrown for a loss. "Open source is entrenched. Customers and software companies have too much at stake" to be swayed by Microsoft's saber rattling, he says.