Content posted in July 2009
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Interactive Dashboards: US.Gov Aces, Wimbledon Double Faults
Commentary  |  7/2/2009  | 
The US government has unveiled a dashboard to track IT spending. Apparently put together in a remarkably short six weeks, it looks at first sight a shining example of the power and value of business intelligence. Features of the IT spending dashboard include...
Let's Win NYC's Apps Contest!
Commentary  |  7/2/2009  | 
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a competition for developers to create apps out of 80 data sets from 32 city agencies. He wants to improve government transparency and accountability, and stimulate development of the digital media industry.
Social Network Gadget Site Launches - GDGT
Commentary  |  7/2/2009  | 
Normally we talk about phones and services related to them in this blog but today I'm going to mention a new website for gadget lovers called gdgt. The site is a mix of social networking, a wiki, tech forum and review site. What's not to love?
Small Businesses Hold Back On Tech Spending
Commentary  |  7/2/2009  | 
If you're a small business desperately trying to hold the line on your IT budget, you're not alone. A new CDW survey reveals that fewer SMBs expect technology budgets to improve in the next 6 months.
How U.S. Government Spends $200M Daily On IT
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has shown outstanding leadership in creating easy-to-use websites that let taxpayers see how their money is being spent (or wasted) by the federal government's vast array of IT projects. But after looking at outlays for $38.6 billion in "major investments, I almost - but not quite - wished Kundra had kept some of these ugly and depressing details out of sight and therefore mercifully out of mind.
AT&T And CDW Offer Subsidized Netbooks To SMBs
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Wanna buy a netbook real cheap? How about $199? No problem. All you have to do is sign this little 2-year contract for 3G data services...
Google Grants Gmail More Label Control
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Google has overhauled the way users can interact with their labels. The changes include a new location on the Gmail homepage for labels and as well as the ability to drag and drop emails directly into labels.
Startup Puts Logs In the Cloud for Search and Storage
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Paglo announced a new service that lets IT send and store logs in the cloud. Logs can be searched and analyzed on demand.
ReviewCam: My Firefox 3.5 Picks & Pans
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
The latest version of Firefox is a solid upgrade, adding performance improvements, geolocation, better tab-handling, and a new privacy mode to help keep your addiction to Cute Overload a secret. Take a look at this video, where we put Firefox 3.5 through its paces.
Can Merck CIO Avoid Conflicts Of Interest As Member Of Netezza Board?
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Should CIOs join the boards of directors of IT vendors? By joining the board of Netezza, Merck CIO J. Chris Scalet will gain unmatched insight and input into the strategic plans of a key IT partner, and Netezza gets front-line customer expertise and cachet. But many vendor-customer relationships go through rough stretches or even dissolve altogether -- will Scalet be able to equitably fulfill both sets of responsibilities?
The Cost Of Free, Revisited
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
At the New Yorker, there's a review of Chris Anderson's new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell. The points made in the article, while not aimed directly at die-hard open source advocates, might well have been. Free, as Gladwell puts it, is just another price.

Nokia's N97 Gets Massive Firmware Update Promising Bug Fixes
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Today Nokia made a new firmware version available for the Nokia N97. The update installs a huge list of fixes, including stabilized widgets, better photo gallery control, and fixed user interface transitions. Long story short, upgrade ASAP if you can!
How SMBs Can Build A Community - A Checklist
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Creating a community around your company or brand can help you connect with customers for marketing, support, and insight, but building a successful community isn't easy. Forrester Research has put together a checklist of what you need to help remove some of the guesswork.
Making Sense Of Broadband Stimulus
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Vice President Joe Biden is in Pennsylvania today to kick off the Administration's $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, announcing the release of the federal agency regulations, also known as the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), that set eligibility rules.
CEP, Events, and Continuous {Transformation | Intelligence}
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Given that BI thought leaders are wrestling with the notion of events, perhaps we will see a BI-mainstreaming of event processing in the not-too-distant future. Interest in streams and events has definitely picked up in the last few months, and next year could very well be the break-out year for BI on data and event streams.
Biggest Blunders Of 2009 -- So Far
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
Before we pack up our laptops, Blackberrys, and various chargers for the holiday weekend, let's take a moment to reflect on what has come to pass over the last six months.
Wolfe's Den Vlog: SAP BI Goes Social With Clearspace
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
I've just posted a short video about SAP's deal with Jive Software, which lets you embed dynamic analytics widgets inside your blog posts. I mean "dynamic" not in the sense of multicolor whiz-bang (which usually aren't) charts. I'm talking serious Crystal Reports graphics, so you can showcase Business Intelligence (BI) with multiple data slices before your entire company, right there on the corporate Clearspace wiki.
Mulling the Mystery of Microsoft's BI Market Share
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
When IDC recently released its BI revenue and market share figures for 2008, I wondered just how the research firm compiles those figures. It turns out the bulk of the data is reported to IDC directly by the vendors... But what do you do in the case of Microsoft, which bundles all the components of Microsoft BI as features of multipurpose products?
Dell Needs To Make An Acquisition -- But Which One?
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
In a rapidly changing IT market, Dell has stood pat for a while as competitors have jumped into virtualization, the cloud, software, networking, and services. A few financial analysts feel Dell needs to quickly regain the confident aggressiveness that made it a global powerhouse earlier in this decade, and here are some acquisition targets they think will enable Dell to make that leap.
Barnes & Noble Matches Amazon eBook Prices
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
A few months ago Barnes & Noble purchased Fictionwise, the owner of, which is one of the most popular ebook stores on the internet. Pricing used to be similar to that of a physical book store, that is to say all over the place. Now they are matching Amazon's Kindle pricing of $9.95. In fact, they are slightly beating Amazon when you include the eReader reward program.
HP Access Discovers The Virtues of "Free"
Commentary  |  7/1/2009  | 
HP Access, the company's assistance program for small and midsize business, has dropped its $49 price tag and is now free to buyers of qualifying HP products. Ironically enough, at that price the program actually has some value.
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