Eggs And IT
How much interesting shoptalk can you get up to over coffee and waffles? A lot -- and all of it relevant and penetrating.
The ROI Of Innovation
Most executives view innovation as one of their top three priorities, but they're increasingly frustrated with their returns on such investments. That's the big takeaway from a new Boston Consulting Group survey of nearly 2,500 execs worldwide.
Solaris, Virtualization Combo Floats All Boats?
Bundled virtualization features in Solaris 10 are bolstering the IT industry's server business and may even have a positive impact on the storage sector, if CEO Jonathan Schwartz is to be believed.
Who Needs A Free Version Of Works?
One of the informal rules of computing, as recognized by most of my friends and colleagues (at least, those who know anything about the subject), is: Thou Shalt Avoid Microsoft Works. The suite, which is presumably directed toward consumers, hasn't been really useful for anything but the most elementary tasks for years now. It's a suite with training wheels.
How Many People Really Use Linux -- And Stick With It?
I am growing infernally curious about what the end-of-the-year sales figures for Dell's Ubuntu machines will be. Not just how many bought those machines or in what proportion to Windows users, but how their long-term experiences shape up against others (as well as whether or not they elected to buy support). What if Linux has its big day in the sun, and simply doesn't achieve more than a small percentage of the market?
In-Stat: Handset Biz Headed For Major Shake Up
Like it or not, technology is an important part of our everyday lives. As we come to rely on it more and more for the little things (like remembering to attend meetings or pick up the kids from soccer practice), how we interact with it becomes increasingly vital. And that is set to change.
Make Your BI Vendor Partnership a Priority
When you're buying BI as a point solution or departmental purchase, the idea of a customer-vendor partnership may not matter. When you're buying for the enterprise, it should. While BI software has become enterprise class, BI account management - for the most part - has not. A number of vendors recognize this and have efforts underway to improve the situation... but what can you as the customer do? Here's how to make partnering with the vendor a priority...
3 Free Tools For Getting Things Done Faster On The Mac
These three utilities will make you more productive on the Mac. And the price is right - they're free. Namely is a simple application launcher that works from the keyboard, Document Palette makes it easer to create documents, and Visor puts the terminal window a hotkey away.
CIO: From Here To... Where?
There was a time, not that many years ago, when the acronym CIO was interpreted to mean Career Is Over. It was meant to imply, in a bitter, sarcastic sense, that the CIO job was what you might call a "terminal position"-nowhere to go from there but out the door.
Lessons In Starting A Startup
Having sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard recently for $1.65 billion, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen has advice on how others can duplicate his successes. Andreessen's recently launched Pmarca Weblog includes a "Guide To Startups" series that's worth reading.
KISS Me, I'm Connected
I keep hearing Cisco marketing jabber about "the connected life". What is this connected life of which they speak? Does anyone really know? Is it an electrical outlet in every room? Cocktail parties in the Hamptons? A reference to people with webbed toes?
Business Objects' Web 2.0 Features Nice, but Inadequate
You can't solve BI infoglut with mashups. If you're going to spend time threshing through unstructured data, you should build a useful semantic model to use it. Instead of building features for developers to use to rearrange data in preparation of analysis, why not just make the data smarter so it can rearrange itself? And finally, if you accept the idea that BI 1.0 is inadequate (though still useful), why build 2.0 capabilities on top of an aging 1.0 model?
DRM Scorecard: Hackers Batting 1000, Industry Zero
Forget the moral questions: Whether the millions of kids who load up their iPods from LimeWire are thieves, or whether there's something incongruous about Sheryl Crow, a millionaire many times over, railing against piracy. When you look at the technology, there's no getting around the fact that DRM is an abject failure. I put together a scorecard, which shows that every single significant attempt at consumer-music DRM has been cracked. Here it is: