Political Stalemate Portends More Job Losses, Outsourcing In Germany
While officials at Siemens Business Services say there's no link between the non-outcome of Sunday's national elections in Germany and the company's announcement Monday that it would slash 2,400 jobs, or 16% of its German workforce, there is at least a symbolic connection that's worrisome.
Where's the CPM?
Quick on the heels of Cognos' new release of Cognos 8, some people -- or some Cognos competitors, anyway -- are asking: What happened to corporate performance management?
More Katrina Relief Info
Freddie Manint, a CIO with Louisiana's 19th Judicial District, has put out an ongoing request for IT professionals who can provide products or technical expertise to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. Manint recently managed a $10 million upgrade to the district's database systems, using Red Hat Linux servers; his office is likely to be a good place for folks with Linux expertise to connect with organizations in the region that need help:
Business Technology: Registry Web Site As Model Of Cooperation
In less than 60 days and for less than $1 million, the U.S. Department of Justice has built a Web site giving access to sex-offender information from 28 states. It's a model of collaboration and cooperation, Bob Evans says, that gives access to information that, while deeply disturbing, is also extremely important.
Be Careful What You Wish For
I never knew I had such clout with Microsoft. Back in July I wrote a column opining that the company should split Vista into two very different products, one for the corporate world, and one for users like me who are their own tech support departments. The response proves again that old adage about being careful what you wish for, because you just might get it: Sources say Microsoft is prepping not just two,
Microsoft And Google In Glorious Donnybrook
I'm a lazy person. I work only as hard as I need to. When the news is breaking fast (or when the boss is looking), I hustle. When the news is quiet, and the boss is away, I kick back with my feet on the desk and enjoy the many pleasures of the Internet.
If anybody asks me what I'm doing, I say, research.
When asked what the Cats In Sinks site could possibly have to do with my job, I say: It's complicated. It's about the paradigm shift inherent in grid util
Memory Lane - The Web Way
Hard to believe, but some of the products and services we use every day
really haven't been around that long -- but have evolved dramatically in the
short time they've been in existence.
It's fun once in a while to look back on the origin of things, just to gawk
For example, one of the most famous commercials in the history of television
was the 1984 Superbowl Apple
Mac ad, which played on TV exactly once. Y
Readers Favor Best-Of-Breed SOA Technologies
We have the interesting results of two different SOA polls for you this week, each of which sheds light on the way that SOA technology is being implemented in the enterprise.
First, we asked readers if they were depending on smaller, best-of-breed players for their Web services/SOA technologies, or if they were holding out until larger vendors solidified their positions. You told us that most of you (56 percent) have gone with the smaller vendors, as opposed to 44 percent of you, who are waiti
Much Ado About Archiving
Can the message archiving market really be that hot? If the volume of new products and services geared to the practice, and the amount of new research devoted to the topic, is any indication, then my completely unscientific and seat-of-the-pants analysis is . . . yes.
U.K.'s Tony Blair Says 'Cheers' To Outsourcing
The United Kingdom's recent experience with outsourcing shows that the practice is just another form of trade between two countries and, in the long run, trade is always a good thing. Although a growing number of U.K. businesses are moving IT jobs offshore to the usual places--India, Eastern Europe, and Russia--IT employment in the country is increasing.
Hot Apps: Camtasia Studio 3
Capture, edit, and publish videos of everything from your screen, Webcam, microphone, and multimedia files.
Our columnist visits the notion of 'baked-in security' and why it's so critical especially in light of Katrina-related events.
Enterprise IM: Get Used To It
When the Radicati Group released its five-year projections for the instant messaging market yesterday, the biggest news wasn't in the growth numbers, which call for a steady increase in worldwide IM traffic through 2009. More intriguing were the vendors present for a panel discussion and what they see as the opportunities that the growth numbers represent.
Langa Letter: GPS Update
Remember when cell phones went from fat, bulky, exotic devices to slim, must-have, everyday tools? That's what's happening to GPS technology right now, Fred Langa says.
Ballmer Vs. Benioff? I Can Hardly Wait!
For once, Microsoft may be picking the wrong battle, but brother, would I pay to see Steve Ballmer and Marc Benioff in the ring. A long line of opponents lay in the wake of Redmond--Netscape, Sun, the U.S. Department of Justice--but when Ballmer said Thursday that Microsoft would give Benioff's software-as-a-service juggernaut, Salesforce.com, "a run for its money," he may have invited more than he bargained for.
Useful Bells, Worthwhile Whistles
Texturally detailed, workstation-based graphics interfaces have been used for years by design engineers and scientists. But as Rick Whiting writes in one of our Editor's Picks this week, "...using computer graphics to model something tangible like airflow over an airplane wing is one thing. Adapting that technology to create interactive visual representations of less tangible data, such as terrorist activity or stock-trade patterns, has taken longer."
Microsoft Project Green Turns Dynamic
Use of the "Dynamics" moniker for Microsoft's future ERM/accounting will have some positive effects, especially for those that recall the old Great Plains product names, but not everyone will be happy.
eBay Reruns 'That '70s Show'
The Networking Pipeline is reporting today that eBay is negotiating to by Skype, the hot VoIP company for $2 to $3 billion. So let me think. Auctions. Telephone service. Is this a real business synergy? Or is the same faulty thinking that was behind the "conglomerate" disasters of decades past? Or does eBay just need to unload a few truckloads of cash?
SSO: The Holy Grail Of SOA
SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) was in the spotlight again last week. An XML-based framework developed by OASIS Security Services Technical Committee, SAML allows companies to securely and automatically share identity information on the Web.
This Time, IT's Personal
At its most important, life is about connection--and what better tool than the Internet to help foster that outside of a person-to-person environment?
Can't Touch This
The open-source community has, in the midst of the past week's horrors, already contributed in countless ways to the relief and rescue efforts. And while the coming week promises nothing except more of the same, I want to look, however briefly, past the current madness and towards the New Orleans region's future. It's a question that will concern the survivors, or course, as it will myself and other NOLA natives.Yet it also matters to anyone who values that region as a source of cultural wealth