Salesforce.com Plans Hosted Web Site Service
Force.com Sites, to be announced at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference Monday, is an aggressive effort to move beyond its roots in on-demand sales force automation software.
'Linux-Haters Blog' Signs Off
As of last Saturday, the infamous Linux Hater's Blog has signed off. Seekers of curmudgeonly wisdom about Linux cleverly disguised as flaming bile will have to look elsewhere. And, strangely enough, I already miss him.
Windows 7 Upgrade Chaos Looms
Businesses that plan on skipping Vista to move directly from XP to Windows 7 could face application-compatibility headaches.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Linux Headed For More PCs Than Windows
Think Windows is hot? HP, Lenovo, Asustek, and other PC makers are developing computers that can give people access to basic functions, such as e-mail and Web browsing, in less than 30 seconds.
Taylor and Raden Define Decision Management
Opening the second day of the Business Rules Forum, James Taylor and Neil Raden gave a keynote about competing on decisions. First up was James, who started with a definition of what a decision is (and isn't), speaking particularly about operation decisions that we often see in the context of automated business processes... Neil dug further into the agility imperative: rethinking BI for processes...
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Apple Updates MobileMe
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
'Motorolandroid': Another Open Source Proving Ground
Even if there won't be any Android phones from Motorola for at least a year, it might well be one of the best things that's happened to Motorola in a long time. It also may well be the best thing that could have happened to Android, since it'll put the OS right in the line of fire of the non-smartphone-buying public.
It is interesting to look back at one's own code from years ago. It's like having one's own Wayback Machine.
SAS Offers 101 on Voice Mining
Manya Mayes of SAS has written a helpful introductory paper on audio analytics, "Tune into the Voice of Your Customer with Voice Mining." The technology and techniques described have applications for e-discovery, intelligence, and rich-media search. Given coverage of distinctive characteristics of speech and of analytical concerns that include BI integration, Manya's paper merits a look for anyone who works with audio data.
In an Economic Maelstrom, How Bad is Your Performance Management?
It's obvious to everyone that we are in turbulent times as economic challenges rattle the globe. The question is whether the post-mortem analysis and diagnosis of the causes and symptoms of this mess will focus on the right areas and help minimize future failures... Let's be honest. Organizations have not managed their businesses using systems to understand current performance and risk in a common, enterprisewide fashion.
OpenOffice.Org 3 Downloads: Windows Way In The Lead
In what probably comes as a surprise only to people who haven't been following trends in open source recently, the vast majority of people who've grabbed OpenOffice.org 3.0 in its official release are Windows users. Out of 3-plus million downloads in the first week or so, almost 2.5 million of those were for the Win32 edition of OO.o.
First Look: Microsoft's Windows 7
Screen shots of the Vista successor, which was distributed as a beta at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.
From Here to Agility: Ron Ross on Rules
Ron Ross kicked off this week's Business Rules Forum with a keynote called From Here to Agility; agility, of course, is one of the key reasons that you consider implementing business rules, whether in the context of BPM or other applications... He spoke convincingly about Tom Davenport's conclusion that automated decisioning will be the next competitive battleground for organizations...
Review: HTC G1 Android Phone
T-Mobile is expected to sell nearly half a million Google phones by year end. Does the first Android smartphone live up to the hype?
Windows 7 Beta Due In Early 2009
Microsoft says the next version of its franchise OS will feature improved compatibility and will be more user friendly than Vista.
Google's Gmail Gets Gadgets
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
IBM, Oracle and the Appliance Campaign Trail
Perhaps I've been watching too much political coverage on TV lately, but at one point during IBM's Information On Demand (IOD) press conference yesterday, it struck me like a campaign stop... Noting the lack of warehouse- and appliance-related announcements at IOD, Forrester Research analyst Jim Kobielus asked, "what is IBM's strategy, going forward, to make your InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse portfolio ever most cost-effective and ever more scalable?"
Microsofts Cloud Vision: Not Quite 'Azure'
Microsoft has introduced Azure, a cloud computing platform. Interesting, but what does it comprise, and what is Microsoft offering that isn't already out there from the likes of Amazon and Google?... For the multitude of Microsoft developers out there, this is great news. For others, though, Azure is yesterday's news
Canonical's Next (And Hardest) Steps
Look forward, not back. That's a philosophy Mark Shuttleworth wants to bring to Ubuntu, and by extension to the rest of Linux as well. In a conference call on Monday, right before the release of 8.10 at the end of this month (happy Halloween!), he laid out what's in that release right now and some high-level goals for the future.
IBM's On Demand Push: Greater than Sum of Parts
Few individual announcements at this week's IBM Information On Demand Conference are earth shattering, but taken together, they underscore the depth and breadth of Big Blue's portfolio and its ability to set the information agenda.