The Lighter Side of Consulting
The other day I ran into an old Consulting mentor of mine. Smooth, superior and self-assured, the man was Consulting Personified. But now gone were the suit and smirk, replace by sneakers, stubble and a sullen look. Could it be The Curse of the Consultant?
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
Eleven BI/Analytics Topics for 2010
This time of year, we pundit types like to post our summations of the past year's developments, our Best Of lists recapping our own work, and our industry predictions for next year, for 2010. Not me, not this year. I will, however, post on the year ahead... for me, on BI and analytics topics that I plan to cover in the next few months...
Oracle Lifts Cloud Over MySQL Storage Engine Vendors
Earlier this month, Oracle put out a press release promising to play nicely with MySQL if its Sun takeover is approved... Point #2 is the biggie, lifting a major cloud from the MySQL storage engine business.
MyYearbook Speeds Web Responses
EXtremeDB, McObject's in-memory, object-oriented database, helps MyYearbook meet the high performance demands of the social networking site.
Intelligent Enterprise 2010 Event Calendar
If it's about information management, business intelligence, enterprise applications, processes or architecture, it's listed in our annual guide to technology events. Make your plans for the can't-miss conferences, expos and summits of 2010.
Integration: ECM Curse and Opportunity
With the proliferation of enterprise content management (ECM) vendors at many organizations, a new challenge is developing around managing federated ECM systems. Can the content management applications within an organization be integrated to help users find the information they need?
Coming Soon from SAP BusinessObjects
The tricky thing about events like the recent SAP Influencer Summit in Boston is that some attendees want broad, high-level insight, and others, like me (and readers like you) want much more detail... The company did share some of the most noteworthy improvements due in future releases of SAP Business Objects software.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
Google and the Meaning of Half Open
Google is half open: the conclusion I draw after reading product management SVP Jonathan Rosenberg's "The Meaning of Open." For all the pride and confidence and even wisdom conveyed in the essay, Google's core, its strategic direction -- Rosenberg's own product management brief -- is rightly closed rather than community-driven.
Hail And Farewell, Part Two
For my last blog on open source, I've peered ahead -- inasmuch as anyone in this business can look ahead -- and made a few careful guesses as to what awaits us in both the open source and proprietary worlds.
Palm Readies WebOS Update
In addition to releasing new webOS firmware, Palm is boosting its developer tools to better compete against BlackBerry and the iPhone.
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
Government agencies will continue to struggle with cybersecurity, while making strides in transparency and cloud computing. There will also be new pushes for accountability and IT procurement reform.
Intelligent Enterprise Top Blog Posts of 2009
News coverage gives you one version of the truth, but there's nothing like the instant expert analysis blogs can bring to breaking stories. Here are the top-15 posts of the year from the Intelligent Enterprise blogosphere:
Intelligent Enterprise Top Stories of 2009
Our ten most-popular articles of the year delivered helpful advice, forward-looking insight and deep analysis. Plus, we add our list of popular 'evergreen' gems offering timeless insight.
How Did Our 2009 Predictions Fare?
This week CMS Watch issued its twelve predictions for 2010. In this post, I look back at our 2009 predictions to see how we did. The 2009 predictions were...
Hail And Farewell, Part One
The only constant thing is change, and change has come my way. As of the end of 2009, I'll be leaving InformationWeek -- so over the next couple of days I thought I'd sum up a few points gleaned during my time here.
Oracle's Earnings Up 15% In 2Q
Maintenance revenues were up 14% and the database giant reported earnings of $.29 a share in its second quarter of fiscal 2010.
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
The open source database's author urges users to object to deal that would give Oracle ownership of MySQL.
Open Source Minus People Equals Zero
Open source has a life of its own, to be sure. But without warm bodies in the driver's seat, there's no more going on than with any other program that has no human component.
Data Architecture? What's That?
Data architecture has always been a topic close to my heart. "Overloaded and overlooked" is how I define a data architect's role. Has anything changed over the past decade? Yes, but possibly for the worse. Consider the following...
Federal CIO Kundra Talks IT Strategy
Nine months into the job, Vivek Kundra discusses IT initiatives, the path ahead, and challenges in driving the Obama Administration's 'open government' agenda.
IBM Acquires BPM Vendor
Lombardi Software's products are typically used at the departmental level, giving IBM an entry into customers who might later expand to enterprise deployments.
Congress Goes Wireless
The House of Representatives is preparing to roll out its wireless network, though the timeline for completion is unclear.
IBM Buying Lombardi: A Bauble on Big Blue's Christmas Tree?
I was on the analyst call this morning to hear about IBM's acquisition of Lombardi -- a pretty significant acquisition in the BPM space. Lombardi is the best known of the mid-range BPMS vendors, and if the economic climate weren't quite so dreary, I imagine that they'd be doing an IPO rather than being acquired...
Bruce Perens's GPL Beef
Those who egregiously violate open source software licensing agreements, like the GPL, are targets for legal action that's just as vigilant as those that defend proprietary software. But the most recent round of GPL legal action comes with a curious twist.
The Fourth Paradigm: All About The Data
Hope you're not tired of buzzwords. After "the network is the computer" and "the cloud", welcome to "data-intensive computing". This time, however, there's far more at work here than a clever turn of phrase.