HP Eyeing Google's Android
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
A Last Look at Open Source BI
Open-source BI and I have come to a parting of ways. OS-BI capabilities, reliability, and support have matured. Commercial OS-BI vendors now compete with BI market leaders. That competition now appears to focus primarily on solutions and on the cost and community advantages open-source-reliant business models can (and do) offer. I will, however, take one last look, a snapshot of the state of the market, before I take my leave of the topic...
The TomTom Dispute: No Bang
Kinda saw this one coming. TomTom and Microsoft have settled their whole dispute out of court -- leaving, as various pundits have observed, the whole MS-vs.-Linux issue still in legal limbo. That is, if there even is such an issue.
EBay Opening App Store In Summer
Similar to Apple's App Store, eBay hopes to entice third-party developers with a slice of the revenue from its Selling Manager Application.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
BI from the SAP Customer Viewpoint
It struck me that the SAP Netweaver BI & Portals conference keynote was perhaps too visionary for where attending SAP customers are today in terms of their BI initiatives. Many are primarily writing ABAPs for reporting... Even Business Objects Web Intelligence is a major leap forward for them...
Warning: Bad Men In Black Hats!
If there's one criticism of open source you can count on -- one that comes back like crabgrass in the lawn of life, to paraphrase Peanuts's Linus -- it's the line that goes something like this: "Open source means everyone can see your code. Therefore anyone with Bad Things in mind can hack you all the more easily." Here is, I hope, another bullet to the forehead of that myth.
Panorama Unveils RC1 Of NovaView 6
The preview of the latest version of NovaView incorporates Google Apps to enable customers to use the online office productivity suite to share and collaborate on reports.
From 'BI' to 'Business Analytics,' It's All Fluff
I was there in Washington, D.C., last week at the SAS Global Executive Forum when Jim Davis gave his much-talked-about, business-intelligence-is-dead, business-analytics-is-the-future presentation. "I don't believe (business intelligence is) where the future is; the future is in business analytics," he said. I thought at the time that it was a little silly.
Red Hat Stands Alone, For The Better
After Red Hat's last round of positive numbers, Citigroup issued a report that the flagship open source company is a "tempting acquisition target". To which I can only reply: Here we go again.
Five Things to Love About BPMN 2.0
Most of the effort put into BPMN 2.0 has focused on making the diagrams executable on a process engine. That will be huge for customers of Oracle, IBM, SAP, and other vendors. But for process modelers, who use BPMN as a diagramming tool... version 2.0 offers a lot to love. Here's my pick of the top-five improvements:
Nuxeo Releases Upgrade Of Open Source ECM
Nuxeo EP 5.2 includes more than 30 new features and marks the first upgrade since the European company announced the launch of its North American operations in February.
The Desktop Linux Question, Re-Re(-Re)visited
My colleague Jonathan Salem Baskin clearly isn't one to shy away from a good controversy. How, he asks, can Linux realize its full potential without a robust desktop edition as part of its diversity?
Microsoft Bashes Secret 'Cloud Manifesto'
Asked to sign off on the anonymous document "without modifications," Microsoft is proposing a new Cloud Manifesto, created and discussed in a public wiki or at a conference.
'Fewer Measures, Better Results' and Other Advice for the Times
If your enterprise is focusing on more than, say, a dozen key performance measures, you are probably not seeing the forest for the trees. This is just one bit of advice delivered in one of nearly a score of articles we've published on the theme of adjusting your information management plans and BI approaches to combat the economic downturn. Next week we roll the best of that advice into a one-hour Webinar...
A Little Heresy Now And Then ...
" ... is relished by even the wisest men." (I'm paraphrasing.) Meaning it helps from time to time to dissent, albeit thoughtfully and with eyes wide open, from the status quo. In today's example, it's Eric S. Raymond -- one of the key figures in the open source / free software world -- talking about why the GPL might have outlived its usefulness. You heard right.
Microsoft Kills adAnalytics (a.k.a., Gatineau)
Like the month of March, software vendors often will go in like a lion and out like a lamb. Such was the case with Microsoft's adAnalytics project (originally codenamed "Gatineau"). The beta launched with great expectations of duking it out with Google Analytics -- only to be quietly shelved earlier this month.