Roads to Semantics: Tim Berners-Lee and Bill Inmon
There couldn't be a greater contrast between the views on semantics of Web creator Tim Berners-Lee and of data warehousing figure Bill Inmon. For Berners-Lee, the value of semantics is so clear that it no longer has to be justified, and only standards adoption stands in the way of Semantic Web realization and the vision of automated network computing. Bill Inmon, by contrast, questions the fundamental concepts that underlie Berners-Lee's vision.
Smart Systems Without Rocket Science: Q&A With Fair Isaac's James Taylor
Most information systems are needlessly dumb, relying too much on people for the decision-making power. In the just-published book "Smart (Enough) Systems," coauthors James Taylor and Neil Raden argue that you don't need highfalutin genetic algorithms and thinking machines to get to a more intelligent, automated approach. In this interview, Taylor, a vice president at Fair Isaac, makes the case that proven technologies including predictive analytics and business rules management systems are smar
The Rule Maturity Model: Five Steps to an Agile Enterprise
Business rules can be used to implement competitive strategy, promote and enforce policy, and ensure compliance, but most organizations aren't even aware of the rules that are buried in code, forgotten in old documents and stuck in people's heads. The Rule Maturity Model offers a step-by-step approach to capturing, managing and mastering rules while investing appropriately for your competitive climate. So, where is your firm on the maturity scale?
Business Objects Completes Acquisition Of Inxight
The combined company plans to offer 'streamlined access' to structured information within databases and data warehouses, and unstructured information such as emails, documents, notes fields, and Web content.
Apache Foundation Co-Founder Likes GPLv3
One of the unsung features of GPLv3 is its grant of compatibility to the Apache and Eclipse open source licenses. Apache or Eclipse licensed code can now be combined with GPL code without creating a violation of the GPL. That wasn't possible in the past, or at least, not sanctioned by the Free Software Foundation.
Dell's Open Source PC Gambit
You've probably heard by now that Dell's started selling desktop systems preloaded with Ubuntu Linux -- a big step forward for Linux as a whole, since Dell's PCs are, for many people (and organizations), something of a default choice. But there are a few things about the way Dell assembles their open-source PCs that caught my eye -- reminders that their business, for the most part, is and will continue to be driven by Windows sales.
How Do I Know What Needs Attention?
We may have access to terabytes of information and tools to help sift through it, but where do you start? There is a great deal of material in the industry about BI facilitating better decision-making, but very little about the actual process. The economist Herbert Simon, who wrote on this extensively, divided decision making into steps, starting with problem solving:
Tibco Upgrades BPM Software
iProcess Suite 10.6 has been more tightly integrated with the company's process modeling and design environment.
SAP Admits Reaching Inside Oracle Jar
About two months ago, I wrote a commentary on Oracle's lawsuit accusing SAP of extensive illegal downloads confidential material from Oracle Support. Today, SAP CEO Henning Kagermann admitted to "inappropriate downloads." Unfortunately, the candor is probably a little late in coming, and this is likely to be the beginning rather than the end for SAP's troubles.
Cognitive Dissonance: Gartner and Open Source
Gartner has announced an Open Source Summit for this coming fall. The summit will bring together, on the one hand, an analyst firm known for authoritative pronouncements on all things IT, and on the other,
a disruptive model for software development that is, at its core,
anti-authoritarian. How will the Gartner summit bridge two conflicting world views?
Google's Desktop Search For Linux Is A Boon For Data Packrats
You know what the worst thing is about having incredibly cheap storage technology? You find endless excuses to be a digital packrat. I didn't need to have an excuse before; I've just saved everything anyway, compulsively. What I've always needed is some way to plow through it all -- a magnet for the needles in my haystack -- and now Google has once again come to the rescue with a version of their Desktop Search product for Linux.
Data Governance v0.9?
I spent a couple days at the Data Governance conference in San Francisco last week, not as a speaker, but strictly as a listener. What I really wanted to get out of the three days was a deeper understanding of this concept of governance, what it means and how it works. I admit, I cringe at the word "governance," because it reeks of IT control and restrictions, something we've clearly had enough of for the past few decades...
IBM Releases 'Viper 2' Beta for DB2 9
Customer and partner testing of the next release of the DB2 9 database began last week as IBM unveiled the beta version of what's code named "Viper 2." The update is said to offer enhanced security and workload management features including automated fail over for high availability, greater flexibility and granularity in security, auditing and access control, and simplified memory management.
IDC Reports on BI Sales: Which Vendors Are Hot?
Business intelligence software sales are growing at a double-digit pace, according to a new IDC report, and rising demand lifted sales for nearly every vendor. Microsoft and SAS led the way among the top-five vendors while one up-and-coming company racked up a near triple-digit sales gain. Despite all the "BI for everyone" marketing hype, IDC says the technology is still out of reach for mainstream business users.