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posted in April 2008
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Interop: Jumping to SaaS -- Look Before You Leap
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Got SaaS yet? If not, you're either a nattering nincompoop or blazingly brilliant. For every drumbeat touting the power and ease of Saas to remake your IT operations, there's competing tympany warning of the dire hazards of leaping into SaaS headlong.
McKinsey: Measure Data Center Efficiency Like Car Fuel Efficiency
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The report recommends companies adopt a new metric called Corporate Average Data Efficiency (CADE) that combines both IT and facilities costs to monitor energy use.
Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
SAP Scales Back SaaS Product Plans
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Technical issues and profit-bleeding implementations prompt SAP to move more slowly with its ambitious Business ByDesign on-demand software service.
Vendor Rankings an Imperfect Science
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Transparency's not a new business buzzword, but the drive to peek behind the curtain has more and more industries concerned about the coverage quality of their clothing (emperor's or otherwise). Some IT vendors may be scrambling to duck behind mama's nightshirt.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
Windows Vista SP1 Disaster Recovery Guide
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Vista's SP1 was expected to solve a lot of problems; instead, it caused even more trouble. Here are fixes to some top complaints, from a Windows Update that won't update to endless reboot loops.
Interop: nSolutions Launches NOVA Change And Configuration Management Appliance
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Forrester Predicts Slow Year For Government IT Spending
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report found that 43% of governments are working with flat budgets this year, while 40% have bigger budgets than last year.
IBM, Cambridge Push For Increased Funding For Service Innovation
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report encourages universities to offer courses in service science, management, and engineering and urges governments to provide more funds for research.
Associated Press Teams Up With Verve Wireless For Mobile News
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
The mobile news service will be tailored for smartphones and give users one point of access for local, national, and international news.
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
Interop: Vettro Mobile App Helps Protect Underground Pipes, Cables
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Vettro 360 for Damage Prevention is built on the same mobile platform used to provide services like coordinating pickup and delivery, field service, and IT service management.
Cloud Computing Startup Gets $4.5M Venture Funding
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
RightScale makes developer tools for creating server clusters on Amazon Web Services.
Microsoft Developers Weigh In On Live Mesh
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft MVPs say that they hope Microsoft can deliver on the big promises it's making with its software-plus-services development platform.
SaaS, Web Services Top Software Priorities For Businesses
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
A new research report also shows signs of SaaS's maturity, with fewer businesses reporting they adopted SaaS for the first time last year.
McAfee Adds Remote Technical Support
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
BusinessWire via TMCnet
AT&T, BlackBerry Let You Track Yourself Down
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The built-in GPS capabilities in the Pearl 8110 provide directions, 3-D maps, and traffic alerts.
Interop Preview: Tech Industry Gets Ready To Rumble
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The nation's leading business technology event, Interop, gains added breadth this year as it is co-located with Software 2008, an event aimed at software developers, users, and industry executives.
With Live Mesh, Microsoft Admits Web Is Now Central To Computing
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Ray Ozzie says Microsoft's software and services endeavor is a shift from its PC roots and key to sharing content and data over a number of devices.
Detroit Gets Video Network For Traffic Information, Highway Safety
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The partnership with TrafficLand will include 162 traffic cameras in the Detroit metropolitan area, including key interstates and state routes.
Web 2.0: Microsoft Makes Big Bet For 'Software Plus Services' With Live Mesh
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Live Mesh will let users share data and content across a wide variety of devices using both Web-based and client software.
Terracotta Offers Alternative To Database Congestion For Java Apps
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Instead of subdividing a physical machine by adding applications, Terracotta 2.6 multiplies JVMs to make a server handle more traffic.
Microsoft Releases Dynamics CRM Online
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
The software service is Microsoft's most direct attack to date against Salesforce.com.
Microsoft, Novell To Sell Linux Licenses In China
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The companies say they are trying to convert more users to supported SUSE Linux Enterprise.
NASA Celebrates 25 Years In Supercomputing
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
With a long history in space, the agency's systems now host aerospace modeling, simulation, storage, high-speed networking, visualization, and computational services.
Cell Phone Users Gain Mobile Access To Health Data
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
AllOne Mobile lets consumers securely access their personal health records through cell phones and PDAs.
Astronaut Sets U.S. Space Record
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The Soyuz spacecraft landed Saturday, with three astronauts from the International Space Station returning home safely.
PayPal To Block Older IE, Firefox Browsers From Site
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
The payment site said it will refuse browsers that lack the latest technology for blocking phishing sites and do not support Extended Validation Certificates.
Microsoft Tests 'Albany' Subscription Software Program
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
The service is meant to bolster the company's presence in the booming Web services market while protecting its multibillion-dollar packaged software franchise.
FCC Hearing On Network Management Draws Net Neutrality Supporters
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
Speakers at the Stanford University meeting want policymakers to require cable and telecommunications companies to manage Internet traffic in a nondiscriminatory way.
Microsoft Plans Internet Scaling With MatrixDB For SQL Server After 2008
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
While Microsoft officially refused comment, two job listings offer tantalizing information about a significant enterprise database project under development.
U.S. Improves Success Rate Of Federal IT Projects
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The OMB now identifies 489 items as "high risk" due to factors such as complexity, scope, or level of importance, down 19% from the 601 projects that were on the list in February.
ACS Acquires Transportation Management Systems For $42.5 Million
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The unit posted about $50 million in revenues in the 12 months prior to the end of March 2008, according to ACS.
Google Gmail Loses Functionality
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
Problems with accessing the online e-mail's IMAP feature fuel concerns about uptime and reliability as well as business adoption of software as a service.
Cisco Outlines Its Strategy For China, Names Leaders
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The plan includes further commitment to providing assistance to Chinese businesses in the development of IT and business-process outsourcing within the country.
iPhone Gets Free VoIP App From Fring
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
The software integrates contact lists for packetized voice, IM communications, and other Web 2.0 sites.
Comcast, Pando Call For P2P Bill Of Rights, Responsibilities
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
Despite the cable provider's plans to work with BitTorrent and other ISPs, critics say companies should not create consumer protection plans.
USPTO Launches Pilot To Expedite Patents
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The First Action Interview pilot program will allow certain patent applicants a chance to resolve issues one-on-one early in the process.
Google's KML Format Approved As Open Standard
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The file format used in Google Earth and Google Maps is already being used by Microsoft.
Sun Microsystems Expands Streaming Media Systems
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The accompanying software enables service providers to scale from 500 to more than 1.5 million subscribers and from 200 to more than 1 million hours of content.
Google, Salesforce Partnership Owes Legacy To Microsoft, SAP, Oracle
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
While the integration of Salesforce and Google Apps builds on work of its predecessors, it also represents a fundamental departure from most of those previous integration efforts.
Layered Technologies Buys FastServers.net
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
Layered is targeting its growth toward consolidation and virtualization in the data center, as corporations look to reduce high real estate and leasing costs.
Mobile Browsing Set For Major Growth
News  |  4/11/2008  | 
ABI forecasts 700 million browsers shipped in 2013, compared with 76 million in 2007.
IBM To Acquire Israeli Storage Firm FilesX
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
FilesX's software provides continuous data protection for applications and servers as well as supporting business users in remote offices.
Google, Others Expand Online Services Offerings
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
As cloud computing grows, corporate users would be wise to put it on watch.
Yahoo To Carry Google's Web Search Ads
News  |  4/9/2008  | 
Officials say the test does not mean Yahoo will join Google's ad network or that "any further commercial relationship with Google will result."
How To Put Google Street View To Practical Use
News  |  4/8/2008  | 
Google Street View can scope out real estate, travel destinations, and even save you from your next parking ticket -- all from your desktop, laptop, or smartphone browser.
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