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posted in January 2010
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Semantic Search Footnotes: Concepts, Ontologies & Real Time
Commentary  |  1/31/2010  | 
I want to respond to a few comments/suggestions I received about my recent Intelligent Enterprise story, Breakthrough Analysis: Two + Nine Types of Semantic Search. Jim Hendler suggested a semantic-search approach I'd missed, "real-time search with some sort of filtering." I'll tackle that and points raised by NLP/semantics researcher Tom O'Hara...
Oracle Announces Sun Java Roadmap
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
The database giant's executive VP, Thomas Kurian, details how Oracle plans to integrate Sun's software into its product lines.
Google Docs, Sites Dropping IE 6 Support
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Old browsers are being put out to pasture so new Web technologies can run free.
Apple iPad Arrives Amid Controversy
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Skeptics dismiss the iPad as underwhelming and limiting while developers see dollar signs.
Oracle on SharePoint: Waiting for Answers
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Oracle today doesn't seem to have an explicit answer to the foamy wave that is SharePoint. Will Oracle deliver on collaboration requirements?
The Fritz & David Show: What a Week! Apple, Oracle, Rant
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
January 2010 won't go quietly, nor will Techweb's Chief Content Officer, David Berlind and I in our second podcast version of The Fritz & David Show where we give some of our final thoughts no the Apple iPad, and summarize the announcements coming from Oracle this week.
HP Extends Financing Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
SMBs can get 0% lease financing on HP products for either 12-month or 36-month terms, with an option to purchase at the end of the lease. Both programs go into effect on Monday, February 1..
Search Keywords Mean Business
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Businesses that focus on branded searches may be missing out on the visitor traffic that comes from generic search terms.
Microsoft Enterprise Sales Fizzle
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Redmond posted record quarterly revenue, but most of the growth was driven by a recovery in consumer sales.
Informatica Buys Siperian, Reports Strong Earnings
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
The data integration firm steps into the master data management market with the $130 million acquisition.
Informatica Buys MDM Vendor, Reports Strong Growth
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Siperian acquisition bolsters data quality offerings. Revenues surpass $500 million.
New Initiative A Good Sign For Virtualization Security
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
A recent agreement involving three major IT vendors is good news for companies with lingering concerns about virtualization security.
Sybase Reports Record Earnings, Updates Adaptive Server
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The company's flagship relational database product now offers in-memory capability for sensitive transaction-based operations.
iPad And SMBs, Take Two
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Now that we've all found out what Apple has had up its sleeve all these months, we can start to assess the iPad's usefulness for business more confidently. At least one possible use case is clearly out the window -- at least for now -- but the demo introduced one no one had thought about.
Global CIO: Oracle's Ellison Challenges IBM, NetApp And—Well—Everyone
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Google Social Search Reaches Beta
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
It just got easier to tap the wisdom of your friends online.
MicroStrategy Says It's Time for Mobile BI
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
"We are on the verge of a new era that will result in a new class of applications that will change the way we think about our business," says MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor. That era will be driven largely by mobile... Yes, mobile.
Does The Apple iPad Have Value For SMBs?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
For SMBs, at least, the most useful part of the new Apple iPad may be an accessory.
Apple Releases iPad SDK In Beta
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The software development kit is available to individuals and enterprises who wish to build proprietary tablet applications.
SAP CEO Details Prospects For 2010
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Leo Apotheker is looking to the software firm's forthcoming Business ByDesign suite to boost revenue after a difficult 2009.
Oracle Outlines Post Merger Roadmap
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun Microsystems will add $1.5 billion to Oracle's profitability within a year of the just-completed merger of the two companies.
Apple iPad Backlash Begins
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The pre-release hype has given way to complaints about the device's supposed shortcomings.
SAP Comments on 2009 Drop, Prospects for 2010
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
Seeing an upturn, executives highlight fourth-quarter revenue increase in the U.S. and Asia.
Live Blog From Apple's iPad Launch
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Being one of the lucky few to have scored a press pass into Apple's highly secretive launch event today, I will be live blogging the announcement with text and photos as it happens. So, starting at around 11:30 AM ET, be sure to refresh this blog entry (and refresh often) as I frantically attempt to bring you all there is to know about Apple's tablet (or whatever it is) in real time.
Down To Business: Oracle v. Rimini Has Huge Ramifications
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Can the decades-old enterprise software model hold up against the forces of upstart competition and price arbitrage?
Oracle: We're Hiring Sales, Tech Staff
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
CEO Larry Ellison says the company will hire 2,000 people while laying off about half that many in the near term.
Apple iPad Promises Media Revolution
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The early speculation is that the tablet brings publishers hopes of new revenue for digital content while ushering in a shift in how users interact with the Web.
Global CIO: Oracle-Sun Biggest Challenge Isn't Technology—It's People
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Sun's founder and its CEO exhort Sun employees to embrace Oracle, and Larry Ellison promises miminal Sun layoffs. Can they make it work?
No Easy Answers In Mac Virtualization Roundup
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
So, which virtualization product is absolutely, positively the best option for running Windows on a Mac? Sorry -- you didn't really think the answer would be that easy, did you?
Cisco Offers Open Telepresence Standard
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
In agreeing to release its protocol to the public domain, Cisco joins Juniper Networks and Polycom in the growing trend toward collaboration among videoconferencing providers.
McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet Details, Deal; Engadget Has Photo
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
On the eve of one of Apple's most yet anticipated product launches in history, McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw pre-empted Apple CEO Steve Jobs when he let slip confirmation on CNBC (video below) that Apple is indeed launching a tablet later today (Jan 27, 2010). McGraw revealed that it will run on the iPhone OS as well as details of the company's dealings with Apple. Separately, tech gadget site has what appears to be some very convincing photos of the device which it estimates to be 9
Netezza Skimmer Joins the Short List
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
The main news here is that you can buy a Netezza box for $125K, plug it in, load a few terabytes of data, and be good to go with a pretty solid data warehouse...
Oracle To Detail Post-Acquistion Sun Microsystems Roadmap
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Oracle on Wednesday will detail its post-acquisition plans for Sun Microsystems, which include preserving the Ultrasparc processor.
Novell Launches SUSE Appliance Toolkit
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Building software appliances may become a standard way for distributing software
Insurance Database Connects Dots on Truck Theft
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Integrating multiple sources, CargoNet will drive nationwide alerting and truck stop watch programs.
Oracle Sues Rimini Street For 'Massive Theft'
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Rimini's heavily discounted support offerings for Siebel, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft apps are illegal, Oracle claims in court documents.
Sentiment Analysis, Enterprise Content, and Social Media, Year 2010
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Sentiment analysis is one of the most challenging and one of the most interesting uses of text technologies. Application areas include customer satisfaction and support, marketing, financial markets, media and publishing, and politics and policy. That's why I've created a new conference, the Sentiment Analysis Symposium, slated for April 13 in New York...
Global CIO: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Top 10 Reasons For Buying Sun
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
New customer value, Sun's great technology, an IBM fixation, resetting the IT landscape, something deeply personal, and more.
Should SMBs Upgrade To Office 2010?
Features  |  1/25/2010  | 
Just because Microsoft releases a new version of Office, does that mean you need to buy it? Just as important, if you do buy it, do you need to buy it for all the workers in your company?
Which One Of These SMB Personas Do You Most Resemble?
Features  |  1/25/2010  | 
In many ways, Chris Green and Colin Wilcox are typical IT staffers, who just happened to have helped Microsoft design Windows Server 2008. But their real claim to fame is that they're not real people.
Hear BI Survey Results, Plus Donald Farmer
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
I'll present the results of the latest Intelligent Enterprise business intelligence survey and Donald Farmer of Microsoft will surely talk about the new PowerPivot add-ins for in-memory analysis in Excel. That should be enough to attract more than a few registrants to this week's "BI Agenda for 2010" webinar. But there's more...
Judge Slashes Music Sharing Fine
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The $1.92 million fine levied against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally downloading music was cut to $54,000.
Netezza Rolls Out Entry-Level Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
At $12,500 per terabyte, Skimmer release targets analytic applications, data-marts and development environments.
Apple Tablet Revealed By Analytics Data
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Flurry, a company that collects online data about ads, claims to have detected Apple's widely anticipated tablet device.
Mathias On Mobility: The Infocentric Era
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Our columnist says that, as IT resources and applications move into the cloud, the computer no longer matters--only the information does.
HP And Microsoft To Compete Against Oracle/Sun
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
Two weeks ago, HP and Microsoft announced they would jointly spend $250 million to better integrate their hardware and software systems. That's one of the first reactions to Oracle's expected acquisition of Sun Microsystems and its entry into the hardware business. More such alliances are likely to spring out of the ranks of Oracle's competitors.
Text Analytics Drives Customer Insight
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
By uniting intelligence from customer surveys and social media with conventional business intelligence, companies are moving beyond transactions to understand customer behavior.
Boxed Software Revenues Slipping
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The 7% dip in 2009 was an improvement over the double-digit drop in 2008, and came on sales of Microsoft Windows 7 and Apple Snow Leopard.
Google Search Gets Answers, Events
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
Two search relevancy improvements make it easier than ever to get answers using Google.
Two Cornerstones of Oracle's Database Hardware Strategy
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
After several months of careful optimization, Oracle managed to pick the most inconvenient day possible for me to get an Exadata update from Juan Loaiza. But the call itself was long and fascinating, with the two main takeaways...
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