Content tagged with Software
posted in October 2007
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Can Security Awareness Deliver Competitive Advantage?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
It's disconcerting to live in a world where security can be seen as delivering competitive advantage, yet that's the idea behind Unisys's Enterprise Security initiative. But after all, the company's Trusted Enterprise Model only extends the security selling point that is a marketing mainstay for financial institutions and that has been adopted or embraced by IT vendors, sometimes far too slowly, with the rise of network computing.
Apple's Latest Switchers: Malware Writers
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Trojan, OSX.RSPlug.A, represents one of the relatively few Mac exploits to be spotted in the wild.
AOL To Help Consumers Opt-Out Of Online Ads
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The company is hoping to eliminate what the industry calls behavioral targeting on its Web properties.
Al Qaeda Hacker Attack Scheduled To Begin November 11th
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
An Israeli news site claims Bin Laden's cyber legions are retaliating against Western surveillance programs.
SMB Outlook Good For Tech Spending
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
High priority expenditures include secured data backup, storage, disaster recovery, IP telephony, virtualization, and consolidation, according to a new CompTIA survey.
AT&T's Introduces Mobile Search Products
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The applications are part of AT&T's recent initiatives to make it easier for people to conduct mobile searches.
Iron Mountain To Buy E-Discovery Services Company Stratify
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The deal would let Iron Mountain offer software and services that cover discovery and data investigations, compliance and associated records management, and litigation matters.
Microsoft Antitrust Oversight Extended Through January
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Attorneys in 17 states are trying to extend the antitrust settlement out to 2012, citing the continuing ubiquity of Microsoft products.
BlackBerrys Score Highest In Overall Customer Satisfaction
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
RIM's offerings outranked competitors in the 2007 J.D. Power and Associates business smartphone satisfaction study.
Google Squares Off Against Facebook With OpenSocial
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Google's upcoming APIs are expected to help build social applications that will work across social networking and other Web sites.
Microsoft Files Counterfeiting Claims Against 20 Software Dealers
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The independent dealers are accused of selling bootleg CDs containing Microsoft software or shipping computers with illegitimate copies of Windows installed.
Open Access Proponents Unite in Face of Google-Verizon Hook-Up
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
A group of startups, including Txtbl, Buglabs, and ZVUE, are announcing a new coalition to promote open wireless networks and devices.
IBM Launches Virtualization Tools For Small Business
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
Inside Leopard: Apple's Mac OS X Server 10.5 Reviewed
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
We chased Leopard around our Real-World lab and came away pleased on most fronts. This new server OS is ready for work.
Is Apple's Leopard Worth the Leap?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Apple is making headway in the enterprise environment. But is Leopard, the sixth major release of Apple's Mac OS X operating system, worth an IT manager's consideration?
JasperSoft Upgrades Open Source BI Suite
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite version 2.1 has new tools for building browser-based reports and dashboards.
Good Rules Can Eliminate 65% of Activities
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
There's a long list of verbs - adjust, approve, expedite, inspect, verify and many others - that tend to indicate that activities are non value-added and should be considered for elimination. Many of these exist because something wasn't done right the first time, and a lot of the the non-value-added activities can be cut if there are ways to reduce the error rates in the real-value-added and business-value-added activities.
Yahoo Releases Messenger Upgrade In Beta
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The upgrade also includes call forwarding, so Internet telephony calls to Messenger can be sent to a mobile phone or landline as a voice mail.
Survey Favors Dogpile's Metasearch Approach
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
A recent J. D. Power study ranks the search engine compilation site highest in customer satisfaction.
The Three Opens, Pt. 1: Open-Source OS
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
There's been a lot of talk about the three big "open"s in the computing world today -- open-source OSes, open-source applications, and open standards.  I'm going to talk about each one of these things in turn over the course of the next few blog posts, and examine how they fit together and complement each other.

What Does Web Analytics Consolidation Mean to You?
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
There has been plenty of discussion over the last few days about "consolidation" in the Web analytics marketplace due to the Omniture/Visual Sciences deal... In fact, the marketplace is not consolidating; it is in fact fragmenting, and there are plenty of options to consider if you are purchasing Web analytics solutions... Much of the consolidation discussion is based on vendors that adhere to the SaaS/page-tag collection model.
U.S. Health Department Will Offer Some Doctors Cash To Use E-Health Records
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The pilot program aims to entice more doctors, especially those in small- to medium-sized practices, to use digitized health records.
EMC Buys Voyence To Expand IT Automation Portfolio
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The acquisition of Voyence will give EMC customers new capabilities around network compliance, security, and serviceability.
Google Begins 'Gmail 2.0' Rollout
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The new look has been made available to about 1% of all Gmail users and is being rolled out to the rest on an ongoing basis.
Apple 'Leopard' Sales Top 2 Million In First Weekend
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
Leopard's sprint out of the gate could slow if Apple is unable to solve some major installation problems encountered by early adopters.
Woops, Says Microsoft, Sorry for That Unauthorized Install
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
IT managers who subscribe to Microsoft Windows Server Update Services program but didn't choose the automatic updates setting must have thought the desktops on their networks had taken a page from HAL.
Microsoft Sees The Future Of Software In Modeling
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
Microsoft officials assert that software modeling is not just for the most expensive tools on the market, but for "the average developer" as well.
Been There, Done That: Q&A With SAS's Jim Goodnight
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Doctor Jim Goodnight has led SAS since the company incorporated in 1976. Laconic and unflappable yet fiercely competitive, Goodnight has presided over a company that has long reigned atop the analytics market. We caught up with him in New York last week and discussed the changing BI market and the future of SAS.
Apple Sets Two-iPhone Limit At Stores
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Apple believes some iPhones have been bought for unauthorized resale, to the chagrin of some consumers.
BI as Commodity Technology: The Information Angle
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
BI is complex, simultaneously software, transformational work practices, and business information. Consider: What value is reporting or OLAP or data mining (software) that doesn't tap whatever data is relevant to produce business insights (information) that can help you restructure, realign, or optimize business operations (practices)? We need to examine all three, complementary aspects of business intelligence: software, information, and practices. Let's start with information, with BI sou
NBC, News Corp. Threaten Apple With Hulu
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Monday's launch of the ad-supported online video service undercuts the buying of TV shows and movies through services like iTunes.
Apple's Leopard Hacked To Run On A PC
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Hackers also have been busy opening the locks Apple closed with its most recent iPhone patch.
JPMorgan Xign Adds Electronic Procure-To-Pay Services
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The Procure-to-Pay service ties companies' procurement operations and accounts payable systems onto a single platform, says JPMorgan Xign.
Microsoft Says Sorry (Again) For Unauthorized Installs
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The glitch occurred when Microsoft updated the Windows Desktop Search tool for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP 1+.
BEA: We'll Sell 'Immediately' If Oracle Offers $21 Per Share
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The business software maker's board still resists Oracle's $17-per-share offer, despite pressure from a major shareholder to sell.
Microsoft Acquires Hospital IT Software From GCS
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
GCS offers several health-care IT products that run on Windows, including software that automates patient record keeping, billing, regulatory compliance, and clinical workflows.
Skypephone Unveiled; No PC Needed To Make Calls
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The 3 Skypephone will cost about $100 and be available in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau, Sweden, and the U.K.
Oracle Looking For BEA Stockholder Action?
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The database company said it's happy to leave the issue of acquisition -- or hostile takeover -- to BEA's stockholders if its Board of Directors won't negotiate.
Net Gambling Rules An Unfair Burden On U.S. Banks, Group Complains
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
A pro-gaming group supports improved regulation instead of letting U.S. residents continue online gambling by processing their transactions through foreign banks.
Microsoft Wants to Stick XP on XOs
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Like an uninvited birthday party guest who shows up on the wrong date with an unwanted gift, Microsoft is "working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."
Apple Posts Fix For Leopard 'Blue Screen Of Death'
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Apple says software on users' machines that may not be Leopard-compatible is to blame for the computers freezing up.
Should You Replace Microsoft Office with an Online App?
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
What feels like the sudden arrival of a multitude of online app options -- like Google or Zoho -- has allowed IT managers to ponder a move they would never have even considered just a short while ago: Replace Microsoft Office with an online office suite.
Ventana Research 2007 BI and Performance Management Scorecard
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
In its mid-year 2007 report, Ventana Research defines performance management, explains its PerformanceCycle assessment methodology and details the scores and ranking for 13 leading BI and performance management vendors and products.
The Not-So-Good at the Business Objects Meeting
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Following up on my last post about all the good things I encountered at Business Objects' recent user conference in Orlando, Fla., here are a few looming and, in some cases, troubling aspects of what's ahead for customers in the wake of the pending SAP acquisition. For instance, Business Objects is very bullish on its approach to enterprise performance management (EPM), a topic highlighted in many executive keynotes at the event... Despite all the reassuring words, I have my doubts about what li
The Good at Business Objects' User Conference
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
My trip to the recent Business Objects user conference in Orlando, Fla., revealed many good surprises as well as many big questions yet to be answered. Business Objects founder and chairman Bernard Liautaud addressed the deal during the opening of the event, and his comments quickly transitioned to those of SAP CEO Henning Kagermann (by way of video)... But with many forks in the path ahead for customers and partners of Business Objects, Kagermann's video instilled little comfort.
My Favorite (Open-Source) Things: MPlayer
Commentary  |  10/27/2007  | 
Since this blog does get filed under the category Open Source, I thought I'd take time out here and there to talk about some of my favorite open-source applications, not just Linux (or OSes in general).  I'll start with an app that has breathed unexpected new life into some of my DVDs: MPlayer.

Oracle's Linux: Unbreakable? Or Just A Necessary Adjustment?
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
As I talked to Wim Coekaerts, VP of Linux engineering at Oracle, about "Unbreakable Linux," a gap emerged between what he was saying and what Red Hat's product management director, Joel Berman, was saying. Riders of Linux's impressive upsurge are advised to "mind the gap" and try not to fall into it.
Apple's Leopard Fanfare Anticlimactic To P2P Users
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
The highest download traffic of Mac OS X 10.5 occurred after Apple distributed the release candidate in September.
Predicting The Future Of Communications In Boston
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
Perennial reports of the phantom 'AppleBerry' from Research In Motion and a Google phone aren't likely to come to fruition at next week's VON show.
Citrix Puts XenSource To Work For Desktop Virtualization
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
Citrix plans to make it easier to virtualize desktops for thousands of employees, letting companies tap an array of options.
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