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posted in October 2009
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CA Upgrades System Management Products
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
CA upgrades four system management products, giving each greater authority over the virtual domain as well as physical assets.
Google Maps Adds More Real Estate Data
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Users of Google's search engine can now find out more detailed information about real estate.
The Crapware Plague: Fed Up And Fighting Back!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Would you buy a PC from a vendor that treats you like an idiot, wastes your time and makes your life miserable? Chances are, you already do.
Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
IBM Targets Smart Cities, Government Services
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
A new government framework is aimed at tax and revenue management, safety, social services, transportation, and urban infrastructures.
Backup & Recovery: Practice Makes Perfect!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
When it comes to recovering data from a backup source, practice makes perfect. And failing to practice can leave your small business in a terrible mess at the worst possible time.
MicroStrategy BI License Revenues Up 39%
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
The business intelligence application vendor's performance is in striking contrast to the broader software industry.
Amazon Serves Up MySQL
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Amazon's newest cloud offering: MySQL 5.1 in the cloud, also known as Amazon RDS. And there's worry that it'll turn out to be a bad thing for MySQL in the long run, although that might not hold true for other open source repurposed in the same way.

Records and the Threat of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
I recently hosted a panel for ARMA that proved to be one of the most thought-provoking sessions I have been involved in for a long time. What became abundantly clear early on was that records managers and compliance officers really need to get their head around cloud computing, and fast.
Enterprise 2.0: Challenging Economy Pushes Businesses Toward Better Tools
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Nov. 2 through 5 in San Francisco, aims to connect companies with better business technology.
bMighty Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers -- Now Available On Demand
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
If you thought you missed last week's informative bMighty virtual event on how SMBs can deal with data centers in tough times, it's time to think again. The entire event is now available on demand!
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Windows 7 Hardware Discounts Offered
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
PC users can now get bargains on Microsoft mice, keyboards, Webcams, and other peripherals—even if they didn't host a launch party.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
Catbird Monitoring VMs In Amazon EC2
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
A version of Catbird's vSecurity Cloud Edition is available as an app in Amazon's EC2-approved catalog of application services.
Rolling Review: Service Catalogs Tested
Features  |  10/29/2009  | 
NewScale shines among competitive service catalog choices.
SAP Upgrades BusinessObjects Explorer
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Last May I complained that the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer release announced at Sapphire wasn't everything I expected from the big, splashy product launch. As of November, however, the missing ingredients -- namely the combination of system-agnostic data integration and acceleration -- will finally be in place. Here's the scoop.
Ksplice: No More Reboots?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
How'd you like to never have to reboot a Linux box again -- no, not even if you have to apply a kernel-level patch? That's the promise of Ksplice, a software technology for Linux (and maybe soon other platforms) designed to allow a system to be patched from the kernel level on up without having to be restarted. It's available right now for Ubuntu, and from what I can see, it's not digital snake oil.

Android 2.0 Revs Enterprise Features
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system makes it easier for users to get corporate e-mail, calendar, and contact information on their handsets.
IBM Integrates Dev Tools With Tivoli
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The integration of testing and asset management tools enables software developers to more cleanly automate deployment of new apps.
Google Launches Music Service
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Look out iTunes and Amazon, Google has integrated songs into its search results.
Ubuntu Server 9.1 Adds Cloud APIs
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Canonical's Linux operating system includes built-in means of accessing Amazon's EC2 with a compatible set of APIs from the Eucalyptus open source project.
Windows 7 Could Spark Move To 64-Bit
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
More robust architecture would help business users better cope with information overload.
Google's 'Gov Cloud' Wins $7.2 Million Los Angeles Contract
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Business vs. Tech Perspectives on SharePoint 2010
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
It's tough to get your mind completely around SharePoint 2010 -- an even bigger and more all-encompassing platform than 2007... I can't overstate the enthusiasm for SP2010 at last week's SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. But here's a question for you the enterprise customer: is all this enthusiasm always in your best interest?
DOD Says Yes To More Open Source
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Open source in the government and military isn't a new thing; governance is one of open source's biggest target markets, so to speak. It's still all the more heartening to hear the Department of Defense come out strongly in favor of open source, and to recommend using more of it whenever possible.

Defense CIO Touts Benefits Of Open Source
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Deputy CIO David Wennergren points to reliability, security, and lower TCO as among the potential benefits of using open source in the U.S. military.
SMBs To Lag In IT Purchases
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
While overall hardware buying plans have returned to August 2008 levels, midsize and small businesses are split on their buying plans and levels of confidence.
CA Offers Integrated Management Console
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
A single console monitors realtime application performance of both distributed systems and mainframe applications.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
Analytics Aplenty at IBM's IOD Conference
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
What were the odds we'd hear all about analytics at this week's IBM Information on Demand (IOD) conference in Las Vegas? I wish I could have placed that bet! "Analytics" was in the very name of two out of four new products announced at IOD. Here's my quick take:
EnterpriseDB, Postgres Maker, Raises $19 Million
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
IBM, Red Hat, and NTT are backing the open source database maker.
Lithium Batteries On The Hot Seat Over Airline Fires
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
The mantra for today's portable device batteries is "better, stronger and longer." When they take to the sky, however, "snap, crackle, pop!" might be more appropriate.
VMware Workstation 7 Supports Windows 7
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Workstation 7 supports virtual machines and takes advantage of enhanced 3D graphics and other features of Microsoft's latest OS.
Windows 7 Boosts Laptop Battery Life
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Collaboration between Intel and Microsoft means at least an extra hour of power, vendors claim.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
Microsoft Sets PST Free -- And Everybody Wins
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
By opening its Outlook data format, Microsoft might lose a few customers. But it will also give many others a good reason to stick around.
Ubuntu's Future Shouldn't Be This Unpredictable
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
Yesterday Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth held a phone conference to talk about the state of Ubuntu. It's clearly become more than just "Linux for human beings". But it's getting harder to avoid thinking of Canonical as a black box, and that hurts.

IBM Spins Off PLM Unit To Dassault
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
$600 million deal sees Big Blue transfer Product Lifecycle Management assets to industry partner.
Teradata's Hardware Strategy and Tactics
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
The most important takeaways about Teradata's hardware strategy from the Partners conference last week are: 1. Teradata's future lies in solid-state memory. 2. The solid-state future is imminent. 3. Teradata will increase the number of appliances it sells. 4. Teradata will mix and match parts (especially storage) in a modular product line.
Windows Partisans Don't Get It
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Last week's release of Windows 7 has some Windows defenders rubbing their virtual hands at the prospect of Microsoft delivering a knockout blow to Apple. But their arguments reveal that they don't understand why SMBs and consumers have been embracing the Mac in increasing numbers.
How Reliable Is Windows 7? Ask Its Built In Reliability Monitor!
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Windows 7 has lots of new features, including a useful Problem Steps Recorder. But many SMBs would like to know just how frequent those problems really are. Well, Windows 7 has a built in Reliablity Monitor that's designed to tell you how often a Windows 7 machine has experienced problems.
Global CIO: Why Are Microsoft, Oracle, And HP Bashing IBM?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Mark Hurd, Larry Ellison, and Steve Ballmer have all recently taken some fairly empty shots at IBM. But if Big Blue is such a loser, why do those three CEOs keep talking about it?
Is Cloud Bigger Than The Advent Of The Personal Computer?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, says "the cloud" is a phenomenon that is bigger than the advent of the PC. I think he's almost got it right. Cloud is bigger than the PC Revolution, but it's big in part because it incorporates and extends the PC revolution to Internet server clusters. The cloud owes more to the PC than Eric acknowledges.
IBM Intros BI Tools For Unstructured Data
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Content Analytics is a set of business intelligence tools designed to analyze e-mail, blogs, reports, and other external data.
Windows 7 Draws Praise, Putdowns
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Most early adopters appear pleased with Microsoft's new OS, but some are griping about installation bugs.
Open Source Scores A Big White House Win
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
President Obama wants to encourage open and transparent government. What better way to accomplish this task than by using open and transparent software?
PortableApps Adds Non-Open Source Apps, Sort Of
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
In a startling move, a favorite platform of mine for delivering no-install open source applications on Windows has thrown open the doors to adding freeware -- non-open source apps -- to their collection. Did the planets fall out of alignment when I wasn't looking?

SAP NetWeaver BPM: A 1.0 Product With Promise
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
It's not the best business process management system on the market, but can it be the best system for SAP customers?
Who Needs Analytics PhDs? Grow Your Own
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Analytics, whatever that means, has emerged as the hot topic all over our industry... According to the conventional wisdom, very special experts, quants we'll call them, are needed because mere mortals can't handle this stuff... But I don't buy this.
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