Pentaho Buying SaaS From LucidEra
LucidEra's Clearview interactive reporting tool will become the front-end interface of Pentaho's business intelligence product line.
It's All The Same Kind Of Free To Us
Over the weekend I got into a heated discussion sparked by some of the things I'd asserted in a previous column about open source vs. free software. Out of that discussion came another, similar idea: Most people don't distinguish between kinds of free, and maybe it's unfair to expect them to.
Windows 7 Leaked To eBay
Sellers are using the online auction house to hawk Microsoft's new operating system weeks before official release—but buyer beware.
Hadoop and the Big-Data Revolution
There's a revolution underway in the use of big data, and Hadoop, the open-source distributed computing system, is at the center of it. Apache Hadoop success stories and accolades were shared today by the likes of Yahoo!, Facebook, eHarmony, IBM and JP Morgan Chase at Hadoop World in New York City. Here's a sampling of highlights...
Recovery.gov Double Fault: Broken Data Feeds
The relaunched recovery.gov site no longer supports automated data feeds. These feeds had allowed users of the 1.0 site to perform valued-added analyses, "the whole point of accountability and transparency" according one site user, who added, "from a software architecture standpoint, they seem to have missed a key principle here: backward compatibility."
Waiting for Wave 1.1
The best comment I've heard about Google Wave so far: "Wave is simultaneously less and more than I'd hoped." Me, I already have plans on the table to set up my own Wave server: my personal "Wave 1.1", as it were. Or even Wave 2.0.
Oracle Taps HyperRoll, IBM Sells U2 Databases
You probably heard that Oracle plans to acquire HyperRoll's key assets, but IBM was pretty quiet about selling off its U2 databases (UniData and UniVerse) to Rocket Software. Here's a bit more context behind both of these moves.
IBM Opens New York Analytics Center
Facility will provide a hub for research into pattern recognition and other sciences that can help businesses solve their most vexing problems.
AT&T Buys App Developer Plusmo
The purchase will enable AT&T to boost its mobile applications and widgets for mobile phones, personal computers, and television.
Appian Upgrades BPM Suite
Among the ease-of-use features in Appian 6 is one-click import, export and publishing of models, rules, expressions, forms and all other components of a process application. In addition, the upgrade offers application-centric portal views for end users.
Leaning Towards Freedom
The advocates of free software -- not just open source, but free as in freedom -- talk about the use of computers as a basic human right. It probably is. But I see freedom as a direction to lean into, rather than a specific path or goal to be obtained.