In Focus: Our Top-15 Stories of 2006
Practical advice once again trumps trend stories and news analysis in Intelligent Enterprise reader appeal. Check out some of our most insightful stories of 2006.
Software as a Service Meets Business Intelligence
Hosted systems can expand access to analytic information. But Ventana Research recommends evaluating SaaS models for particular business needs and to determine how they can work together with internally deployed BI applications.
Microsoft Plans NYC Vista Launch On Jan. 29
Microsoft has repeatedly pegged Tuesday, Jan. 30, as the date when the long-anticipated Vista operating system and Office 2007 suite update will be available to consumers.
VMware Takes Mac Virtual Machine To Beta
When it goes final, VMware's Fusion will run multiple instances of non-Apple operating systems -- including Windows, Linux, Netware, and Solaris -- on an Intel-based Macintosh simultaneously with the Mac's own operating sytem.
Goals and Resolutions for 2007
The promise of a fresh start, a new leaf, new projects, and maybe, just maybe, not repeating the mistakes and bad habits of the previous year is appealing, isn't it? We asked readers and industry luminaries what they plan/hope to do differently and predict will happen in the coming year. Here are some of their answers.
U.K. Scales Back National Identity Plan
Still, efforts toward a national ID system have not been scrapped completely, and the British government also is still considering requiring foreign nationals to register biometric data.
Microsoft Seeks RSS Patents; Blogosphere Worries
Discovery of the patents has led to conjecture among tech bloggers that the software giant may someday try to seek payment for use of the technology, which is related to receiving and organizing news feeds through a Web browser.
Atlanta Licenses Cognos BI
The City of Atlanta has licensed Cognos's business intelligence platform as the software foundation of its citywide performance management initiative.
NetSuite Launches Online Employee Self-Service Center
Online software provider NetSuite has launched an employee resource management service that the company says reduces costs and boosts productivity by enabling workers to perform project-related chores, and access human resource-related documents.
Vista Issues Bedevil Firefox
A total of 34 Firefox bugs related to Windows Vista have been collected in the Mozilla Bugzilla database; 20 of the bugs remain unfixed.
Microsoft Rereleases Mac Office Patches
Microsoft rereleased the Office 2004 and Office v. X updates; the former adds improvements to PowerPoint and Entourage, while the latter includes stability enhancements for PowerPoint.
Sweet Suite Integration: BI Vendors Get it Together
Here's another sure-fire way to make BI an everyday office tool: standardize on a BI suite that has all the goodies (OLAP, reporting, query, dashboards) optimized for your different user groups yet reduces the cost of ownership. A fair few nay sayers grumble that the latest BI suites are a not at all integrated. Not true! The latest releases are miles ahead of previously disparate products. Here are just a few examples:
Swedish Startup Offering Image-Based Search
The service from Polar Rose can identify whether a photo contains images of people, find other photos of the same people, and help with identifying the subjects of photos.
Sony Settles Rootkit CD Suit With Texas, California
Under terms of the agreements, each state will receive $622,000 in damages and $128,000 to cover legal costs and fees, and Sony will refund up to $175 to people in those states who spent money to repair computers.
January Set As 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
Two researchers plan to disclose one Apple flaw each day next month, copying the practice first set in July when another researcher posted a daily browser bug on his blog.
Access Vs. Delivery: Two Views of Content Security
James Governer has prompted an important discussion on his popular blog regarding enterprise content management (ECM) and Security. The architect views security as stopping bad guys from getting in (the Firewall Syndrome). The document management view casts security as assigning permissions (the ACL syndrome). They're two sides of the same coin, but they're quite different.
Mozilla Patches 10 Firefox Bugs
Both Firefox 1.5.x and 2.x will alert their users that an update is ready to install, but impatient users can download the fixes.
Danish Retailer Outsources SAP Environment To IBM
IBM Global Services will provide a range of IT infrastructure services -- including support for a new SAP system -- to Dansk stores in Denmark, as well as outlets owned by the retailer in Germany, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Former HP Board Member Signs Book Deal
According to Gotham Books, Tom Perkins -- who blew the lid off the HP spy scandal -- also is set to write about his marriage to author Danielle Steele, his trial for manslaughter in a backwater French town, and the creation of Genetech.