Content tagged with Software
posted in December 2009
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Elementool Puts Project Management In Cloud
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
The company offers software project management tools on the Web as an integrated service.
The Lighter Side of Consulting
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
The other day I ran into an old Consulting mentor of mine. Smooth, superior and self-assured, the man was Consulting Personified. But now gone were the suit and smirk, replace by sneakers, stubble and a sullen look. Could it be The Curse of the Consultant?
Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To Windows Mobile
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Job posting out of Redmond indicate Microsoft is likely planning to integrate its Xbox Live online gaming platform with Windows Mobile.
Kingston Warns Of USB Drive Security Flaws
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
Eleven BI/Analytics Topics for 2010
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
This time of year, we pundit types like to post our summations of the past year's developments, our Best Of lists recapping our own work, and our industry predictions for next year, for 2010. Not me, not this year. I will, however, post on the year ahead... for me, on BI and analytics topics that I plan to cover in the next few months...
WSO2 Launches Business Activity Monitor
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The open source monitor provides visibility into services oriented architectures through the customizable WSO2 Gadget Server dashboard.
The Pros And Cons Of Virtualization For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Does virtualization really make sense for small businesses? Some experts doubt it, but I'm reluctant to offer any simple answers to this question.
Remote Desktop: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Is it possible to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection technology with Windows 7? As always, that depends upon which version of Windows 7 you're talking about.
Oracle Lifts Cloud Over MySQL Storage Engine Vendors
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Earlier this month, Oracle put out a press release promising to play nicely with MySQL if its Sun takeover is approved... Point #2 is the biggie, lifting a major cloud from the MySQL storage engine business.
MyYearbook Speeds Web Responses
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
EXtremeDB, McObject's in-memory, object-oriented database, helps MyYearbook meet the high performance demands of the social networking site.
Intelligent Enterprise 2010 Event Calendar
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
If it's about information management, business intelligence, enterprise applications, processes or architecture, it's listed in our annual guide to technology events. Make your plans for the can't-miss conferences, expos and summits of 2010.
Manufacturers Seek Green Monitoring In ERP
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Executives want social media and environmental management functionality in their enterprise resource planning software.
New SSDs Hit The Sweet Spot For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
We all know that quality solid state disks (SSDs) are just too expensive for small businesses to afford, right? Not so fast.
Red Hat Revenue Up 18% In 3Q
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
The company continues to grow its revenue, often at the expense of Unix, in a recessionary economy.
Integration: ECM Curse and Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
With the proliferation of enterprise content management (ECM) vendors at many organizations, a new challenge is developing around managing federated ECM systems. Can the content management applications within an organization be integrated to help users find the information they need?
Reviewing The Year's Storage News Highlights
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Over the past couple of weeks, I slogged through the usual endless series of storage-related "best of" and prediction articles. Finally, here's one that is actually worth sharing.
The Perfect Office Mac?
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
German tinkerer Klaus Diebel will modify your old iMac so that it makes coffee but still functions as a Macintosh.
Court: Microsoft Must Pay Law Firm $5.6 Million
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
An appeals court orders the software giant to pay a law firm that had opposed it in antitrust litigation.
Hospitals Cut Costs With BI Software
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Two hospitals in Florida and California are using business intelligence and analytic software to corral costs and aid clinical reporting.
Microsoft Word Gets Facelift
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Court-ordered patch removes custom XML tools from Office 2007 components.
Coming Soon from SAP BusinessObjects
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The tricky thing about events like the recent SAP Influencer Summit in Boston is that some attendees want broad, high-level insight, and others, like me (and readers like you) want much more detail... The company did share some of the most noteworthy improvements due in future releases of SAP Business Objects software.
i4i Lawsuit Means Nothing To Most Office Users
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Web is buzzing over Microsoft's defeat in a major patent lawsuit involving its Office software. How will this affect your business? With very few exceptions, it won't.
Intel's vPro Reshapes Remote Desktop Support
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Chances are good that you have never heard of Intel's vPro technology. If your company relies upon remote support technology, it's time to get acquainted with it.
Apple Fixes iMac Flicker -- Or Not
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Apple has released a firmware update for the new 27-inch iMacs which is supposed to address the kind of screen flickering and image corruption users have been complaining about. It's not clear if the update solves everybody's problem, though.
Google and the Meaning of Half Open
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Google is half open: the conclusion I draw after reading product management SVP Jonathan Rosenberg's "The Meaning of Open." For all the pride and confidence and even wisdom conveyed in the essay, Google's core, its strategic direction -- Rosenberg's own product management brief -- is rightly closed rather than community-driven.
LaCie Unveils Its Latest USB 3.0 Storage Appliance
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
The USB 3.0 storage market continues to expand, with LaCie introducing a new RAID storage device the incorporates the new high-speed standard.
Hail And Farewell, Part Two
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
For my last blog on open source, I've peered ahead -- inasmuch as anyone in this business can look ahead -- and made a few careful guesses as to what awaits us in both the open source and proprietary worlds.

7 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Microsoft is turning to search, services, and the cloud, but what the company really needs is a game changer.
Palm Readies WebOS Update
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
In addition to releasing new webOS firmware, Palm is boosting its developer tools to better compete against BlackBerry and the iPhone.
Intelligent Enterprise Top Blog Posts of 2009
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
News coverage gives you one version of the truth, but there's nothing like the instant expert analysis blogs can bring to breaking stories. Here are the top-15 posts of the year from the Intelligent Enterprise blogosphere:
Intelligent Enterprise Top Stories of 2009
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Our ten most-popular articles of the year delivered helpful advice, forward-looking insight and deep analysis. Plus, we add our list of popular 'evergreen' gems offering timeless insight.
Virtualization For Small Businesses: When Does It Make Sense?
Commentary  |  12/19/2009  | 
How big does your company have to be before you get real benefits from virtualization?
3 SMBs Illustrate The Different Approaches To Windows 7 -- And Other Top Tech Issues
Features  |  12/19/2009  | 
IT folks from three very different small-to-midsize organizations talk about their plans for migrating to Windows 7, plus how they're dealing with the economy, mobility, and tech support.
Taser Builds Cisco-Based Data Warehouse
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
Built on Cisco's Unified Computing System, the cloud-based virtual data warehouse stores police videos for evidence.
How Did Our 2009 Predictions Fare?
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
This week CMS Watch issued its twelve predictions for 2010. In this post, I look back at our 2009 predictions to see how we did. The 2009 predictions were...
Hail And Farewell, Part One
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
The only constant thing is change, and change has come my way. As of the end of 2009, I'll be leaving InformationWeek -- so over the next couple of days I thought I'd sum up a few points gleaned during my time here.

Oracle's Earnings Up 15% In 2Q
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Maintenance revenues were up 14% and the database giant reported earnings of $.29 a share in its second quarter of fiscal 2010.
Rackspace Offers FathomDB As Service
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The Rackspace Cloud moved its competition with Amazon up a notch by offering its FathomDB database as a service.
IBM Launches Voice-of-the-Customer Analytic Service
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Text mining and statistical clustering technologies tapped to bolster marketing, enhance service and improve customer loyalty.
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The open source database's author urges users to object to deal that would give Oracle ownership of MySQL.
Open Source Minus People Equals Zero
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Open source has a life of its own, to be sure. But without warm bodies in the driver's seat, there's no more going on than with any other program that has no human component.

Data Architecture? What's That?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Data architecture has always been a topic close to my heart. "Overloaded and overlooked" is how I define a data architect's role. Has anything changed over the past decade? Yes, but possibly for the worse. Consider the following...
Survey: BI Still Hindered By Technical Problems
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
A 2009 survey of 324 BI professionals by BI Scorecard also found the success rates of BI deployments were largely unchanged from the last survey in 2007.
Psystar Down For The Count?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
A California court has granted Apple's request for a permanent injunction against Mac clonemaker Psystar. The injunction bars Psystar from selling computers with any version of OS X installed, suggesting that reselling someone else's product is not the best SMB business plan.
IBM Acquires BPM Vendor
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Lombardi Software's products are typically used at the departmental level, giving IBM an entry into customers who might later expand to enterprise deployments.
Search, Compliance, Collaboration To Drive ECM 2010 Spending
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Forrester Research also found in surveying 170 information and knowledge management professionals that Web content management and records management will be areas of investment next year.
IBM Rational Tools Aid Smart Device Makers
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Rational development tools help manufacturers build software that powers smart devices, which have complex systems and software requirements.
Tape-Based Storage: Not Dead Yet!
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Is tape dying as a long-term storage medium? It depends upon whom you ask -- although it is significant that this is even an open question.
HP Ushers Telecoms Toward Cloud
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The company is positioning itself to become a software-as-a-service platform for telecommunications companies.
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