The Lighter Side of Consulting
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?
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
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
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...
Oracle Lifts Cloud Over MySQL Storage Engine Vendors
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
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
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.
Integration: ECM Curse and Opportunity
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
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?
German tinkerer Klaus Diebel will modify your old iMac so that it makes coffee but still functions as a Macintosh.
Coming Soon from SAP BusinessObjects
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.
Apple Fixes iMac Flicker -- Or Not
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
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.
Hail And Farewell, Part Two
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.
Palm Readies WebOS Update
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
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
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.
How Did Our 2009 Predictions Fare?
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
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
Maintenance revenues were up 14% and the database giant reported earnings of $.29 a share in its second quarter of fiscal 2010.
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
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
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?
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...
Psystar Down For The Count?
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
Lombardi Software's products are typically used at the departmental level, giving IBM an entry into customers who might later expand to enterprise deployments.
Tape-Based Storage: Not Dead Yet!
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.