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posted in March 2009
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CA Links Advanced Systems Management To VMware OS
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
CA seeks to remain a virtualization vendor-neutral supplier of systems management as VMware, Citrix Systems, and Microsoft contend as hypervisor suppliers to the data center.
HP Eyeing Google's Android
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
A Last Look at Open Source BI
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Open-source BI and I have come to a parting of ways. OS-BI capabilities, reliability, and support have matured. Commercial OS-BI vendors now compete with BI market leaders. That competition now appears to focus primarily on solutions and on the cost and community advantages open-source-reliant business models can (and do) offer. I will, however, take one last look, a snapshot of the state of the market, before I take my leave of the topic...
Facebook, Adobe Team On Support For Flash
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The companies got together last fall after Facebook reviewed support for ActionScript and found that none of its client libraries was complete and fully updated.
The TomTom Dispute: No Bang
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Kinda saw this one coming. TomTom and Microsoft have settled their whole dispute out of court -- leaving, as various pundits have observed, the whole MS-vs.-Linux issue still in legal limbo. That is, if there even is such an issue.

Microsoft Offers Server For Tiny Businesses
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Windows Server 2008 Foundation, aimed at organizations with 15 or fewer computer users, will be sold through computer manufacturers.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
EBay Opening App Store In Summer
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Similar to Apple's App Store, eBay hopes to entice third-party developers with a slice of the revenue from its Selling Manager Application.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
Microsoft Encarta Is Web 2.0's Latest Victim
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The online encyclopedia falls in the face of competition from the likes of Wikipedia.
BI from the SAP Customer Viewpoint
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It struck me that the SAP Netweaver BI & Portals conference keynote was perhaps too visionary for where attending SAP customers are today in terms of their BI initiatives. Many are primarily writing ABAPs for reporting... Even Business Objects Web Intelligence is a major leap forward for them...
What Intel's Nehalem Servers Mean To SMBs
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It might seem easy to dismiss Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series processors (code-named Nahelem) as expensive toys for high-performance computing and large enterprises. But despite the launch's concentration on big companies, the new chips also promise to deliver faster, more energy-efficient options at small-business-friendly prices.
Intel's Nehalem Server Chips Seen Aiding Virtualization
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The improvements in Xeon processors are the kind of technology organizations will need as they deploy more virtualization in their data centers and move toward cloud computing, Intel said.
Will Buying New Nehalem Servers Save Your Business Money?
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Spending more to spend less? That's HPs claim for the new line of ProLiant G6 rack, blade, and tower servers. But do Nehalem processors, improved power management, enhanced automation, and seductive financing make it so?
Warning: Bad Men In Black Hats!
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
If there's one criticism of open source you can count on -- one that comes back like crabgrass in the lawn of life, to paraphrase Peanuts's Linus -- it's the line that goes something like this: "Open source means everyone can see your code. Therefore anyone with Bad Things in mind can hack you all the more easily." Here is, I hope, another bullet to the forehead of that myth.

Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum and remove features from its car navigation devices.
Storage Startup Turns Many Servers Into One Storage Pool
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
ParaScale software enables a cloud-like system for tier 2 storage and archiving on commodity hardware and Linux.
Fresh Crop Of Intel Nehalem Servers On Way
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, and Sun are among the vendors launching products at the same time Intel officially introduces its latest Xeon server chips.
Microsoft Gaffe Hints At Windows 7 Release Date
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Online leak points to a Release Candidate in May and the possibility of a final version by autumn.
LucidEra Upgrades Online Sales Analytical Tool
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Pipeline Insight 2.0 introduces new pre-built stage conversion metrics and best-practice reports that enable sales managers to analyze current and historical trends.
Panorama Unveils RC1 Of NovaView 6
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The preview of the latest version of NovaView incorporates Google Apps to enable customers to use the online office productivity suite to share and collaborate on reports.
From 'BI' to 'Business Analytics,' It's All Fluff
Commentary  |  3/29/2009  | 
I was there in Washington, D.C., last week at the SAS Global Executive Forum when Jim Davis gave his much-talked-about, business-intelligence-is-dead, business-analytics-is-the-future presentation. "I don't believe (business intelligence is) where the future is; the future is in business analytics," he said. I thought at the time that it was a little silly.
'The BI Survey 8' Finds Customers Want Faster Performance, Better Support
News  |  3/29/2009  | 
Annual business intelligence poll uncovers selection criteria for 23 products. Independents fare better than 'megavendors' on support and customer loyalty ratings.
Apple WWDC Supercharges Steve Jobs Watch
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Expectations include the release of an updated iPhone, since the current iPhone 3G was announced a year ago at last year's developer fest.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 27, 2009
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small businesses want less stimulus, more tax cuts, free small businesses resources, Amazon, Google, IBM layoffs, Facebook needs $, Google Checkout fees rise, SMBs virtualize blades, Sun VDI 3, Microsoft attacks Mac, Apple WWDC, Windows 7 Release Candidate, Verizon netbooks, Accolade Systems sues Apple, Skype for iPhone, Opera Mobile 9.7, BlackBerry SlingPlayer, U4EA/Vidtel video communication services, TNCI integrated communications, Conf
Red Hat Stands Alone, For The Better
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
After Red Hat's last round of positive numbers, Citigroup issued a report that the flagship open source company is a "tempting acquisition target". To which I can only reply: Here we go again.

Five Things to Love About BPMN 2.0
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Most of the effort put into BPMN 2.0 has focused on making the diagrams executable on a process engine. That will be huge for customers of Oracle, IBM, SAP, and other vendors. But for process modelers, who use BPMN as a diagramming tool... version 2.0 offers a lot to love. Here's my pick of the top-five improvements:
Microsoft Ad Takes Swipe At Pricey Macs
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Software maker looks to connect with consumers in an economy where frugality is the new cool.
Can Ubuntu's 'Jackalope' Build A Better Netbook?
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
As one Ubuntu Linux release bows out, another is on its way. And this time around, Canonical is clearly taking aim at the netbook market.
Nuxeo Releases Upgrade Of Open Source ECM
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Nuxeo EP 5.2 includes more than 30 new features and marks the first upgrade since the European company announced the launch of its North American operations in February.
Salesforce Keeps Tight Control On Cloud Development
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The cloud platform provides an elastic environment for applications, but development in the cloud occurs within a constrained environment.
Sun Brings Storage Management To Desktop Virtualization
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
With the release of VDI 3, Sun is adding the option of a Sun-only virtual desktop software set.
IBM Sees Costs Aligning With Green Tech
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The company is soliciting ideas and promoting its own recommendations on conserving resources through its Smarter Planet approach.
'Fallout 3' Wins Game Of The Year At GDC
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Other game developer awards went to LittleBigPlanet, Prince Of Persia, Dead Space, God Of War, and World Of Goo.
Google Shaping iGoogle Into Web's Front End
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The launch of gaming themes for iGoogle lets people express their personalities and interests, executive Marissa Mayer says.
Nintendo Wii Sales Surpass 50 Million Units
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata credited game developers for the success of the video-game console.
The Desktop Linux Question, Re-Re(-Re)visited
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
My colleague Jonathan Salem Baskin clearly isn't one to shy away from a good controversy. How, he asks, can Linux realize its full potential without a robust desktop edition as part of its diversity?

Microsoft Bashes Secret 'Cloud Manifesto'
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Asked to sign off on the anonymous document "without modifications," Microsoft is proposing a new Cloud Manifesto, created and discussed in a public wiki or at a conference.
Seagate Surfaces With New Linux NAS Offerings
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Small businesses looking for cheap, reliable storage solutions now have another interesting option to ponder, courtesy of Seagate.
Dell Rolls Out New Servers, Storage, Services In Drive For "Efficiency"
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
"Companies spend way too much on IT infrastructure. It consumes way too much time, resources and money." Those aren't our words, they're Dell's -- uttered at the roll out of a new series of Nehalem-based 11th Generation PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic PS6000 series storage arrays, and consulting services all intended to offer more performance and lower total cost of ownership.
Dell Adding Servers, Services For Larger Slice Of Data Center
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The company plans to roll out Nehalem-based PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations, along with a refreshed line of EqualLogic storage arrays next week.
New York Library Looks To BI Software For Help
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The massive library system, facing a $23 million budget cut, hopes business intelligence software will help it make the right decisions about staffing and hours.
Novell Launches Suse 11 With Eye On Virtual Appliances
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
SLES 11 also will soon be certified to run in the Amazon EC2 cloud.
Comcast's Twitter Team Coaching
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The add-on for Salesforce CRM lets companies track and aggregate customer complaints on Twitter.
Google, Mozilla Back 3-D Acceleration Web Standard
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The Khronos Group will lead development of an open, royalty-free standard for presenting accelerated 3-D graphics online.
IBM To Power Smart Train System In China
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Big Blue's software will control everything from maintenance to scheduling on high-speed rail line.
'Fewer Measures, Better Results' and Other Advice for the Times
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
If your enterprise is focusing on more than, say, a dozen key performance measures, you are probably not seeing the forest for the trees. This is just one bit of advice delivered in one of nearly a score of articles we've published on the theme of adjusting your information management plans and BI approaches to combat the economic downturn. Next week we roll the best of that advice into a one-hour Webinar...
A Little Heresy Now And Then ...
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
" ... is relished by even the wisest men." (I'm paraphrasing.) Meaning it helps from time to time to dissent, albeit thoughtfully and with eyes wide open, from the status quo. In today's example, it's Eric S. Raymond -- one of the key figures in the open source / free software world -- talking about why the GPL might have outlived its usefulness. You heard right.

SMBs Will Increase IT Investment This Year; 86% Will Use SaaS
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
According to the findings of a new study from Microsoft, more than half of small and midsize business will spend the same or more on IT in the coming year with priorities on virtualization, IT consolidation, business intelligence, SaaS, and supporting remote workers.
Can You Measure The ROI of Enterprise Social Networking?
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Probably not. But ROI is only one way to measure value. Here's an informal business case from EMC on the benefits.
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