Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
Last week, Gartner's preeminent business process management analyst Jim Sinur announced he would join Global 360 (http://www.global360.com/ ) as Chief Strategy Officer. In this broad-ranging interview, Sinur explains the move, offers an update on the BPM market and explores the evolving convergence of BI, data, events, modeling, business process management and business rules.
Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
How did the animated cursor flaw, which plagued Microsoft users with wave after wave of exploits this spring, get through Vista's security? A Microsoft security guru takes on the question in a blog.
IBM Adds Business 2.0 Tools For Partners
The new social networking services will let IBM's business partners communicate using the type of online tools more commonly found on teen-centric Web sites like MySpace and Facebook.
Data Integration Comes in Three Flavors
Those shopping for data integration solutions will find that they come in three flavors: Stand-alone tools from niche players like MetaMatrix, Group 1, Pervasive and Tableau… Focused Solutions from vendors like Business Objects, Cognos, Informatica, Initiate and SAS… and One-Stop Shops such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Here's what each flavor has to offer.
Vista's Compatibility Challenge
Adobe, IBM, and Symantec are among the software vendors still struggling with the complexities of making their apps work with Microsoft's new operating system.
High Five: Meet Hal Jespersen, CTO Of Open IT Works
At 57, Hal Jespersen is a man on a mission: The former Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, one of the fathers of the Posix line of standards, is now CTO of Open IT Works, a new company founded to bring CIOs and CTOs together in collaborative forums.
EMC's VMware Unit Plans IPO
The move isn't without risk. VMware's prospectus notes that the company may have a more difficult time thriving in the hotly competitive virtualization market as a spin-off.
Thoughts on Content Management as a Service
Are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) options viable for enterprise content management? I hear that question with increasing frequency, and it's a difficult one to answer. There are plenty of vendor options out there - from pure plays like Spring CM, to hybrids like Xythos and Treno. But just because there are plenty of options doesn't means it's a particularly good idea.
Should BI and Performance Management Be a Single Platform?
Weeks before Business Objects announced it will acquire Cartesis, I had an interesting chat with BI-industry veteran Ben Plummer, now a VP at Applix. Plummer commented that the company is positioning itself "in the convergence between BI and performance management… we're calling it 'Business Analytics.'"
Data Breaches Cry Out for Data Governance
The New York Times on April 20 reported yet another significant data breach: the inadvertent public disclosure of tens of thousands of social security numbers belonging to people who received financial assistance from the U.S. Agriculture Department. The breach, coming on top of numerous others recently, is a clear indication that data governance is the need of the hour.
Google Releases Improved MySQL Code
While it does contribute to the project, Google uses the open source relational database internally for some applications that aren't search related.