Content tagged with Software
posted in April 2007
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Sony Apologizes For Decapitated Goat In 'God Of War' Launch
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Animal rights groups chide the European event held for one of Sony's most popular video games for the PlayStation 2.
Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
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.
Outsourcing To Indiana: IBM To Open Hoosier Call Center
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The town of Daleville and Delaware County provided a package of incentives to IBM worth $419,000 to entice the company to locate the $2.9 million call center in the town.
Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
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's Hardware Rollout Targets Small Businesses Abroad
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
An IBM survey of 1,200 midmarket businesses around the world found that nearly 66% planned to change their business model within the next two years to compete internationally.
Ray Ozzie Outlines Microsoft's 'Sea Change' At Mix 07
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The company spotlights its cross-browser Silverlight technology, as well as improvements to Windows Live Spaces, Virtual Earth, and Live Search.
IBM Adds Business 2.0 Tools For Partners
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
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.
Amid Challenges, SAP CEO Kagermann Sticks To His Plan
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Technology, business models, and leadership are in flux.
Salesforce.com Recast As A "Platform"
Features  |  4/27/2007  | 
New offering attempts to draw in more developers and application customers.
Dimensional Relational vs. OLAP: The Final Deployment Conundrum
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The choice between deploying relational tables or OLAP cubes is not a trivial matter. Weigh these 34 pros and cons of each approach early in the design of your extract-transform-load system.
Deferred Revenue From Vista Upgrades Boosts Microsoft's Earnings
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Concerns continue to be raised about application compatibility and hardware requirements
Early SOA Adopters Face High Costs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
BearingPoint says these services costly, less reliable, hard to maintain
Brief: Eben Moglen Steps Down From Free Software Foundation
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Moglen will return to teaching at Columbia University and spend much of his free time on the Software Freedom Law Center.
MySQL Gets Boost From Google Enhancements
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
IBM also pledges support for open source database on its System i.
New Cisco Switch Automatically Adjusts To Applications
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Lets network administrators give priority to voice over IP, video, and other traffic types.
ACS Acquires Welfare Enrollment Software
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
ACS gains control of Albion's Vantage product line -- software that helps state officials determine citizen eligibility for health care and welfare programs.
Microsoft Details Silverlight At Mix 07 Conference
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Flash competitor to support VB programming; may show up in cell phones and on Linux
N.Y. AG Gets First Settlement Under Security Breach Notification Law
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The New York Attorney General's office reached an agreement with a Chicago-based firm that did not notify consumers of a data breach for two months.
Apple QuickTime Bug Could Be Days Away, Experts Warn
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Researchers say hackers could be a few days away from finding the vulnerable code, and then exploits and malicious sites could be built within a week.
Microsoft: Windows XP Sales Will Fade In 2008 as Vista Takes Hold
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Officials at the software maker said they expect that Windows Vista will account for 85% of OS sales in fiscal 2008 compared to 15% for Windows XP.
Pulling Back The Curtain At Sun Labs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Sun is working on faster switches, more efficient servers, new programming languages, and 3-D virtual workplaces.
BearingPoint Says SOA Can Be Costly, Hard To Maintain
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
It costs more to build a reusable service -- up to 35% more -- than it costs to build one for single use.
Vista's Compatibility Challenge
Features  |  4/26/2007  | 
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
Features  |  4/26/2007  | 
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.
Microsoft Posts Record Third Quarter Profits, Credits Windows Vista
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The company said it achieved record third quarter profits partly on the strength of sales of the new Windows Vista operating system.
Broadband Service Providers Face Wiretapping Deadline
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC ruled in 2005 that broadband and VoIP providers must be able to facilitate wiretaps used by intelligence authorities so that old eavesdropping practices can be applied to newer technology.
EMC's VMware Unit Plans IPO
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
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.
Siemens Loses Its CEO, Gains An SEC Probe
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The giant engineering firm said the SEC is examining "possible criminal violations of U.S. law."
Carriers, Startups Face Off Over 700-MHz Auction
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC on Wednesday announced technical specifications for the upcoming 700-MHz auction, but put off deciding exactly how the spectrum will be divided and sold off.
IBM To Push Mainframes For Powering Virtual Worlds
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The project is meant to develop a new, and potentially lucrative, use for the mainframe, which has traditionally been used in banking, manufacturing, and other industries.
Cisco Warns Of Bug In NetFlow Monitoring Tool
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
When the tool is installed, it creates matching default username and passwords, enabling a remote hacker to gain access to the system.
Icahn And Zander Cite Proxy Studies In Motorola Board Battle
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Corporate raider Carl Icahn is seeking a Motorola board seat, while Motorola CEO Ed Zander maintains Icahn's lack of high-tech experience will be a problem.
Microsoft Releases Windows Server Longhorn To Public Beta
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The server software includes more than 130 management tools, an integrated scripting language, and a built-in Web server that brings together numerous online publishing technologies.
Ex-Comverse Chief, A Fugitive In Africa, Gets Another Reprieve
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Jacob Alexander's legal team maintained the presiding magistrate was biased against him and a resolution of the extradition issue was put off until June.
Thoughts on Content Management as a Service
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
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.
IBM, MySQL To Bring Open Source Database To System i
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The companies have agreed to work together in offering the MySQL Server for i5/OS, the flagship operating system for System i, and to certify IBM's DB2 as a MySQL storage engine.
HP Looks To Neoview For Gains In Data Warehousing
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The company is combining its NonStop database engine with its Integrity and ProLiant servers and its StorageWorks hardware and software.
Survey: 30% Of Businesses Have No Plans To Upgrade To Windows Vista
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Concerns about compatibility and cost are driving less-than-stellar adoption rates, despite security enhancements in the new operating system.
Eben Moglen Steps Down From Free Software Foundation
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Moglen will return to teaching at Columbia University and spend much of his free time on the Software Freedom Law Center.
Microsoft Sued Over Windows, Office, And SQL Products
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Texas inventor James Taylor contends that the Microsoft products infringe on a patent titled 'Post compile optimizer for linkable object code.'
Google, Intel, And Microsoft Fund Robot 'Recipes'
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Money from the three companies has enabled researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to create a series of Internet-connected robots that almost anyone can build using off-the-shelf parts.
Mozilla Extends Firefox 1.5 Support For One More Security Update
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Support now will run through mid-May to accommodate one more security and stability update, but Mozilla is recommending users upgrade to Firefox 2.0 now.
Verizon Wireless Unveils A BlackBerry For Americans Traveling Overseas
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, which can automatically detect and switch between CDMA and GSM wireless networks, will be available next month.
Should BI and Performance Management Be a Single Platform?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
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.'"
IBM Boosts Dividend, Adds $15 Billion To Buyback Fund
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
As a result of the buyback program, IBM increased its forecast for 2007 earnings per share growth to between 12% and 14% -- one to three percentage points higher than its previous estimate.
Data Breaches Cry Out for Data Governance
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
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.
CollabNet Sells Stake To Former Competitor SourceForge
News  |  4/24/2007  | 
CollabNet will continue to offer centralized, project development software and has hired the developers, support staff, sales force, and field service team of SourceForge Enterprise Edition.
Google Releases Improved MySQL Code
News  |  4/24/2007  | 
While it does contribute to the project, Google uses the open source relational database internally for some applications that aren't search related.
At NASA, Windows Vista Isn't Ready For Launch
News  |  4/24/2007  | 
Space agency among the growing list of federal agencies that have put a temporary hold on Windows Vista rollouts.
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