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posted in April 2008
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Interop: Jumping to SaaS -- Look Before You Leap
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Got SaaS yet? If not, you're either a nattering nincompoop or blazingly brilliant. For every drumbeat touting the power and ease of Saas to remake your IT operations, there's competing tympany warning of the dire hazards of leaping into SaaS headlong.
Adobe Pushes Broader Mobile Strategy For Flash
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
Interop: Citrix To Help Build The 'Delivery Center'
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company's efforts include its Workflow Studio suite and NetScaler MPX, a Web application controller that offers service delivery at 10 Gbps.
What's Your Opinion on Performance Management?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
It's your last chance to "Take The Poll" on our home page (left column below the blog). I'm wrapping up this month's poll on performance management and will post a new poll next week. So... Which of the following best describes your top performance management priority?
ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser, Continued
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In my post the other day about whether or not work in the ReiserFS file system would continue after Hans Reiser's murder conviction, I mentioned that this being an open source project, it wouldn't be hard for someone else to pick up where others leave off.  And as it turns out, that's precisely what's happening: according to folks on the ReiserFS team, work on ReiserFS will
SAP Scales Back SaaS Product Plans
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Technical issues and profit-bleeding implementations prompt SAP to move more slowly with its ambitious Business ByDesign on-demand software service.
Programmer Hans Reiser Convicted Of Murder, Faces 25 Years To Life
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Reiser was convicted this week of killing of his wife, Nina, whose body has not been found since her disappearance in 2006.
Why IT Might Be in Big Trouble - Again
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
IT has lost touch with reality as they have been disconnected from the situation in business and do not seem to be concerned about it... IT is apparently responding by shifting focus to data management rather than worrying about or focusing on the capabilities needed by business...
IBM Informix Upgrade Enhances Clustering, Database Management
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Princeton Softech "Optim" tools round out IDS 11.5 management suite. Big Blue claims gains in database marketshare.
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
First Hyper-V Support Emerges From Desktop Virtualization Supplier
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Provision Networks is the first vendor to make Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor the focus of its desktop virtualization efforts.
Interop: Microsoft Sees 200,000 Protocol Downloads
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Senior VP Bob Muglia says Microsoft products will feature "open connections" that will allow outside developers to more easily write programs that interact with its own.
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
Sun Offers Free Storage OS
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
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BI Goes Green(er)
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
This week, SAS is announcing SAS for Sustainability Management. It uses the BI platform and performance management applications to provide companies with a way of measuring sustainability goals and performance against them. Using predictive analytics, customers can even model changes in energy consumption or emissions to see the impact on sustainability goals.
HP Wields Blade Workstations For Mechanical CAD
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The hardware includes an advanced network software utility that allows designers working in 2-D or 3-D environments to work over a standard network.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
Oracle Clinches Difficult BEA Systems Acquisition
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
After an acquisition that began as borderline hostile, Oracle talks of the companies' shared vision for SOA and a strong partnership in delivering middleware products.
A ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
After three days of deliberation and six months of testimony, a jury found Hans Reiser, creator of the ReiserFS file system for Linux, guilty of first-degree murder. There's no end of commentary about the trial itself, but now that the verdict is in, I thought I'd contemplate a related issue: What happens to an open source project when one of its main instigators suffers calamity?

Microsoft Uses Open Source To Extend Systems Management To Linux
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is extending its management software to Linux and Unix by integrating some of the open source OpenPegasus project's code into System Center Operations Manager.
Interop: Lenovo, LANDesk Develop Client Management Console
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The ThinkManagement Console lets companies centralize access to LANDesk management, inventory tracking, and reporting software for all client hardware, including non-Lenovo systems.
Finding Design Failure with Microsoft Office Search Commands
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Cheers to Microsoft Labs for their release of Search Commands, an Office 2007 add-in that "helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in... Word, Excel, and PowerPoint." The embedded Guided Help calls it "a useful complement to the usual method of browsing for commands by clicking tabs on the Ribbon." But with Search Commands, Microsoft has adapted a findability fix that's quite common on the Web: Search as a crutch. Search Commands reinforces a point I've made in the past, that
Listen Up! Podcasts, Audio Interviews, Whatever. We Got 'Em.
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
We've posted some interesting audio files (podcasts?) on ddj.com. I need to tell you this because they aren't that easy to find, and there is some stuff you won't want to miss.

Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
Talking Patents And Protocols With Tom Kemp
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
Today I spoke with Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify, creator of that remarkable patent-to-protocol map that I wrote about last week. My first question: why create such a thing? His answer: "Just the facts," and we went from that into a discussion of how open source and open standards suited his company and the market as a whole.
Interop: nSolutions Launches NOVA Change And Configuration Management Appliance
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Microsoft Finalizes $1.2 Billion Fast Search Purchase
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Former Fast CEO John Markus Lervik will lead the enterprise search effort, which will include bolstering Microsoft's Office SharePoint Server.
Interop: Dell Preloads Server For Software Appliance Market
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The company expects the CR100 to be used mostly for e-mail, Web security, and infrastructure management, such as for acceleration, monitoring, and management.
How to Choose the Right BPM Suite: From RFP to Final Selection
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
You've decided that business process management is right for your organization. But what's next? Here's how to build an evaluation team, write a request for proposal, review RFP responses, evaluate a short list of candidates and choose the right BPM suite.
Follow Three Best Practices to Succeed at Business Activity Monitoring
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
BAM can monitor crucial key performance indicators around time, cost, quality, and productivity, but many firms struggle when deploying the technology. Three best practices will jump start your project and help you choose the right metrics and alert levels.
Apple Updates iMacs Amid Booming Sales
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
In addition to faster processors, the new iMacs are rated EPEAT Silver and meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.
The Fall of the Relational Empire
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
Relational is given a lot of credit because of its staying power and incumbency, which is often confused with universal usefulness. But if you step back and think about it, there is nothing special about a relational database, and in the world as we see it evolving, the physical structure, and even location of data, no longer matters...
In Database Market, Oracle Gets Bigger, Others Hang On
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Microsoft was the only member of the big three to grow at a rate under the market average, 11.2%, for revenue of $3.4 billion and an 18.3% market share, IDC said.
The Weekly Watch On Content Management
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
Leading off this installment of The Weekly Watch is Alfresco, a company that's proven there's plenty of innovation left in the enterprise content management (ECM) sector. Alfresco sent InformationWeek some of its recent accomplishments and a few grabbed our attention.
Microsoft Windows Sales Plunge 24% Amid Rising Competition
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Microsoft posted revenue from all desktop versions of Windows of $4 billion for the three months ended March 31, compared with $5.3 billion during the same period a year earlier.
Not Just About Code, Part 2
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
The hardest part about open source isn't the code -- it's the community.  Examples of this come up all the time, with Sun being one that has come up a good deal lately -- not just because of its acquisition of MySQL (which I'm still fairly positive about), but the way perceptions of its behavior can affect its acceptance.  Even if you do the right thing, it needs to also look like you're doing the right thing. 

Lenovo To Make Windows XP Available Until 2009
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Hewlett-Packard will also provide Windows XP to business customers that want to downgrade from Windows Vista after June 30.
Is Web 2.0 Disruptive to Databases?
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
Are Web 2.0 innovations (mashups, cloud computing, web communities, etc.) conspiring to bring about the downfall of the relational database as we know and love it?... Or, to paraphrase a popular quote, is the news of the conventional database's demise greatly exaggerated?
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
Lenovo Agrees To Sell VMware In China
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
China's economic boom has attracted many U.S. tech companies looking to tap into a potentially huge customer base.
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