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posted in May 2007
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Google Introduces New Developer Tools
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The introduction of Google Gears, Google Mashup Editor, and Google Mapplets gives software developers a host of new tools to work with.
High Five: Meet Richard Daley, CEO Of Pentaho
Features  |  5/31/2007  | 
Richard Daley's been developing business intelligence systems since the mid-1980s, when he worked on what IBM called "executive information systems." Now he's the CEO of open source BI company Pentaho. Daley water-skis every day before work near his company's Orlando, Fla., headquarters.
Video Game Prescription Helps 12-Year-Old Beat Cancer
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
His treatment consisted of, among other things, chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and permission to play Re-Mission as often as possible.
BEA Adds More Real-Time Capabilities
Features  |  5/31/2007  | 
Its complex event server takes the measure of distributed applications systems.
Big Carriers Chosen In Federal Telecom Networx Award
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The award means that the five chosen companies are eligible to offer their services on a competitive basis to the 135-odd federal entities.
Microsoft Would Lose Patent Rights Under New Linux License Terms
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The final draft of GPLv3 states that companies that distribute open-source software cannot at the same time pursue patent claims against users of that software.
Everest Game Takes Players Into Thin Air
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
World-renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs partnered with Big Fish Games to give players a multimedia experience of a high-altitude expedition.
VoIP Startup Jajah Buddies Up To Telecom Carriers
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Jajah's strategy is to work with telecom service providers so both companies can make money from VoIP calls.
RFID-Tagged Umbrellas Track Shoppers' Movements In Philly
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Each one is identified by a Motorola RFID tag that's inlaid in plastic and dangles from the strap.
Google Analytics Suffers Outage
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Last week Google Analytics customers reported service outages that affected some for more than 24 hours. Worse, Google issued no official comment until Tuesday. As "Web Analytics Report" readers know, Google's official support partners fare no better than users, and in this case received no communications on the outage. As a free service, perhaps the offering is not supposed to be enterprise-class, but let's compare marketing hype to real functionality.
How Customers Should Prepare for Vendor Demos
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Tony Byrne has provided some advice to vendors regarding product demos. Those ten points make essential reading for vendors and customers alike, but there is another perspective. Since I have personally sat in on those demos both as a buyers' advisor and as a vendor (system integrator), I need to add three points that customers should keep in mind when asking vendors to demonstrate their products:
Google Set To Offer Browser-Based Security For Its Apps
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Google's purchase of an antivirus company has industry analysts talking about Google diving into the enterprise apps market, as well as adding security to its toolbar.
LogiXML Upgrades BI Platform
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
LogiXML improves the abiltiy of Logi 8 to export data to Microsoft Excel.
Google Goes Offline With 'Gears'
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Flanked by partners, Google offers new APIs and focuses on its plans to move further into Microsoft's desktop space.
U.S. Mobile Applications Market Forecast To Reach $9 Billion Soon
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The business mix includes custom-coded wireless packages, productivity tools, enterprise resource planning tools, e-mail, and security applications.
HP Unveils In-Store Customer Kiosk
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The experimental Retail Store Assistant is billed as a more effective marketing tool than mailings and other types of traditional promotions.
Information Builders Adds Dashboards, Excel Plug-in, Compliance Framework
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Business intelligence vendor offers two approaches to sharing data and insight: the usual Excel route, or 'Active' license-free reports with dashboard and collaboration features.
Cigna Offers Cancer-Fighting Video Game To Patients
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
HopeLab claims that cancer patients who play Re-Mission have more successful treatment than those who don't play the game.
Microsoft Gets Novell Linux Code Ahead Of Open Source Community
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
SEC document shows that Microsoft is entitled to receive key technical documentation from the Linux distributor -- even if that documentation is not generally available to open source software developers.
Palm's Foleo Fails To Wow Followers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The Foleo is a Linux-based, large-screen companion device to the Treo that lets users create e-mails and edit documents using a 10-inch display and a full-sized keyboard.
Apple Patches Bugs In QuickTime ... Again
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
For the second time this month, Apple released a security update to fix vulnerabilities in its QuickTime media player.
Why Are Customers Frustrated With Web Analytics?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
I spoke to customers and vendors at the recent Emetrics Summit to find some answers. Customers generally underestimated the level of effort required of them -- for example the tagging required to collect "basic" data, such as downloads of PDFs, Excel and Word files. Not understanding the need to develop a process for data collection, page tagging, and analysis, customers often assume that once the Web analytics solution is in place, it will run itself.
HP Unveils Entry-Class Server For Telecom Industry
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The HP Integrity NonStop NS3000AC is sold as a package that includes hardware, an operating system, and a database stack.
Mozilla Update Ends Support For Firefox 1.5
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Users of the open-source browser will now be encouraged to migrate to Firefox 2.
Computer GUI Revolution Continues With Microsoft Surface's Touch Screen, Object Recognition
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Microsoft's tabletop display computer may set us on the path to where we no longer need keyboards and mice to work with computers.
Apple Launches DRM-Free Music Tracks On iTunes Plus
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
More than a dozen of Paul McCartney's classic albums are also making their debut.
Harmony Integrates BI Into Software For Social Service Organizations
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Harmony Information Systems plans to integrate the Logi 8 BI platform into irs software for managing operations related to child welfare, juveniles justice, substance abuse, and other social services.
Google Adds Street-Level Pictures to Google Maps
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Initially, Street View images are available in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. Additional cities will be covered in the future.
Beatnik Offers Music Format For Low-Cost Phones
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The file format is one-tenth the size of the typical MP3 file, making it possible to quickly download tunes on older digital mobile phone networks found in emerging markets.
Novell Says Open Source License Changes Could Kill Microsoft Deal
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Novell said that proposed revisions to the General Public License could force the company to modify its relationship with Microsoft or find alternatives to the deal.
Microsoft's SharePoint Server Gets DoD Certification
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The company's Office collaboration and document management tool gains some stature with the military's 5015.2 seal of approval.
FTC Reviews Google's Plans For DoubleClick
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Analysts suggest that anti-trust concerns will take precedence over privacy concerns during the evaluation.
Crossing Channels: Q&A With Best Buy's Matt Smith
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
As Senior Director, Customer Insight at Best Buy, Matt Smith oversees Web analytics, one-to-one marketing, the Reward Zone customer-loyalty program, market-share measurement, in-store test-and-measurement and an analytics research and development team that serves multiple operating groups. Smith explains the retailer's move into cross-channel analysis, which he says is essential to transitioning from customer acquisition to relationship building.
T-Mobile's Parent, Deutsche Telekom, Invests In VoIP Startup Jajah
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The investment marks the first by a cell phone service provider in VoIP and is a signal that the German company is willing to risk the cannibalization of its existing landline service.
Service Innovation: Survival of the Savviest
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
On May 30, a bunch of very smart people from a variety of industry and academic settings will gather in Santa Clara, Calif., to discuss service innovation in the technology industry, at a symposium organized by the recently formed Service Research Innovation Initiative (SRII). Service innovation is an idea whose time has come. The service sector now accounts for 75 percent to 80 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
Customer Insight: Complete the Picture With Cross-Channel Analysis
News  |  5/28/2007  | 
Are you looking at store-, contact center- and Web-based transactions in isolation? Employing cross-channel analysis, Best Buy learned that best customers are typically multi-channel customers, and it's now personalizing marketing messages with a complete view of customer behavior. Here's a look at the cross-channel trend and its implications for technology choices and operational decisions.
BEA Systems To Launch Software For Complex Event Processing
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
Complex event processing servers are able to match detected events to rules embedded in them that either sanction or disapprove of the recognized sequence.
Linux Foundation To Microsoft: Touch One Of Us, Fight Us All
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office desktop applications are threatened by open source code, but the company will be reluctant to file a patent suit, foundation officials said.
Redefining The Function Of A Web Site
Features  |  5/25/2007  | 
Courting developers, Facebook and Salesforce.com offer interfaces, resources for the next generation of Web services
Amid The Rush To Web 2.0, Some Words Of Warning
Features  |  5/25/2007  | 
All that social interaction and user-generated content opens a Pandora's box of security concerns.
New MacBook Pros, Touch-Screen iPods In Coming Months, Analysts Expect
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
Investment banker Piper Jaffray predicts several hardware announcements may come from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Microsoft Announces Ship Date For Forza Motorsport 2
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
The video game for Xbox coincides with this weekend's running of the 91st Indianapolis 500.
Apple Releases Security Update
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
The patch covers a total of 13 fixes for vulnerabilities in Mac OS X Panther and Tiger.
Business Objects Acquires Inxight Software
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
Inxight applications for text analytics, federated search, and visualization will become part of the Business Objects XI platform.
IT Confidential: Database Experts, Or People Good With Lists, Uncle Sam Wants You
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Who says there aren't any jobs in technology? The way the federal government is lining up projects, they're going to have to start drafting for talent.
Doctors Debate Giving Patients' Online Access To Health Data
Features  |  5/25/2007  | 
They worry security and privacy controls aren't up to the task. Some might not like all the questions they'll get, either.
Employee Personal Health Records Pressure Doctors To Go Digital
Features  |  5/25/2007  | 
Doctors don't reap the financial windfall from e-records, so they've been a tough sell. Employers hope staffers with e-records will help force change.
Why Progress Toward Electronic Health Records Is Worse Than You Think
Features  |  5/25/2007  | 
Though use of E-records is growing, the hardest trick--data sharing--has barely begun. And in at least one high-profile case, it's lost ground.
The 2.0 Agenda: Transparency, Sharing, Access--Are You Ready For Enterprise 2.0?
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Big changes are coming: new rules and technology, and more efficiency and value. Make sure your business is prepared, or it could get left behind.
Ten Steps to a Successful Vendor Demo
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
I've been attending a lot of vendor demonstrations on behalf of clients recently. These are in-person demos, typically following a tight script, after a set of vendors has been selected following written proposals. More often than not, the demos don't turn out very well. Sometimes the customer is ill-prepared. But more frequently, the vendor just flubs it. Demos are important for vetting finalists for any proof-of-concept, and customers could really benefit from better ones.
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