Content tagged with Software
posted in June 2008
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Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Closing the Gap with Larger Competitors
Features  |  6/30/2008  | 
A converged network allows small and midsize businesses to regain their edge over their larger competitors and once again get closer to their customers
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
NetGear's WGR614L: (Soon To Be) My Open Router
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.

Avoid End-of-Quarter Buying and ELAs
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Last week I had the pleasure of keynoting at the DocTrain event in Indianapolis and also running a small session on "How to procure Content Technologies."... At the end of the session I chatted with the head of a leading US-based systems integrator who said he liked the session but would have added two key points: 1. Never buy at the end of a quarter and 2. Avoid Enterprise License Agreements.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Will Google Pull The Plug On 'Android?' Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
As anyone following this week's Nokia-Symbian hoopla already knows, Google is still several months away from launching its Android smartphone platform. Thanks to another open-source mobile technology initiative, however, we can get a pretty good idea of how Google expects Android to fit into the mobile-technology picture -- and, in the process, see why Google is unlikely to abandon the project.
Progress Buys Two SOA Tool Vendors In Two Days
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Mindreef and Iona Technologies are expected to bolster Progress' portfolio which includes management tools and business process management software.
IBM Teams With Mars To Sweeten Cocoa Research
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Lessons Learned From Bill Gates
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Today is Bill Gates' last day as a full time employee of Microsoft, the company he built into a software giant. It's hard to even imagine that Microsoft was ever a small business but it had the same humble beginnings as nearly all companies. It also had an extraordinary leader in Gates and it is there that smaller businesses could learn a lot.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.
Linux On The Move Once More
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Want a phone OS? Soon enough you'll have your choice of Nokia/Symbian, Google/Android, Microsoft/Windows Mobile, Apple/iPhone ... and now a merger between Linux mobile standards groups. There's something for everyone here.

Talend Unveils Open Source Data Profiler
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Open Profiler helps IT teams assess data to identify potential problems before beginning projects such as data integration or application development.
Sun Bundles MySQL Database, GlassFish App Server
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
By charging only $65,000 per year, Sun hopes to challenge traditional commercial software providers that charge large license fees and maintenance costs.
Embotics Boosts Virtual Tool, V-Commander Management Capabilities
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Version 2.0 enhances current VMware virtualization software and will add support for managing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environments by the end of the year.
Survey on Voice of the Customer Text Analytics
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
I have created a short survey for users and consultants on Voice of the Customer (VoC) text analytics best practices. There are seven questions plus a comment field. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. If you are involved with VoC text analytics or are looking at solutions for possible adoption, please respond to the survey. I'll publish results at a later date. Thanks!
MySpace Publishes APIs For Linking To Third-Party Sites
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Similar initiatives by rival Facebook and other social networks are expected over time to build huge networks in which to offer services to a far larger pool of people.
Cloud9 Analytics Brings Forecasting to Users
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Data warehouse in the cloud gains forecasting app, Excel-based visual report builder.
Mobile Linux Groups Join Forces To Advance OS
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
In the face of increasing competition from Nokia and Google, mobile Linux group LiPS has merged with the LiMo Foundation.
Abiword: One Lean, Mean, Word Processing Machine
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | gets a lot of attention these days as a practical, no-cost alternative to Microsoft Office. While does a fine job, however, there are times when a smaller, faster, feature-packed word processing program would be useful. There is another open-source application that fits the bill perfectly here -- and it deserves far more attention than it gets.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Startup Of The Week: SugarCRM
Features  |  6/26/2008  | 
New data center edition of open source CRM application supports "multi-instance" deployments.
Analytics Summary: VMware Security
Features  |  6/26/2008  | 
As IT groups spawn new virtual machines at a breakneck pace, security is too often an afterthought. Can VMware's dominance of the enterprise server virtualization market buy us some breathing room?
Openmoko's FreeRunner Hits The Streets -- Just Not Here
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
One of my favorite open projects -- open software and hardware, both -- has finally been delivered to end users. The problem: India and Europe are the only ones getting it directly ... for now.

After Delays, Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Server Virtualization
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
By packaging Hyper-V with Windows Server, Microsoft hopes to reverse the head start competitors like VMware and Citrix have been able to gain.
Oracle's New Plan to Save You Money
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
Remember the classic slogans from Orwell's 1984: "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." Perhaps we should now add, "Higher prices mean lower cost of ownership." I'm reading a well-known software company's quarterly report wherein the following rather noble-sounding statements are made...
Fujitsu's Interstage Update is Fit for SaaS
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
Fujitsu is releasing version 10 of its Interstage BPM, and I had a chance for an in-depth demo a few weeks ago in advance of the recent announcement. ...Most exciting, I think, is full support for multi-tenanting to allow for shared services and SaaS. Key new features in Studio V10 include...
Oracle Earns Record Revenue While Quietly Raising Software Prices
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Oracle this month raised software license prices by about 15% on average, according to a Forrester Research analysis.
VMware Finds Partner To Push Virtualization In China
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Inspur Servers, the leading Chinese server maker, will sell, distribute, and support VMware's Infrastructure suite.
Progress Software To Buy Iona Technologies
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Iona will become a wholly owned subsidiary, making it likely that its Artix Web integration and Fuse SOA product lines will continue.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: The Awesome AwesomeBar
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
We're kicking off a series of videos showing off the top features of Firefox 3. This time, we're taking a peek at the AwesomeBar, an updated version of the good old browser location bar, designed to make it easier for you to return to your favorite Web pages again and again. The Awesome Bar is controversial -- many people love it (including me). But others hate it, and for those people, we've got tips for how to disable the AwesomeBar.
Mac Office 2008 Update Includes More Than A Dozen Fixes
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Fixes included in the update cover all major components of the suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage.
The Ethical Case For Open Device Drivers
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
The recent announcement by Linux kernel developers that open source hardware drivers are the way to go got me thinking. You can make a business case for open source device drivers (you'll sell more hardware) or you can make an ethical case (it's the right thing to do). I believe in both, but for me the second view takes precedence over the first.

Sage Upgrades ERP Software
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
Sage Software has released Sage Pro ERP 7.5, its SMB-targeted business management software that the company says is easier to use than previous versions.
HP-Oracle Warehouse Marks Another Win for Appliances
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
HP BladeSystem bundle targets 1-4 terabyte market sweet spot. HP claims speed and energy efficiency advantages over Dell's alternative.
IBM Opens Cloud Computing Centers In China, South Africa
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The centers will be used to deliver applications and other IT services to customers over the Internet.
Checkpoint Acquires Successful RFID Startup OATSystems
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Despite high-profile deals with Airbus and Kimberly-Clark, OATSystems decides to no longer fly solo in the shaky market for RFID technologies.
Intalio Powers BPM in the Cloud
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
The most interesting keynote at last week's Intalio User Conference was by Greg Olson, founder of Coghead, a BPM-in-the-cloud service that uses Intalio as the process engine under the covers... You can define data, forms, and perform the usual set of database operations, so it's really easy to build a database app in the cloud...
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