Content tagged with Software
posted in July 2007
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MPack Banking Crimeware Infects 500,000 Computers
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The hacking toolkit has been going for $1,000 on the Russian underground and researchers say it's now in the hands of 58 cybercriminals.
Amazon EC2 Lets Users Sell Software As A Service
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
Joyent A-Twitter Preaching Its Shared Infrastructure
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The 18-employee company is making a quiet change in the collaboration tools space especially for Ruby on Rails developers.
Zango Denies Claim That It's Flouting FTC Agreement
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Spyware researcher Ben Edelman charges that Zango, the adware company formerly known as 180solutions Inc., is distributing deceptive software without adequate consent or disclosure.
Poll Results on BPMN Portability
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
There's no denying that BPMN is gaining traction in the marketplace. I see it in my training. I see it in BPMS and BPA vendors getting on board. But what's amazing about this is that it's happening without a standard way to store and interchange BPMN between tools. It almost boggles the mind that the creators of BPMN "forgot" about this when they started, and its current owners place model interchange far down the priority list...
Microsoft Submits Photo File Format For Standardization
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft hopes its new digital-photo file format will one day replace the widely used JPEG format as the industry standard for electronic photography and digital imaging.
Business Objects Tackles Product- and Region-Specific Data Quality Problems
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
New Universal Data Cleansing option extends data quality initiatives beyond customer information.
Mozilla Issues Fixes For Two Firefox Bugs
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Mozilla releases Firefox version 2.0.0.6 right before it's expected to announce new security tools at this week's BlackHat security conference.
Microsoft Windows Vista Fixes Leaked. Are They SP1?
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The fixes were offered over the weekend to participants in Microsoft's beta test program for Windows Server 2008, but quickly leaked onto the Internet.
Poll: Internet Explorer, iPod, Windows 95 Among Most Influential Tech Products
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft products captured four of the top five spots in the poll, which asked techies to name what they think are their industry's most influential products of all time.
TIBCO Takes the Open-Source Route to Integrating Mashups and Composite Apps
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
After helping to set the standards of the OpenAjax Alliance Hub, TIBCO is taking its own PageBus publish-and-subscribe message bus open source. It's an important integration tool as developers envision componentized Ajax applications.
Court Ruling Supports Claims That Microsoft's First OS Was Stolen
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
A book that calls DOS a "rip off" of CP/M is legally protected opinion under the First Amendment, in part because it's based on some facts not generally in dispute, a judge rules.
Apple iPhone Out, BlackBerry 8800 In At NASA
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The minutes of a meeting of NASA tech officials show that the space agency has determined the iPhone "not to be enterprise ready."
Second Life Loses Gamblers But Finds God
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
An Italian Catholic priest is urging the faithful to use the virtual world to get in touch with reality.
Microsoft's Open-Source Strategy Coming Into Focus
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
If Microsoft and OSI come to terms, IT organizations should not interpret this as a radical shift in Microsoft's long-term business strategies, analysts suggest.
My Custom Linux Distribution Chooser
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
A couple of columns back I talked about how many people are daunted by the sheer number of Linux distributions out there. I argued that the total number of distributions that you need to consider are actually fairly small, and that it probably wouldn't be too tough to create a road map or chooser. Here's my first attempt at doing exactly that.
A New Marketplace Greets EMC Documentum 6
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
At first blush, EMC Documentum 6 is a substantial upgrade to D5, consolidating many of the firm's acquisitions into a much more unified and standardized product set, and also boosting some areas, such as BPM and transactional document management capabilities... But the market has changed, and favors the buyer now far more than the vendor. Documentum was once the dominant and obvious choice for major ECM implementations, but today there is much more serious competition.
EMC Documentum 6 Upgrade Makes it Easier on IT
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
If content management is to spread "enterprisewide," development can't complex, cumbersome process. With SOA improvements, Eclipse standardization and configuration enhancements, EMC streamlines with IT in mind.
Boosted By Wireless Growth, Verizon Reports Increase In Profits
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Net income was up 4.5% to $1.7 billion while revenue rose 6.3% to $23.3 billion.
Risk Management System Busts Data Skimming Ring
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Four men have pleaded guilty to using phony point-of-sale PIN-pad terminals to steal customers' data and passwords and then defraud stores.
Gartner: Windows XP A Shaky Bridge To Windows 7
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Gartner warns that businesses that decide to stick with Windows XP -- Windows Vista's predecessor -- until Windows 7 is available may be pushing their luck.
IBM Hit With Second Employee Overtime Lawsuit
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Three IBM salesmen claim they regularly worked more than 40 hours per week, but were never paid overtime and also did not receive mandatory rest and meal breaks.
Kimball University: Keep to the Grain in Dimensional Modeling
News  |  7/29/2007  | 
When developing fact tables, aggregated data is NOT the place to start. To avoid "mixed granularity" woes including bad and overlapping data, stick to rich, expressive, atomic-level data that's closely connected to the original source and collection process.
Wikia Search Gets Distributed Web Crawler
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Jimmy Wales buys Look Smart's Grub search engine and secures it under an open source license for a public release later this year.
Linux Distro Of The Week: 64 Studio
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
In 1989, a company called New England Digital demonstrated a $100,000+ all-digital audio workstation suite. Things are a bit cheaper now.
Business Value Of Web 2.0 Tools Hard To Measure
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Business IT pros said Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, generated the highest value while blogging produced the lowest, the Forrester Research survey shows.
Mozilla Gives Thunderbird E-Mail The Boot
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Proposed options include releasing the offline e-mail client as a community project similar to SeaMonkey.
Microsoft Releases Batch Of Development Products
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
The code includes betas for .Net Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, and the Ajax Control Toolkit; a release candidate for Silverlight 1.0; and a pre-alpha of the IronRuby dynamic programming language.
Microsoft Offers Tools To Calculate ROI For Unified Communications
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Many businesses are reluctant to deploy unified communications technology because the return on investment is hard to prove.
Packet Sniffing for Web Analytics: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
You could be excused for thinking that packet sniffing-based data collection for Web Analytics was long gone. Like log file analysis, packet sniffing fell out of favor with the advent of page tag-based data collection. Proponents argue that packet sniffing is superior because data collection becomes "hands off" once the collection appliance is installed between the router and network switch. There are no tags to maintain, nor log files to administer. On the other hand...
Cisco Earmarks $150 Million To Invest In VMware
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
VMware and Cisco say they will work to extend the benefits of virtualization to remote offices and end-user desktops.
Oracle's Secret Weapon: Charles Phillips
Features  |  7/27/2007  | 
The former Morgan Stanley software analyst has emerged as one of the most powerful people in the software industry. How long can he keep customers satisfied and Wall Street happy?
Microsoft Gives New Detail Of Services Transformation
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
There will be five layers to Microsoft's online architecture, beginning with a Global Foundation Services layer that includes the physical data centers.
Microsoft Strengthens Advertising Chops With Deals, New Research Group
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer tell analysts Microsoft is "hell-bent" on becoming a powerhouse in the online ad business.
Yellow Pages Publisher To Buy Business.com
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
R. H. Donnelley's $345 million acquisition proposal is significantly more than the $7 million paid for the Business.com domain name in 1999.
SOA Security: One Treacherous Journey
Features  |  7/26/2007  | 
Are you ready to deal with the risks of opening your service-oriented architecture to business partners?
Sprint, Google Hook Up For WiMax Services
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
For Google, the deal provides access to Sprint WiMax subscribers who will presumably be eager to use the Web-based tools on the go, at no or little cost.
New Bill Proposes 'Health Record Trusts' That Pay Doctors To Use E-Health Records
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Under the proposal, the records managed by the trust would travel with the individual through life, and not be controlled or owned by any particular health care provider, employer, payer, or other party.
Pegasystems Improves on Process Localization, Testing and Data Encryption
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
SmartBPM Suite upgrade focuses on global process deployment and security challenges.
Q&A: Oracle's President Charles Phillips
Features  |  7/26/2007  | 
From acquisitions to Web 2.0, Phillips shares his vision for Oracle's strategy. And he's not shy about sharing his thoughts on the competition.
Forget Users; It's External Customers That Count
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
Design business systems to serve the market, not your employees, columnist Seybold says.
Data Discovery: A Tool for Information Management
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
We all need to understand better how to establish cost-effective information management strategies. As part of this effort, we need to identify methods and technologies that can automate and improve data processing... The silos of data generated over the last decade continue to grow and to challenge organizations as they look to gain a consistent view of their operations... Data discovery is one way to identify data that should be assimilated into a common definition...
What Do We Really Want From Linux?
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
In my last blog post about the real-world cost of Linux, I was struck by the contrast between my words and fellow InformationWeek blogger Alexander Wolfe's take on all this. He's lamented the broad variety of distributions out there, and
LucidEra Unveils New Tools For On-Demand Forecast-To-Billing Application
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
LucidSnapshots provide quick access to sales opportunities in the pipeline and customer acquisition trends and win rates.
Google Earth Enterprise Gains Web Browser Integration
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The updated software will allow IT administrators to embed a 2D view of Google Earth data into any Web application and to make enterprise mashups.
Digg And Microsoft Strike Ad Deal
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The two companies plan to work together on future technology and advertising initiatives.
Businesses Can Benefit From The Boom In Consumer Digital Content
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
There isn't a clear-cut leader in the business mobility market, but there many opportunities for vendors that can taken the lessons learned from the consumer market and apply it to business.
HP Offers Thermal Mapping To Cool Off Data Centers, Cut Power Costs
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The Thermal Zone Mapping service can help customers reduce annual data center energy costs by 10% to 45%, HP said.
New York Cabbies May Strike Over GPS Tracking
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
Cab drivers complain that they don't want to be tracked by GPS and can't afford the installation expense, which is estimated to range from $3,000 to $5,000 per vehicle.
CDI, PIM and MDM: Confusion Prevails
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
A comment on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Customer Data Hubs from our own Brain Food Blogger served, inadvertently, to highlight the confusion that prevails in the CDI/PIM/MDM space. That's particularly unfortunate, because one simple mathematical equation could set the confusion to rest. First, here's the equation: {CDI, PIM} Subset {MDM}. In other words, customer data integration and product information management are both subsets of master data management.
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