The Lighter Side of Outsourcing
Consumer confidence faltering in a sputtering economy, jobs continuing to move offshore at rapid pace… is this a time to laugh at outsourcing? Why not? As outsourcing vendors get increasingly sophisticated, and as corporate America gets increasingly greedy about the cost savings, here are a few glorious changes that we can look forward to.
Microsoft Settles Web Patent Dispute With Eolas
Shareholders of the closely held company will receive a per-share dividend of between $60 and $72 as a result of the deal with Microsoft, although terms of the settlement are confidential.
Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile
I had a long briefing with database legend Michael Stonebraker today, and I feel compelled to share a few highlights of the conversation. Stonebraker is known as a visionary, and he has consistently turned those visions into long-term bets through commercial startups. Today's prediction? "Sooner or later, the entire data warehousing market is going to move to column-store solutions," Stonebraker asserts, column-store being the architectural basis of his latest venture, a startup called Vertica.
Mobile Computing Makes For Risky Business
Here's one we all already know -- mobile computer users take more security risks than office-bound computer users. A new survey shows just how risky their behavior is.
Google Web Toolkit Leaves Beta
The company estimates that recompiling applications with GWT 1.4 can result in software that has 30% less code and can run 20% to 50% faster.
New Apple iPods Expected Sept. 5
Other rumors say the iPods would be powered by a derivative of the Mac operating system and that Apple would offer the long-awaited Beatles music catalog on iTunes.
iWork's Play for the Small Biz Desktop
"Productivity suite" used to mean one thing and one thing only: Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Love it or hate it, most of us use Office daily to grind out bargeloads of documents, spreadsheets, email, and presentations.
Open Text Keeps Up With Legal Sector
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor Open Text recently announced that it will deliver a major upgrade to the acquired (ex-Hummingbird) eDocs technology for the Legal sector. Not earth-shattering, but important news nonetheless... It reaffirms Open Text's commitment to building on other repositories where sensible - in this case Microsoft - the platform that dominates Legal.
WebTrends Upgrade: The Price is Wrong!
What troubles me is how pricing based on "unique requirements" has become the standard operating procedure among the largest Web analytics firms - not just WebTrends. Perhaps this is just a reflection of a software space maturing and coming up with more enterprisey licensing models - "whatever you've got is what you'll pay" - but for you, the customer, this is not a good thing. I rarely meet a customer who completely understands their license or contract agreement.
Diebold Gets Patents For Mobile ATM Technology
Diebold says it has received patents for technologies that let mobile phone owners do things like find ATMs, order cash withdrawals remotely, generate electronic checks, and transmit wireless payments.
WebEx Links iPhone To Outlook, Remote PCs
An upgrade to WebEx PCNow 3.0 remote access software will let iPhone users check their Microsoft Outlook e-mail and view the files stored on their remote Windows computers.
Most Small Businesses Are Security Over-Confident
That's what a new study says, anyway -- 80 percent of small to midsize businesses don't block (or, by implication, monitor) employee use of computers for file-sharing or use of USB devices, three-quarters allow unfettered Instant Messenging, nearly half don't even have spyware controls installed, and a staggering percentage don't regularly update what security software they do have. Yet most feel confident that their companies are protected.
Of BI, Crème Brulee and Chocolate Mousse
Just back from vacation in France and was wowed by something unexpected: BI for waiters! When the waiter showed up to take our order, he wielded a kind of pen-computing/Palm device, not a pad of paper. I had never seen this before - at least not in NYC-area restaurants. At my enthusiasm, the waiter proudly declared "C'est nouveau!"… "it's new!" Imagine the possibilities: When I order mousse au chocolat and it's sold out, the waiter can proactively recommend an available alternative - cr
Coming to Your Cell Phone: Ink-free Printing
Remember the tantalizing promise of the paperless office? I'll believe it when I take delivery of the personal jetpack I've been waiting for since childhood*. But the idea of an inkless printer is almost as close as my next mobile phone.
Six Sigma and Lean Meet BPM: Q&A With Software AG's Bruce Williams
There are plenty of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing practitioners out there, but all too often they worked in isolation, unable to penetrate the IT domain and hard-pressed to measure and replicate success. Bruce Williams, general manager of business process management solutions at Software AG, says there's a big opportunity for companies to connect their Six Sigma or Lean initiatives with the data-gathering, execution and closed-loop-improvement advantages of BPM.
Where's the Beef in Acer's Gateway PC Buy?
Like the Wendy's customer asked way back when: where's the beef in today's $710 million takeover of Gateway by Taiwanese computer maker Acer?
Sure, the deal makes Acer the number 3 PC-maker in the world, pushing past mainland China's Lenovo (which got that big by swallowing IBM's PC business). I just don't think it's likely to have an immediate impact on small and midsize computer buyers.