Content tagged with Software
posted in September 2008
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Open Source Census Finds FOSS Everywhere
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Open Source Census, which I mentioned back in April, just dropped a press release this morning about the data it's been collecting. I chatted the day before with Kim Weins, senior VP of OpenLogic, a key co-sponsor of the census, and how they found a few ... surprises in the results.

Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
iPhone 3G Gets Lotus Notes Support
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
IBM released a Web app that enables iPhone users to get access to their Notes and Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts.
Waiting for Answers From Oracle
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I wrote last week, the information available on the HP Oracle Database Machine and HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server is incomplete. Pertinent questions are on the table, but I've been unsuccessful, thus far, in getting any answers from Oracle... I have, however, talked to HP about the fit between this new device and its own Neoview appliance.
Inside 1&1's Giant Web Hosting Data Center
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Photos of the ISP's newly green data center in Kansas reveal the infrastructure behind the Web host's strategically located facility.
50 First Blogs (Or, What Writers Want)
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I "pen" my 51st blog for Intelligent Enterprise, I'd like to take a different slant on the usual blog: What I, as a writer, expect from you, our reader. The continuing, unprecedented economic turbulence that is roiling us all provides a relevant backdrop to this note... How do we help our customers and employers stay afloat in these sinking economic sands?
Accidental Accomplishment in ObjectRexx
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
My work on the PigIron open source project is focussed on a Java interface to z/VM SMAPI so that eventually GUI or Web administrative and user applications can be coded in open source so you can run your little ol' mainframe from your desktop or browser.

But imagine testing such code!

Apple Tweaks App Store Policies
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Another Open Source Feather In Microsoft's Cap
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
My colleague Dave Methvin jumped on the news about Microsoft's use of the jQuery library before I did, but it has to be said: it's something that says as much about the state of open source as it does about Microsoft. Most of it positive, actually.

Is Business Activity Monitoring a BI Application?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
A question I posed to a LinkedIn group — Is Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) a BI Application? — sparked interesting discussion. There have been 9 responses to date, including two from Howard Dresner, who has done as much as anyone to shape current-day BI. The responses speak to growing interest in operational BI, and they hint at the impact that complex event processing (CEP) will have on enterprise analytics.
Kalido Offers BI As Managed Service Through Partners
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Axis Group and the Project Performance Corp. are the first to offer Kalido's infrastructure software on a subscription basis.
Kimball University: Practical Steps for Designing a Dimensional Model
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
What does it take to develop a robust dimensional model? Here's how to get from requirements-gathering to final approval in a process that will ferret out the good, bad and ugly realities of your source data and help you avoid surprises, delays and cost overruns.
Microsoft Details Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company will focus on debugging and modeling for developers, including a feature that functions just like an airplane's black box.
Can Roles and Agility Coexist in Oracle Fusion Middleware?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
I listened carefully for the better part of two-and-a-half hours last week to Thomas Kurian, Sr. VP of Oracle, present the entire product set and positioning of Oracle's Fusion Middleware. I liked almost everything I heard... but down at the bottom of this stack, he raised the issue of "unified UI for Enterprise Applications controlled by roles." This is where he lost me...
First Impressions Of The InformationWeek Virtual Trade Show
Commentary  |  9/28/2008  | 
I was impressed with my first-ever visit to a Web-based trade show, the InformationWeek 500 Virtual Event, last week. It was powerful and involving. But it also demonstrated how we're still in the very early days of live virtual events, with a long road ahead.
Will Open Source Breathe New Life Into Health Care Cost Savings?
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
A California bill calls for interoperable records and a full, hospital-running health care IT system that's open source. That's music to provider Medsphere, which backs OpenVista.
Looking for 'Front-and-Center-ware' at Oracle Open World
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
I attended my first Oracle Open World this week with a degree of trepidation when a colleague told me 60,000 people attend... I was a little worried about the BI sessions and customers getting lost among larger lines... and I'm not thrilled that the BI products reside in the middleware group. BI should be front-and-center-ware - the payback for all that data warehouse and middleware plumbing!
PG&E Finds Middle Path Between Oracle, SAP Products
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
When it came to business process management, the power company needed a bridge between its reliance on Oracle databases and SAP applications.
Questions Emerge On HP-Oracle Device
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
The whole concept of the data warehouse appliances has gone from "an interesting niche in the market to something that's smack dab in the middle of the mainstream market." That's how Jim Baum, president and COO of Netezza, sized up the HP Oracle Database Machine announced earlier this week, but it's clear that competitors, as well as analysts and potential customers, are still struggling to size up the actual product.
Sundown On Solaris?
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
Netcraft -- er, Jim Zemlin, confirms it: Solaris is dying. Customers are leaving it and legacy Unix behind for Linux, in his purview. Open sourcing the platform was too little, too late. Well, maybe not sundown, but it's getting mighty dark out.

Closed Open Source Community
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
Anyone who doesn't believe that Mainframing has drama and pathos should read Melinda Varian's VM and the VM Community: Past, Present, and Future. The author is an esteemed lady programmer present at the creation of VM, or nearly, and later one of the leaders of what you might call a closed open source community of the 1970's and 1980's.

VMware Beefs Up Ability To Deliver Virtual Desktops
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The enhancements make it possible to run multimedia presentations over Remote Desktop Protocol such as voice combined with images.
Global IPTV: $19 Billion Market By 2012
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Driving the increase is growing consumer demand for video, as well as the entry of new content providers such as YouTube and Joost, according to a new Gartner survey.
Oracle Unveils New Products, Then Drifts Into The Cloud
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Deal with Amazon means customers can subscribe to Oracle databases as a service.
Apple Clamps Down On App Store Developers
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Apple has been criticized for being inconsistent in its rationale for rejecting applications or pulling ones that have already been approved.
More On The Mandriva Mini
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
My post yesterday about the Mandriva Mini distribution for Intel Atom-powered machines prompted a response from Adam Williamson, Community Manager for Mandriva. There, we talked more about what makes Mini a special case -- so much so that simply offering it for universal download isn't (in their eyes) a wise plan.

Risk Management Failings Spur Big Financial IT Investments
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Some companies have increased their investments in risk management and the computing power needed to understand complicated risks since the downturn began.
Oracle and HP Partner to Deliver Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
HP Oracle Database Machine takes on Teradata and Netezza in a bid to defend Oracle's database dominance.
Oracle Teams With HP On Database Hardware
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Oracle in tandem with HP is bringing out its first hardware product, a database machine, which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says is suitable for high end, high performance data warehouses.
Oracle Finally Answers Data Warehouse Challengers
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
Oracle, in partnership with HP, has announced a new data warehouse appliance product line, cleverly branded "Exadata."... Numbers are being thrown around suggesting that, unlike prior Oracle offerings, the Exadata-based appliance at least has scalability and price/performance worth comparing to Teradata - hey, Exa is bigger than Tera! - Netezza, et al.
Oracle, Intel To Accelerate Cloud Computing
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The companies are looking to connect private clouds to those of partners or third-party companies offering storage, server capacity, middleware, and other services.
'Networked Workers:' Connected, Distracted, Stressed
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A new Pew Study suggests 62% of the workforce is more likely than the average American adult to own a cell phone, laptop, and a BlackBerry, Palm, or other PDA.
SAS Institute: Banks Lack A Comprehensive Risk Management Strategy
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Among the challenges identified by the survey's respondents were data management and company culture, which hindered implementation of "comprehensive" risk approaches.
Microsoft, NBC, Artists Join Improve Content Distribution
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A coalition of tech companies is lending its hand to help develop and distribute content over safe and reliable networks where artists can earn fair compensation for their work.
Android 1.0 SDK Released
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Getting developers and programmers to create innovative products will be key for Android's success.
Dell, EMC Offer Pre-Configured Oracle Data Warehouse
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The initiative reflects the emerging interest among BI customers in data warehouse appliances that deliver high-speed data mining.
A Difference That Makes No Difference From Open Source ...
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
I couldn't let the "divide and conquer road map" for keeping open source at bay, as described by my colleague Randy George, pass without comment. The more proprietary software comes to superficially resemble open source, the harder it will be for people to see the benefits of the latter.

Vertica Spells Out Compression Claims
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
Omer Trajman of column-store DBMS vendor Vertica put up a must-read blog spelling out detailed compression numbers, based on actual field experience... Omer goes on to claim that Vertica's compression is typically severalfold better than that of competitive row-based systems.
Mandriva Mini: Linux For Atom -- And For OEMs Only (So Far)
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
Looks like the "netbook" is shaping up as the major way Just Plain Folks will get a little Linux into their lives. Further evidence for that comes in the form of Mandriva's new Linux distribution specifically for Intel Atom-powered machines: Mandriva Mini. Too bad you can't download it yet.

As Event Processing Hits Main Street, Vendors Rev CEP Engines
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
CEP upgrades focus on business users. Experts foresee big opportunities for real-time analysis.
Oracle Mum On 11g Refresh, Eyes Complex Event Processing
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Instead of fresh news, Andy Mendelsohn, senior VP of database server technologies, offered a clinic on Oracle 11g best practices at Oracle OpenWorld.
Google Chrome's Shine Is Fading
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Many analysts believe that Google is not interested in waging a market-share battle with rivals, but launched Chrome to compete with Microsoft's Office software suite.
IBM's Hints At Leaving Some Tech Standards Bodies
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The policy change is seen by experts as the fallout over the adoption of Microsoft's Open XML document format as an international standard.
How Does T-Mobile's Google G1 Stack Up?
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
We review several features available in the first Android-powered handset that could make it a hit in the enterprise and viable alternative to the BlackBerry or iPhone.
Join Us For The InformationWeek 500 Conference -- Without Leaving Your Chair
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
I'm reluctant to declare that real-time events are the Next Big Thing on the Internet, because it seems like a Next Big Thing comes along on the Internet about once a month, and they're mostly forgotten the next day. Still, I've seen firsthand how powerful virtual events can be. They're an emerging trend. And InformationWeek is in the middle of it all.
Google's Android: A Quiet Revolution
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
The first phones sporting Google's open-source phone OS Android are set to be announced sometime today, courtesy of T-Mobile (my own cell provider, huzzah!). Android-powered phones are set to compete with the iPhone, Nokia's Symbian, Windows Mobile, and all the rest -- and the way I see it, it'll be in much the same way Google itself competed with AltaVista, Yahoo Search, and so on: quietly, but decisively.

Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 4
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The company said its latest professional media production software includes six distinct bundles because the distinction between Web sites and interactive experiences is blurring.
Google, T-Mobile Unveil Android-Powered G1 Smartphone
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Available Oct. 22, the handset will include a touch screen, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, Google App integration, and support for Amazon's music download service.
The Technology Behind Wall Street's Meltdown
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
Could technology have saved Wall Street from its current financial crisis? From my perspective, the Fannies, Freddies, Lehmans and AIGs of this world no doubt had plenty of risk analysis, predictive analytics, and business rules technology to see and avoid the risk. They just ignored the danger signs or, worse, used the technology to paper over the dangers.
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