BlackBerry For Mac Out Friday
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
Oracle To Acquire HyperRoll
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards
Recovery.gov, a showcase government-transparency Web site that relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508 accessibility standards. The non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables despite on-site compliance claims. Sharron Rush of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility goes so far as to state, "The recovery.gov Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."
Give Away The Platform, Sell The Tools
Here is a radical suggestion to fund the development of newly-emergent open source OS platforms: Keep the platform and as much of the other software on it free. Sell the development tools.
Salesforce.com Helps Launch SaaS Company
FinancialForce.com, a startup providing financial and accounting software as a service, is getting a minority investment and on-campus office space from Salesforce.com.
FileMaker Beefs Up Bento
Version 3 of Bento, the "personal database" from FileMaker, adds features that make it a good choice for Mac-based small offices and midsize businesses with modest database needs. Its close integration with existing Mac tools means that getting up and running is relatively easy.
Thoughts on Integrating OLTP and Data Warehousing (Especially in Exadata 2)
Oracle is pushing Exadata 2 as a great system for OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing), data warehousing or both. This claim rests on a few premises, the first being that Exadata is great for data warehousing. At this time, that's a claim much better supported by marketing and theory than by practice...
Palm WebOS Boosts Enterprise Features
The 1.2 version of webOS improves calendar syncing, e-mail capabilities, and paves the way for paid apps, but doesn't restore the ability to sync media with iTunes.
More on 'The Next Big Reporting Challenge'
"Breakthroughs on climate change and improving our society's energy efficiency are within reach." Would you guess this quote is from A.) A naïve, tree-hugging environmentalist B.) Paul Dickinson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project or C.) John W. Rowe, chief executive of Chicago-based utility company Exelon? Don't be shocked, but the answer is C.
Q&A With A Post-Microsoft Sam Ramji
Back when Sam Ramji announced he was leaving his position at Microsoft as director of their open source operations, I shot a couple of questions his way. He was on vacation at the time, but now he's back and has a lot to talk about -- about Microsoft, about open source, and about the two in combination.
Getting A Grip On Health And Wellness Via The Web
Open enrollment season starts soon and unfortunately for many organizations, that'll mean informing employees that they've got higher healthcare co-pays and deductibles starting in January. But for some employers, this year's open enrollment season brings some innovative twists to their benefits offerings, thanks to the web.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Has Cloud Computing Finally Arrived?
If cloud computing is to deliver on its (as yet latent) promise, we need a true heavyweight behind it -- like, say, the US Government. By a curious coincidence, that's exactly what seems to be happening. Are celebrations in order?
Making Linux Binaries Simple: Automate 'Em
If Linux doesn't change its attitude about prepackaged binary (read: closed source) software anytime soon, here's a suggestion: a generic software deployment system for Linux binaries.
Datawatch Unveils BI Dashboards
The Datawatch Dashboards is meant to be used by employees across an organization to gain insight into operational performance. The software can be used alone or integrated with other software applications.
Edmonton Police Use BI To Fight Crime
The Canadian force, which polices a regional population of more than one million residents, uses IBM analytics technology to identify problems, associated trends and locations of crimes.
GPL Vs. Free Software Foundation
After my post about the GPL's day in court in France, a programmer friend noted he no longer used the GPL for anything, now that its instigator, the Free Software Foundation, has (in his view) gone off a cliff. Do other people see the GPL as tainted because of the FSF's rather stentorian views?
2009 ECM Market Overview
For those of you interested at what is happening in the world of Enterprise Content Management, here is a SlideShare recording that looks at the latest CMS Watch Cross-Check analysis of ECM vendors as of September, 2009.
Simple API Is Part Of A Rising And Open Tide To The Cloud
What's notable about the open source project announced yesterday, Simple API for cloud computing, are the names that are present, IBM, Microsoft and Rackspace, and the names that are not: Amazon, for one, is not a backer, and let's just stop right there.
Document Imaging, 90 Percent Off
Document Imaging Solutions, Inc., is making 50 copies of its DIS-Imaging Enterprise Edition, which normally sells for $26,000, available for $2,400 -- a discount of more than 90 percent. The offer is limited in time and number of sales, though.
Gmail Outage Resolved
Google's Gmail service is up and running again after a brief outage affecting a limited number of users.