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posted in April 2006

Days Numbered For AssetMetrix's Windows Reporting

4/27/2006
Unbiased information on IT products is often hard to come by, so it's sad to see what looks like the end of AssetMetrix. Microsoft has agreed to buy the Canadian hardware and software asset management vendor, which is known for its detailed reports on Windows penetration in the workplace. Under its new owner, it's unlikely those reports would continue, given that they haven't always been helpful to the Redmond, Wash., software

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Microsoft Gets Closer To Hyperion BI

4/26/2006
The high-tech industry is no stranger to cooperation among competitors. Among the latest example is the latest partnership between Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions. Despite plans to acquire business intelligence vendor ProClarity, Microsoft is teaming up with Hyperion to integrate its System 9 BI+ suite with Microsoft's SQL Server 2006 reporting, analysis and integration services.

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Microsoft, Hyperion Partner In BI

4/25/2006
Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions say they plan to integrate their business intelligence products in order to provide customers with a broader offering of complementary software.

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Phishers Snare Victims With VoIP

4/25/2006
The recipient is asked to dial a telephone number to talk with a "bank representative," but then is asked to leave personal information on an answering machine. It's the first time VoIP has been used in this fashion, a security vendor says.

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JasperSoft Rolling Out BI Suite

4/24/2006
JasperSoft has released the roadmap for several modules that will eventually comprise its business intelligence software suite. The newest component is the JasperServer, a Java-based tool for customizing reports for any department within a company that needs financial and sales information.

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Sun CEO McNealy Steps Down

4/24/2006
Scott McNealy, chief executive and co-founder of Sun Microsystems is stepping down, the company announced Monday; Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president and COO, has been appointed to replace McNealy.

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SAP, Microsoft Adding Pressure To BI Market

4/21/2006
Developing products that deliver business intelligence to as many corporate workers as possible is the trend in the industry. The idea is to get valuable business metrics to the people who need them, while also upping the number of users, which means fatter licensing deals for vendors.

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Microsoft Making SAP Stronger Against Oracle

4/20/2006
Microsoft continues to lend a helping hand to SAP, as the battle grows fiercer between the German software maker and Oracle. In releasing Service Pack 1 this week for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft drew a bit closer to SAP by adding to the database Reporting Services that work better with SAP's NetWeaver Business Intelligence, a data store for SAP's business applications.

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Taking BI To The Masses

4/19/2006
Cognos acknowledges business intelligence apps haven't been very useful for the corporate rank and file. With user interfaces built for business analysts, BI software has been less than user friendly for most workers. In fact, only about one in five corporate employees use the software, according to the Canadian software maker.

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Cognos, IBM, Google Expand BI In Enterprise

4/19/2006
Integrating Cognos' business intelligence software with search engines from IBM and Google is expected to enable more workers to retrieve reports, analyses, metric information, and events by letting them use a more familiar UI.

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Can Oracle Be Trusted With Business Intelligence?

4/18/2006
Oracle's business intelligence strategy appears to be coming together. The database giant says it plans to take recently acquired Siebel Business Analytics and make it the foundation for its BI products, which will include integration between Oracle Discoverer and the Siebel Analytic Server. Delivery of the combination is set for the first quarter of 2007.

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Microsoft Faces Criticism Over Sender ID

4/18/2006
Although one analyst questions Microsoft's anti-spam technology, the company claims the product is doing just fine in the marketplace. It's now in 21% of Fortune 500 companies, compared to 7% a year ago.

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Greetings From San Francisco

4/17/2006
Today is my first day at the helm of Business Intelligence Pipeline, so I figured it's a good time for us to get acquainted. My name is Antone Gonsalves and I previously ran InternetWeek, another site within CMP Media's TechWeb online group. Other hats I've worn within CMP include working as a staff writer for InformationWeek Online and the magazine. I live in San Francisco, where I've covered business technology for the last 10 years.

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TiVo, DirecTV Extend Partnership

4/12/2006
The two companies signed a three-year extension on a deal that has DirecTV supplying subscribers with TiVo personal video recorders. The deal is strategic for TiVo, which faces a crowded competitive market.

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Yahoo Offers 'Instant Search'

4/11/2006
Like the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on rival Google, the new feature takes users to the most commonly viewed Web pages, bypassing the usual long list of results.

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Desktop PC Sales Hot Despite Notebook Gains

4/10/2006
People have continued to buy desktops, as prices have fallen for computers that offer more horsepower, larger hard drives, and more memory, representing an overall better value than a year ago, Current Analysis said.

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Gartner: Half Of Corporate PCs Can't Run Vista

4/10/2006
If you want to get Windows Vista when it comes out, you probably should be thinking about new hardware, according to the research firm. It estimates that about half of corporate PCs aren't powerful enough to run the forthcoming operating system.

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Podcasts Not Popular--Yet

4/7/2006
Only 1% of Americans are downloading the audio files to their portable media players, one researcher says, so companies should think carefully before investing time and money in the technology.

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