When Microsoft releases a major new version of the browser that still boasts 85 percent market share, Web managers around the world take note. Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) is more standards-compliant than its predecessor, but like all browsers, it has its foibles. Perhaps more importantly, it's not IE6, a finicky browser for which software developers built special work-arounds that may now break or need revision under the new version.
Will IE7 affect your software? Here are some known content management systems (CMS) and portal problems:
Active X: Many commercial CMS packages still use ActiveX controls as rich-text editors or as the entire interface; these need to be updated. Among other things, Microsoft's new security emphasis mandates an "opt-in" approach in which ActiveX controls need to be reregistered and perhaps reinstalled under new security settings. Vendors have had to modify some features of the controls.
Cascading Style Sheets: This is the big one. IE7 fixes most (though not all) of the bugs in CSS standards support. This is a good thing but creates problems when apps lack upgrades for work-arounds developed for IE6, particularly when browser sniffers look for "IE6 or greater" and serve a mangled page. Many portal and CMS interfaces are CSS-driven, so this could become a major support challenge.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, don’t look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyIT’s tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
Join InformationWeek’s Lorna Garey and Mike Healey, president of Yeoman Technology Group, an engineering and research firm focused on maximizing technology investments, to discuss the right way to go digital.