Take The Moblin Alpha For A Spin
Intel's Moblin project -- its own sponsored edition of Linux for Atom-powered devices -- just hit the public alpha stage. The Moblin site invites people to take it for a test drive, and that's precisely what I did.
Gut Versus Analytics: What's the Real Story?
A recent article in CIO by Thomas Wailgum entitled "To Hell With Business Intelligence: 40 Percent of Execs Trust Gut" caught my attention. This was driven by some recent (separate) research by Accenture and Forrester to examine how business managers are using analytics, as opposed to... gut reaction, gut feeling, gut instinct and, related but even more evocative, butterflies in the stomach.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Gartner's Top Six Marketing Processes For A Down Economy
Three of the processes, customer retention management, lead management and online marketing, focus on boosting sales, while the others, creative production management, marketing fulfillment and financial management, are designed to improve accountability and cut costs.
Why BI is in a Funk
I wrote recently that BI is in a "funk." Let me now offer a few ideas as to why that is so: 1. At its heart, BI is an application development technology. 2. Very few enterprises want to or can change the way they do business. 3. Large BI vendors aren't sure what business they're in. 4. The communication collaboration opportunity is being botched.
Citrix To Reduce Workforce By 10%
The trailing off of license revenue in the final quarter was a warning to Citrix that 2009 would be a difficult year, revenue-wise.
Is Open Source A Recession-Fighting Tool?
The buzz on open source is that it can slash IT costs and save budgets. Our Linux expert looks at where and how much can be saved with FOSS -- and gives some caveats.
Why Windows Must Go Open Source
To maintain its developer ecosystem and protect its apps business, Microsoft has no choice but to loosen its grip on the Windows source code and drive down costs.
Vendor Stability Matters Too
Technology is important, and so is vendor stability. You want solutions that perform, and you need to be confident that providers will be there for support and upgrades. I've seen evidence that two software vendors I follow are facing business complications. Here are their stories, a cautionary tale, names withheld as an ethical compromise...
Ubuntu In Your Pocket
Printed documentation never goes completely out of style. Cases in point: the O'Reilly books, the ... For Dummies series, and MacFreda's Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference. It's $10 in print -- and free as a PDF.
bMighty Says It's Time To Embrace Linux
As the bad economic news continues to accumulate, Linux offers hope to cash-strapped businesses everywhere. That's why bMighty has put together a uniquely useful set of how-to guides that can help you choose which Linux distro is right for your company's needs, show you exactly how to make the move, and even point you to the best places to get free Linux help.
Gartner on Emergency IT Cost Cutting
Gartner held a webinar today on emergency cost cutting in IT, featuring Kurt Potter. Gartner's been talking with a lot of their customers about the impact of the recession. Most are not in dire straits, but they are seeing some who are having to deploy emergency measures. There are lessons to be learned from the squeezing being done...
Startup Supports Lucene Open-Source Search
The lack of commercially available support and training have been a bit of a hindrance to acceptance of the open-source Apache Lucene search engine in the enterprise, but that's starting to change. This week, fledgling services company Lucid Imagination officially arrives on the scene to offer commercial-grade support, formal developer training, and certified, tested versions of Lucene.
We Have Met Linux, And It Is ... Us?
The Linux Foundation's "We're Linux" video contest is the newest attempt to get Linux a little airtime alongside both Windows and the Mac. A fine idea in theory, but I'd like to submit a few notes about why this sort of thing is a lot tougher than it looks.
Criticizing The OLPC (And Its Critics)
Jon Evans of The Walrus didn't like the OLPC. He thought it was the wrong tool for the job -- badly engineered, improperly envisioned, and more hype than substance. The OLPC folks didn't take that criticism lying down, but their
Mobile BI Emerges on the Apple iPhone
There's a "perfect storm" brewing that just might elevate the iPhone as the tool of choice for corporate types, not just for e-mail but for BI on the go. Apple equipment is still a rarity on the corporate landscape... But it looks like things might be about to change, with a groundswell led by the acclaimed iPhone.
Microsoft's Netbook Woes Also Mean Linux Yays ... Right?
When Microsoft specifically cited netbook PCs as a big reason for its weakening sales, the "L word" didn't get mentioned by name -- but it wasn't difficult to tell this was the flip side of that news tidbit about Linux-equipped netbooks being returned. So what's this mean for Win7 vs. Linux in what is fast becoming the battleground for the new desktop?
Four Business Intelligence Resolutions for 2009
In times of recession, business intelligence is more important than ever. In the year ahead, make commitments to use BI to beat the downturn, standardize tools, train users and invest in your own career.