Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online
It's part market research for Google, and it's a great way to jump out of the virtual world and into the real one, to become more than just the search bar on the Internet. Helping real people do research on their destination locations is a wonderful marketing technique.
Stallman Stands Up
I get the impression that some people view Richard Stallman's run-in with U.N. security goofballs in Tunisia last week as further proof that, to put it bluntly, Stallman is a few bits short of a byte. If you share that opinion, do yourself and Stallman a favor: Read Bruce Perens' eyewitness account of the incident before you jump to any conclusions about what happened and
In HPC, A Question Of Where Microsoft Lays Its Bets
When Microsoft officially threw its hat into the high-performance computing ring this month with a speech by chairman Bill Gates at a supercomputing conference in Seattle, some computer scientists hoped the company could help sort out an arcane but potentially important problem in the market: coaxing more performance out of commonly used programming languages. It's a challenging technical conundrum, but it also illustrates how Microsoft's entry into the market is sowing both skepticism about its
Gartner's John Pescatore on the SANS report
I spoke with John Pescatore, VP and research fellow for information security at market research firm Gartner, Inc. for this story, posted earlier today, about the SANS Institute's report on the 20 most critical Internet security vulnerabilities for 2005.
This Am A Bizarro Note About Microsoft
Today's news is dominated by stories about a world where Microsoft is an also-ran, trying to steal market share away from market leader Linux, and where Microsoft is trying to enhance its users' experience by supporting the Firefox browser.
What strange world is this, you ask? Is it, perhaps, the Bizarro world, the square planet where everything is the opposit
The Road Ahead?
Microsoft Windows turned 20 this week. Like any 20 year-old, Windows is heading into its third decade with a swagger in its walk and a hint of arrogance in its eyes. And with good reason: The road Windows has traveled for so many years looks just as familiar as ever and still promises to take it exactly where it wants to go.
Headsup: SOA Consolidates as it Blossoms
The SOA market continues to consolidate, with a recent notable example being IBM's October acquisition of DataPower Technology. The deal snaps up one of the last independent startups in XML acceleration.
Reigning in Unruly Distribution
Analysts may talk up demand-driven supply chains, but manufacturers that rely on multitier distribution networks struggle for control. When high-value or regulated goods such as pharmaceuticals are involved, manufacturers have to enforce policies and rules about partner and customer access to information and inventory.
Microsoft's New Scorecard Server is Incomplete on Data Access
The people in organizations who design and build reports are very different from the workers in the same organizations who actually read them. It's the latter group that Microsoft hopes to tempt with its latest foray into the business intelligence (BI) market.
Spotlight On Risk
New regulations and threats are broadening the definition of risk and heightening the interest in enterprisewide management approaches. We look inside initiatives at three financial services firms and a utility company to learn how they're addressing Basel II, Sarbanes Oxley Act and other compliance demands.
Enterprise Risk Management: Illuminate the Unknown
Taking risk is how businesses grow; managing risk is how they sustain that growth -- especially under pressure from regulators. Here's how to assemble a risk management architecture that anticipates dangers ahead, translates data into useful decision-support information and ensures compliance. Explore how operations can benefit from analytics proven for credit and market appraisal.
Google Wants Your Attention
Google's latest surprise is that it's now offering enterprise-class Web analytics for free. Why would they do such a thing? They've decided that licensing fees are worth less money than the opportunity to find out what pages people are visiting, how long they're staying there, where they're coming from, and where they're going to next. Google Analytics
Could This Be Microsoft CRM's Last Stand?
This time, Microsoft better get it right. It's been nearly three years since Bill Gates & Co. unveiled a customer-relationship-management application for small and medium sized businesses to much fanfare and tepid market reaction. Now it's taking a second crack at CRM--replete with promises from CEO Steve Ballmer that the company will give on-demand juggernaut Salesforce.com a run for its money--and if it misses the mark, it might not get a third try.
TransMedia's planned release of Glide Effortless, a suite of 12 hosted media sharing applications has been delayed until November 30th.
According to CEO Donald Leka, stories about the company -- mainly one I wrote two weeks ago -- have spurred greater than expected interest in the company's online service. To accommodate an
New Linux Venture: Open Source Hero Or Patent Troll?
Although there's been no major intellectual-property challenge to the growth of open source since The SCO Group's still-unresolved multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against IBM a few years ago, several of open source's largest proponents have banded together to ensure that software patent owners won't try to take the wind out of Linux's sails. IBM,
See What Being Nice Gets You?
In my last post here, I praised Microsoft for not being a bunch of arrogant boneheads. No good deed goes unpunished: When I posted my kind words last week, Microsoft was already back to playing its favorite game -- FUD-ball -- with its distinctive mix of strategic brilliance and gutter-sucking sleazeball tactics.