Cranky Bosses Are Bad Business
According to a new study, bosses in a bad mood are bad for business.
Apparently, unhappy bosses lead to more employee turnover and other behaviour problems among employees.
And US News & World Report blogger Justin Ewers suggests that these results are of special interest to smaller companies, "who tend to have more control over their work environments than managers at larger compani
Poll Results on BPMN Portability
There's no denying that BPMN is gaining traction in the marketplace. I see it in my training. I see it in BPMS and BPA vendors getting on board. But what's amazing about this is that it's happening without a standard way to store and interchange BPMN between tools. It almost boggles the mind that the creators of BPMN "forgot" about this when they started, and its current owners place model interchange far down the priority list...
A Service Pack For Vista? Yes And No
Microsoft has been saying there is no trial version of a Service Pack 1 for Vista, but Ars Technica reports that The World's Largest Software Company has released a "sneak peek" of several patches on its Windows Connect download service for beta testers of Win
Twitter Turns Drivel To Cash
Web 2.0 ventures have discovered a simple formula for success: encourage users' conceit that what they say, do, and think is interesting enough to share with others. This is how Twitter, a hot startup, turns a stream of drivel into cold, hard cash.
Just How Successful Are Google's Mobile Initiatives?
Japan's No. 2 carrier, KDDI, today said it plans to offer a new mobile e-mail service powered by Google's Gmail. This is the latest in a long line of Google-related mobile announcements. While Google's mobile onslaught continues, this question remains: Just how successful are the search giant's efforts?
EMC Documentum 6 Upgrade Makes it Easier on IT
If content management is to spread "enterprisewide," development can't complex, cumbersome process. With SOA improvements, Eclipse standardization and configuration enhancements, EMC streamlines with IT in mind.
More Copies Of Windows Than Cars?
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that by the end of this fiscal year, which began July 1, there will be more than a billion Windows PCs worldwide. "There will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which is, at least to me, a mind-numbing concept," Ballmer said. That hasn't been the only number thrown out so far.
Microsoft Creates New Ad And Search Research Group
Microsoft's been criticized repeatedly for arriving late to the game in some technologies, and the Web is no exception. Today, company chairman Bill Gates announced a new group called the Internet Services Research Center to help close the gap between research and productization for services Microsoft is investing in, especially advertising and search.
Will Microsoft Get Into Intentional Programming?
At Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting this morning, chairman Bill Gates said he wants to "make programming easy for information workers and professionals." It's possible Gates is talking about intentional programming, a method that allows subject matter experts like insurance adjusters or doctors to describe what they want programs to do as part of the development process.
Search's Dirty Money
Dirty money is a quaint concept because it's hard to imagine any other kind. Money is literally dirty -- some 18% of coins harbor pathogens, according to a 1998 study by Shirley Lowe, an assistant professor at the University of California -- and many great fortunes were made out of less-than-honorable work.
Marc Andreessen's Next Big Thing? Cover Your Eyes
Now that Hewlett-Packard is buying Opsware for $1.65 billion (some $138 million of which goes into his pocket), Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen will be devoting more time to Ning, a Web startup for creating your own social networks. My first visit to the site was an eye opener -- as in, I couldn't believe what I saw there.
YouTube's Reign of Terror
The next leader of the free world may have stood on stage at The Citadel last night, but the real power in the room was YouTube. Politicians are terrified of the video sharing site. How else to explain their participation in a 90-minute YouTube infomercial masquerading as a debate?
The Promise Of Data Warehousing Made Easy
Is it possible to build a multi-terabyte data warehouse in less than an hour? That's the pitch made by two-year-old Dataupia, which today revealed partnerships with AMD, Informatica, and a dozen other tech companies. But if it sounds too good to be true, well, you know.
Microsoft Gets No Kick From Vista
Fifty-one billion dollars is a number so big it's hard to get your mind around -- a number-of-galaxies-in-the-sky number, a Halliburton-no-bid-contract number. Still, I'm willing to believe Microsoft took in that much in its just-ended fiscal year. But Microsoft says that huge number was in some way helped by "solid customer acceptance" of Vista? Come on, I wasn't born yesterday.
Do the Right Thing: Gain the Customer Experience Advantage Over CRM
Rather than bridging gaps between business units and creating a single customer view, CRM has too often created yet another silo with incomplete information. Customer experience management ensures that customer information is consistent across channels and that next steps are guided by segment- or event customer-specific strategies. Here's how to move toward a more holistic approach.
Should Google Buy Yahoo?
Robert Young at Publishing 2.0 argues that Google needs to face facts and finally kick down for Yahoo. Why would Google pay for a second rate search engine and a bunch of Web 1.0 apps?
Can Google, The FCC, And AT&T Turn Wireless Carriers Into Dumb Pipes?
As my colleague Eric Zeman pointed out earlier today, Google is ready to bid in the FCC's upcoming auction of 700-MHz spectrum. Google is using its clout to push for an open access plan to spectrum, something that could turn the wireless carriers into dumb pipes -- and Google into one of those pipes.
$28 Million For An Old Idea-Part 1
You have to admire the chutzpah of startup Palo Alto Networks. The company has raised $28 million to sell a "next-generation" firewall based on ideas that are 20 years old.
Rich Internet Apps Offline: What a Concept
For the two past weeks I've been on a working vacation in Montana, where dial-up Internet access is all there is. No DSL and mountains block satellite connection. A good place to experiment with Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that need to be functional when disconnected from the Internet... I have been cultivating the garden of Google Gears... the browser plug-in intended to enable running Web apps offline.
Google Finds Mobile Search More Challenging Than Expected
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, Google is working on a search service designed to help consumers find mobile content such as ringtones, games, and other paid content. But the project isn't going that well. It looks like Google has discovered mobile search is tough.
Networking Startup, Of Cisco Lineage, Nears Launch
XKL, led by Cisco Systems co-founder Len Bosack, is a few weeks from formal launch. The Redmond, Wash., company will bring to market fiber optic networking gear for business networks. It has been a long, long time in coming.
Adding Value Beyond 'Free'
Spiceworks' customer base has more than tripled since the beginning of the year, from 30,000 to 100,000 users, a testament to the promise of ad-supported software. Its next challenge: Going from free to indispensable.
A Closer Look at Oracle's 11g Database Release
Last week's announcement of Oracle's soon-to-be released 11g database highlighted a bevy of new features and options promising improved performance, accelerated change management, higher scalability, easier administration and reduced cost. The market leader is pioneering on some fronts and following on others, but the one thing that's clear is that the still-fast-growing database market is far from commoditized. Here's a closer look at the stand-out enhancements.
Google Tests Mobile Version Of AdSense For The U.S.
Last month I blogged that Google was testing mobile ads in South Korean. Now it looks like Google has expanded this trial to include mobile ads for U.S. partners. I told you mobile Google ads were on the way.
Open Source Is Dead, Long Live Open Patents?
I've been trying to make sense out of the new Version 3 of the General Public License and I've got to tell you, I can't yet. All I can see is that (1) in the short term, the GPLv3 has turned Microsoft's deal with Novell into a hairball Redmond is trying to cough up; (2) further out, unless the two ayatollahs of open source, Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds, kiss and make up, either Linux or
Ubuntu Aftermath: Puncturing The Linux 'Urban Legend'
Most of us, even confirmed Windows users, have accepted on some level the idea that Linux really is a better operating system, on a technical level. Not me; not anymore. After my long slog preparing Ubuntu Linux's Achilles' Heel: It's Tough To Install On Laptops, I'm now filing that one in the "urban legend" folder.
Will EDGE Kill The iPhone In Europe?
Prior to the launch of the iPhone in the U.S., there was speculation that the slow data speeds of AT&T's EDGE network could impact sales of the iPhone. Obviously, that didn't happen. Now it's seems
Will Steve Jobs Launch The iPhone In Europe Next Week?
Earlier this week my colleague Richard Martin blogged about a possible iPhone launch in Europe. His post was triggered in part by a set of rumors that claim Steve Jobs has been hanging around London, especially in the Apple store. What's Steve up to?
For Microsoft, "Launch" Doesn't Mean "Release"
Earlier this week, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 would all be launched on February 27, 2008. "It's the biggest single launch we've got in Microsoft on one day," he said to loud cheers. Not so fast.
Why Are Ad Click-Throughs On Facebook So Bad?
Facebook may be the hottest thing without the name iPhone, but ads on the social networking site are not. According to a post on the "Welcome to Reach Students Blog," ad click-throughs on Facebook are pretty low, even with precise targeting. Why are ads on Facebook flopping?
The 72-Hour Startup
Last weekend in Boulder, Colo., home of InformationWeek's Rocky Mountain Bureau, a group of about 70 or so entrepeneurs, investors, software developers, Web designers and marketing geniuses, plus at least one massage therapist, got together with an audacious goal: create and launch a new online business in 72 hours. Conceived by 23-year-old graphic designer Andrew Hyde,
A Tale Of Two Browsers
Internet Explorer and Firefox are sitting on a bench, enjoying the warm summer sun. Suddenly, Firefox sneezes, reaches for its handkerchief, grabs its cell phone, and calls its doctor. "I think I'm coming down with something," it says. "Is there something I can do to get rid of this problem?" Then IE sneezes. What does it do?
Microsoft's Ginormous Software Business
At Microsoft's annual partners conference Tuesday, attendees were barraged with numbers meant to impress them about the sheer size of Microsoft's business and the market opportunities its scale represents for them. Merriam-Webster just added "ginormous," a combination of gigantic and enormous, to its dictionary. It's a word befitting the world of Microsoft.
Forget MySpace, Facebook Is A Bigger Threat To LinkedIn
When it comes to social networking, it seems everyone is obsessed with Facebook. The big meme du jour is that Facebook will soon surpass MySpace as the biggest social networking site on the Web. Frankly, I don't think this is an interesting question. Regardless of who wins this race, both sites have amazing growth numbers and don't seem poised for a downturn anytime soon. The more interesting
New Tool For Snooping On Employees Who Blog
A small company in the Rochester, N.Y., area is about to launch Web monitoring technology that's touted as a way to keep companies out of hot water as more employees author Weblogs and wikis. Experience shows that businesses are well advised to pay attention to what employees post online, but Techrigy's technology (part software, part service) sounds like corporate oversight taken a step too far.
Protecting Info One File At A Time
Enterprise security problems and regulatory requirements give rise to startups the way cow pies give rise to mushrooms. That's certainly the case in the nascent information leak prevention (ILP) market, where a handful of startups aim to help enterprises stop sensitive data from leaving the enterprise.
Smart Systems Without Rocket Science: Q&A With Fair Isaac's James Taylor
Most information systems are needlessly dumb, relying too much on people for the decision-making power. In the just-published book "Smart (Enough) Systems," coauthors James Taylor and Neil Raden argue that you don't need highfalutin genetic algorithms and thinking machines to get to a more intelligent, automated approach. In this interview, Taylor, a vice president at Fair Isaac, makes the case that proven technologies including predictive analytics and business rules management systems are smar
The Startup Cycle
I agree with John that corporate attitudes about startups have shifted somewhat. But at least to the same degree, the venture community has hit on a formula for success. Here's my take on that formula.
IT Rediscovers Novelty, The Venture-Backed Muse
Bright ideas are easy to come by in the tech industry. Wrapping business models around them, and getting budget-pinched, risk-averse IT pros to buy in-that's been much harder. But after years of slamming the door on tech entrepreneurs, IT execs are once again warming up to their pitches. What's changed? Businesses, it turns out, can't live on legacy systems and cost cutting alone.
The Rule Maturity Model: Five Steps to an Agile Enterprise
Business rules can be used to implement competitive strategy, promote and enforce policy, and ensure compliance, but most organizations aren't even aware of the rules that are buried in code, forgotten in old documents and stuck in people's heads. The Rule Maturity Model offers a step-by-step approach to capturing, managing and mastering rules while investing appropriately for your competitive climate. So, where is your firm on the maturity scale?