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Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
News  |  2/27/2007
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
Commentary  |  2/27/2007
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/26/2007
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site. Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with's ability to find relevant health-related information.
Vista Still Seems Buffeted By Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) 'False Positives'
Commentary  |  2/25/2007
Hello, my name is Alex and I'm apparently running a bogus copy of Windows Vista. At least that's what my computer told me earlier today after I booted up. Funny thing is, I got my copy of Vista directly from. . . Microsoft. Apparently, I'm not the only one with this problem. If you troll Microsoft's Windows Vista Activation Forum, you'll find numerous posts along the same lines.
Altosoft Unveils Business Optimization Suite
News  |  2/23/2007
Altosoft's upcoming operational business intelligence product uses data drawn from business processes.
Linden: The Scripting Language For 'Second Life'
Features  |  2/23/2007
The Linden Scripting Language (LSL) lets you add behaviors and interactivity to objects inside Second Life.
Field Report: Nuclear Fuel Supplier Tightens Database Security
News  |  2/23/2007
Keeping tabs on enriched uranium? Challenging. Keeping track of database integrity for SOX? Piece of cake.
How a Smarter Database Can Protect Your Data
News  |  2/23/2007
Databases and networks can't tell if hackers and insiders are pilfering data. Appliance and software-based solutions offer intelligence that helps spot suspicious activity.
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
Hummingbird Users Shown Easy Path To Open Text ECM
News  |  2/22/2007
Open Text plans to make it easy for Hummingbird users to add Livelink capabilities to their content management systems.
We Heart Google
Commentary  |  2/22/2007
Google, Google, Google. Lately, it's been all Google, all the time. And our readers can't seem to get enough of it.
Q&A: Ted Farrell on Oracle's Path to Rich Internet Apps
News  |  2/21/2007
As chief architect for tools and middleware at Oracle, Ted Farrell is responsible for the technical and strategic direction of Oracle's frameworks and development tools and for aligning those products with the vendor's Fusion middleware technologies. With some 30,000 Oracle, PeopleSoft and Siebel customers looking to those products, the direction Oracle sets will have a major impact on enterprise adoption of rich Internet apps.
InQuira Upgrades Web Support Software
News  |  2/20/2007
InQuira 8 offers Web support and services in a portal-like application.
Microsoft Rattles Anti-Linux Saber
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
CEO Steve Ballmer rattled Microsoft's saber against Linux among Wall Street analysts last Thursday. It's clear that he means to make threatening noises, but what exactly is under threat? And doesn't talking about intellectual property but taking no action to defend it ultimately weaken your claimed rights?
My Unsuccessful Quest To Replace Microsoft Office For My Mac
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
It looks like I'm going to be buying Microsoft Office for the Mac after all. I had hoped to avoid it -- not because I'm anti-Microsoft, which I'm not, but rather because I just wanted save the hundreds of dollars that Office costs. However, I was unable to find a suitable substitute among all the alternatives I tried.
With Open XML, Microsoft Is Riding A Gift Horse
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
If you listened just to Microsoft, you'd get the strong impression that IBM was practically guilty of war crimes for its opposition to Microsoft's sweet, innocent Open XML document standard before international standards bodies. The truth is, as usual, something different. I have no doubt that IBM's support for the Open Document Format and objections to OpenXML bear some taint of competitive free enterprise. But, let's call a spade a spade, Microsoft's indignant protestations bear some taint of
Google: Mobile Phones Are The Future Of The Internet
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
The future of the Web is smaller than you think. And also much bigger, according to Google VP Vinton Cerf. Cerf, speaking in India this week, predicted that mobile phones, not PCs, are the future of the Web.
Debriefing: Adobe's Jeff Whatcott Explores the Rich Internet Apps Trend
News  |  2/20/2007
Macromedia is credited with coining the term "Rich Internet Applications," so who better to comment on the future of enterprise apps than Macromedia veteran Jeff Whatcott. Now senior director, product marketing in the Enterprise & Developer Solutions Business Unit at Adobe Systems (which acquired Macromedia in 2005), Whatcott talks about Flex, Ajax and connections with services-oriented architecture.
Lombardi Blueprint Eases the Path to BPM
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
While I've been shouting from the rooftops that process modeling (in BPMN, ARIS, or whatever) is not that hard, Lombardi Software has been hearing from its customers that it's not that easy, either. Lombardi's on-demand Blueprint offering tries to do two basic things: 1) Link processes to business problems and goals and 2) Simplify collaborative building of process models
Has Microsoft Patented A Successor To Clippy?
Commentary  |  2/18/2007
Remember Microsoft's Clippy, the annoying animated assistant featured in Office, until it was retired in 2004? Like most people, I found Clippy variously unnerving, obnoxious, and superfluous. Which, when you think of it, is no small feat for a nonexistent icon. It's been the subject of much speculation whether Clippy would ever return. Would he re-emerge as a s
Microsoft Shoots Self In Foot (Again, *Yawn*) Over Tool That Migrates Apps To Vista
Commentary  |  2/18/2007
Explain this one if you can: (a) Microsoft desperately wants to get users to abandon Windows 2000 and spend some new money updating to Windows Vista; (b) Microsoft creates a tool, Easy Transfer, that can migrate data and settings from Windows XP and Win2K PCs to Vista PCs; (c) Microsoft creates a second tool, Easy Transfer Companion, that does even better by migrating installed applications from old PCs to new PCs running Vista -- but (d) it only works if the old PC is running XP. Exactly how do
No Turning Back from Rich Internet Apps
News  |  2/16/2007
Offering more than just dazzling interfaces, rich Internet apps for the enterprise will personalize interaction, empower mobile users and improve client and back-end flexibility. Here's what to look for -- and what to look out for -- when choosing RIA development approaches.
Google Goes One For Two This Week, But We May Be The Big Losers
Commentary  |  2/16/2007
Google is clearly a big winner as the result of a trial judge's decision to dismiss a suit brought to prohibit its use of trademarked words as search terms. But it also looks like a big loser as the result of a Belgian judge's ruling earlier this week that the search-engine company violated the law by publishing copyrighted content without permission on Google News. And because of the way search engines and the Internet work, each decision could make us users of the Web a loser in a different w
Why My Deep-Seated Moral Principles Prevent Me From Putting Microsoft Office On My Mac
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
I decided the other day that I'm going to strive to avoid putting Microsoft Office on my new Mac. Like many users, I have a deep-seated moral principle preventing me from deploying this Microsoft product. The principle is: I don't want to spend $300 if I don't have to, especially since I only use Office once or twice a day.
Analysis: IBM Flexes its Content Management Muscles
News  |  2/14/2007
Following up on last year's acquisition of FileNet, IBM outlines its federation strategy, introduces new products and underscores its clout with customers.
Google, Microsoft, And Dell Are Developing A Wireless Device?
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is working with Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Philips to develop a prototype wireless device. The proposed device would, supposedly, use some variant of Wi-Fi. I'm not sure if this is the Google Phone or something else.
Another Windows User Brainwashed Into The Apple Cult
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
You wouldn't know it from all my kvetching, but I'm actually happy about making the switch from Windows to the Mac. However, if you're thinking about making the jump yourself, you should know that it's an enormous pain in the neck at first.
Hunting For Google At 3GSM
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for Google at 3GSM. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed with Google at this year's show. Last year, they wowed the crowds with customer deals and announcements (I had to follow the news then online, since I wasn't here for the 2006 show). And for the last six months, they've been talking about wireless almost non-stop. So where is the Google news at 3GSM?
IBM Finally Has A Desktop Suite For This Century
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
IBM has tried repeatedly to weaken the market dominance of Microsoft's Office Suite. A decade ago it was the Lotus SmartSuite, and more recently the ill-conceived IBM Workplace. It recently killed off Workplace, which just may save the life of Lotus Notes/Domino. But now it's trying again with something called the
Is 'Voice-Over-Google' The Next Search Paradigm?
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
Everybody's wondering what'll be the next big thing in search-engine technology. From the looks of a patent awarded to Google, it could be speech-driven searches.
Looking Beyond Vista To The Larger OS Landscape
Commentary  |  2/12/2007
In case you haven't yet done so, get thee to the article by longtime Dr. Dobbs Journal editor Mike Swaine on the future of operating systems. With his usual wit and technical acumen, Swaine dissects the current "identity crisis" that operating systems seem to be going through, pointing out that although--with the advent of subscription/service and hosted models--people have been predicting the end of the des
Windows Expert Claims Method Of Cut-Rate Vista Installs
Commentary  |  2/12/2007
Don't want to plunk down $250 for a full-price edition of Windows Vista Home Premium? A blog post by a Microsoft expert claims maybe you don't have to.
Microsoft Targets The Enterprise With Windows Mobile 6
Commentary  |  2/12/2007
Microsoft today finally unveiled its newest mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6, at 3GSM in Barcelona. Details of the new operating system broke last week after a site in France broke its nondisclosure agreement with Microsoft.
Put to the Test: Lombardi Takes BPM Mainstream
News  |  2/9/2007
With Outlook integration and an on-demand modeling tool, Lombardi exposes business process management to ordinary business users. It's what analysts can do with process data that sets the technology apart.
Tests Predict Your Old PC's Future: Vista Or Vanished?
Commentary  |  2/8/2007
In "Which PC Is A Vista PC?" I write about the pitfalls of picking PC hardware that will run all the features of Vista you expect. For new-out-of-the-box PCs that shouldn't be as hard as it seems to be, as that article points out. But what about old PCs you might want to upgrade? Actually, that might be a little easier, because there are some tests you can run to help you decide whether an
VoIP: Coming To A Smartphone Near You
Commentary  |  2/8/2007
After years of speculation, it looks like VoIP is finally about to hit the wireless market. Let's take a look at the intersection of VoIP and mobile phones and see what it means for you.
Windows Mobile 6 Details Revealed
Commentary  |  2/7/2007
I was eating dinner when my colleague, Eric Zeman, pinged me with a text message: Get to a PC and post something about Windows Mobile 6. The news just broke. As an always-on tech blogger, I ran from my plate of tacos to my laptop to check it out. Lo and behold, he was right. The curtain has finally opened on Microsoft's newest mobile OS. Let's check out the upgrades.
Windows To Mac: A Frustrating Transition So Far
Commentary  |  2/7/2007
My first couple of days as a Mac user, after a quarter-century using Windows and DOS, have been pretty frustrating. But it's not the Mac's fault. When you're used to working on one platform, you get used to doing things a certain way, and it's maddening to go to another platform that has different ways of doing the same things.
UMTS Moto Q Next Week with WinMo6?
Commentary  |  2/7/2007
A bit of analysis over on Unstrung is talking up the probability that Motorola will announce a UMTS version of its semi-popular Q smartphone. I say don't bother unless it comes with Windows Mobile 6.
Carriers Join Forces For Mobile Search
Commentary  |  2/6/2007
A group of international carriers including Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and U.S. wireless carrier Cingular Wireless this weekend said they would work together to develop a mobile search engine they hope will keep Google and Yahoo from dominating the emerging mobile search market. That's all great, but does anyone actually use search on their
Apple To iPod Users: Stay Away From Vista
Commentary  |  2/6/2007
Apple is warning iPod users to stay clear of Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, warning that the new OS could damage their iPods.
First Impression: Switching From A PC To The Mac
Commentary  |  2/5/2007
Do I look different to you? More genteel? More elegant? Maybe even taller? I just made the switch from using a PC as my primary machine to using a Mac. As a matter of fact, I've spent more time on the Mac in the last day and a half than I've done in the preceding 24 years of using personal computers.
Before He Disappeared: Conversation With Microsoft's Jim Gray
Features  |  2/5/2007
The database giant hasn't been seen since setting out from San Francisco in his sailboat Jan. 28. In his honor, we reprise a Q & A he had with Dr. Dobb's Journal in 2001.
Incisive Insight into Vista
Commentary  |  2/5/2007
Preston Gralla has been around the technological block more than a few times. An amazingly prolific author, he has written more than 35 books that explore, explain, and enlighten--using plain-spoken and easily accessible prose--the intricacies of a broad range of technologies.
Friends Turn To Satellite Photos And Mechanical Turk In Search For James Gray
Commentary  |  2/5/2007
While the Coast Guard may have ended its search for missing Microsoft researcher James Gray, friends and other concerned parties have turned to satellite photos and the Web to help in the search.
Put to the Test: IBM WebSphere Portal 6.0
News  |  2/2/2007
This portal's best play is enterprise integration, but it's also suitable for intranets and workgroup collaboration. Implementation can be complex and confusing, but a new Portal Express offering is aimed at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees aims to speed and simplify deployment.
Windows Vista Booty: Microsoft's Largesse Is More Than I Can Take
Commentary  |  2/2/2007
Microsoft spared little expense in this week's consumer launch of Windows Vista. In New York, it started with 16 dancers, dangling from ropes, unveiling the Vista logo on the side of a building, and ended with ear-piercing music, hors d'oeuvres, and a ceremonial pushing of "The Wow Starts Now" button. Then the real goodies came out -- duffel bags stuffed with more than $600 of software,
Google Keeps Talking Mobile
Commentary  |  2/2/2007
Google CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday spoke about Google's mobile plans during the company's fourth quarter earnings report. Schmidt highlighted Google's wireless deals with China Mobile (the world's biggest wireless carrier), Apple and its mapping app for the iPhone, cell phone maker Samsung, and Korean carrier SK Telecom. It's clear that Google is betting big on mobile.
What to Look for in a BPMN Tool
Commentary  |  2/2/2007
SOA analyst Beth Gold-Bernstein of ebizQ posts about her quest for a BPMN tool to support her effort to "take a pragmatic, business-driven approach to incremental SOA design and implementation. We plan to use standard modeling techniques and tools where ever feasible... It's time for business and IT to start speaking the same language, so we should use BPMN right from the start.
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