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Can Security Awareness Deliver Competitive Advantage?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
It's disconcerting to live in a world where security can be seen as delivering competitive advantage, yet that's the idea behind Unisys's Enterprise Security initiative. But after all, the company's Trusted Enterprise Model only extends the security selling point that is a marketing mainstay for financial institutions and that has been adopted or embraced by IT vendors, sometimes far too slowly, with the rise of network computing.
Flirting With Verizon, Google Drops 'Don't Be Evil' Pretense
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
The word "evil" is vastly overused these days. Here's a link to the "Top 10 Evil People in History," if you've got an afternoon to blow -- and I would never call a major U.S. wireless carrier "evil." Oligopolistic, predatory, bureaucratic, yes -- evil, no. So the idea of Google shacking up with Verizon Wireless doesn't exactly qualify as "Doing e
Business Users Want GPS In Their Smartphones
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of smartphone users, GPS tops the list of features that users want most in their smartphones. Looks like location is going to be one of the big wireless must-have features for mobile business in 2008.
What Is Google Talking To The Carriers About?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
Late yesterday it came to light that Google is in talks with Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile USA regarding its big mobile plans. Are they talking about the gPhone, or something else?
AT&T's Yellowpages.com Introduces Mobile Search Products
News  |  10/31/2007
The applications are part of AT&T's recent initiatives to make it easier for people to conduct mobile searches.
Happy Halloween From The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
Still can't decide what to wear as your Halloween costume this year? Why not dress up as an iPhone?
Pantech Duo Offers Windows Mobile In A Fun Form Factor
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
I spent the last two days with the Pantech Duo, a new 3G Windows Mobile 6 smartphone available from AT&T for $199 (with a two-year contract). Do you need a Helio Ocean-like smartphone that's ready for business?
How To Get Gmail's IMAP, Leopard, And The iPhone Working Together
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
When I heard last week that Gmail is getting IMAP support, I was excited. My life was going to get a little easier. And how hard could it be to set up? Change a couple of settings in Apple Mail and I'd be good to go, right?
Is The Web Headed For Meltdown 2.0?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
In recent months I've seen a lot of anxiety in the tech marketplace. Bloggers, pundits, and industry insiders all seem to suggest that Web 2.0 is headed for Correction 2.0. Are we in the middle of another bubble?
IBM Launches Virtualization Tools For Small Business
News  |  10/31/2007
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
Is Apple's Leopard Worth the Leap?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
Apple is making headway in the enterprise environment. But is Leopard, the sixth major release of Apple's Mac OS X operating system, worth an IT manager's consideration?
JasperSoft Upgrades Open Source BI Suite
News  |  10/31/2007
The JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite version 2.1 has new tools for building browser-based reports and dashboards.
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me A Map (And Please Entertain My Takeover Bid)
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
It's a good time to be a mapmaker. As the digital mapping industry undergoes some serious consolidation with mergers and acquisitions, today Garmin threw a wrench into TomTom's bid for Tele Atlas by offering 15% more. A sign that GPS, LBS, and navigation apps are on the verge of exploding?
Good Rules Can Eliminate 65% of Activities
Commentary  |  10/31/2007
There's a long list of verbs - adjust, approve, expedite, inspect, verify and many others - that tend to indicate that activities are non value-added and should be considered for elimination. Many of these exist because something wasn't done right the first time, and a lot of the the non-value-added activities can be cut if there are ways to reduce the error rates in the real-value-added and business-value-added activities.
Yahoo Releases Messenger Upgrade In Beta
News  |  10/30/2007
The upgrade also includes call forwarding, so Internet telephony calls to Messenger can be sent to a mobile phone or landline as a voice mail.
Survey Favors Dogpile's Metasearch Approach
News  |  10/30/2007
A recent J. D. Power study ranks the search engine compilation site highest in customer satisfaction.
Google Phone (Legend) Lives
Commentary  |  10/30/2007
What has become the Loch Ness Monster of the mobile phone world, the Google Phone, is once again purported to exist.
The Three Opens, Pt. 1: Open-Source OS
Commentary  |  10/30/2007
There's been a lot of talk about the three big "open"s in the computing world today -- open-source OSes, open-source applications, and open standards.  I'm going to talk about each one of these things in turn over the course of the next few blog posts, and examine how they fit together and complement each other.
What Does Web Analytics Consolidation Mean to You?
Commentary  |  10/30/2007
There has been plenty of discussion over the last few days about "consolidation" in the Web analytics marketplace due to the Omniture/Visual Sciences deal... In fact, the marketplace is not consolidating; it is in fact fragmenting, and there are plenty of options to consider if you are purchasing Web analytics solutions... Much of the consolidation discussion is based on vendors that adhere to the SaaS/page-tag collection model.
Eye-Fi Stuffs Wi-Fi Radio Into An SD Card, Enables Wireless Storage
Commentary  |  10/30/2007
You might be scratching your head wondering why on earth you want an SD card with a Wi-Fi radio, but just think of the wonderful uses. Now you can beam your pictures straight to your favorite photo sharing site without editing them first!
Google Announces That It Is Going To Make An Announcement Regarding Its Mobile Plans
Commentary  |  10/30/2007
Announcements about announcements crack me up. The only reason this one is worth paying attention to is because it is Google, and the subject of the announcement will be its future mobile plans. Specifically, products and services it hopes to have in the market by mid 2008.
Woops, Says Microsoft, Sorry for That Unauthorized Install
Commentary  |  10/30/2007
IT managers who subscribe to Microsoft Windows Server Update Services program but didn't choose the automatic updates setting must have thought the desktops on their networks had taken a page from HAL.
Been There, Done That: Q&A With SAS's Jim Goodnight
News  |  10/29/2007
Doctor Jim Goodnight has led SAS since the company incorporated in 1976. Laconic and unflappable yet fiercely competitive, Goodnight has presided over a company that has long reigned atop the analytics market. We caught up with him in New York last week and discussed the changing BI market and the future of SAS.
No Cash Please, We're Apple
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
Believe it or not, Apple has decided not to accept cash from people buying an iPhone. That's right, your money's no good at an Apple store.
BI as Commodity Technology: The Information Angle
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
BI is complex, simultaneously software, transformational work practices, and business information. Consider: What value is reporting or OLAP or data mining (software) that doesn't tap whatever data is relevant to produce business insights (information) that can help you restructure, realign, or optimize business operations (practices)? We need to examine all three, complementary aspects of business intelligence: software, information, and practices. Let's start with information, with BI sou
T-Mobile Wants You To Jump At Its Shadow
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
T-Mobile's latest Windows Mobile smartphone bucks the utilitarian integument of other devices and dons some sharper duds. It's about the size of a BlackBerry Pearl, and should tempt enterprise and consumer users alike.
Oracle Looking For BEA Stockholder Action?
News  |  10/29/2007
The database company said it's happy to leave the issue of acquisition -- or hostile takeover -- to BEA's stockholders if its Board of Directors won't negotiate.
Microsoft Wants to Stick XP on XOs
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
Like an uninvited birthday party guest who shows up on the wrong date with an unwanted gift, Microsoft is "working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."
Is Facebook One Social Network Or An Aggregator Of Social Networks?
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
Last week The Economist took Facebook and other social networks to task, questioning their real value and their potential to scale. Is Facebook headed for a brick wall?
Should You Replace Microsoft Office with an Online App?
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
What feels like the sudden arrival of a multitude of online app options -- like Google or Zoho -- has allowed IT managers to ponder a move they would never have even considered just a short while ago: Replace Microsoft Office with an online office suite.
Ventana Research 2007 BI and Performance Management Scorecard
News  |  10/29/2007
In its mid-year 2007 report, Ventana Research defines performance management, explains its PerformanceCycle assessment methodology and details the scores and ranking for 13 leading BI and performance management vendors and products.
Want To Use That New Gift Card To Buy An iPhone? Apple Won't Let You Do That, Either
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
Wow, Apple must really be trying to alienate its customers. Not only can people no longer pay cash for iPhones, but you can't even bring in a stack of Apple gift cards to pay for an iPhone -- even if those gift cards were paid for by credit cards.
The Not-So-Good at the Business Objects Meeting
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
Following up on my last post about all the good things I encountered at Business Objects' recent user conference in Orlando, Fla., here are a few looming and, in some cases, troubling aspects of what's ahead for customers in the wake of the pending SAP acquisition. For instance, Business Objects is very bullish on its approach to enterprise performance management (EPM), a topic highlighted in many executive keynotes at the event... Despite all the reassuring words, I have my doubts about what li
The Good at Business Objects' User Conference
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
My trip to the recent Business Objects user conference in Orlando, Fla., revealed many good surprises as well as many big questions yet to be answered. Business Objects founder and chairman Bernard Liautaud addressed the deal during the opening of the event, and his comments quickly transitioned to those of SAP CEO Henning Kagermann (by way of video)... But with many forks in the path ahead for customers and partners of Business Objects, Kagermann's video instilled little comfort.
Mobile Broadband Is A Mix-and-Match Affair
Commentary  |  10/28/2007
"The Future of Wireless Broadband" was the first session I attended at last week's Mobile Business Expo at Interop in New York And the first thing I learned was that the adoption of wireless broadband isn't going to be a simple matter of clear winners and losers.
My Favorite (Open-Source) Things: MPlayer
Commentary  |  10/27/2007
Since this blog does get filed under the category Open Source, I thought I'd take time out here and there to talk about some of my favorite open-source applications, not just Linux (or OSes in general).  I'll start with an app that has breathed unexpected new life into some of my DVDs: MPlayer.
Want To Pay Cash For An iPhone? Apple Won't Let You
Commentary  |  10/27/2007
In an apparent effort to curb the reselling of unlocked iPhones, Apple has instituted a new policy that forbids customers from paying cash--you know, the stuff that says "legal tender for all debts public and private"--for iPhones. And it has dropped the limit to two per person.
Facebook Is Only Warming Up
Commentary  |  10/26/2007
This was Facebook's week. The golden child of Web 2.0 scored a $240 investment deal from Microsoft, launched a new mobile application for the BlackBerry, and was even rumored to hav
Oracle's Linux: Unbreakable? Or Just A Necessary Adjustment?
Commentary  |  10/26/2007
As I talked to Wim Coekaerts, VP of Linux engineering at Oracle, about "Unbreakable Linux," a gap emerged between what he was saying and what Red Hat's product management director, Joel Berman, was saying. Riders of Linux's impressive upsurge are advised to "mind the gap" and try not to fall into it.
Public Knowledge Group Calls For Copyright Law Changes
News  |  10/26/2007
The group's six-point policy change includes seeking a law to exempt search indexing from infringement claims.
Bye Bye, BEA: Why Oracle Needs This Deal
Commentary  |  10/26/2007
After rejecting Oracle's initial bid for $6.7 billion, BEA has now indicated readiness to sell itself to Oracle ("or any other bidder") for about $8.2 billion. With Oracle's insatiable appetite, BEA's relative stagnation, and incessant pressure from billionaire investor Karl Icahn on BEA management, the acquisition now seems a sure thing. So, what does Oracle get for $8 billion and change? A cake that it has always coveted with an icing to die for.
AT&T Punts MediaFLO Proving Mobile TV Still Isn't Ready For Primetime
Commentary  |  10/26/2007
It looks like AT&T Mobility has delayed the launch of its MediaFLO mobile TV service until sometime in "early 2008." Will mobile TV ever really take off?
Green Grid Members Open Energy Efficient R&D Data Center
News  |  10/26/2007
APC and Schneider Electric's new 100,000-square foot facility is part of the consortium's charter to improve overall efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
Business Objects Adds BI Bundles For SMBs
News  |  10/26/2007
Business Objects partners with Citrix and IBM in delivering business intelligence software bundles targeted at small and midsized businesses.
Should Employees Experiment with Software, Mobile Devices on Company PCs?
Commentary  |  10/26/2007
How much leeway should IT managers give employees? In a debate-style Wall Street Journal Online interview with two CIOs, one kept using phrases like "controlled" and "tightly managed." The other was from Google.
Editor's Log: HP, SAP, Cognos, IBM and More
Commentary  |  10/26/2007
It has been a busy month, so I've decided to blog journal style this week, sharing snippets and scuttlebut picked up here and there... Rumor has it Wal-Mart didn't actually pay for its HP NeoView license... Cognos has finalized it's acquisition of Applix, but plans now call for the latter to remain a stand-alone business... IBM is getting closer with Business Objects, again... Headed to Vegas this weekend? Here's where to go for fast drink service.
Oracle Won't Budge Off Original BEA Offer; Bid Expires Sunday
News  |  10/25/2007
BEA had rebuffed Oracle's Oct. 9 initial offer as 'undervaluing' the company.
CTIA Wrap Up. What Really Happened This Week?
Commentary  |  10/25/2007
The lack of real news and even any sort of buzz at this fall's CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show was a real disappointment. While Microsoft's announcement is certainly noteworthy, nothing set the show on fire. Hell, the parties were barely fun.
Mobile Business Expo: Mobile Business Applications Are Here And They're Delivering Value
Commentary  |  10/25/2007
Yesterday at Mobile Business Expo (MBX), we took the deep dive into mobile business applications. Not only are businesses deploying applications other than mobile e-mail, many of these applications are powerful and they deliver real ROI.
Business Rules and BI Make Great Bedfellows
Commentary  |  10/25/2007
David Straus of Corticon gave an engaging presentation at this week's Business Rules Forum about BR and BI. He characterized BI as "understanding" and BR as "action." He started with the basic drivers for a business rules management system - agility (speed and cost), business control while maintaining IT compliance, transparency, and business improvement (reduce costs, reduce risk, increase revenue) - and then offered three use cases for rules-driven analysis...
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