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SmartAdvice: The New Face Of Project Management
Commentary  |  8/31/2005
From collaborative software to alert management, business collaboration has taken on new looks, The Advisory Council says. Also, your company's size and market dictate whether a modular or integrated retail order-management system is best.
Linux And Windows Square Off In Another Round Of TCO Testing
News  |  8/31/2005
Two research reports sponsored by IBM argue that Linux is less expensive to buy and operate than Windows or Unix.
Gartner Lee Models The Future
News  |  8/31/2005
Forced to build forecasts far more complex than Excel can handle, an environmental-consulting firm foregoes more advanced BI tools and puts its faith in a startup modeling specialist.
The Clueless CIO
Commentary  |  8/31/2005
We recently ran a poll to determine how "in the loop" the CIO is about Web services development efforts. We chose to ask about Web services because that's where SOA efforts usually start: at the grass roots of the organization, used to solve sticky integration issues that can't easily be solved by more traditional methods.
Open-Source BI Stretches Beyond Reporting
News  |  8/31/2005
Can open-source software crack into the lucrative but ultra-competitive business intelligence marketplace by offering packages that include more than a reporting tool?
Two (Database) Runs, No Errors
News  |  8/31/2005
New database error-checking software from GoldenGate is undergoing trials at the Montefiore Medical Center.
Slow And Steady Won't Win Basel II Race
News  |  8/31/2005
The majority of banks still are designing or building their Basel II solutions, according to a recent study of top-tier banks in Europe and North America.
Katrina Aftermath: An Internet Story
Commentary  |  8/31/2005
Not knowing. That desperation can be seen in thousands of notes, many heart-wrenching, being left on message boards run by nola.com, the online publisher of The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans.
Hurricane Katrina Claims HP's Technology Forum
News  |  8/30/2005
The company plans to reschedule its inaugural Technology Forum for later in the fall.
Understanding Customers' Many Tongues
Commentary  |  8/30/2005
Suppose you're a multi-billion dollar distributor with millions of parts in your catalog, but your customers send in quote requests in myriad formats, including XML files, spreadsheets, delimited lists and Word files. That's exactly the situation at electronics giant Avenet, which is using something called "semantics integration" to intelligently decipher the abstract communication coming from its buyers.
'Tagosaurus' Software Scans Your MP3s, Recommends New Ones
News  |  8/30/2005
Tagomatic.com today introduced a new software tool called Tagosaurus, which enables Internet users to automatically search their MP3 collections to find similar, recommended, bands stored in the Tagomatic recommendations database.
Another Windows Bug Open To Zotob-Like Attacks
News  |  8/30/2005
Another Windows vulnerability disclosed earlier in August is ripe for exploit, security firm Symantec says.
Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
News  |  8/30/2005
Some 18 companies are using SunGard's Availability Services and more than 120 customers have put the company on notice that they might have to use SunGard facilities to relocate employees, call centers, and computers.
Michigan Health Agency Employs Data Analytics
News  |  8/30/2005
Michigan's leading health and human services agency is using business intelligence to combat fraud and ease data access for front-line employees.
Semantic Integration: Making Sense of Information at Avnet
News  |  8/29/2005
Beyond enterprise information integration and enterprise content integration is semantic integration, an emerging category that deciphers the contextual meaning of the seemingly disparate information all around us.
In Focus: Best-of-Breed Prevails at Farmers Insurance
News  |  8/29/2005
Surely everyone who's shopping content management software must know by now that enterprise content management (ECM) suites are aimed at handling all facets of unstructured information management. Yet many companies still pick and choose vendors for specific applications, seemingly oblivious to the claimed advantages of vendor consolidation and "leveraging a single, unified platform."
Microsoft Begins To Test Delayed Windows File System
News  |  8/29/2005
Microsoft released an early test version of WinFS, a Windows file system designed to make it easier for applications to share data.
Links From All Over
Commentary  |  8/29/2005
Boing Boing has a roundup of New Orleans blogs, Webcams, and other Web resources for news about Hurricane Katrina. Request Hold-Mail Service Online Taking a trip? The U.S. Postal Service will let you go online to request a hold on delivery of your postal mail.
The Great Ease-Of-Use Barrier
Commentary  |  8/29/2005
Everybody in the business intelligence field knows how data quality problems can scuttle even the simplest BI deployments. But a recent study points to an even bigger challenge plaguing the adoption of business intelligence tools: ease-of-use. A survey from our sister publication InformationWeek found that ease-of-use issues now comprise the single biggest barrier to BI projects, according to 300 study respondents who work in business intelligence. Employees' struggles with BI tools pose greate
Changing Worries
News  |  8/29/2005
Remember some of the things we used to get all worked up about -- like disintermediation? They rarely work out the way we expect. Now we see a business model built on travel agents, who've been hard hit by E-commerce, handing out technology that lets travelers book electronically, without a live agent or even a Web browser. Corporate meddling in open-source projects was another teeth-grinding concern for some. Now Sun is leading another open-source crusade as it, IBM, and others jostle for who's
The Observer: Forget Fancy, Go With Functional -- We'll Be Watching
Commentary  |  8/29/2005
It's time to vote with our access fees and our patronage if businesses that promise connectivity don't deliver, says Lou Bertin.
Cisco Upgrades Switch Operating System
News  |  8/29/2005
Breaking the operating system into modules will improve its reliability, security, and efficiency, the company says.
IT Confidential: The Evidence Is Out There--E-Mail, Etc.
Commentary  |  8/26/2005
Startup develops automated E-mail analyzer ... security breach exposes Air Force officers' personal information ... "men's entertainment" magazine enters intellectual-property fray ... World Trade Organization seeks to pin down U.S. stance on online gambling.
BEA Picks Plumtree
News  |  8/26/2005
Open-Source Project Aims At Middleware
News  |  8/26/2005
Apache Foundation eyes key obstacles to moving legacy systems to Web services
SmartAdvice: Using Web Portals To Solve Business Problems
Commentary  |  8/26/2005
Web portals can be far more than a sales channel, The Advisory Council says. Also, decide what you want to accomplish before jumping into a CRM system.
Google Maps -- And So Much More
News  |  8/26/2005
With Google Maps, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single click -- and where it ends, nobody knows.
Tracking Down Web Application Errors
News  |  8/25/2005
Latest Introscope release from Wily Technology detects error messages and pinpoints the source of the problem.
SAS Raises the Bar on Data and Text Mining
News  |  8/25/2005
Enhancements shipping this fall will improve predictive analytics.
SchemaLogic Introduces Vignette Taxonomy Integrator Adapter
News  |  8/25/2005
New adapter allows users to develop and manage Vignette categories and classification hierarchies within SchemaLogic's SchemaServer application.
No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam
Commentary  |  8/25/2005
When Pearl Jam hits the stage for its upcoming 2005 U.S. and Canadian tour, fans will be able to download music from the live shows within hours of the final encore (probably before most of the band's faithful can get their cars out of the arena parking lot after the show). True to its fiercely independent approach to both music and the recording industry, the band will make its work available online without the protection of any digital-rights-management software. This time, however, it's not j
Lloyd's Of London Moves To Operational Reporting
News  |  8/25/2005
The venerable specialist insurance market uses business intelligence to ensure timely transactions on behalf of its customers.
Actuate Brews Java Reporting Solution
News  |  8/24/2005
Open source reporting project is a bold move.
Business Objects for Finance
News  |  8/24/2005
Acquisition nudges strategy toward the finance silo.
QlikTech Releases Version 7
News  |  8/24/2005
Leading with usability and analytic scalability with 64-bit processing.
Rapid Deployment Complements RapidResponse
News  |  8/24/2005
Kinaxis' new deployment services to accelerate customer benefit.
Microsoft Mum On Windows 95 Tenth Anniversary
News  |  8/24/2005
A look back on the $300 million publicity circus that marked the launch of Windows 95. Microsoft didn't even mark today's 10-year anniversary with a press release.
Fighting For Your Digital Rights
News  |  8/23/2005
Sun Microsystems is making some software available to the open-source community to launch an effort to create standardized software for digital-rights management.
Readers Sound Off On Linux
Commentary  |  8/23/2005
Though more and more packaged BI vendors have announced support for Linux in their reporting tools this year, readers of Business Intelligence Pipeline say they still see databases as Linux's sweet spot in the BI world.
Impetus To Move To SOA Coming From IT Community
Commentary  |  8/23/2005
What's driving the move to service-oriented architectures (SOAs)? According to Sandra Rogers, program director for SOA, Web services, and integration research at IDC, the good news is that most of it is coming from the IT rather than the vendor community. Compliance is a huge issue, as are new regulations that require process tracking and auditing. There's also a heightened urgency to get control of end-to-end business processes. And then there's the promise of speedy deployment, and the high de
Review: Hosted CRM Software
News  |  8/23/2005
CRM hosts promise top-notch customer service plus better access for mobile salespeople. Of the six we examined, our Editor's Choice impressed us with its well-designed interface.
Dancing With An Elephant (Named Google)
Commentary  |  8/23/2005
Keyword stuffing and search engine spamming are two common techniques that some people and companies attempt to gain higher Google ranking than their sites can achieve on merit and quality.
BEA Buys Plumtree Software For $200M
News  |  8/22/2005
BEA plans to marry its application server and middleware with Plumtree's tools for building portals.
Case Study: TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
News  |  8/22/2005
Think of radio frequency identification (RFID) as barcode technology without the hassle of getting a good read with an optical scanner. Because RFID tags can be detected and read automatically as they pass through loading docks, and distribution centers and into stores, the technology promises dramatic time and labor savings--most particularly through reductions in paperwork. Shipping, receiving, warehousing and stocking information can be updated automatically, and records of billing, transfer
In Focus: Sizing Up Content Migration vs. Integration
News  |  8/22/2005
So you say you've settled on an enterprisewide standard for content management. What's next? The typical enterprise has at least three to five legacy content management systems and 40 percent have six or more repositories, according to Forrester Research. Do you move all that content into the new centralized repository? Not likely.
Business Technology: If You Get Hacked, Are You A Victim Or A Culprit?
Commentary  |  8/19/2005
Why do many companies not report cyberattacks, Bob Evans asks? Why does FBI Director Mueller say it's time to cut back on highly intimidating raids of companies that have been hacked? Why is some legislation having the exact opposite effect of what was intended?
Microsoft, Google Ruffle Some RSS Feathers
Commentary  |  8/19/2005
Microsoft and Google have sparked considerable industry debate by using "different" names for their RSS feeds -- "Web feeds" and "feeds," respectively.
Animated Map Of Coalition Deaths Helps Site Visitors Visualize Casualties Of War
Commentary  |  8/19/2005
Sadly, for many Americans, each death of U.S. soldiers in Iraq is nothing more than a statistic buried on the inside page of the daily newspaper. But an animated map of Iraq helps visitors to a Web site visualize the mounting toll, a small but important reminder of the reality of a war half a world away. The site is further evidence on how the Web puts an individual on the same level as major news organizations in reaching the publ
Software (In) Security
Commentary  |  8/19/2005
"Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" That ought to be the first thing every user hears upon breaking the seal on a new application or hitting the "download now" button. Given the rate at which new apps and operating system updates are being cracked, hacked, and infested, perhaps the software industry should adopt as its mascot, the zealously protective, but often useless Robot from the mid-'60s sci-fi classic series, "Lost In S
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