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Is Database Software a Commodity Technology?
Commentary  |  9/30/2007
Is database management a mature, commoditized software technology? It depends whom you ask. My answer: definitely!, which no doubt confirmed IE Editor-in-Chief Doug Henschen in his intention to later write that Oracle President Charles "Phillips's higher calling was to dispel the idea that database management systems have been commoditized in a mature market."
The Search For Mobile Video
Commentary  |  9/30/2007
I am, simultaneously, both a consumer and creator of Web video, and as both, I'm wildly interested in the quest for good mobile video. I wish someone (including me) would rise to the challenge.
Apple Users Talking Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Locking
Commentary  |  9/30/2007
You bought the iPhone, you paid for it, but now Apple is telling you how you have to use it, and if you don't do things the way they say, they're going to lock it. Turn it into a useless "brick." Is this any way to treat a customer? Apparently, it's the Steve Jobs way. But some iPhone users are mad as heck, and they're not going to take it anymore.
Google Is Really, Really Serious About The Mobile Ad Market
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Google sees its future in mobile advertising. Period. You don't believe me? Have you been following the news?
CIOs Uncensored: Position Wanted: IT Plus
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Tom Lesica is looking for a job. But not in the back office.
Timely, Slick Centro Gives Palm A Shot In The Arm
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
My colleague Eric Zeman already has written about the new Palm Centro, unveiled yesterday at the Digital Life show in NYC. I just want to add: this is a great idea on Palm's part, the smartest move the company has made since it finally bought a perpetual license to its own OS from its Japanese owner last year. Whether or not it's enough to save Palm I don't know but this $99 sorta-smartphone is a timely
Running A Business Is Essential Experience For A CIO
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
If you want to excel as a tech exec, go out and run a business -- or get your place of employment to put you in charge of one.
A Truly Solid Innovation For The AirCard Crowd
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Sprint and Verizon Wireless each announced versions of the Novatel USB727 wireless modem. Normally AirCards aren't all that exciting (they just ain't sexy), but this one has a built-in microSD slot. Bingo! Instant sex appeal.
We Need OS Diplomacy, Not OS Wars
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Some of the responses posted to my Linux blog entries have been filled with an amazing amount of venom -- directed not at me, but at other posters. The hate some people have for other people just because they elect to use another operating system on their computers never ceases to shock me.
Verizon Wireless Doesn't Want To Play By The Rules
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Not only has Verizon Wireless been lobbying the FCC to change the open access rules agreed to for the upcoming 700 MHz auction, but it actually sued the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals and called the rules unconstitutional. This week, FCC Chairman
Driver Problems Prove Windows Vista Still Isn't Fully Baked
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
I'm a music guy, and enjoy listening to tunes on my PC. So when the high-definition audio all of a sudden stopped working on my Vista machine, it was a big problem. Unfortunately, my investigation found that my issue was just o
Vista Has Failed To Push Aside Its Older Brother
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
It looks like Microsoft may be backing down, ever so slightly, from its stance that Vista is the best thing to happen to consumers and businesses since the invention of the can opener. The company announced yesterday that it's extending availability of XP for another five months to June 30, 2008. In other words, if you want XP, you can still get it.
Apple Corporate Customer: Aberration Or Leading Indicator?
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Businesses aren't beating a path to Apple Computer's door for Mac systems. Just don't tell that to one IT training firm that reports a major corporate client is embracing the company's recently launched Mac certification class. You decide whether it's an isolated example of Mac support or an indicator of a broader trend.
EU Dogs Microsoft, But To What End?
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Europe's competition authorities have finally won their long-fought legal victory over Microsoft. Problem is, their constituents -- outside the continent's intellectual salons -- could hardly care less.
Rethink Three Myths When Picking a Consultant
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Independent consultants (a.k.a. sub-contractors) are often the back-bone of data management activities, especially database administration and ETL/database/BI development. Yet, finding good consultants is difficult. That's why you should steer clear of these three myths: #1: Vendors are always knowledgeable about the candidates they provide. #2: Prior work references can be easily obtained. #3: The candidate must be an absolute best-fit for the requirement...
Halo 3 Record Launch Seen Through Gamers' Eyes
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
Unless you're living under a virtual rock, you know that Microsoft's new Halo 3 game for Xbox 360 is smashing all previous sales records, pulling in $170 million on its first day. But if you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about, but have no interest in buying the thing. OK, then let's go to the videotape... .
CIO Wake-Up Call: Consumers Are Turning To Online Apps
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
And if consumers use them, workers will want to use them, too. CIOs better prepare now for the coming wave of online-oriented employees.
Another MVNO Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
This time it's Disney's family-centric MVNO that's calling it quits. By the looks of things, it appears as if 2007 is the year of death for MVNOs. Is the MVNO a doomed business model?
Software Brands Need To Stand For Something
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
When it comes to software industry innovation, what does the CIO of one of the world's best-known brands -- Disney -- look for? Well, a meaningful brand.
Forrester: Why BI, BPM and Rules Technologies Will Converge
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
I'm attended a panel discussion here at the Forrester Technology Leadership Forum on the convergence of the three B's - business intelligence, business process management and business rules - featuring Mike Gilpin (EA and application development), Boris Evelson (BI) and Colin Teubner (BPM)... Gilpin sees BI as driving effectiveness in businesses, and the combination of BPM and BR as driving efficiency...
Time To Ask The Hard Questions
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
Managing centralized computing systems as it was done a decade ago is impossible or too expensive. We take a look at how companies are rethinking application architecture, data center design, and servers.
Palm And Sprint Unveil The Centro For Consumers
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
The most striking aspect of Palm's new gadget is that it is absolutely tiny. Palm CEO Ed Colligan's hand dwarfed it at today's press conference at the Digital Life show in NYC. Not only is it tiny, it is positively a consumer-focused device.
Using Google's Fix-It-As-We-Go Beta Approach-For ERP
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
Arizona State Unversity's technology officer, Adrian Sannier, is at it again. First, he embraced Google e-mail and applications for students and staff on a massive scale. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting he tried a variation of Google's fix-as-we-go public beta approach to software with the university's ERP system, with sometimes painful results.
Down To Business: Solve The Mystery Of The Disappearing CIO
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
Bruce Rogow comments on the current upheaval in the position of the CIO.
Five years of OpenOffice.org
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
OpenOffice.org has reached a significant anniversary. Earlier this month, OO passed the five-year mark as the only office software on my laptop computers, first installed when I bought a Windows 2000 machine in 2002, reinstalled a couple of months ago on a replacement laptop running Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux. Given diverse project-health indicators, I'm looking forward to my next five years of OO.
And the 'Email Validation' SQL Puzzle Winner Is...
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
The winner of last week's 'Email Address Validation' SQL puzzle is "Guest" (see comments), because he/she bothered to do the research and come up with an answer that is generic enough to port to any SQL dialect with a SIMILAR TO or a regexp() function. So, "Guest" please email me with your snail mail address (and some attempt to validate your SQL mastery/identity) and I'll send you one of my books. Here's my answer to last week's puzzle...
Call Quality Remains a VoIP Stumbling Block
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
At some point, businesspersons decided that they would put up with the occasional static and dropped calls found on their cell phone lines because of their benefits. They have not yet reached that point with VoIP services.
bMighty Mobility Poll Yields Surprises
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
I spent yesterday morning moderating a bMighty.com Webcast on Business Mobility: Best Practices For Small and Midsize Companies. It was fascinating in many ways, but I was especially interested in the results of the live polls we conducted among the attendees.
The ROI Of SOA: Get It Right!
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
In which this reporter is taken to task for exaggerating (negatively) the claims in a research report about the return on investment for service-oriented architecture. Thirty-seven percent is not nothing!
In Debate Over Desktop Linux, It All Comes Down To Money
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
My article 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop jump-started anew the debate over why the open-source operating system hasn't made significant inroads on the client side into Windows' user base. The real reason, it seems, is something much more basic than confusion about Linux distros, annoying fanboys turning off potential adoptees, or
Hand-Me-Down Linux: The Notebook Edition
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Not long ago I blogged about fitting Linux onto an older system and giving it to someone who doesn't need the latest model of PC. This week, I tried it with a notebook that's about seven or eight years old. Windows XP barely ran. Linux gave it a new lease on life.
Lessons From Demo
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
This show was largely about applying Web 2.0 technology to solve interesting problems. In many cases, the interesting problems have been solved in other ways, though.
Video Alerts Give Google The Upper Hand -- Again
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
The latest enhancement to the Google Alerts product -- to include news-oriented videos on topics that readers select -- is a compelling upgrade for information junkies, online videophiles, or those researching information on the Internet. It raises many questions on the future of information access, the future role of online video as an information source, and Google's strategic directions.
Simplifying The Leap To SaaS For Small Biz
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Small businesses of 10 to 100 employees have a new option for CRM and sales force applications. LongJump offers a suite of software applications delivered via the Web.
Demo Day 2, Part 3: Personalized Media Delivery
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
This is an interesting group. Half are finding ways to overload you with information; the other half are providing ways to manage that overload.
George Glass: Customer-Centric Services Lead To SOA Success
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
I had the chance recently to talk with George Glass, chief architect of the British telecommunications company BT, about its massive SOA conversion. I asked him how he kept the services being created aligned with a rapidly changing business. The question was simple ... but the answer wasn't.
Demo Day 2, Part 2: Software For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Interesting stuff here -- some of these small business tools are recreating existing tools.
Complex Event Processing Struggles for Market Definition
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Complex Event Processing (CEP) seemed like a no-brainer for broad-market acceptance a couple of years back. Relational data warehouses and conventional analytics have not kept up with the explosive growth in real-time data volumes and the perceived demand for real-time analytics. CEP promised to fill the gap: technology developed for extreme high-volume, low-latency processing demands. Yet two years on, CEP is still struggling for market definition.
Demo Day 2, Part 1: Collaboration Tools
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Web meetings, document sharing, project management, you name it. But will you use it?
Reach Out And Touch Something
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
If you're not already using a phone that has a touch screen, the chances are higher that you will be next year, when ABI predicts over 100 million touch screen-based phones will ship. That's about 1 of every 10 mobile phones.
Getting the IT Kids to Come -- and Stay
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
When did it get so hard to attract good IT employees? At some point in the last few years, luring top talent has become increasingly competitive for IT managers, and for the small and midsize business, it's an issue that speaks not only to their success but also to their very survival.
Forrester Says 'Design for People, Build for Change'
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
In her opening keynote at this week's Forrester Technology Leadership Forum, analyst Connie Moore laid out four principles that 1. Business processes adapt to changing business conditions. 2. Applications evolve continuously while preserving process integrity 3. Processes, tasks and associated information always maintain context 4. Systems are unitary, information-rich and reflect the social needs of the business...
Larry Ellison's Future View: Oracle's Strategy Versus SAP's
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Attention all enterprise apps buyers!! Oracle execs last week discussed their 1Q results, and Larry Ellison took the opportunity to contrast his company's approach to enterprise apps versus SAP's approach. Ellison said the strategies are profoundly different -- and buyers should certainly take note.
Palm, Sprint To Announce New Smartphone Together
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
The two companies have invited journalists and analysts to a special press conference tomorrow a la Apple style to announce Palm's latest smartphone. Is Palm shooting itself in the foot or finally on a roll?
The Lessons of Memphis
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Social Networking In The NBA
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
The players may be big, but NBA teams surely qualify as small to mid-size businesses. And that's my excuse to write about the Utah Jazz creating a social networking blog on its official blog site.
Demo Day 1: Highlights
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
Wow, I'm not sure it was the brightest idea to try to blog on each demo here. There's a lot of them, and six minutes isn't enough time, at least for me, to form a meaningful opinion about most of these companies. Here's a little recap after some further investigation.
Demo Day 1, Part 5: Collaboration And Tools
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
The end of the day seems to be a little bit of a catchall, but there's some cool stuff in here. Most of the ideas seem solid enough; execution is another matter.
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