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Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Closing the Gap with Larger Competitors
Features  |  6/30/2008
A converged network allows small and midsize businesses to regain their edge over their larger competitors and once again get closer to their customers
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
Commentary  |  6/30/2008
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
NetGear's WGR614L: (Soon To Be) My Open Router
Commentary  |  6/30/2008
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.
Avoid End-of-Quarter Buying and ELAs
Commentary  |  6/30/2008
Last week I had the pleasure of keynoting at the DocTrain event in Indianapolis and also running a small session on "How to procure Content Technologies."... At the end of the session I chatted with the head of a leading US-based systems integrator who said he liked the session but would have added two key points: 1. Never buy at the end of a quarter and 2. Avoid Enterprise License Agreements.
Top Ten Reasons You Don't Need a Requirements Document
Commentary  |  6/29/2008
As I said in Requirements Are Required Reading, the real reason I'm a stickler for requirements documents is that a little extra effort upfront means I have to talk to fewer people later on -- and recall, I'm basically anti-social, which means I don't like to talk to people even in the best of situations. Luckily, David De Witt was there to set me straight, with his Top 10 reasons why you don't
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Progress Buys Two SOA Tool Vendors In Two Days
News  |  6/27/2008
Mindreef and Iona Technologies are expected to bolster Progress' portfolio which includes management tools and business process management software.
IBM Teams With Mars To Sweeten Cocoa Research
News  |  6/27/2008
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection
Commentary  |  6/27/2008
Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.
Linux On The Move Once More
Commentary  |  6/27/2008
Want a phone OS? Soon enough you'll have your choice of Nokia/Symbian, Google/Android, Microsoft/Windows Mobile, Apple/iPhone ... and now a merger between Linux mobile standards groups. There's something for everyone here.
Talend Unveils Open Source Data Profiler
News  |  6/27/2008
Open Profiler helps IT teams assess data to identify potential problems before beginning projects such as data integration or application development.
Sun Bundles MySQL Database, GlassFish App Server
News  |  6/26/2008
By charging only $65,000 per year, Sun hopes to challenge traditional commercial software providers that charge large license fees and maintenance costs.
Embotics Boosts Virtual Tool, V-Commander Management Capabilities
News  |  6/26/2008
Version 2.0 enhances current VMware virtualization software and will add support for managing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environments by the end of the year.
Survey on Voice of the Customer Text Analytics
Commentary  |  6/26/2008
I have created a short survey for users and consultants on Voice of the Customer (VoC) text analytics best practices. There are seven questions plus a comment field. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. If you are involved with VoC text analytics or are looking at solutions for possible adoption, please respond to the survey. I'll publish results at a later date. Thanks!
MySpace Publishes APIs For Linking To Third-Party Sites
News  |  6/26/2008
Similar initiatives by rival Facebook and other social networks are expected over time to build huge networks in which to offer services to a far larger pool of people.
Cloud9 Analytics Brings Forecasting to Salesforce.com Users
News  |  6/26/2008
Data warehouse in the cloud gains forecasting app, Excel-based visual report builder.
Mobile Linux Groups Join Forces To Advance OS
News  |  6/26/2008
In the face of increasing competition from Nokia and Google, mobile Linux group LiPS has merged with the LiMo Foundation.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Startup Of The Week: SugarCRM
Features  |  6/26/2008
New data center edition of open source CRM application supports "multi-instance" deployments.
Openmoko's FreeRunner Hits The Streets -- Just Not Here
Commentary  |  6/26/2008
One of my favorite open projects -- open software and hardware, both -- has finally been delivered to end users. The problem: India and Europe are the only ones getting it directly ... for now.
After Delays, Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Server Virtualization
News  |  6/26/2008
By packaging Hyper-V with Windows Server, Microsoft hopes to reverse the head start competitors like VMware and Citrix have been able to gain.
Oracle's New Plan to Save You Money
Commentary  |  6/26/2008
Remember the classic slogans from Orwell's 1984: "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." Perhaps we should now add, "Higher prices mean lower cost of ownership." I'm reading a well-known software company's quarterly report wherein the following rather noble-sounding statements are made...
Fujitsu's Interstage Update is Fit for SaaS
Commentary  |  6/25/2008
Fujitsu is releasing version 10 of its Interstage BPM, and I had a chance for an in-depth demo a few weeks ago in advance of the recent announcement. ...Most exciting, I think, is full support for multi-tenanting to allow for shared services and SaaS. Key new features in Studio V10 include...
Oracle Earns Record Revenue While Quietly Raising Software Prices
News  |  6/25/2008
Oracle this month raised software license prices by about 15% on average, according to a Forrester Research analysis.
VMware Finds Partner To Push Virtualization In China
News  |  6/25/2008
Inspur Servers, the leading Chinese server maker, will sell, distribute, and support VMware's Infrastructure suite.
Progress Software To Buy Iona Technologies
News  |  6/25/2008
Iona will become a wholly owned subsidiary, making it likely that its Artix Web integration and Fuse SOA product lines will continue.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: The Awesome AwesomeBar
Commentary  |  6/25/2008
We're kicking off a series of videos showing off the top features of Firefox 3. This time, we're taking a peek at the AwesomeBar, an updated version of the good old browser location bar, designed to make it easier for you to return to your favorite Web pages again and again. The Awesome Bar is controversial -- many people love it (including me). But others hate it, and for those people, we've got tips for how to disable the AwesomeBar.
Mac Office 2008 Update Includes More Than A Dozen Fixes
News  |  6/25/2008
Fixes included in the update cover all major components of the suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage.
The Ethical Case For Open Device Drivers
Commentary  |  6/25/2008
The recent announcement by Linux kernel developers that open source hardware drivers are the way to go got me thinking. You can make a business case for open source device drivers (you'll sell more hardware) or you can make an ethical case (it's the right thing to do). I believe in both, but for me the second view takes precedence over the first.
HP-Oracle Warehouse Marks Another Win for Appliances
News  |  6/25/2008
HP BladeSystem bundle targets 1-4 terabyte market sweet spot. HP claims speed and energy efficiency advantages over Dell's alternative.
IBM Opens Cloud Computing Centers In China, South Africa
News  |  6/25/2008
The centers will be used to deliver applications and other IT services to customers over the Internet.
Checkpoint Acquires Successful RFID Startup OATSystems
News  |  6/25/2008
Despite high-profile deals with Airbus and Kimberly-Clark, OATSystems decides to no longer fly solo in the shaky market for RFID technologies.
Intalio Powers BPM in the Cloud
Commentary  |  6/25/2008
The most interesting keynote at last week's Intalio User Conference was by Greg Olson, founder of Coghead, a BPM-in-the-cloud service that uses Intalio as the process engine under the covers... You can define data, forms, and perform the usual set of database operations, so it's really easy to build a database app in the cloud...
Endeavors Offers Free Desktop Application Virtualization
News  |  6/24/2008
Endeavors Technologies' free Application Jukebox Lite will compete with products such as Citrix Systems' XenApp and VMware's ThinApp.
Fear of New Technology Is an Old Problem
Commentary  |  6/24/2008
Here's a clever video from Norway (by way of AIIM's Information Zen site) that reminds us that fear of new technology dates back to the transition from scrolls to books. In fact, there's little doubt that earlier collaborators resisted the move from tablets to scrolls. But who knew there were help desks way back when? Enjoy...
Business Process Optimization on the Cheap
Commentary  |  6/24/2008
Homeowners know that installing energy-efficient windows help save money in the long run, yet are reluctant to make the investment in these challenging times. Businesses are no different, but even in this difficult economy, companies looking to optimize business processes have a very useful yet inexpensive tool at hand. It's called the Hawthorne Effect...
Symbian's Open Source Gambit Ups Stakes In Mobile OS War
News  |  6/24/2008
Nokia's moves to make Symbian a free and open mobile operating system should put pressure on competitors to keep innovating and giving customers what they want.
Credit Suisse Spin-Off Launches Virtual Machine Manager
News  |  6/24/2008
DynamicOps' VRM is a cross-vendor management tool, handling provisioning and decommissioning tasks on virtual machines.
Nokia Takes Initiative With Symbian Open Source Move
Commentary  |  6/24/2008
Nokia's acquisition of Symbian and intent to make the popular operating system open source code changes alignments in the mobile device market. Nokia has now got a lever with which to extend Symbian's reach and make life more difficult for competitors.
Oracle Forms Health And Sciences Business Unit
News  |  6/24/2008
While the company's focus on health care and life sciences isn't new, Oracle clearly sees growth opportunities in the sector.
Symbian: As Open As They Wanna Be (But How Much Is That?)
Commentary  |  6/24/2008
What with Google's Android currently stuck in the state of a work-in-progress, it was only a matter of time before someone else ponied up their own open source competition for the smartphone/handset market. But it isn't some newly-minted firm flush with a round of startup funding -- it's Nokia's own Symbian, to be merged with the S60, UIQ, and MOAP(S) platforms into one great big happy
Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014
News  |  6/24/2008
Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista.
Pitney Bowes MapInfo Integrates Software with Cognos 8 Platform
News  |  6/24/2008
Location intelligence vendor adds another BI suite integration to take geospatial analysis mainstream.
ASUS's Linux Eee PC Gets Price Parity With XP Down Under Once Again
Commentary  |  6/24/2008
A while back I noted that the pricing for ASUS's new Linux-powered Eee PC was at a premium over their XP version of the same machine, a move which defied most brands of logic I could apply to the situation. Fortunately, after a bit over a month of this decision getting flamed roundly in public, they're backing down and quoting the same price for both machines: $649.
E-Discovery, Compliance, Auditing, and Investigation
Commentary  |  6/24/2008
E-discovery and auditing are flip sides of a single coin, the one concerned with retention of records and their production in litigation, the other with studying records to verify the correct of execution of corporate business processes and accounting procedures. Compliance is the coin standing on edge: operational rules and monitoring designed to ensure that businesses stay out of legal and accounting trouble.
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