Sometimes Steve Ballmer Just Takes Your Breath Away
In a USA Today interview Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is asked if he wishes consumers would get as passionate about Microsoft as they do when Apple comes out with something new. "It's sort of a funny question," he answers. "Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? I want to have products that appeal to everybody." Steve, I've got one word for you: iPod.
Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
Last week, Gartner's preeminent business process management analyst Jim Sinur announced he would join Global 360 (http://www.global360.com/ ) as Chief Strategy Officer. In this broad-ranging interview, Sinur explains the move, offers an update on the BPM market and explores the evolving convergence of BI, data, events, modeling, business process management and business rules.
Google To Launch iGoogle
At a brunch for journalists (where I am typing this), Google today rolled out new personalization applications and features that are scheduled to go live first thing Tuesday morning.
First, the Google Personalized Home Page, previously known as IG because those two characters are at the end of the Personalized Home Page URL (www.google.com/ig), has formally become iGoogle. If you thought Froogle was a poor product name, be thankful Google rejected Yougle, Fusion, and Mockingbird for the rename
Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't resist taking shots at the iPhone. Who can blame him, the iPhone has the potential to redefine the entire handset business -- as well as position OS X as a competitor in the mobile OS market.
Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
Thank you for your concern about the lack of interactivity in my television. I realize that your researchers have only my best interests at heart, but please tell them that interactivity isn't necessary. TV is passive entertainment and I'm fine with that. If I want to interact, I'll do so using the computer in my home office, or maybe, if I'm feeling decadent, from my laptop while watching TV.
The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know
I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.
Does A Job Ad Signal The Return Of The Google Phone?
Just when you thought it was safe to deny the existence of a Google Phone, more rumors stir the blogosphere. Late last week Dan Jones at Unstrung pointed out that Google posted a job ad for hardware product manager. So much for Google not getting into the hardware business. Oh, it gets better.
Put to the Test: Oracle BI Enterprise Edition
Built on the federated data access and Web-based architecture of Siebel Analytics, Oracle's latest BI offering is competitive, but the admin and query interfaces could stand a few usability improvements.
Got Any Good Windows Vista Tips?
Have you got your feet wet with Microsoft's new operating system? If you're like me, you don't have it at work, but you've been spending an untoward amount of time with it on your home PC. That's where I came up with my Top 5 Windows Vista Tips To Personalize Your PC.
Microsoft News And Notes From My Redmond Visit
You learn a lot about a company after being on its campus for two days. Microsoft's no different. The company's main campus in Redmond is huge, with tens of thousands working there daily. With so many people, my meetings cut across business and product lines, and I was able to get a bunch of good insight, as well as some bits and pieces that I find newsworthy and interesting, including some release dates and/or new details about Windows Live, security, management and developer tools. So, onto a
Microsoft To Pop The Top On PhizzPop
Microsoft may not have been at the forefront of creating social networks, but the Windows company is ready to lift the lid on a conversation with the new architects of Web 2.0.
How Big is Microsoft's Silverlight Shoe?
On April 15, Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight, which formerly was called Windows Presentation Foundation/E. Based on technology developed for Windows Vista, Silverlight is a streaming media delivery module, a piece of code that plugs into a browser, that Microsoft hopes will open the floodgates for media rich applications. Also, it's an Adobe (Macromedia) Flash killer.
Microsoft On Its Internet Do Or Die
I'm out here at Microsoft's massive Redmond campus this week interviewing Microsoft executives about everything from newly-announced Flash competitor Silverlight to what's on tap for Windows Server "Longhorn." And also my lead feature from this week, "Microsoft's Internet Do or Die," which was greeted by a general "eh, harumph" from one of the Microsoft executives I quoted.
Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
The Internet moves quickly, but perhaps you remember this essay from that long-ago time of last week (gosh, we were so much younger then, weren't we?). In it, developer Paul Graham argues that Microsoft is dead, killed by Web applications and buried by the Apple comeback. I do think there is some truth to Graham's essay -- but it's only part of the story. InformationWeek's J. Nicholas Hoover
Google's Deal For DoubleClick Could Be The End Of Yahoo
Unless you live in a cave (not that there is anything wrong with that), you probably know by now that late last week Google agreed to buy online ad services company DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. Google paid through the nose for DoubleClick -- roughly 10 times revenue. Everyone has been talking about how this deal kept Microsoft from owning the display ad space. While I t
Adobe Offers Toolkit For Salesforce.com
The Adobe Flex Toolkit for Apex is for building rich Internet applications that piggyback on Salesforce.com's online software for managing sales and customer data.
Study Finds Firms Lack Confidence in Records Practices
Respondents to AIIM's annual "State of the Enterprise Content Management Industry" study aren't terribly confident about their organizations' ability to product electronic records for legal or regulatory challenges. They also say they're turning to technology to help solve the problem, yet corporate policies and practices may be the real stumbling block.
Content Management In Focus: Q&A With AIIM's John Mancini
Vendor consolidation, new federal rules on e-discovery and moves by giants including Microsoft are changing the enterprise content management market. Preparing for this week's AIIM Conference & Expo in Boston, AIIM International president John Mancini explores what's driving deployment and whether ECM is being subsumed by information management.
What Evil Lurks In Your Backed-Up Files? Shadow Copy Knows
Dave Methvin at PC Pitstop has an interesting -- and disturbing -- article in his company's monthly newsletter for April: Vista's slice-and-dice approach to carving its features into multiple versions has produced one presumably unintended side effect, he says: the less expensive Home Basic and Home Premium versions make backups of older versions of your files as you create new ones -- but you can neither access them, nor delete them.
Is Google Both The Perfect Cash Cow And A Star?
Alex Iskold at Read/WriteWeb asks a great question: Is Google the ultimate money making machine? Iskold argues that Google may have discovered the world's most perfect business model. Is Google both the perfect cash cow and a star?
Take 5: Socialight Combines Mobile Location And Social Networking For Something New
Welcome back to Take 5, my regular feature where I ask an industry insider five (or in this case six) questions about their company and the mobile business market as a whole. In this edition I throw the spotlight on a new mobile startup called Socialight. I spoke with the company's co-founder, Dan Melinger, about his new service, which combines mobile location, online local search, and social networking.
Google Lays Out Its Mobile User Experience Strategy
Just market the word 'Google' with any event these days and you can pretty much bet it will sell out. Last night I was at a presentation by Google on mobile user experience. If any other company gave this talk, maybe 40 or so people would show up. But because the speaker was from Google and the event was in the company's New York City nerve center, over 250 people packed out the Google auditorium. For those of us lucky enough to get a ticket, we received an upfront look at how Google designs its
Backing Up Your Desktop With Amazon S3
Since I converted to the Mac two months ago, I've been playing Russian Roulette. I haven't had a good system for doing backups. But that changed Sunday when I discovered the Amazon S3 online storage service which, when used with the free software Jungle Disk, provides a cheap, easy way to back up your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer online. Storage prices for Amazon S3 are staggeringly cheap.
A Patent On An Ajax Generator? Ah, That Could Be Important
Search Finds Python In NYC Google Office
Forget the latest upgrade to Google Talk or Google's new map mashups, the real Google news this week centered on a big snake. Reports claim that a 3-foot python, named Kaiser, somehow got loose Sunday in Google's New Yor
Small Businesses Turn To DotMobi For Mobile Web Sites
Interest in the mobile Web is high among many small and medium-sized businesses, but most of these small companies see launching a mobile site as too challenging. That's why they're turning to dotMobi as a simple and less expensive alternative.
Data Breach Notification Laws: A State-by-State Perspective
As any CIO knows by now, California has among the toughest data-breach-notification laws in the US, but it's hardly alone in mandating public scrutiny of privacy lapses. A seasoned security veteran takes you inside some of the nuances of state-level privacy protection laws.
DIY Map Mashups Now On Google Maps
Google this week launched My Maps, a new Google Map service that lets users make their own map mashups for Google Maps and Google Earth.
Never Lose Trust: Protect Customer Data
The information age has its dark side: data theft and privacy breaches. The proactive approach to safeguarding customer information starts with encryption for mobile devices. Next, consider the extra security measures implemented at Sharp Healthcare and Zions' Bank.
A Mac-Related Announcement From Microsoft For MIX?
Microsoft is promising a bunch of news at its annual MIX web developer conference at the end of this month, from a "still-secret 'Technology X'" to help Web developers create new experiences to a keynote from the recently reclusive Ray Ozzie, a peek at the future of Internet Explorer and new ways to build applications on top of Microsoft's Live (online) platform. But what's the blockbuster news? A source I spoke with today, who recently spoke with Microsoft abo
Gray: Brilliant Researcher With An Indelible Personal Touch
In an industry that has consistently exploited its research for rapid financial gains, Jim Gray stood out as caring more about the research than the gains. "Jim used to say, 'I love astronomy data 'cause it's worthless. It's got no commercial value'," recalls Alex Szalay, professor of astronomy at Johns Hopkins.
Is Microsoft Really Validating Ajax?
Last month, Microsoft announced it had joined OpenAjax. When I read this tidbit, my first thought was "what else was there to do?" Then I asked myself, does this mean Microsoft is validating the Ajax juggernaut? Is this a symbolic milestone in the transition out of the hype phase for one of Web 2.0's leading elements? I suspect a number of IT managers might have similar questions.
Will The iPhone Allow Apple To Capture All Three Screens?
Bill Day at BillDay.com ponders the possibility that the iPhone will allow Apple to capture all three screens -- the desktop, the TV, and the mobile phone. Right now Apple looks pretty well-positioned for an integrated multimedia platform: The Mac is strong,
Google's April Fools'
This year's first day of April wasn't the usual workday hoot, since it fell on a Sunday. However, the guys at Google had a good time, posting on their site news of a faux beta for a high-speed Internet service running through your, er, toilet.