The Incompleteness Theory Of Open Source, Continued
After my last post about how "failed" open-source projects aren't really failures at all, a colleague of mine provided me with more perspectives on that situation. The very way open source works, he claimed, is like an amortization of risk against failure in software development.
Could Linux Help Bring Both Koreas Together?
People in South Korea speak of folks in North Korea more as lost brothers than bitter enemies. Over the years the two have made various rapprochements, but now it looks like North and South are teaming up on a whole new kind of joint project: a Korean-language Linux distribution.
Focus on Operational BI: Q&A With Information Builders' Gerald Cohen
Despite industry consolidation, business intelligence is not a commodity utility, insists Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. Among the largest independent BI vendors remaining, the company focuses on operational BI, and as Cohen explains, that means looking beyond data warehousing and conventional reporting and delivery methods.
Asus Makes Good On Open-Sourcing Eee's Code
The other day I posted about how Asus had apparently not released all of the source code for its Linux-based Eee PC, and I branded it a goof that would be rectified soon. Looks like that was indeed the case: Asus has fixed its mistake.
Bigger Things to BI than Vendor Acquisitions
The BI platform is critical; it's what the business users see, touch, and interact with. Fail to get that right and the data warehouse is data wasteland. So yes, how BI buying will change as a result of industry consolidation is an important matter... But let's spend more time thinking about how to make BI relevant beyond power users.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Oracle Hasn't Wasted Time on ECM Middleware
In the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Stellent, enterprise content management (ECM) was firmly on the agenda at Oracle OpenWorld. Or rather, Fusion Middleware was firmly on the agenda, and ECM was discussed as an integral part of it... Stellent the brand is no longer. The acquired functionality has already been repositioned and in some cases rearchitected as a set of services...
(How) Has Open Source Data Warehousing Developed?
Given the strengths of open source database management systems, open source seems like a natural platform for data warehousing. We've seen a number of success stories over the years — Travelocity, O'Reilly, FTD, and Frontier Airlines — but the roster of case studies is mighty thin... I'd like to hear from actual users and developers for a report I am planning on open source (based) data warehousing.
Why Microsoft Rattles The Patent Saber
It must be maddening to believe you command developer loyalties and lead legions worldwide, then watch developers flock to the Linux kernel. Maddening, that is, if you're Microsoft. Why does Microsoft say its patents cover Linux, while at the same time reaching out to other open source code projects? It's the Linux kernel development process.
Verizon's Open Network: What's The Catch?
With all the buzz about Verizon promising to open its wireless network to third-party devices in 2008, I find myself being strongly skeptical. This could turn out to be an open network in nothing but name.
Why Linus Isn't "Competing"
The recent interview with Linus Torvalds cemented a number of things I've believed about Linux for a while now. Linux isn't an OS, or even a kernel: it's an embodiment of a design philosophy. One aspect of that philosophy could be described as "ignore the competition."
Now That Verizon Wireless Is Opening Its Network, What's Next?
It looks like Google is about to get everything it wants. The king of closed wireless networks, Verizon Wireless, this morning said it will open its networks to "wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the carrier." Now what's next?
Consolidation Hits the Business Rules Market
Business rules engines are yet another example of a niche technology that is powerful, yet seemingly needs to constantly strive for the recognition it deserves. Other eclectic-yet-deserving technologies in this category include master data management and data quality solutions, etc. The challenge is to be perceived as an essential part of the corporate technology portfolio...
Mozilla Fixes Memory And CPU Problems In Firefox 3 Beta 1
Mozilla.org says it fixed a problem with Firefox 3 Beta 1 that caused it to spike CPU usage and eat hundreds of megabytes of RAM. The fix involved changing the configuration of a server that Firefox communicates with, so you don't have to download a new version to take advantage of it.
Linux Kernel Maintainers: Accountable To All, Beholden To None?
The Linux kernel is surrounded by hundreds of interested parties. How is it that none of them gains a commanding influence over the kernel's development priorities? HP, IBM, Oracle. Google, eBay and Intel each has a primary stake in Linux and employs kernel developers. Does this mean money talks when it comes to Linux? If not, why not?
Why Doesn't Google Android Support SIP?
While Google's Android OS promises to break open the mobile market, some insiders are wondering why it has no support for SIP or IMS. How revolutionary can Android be if it does not include SIP?
Did Asus Drop The Ball With The Eee PC's Open Source?
One of the provisions of using open-source code is that you have to honor the license the code was provided under, which usually means supplying the source on demand. From what other people have observed, Asus may not have properly fulfilled its obligations under the GPL to release all the source code used to build the Eee PC's proprietary hardware drivers. Or maybe someone just goofed.
Let's stop agonizing about BI positioning
I'm getting pretty tired of the agonizing whether recent market events and trends mean the end of business intelligence as we know it. Some of my fellow pundits are scrutinizing vendor consolidations and they're studying the impact of the emergence of new analytical approaches and application-delivery methods. Consolidation will mean a refocusing of product development for acquired vendors, that's all, not "the end of BI as a separate application."
Running IE On Linux -- And Running Windows XP For Free (Sort Of)
Yes, I know the headline sounds like the fodder for a joke: "Run IE on Linux? Why would you want to?" But there are circumstances where it's unavoidable -- compatibility testing, or accessing IE-only sites without dual-booting -- and in the last few weeks I've come across a couple of interesting approaches to this issue.
How Buying Changes in the New BI Landscape
This year's business intelligence mega deals have altered the complexion of strategic and tactical decisions. Successful practitioners will be unfazed by shifting vendor ownership, but dissatisfied customers are up for grabs.
Microsoft Web Analytics Does Demographics
Microsoft finally announced Gatineau, the beta release of its free Web analytics solution, at the end of October. Focused primarily on those who use Redmond's AdCenter service, Gatineau will draw comparisons with Google Analytics, but it offers some interesting differentiation, such as the ability to derive demographic data from site visitors who have signed up for a Live ID through Microsoft's Hotmail or Messenger.
SharePoint as a .Net Development Platform
On the one hand, the Web Parts framework is very attractive for plugging widgets into dashboard-type pages. In addition to what ships natively with SharePoint, you can find lots of 3rd-party Web Parts. But their quality and safety varies substantially, and inevitably you need to extend them...and then how do you handle support?... Microsoft's portal is no more or less complicated than, say, Sun's.
Amazon's Kindle May Not Be About Books Alone
The more I read about Amazon's Kindle device, the more I realize Amazon's managed to sell one thing and call it another. It's not an "electronic book" -- it's a portable vending machine for syndicated content and EVDO access. And if it works, it might hint at a new way to sell high-speed wireless access to the Internet as a whole, albeit in a heavily closed-ended way.
Is Search at a Tipping Point?
Only time will tell, but the sense in Silicon Valley is that the long-awaited shake out, shake up, and redefinition of search from it's indie, niche existence to the mainstream of the infrastructure is well underway. At the same time, there also seemed to be a new honesty about the limitations of enterprise search and the need to manage content properly.
It's Time to Reinvent Your BI Strategy
Four trends are changing the face of business intelligence, according to a new report by Forrester Research. Here's the analyst's take on the shift along with ten suggested best practices for forging an up-to-date strategy.
My Own Linux Distro: The Choices
After my first post about creating my own Linux distribution as a learning project, I received a lot of extremely positive letters from readers, many of whom had suggestions about particular distributions to use as the core for the project. Here's some of what they had to say.
Microsoft and Open Source ... Happy Together?
"Microsoft" and "open source" have, for a long time, not been two words you would typically breathe in the same sentence. And now I find myself reading an IWeek piece in which one of Microsoft's open-source point men, Bill Hilf, speaks up on both subjects.
Four Reasons Android Will Not Lead To Cheaper Mobile Phones
Everyone was talking about Google's new Android mobile phone platform at Mobile Internet World this week. One of the meme's following Android around is that the platform will lead to low-cost mobile phones packed with cool features. Sorry, folks, but Android will not make your mobile phone any cheaper.
Nokia Talks Widgets, Navteq, And Mobile 2.0
Earlier this week at Mobile Internet World, I sat down with Craig Cumberland, director, technology and applications marketing for software platforms, at Nokia. We talked about the role of widgets in the mobile Web and other topics, including Google's Android platform. Let's see what Nokia is doing with Mobile 2.0.
Oh Oracle - Let's Be Honest Now!
This week is Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco and it is one of the largest enterprise software conferences in the industry... Listening in to one of the keynotes by Thomas Kurian, Senior Vice President, Fusion Middleware of Oracle on Tuesday, he reviewed a broad range of updates to their technology platform. There were many positive advancements and points in the presentation of Oracle's Fusion middleware, but one point should not be left without comment...
Splashtop's Source Code Now Available
The source code for the Linux-based Splashtop system environment, a way to run applications on a PC without ever formally booting it (among many other things), has just been released to the public.
Dell's Open-Source Gambits Go Server-Side
Many in the open-source community applauded when Dell, arguably the single most influential PC maker right now, began -- however tentatively -- to provide Ubuntu Linux as one of its preloaded desktop system offerings. Now it's going a few steps further to offer both Ubuntu Server and OpenSolaris as standard server items along with the other Linux server OSes it has traditionally offered.
BI needs both architectural thinking and innovation
IBM buys Cognos. SAP buys Business Objects. I agree with Neil Raden: "One big yawn." Neil's analysis is spot on but calls for elaboration. Neil sees outmoded product (and process and business?) architectures as impeding innovation, for the established BI vendors and implicitly for the organizations that rely on their tools. But there's more to the picture... The more is imagination.
Google's Android: Looking Good ... But What's The Cost?
In my earlier blog post about Google's Android, I wondered if one of the fruits of that labor would be a phone user interface that didn't leave those of us not buying a phone that starts with the lower-case letter "i" out in the cold. Then I saw the videos on the Android Developer Channel and had a hard time not
Teradata: New Choices For a New Tiger in Analytics
An important event for Teradata occurred recently when it completed its spin out from parent company NCR. The company also announced third-quarter revenue of $375 million, which puts it well on the way to $1.5 billion in revenue for 2007. I'm sure you all know Teradata for its focus on data warehousing, but the company has also been building a robust set of analytics solutions that span line-of-business and vertical industries.
My Own Linux Distro: The Beginning
Here's a project I've been thinking about for a good long time, and which I've finally decided to get under way in public: I'd like to try and build my own custom Linux distribution.
Is Wal-Mart's gPC The Linux Version Of The Mac Mini?
Back when Everex's Linux-based "Green PC" hit stores courtesy of Wal-Mart, I wasn't all that excited about it -- I saw it as being an also-ran to a much more exciting product, the Asus Eee subnotebook (also Linux-based). That said, the gPC is apparently selling like mad -- and now I think I see why: it's the Linux version of the Mac Mini, sort of.