Quality Issues (Still) Plague Spoke.com People Search
"If you want to keep your job, use Spoke," advise the folks behind "the fastest growing and most up-to-date business network in the U.S." Sounds like something to look into; social/people networks are one of the most important BI assets to have emerged in recent years. Grading according to accuracy, completeness, quality, usefulness, and usability, I'd give Spoke a low C. Here's why.
Why OpenOffice Is Mired In Sun's Swamp
While I was out getting my fill of Christmas turkey, a brouhaha erupted online about the state of the OpenOffice.org project. One of the developers on the Novell side, Michael Meeks, wrote a widely circulated blog post in which he chastised Sun for its heavy-handed handling of arguably one of the most significant open source projects of our time.
Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?
The newest installment of Conventional Computer Wisdom holds that Windows 7 will be "a Linux-killer," unseating Linux on netbooks and sealing its fate on the desktop. Well, maybe XP-killer and Vista-killer is more like it.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Blog Posts of 2008
What did you, the readers of Intelligent Enterprise, like most on this site in 2008? When it comes to our blogosphere, the three keys to popularity are controversy, controversy, controversy. Before we ring in the new, here's a list of our top-ten blog posts of 2008...
Who Loves the Incumbent Vendor?
Imagine you have been using a particular vendor's technology for the past five or ten years... Now it's time for an upgrade, or even a replacement of that technology. The product did what it was supposed to do at the time, but now technology has moved on and it's time for a refresh... Make sure you consider both sides of the double-edged sword of incumbency.
BPMN's Three Levels, Reconsidered
I've now been doing BPMN (business process modeling notation) training for two years, and only recently have I begun to appreciate the true nature of BPMN usage levels. This reconsidered view may help you better understand what is rapidly becoming the one significant standard in business process managment.
Toshiba Adds OpenSolaris To Its Notebook Lineup
OpenSolaris may not be unseating Linux any time soon, but file this one under the "small steps" category: Toshiba's apparently working with Sun to offer OpSol as a preload on '09 laptops.
Palm Gets $100 Million Boost
Elevation Partners' equity investment comes as the smartphone and PDA maker is set to unveil its Nova operating system and new handsets.
How to Buy an Analytic DBMS
I went to London for a couple of days recently, at the behest of Kognitio. The main driver for the trip was a seminar at which I was the featured speaker... I delivered practical advice on the subject of how to buy an analytic DBMS, starting with this seven-part self assessment...
200X: Year Of The Linux Argument
In no less than two days I've read a flurry of articles pooh-poohing the Linux desktop as a veritable delusion and a fairy story -- something to tell young GTK+ coders before you tuck them in at night. It isn't the year of the Linux desktop; it's the year of the Linux catfight.
Apple Sued Over Apple TV
EZ4Media's lawsuit alleges that Apple TV, Airport Express, and Apple Macintosh personal computers infringe four of its patents.
Will IBM Add Analytics to its Toolbelt?
The gist of Ambuj Goyal's message in this week's Q&A interview is that predictive and statistical modeling - key offerings for the likes of SAS and SPSS - are overrated... I'm fine with challenging conventional wisdom and seeking simplest-possible solutions... but I won't be surprised if and when IBM acquires an analytics vendor.
OpenOffice.org 3 Goes Portable At Last
After an extended period of debugging and testing, OpenOffice.org 3's finally been officially released in a PortableApps edition. For those who always wanted to give OpenOffice.org a spin without actually installing it, this is the way to go.
Sun Updates VirtualBox 2.1 Again
Only daily downloads of MySQL and Java exceed those for Sun's VirtualBox 2.1, which boasts improved performance for running Windows, Macintosh, Solaris, or Linux on any PC hardware.
Linux's '09 Outlook: Everywhere, Even On Windows Machines
It sounded like a wild hook for a story, to put it mildly: In 2009, it is said, Linux will ship on more PCs than Windows. So I sat down with Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation to explain his reasoning behind such a statement. He did, and I learned about great many other forward-looking insights for Linux in '09, too.
Mozilla Firefox 3.05 Updates User Rights
The change addresses criticism from the free and open source software community that Mozilla was asserting rights through the Firefox EULA that were incompatible with the GPL.
The Lighter Side of Being CIO
I recently came across an article on succession planning for CIO's... and I thought, are you kidding? The savvy CIO knows much better than to foolishly throw it all away through succession planning or any other such nonsense. Here are a few tips for the savvy CIO to stay indispensable...
Mobile Firefox Coming To Symbian
Code-named Fennec, the browser will use the same technology as the desktop version, including its HTML rendering engine called Gekko.
Palamida's Open Source Hit Parade
Palamida's a firm that sells consultancy services for open source software, so it's not exactly a surprise that it would be listing "25 Hot Open Projects You Should Be Using Now To Save Money" in its recent report on the open source outlook for IT in 2009. It has posted the list at its blog with the headline "In A Time Of Less, Do More With Open Source."
Palm Intros App Store Of Its Own
Not wanting to be left behind by Apple, Google, and RIM, Palm has launched a centralized store where customers can find more than 5,000 apps.
Spock.com Taps Text Analytics
Spock is a people-search engine, currently in beta release. The company uses "a combination of search-engine technologies and user edits to aggregate the world's people information and make it searchable." Andrew Borthwick, Principal Scientist at Spock Networks, kindly fielded a number of questions about Spock's use of text analytics and Spock's data-quality efforts.
Open Source Business Model Is 'Broken.' Really?
Stuart Cohen declared in the Dec. 1 issue of BusinessWeek: "Open Source, The Model Is Broken." I disagree. Open source was never a business model per se, any more than it was a programmer's religion, despite the fervor that sometimes surrounds it. Rather, it was, and is, a better way to develop and distribute software.
The True End User Experience for BI
This video will help you understand the essence of the end-user experience for business intelligence, and the message is delivered in ten seconds. Keep it in mind as you deploy BI more broadly...
Workday Updates SaaS Offerings
The updated human resources software as a service includes features for helping managers track the total cost of employees.
FSF Vs. Cisco: Are The Gloves Coming Off?
Looks like Cisco and the Free Software Foundation are about to come to real legal blows. The FSF filed a lawsuit this morning alleging that some Linksys brand routers use FOSS without properly releasing the source code for same. What's going on here?
Books Or Bits For Crowd-Sourced Content?
I've got two books sitting in front of me, sort of. The first is Martin C. Strong's Great Rock Discography, 7th edition, with every track and every piece of vinyl waxed by 1,200 major artists. The other is the Web site Discogs.com, the "crowd-sourced" / Web 2.0 / pick-your-buzzword discography site that sports millions of discs by millions of artists. I rely on the latter often, but I keep the former on my shelf. So which will it be