Is Wireless Affecting Our Health?
All this time I've been thinking that the cause of my tiredness and quick temper is work-related stress, the side effects of living in New York City, and lack of sleep. But it's possible that the actual culprit could be my home Wi-Fi network.
Can Microsoft Convince You To Switch?
Everyone likes a good horse race--even when the race is fixed. That's about how I see the supposed race between Internet Explorer and Firefox. Ever since IE was included with Microsoft's operating system, its dominance has pretty much been a done deal. But that doesn't mean the front-runner should sit back and rest on its laurels. And up until now, that's what Microsoft has been doing.
Surf's Up At Work
Just when you thought it wasn't safe to surf the Web at work, now it may be. Earlier this week, a New York judge made an advisory ruling that since time spent on the Internet is much like reading a newspaper or making a personal phone call, employees should only be reprimanded--not fired--for failing to stay off the Internet.
AT&T, Yahoo Jointly Offer VoIP
Yahoo Messenger with Voice is now available to AT&T Yahoo high-speed Internet subscribers, as well as Yahoo users in AT&T's 13-state local service area.
Microsoft, Hyperion Partner In BI
Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions say they plan to integrate their business intelligence products in order to provide customers with a broader offering of complementary software.
Schwartz Must Usher In Software Age At Sun
Call it founder's disease. Call it what you want. But Scott McNealy hindered Sun from becoming a successful software company. Now Jonathan Schwartz has got his work cut out for him.
Google Experiments On Humans
Over at the Google blog, Ambar Pansari, a Google product manager, and Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience, admit that Google is experimenting on its users.
The two confess, "From time to time, we run live experiments on Google--tests visible to a relatively few people--to discover better ways to search. We do this because there's no good substitute for understanding how
Imagine the conspiracy theorists having a field day with this one: eBay is separately talking to Yahoo and Microsoft to see if one of them might be a valuable collaborator against a common threat: Google.
In Search Of Innovation
For years, we've seen far too little in the way of innovative enterprise applications or major hardware and networking advances. Arguably, more innovation is taking place in the consumer space, although much of that is incremental rather than revolutionary. There's more evidence this week that innovation in the IT industry is now being driven from the search engine outward, both for consumer and business applications.
Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout
The long-predicted consolidation of the open-source software market is finally starting to happen. But which path will the market take--disappearance of the pure-play open-source vendors, or a winnowing to a few strong ones?
Those were the two scenarios proffered by Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource Inc., when I spoke with her in late February. SpikeSource sells testing and tech support for open-source packages of business software such as JBoss, MySQL, and SugarCRM. If any of those companies get
The Cost Of Click Fraud
Click fraud is a serious problem complicated by the fact that click fraud data is in short supply. The Click Fraud Index aims to change that.
The good news is that the incidence of click fraud appears to be lower than the disturbingly high figure of 20% to 40% that has been suggested.
The bad news is that at 14%, that's still a lot of bad clicks.
Navajo Nation Gets Networked
The Navajo Nation has received the first installment of a Cisco-provided IP network that will bring communications and distance learning to more than 250,000 Navajos.
Geronimo May Prove A JBoss Competitor
It's not an accident that JBoss Inc. has built up a head of steam, culminating in a $350 million offer from Red Hat. And it will be no accident that other promising application server projects follow in its path.
Wireless E-Mail Patent: What Did NTP Know And When Did It Know It?
More evidence surfaced this past weekend suggesting that NTP, which last month received a $612.5 million patent-infringement settlement from BlackBerry provider Research In Motion, should never have been granted its wireless E-mail patents. The idea of wireless E-mail dates back to 1982, when it popped into the mind of high-school dropout Geoff Goodfellow, a one-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur. That's two decades before NTP won its first legal battle against RIM.
Will Salesforce.com Solve The Mobile Apps Challenge?
Nowadays extending a business application to a mobile device is like putting together a huge puzzle. Each time you think you're getting close to completion, you're either missing a critical piece or you just can't make the different pieces fit. But it looks like things are finally starting to change. Take Salesforce.com's acquisition of Sendia this week as an example. The two c
Speed Bumps Await Cisco In App Accelerator Market
The market for application acceleration jumped more than 30% last year to $1.2 billion, and it's expected to grow even faster this year, according to Gartner. The potential isn't lost on Cisco Systems, which is trying to elbow its way back to the No. 1 spot.
An Engineer Blows The Whistle On AT&T
I never believed that the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against AT&T, alleging that the company helped the National Security Agency coduct illegal spy operations, had much of a future.
Consider the EFF's central claim in the case -- that AT&T and NSA collaborated to spy upon tens of millions of American citizens, including both domestic and overseas phone calls. EFF isn't just looking for the proverbial smoking gun; it needs to find a smoking howitzer to prove such a dramatic, and p
Some are getting all hysterical over Red Hat's entry into the middleware market, like it's going to change the IT landscape as we know it. But I don't think so.
Save Lives: Debug Code
We're so used to looking at programming these days as a throwaway, low-cost skill. We discourage students from pursuing it, we outsource the basic tasks, and we routinely struggle with balky applications. Regardless of how smart any of this might be, we know we can live with all that.
But the tendency to ignore commonsense requests to thoroughly debug code? Very bad idea. In fact, it can be downright dangerous, according to panelists and attendees speaking at several sessions on topics such as
Microsoft's Crawl From The Bottom In Search
Microsoft may be lagging in the search market, but give its engineers credit for moving faster to catch up.
The software company posted a new search engine for academic journals to the Web Tuesday night, and while it's yet another example of Microsoft trailing Google in online software (digital maps and desktop searches also come to mind), Microsoft is showing what looks like a new willingness to take some chances and loosen up its release schedules.
Feature: The Eighth Annual Editors' Choice Awards
Join us for our annual take on 'The Dozen' most influential vendors driving the intelligent enterprise. Plus, we also laud 48 'Companies to Watch' in categories including business intelligence and enterprise applications.
Processes Get Smart
The key to designing smarter processes is measuring and analyzing process results to spot improvements. Bring processes to the next level by blending business activity monitoring and BI with BPM. Such combined approaches are paying off at Great Clips, TransUnion and DHL.
Deflating The Wireless Bubble
Mobile and wireless computing are among the most hyped technologies available. My colleagues Elena Malykhina and Andy Dornan do a great job today describing both the potential and the problems of wireless and mobile computing. Their report includes the following:
Business Process Management: Never Rest
Many organizations have learned that BPM can compress cycle times, reduce cost and improve responsiveness, yet only about one-third of "process-oriented" companies go beyond the basics of the initial project. If you keep moving by monitoring and continuously improving core processes, you're sure to double your performance improvements.
Lucent Agrees To Merger
The combined companies expect annual revenues of more than a billion, but security concerns have U.S. senators asking questions.
North America Lags In IM Use
A study by ComScore Networks found that 37% of North America's online population used IM in February, compared to 64% in Latin America and 49% in Europe. And while MSN Messenger is the most popular option worldwide, in the U.S. the market remains wide open.