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Content tagged with Software posted in October 2006
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New Hampshire Has The Right Goal For Its E-Prescription Plan: Perfection
News  |  10/31/2006
It aims to have 100% of the state's doctors using the technology, which can reduce errors and spot dangerous drug interactions, by 2008.
Microsoft Wants Speed Advantage With Open Source PHP
News  |  10/31/2006
Microsoft has formed a technical partnership with Zend Technologies to optimize its open source scripting language, PHP, to work better with Windows Information Server.
Smartphone Frustrations Revealed
Commentary  |  10/31/2006
We asked you what your smartphone experiences were, and wow did you have a lot to complain about! Nobody's denying that a smartphone is a good productivity tool--in theory. But in reality, the smartphone manufacturers and operating system makers have their work cut out for them. If they want proof, I have over 50 complaints sitting in my in-box that I've compiled into a list. The most common complaints are included here, so read on.
Intuit's Not Just for Small Businesses Any More
Commentary  |  10/31/2006
Intuit QuickBase's general manager Jana Eggers calls it the "app gap": that divide between rich, complex enterprise apps and less complex workgroup tasks often handled using email, spreadsheets, and manual methods. For quick, simple applications that let workgroups in large companies manage sales, customers, and projects, QuickBase offers a library of hosted tools that can be used independently or in combination, knit together if necessary by a Corporate Edition management layer.
SAS Institute Wants To Predict Your Profitability
News  |  10/31/2006
SAS Institute unveils new tools for analyzing the profitability of products, operations, and customers, as well as scrutinizing aftermarket services.
IBM Launches Software Development Centers In China And India
News  |  10/31/2006
The centers each will be staffed by 500 developers focused on creating service-oriented architectures for customers around the world, including those located in the United States.
IBM Extends Services For Virtualized Client Infrastructure
News  |  10/31/2006
IBM's Global Technology Services will provide consultation, assessment, planning, design, and implementation of a "virtual infrastructure" of thin-client computers.
Kodak Raises the Bar in Production Document Imaging
News  |  10/30/2006
Billions of loans, insurance claims and other transactions are still handled on paper. With no end of paperwork in sight, Kodak has introduced a new top-of-the-line document scanner for production imaging environments.
The Internet Governance Forum: Will Theory Lead To Action?
Commentary  |  10/30/2006
The first meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum, or IGF, began yesterday in Athens and is promoting a very worthy agenda. Some of the critical issues to be discussed include: Who has access to the Internet? Who has control? What are the best ways to combat spam, phishing, and child pornography? How can we protect freedom of speech online--especially in cou
Microsoft Expression Web Gives Dreamweaver A Run For Its Money
News  |  10/30/2006
Die-hard Dreamweaver fans aren't likely to switch to Microsoft's Expression Web, but some serious coders who aren't wedded to the longtime market leader are finding a lot to like in the FrontPage replacement.
Which Baseball Players Earned Their Big Paychecks?
News  |  10/30/2006
Information Builders' Web site analyzes postseason stats and player salaries.
Do You Use Vista Or Does Vista Use You, Continued
Commentary  |  10/30/2006
In the last episode of the ongoing soap opera, "As The EULA Turns," Microsoft was trying to explain what the End User License Agreement for Windows Vista really meant when it said you couldn't run Vista in a virtual machine. Today we hear Microsoft say, "No, when the EULA says you can only move Vista from one machine to another once, it actually means 10 times."
IBM, Lehman Bros. Launch China Investment Fund
News  |  10/30/2006
The China Investment Fund will start with $180 million and target companies in technology, financial services, biotech, and communications.
News  |  10/30/2006
A look at emerging technology that's disruptive -- and that isn't.
Microsoft Responds To Vista License Concerns
News  |  10/29/2006
Microsoft says Windows Vista's "hardware tolerance" for upgrades has been improved, but there are no current plans to change the specific language in the license.
The Linux World Learns How Larry Ellison Does Business
News  |  10/27/2006
In his bold play for Red Hat Linux customers, the Oracle CEO shows how important the operating system is to his company.
Four Steps To Data Security
Commentary  |  10/27/2006
Here's some advice on setting your corporate data security agenda to avoid privacy pitfalls that can undermine any data management strategy.
Oracle's Fusion Plan
Commentary  |  10/26/2006
Oracle's John Wookey has pledged to keep the company's multiple lines of business applications going well into the future.
Lost In The Shuffle
Commentary  |  10/26/2006
There's a human tendency to root for the underdog--to hope that the losers who start at the bottom of the heap, who have the odds stacked against them, can fight their way to the top and stand tall in victory while the credits roll. Thus, the popularity of Rocky, the Mets, and, yeah, Firefox. However, most of the time, things don't work the way they do in the movies
Oracle To Support Red Hat Linux, Using Red Hat's Own Product Against It
News  |  10/25/2006
Oracle will exploit the open source license by offering its own customers a version of Red Hat's software with the labels stripped off. Oracle will charge for support, competing with Red Hat using Red Hat's own products.
Google Warns Not To 'Google' On Yahoo
Commentary  |  10/25/2006
If you use "google" as a verb, GoogleTM would like to correct your grammar. GoogleTM, you see, has become so successful that its trademarked name is in danger of becoming a generic term for searching online. As a post today on the Google blog points out, zipper, baby oil, brassiere, trampoline, thermos, cellophane, escalator, elevator, and dry
Oracle Gives A Peek At E-Business Suite 12
News  |  10/25/2006
But the new apps won't be available for up to a year. Development of upgrades for acquired applications such as Siebel and JD Edwards remains on track, though, the company says.
Put to the Test: BEA Delivers a 'Best-of-Hybrid' Development Environment
News  |  10/25/2006
Workshop for WebLogic Platform 9.2 makes Eclipse more approachable, surrounding it with well-chosen libraries and development functionality.
AmberPoint Takes Duo Approach To SOA Policy Governance
News  |  10/24/2006
AmberPoint has introduced a version of its SOA management software that decouples governance and execution of policies, a move that's becoming necessary as infrastructure vendors add the ability to execute rules in their products.
Oracle, An Expanding Universe
Commentary  |  10/24/2006
Oracle has added 482 features to the beta 11g version of its database. It's a reflection of that enduring Oracle philosophy that its database is the center of the universe and everything revolves around it.
Microsoft Offers Vista Discounts To Holiday Shoppers
News  |  10/24/2006
The promotion is aimed at moving Windows XP-based PCs now, while encouraging upgrades to Windows Vista later.
No SP3 For XP? Ehnhnhnhnh. Thank You For Playing, Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/24/2006
Since Microsoft last released a roll-up of fixes for Windows XP Service Pack 2 in 2004, the pace of changes to the operating system has accelerated beyond any expectation. Windows Update on the XP machine closest to where I'm sitting shows 101 updates have been applied since it went into service on July 15, 2005. That's a huge number.
Business Objects Provides Data Quality Platform For Siebel CRM
News  |  10/23/2006
Business Objects launches a version of its data quality platform that has been tightly integrated with Oracle's Siebel customer-relationship management applications.
Drill Down on the World Series: BI Evaluates the MVPs
News  |  10/23/2006
Information Builders Inc. (IBI) is using its business intelligence software to deliver the kinds of analyses team owners demand.
Oracle Agrees To Buy MetaSolv
News  |  10/23/2006
Oracle will pay $219.2 million for the maker of operations support systems for communications service providers.
Brief: Microsoft Bends To Brussels
News  |  10/23/2006
The company has made several concessions to regulators and rivals in the run-up to Vista's release.
IBM Sues Amazon Over Web Commerce Patents
News  |  10/23/2006
IBM claims the patents are core to Amazon's business, including functions such as its product recommendation engine.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: Ultimate Software
News  |  10/20/2006
An index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
The Internet Explorer 7 Glass Is Definitely Half Empty
Commentary  |  10/20/2006
The news that Microsoft has finally released a newer, perhaps less risky version of Internet Explorer should bring a song to my lips and a spring to my step. But my heart is heavy. Why? Because of the nine PCs within my reach, only two will run the newer, safer IE. The other seven run Microsoft operating systems that Microsoft has stopped supporting and won't release a version of IE7 for.
Pentaho Integrates Google Maps In BI Dashboard
News  |  10/19/2006
Pentaho, a maker of open source business intelligence software, integrates Goolge's mapping service into its BI dashboard.
Microsoft Answers Brussels
Commentary  |  10/19/2006
It might be official now: The days of triumphant Windows releases are gone. Instead, Microsoft's next operating system is limping toward the starting line.
Microsoft Expands Life Sciences Effort
News  |  10/19/2006
Microsoft cut deals with several life sciences and software companies for software that helps researchers visualize molecules and run tests of the efficacy of potential drug compounds.
UPMC Inks Multimillion-Dollar Co-Development Deal With dbMotion
News  |  10/19/2006
The data integration work aims to provide UPMC's clinicians with easier access to more unified and comprehensive patient data.
Open Text, Permabit Unveil Litigation Management Products
News  |  10/19/2006
Open Text Corp. and Permabit Inc. have released software for managing documents and other information that must be kept to meet legal requirements.
At Long Last, Microsoft Updates Its Browser
News  |  10/18/2006
New features include improved data security; compliance with modern versions of Web software development standards, including cascading style sheets and the document object model; tabbed browsing; and better-looking printouts of Web pages.
Is Mac Growth In Business World Next For High-Flying Apple?
News  |  10/18/2006
Its popular iPod aside, Apple sold more Macs in the past quarter than ever before. The conditions are right for Mac to grow beyond its niche in business, and some say it's already happening.
Cartesis Upgrades Dashboard, Scorecard and KPI Capabilities
News  |  10/18/2006
'Analytics' upgrade helps users share trusted data, pursue operational performance management
Educational Publisher Puts Process Management to the Test
News  |  10/18/2006
To speed test development in response to federal regulation, Harcourt Assessment is using BPM technology to integrate stand-alone applications and streamline the publishing process.
What Do You Need Most To Run Vista? Microsoft's Permission
Commentary  |  10/18/2006
For years the joke has been, "It's Bill Gates' world, we just live in it." Microsoft has published the End User Licensing Agreement for Windows Vista, and it's not a joke anymore. It's just how things are going to be. Get over it.
Mercury Reaches For SOA Ring As HP Acquisition Nears
News  |  10/18/2006
Mercury needs to move beyond its historic strength to rise to what HP wants from the deal.
New Samba Features Improve Interoperability
News  |  10/17/2006
Columnist Eric Hall takes you through the newest release of Samba, the popular open source program that allows end users to access and use files, printers, and other commonly shared resources on an intranet or via the Web.
IBM Reports Growth In Third Quarter Sales, Profits
News  |  10/17/2006
The company's closely watched Global Services business, which accounts for about half of its revenue, increased sales by 3% to $12 billion.
Firefox Co-Creator On The Browser's Future, And More
News  |  10/17/2006
Blake Ross explores the challenges ahead for browser users, like the need to better manage the multiple sites they access at once.
HP Tries To Corral Those Pesky Servers
News  |  10/16/2006
HP is testing RFID technology for tracking computers and disc drives inside data centers at Midwest retail and grocery store chain Meijer.
Firefox 2.0: You'll Like It If It's The Kind Of Thing You Like
Commentary  |  10/16/2006
I've been using Firefox 2.0 since Release Candidate 1 came out a couple of weeks ago, and I'm pretty satisfied with it. There are no major new capabilities to the browser, but there's a couple of nifty new minor features. Combine that with Firefox's improved stability, and that means existing Firefox users will want to upgrade right away, as soon as the version hits final release. However, because there are no big new capabilities, I don't think the new version will win Firefox much new market
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