New Windows Era
It's strategy time for Microsoft customers as Windows Vista goes into beta testing. So, what's your plan?
Mozilla Goes Mobile
Mobile-phone version of the popular Firefox browser is previewed for developers.
Microsoft Denies IE 7 Breaks Yahoo, Google Toolbars
Company says problem was a bug in pre-beta versions that's fixed in Beta 1 version released last week; denies rumors that MSN search engine will be only default search in IE and pledges to support third-party toolbars and search engines. Internet Explorer.
Under New Management
One year after assuming the CEO job at Informatica, Sohaib Abbasi assesses where the company and the data-integration market are going.
Wanna Be A Certifiable Linux Geek?
This just flew over my transom: At LinuxWorld in San Francisco next month, the Linux Professional Institute will offer free or really cheap Linux certification testing to all takers:
The First Open-Source Keyboard
I enjoyed Bill O'Brien's piece on new and interesting input devices over at Personal Tech Pipeline. But he missed what may be coolest thing to happen to a keyboard since, well, since there have been keyboards: Artemy Lebedev's Optimus.
When I first laid eyes on this thing about a month ago, I knew I had to have one. Why? If you have to ask, then I can't explain.
Dashboarding From The Bottom Up
A heck of a lot of organizations are rolling out reporting and analytics capabilities to their so-called "line-of-business" workers -- those knowledge employees whose ability to make smart decisions impacts things on the operational level. In other words, the people who really make a business run.
As dashboards spread to more and more folks throughout the organization, one prominent business performance management executive has some advice for companies taking on new dashboard deployments: St
Dell Seeks To Migrate Exchange Users
Dell on Thursday debuted a turnkey package of hardware, software, and services for enterprises that want to leave Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 before the aging mail server exits support at the end of the year.
Customer Data Challenge
Consumer-goods companies have to learn to work closely with China's traditional wholesale/agent channels if they want to reap the rewards of better understanding their customers.
Dashboarding From The Bottom Up
If you're rolling out new reporting capabilities, think about empowering line-of-business workers first, before taking dashboards into the executive suite.
InterBase: What Was The Chance...
My last column raised as many new questions as I had when I researched it. This one concerns the back-door login that had been compiled into Borland's InterBase code. If anyone knows the answer, or knows someone who might, give me a shout.
Embrace, Extend, Annoy
Years ago, I spent enough time dealing with both Quark and its customers to get the gist of that company's end-user support philosophy: sit down, shut up, and do as you're told -- please.
Google-ize Your Logo
Just for the fun of it: Logogle takes whatever text you input and makes it look like the Google home page. Like "InformationWeek," for instance. (Via Boing Boing and elsewhere.)
The Internet Worm
Earlier this afternon, I got an interesting email from Bill Whiting, a Linux Pipeline newsletter subscriber. After reading my editor's note -- also availble on the site as today's column, "Analyze This!" -- Bill wrote to suggest that Borland and Cisco might, in fact, have some prominent open-source company: Sendmail, courtesy of a once-infamouse worm that came simply to be known as "The Internet Bug."
Windows Vista Beta Arrives
Microsoft has to prove that Vista's visual polish can make PCs easier to use and close a perceived elegance gap with Apple Computer's Mac OS X.
New CEO, Same Earnings Woes For Siebel
CEO George Shaheen said the company is paying for its habit of allowing too many deals to slide to the end of the quarter. "Sometimes we land the plane too close to the end of the runway."
Your Favorite Databases
Readers show a wide range of views when it comes to which databases are the most analytics-friendly.
In Focus: What's Hot and Not-So-Hot in ECM
The quarterly sport of watching vendor financial results isn't just for industry insiders. These reports are a window into not only what fellow technology users are buying but also the vision and management acumen of current and prospective technology suppliers.
BI Bullet Points
Want quick advice on the best ways to leverage business intelligence tools? Check out this list.
BI Bullet Points
There's nothing better than a nice business intelligence bullet list.
OK, maybe that's an overstatement. But they're nice. And in case you haven't seen it yet, I've got one for you.
Making Deals, Raising Cash
There was a lot of money sloshing around the IT industry last week, with several companies making acquisitions and several others lining up new financing. The buyers were plugging holes in their product portfolios or buying technology. News Corp. bought more than 30 Web sites. Business Objects went for financial-planning and performance-management software. Microsoft grabbed an E-mail-services hosting company. And Broadcom focused on 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology. Meanwhile, venture capital flo
Hyperion Earnings Jump 40 Percent
The business intelligence software maker reported earnings of $20.7 million in its fourth fiscal quarter ended June 30, compared with net income of $14.7 million in the same period last year.
Informatica Sees Sales, Earnings Spike In Q2
Sales rose to $64.2 million in the quarter, up 21 percent from the same period last year. License revenue reached $28.1 million in the second, also up 21 percent from the comparable quarter a year before.