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Content tagged with Software posted in September 2006
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Running The Numbers On Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006
With every month that ticks by before Windows Vista arrives, Microsoft needs to fill the white space with reassurances to companies that an upgrade will be worth their time and money. On Friday, Microsoft released new total-cost-of-ownership figures--the overall price tag of installing, running, and supporting its upcoming operating system--that show the best-managed IT shops could save as much as $340 per PC each year they run Vista, compared with today's Windows XP system. Any payback numbers
Beyond Financial Performance: Q&A With Forrester's Paul Hamerman
News  |  9/29/2006
You've checked the SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) box and streamlined financial budgeting, planning and consolidation in the process. So what's the next performance management challenge? Paul Hamerman, Forrester's vice president of enterprise applications, looks at operational performance management and offerings from the likes of Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
Businesses Seek Security In Windows Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006
With only two months (barring further delays) until Windows Vista is due for business availability, InformationWeek surveyed 672 business technology managers to gauge their plans for the operating system. Microsoft should be happy to know that 39% of the businesses we surveyed plan to upgrade to Vista within the first year of availability. The top reason? Security, what else?
Imaginestics Does Web Search With Drawings
News  |  9/29/2006
Users can find parts on foreign language sites without needing to type in text queries, though text can be used to refine searches.
Former HP Chief Security Strategist: Company's Leak Investigation Crossed The Line
News  |  9/28/2006
Ira Winkler, a former CSS at HP, talks about the bad decisions the company made in its boardroom leak investigation, where he thinks investigators crossed the line, and how common intelligence schemes are in corporate America.
Service Promises One-Stop Voicemail Pickup
News  |  9/28/2006
The service aggregates multiple incoming phone lines into one number that customers can access through a Web interface.
DEMO Report: Startup Virtualizes Apps, Not Operating Systems
News  |  9/28/2006
By taking an application-centric approach, Trigence says it can better ensure that the application will run in its new setting.
Open Source Database Gets An Oracle Upgrade
News  |  9/27/2006
Berkeley DB, the open source database system frequently used in Linux applications, can now be patched while it's still running.
Tao Launches Gaming Architecture At DEMO
News  |  9/27/2006
The company allows developers to build applications on one platform for use on multiple cell phones and operating systems.
Lirix Launches Ad-Supported Music Platform
News  |  9/27/2006
The software inserts ads into downloadable music to make content free for consumers.
Get More From Your ERP Investment
News  |  9/27/2006
Innovative companies have taken the lead in fully utilizing their ERP systems. The majority, however, have yet to take the first steps in using their ERP .investments to greater advantage.
Getting Search Into Business Intelligence
News  |  9/27/2006
The first challenge for businesses looking to get search into BI is to identify the capabilities necessary for the user.
IDF: Intel Finds Energy Efficiency Religion
Commentary  |  9/27/2006
It may not have been as dramatic as Saul's Road to Damascus conversion, but getting hit upside the head by rival Advanced Micro Devices the past two years must have helped Intel see the light, and now Intel has belatedly become a full convert to the religion of energy efficiency.
Demo Report: Internet Consumer Technologies Creeping Into Enterprise Software
News  |  9/26/2006
The ascendancy of "social networking" applications with possible business uses is in contrast to Demo 11 years ago. Now the new ideas are flowing based on Internet-based technologies.
SAP Completes On-Demand CRM Application Lineup
News  |  9/26/2006
SAP Service on-demand apps provide tools for setting customer service priorities and managing SLAs.
CA Adds Configuration Management Database
News  |  9/26/2006
The database includes more than 70 relationship templates, 140 predefined configuration item groups, and multiple adapters for integrating the collected information.
'Greatest Software' Story Triggers An Outpouring Of Recollections
Commentary  |  9/26/2006
When the story "What's The Greatest Software Ever Written?" appeared Aug. 14, it set off an explosion of memories from those involved in the early stages of computing. For example, one responder asked, "Do you recall the big board of the IBM 407 key punch processor into which the red, green, blue and yellow wires--each a different length--were inserted?" Hey, I may have learned to program with IBM punch cards, but I don't go back to wires-through-a-board.
JasperSoft Unveils Reporting Tools For
News  |  9/26/2006
JasperSoft, a maker of open-source business intelligence software, launches reporting tools for
The Good, The Bad, And The Implausible: More Predictions About The Impact Of Technology On The Future Of Society
Commentary  |  9/25/2006
A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project reflects strong disagreement over whether technology is good for humankind. Interestingly, the 742 handpicked "technology thinkers and stakeholders" who responded to the survey were largely in agreement about the ways that technology will evolve. But they contradicted each other about how this evolution will impact society in 2020.
Symantec Looks Beyond Antivirus
News  |  9/22/2006
Partnerships with Dell, Juniper anticipate wider ''Security 2.0'' strategy, to be announced next month.
Financial Services Firm Uses Web To Guarantee Interviews To Applicants
News  |  9/22/2006
Every job seeker who contacted Securian Financial Group via its "E-mail a Referral" program has been granted a face-to-face interview with the firm's human resources department.
Search Tool Looks Inward To Tap System Logs
News  |  9/22/2006
Splunk 2.1 adds features that mimic another Google practice: furnishing command line APIs to the search engine so third parties can write independent applications that exploit its capabilities.
Broadband On A Budget
Commentary  |  9/21/2006
High-speed broadband has finally overtaken dial-up Internet access. According to a recent report by JD Power and Associates, 56% of residential ISP customers are now using broadband connections for applications such as Googling for the latest on Cameron Diaz, viewing online videos, and blogging about their pet dogs'
Oracle Ships 'Low Cost' Content Management Software
News  |  9/20/2006
Oracle has launched software that the company says is designed to provide "low-cost" management of Office documents, PDF and image files, and other unstructured data.
Is Time Warner Finally 'Getting' The Internet?
Commentary  |  9/20/2006
Time Warner seems to be finally putting its six-year-old AOL merger debacle behind it, thanks to recent aggressive moves to promote a new Web strategy.
Symantec Prepares For Shift To 'Security 2.0'
News  |  9/20/2006
Symantec will venture into the areas of system availability and performance management, CTO Mark Bregman says.
Oracle Off To Fast Start In Fiscal 2007; Revenue, Profit Up 29%
News  |  9/20/2006
Sales of licenses for applications grew by 80%, but the company still gets most of its revenue from databases and middleware.
Citizendium To Be Professional Wikipedia
Commentary  |  9/20/2006
Larry Sanger, one of the principal founders of the Wikipedia public encyclopedia project, has recently announced the establishment of a project called Citizendium. The latter is expected to be managed by authoritative experts within a field and will rely heavily on formal partnerships, which stands in sharp contrast against the Wikipedia model of being a free-for-all where content can be edited by any and all comers.
BEA Unveils SOA Infrastructure Platform
News  |  9/19/2006
BEA Systems has unveiled a software platform for building service-oriented architectures, reflecting a trend among infrastructure vendors to provide as many tools as possible to companies adopting the standards-based form of distributed computing.
Red Hat Plus JBoss Equals A New Horse Race
News  |  9/18/2006
The rapid incorporation of the JBoss Application Server and other JBoss software is intended to make it easier to produce applications that run under Linux.
EMC Lays Groundwork for ILM
News  |  9/18/2006
InfoScape crawls file systems and automatically tag files with basic metadata and clues to business value, sensitivity and content.
BladeLogic Enhances Data Center Management Platform
News  |  9/18/2006
Release 7 adds functionality designed to allow timely and accurate application releases across the network.
Microsoft Pledges Not To Bring Patent Suit For Web Services
News  |  9/18/2006
The company makes a public pledge that it won't sue individual developers using any of 35 key standards.
IBM Adds Problem Resolution Toolkit In Drive For Self-Healing IT Systems
News  |  9/18/2006
The toolkit helps developers build a database of common problems and their solutions.
Construction Software Vendor Sues To Block Microsoft's Use Of 'Forefront' Name
News  |  9/15/2006
Dexter & Chaney says it's been using that name since 1988, and that Microsoft's recent decision to use the "Forefront" brand for its security software risks confusing Dexter's customers.
Hewlett-Packard's Taskmaster
News  |  9/15/2006
Heir to the chairmanship, Mark Hurd stays focused on growth and efficiency.
IT Confidential: Last DOS Standing
Commentary  |  9/15/2006
Microsoft products don't get old, they get better--don't they?
Former PC Industry Darling Tries For Comeback As Dell 2.0
News  |  9/15/2006
Founder and Chairman Michael Dell acknowledged that the company's direct sales model is no longer enough.
Microsoft Hopes New Search Tool Draws Converts From Google
News  |  9/15/2006
Microsoft may finally believe its search engine and search advertising platform have reached the point of being technically competitive with Google and Yahoo. But technology will only get Microsoft so far.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: RightNow
News  |  9/15/2006
An index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
Apple's Future Phone
Commentary  |  9/15/2006
It's pretty much a given these days that Apple is hard at work on a mobile phone. The company won't acknowledge this, but it's hard to find an Apple rumor site or financial analyst covering Apple that hasn't speculated about the iPhone or whatever the fabled device eventually ends up being called. Despite its studied coyness, Apple in
Informatica Extends Data Integration for On-Demand Systems and BI
News  |  9/14/2006
Software provider elaborates partnerships with Hyperion and
Thank Heaven For The Web
Commentary  |  9/14/2006
A significant tech anniversary quietly slipped by last month. Fifteen years ago, Tim Berners-Lee made public a little project he was working on. He called it the WorldWideWeb.
Author Peters Puts Both IBM And Microsoft On The 'Guarded' List:
Commentary  |  9/13/2006
In Search of Excellence author Tom Peters is no admirer of GM. But he suggested there were two computer industry behemoths out there that may be teetering on the verge of decline as well. One was IBM, due to its increasing dependence on services revenue. But also put on the "guarded" list was Microsoft.
TransMedia Adds Office Apps To Its Glide Document-Sharing Service
News  |  9/13/2006
TransMedia plans to launch business and academic versions of Glide, its consumer online application and social networking suite.
Google Stakes Desktop Claim Through Intuit Alliance
News  |  9/13/2006
The deal threatens Microsoft because Google is staking its claim not just on Internet applications, but on desktop software, too. The alliance unites one of Microsoft's oldest competitors with one of its most recent.
DashBriefs: IBM Buys ISS; Oracle Buys Sigma Dynamics' Predictive Analytics IP
News  |  9/13/2006
IBM enhances its security offerings by acquiring Internet Security Systems. Meanwhile, Oracle looks to spruce up its Fusion Middleware with a company purchase of its own.
Dashboard: Degree Programs Arise to Train Budding BI Experts
News  |  9/13/2006
Business intelligence industry leaders have been lamenting a lack of BI skills in the workforce, prompting a host of institutions of higher learning to educate the masses.
Dashboard: Apps Put Portals in the Spotlight
News  |  9/13/2006
An interesting mix of SOA, composite application and BPM possibilities are bringing some spark back to the portal market.
Dashboard: Analytics and Search Spot "The Long Tail"
News  |  9/13/2006
Companies should recognize that their brand is not the only bridge by which customers can find their products.
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