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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps posted in January 2007
JasperSoft Adds ETL Tool To BI Suite
News  |  1/30/2007
JasperSoft, a maker of open-source business intelligence tools, unveils software for extracting data from multiple sources and loading it into a BI data warehouse
Hyperion Integrates BI Tools With Ketera On-Demand Spend Management
News  |  1/30/2007
Hyperion says customers who subscribe to Ketera 's hosted spend management system can receive its analytics through Hyperion's business intelligence dashboard.
Surviving Media Disruption At AlwaysOn: Will There Be A Calm After The Storm?
Commentary  |  1/30/2007
Yesterday, I was at the opening session of the AlwaysOn NYC Media Event. Many of the media industry's top congenscenti were on hand to discuss, debate, spin, and relentlessly pitch the future of all online media. All of the bloggers present (like yours truly) were sectioned off into a tiny space in the middle of the floor called the "Blogger Bullpe
Microsoft's Sound And Fury
Commentary  |  1/30/2007
You would think that, for the launch of its much-anticipated Vista operating system, Microsoft could transcend the typical hype session that companies seem to think are the best way to introduce their products. But Microsoft's vaunted Vista launch event was a bigger version of the kind of production that you usually see at trade shows such as CES or the late, lamented Comdex -- a lot of noise, a lot of lights, and a lot of sound and fury, signifying ... well, you know the quote.
IM, Therefore I Think
Commentary  |  1/29/2007
I ranted about AOL's extreme makeover of AIM Express last week and was gratified by the comments and e-mails from people who were quick to fill in my memory lapses with the names of instant messaging alternatives. Trillian and Gaim both have numerous supporters.
Strange Anti-Microsoft Bedfellows
Commentary  |  1/29/2007
What do Brussels and Des Moines have in common? An apparent determination to keep Microsoft's competitive instincts under control that goes far beyond what Washington had the belly for.
My Dinner With Google
Commentary  |  1/26/2007
I drove from San Francisco down to Mountain View last night to attend a dinner with members of the Google Apps and Google Enterprise teams. I rented a Zip Car for the occasion, since my car wasn't available and public transport wasn't an option. The car was a Cooper Mini. It's a fun little car. It had XM Radio and I have to say I was impressed with the sound quality. But I digress.
Is Microsoft's Impact On The Economy Bigger Than Google's?
Commentary  |  1/25/2007
Donna Bogatin asks a thought-provoking question: Who has more impact on the economy, Microsoft or Google? During his annual predictions for 2007, futurist Mark Anderson said that Google and Microsoft represent two very different types of money. Microsoft is plumbing money, Anderson said, while Google is
Is The Linux Community Breaking Apart?
Commentary  |  1/25/2007
A lot of talk is going around these days about social networking on the Web and how people are forming new types of communities via sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and LiveJournal. But as far as I'm concerned, the real online communities are those groups of people who gather online wherever they can because of shared interests, shared concerns, or shared values. And one of the most fervent, opinionated, interesting, and influential groups is the open source community.
Simulation Part III: Activity Based Costing
Commentary  |  1/25/2007
Activity Based Costing is not just determining the cost of each process activity from its active labor costs, or even its total direct costs. ABC is about allocating the indirect costs, both labor -- management/supervisory, plus ancillary functions -- and fixed overhead, like plant and equipment. You can't get that from the simulation model! Or can you?
AOL's AIM Today Beta: When Good Web Apps Go Bad
Commentary  |  1/24/2007
Are you an AIM user? Have you been sucked into AOL's AIM Today beta? How much do you hate it? Yeah, me too. AOL has apparently forgotten that instant messaging is supposed to be about communication. It's thrown out the buddy list and chat window, and now pushes you into a schlock celebrity-scandals-and-ads portal page that is some marketing guy's twisted take on the social Web. I don't want Naomi Watts or a thousand new best friends. I want
Hello Windows Vista, Goodbye PC
Commentary  |  1/24/2007
Microsoft's New York City bash on Jan. 29 to mark the official, it's really, really here, introduction of the consumer version of Windows Vista will be the last "operating system as event" the PC world will ever witness.
Hyperion Agrees To Buy Decisioneering
News  |  1/23/2007
The business intelligence vendor plans to integrate Decisioneering's predictive analytics software with the System 9 suite.
Interview With Science-Fiction Writer Charles Stross About Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  1/23/2007
This research into virtual worlds and online gaming is taking me to some weird places. So to speak. Today, I'm totally jazzed because I got to interview one of my favorite writers, Charles Stross, a science-fiction author, former tech journalist, programmer, and veteran of two dot-coms. I talked to Charlie about his upcoming novel, Halting State, set 12 years in the future, in a world where virtual worlds have become mainstream.
A Peek At The Future Of Computing
Commentary  |  1/23/2007
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the best things about the IBM Lotusphere conference is always the glimpses it gives you of the future of computing. The various IBM Research labs send representatives who staff a room filled with demo pedestals -- two dozen this year -- where creators show off their projects. This year, as usual, several projects look like good prospects to become future products, and IBM Lotus has even put one up on the Web so you can get a look at it even though you're not at the confer
OpenPages Unveils Governance Platform
News  |  1/22/2007
OpenPages launches a major upgrade of its software platform for governance, risk and compliance management.
Good Riddance To IBM Workplace
Commentary  |  1/22/2007
ORLANDO, Fla. — DisneyWorld is such an appropriate setting for Lotusphere, IBM Lotus' annual lovefest for its customers, developers, and business partners. There's been a strong element of fantasy in Lotus' product direct direction for the last half a dozen years. But this morning there was a change, as general manager Mike Rhodin announced two new social-computing products, Quickr and Lotus Connects, that could be real-world successes. Even more important, he killed an old one, the poorly
Simulation Part II: Better Resource Utilization
Commentary  |  1/22/2007
Continuing my recent post re simulation analysis and BPMN… In Use Case 2, the problem is process "bottlenecks." Usually static analysis gives you a rough idea of staffing requirement even without simulation. For example, if you create 100 instances an hour, and Task A takes 1 hour, you need around 100 people to perform Task A to keep up. But what if instead of creating 100 instances an hour, you are getting 800 instances overnight and your resource for Task A also is responsible for Task B
Will 'Craplets' Put Windows Vista At Risk?
Commentary  |  1/19/2007
After a week of anticipation, I finally got Microsoft on the phone to discuss these so-called "craplets," crappy applets that an unidentified Microsoft official told a reporter at last week's Consumer Electronics Show would interfere with Vista if they were loaded by PC makers and system builders onto computers running
FullTilt Upgrades Product Information Management Suite
News  |  1/18/2007
FullTilt releases an upgrade of its product information management suite for business-to-business commerce.
Sneak Peek: Is This The Google Phone?
Commentary  |  1/18/2007
Engadget is running pictures of what some tipster claims is the long-awaited Google phone, the Google Switch.
Cognos Offers Business Intelligence For Salesforce.com
News  |  1/16/2007
Cognos is offering its namesake business intelligence tools to customers of Salesforce.com through the latter company's third-party application marketplace.
Call For Participants: What's Your Opinion On Vista?
Commentary  |  1/16/2007
OK, I realize that most of us have had news/features/ reviews/blogs/ videos/whatever about Vista pretty much up the whazzoo, and that a lot of you are thinking, "OK, already. Enough is enough! Just release the OS to the public, let us decide what's good/bad/indifferent about it, and leave us alone!"
5 Things Google Must Do To Succeed In 2007
Commentary  |  1/15/2007
Now that Google has assumed the Microsoft position as the company most everyone loves to hate, whether it's deserved or not (though not this guy), I thought I'd kick off the year with some constructive criticism, including the advice that the search company cooperate, rather than fight with, content providers.
On-Demand Twist: SaaS as Stepping Stone to Software
News  |  1/12/2007
The CTO at University of North Carolina Charlotte hopes an on-demand pilot project will lead to an enterprisewide rollout behind the firewall.
Deeper Into Process Simulation: Part I
Commentary  |  1/11/2007
A couple months ago I wrote about the deficient simulation capabilities of most process modeling tools. More recently I've been working with ITP Commerce, the tool provider for my upcoming BPMN training, on enhancing its simulation features to address the use cases that figure most prominently in process analysis. I've come up with three, and I'm building my BPMN training around the particular modeling and simulation patterns associated with each one.
Tibco Rolls Out Support For BPEL In BusinessWorks
News  |  1/11/2007
Tibco launches a BusinessWorks upgrade that implements the Web Services Business Process Execution Language specification to provide better orchestration of services within a service-oriented architecture.
Pegasystems Improves User Interface OF BPM Suite
News  |  1/11/2007
Pegasystems has improved the user interface of the SmartBPM Suite, adding richer graphics and other visual metrics to make the business process management system less daunting to non-developers and business analysts.
Sure The iPhone Is Cool But I Want A Google Phone
Commentary  |  1/11/2007
While everyone was busy this week talking about the iPhone, I was left alone wondering: Where is the Google Phone?
Pilot Scores One for Supply Chain
News  |  1/10/2007
Pilot Software and the Performance Measurement Group partner in providing SCOR Metrics for supply chain performance management.
Paramount Replaces Cognos With MicroStrategy
News  |  1/10/2007
Paramount Pictures has decided to replace Cognos's business intelligence and reporting software with products from rival MicroStrategy.
JasperSoft, Central Desktop Join Salesforce.com's AppExchange
News  |  1/10/2007
BI vendor JasperSoft and business collaboration service provider Central Desktop have integrated their products with Salesforce.com and are offering them through the on-demand software company's AppExchange.
Counting Down To June For The iPhone
Commentary  |  1/9/2007
It's going to be a long wait until June. That's when Apple says it will release its newly announced iPhone. But it may be July or later before I actually get one (or two, since I assume my wife will want one). Given the universal praise I've been hearing for the device, I suspect they may be hard to get ahold of initially.
Keywords And Metatags Don't Infringe Trademarks
Commentary  |  1/8/2007
In a recent blog post, law professor Eric Goldman noted that a ruling in J.G. Wentworth SSC Ltd v. Settlement Funding LLC reinforces other judicial opinions that using trademarked terms as keywords and metatags does not constitute a trademark violation. The plaintiff in the case, J.G. Wentwor
Second Life, New Opportunities
Commentary  |  1/8/2007
My 11-year-old daughter and her friends already are addicted to a virtual world. Called Club Penguin, it's for tweens, who create avatars--of course, they don't call them that--who are (quite naturally) penguins. Through their penguin alter egos, the kids can chat, build, and furnish houses (which are igloos, of course), and work at various jobs to earn money that they can spend on penguin clothes, furnishings for their igloos, and other goodies dear to the hearts of that species, er, age group.
Analysis Of The Brazilian Supermodel Sex Video Story In One Short Sentence
Commentary  |  1/8/2007
If you didn't want crowds of people seeing you have sex, why did you do it on the beach with other people around? OK, I can't leave it at one sentence, so here's a little more.
Supply Chain Performance Management for Operational Excellence
News  |  1/5/2007
For operation excellence in supply chain performance management, companies must align goals and deploy software to serve the entire enterprise.
Are Legacy Systems In The Crosshairs For 2007?
Commentary  |  1/5/2007
HP CIO Randy Mott is applying the 80/20 rule to legacy systems. He says in a video interview that his goal is to have his IT organization spending 80% of its time on development, 20% on maintaining and operating its legacy systems.
Vista Lagging, XP Unflagging
Commentary  |  1/4/2007
Cost of upgrading to business versions of Vista: $199, $299, or $399, depending on which edition you choose. Cost of staying with Windows XP? Apparently priceless. That's one logical conclusion based on the stories that InformationWeek readers are clicking on fast and furiously these days.
webMethods Tops Forrester Wave Report
Commentary  |  1/4/2007
webMethods, which at the beginning of 2006 couldn't even break into the BPM analysts' magic circle/wave/whatever, ended the year taking top honors in the Forrester Wave for Integration-Centric Business Process Management. webMethods has put a lot into its new version of the offering. In addition to a real SOA platform under the covers, webMethods has included some BPM features that will knock your socks off.
What The One-Laptop-Per-Child $100 Laptop Will Look Like
Commentary  |  1/3/2007
The Associated Press has an intriguing description of the user interface and software that comes with the One Laptop Per Child $100 laptop. It abandons the application-document-folder-desktop metaphor that's been used for PCs since the original Apple Macintosh in 1984, instead arranging files chronologically, in a "journal."
Firefox 3: From HTML Renderer To Information Broker
Commentary  |  1/3/2007
Looks like the Mozilla folks are working on turning Firefox from HTML renderer to information broker. Using technology called "microformats," the browser would be able to link content in Web pages to the appropriate application on the client. Users would be able to click to add contact information on a Web page to their address book, or an appointment to their calendar, or translate an address to their favorite map. We can already do some of this now; Alex Faaborg, a user experience designer a
ParkWhiz Helps Find Parking
Commentary  |  1/2/2007
The phosphors were barely dry on my earlier post about local Internet services when I stumbled across this on digg: The ParkWhiz service lets you search for parking before you get into your car.
The First Buzzword Of 2007: Placeblogs
Commentary  |  1/2/2007
Local search is looking like it's going to be big this year. The latest entrant, which went live New Year's Day, is Placeblogger, which describes itself this way: "Welcome to Placeblogger, where you can discover, browse, and subscribe to local blogs. Placeblogs are sites devoted to a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region. They're watercoolers for local discus


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