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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps posted in December 2007
Google Search Nets Chief Performance Yahoo
Commentary  |  12/31/2007
As of Jan. 7, Steve Souders says he is trading in his Yahoo hat for a Google one. It's a boon for Google, but is it a bust for Yahoo? And, did anyone not see this coming?
The Rise Of The Two-Screen TV Audience
Commentary  |  12/27/2007
Startup Jacked.com is building a business around people who use a PC, laptop, or cell phone at the same time that they're watching TV. These so-called "two screeners" may represent the rising class among TV viewers.
"Entitled" Younger Workers Could Be Advantage For Small Firms
Commentary  |  12/26/2007
No surprise, but it seems Generation Y workers expect more workplace perks than their more mature colleagues. Actually, though, that opens an opportunity for smaller firms with more flexible HR policies.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
Location-Based Service Provider Balances Security And Privacy
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
SquareLoop, a three-year-old developer of wireless location-based messaging services, has just secured $1 million in funding. The company promises to protect the privacy of mobile users even as it broadcasts sometimes urgent messages based on their location.
Wish You Could Listen To That MP3 At Home On Your Smartphone? WeBot Can Help
Commentary  |  12/19/2007
Have you ever wished you could access that one song you can't get out of your head, but realized it's on your PC at home and not on your MP3 player? Well, one startup could be the answer to your problem.
Google's Flight Tracker: Better Than Fruitcake On The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
Google is rolling out a new search feature at the time of year when Americans need it most: A service to let you know whether your flight is running late. There are several sites on the Internet already offering that service, but Google’s looks like it’ll be easier to use when you’re on the run and accessing from a smartphone. Which is, of course, when you need that information most.
2008: Buy, Build, Or Rent Your Software?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
It used to be that when deploying software, the biggest decision to make was commercial or open source. These days, the choices have expanded to include SaaS and ad-supported software.
Isn't 'Commercial Open Source' an Oxymoron?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
"Commercial open-source software" certainly sounds like a contradiction in terms. The phrase "free and open" is part of the definition of open source software, which translated into real terms means that people can download the software and source code at will and for no charge. In most instances, this is how open-source works. Where it may work less well is for the enterprise.
Finally, an Easier Way to Retrieve Your Voice Mail Messages
Commentary  |  12/18/2007
Having trouble hearing your phone messages? Are you ever in a crowded room so listening closely is not an option? Alltel rolled out a new service, so small and medium businesspersons have a new option for retrieving their voice mail messages.
The Corporate Vista Slow-Down
Commentary  |  12/17/2007
Last October, a Gartner survey found that 64% of companies planned to begin moving from Windows XP to Windows Vista by the winter of 2008. One year later, that number stands at a measly 9%. Vista may be down, but don't count it out.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-20 Stories of 2007
News  |  12/17/2007
Trend stories, how-tos and reviews. Visitors to Intelligent Enterprise depend on all of the above, as proven by our list of the top-20 most-read stories of 2007. The roster includes perennial favorites, like the "Kimball University" series on better data warehousing, as well as forward-looking analyses, like Neil Raden's treatise on BI 2.0, and in-depth reviews, like Cindi Howson's tests of new BI products. Read on to catch the gems you might have missed.
iPhone Beats Windows Mobile In Browsing Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2007
Market statistician Net Applications says on its Web site that Apple iPhones currently account for .09% of Web browsing, while all Windows Mobile devices put together account for only .06%. That's pretty astonishing, given the relative numbers of handheld devices running each OS in the marketplace.
Adobe Answers Rich-App Need for High-Performance Data/Messaging Services
News  |  12/14/2007
Open source code is aimed at sophisticated Web 20-style apps such as live help, dashboard performance monitoring and guided self-service.
IBM Takes Content Classification Software To ECM
News  |  12/13/2007
IBM has modified its Classification Module used to route incoming email in call centers, so it can be used with the company's FileNet P8.
What's Coming In 2008? Follow The Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  12/13/2007
Marc Fleury, Marc Maiffret, and Omar Tawakol are moving to new gigs. The startups they're joining represent some of what's next for the tech industry.
Knowing When To Change Is Half The Battle
Commentary  |  12/12/2007
The world of Web 2.0 can turn on a dime. And the horse you rode into this business may not always be the one you finish the race with. Just ask the pioneers behind Journalspace and Reezle, who had to adapt to the fast and fickle world of social networks or face extinction.
A Look At Google Android Running On Prototype Hardware
Commentary  |  12/12/2007
Still anxious to see what Google's Android will actually look like? While we've yet to see any Android-powered phones, Japanese wireless company Willcom has shown a prototype of hardware running Google's mobile OS. Check it out.
New Search Engine Gets Another Backer
Commentary  |  12/12/2007
Kosmix, the startup behind an "unofficial home page" for every topic on the Web, has secured another $10 million in funding. The company's automated search engine crawls the Web for content on a given topic -- from aardvarks to zen -- then presents it in Web page format. It's an interesting, but imperfect, technology.
Dell's Aims New Tablet PC At Small And Midsize Companies
Commentary  |  12/11/2007
At the unveiling of Dell's new Latitude XT tablet PC last nite, I was told that the time was finally right for tablets to find a home in general applications in smaller companies. I'm not buying it.
Dell Targets Small and Medium Business With Storage System Enhancements
Commentary  |  12/11/2007
Tired of your dealing with storage solution provider and on the lookout for a new one? If so, Dell wants you to take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Roundtripping Revisited
Commentary  |  12/10/2007
In the early days of BPM, everyone thought BPEL was the BPM standard, at least for runtime execution. Not long after, the importance of business-friendly process modeling came to the fore, and BPMN emerged as the standard for that... Then the BPM Suite included process modeling, executable implementation, and BAM in an integrated toolset that promised the improved business-IT alignment and agility needed to cope with ever-changing business requirements. No problem, said the BPEL vendors...
Microsoft Tight-Lipped On Unix Ownership Question
Commentary  |  12/10/2007
For months, I've been trying to get Microsoft to answer a few questions about the Unix technologies in its intellectual property portfolio. Microsoft agreed to an interview, then backed out. So the question remains: How much Unix code does Microsoft have its hands on?
Expert Perspective: What We Need to Get to Operational BI
News  |  12/10/2007
Current technologies aren't suitable for embedding business intelligence within applications and Web interfaces. What's needed is a developer-friendly split between query and data access that will lead to more pervasive use of BI.
SAP Focuses On Ease Of Use In CRM Upgrade
News  |  12/10/2007
SAP adds a friendlier user interface to CRM 2007, as well as a variety of new capabilities.
Another Network Management Startup Challenges The Status Quo
Commentary  |  12/7/2007
PacketTrap becomes the latest startup to take on CA, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard in network management with the beta release of its pt360 management dashboard. Rather than being deterred by deep-rooted competitors, brash newcomers are taking them on.
Google Adds AIM To Gmail :-) For Some :-/ For Me
Commentary  |  12/6/2007
At first, I was excited by this announcement since I use Gmail, but I can see some definite disadvantages here for fans of AOL, iChat, and Trillian ... or if you like downtime, since you might not get any.
What Do You Call The Hobbling Of WGA? A Good Start
Commentary  |  12/6/2007
Let's all say it together: Software piracy may be a problem for Microsoft. It is not a problem for Microsoft's customers. Microsoft's anti-piracy efforts are a problem for Microsoft's customers.
Will Google Be Your Next Wireless Carrier?
Commentary  |  12/6/2007
Flushed with oodles of money from its outrageous stock price, Google decided to sink some of its cash into wireless services, a move that seems at best curious and at worst idiotic.
Sun Or Microsoft? Decisions, Decisions
Commentary  |  12/5/2007
Sun Microsystems is extending its discount program for startups to Israel and the United Kingdom. It's a reminder that even a small business in Manchester faces a question mulled by corporate CIOs: Do we build on Microsoft or Sun?
Why Integrate Business Processes and Rules?
Commentary  |  12/5/2007
Michael zur Muehlen of the Stevens Institute of Technology spoke about business processes and rules at the recent IIR/Shared Insights BPM conference. He started out with the bottom line on why you want to integrate process and rules: 1. simpler processes 2. higher agility 3. better risk management. Who wouldn't want this? Well, it turns out users don't like processes...
Startup Founder Fights Cancer
Commentary  |  12/5/2007
Steven Kirsch, founder of anti-spam startup Abaca, has been diagnosed with blood cancer.
Silicon Valley's First Phone Company?
Commentary  |  12/4/2007
Ribbit, a 2-year-old company whose software integrates cell phone calls with Web applications, is about to unveil plans to become, by its description, "Silicon Valley's first phone company."
Revealed: A Look At Google's Corporate Intranet
Commentary  |  12/3/2007
Ever wonder what Google's corporate intranet looks like? Well, wait no more. Two bloggers have released screen shots of the search giant's dog food.
Microsoft Reportedly Considering SAP Acquisition
Commentary  |  12/3/2007
In Europe earlier today, traders felt strongly enough about a rumor regarding a Microsoft/SAP acquisition that they drove up SAP's stock by nearly 2%.
Microsoft Says Verizon Announcement Will Give CIOs More Choices For Mobility
Commentary  |  12/3/2007
If anyone besides Google stands to gain from a wireless market with open network access, it's Microsoft. Open networks could allow Microsoft to leverage its massive global user base of Windows and Exchange with millions of Windows Mobile smartphones to create a mobile world where businesses can seamlessly integrate their Windows products from e-mail server to desktops to smartphones. This has been the promise of Windows Mobile from the beginning, but after more than five years the reality has ye
Pick the Right Content Management Approach
News  |  12/3/2007
Do you need enterprise content management, Web content management or a portal with built-in content management capabilities? Take this scenario-based approach to set priorities and choose the right technologies.
BPMN Training Revisited
Commentary  |  12/3/2007
When I launched my course "Process Modeling with BPMN," I discussed why so many people beginning to "do" business process management (BPM) were looking for training in modeling, and why that was especially needed for BPMN. Now, having delivered the training, I have a better appreciation of Business Process Modeling Notation's strengths and limitations, and what students really need to know about BPMN modeling.


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