Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site.
Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.
Vista Still Seems Buffeted By Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) 'False Positives'
Hello, my name is Alex and I'm apparently running a bogus copy of Windows Vista. At least that's what my computer told me earlier today after I booted up. Funny thing is, I got my copy of Vista directly from. . . Microsoft. Apparently, I'm not the only one with this problem. If you troll Microsoft's Windows Vista Activation Forum, you'll find numerous posts along the same lines.
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
We Heart Google
Google, Google, Google. Lately, it's been all Google, all the time. And our readers can't seem to get enough of it.
Q&A: Ted Farrell on Oracle's Path to Rich Internet Apps
As chief architect for tools and middleware at Oracle, Ted Farrell is responsible for the technical and strategic direction of Oracle's frameworks and development tools and for aligning those products with the vendor's Fusion middleware technologies. With some 30,000 Oracle, PeopleSoft and Siebel customers looking to those products, the direction Oracle sets will have a major impact on enterprise adoption of rich Internet apps.
Microsoft Rattles Anti-Linux Saber
CEO Steve Ballmer rattled Microsoft's saber against Linux among Wall Street analysts last Thursday. It's clear that he means to make threatening noises, but what exactly is under threat? And doesn't talking about intellectual property but taking no action to defend it ultimately weaken your claimed rights?
My Unsuccessful Quest To Replace Microsoft Office For My Mac
It looks like I'm going to be buying Microsoft Office for the Mac after all. I had hoped to avoid it -- not because I'm anti-Microsoft, which I'm not, but rather because I just wanted save the hundreds of dollars that Office costs. However, I was unable to find a suitable substitute among all the alternatives I tried.
With Open XML, Microsoft Is Riding A Gift Horse
If you listened just to Microsoft, you'd get the strong impression that IBM was practically guilty of war crimes for its opposition to Microsoft's sweet, innocent Open XML document standard before international standards bodies. The truth is, as usual, something different. I have no doubt that IBM's support for the Open Document Format and objections to OpenXML bear some taint of competitive free enterprise. But, let's call a spade a spade, Microsoft's indignant protestations bear some taint of
Google: Mobile Phones Are The Future Of The Internet
The future of the Web is smaller than you think. And also much bigger, according to Google VP Vinton Cerf. Cerf, speaking in India this week, predicted that mobile phones, not PCs, are the future of the Web.
Debriefing: Adobe's Jeff Whatcott Explores the Rich Internet Apps Trend
Macromedia is credited with coining the term "Rich Internet Applications," so who better to comment on the future of enterprise apps than Macromedia veteran Jeff Whatcott. Now senior director, product marketing in the Enterprise & Developer Solutions Business Unit at Adobe Systems (which acquired Macromedia in 2005), Whatcott talks about Flex, Ajax and connections with services-oriented architecture.
Lombardi Blueprint Eases the Path to BPM
While I've been shouting from the rooftops that process modeling (in BPMN, ARIS, or whatever) is not that hard, Lombardi Software has been hearing from its customers that it's not that easy, either. Lombardi's on-demand Blueprint offering tries to do two basic things:
1) Link processes to business problems and goals and 2) Simplify collaborative building of process models
Has Microsoft Patented A Successor To Clippy?
Remember Microsoft's Clippy, the annoying animated assistant featured in Office, until it was retired in 2004? Like most people, I found Clippy variously unnerving, obnoxious, and superfluous. Which, when you think of it, is no small feat for a nonexistent icon. It's been the subject of much speculation whether Clippy would ever return. Would he re-emerge as a s
Microsoft Shoots Self In Foot (Again, *Yawn*) Over Tool That Migrates Apps To Vista
Explain this one if you can: (a) Microsoft desperately wants to get users to abandon Windows 2000 and spend some new money updating to Windows Vista; (b) Microsoft creates a tool, Easy Transfer, that can migrate data and settings from Windows XP and Win2K PCs to Vista PCs; (c) Microsoft creates a second tool, Easy Transfer Companion, that does even better by migrating installed applications from old PCs to new PCs running Vista -- but (d) it only works if the old PC is running XP. Exactly how do
No Turning Back from Rich Internet Apps
Offering more than just dazzling interfaces, rich Internet apps for the enterprise will personalize interaction, empower mobile users and improve client and back-end flexibility. Here's what to look for -- and what to look out for -- when choosing RIA development approaches.
Google Goes One For Two This Week, But We May Be The Big Losers
Google is clearly a big winner as the result of a trial judge's decision to dismiss a suit brought to prohibit its use of trademarked words as search terms. But it also looks like a big loser as the result of a Belgian judge's ruling earlier this week that the search-engine company violated the law by publishing copyrighted content without permission on Google News. And because of the way search engines and the Internet work, each decision could make us users of the Web a loser in a different w
Google, Microsoft, And Dell Are Developing A Wireless Device?
According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is working with Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Philips to develop a prototype wireless device. The proposed device would, supposedly, use some variant of Wi-Fi. I'm not sure if this is the Google Phone or something else.
Another Windows User Brainwashed Into The Apple Cult
You wouldn't know it from all my kvetching, but I'm actually happy about making the switch from Windows to the Mac. However, if you're thinking about making the jump yourself, you should know that it's an enormous pain in the neck at first.
Hunting For Google At 3GSM
Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for Google at 3GSM. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed with Google at this year's show. Last year, they wowed the crowds with customer deals and announcements (I had to follow the news then online, since I wasn't here for the 2006 show). And for the last six months, they've been talking about wireless almost non-stop. So where is the Google news at 3GSM?
IBM Finally Has A Desktop Suite For This Century
IBM has tried repeatedly to weaken the market dominance of Microsoft's Office Suite. A decade ago it was the Lotus SmartSuite, and more recently the ill-conceived IBM Workplace. It recently killed off Workplace, which just may save the life of Lotus Notes/Domino. But now it's trying again with something called the
Looking Beyond Vista To The Larger OS Landscape
In case you haven't yet done so, get thee to the article by longtime Dr. Dobbs Journal editor Mike Swaine on the future of operating systems. With his usual wit and technical acumen, Swaine dissects the current "identity crisis" that operating systems seem to be going through, pointing out that although--with the advent of subscription/service and hosted models--people have been predicting the end of the des
Microsoft Targets The Enterprise With Windows Mobile 6
Microsoft today finally unveiled its newest mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6, at 3GSM in Barcelona. Details of the new operating system broke last week after a site in France broke its nondisclosure agreement with Microsoft.
Put to the Test: Lombardi Takes BPM Mainstream
With Outlook integration and an on-demand modeling tool, Lombardi exposes business process management to ordinary business users. It's what analysts can do with process data that sets the technology apart.
Tests Predict Your Old PC's Future: Vista Or Vanished?
In "Which PC Is A Vista PC?" I write about the pitfalls of picking PC hardware that will run all the features of Vista you expect. For new-out-of-the-box PCs that shouldn't be as hard as it seems to be, as that article points out. But what about old PCs you might want to upgrade? Actually, that might be a little easier, because there are some tests you can run to help you decide whether an
VoIP: Coming To A Smartphone Near You
After years of speculation, it looks like VoIP is finally about to hit the wireless market. Let's take a look at the intersection of VoIP and mobile phones and see what it means for you.
Windows Mobile 6 Details Revealed
I was eating dinner when my colleague, Eric Zeman, pinged me with a text message: Get to a PC and post something about Windows Mobile 6. The news just broke.
As an always-on tech blogger, I ran from my plate of tacos to my laptop to check it out. Lo and behold, he was right. The curtain has finally opened on Microsoft's newest mobile OS. Let's check out the upgrades.
Windows To Mac: A Frustrating Transition So Far
My first couple of days as a Mac user, after a quarter-century using Windows and DOS, have been pretty frustrating. But it's not the Mac's fault. When you're used to working on one platform, you get used to doing things a certain way, and it's maddening to go to another platform that has different ways of doing the same things.
UMTS Moto Q Next Week with WinMo6?
A bit of analysis over on Unstrung is talking up the probability that Motorola will announce a UMTS version of its semi-popular Q smartphone. I say don't bother unless it comes with Windows Mobile 6.
Carriers Join Forces For Mobile Search
A group of international carriers including Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and U.S. wireless carrier Cingular Wireless this weekend said they would work together to develop a mobile search engine they hope will keep Google and Yahoo from dominating the emerging mobile search market. That's all great, but does anyone actually use search on their
First Impression: Switching From A PC To The Mac
Do I look different to you? More genteel? More elegant? Maybe even taller? I just made the switch from using a PC as my primary machine to using a Mac. As a matter of fact, I've spent more time on the Mac in the last day and a half than I've done in the preceding 24 years of using personal computers.
Incisive Insight into Vista
Preston Gralla has been around the technological block more than a few times. An amazingly prolific author, he has written more than 35 books that explore, explain, and enlighten--using plain-spoken and easily accessible prose--the intricacies of a broad range of technologies.
Put to the Test: IBM WebSphere Portal 6.0
This portal's best play is enterprise integration, but it's also suitable for intranets and workgroup collaboration. Implementation can be complex and confusing, but a new Portal Express offering is aimed at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees aims to speed and simplify deployment.
Windows Vista Booty: Microsoft's Largesse Is More Than I Can Take
Microsoft spared little expense in this week's consumer launch of Windows Vista. In New York, it started with 16 dancers, dangling from ropes, unveiling the Vista logo on the side of a building, and ended with ear-piercing music, hors d'oeuvres, and a ceremonial pushing of "The Wow Starts Now" button. Then the real goodies came out -- duffel bags stuffed with more than $600 of software,
Google Keeps Talking Mobile
Google CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday spoke about Google's mobile plans during the company's fourth quarter earnings report. Schmidt highlighted Google's wireless deals with China Mobile (the world's biggest wireless carrier), Apple and its mapping app for the iPhone, cell phone maker Samsung, and Korean carrier SK Telecom. It's clear that Google is betting big on mobile.
What to Look for in a BPMN Tool
SOA analyst Beth Gold-Bernstein of ebizQ posts about her quest for a BPMN tool to support her effort to "take a pragmatic, business-driven approach to incremental SOA design and implementation. We plan to use standard modeling techniques and tools where ever feasible... It's time for business and IT to start speaking the same language, so we should use BPMN right from the start.
SAP To Offer Sales And Operations Planning App
SAP AG plans to launch in March a quickly deployable application that can gather and analyze sales and operations planning data, and deliver it to multiple departments within an organization.
Search Renewed One More Day For Microsoft's Jim Gray
The U. S. Coast Guard Thursday renewed its search a fourth day for Jim Gray, 63, one of the original relational database System R researchers, combing more than 40,000 square miles of ocean. So far, no sign of the frequently honored computer scientist can be found.