How The Other Half Lives
Occasionally, I run Microsoft-related news and reviews on Linux Pipeline. These generally fall into three categories: stories dealing with Internet Explorer; those concerning Microsoft's operating systems, especially Longhorn; and security-related issues.
I should admit, however, that Microsoft-related news sometimes makes the cut simply because I it strikes me as interesting, or appalling, or both.
This happened earlier in the summer, when I assumed Microsoft's
Citigroup Manages by the Dashboard Light
Asset Management unit has added human workflow and business activity monitoring to its business process management BPM environment to graduate from automation to intelligent decision support.
Net Users Split Over Grokster Ruling
Though the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against Grokster and other file-sharing programs, the community of Internet users is split over whether file sharing of copyrighted materials such as music and movies should be illegal.
64-bit computing will have a revolutionary impact on business intelligence, in terms of data processing capabilities, reporting complexity and data integration speed.
SAP Acquires Lighthammer
Lighthammer's Collaborative Manufacturing Suite will be delivered as an SAP xApps composite application on the SAP NetWeaver platform.
Of Barbeques and Business Process Management
Did you enjoy last weekend's barbeque? You probably didn't give much thought to the business of getting that gas from the ground into the tank you picked up at the home center, but it's quite a process.
Insurer Gains Productivity by Sending Employees Home
At United Guaranty, a unit of insurance giant AIG, business process management (BPM) software is helping the company shift employees to home offices all while getting a better grip on its mortgage underwriting and mortgage insurance processes.
In Focus: Microsoft's XML Move Will Hasten a New Era
I'm old enough to remember the dawn of personal computing and the boon to productivity brought on by desktop applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. I'm sure Microsoft's embrace of XML-based file formats in Office 12 could bring as big a sea change for business, but you wouldn't know it reading most press coverage to date.
Web Gives Instant Access To Quake Information
It's been some time since we've felt a sizable earthquake on the Southern California coastline that made the neighbor's wind chimes ring loud and clear, and the 20-foot palm trees sway without wind.
When Your E-mail Reads Your Mind
Imagine being handed just the information you need, right when you need it. You don't have to imagine much longer, as Microsoft's Information Bridge Framework lets you right-click from Office applications to contextual details formerly buried in back-end systems. In a sense, e-mail messages (or documents, spreadsheets or presentations) will read your mind because you'll be able to click on keywords and gain insight without opening separate apps such as SAP, PeopleSoft or BusinessObjects.
The Art of Integration
New York's Museum of Modern Art took a composite apps approach for fast low-cost development.
IBM and Partners Vow to Break IT Cement
Forget code generators. It's time to reach for the jackhammers. "Historically, information technology has poured cement over business processes," said Steve Mills, IBM Software Group senior vice president, at a gathering of the group's top 200 customers in San Francisco.
Well on Our Way to SOA? Still Much To Do
If you attended SAP's SAPPHIRE user conference in Boston, you were inundated with hype about SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) -- SAP's own brand of service-oriented architecture (SOA).
The Elephant Has Left The Building
The long reign of lumbering enterprise applications is coming to an end. Frustrated with vendor lock-in, high licensing and consulting fees and inflexibility, companies are turning to composite app development, which promises faster deployment for relative peanuts. The new approach starts with a portfolio of services, but enterprise architects and developers must follow principles that promote modular assembly. Try these best practices for designing reusable services.
Open Source Processes Infiltrate VeriSign Business Model
The open-source mindset is taking firm hold within business environments, even when companies aren't developing open-source software. A terrific example of this is the application development work VeriSign Inc. is doing using VA Software Corp.'s SourceForge Enterprise Edition to integrate a distributed group of software developers. In addition to helping a business unit within the company, which provides a variety of digital commerce and communication products and services, better organize its d