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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps posted in July 2005
Wanna Be A Certifiable Linux Geek?
Commentary  |  7/29/2005
This just flew over my transom: At LinuxWorld in San Francisco next month, the Linux Professional Institute will offer free or really cheap Linux certification testing to all takers:
The First Open-Source Keyboard
Commentary  |  7/28/2005
I enjoyed Bill O'Brien's piece on new and interesting input devices over at Personal Tech Pipeline. But he missed what may be coolest thing to happen to a keyboard since, well, since there have been keyboards: Artemy Lebedev's Optimus. When I first laid eyes on this thing about a month ago, I knew I had to have one. Why? If you have to ask, then I can't explain.
SAP Purchase of Lighthammer Likely to Deliver Performance Solutions
News  |  7/28/2005
Acquisition targets SAP's 12,000 manufacturing customers.
InterBase: What Was The Chance...
Commentary  |  7/27/2005
My last column raised as many new questions as I had when I researched it. This one concerns the back-door login that had been compiled into Borland's InterBase code. If anyone knows the answer, or knows someone who might, give me a shout.
Embrace, Extend, Annoy
Commentary  |  7/27/2005
Years ago, I spent enough time dealing with both Quark and its customers to get the gist of that company's end-user support philosophy: sit down, shut up, and do as you're told -- please.
Google-ize Your Logo
Commentary  |  7/27/2005
Just for the fun of it: Logogle takes whatever text you input and makes it look like the Google home page. Like "InformationWeek," for instance. (Via Boing Boing and elsewhere.)
The Internet Worm
Commentary  |  7/26/2005
Earlier this afternon, I got an interesting email from Bill Whiting, a Linux Pipeline newsletter subscriber. After reading my editor's note -- also availble on the site as today's column, "Analyze This!" -- Bill wrote to suggest that Borland and Cisco might, in fact, have some prominent open-source company: Sendmail, courtesy of a once-infamouse worm that came simply to be known as "The Internet Bug."
In Focus: What's Hot and Not-So-Hot in ECM
News  |  7/26/2005
The quarterly sport of watching vendor financial results isn't just for industry insiders. These reports are a window into not only what fellow technology users are buying but also the vision and management acumen of current and prospective technology suppliers.
Snowball, Welcome To Hell
Commentary  |  7/20/2005
I knew we wouldn't hear much about the usual suspects -- Symantec, McAfee, etc. -- when I set up this week's poll. But it's still interesting to see just how little these products matter to you : Out of about 100 votes so far, just one person says they use proprietary anti-virus sotware on their open-souce desktop system.
WebMethods Introduces Continuous Controls Monitoring Solution for SOX and Other Regulatory Requirements
News  |  7/20/2005
WebMethods for Compliance helps sustain compliance initiatives by continuously monitoring the accuracy and validity of business processes, transactions and control points.
Google Shoots The Moon
Commentary  |  7/20/2005
Google engineer Larry Schwimmer today announced the arrival of Google Moon, a lunar version of the map technology seen on Google Earth. This is one small step for Google, one giant leap for lunar location-based marketing.
In Focus: Inching Toward the Paperless Office
News  |  7/18/2005
Today, more than a decade after the mainstreaming of the Internet and two decades since the dawn of the personal computing era, the quest for the paper-free office marches onward.
BPM, Top To Bottom
Commentary  |  7/15/2005
BPM is just one slice of BI, but it's a critical one with roots that stretch back into the centuries.
Automating the State of Kansas Legislature
News  |  7/14/2005
Next generation bill drafting application is to be built with the help of XMaLpha Technologies.
Filtering Out Smut
Commentary  |  7/7/2005
The Government Accountability Office, in a recent report entitled File Sharing Programs: The Use of Peer-to-Peer Networks to Access Pornography, said Google and Yahoo search engines failed to effectively block pornographic and erotic images. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted its tests in February, as we reported last wee
Savvion Releases Business Process Asset Management System
News  |  7/6/2005
Savvion's approach enables enterprises to address compliance and process improvement initiatives with a comprehensive business-focused solution.
IT Detours On the Road to BPM
News  |  7/6/2005
Want deeper business metrics and closed-loop process optimization? Even the best BPM suites still require customization and IT hand holding.
Business Process Management is Under Construction
News  |  7/6/2005
BPM systems have mastered process integration and automation, so advanced products promise embedded process monitors and feedback mechanisms. With so many vendors checking every feature and function box, we teamed up with sister publication Network Computing for a hands-on comparison of nine BPM suites. We looked at modeling, reporting, business activity monitoring and simulation features and discovered that, for the most part, the road to the future of BPM has yet to be completed.
Simple Process Management: Quick, Cheap and Easy
News  |  7/6/2005
Nsite hosts process automation.
Sophisticated Reporting Bolsters An Enterprise-Ready BI Suite
News  |  7/6/2005
Information Builders' WebFocus 7 boasts scalablity and flexible reporting.
XML From Office? Microsoft's Open Promise
News  |  7/6/2005
When Microsoft announced in June that the default file formats in the next-generation Office suite would be based on XML, there was reason to both hope and question whether open computing was headed for a major victory.
M&A Ain't the Only Way
News  |  7/6/2005
As vendors get busy with mergers and acquisitions, they're usually skimping on product innovation.
The Best Way To Find Out About Open Source: Roll Up Your Sleeves
Commentary  |  7/1/2005
There are no shortcuts when it comes to making a decision about whether to use open-source software. The good news is that IT managers don't have to endure cringe-worthy sales pitches or marketing materials when weighing their open-source options. Instead, open source allows IT professionals to go straight to the source to help them judge the merits of a particular application. Making a smart choice about open source depends upon your knowledge of the open-source community and how well you know

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