Where Gutenberg Led, Google Follows
When you've been in the tech business for more than a few years, you develop loyalties to certain companies, sites, and products. This is why when I saw the recent coverage of Google's new venture to offer free book downloads, I bristled. Most news stories about the service tout the revolutionary aspects of the project, which "makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies" rat
Amazon: Office 2007 To Ship In January
Amazon's pre-order listings for various Office 2007 editions indicate that the software will be released Jan. 30, 2007, the same day the online retailer has slated for Windows Vista's availability.
IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere
Look around your IT department. Doesn't it seem that every other person is a manager? That feeling isn't too far-fetched. The number of IT managers in recent years is way up. In mid-2006, the government classified 390,000 IT professionals in the United States as managers, up 119,000, or 44%, from mid-2001.
Turning Data Chaos Into Business Gold
CIOs shouldn't simply extract information. They should instead derive intelligence about customers, the supply chain, and competitors, then explore new applications that can put that intelligence to use for the business.
SAS Move Into Indirect Sales Is An Indication Of Accelerating Change In The BI Industry
This week's SAS Institute announcement that it will begin selling business intelligence software through value-added resellers is a sure sign that commoditization within the BI technology industry is accelerating and another round of consolidation may be imminent.
SAS, which until now has almost exclusively sold its business intelligence and data analysis software directly to customers, will develop a VAR channel to reach small and midsized businesses--defined as those with sales of less than $
Windows Vista: The last Of Microsoft's Supersized Operating Systems?
With Bill Gates on the way out, Microsoft's new chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, has big shoes to fill and an even bigger operating system to manage. Windows XP is in the neighborhood of 50 million lines of programming code, and Windows Vista will push that number higher by millions. The time is coming for Microsoft to reverse direction and pare back its mother lode of code.
How Google Might Fail
Google's success has a downside--a lot of enemies. Beyond reflexive contrarians who hate Google because they enjoy swimming against the currents of popular culture, beyond governments around the world that prefer limited rather than universal information access, there are many businesses that feel threatened by the scope of Google's ambitions.
Could Google really fail?
Lower-Cost Options Free IT From Software Maintenance Fees
As sales opportunities diminish, vendors are relying more on income from maintenance contracts to keep growing. With fees generally set between 17% and 22% of the original software license price, such expenses can exceed the original cost of a purchase in a few years.
Are Intel And IBM Cheating With Their Quad-Core Processors?
Are companies like IBM and Intel "cheating" in using multichip module (MCM) packages to create the latest advancements in multicore processors? Or is insisting that those next-generation devices be manufactured using a single monolithic design such as those by Advanced Micro Devices just gamesmanship?
Eaten By The E-Mail Monster
E-mail has gotten to be downright impossible. It causes so many problems--lost productivity, infrastructure costs, legal liability--that we should just get rid of it. It's a waste of time and resources, and it's just likely to get us all sued.
And yet we can't afford to get rid of it. It's what we use to stay in touch. If we didn't have e-mail, we'd be isolated from business communications.
Like the old barroom saying goes: Can't live with it. Can't live without it.
Quick Tip For Firefox Users: Deleting Incorrect Auto-Complete Entries
One of the nicest things about modern browsers is that they can "remember" the text strings you type into certain kinds of Web-based forms. On the downside, they also remember your mistakes and typos, and sometimes this results in incorrect values being reused. My mission over the weekend: Find a way to get rid of the old values, without nuking the whole cache.