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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
Articles by John Foley
posted in June 2008
I've had occasion to chat with Bill Gates a number of times over the years, and there's often a point when something unexpected happens. He's been brutally honest, occasionally evasive, and surreptitiously a nice guy. As Gates gets ready to ride off into the software sunset, here are a few anecdotes that stand out.
Talend has come out with an open source tool for assessing data quality. If you're like most companies, your customer database is junked up with duplicate names with outdated titles and inconsistent information. Talend's Data Profiler brings order to this mess.
On a recent trip to Pittsburgh to meet with tech startups, I stopped by Google's office in the Collaborative Innovation Center on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. In an interview, Google engineering manager Kamal Nigam explains why Google came to Pittsburgh and what it's doing there.
Pittsburgh is known for its sports teams, three rivers, steel-manufacturing heritage -- and increasingly for its technology innovation. The Penguins' championship bid just ended and the Pirates are in last place, but there are other reasons for "the Burgh" to cheer. A startup incubator has just opened on the city's South Side, and the Gates Center for Computer Science is under construction to the east.
A corner of Carnegie Mellon University's normally quiet campus is a noisy mess these days, due to construction of the new Gates Center for Computer Science, a steel-framed building perched high atop concrete columns. The site is only a hundred yards from CMU's Collaborative Innovation Center, home to none other than Google.