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Archive for November, 2010


SOA done right: Webcast coming up on Dec. 7

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) burst on the scene a few years back; by now it’s old enough to have a track record — and old enough to have its best practices well understood. Read more


Attachmate acquires Novell, once a “contendah”

It may seem a stretch today, but it wasn’t so long ago that Novell was close to being the most significant software company in the world. Piloted by the late Ray Noorda, Novell, was positioning itself as an equal to Microsoft. OK, it was a long time ago – way back in the early 1990s. That’s a bunch of lifetimes in this industry. Read more


BPM in the cloud — again

Small, entrepreneurial companies often start from nothing and grow very quickly. Things are great for awhile – everyone’s congratulating themselves for being the second coming of Steve Jobs – when someone discovers that shipments are backed up because there are no procedures in place for even the most basic functions, like inventory management. All of a sudden, the high-flying start-up is teetering on the edge of non-competitiveness. Read more


Apple discovers the price of being relevant

When you’re not relevant, you desperately want to be. But being relevant has its price — people start taking shots at you. So it must be a sign of the relevance of the Macintosh that:
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Veteran’s Day Observations

In observance of Veterans’ Day, here are a few connections worth remembering between the military and IT:

The first modern computer was the ENIAC, developed by J. Presper Eckert and John  Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania for the military in the closing days of World War II. The purpose was to quickly calculate artillery shell trajectories. The war ended before ENIAC could be used for its original purpose, although it was later used in conjunction with the hydrogen bomb. The principles behind the vacuum-tube behemoth were later commercialized in the UNIVAC computer. Read more


Webcasts R Us

Taking a break from following Larry Ellison’s testimony in the intellectual property case against SAP to prep for three Webcasts next week: on Tuesday, November 16, I’ll host a Webcast focusing on cloud and virtualization. Don Boulia of IBM will explain just why virtualization and cloud implementations go hand-in-hand – and how to improve efficiency, lower costs and increase business agility by bringing virtualization to your cloud. Read more


Election results: IT still not a factor; net neutrality still not alive

With the dust settling from Tuesday’s election results, it looks like there won’t be much change in policy affecting information technology – the same result of almost every election. It has always struck me as a bit odd that information technology, arguably the country’s most important industry, seldom factors into political debate, with the possible exception of the ever-unpopular offshore outsourcing.

For advocates of net neutrality, that’s bad – 95 Democratic challengers who favored net neutrality lost. (Declan McCullagh has done a good job taking the pulse, or lack of same, of net neutrality in the wake of the election. Grant Gross in Computerworld had some good post-election reporting as well.) Read more


Meandering in the footsteps of Giants

The Giants are World Series champions, which proves, sorry Texas, that you have to show up to win — a point also driven home by World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, a very good if well-traveled player who wasn’t even a starter a few weeks ago, but may be ending his career on a high note that all players might envy. Both the Giants and Renteria are feel-good stories for sure.

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