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  • Search Moving into Multimedia

    Posted July 19, 2005 - 10:13 am

    New search tools promise to make web multimedia as easy to search as text. Blinkx and Podscope have announce services that index the audio content of multimedia files. The services use proprietary audio-to-text conversion processes to create a text version of the speech within media files. The text version of the file can then be indexed to make the media file searchable.
  • Blinkx delivers RSS alerts for audio/video content

    Posted July 19, 2005 - 8:53 am

    Blinkx's multimedia search engine will be able to notify users whenever it indexes content that matches a term the users previously searched for, the San Francisco startup plans to announce Tuesday.
  • Will Nexus save Siebel?

    Posted July 18, 2005 - 4:03 pm

    Siebel Systems Inc. desperately needs to grow again -- and with its traditional enterprise software market sluggish and saturated, expanding into new areas is the company's best chance. Within the next few months, the company will unveil Project Nexus, a custom-CRM (customer relationship management) offering executives hope will unlock a lucrative new market. Several years in development, the initiative represents Siebel's latest attempt to regain the vanguard of the software market it pioneered.
  • ECM: You really can have it all

    Posted July 18, 2005 - 2:52 pm

    Today's corporations maintain vast quantities of information, much of it in electronic form, and not all of it interchangeable. A content management system is a system that is used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content throughout an enterprise. That content may be in any form, structured or unstructured; and its management is hopefully applied to and integrated with day-to-day business processes.
  • Opinion: As Microsoft goes on the offensive, will QuickBooks be the next to fall?

    Posted July 18, 2005 - 12:23 pm

    Microsoft plans to take on Intuit's QuickBooks, the popular SMB accounting package, with a scheduled release of Small Business Accounting 2006 coming up this fall.
  • Peachtree 2006 bears fruit for small business

    Posted July 18, 2005 - 12:22 pm

    Sage Software's Peachtree 2006 is "better than ever and provides keen competition for QuickBooks," according to this review, which notes that with four different iterations, the line meets a range of SMB needs.
  • IBM moves into enterprise blogging

    Posted July 15, 2005 - 10:52 am

    IBM is launching itself into territory popularized by the likes of Google -- the Weblog. IBM this week announced two blogging tools, taking advantage of a practice increasingly prevalent in the enterprise.
  • Enterprises look to Google for ASP services

    Posted July 15, 2005 - 10:16 am

    An IDC survey of 30 large companies found that nearly 85% of respondents would turn to Google for hosted application delivery if such a service were offered. Yahoo and Amazon, too, ranked higher than established providers and Microsoft.
  • ERP top software priority among readers, says ZDNet study

    Posted July 14, 2005 - 5:09 pm

    While ERP ranks as the number one software initiative, Web services, service-oriented architectures, blade servers, and virtualization place high among IT priorities, according to ZDNet's monthly survey of 500 IT managers.
  • Open-Xchange puts on Red Hat, reveals ambitions

    Posted July 14, 2005 - 3:57 pm

    Open-source collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange Inc. has clarified its relationship with Novell Inc. and kicked off a new relationship with Red Hat Inc., the company announced Thursday. The deals mean the vendor can now bundle and resell either of the leading Linux operating systems with its Open-Xchange Server, according to the company's chief executive officer (CEO). He also revealed Open-Xchange's ambition to become one of the top three players in the groupware market within the next few years.
  • Microsoft to go open source?

    Posted July 13, 2005 - 9:51 am

    Could Microsoft's software run eventually on open source systems such as Linux? One top executive of the open source movement believes it could well come true.
  • Google Sets the Stage for Business Leaders

    Posted July 12, 2005 - 12:21 pm

    Every now and then some renegade high-tech start-up comes along, run by people who don't follow the rules, and they come to be the ones who get to set the rules for everyone else. An early example was Microsoft. Today, it's Google. Patricia Seybold Group's free report suggests that companies are properly concerned about how Google's strategies will impact their own strategies. Accordingly, Seybold recommends creating a Google strategy of your own, nothing that Google is often referred to now as a "400 pound gorilla." Since the early days of Internet-enabled search, the most forward thinking companies always had a search strategy of some sort; today, it's more specific than that. It's not just a search strategy, it's a Google strategy, and what the report refers to as "Google gaming" has become a full-time job. A company's Google gamer is the one who optimizes search placement, and oversees keyword purchase advertising. Seybold predicts that in the future, companies will be investing more in these areas, specifically with Google -- which is referred to here as "the most dominant and predictable driver of traffic to companies' Web sites.
  • Compiere: the open source ERP alternative

    Posted July 12, 2005 - 12:00 pm

    Compiere in Italian means to accomplish, fulfill, deliver. The seven-year old open source ERP, which provides integrated customer relationship management (CRM), partner relations management (PRM), supply chain management (SCM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and online analysis processing (OLAP) for free, may sound too good to be true. In this interview, Compiere designer Jorg Janke talks about his creation, open source ERP and the value it promises to business users.
  • Spyware threat drastically changes users' online behavior: Report

    Posted July 11, 2005 - 1:01 pm

    A whopping 91 percent of Internet users say they have changed their online behavior because of the threat of spyware and adware, according to a recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
  • Intentia updates applications, prepares Lawson merger

    Posted July 11, 2005 - 11:05 am

    Intentia International AB has released the latest version of its business applications suite, an update that's likely to be the software's last major overhaul before Intentia completes a planned merger with fellow midmarket ERP (enterprise resource planning) software maker Lawson Software Inc.
  • MS WPC: Microsoft to debut midmarket bundle, licensing

    Posted July 7, 2005 - 9:26 am

    Microsoft Corp. Thursday is expected to unwrap a Windows software and licensing promotion aimed at making it easier for midmarket companies to implement basic Microsoft infrastructure software, according to a Microsoft executive. The new software bundle, called the Windows Server System Offer for Midsized Companies, will debut at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2005, which will be held in Minneapolis over the weekend.
  • Google readies toolbar for Linux

    Posted July 7, 2005 - 12:27 am

    Google has developed a toolbar for the open source Firefox browser that contains almost all the features found in Google's toolbar for Internet Explorer browser. The free toolbar will be available for download on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Citrix releases SMB version of access software

    Posted July 6, 2005 - 11:32 am

    Citrix Systems Inc. plans to release on Wednesday a version of its application management software tailored for midmarket businesses, an aggressive step that the company hopes will aid its expansion beyond the enterprise market.
  • Who's your buddy?

    Posted July 5, 2005 - 10:59 am

    Send a robot to do a marketer's job? CMOs may be forgiven for raising a skeptical eyebrow. After all, who would want prissy C3PO marketing their company's products or services?
  • Microsoft reveals some details of CRM 3.0

    Posted July 5, 2005 - 9:20 am

    Microsoft Corp. will release a new version of its CRM (customer relationship management) software around the end of this year. With the new version will come a special edition for small businesses, a subscription-based license for hosting services, and support for more languages, including Chinese and Arabic, Microsoft said on Tuesday.
  • SAP offers Safe Passage program to midsize firms

    Posted June 29, 2005 - 10:41 am

    In a move to attract a larger number of customers from rival Oracle Corp., business application software vendor SAP AG is extending its Safe Passage program to include small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) worldwide.
  • Confidence in e-commerce waning

    Posted June 27, 2005 - 12:58 pm

    A whopping 80 percent of online consumers surveyed by Gartner Inc. say their concerns about online attacks, including data breaches, identity theft and phishing, have negatively impacted their confidence in emails from unknown sources; of those, 85 percent say they delete suspicious email messages without opening them.
  • Review: Three free e-mail apps

    Posted June 27, 2005 - 12:57 pm

    Three free email programs all offer the same basic functionality, but differ considerably in terms of design, extras and look-and-feel. This review delves into the differences and helps you select the one that matches your priorities.
  • Open source strikes at Microsoft Office

    Posted June 24, 2005 - 9:38 am

    Microsoft Office faces stiffer competition from the open-source world following major releases of Office competitors for the Mac OS X, Unix and Linux platforms this week.
  • EBay launches new services for professional sellers

    Posted June 24, 2005 - 8:31 am

    EBay Inc. on Thursday introduced two new services, one aimed at sellers interested in setting up their own online shop and another geared at high-volume merchants that buy merchandise in bulk for resale.

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