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  • Consumer broadband speed up by a third

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    Studies that show broadband speed and growth rushing upward tend not to show the context of how fast the rest of the world is moving.
  • Suddenly everyone has a cyberweapon; and they're big

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Researchers show how to use secure core Internet routing protocols to kill core Internet routers; Anonymous releases Stuxnet. Time to get Amish.
  • IBM sweetens the pot for partners

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    At the kickoff of IBM's PartnerWorld conference, IBM announces new incentives for partners
  • Clinton defends Internet freedom, for other countries

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Hillary Clinton lays out U.S. position supporting the online freedom of protesters overseas but not the contradiction of prosecuting WikiLeaks.
  • Kognitio to offer virtual cube analytics

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Kognitio claims to have found a way to eliminate data warehouses through the use of virtual data cubes
  • Stuxnet is back, and Anonymous has it

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    The Stuxnet virus hit not one group in Iran, but five, all by direction. Now the 4Chan Anonymous hactivists claim to have source code.
  • Microsoft, Google, Mozilla unite, pointlessly, on 'Do Not Track'

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    The Do Not Track features in IE, Firefox and Chrome add a pleading note to your HTTP header asking that you not be taken advantage of.
  • HP buying Vertica for analytics

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    Hewlett-Packard announced Monday it plans to buy data warehousing and analytics vendor Vertica for an undisclosed sum.
  • Samsung, SAP to roll out analytics for Android devices

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Samsung SDS and SAP have created BI (business intelligence) software for Android mobile devices, the companies announced Monday in conjunction with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Night Dragon hack attacks make cyberwar commercial

    Posted February 11, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Workmanlike pool of hackers spend years extracting data from utilities in highly commercial version of Stuxnet worm attack on civil infrastructure.
  • Beyond IT: Analytics education for professionals

    Posted February 10, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    I recently spoke to a professor in the information systems department of the University of Georgia business school. We were talking about the explosive growth in analytics and the need for more investment in analytics education for future business professionals. He proudly spoke about the coverage of analytics, data design and management and allied technology topics in the curriculum for the IT specialization at the business school. Then I asked him about the coverage of analytics in other business school departments, aimed at students aspiring to be finance, marketing, or supply chain professionals. Why couldn't a module on applying analytics to decisions typical of a business function be inserted into each of these business classes? He agreed this would be valuable, but admitted that his school hadn't reached that point yet or even recognized this as an objective.
  • SAP preps 'huge' BI upgrade

    Posted February 8, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    SAP is gearing up to launch Business Objects 4.0, its biggest BI (business intelligence) release in roughly three years, later this month at an event in New York.
  • Why won't anyone hire middle-aged geeks?

    Posted February 7, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    During the most recent recession unemployment for IT people 55 and over went way up, while actually dropping for noobs aged 25-54.
  • Hearsay preps social media monitoring tool for enterprises

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Hearsay, a startup founded in 2009, is launching a cloud-hosted social media management application tailored specifically for companies that have a national brand as well as a broad base of local affiliates.
  • IT execs hope iPad, PlayBook can boost decision-making process

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    IT executives at Chevron and TD Bank are testing whether tablets like Apple's iPad and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook can be used to improve workflow processes int their companies.
  • BP puts real-time data at heart of safety turnaround

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 11:57 am

    BP has insisted that real time data, and a tight control of staff and technology processes, will be at the heart of turning round its troubled safety record.
  • O2 analyzes customer calls to drive iPhone sales

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Analysing customer data has helped O2 to fine-tune its marketing and target the most profitable customers.
  • EMC's Greenplum offers 'big data' tools at no charge

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 1:15 am

    EMC is now offering a community edition of its Greenplum data warehousing platform, as well as algorithms and data mining tools for working with large data sets, at no charge, the company announced Tuesday.
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    BI, value creation key for CIOs: Gartner

    Posted January 31, 2011 - 12:18 pm

    Increasing enterprise growth, reducing costs and attracting new customers are the three areas CIOs are focusing their attention on in 2011, according to the latest research from Gartner.
  • Oracle to release finance data warehouse

    Posted January 27, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    The Oracle Financial Services Data Warehouse will be marketed to banks, financial institutions
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    Fabulous PHP frameworks: CakePHP

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    CakePHP combines easy installation with command-line tools that jump-start development, striking a good balance between small and large
  • TomorrowNow litigation drags SAP Q4 profits down

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 4:31 am

    SAP saw revenue rise 27 percent in the fourth quarter but profits dropped by more than a third due to increased provisions linked to litigation with Oracle related to its former TomorrowNow unit, the company said Wednesday.
  • GE gets smart

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 10:33 pm

    Business analytics continues to be a hot target for acquisitions. This trend continues with the GE announcement that it would acquire advanced analytics vendor SmartSignal.
  • When is good design a bad idea?

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    The design concept is an art in itself; the concept of design is to build the damn thing rather than just showing me a picture.
  • HP officially lays Neoview to rest

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    Hewlett-Packard has officially consigned its Neoview to history, less than four years after introducing it to the market as the companys core offering in the Business Intelligence space.

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