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Newsletter Archive: 2009
Costs Between Proprietary And Open Source Products Narrows In The Cloud
HAfter my previous post "Cloud to boost proprietary software use?", Tim Bray questioned whether the pricing comparison of "WebSphere/SUSE vs. JBoss/RHEL on EC2 was a transient anomaly". JBoss' Rich Sharples commented that I was comparing apples and oranges. 

Date: 2009-12-15

Discovering The Main Goals Of Open Source Communities And Vendors
The relationship between open source communities and vendors keeps being a topic of debate these days. Simon Phipps at the South Tyrol Free Software Conference gave a talk about his "software freedom scorecard", a method to indicate the approach vendors take to promote software freedom as part of their business strategies.

Date: 2009-12-01

Top Strategic Technologies For 2010
Here are several excerpts from an article by Josh Cable, Senior Editor for Industry Week Magazine, Top 10 IT Strategies for 2010. For more information on each strategy area, check out the complete source article: Gartner Inc. recently unveiled its list of the top 10 strategic technologies and trends for 2010.

Date: 2009-11-16

How The Future Of The Social Web Will Effect You
Brian Solis writes a thought-provoking post about how he sees the future of the social web, prompted by a Forrester report of the same name published in April. Forrester's research examined what's happening in the context of what they describe as the five eras of the social web that began over a decade ago and continues through 2014.

Date: 2009-11-03

How To Stay On Top Of Your Online Reputation
These days one of the first things people do when they want to know more about you or your business is to do a search for your name on Google - I'm sure you have all heard of the expression "I just Googled you".

Date: 2009-10-20

Rackspace Tips: Private Cloud is more than Virtualization
Rackspace Solutions Engineer Jon Marler outlines the key components for a reliable Private Cloud Solution.

Date: 2009-10-15

Basics Of Making Business Rules Work
Jim Sinur and Dave McCoy of Gartner hosted a quick session on making rules work at the Gartner BPM show. With only 30 minutes this was quick and dirty and the audience was overwhelmingly people completely new to business rules (though not to BPM).

Date: 2009-10-06

A Successful BPM Initiative Needs Both Decisions And Processes
Last week I wrote a piece on the risks of pursuing BPM without decisioning. As promised, here are some thoughts on how to get started. 1. Identify your decisions. Step one is to find and name and manage the decisions that matter to your processes.

Date: 2009-09-22

Mac OS Is Gaining More Flexibility For Business Environments
I am a long time Mac user so I was pleased to see 10 Reasons Snow Leopard Is Ready For Business. Now I started using Lisa before it was announced to help develop some of the training for it. Then I used the early desktop Mac.

Date: 2009-09-08

Moving Your Enterprise To 2.0 Software Seemlessly
As organizations try to achieve agility, productivity and efficiency they often look to new technologies, new approaches to change the status quo. But when it comes to information systems, most large enterprises have an electronic backbone of legacy enterprise applications.

Date: 2009-08-25

Business Startup Success Is Built On Open Innovations
Open innovation is taking over in many areas, and open source plays an important role especially in software sequential innovation, where each successive invention builds in an essential way on its predecessors. Foremost, for the most of us before anything else software (open source included) is a tool towards a goal.

Date: 2009-08-11

Using A Fine Balance In Decision Making Regarding Analytics 'Score'
Last week I responded to some concerns raised about the dark side of analytics and this prompted a very thoughtful comment from Will Dwinnell who said: My fear is that much of the nuance about what a predictive model is really saying about airline passenger THX1138 is lost, and the security guard at the gate just see that the poor passenger has been rated as "83? (out of 100) by "the system".

Date: 2009-07-28

Clario - A Web-based, Data Mining And Analytics Tool
clario Analytics was founded back in 2002 largely by folks from Fingerhut. The team had been working on mailstream optimization - how to manage catalogs. The best customers of a catalog marketer can get literally 100 catalogs per year and this is not good. Initially a consulting company they raised money in 2006 and launched clario Stream, a product for developing customized/personalized outbound contact streams - contact optimization or the evolution of mailstream optimization.

Date: 2009-07-14

Is Real Time Knowledge Hurting Us In The Long-term?
Whew, OK, now that I'm off of FriendFeed and Twitter I can start talking about what I learned while I was addicted to those systems. One thing is that knowledge is suffering over there. See, here, it is easy to find old blogs. Just go to Google and search. What would you like me to find?

Date: 2009-06-30

XiTi Analzyer Web Analytics Software Expanding To The US
Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with Dennis Varganyi, Country Manager, of AT Internet (maker of XiTi Analzyer, web analytics software). XiTi Analyzer is emmensely popular in France and is now expanding into North America. I was quite impressed with the quality of the on board reports XiTi Analyzer comes standard with.

Date: 2009-06-16

The Reality Behind Hosting In-House
It's where all the expenses and difficulties of supporting servers in-house or through colocation don't exist. Your I.T. department never has to negotiate, purchase, own, configure, deploy, manage, troubleshoot or replace a server, device or network. In short, you're dedicating your people and money to the things that drive revenue and efficiently grow your business.

Date: 2009-06-04

Latest FICO Release Focuses On Business User Experience
Back in March FICO released 6.7 of their BRMS Blaze Advisor. I got a chance to catch up with the release just recently. The focus of this release was the business user experience - an improved out of the box experience for business users. The business user experience has become increasingly critical as business users have taken more responsibilities in many business rules projects.

Date: 2009-06-02

Developing Predictive Analytics For Consumer Behavior
I got a chance to sit down with Rob Walker last week for an update on Chordiant Decision Manager. Rob covered some of the new features in Chordiant Decision Management 6.2 as well as some general background that has not appeared in any of my posts before (check out First Look - Chordiant Decision Management for a basic overview and First Look - Chordiant's Visual Business Director - VBD is generally available in this release).

Date: 2009-05-20

Twitter Had Its Admin Infrastructure Cracked Causing Alarm For Social Networking
Nothing says "going to have a bad day" than to have someone crack open the admin panel to one of the hottest social networking properties out there. But Twitter has had at least one of their admin accounts cracked, with pictures both on Mashable and Korben.

Date: 2009-04-21

Stay On Top Of The Latest Twitter Apps
For day-to-day interacting with Twitter, you can't beat a good third-party app in my experience. As to which is the best one, that's largely a matter of subjective opinion although some popularity measurement is good, too.

Date: 2009-04-21

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Date: 2009-04-10

Thoughts To Consider When Building Your Social Media Team
Starting a social media team? Here are some high level thoughts that you should consider before you get started. This is not a comprehensive list and there are many specific details within each of these to consider.

Date: 2009-04-07

Vquence Offers Tracking And Analytics For Video Data
Social video technology and consulting company Vquence launched a new social video metrics product called VQmetrics with an event in Sydney last week. The online SaaS (Software as a Service) product is used by Vquence's customers as a tracking tool for viral video marketing campaigns and to undertake deep data analysis on online video statistics..

Date: 2009-03-24

Keep Track Of Different Metrics With StatCounter
Last week StatCounter launched a new service called GlobalStats which allows uers to take a look at 7 different metrics at an aggregate level across all StatCounter users. The different metrics include: Web Browsers, Browser Version, Search Engines, Operating System, Mobile Search, Mobile OS and Mobile Browsers.

Date: 2009-03-10

Making Web 2.0 Technologies Work For You
Here are several excerpts from an excellent article in The McKinsey Quarterly by Micheal Chui, Andy Miller and Robert P. Roberts of McKinsey & Company, Six ways to make Web 2.0 work. I highly recommend that you take a read through the complete article:

Date: 2009-02-24

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Date: 2009-02-11

Modernizing Legacy Systems Using ILOG Rules
Frank DiGiovanni of Group RCI presented on their journey - a legacy modernization using ILOG Rules. Frank identified SOA, legacy migration from mainframe to SOA and how company rules complements these as his key topics. Group RCI's core problem was threefold:

Date: 2009-02-06

Driving Risk Management Into Business Decisions
The Forrester Blog For Information & Knowledge Management Professionals had a nice post on The Growing Importance Of Enterprise Risk Management. One of the key points was this one: They will focus on driving risk management into business decisions.

Date: 2009-01-13

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Date: 2009-01-07

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