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IBM announced the availability of Lotus Notes 8.5 collaboration software with social computing features for all Mac OS X Leopard-powered computers. In addition, IBM's free Lotus Symphony document, spreadsheet and presentation software will be available later this month for the Mac. Lot...
Alisoft, the software subsidiary of Alibaba.com, the big Chinese B2B e-commerce portal that Yahoo owns a piece of, has cut a strategic cooperation deal with the municipal government of Nanjing to build China’s first “e-commerce cloud computing center.” It is expected to cost roughly $1...
Adobe and Intel plan to collaborate on porting Adobe’s Flash widgetry to Intel’s Media Processor CE 3100, a way to put Flash-enhanced web content and rich Flash applications on television. The chip is bound for cable set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, digital TVs and retail-connected...
"As many of you know," Steve Jobs tells the Apple worldwide community in a heart-rendingly frank memo, "I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it need...
The year that's just ended was a terrific one for the proliferation of new technologies and frameworks. I have been hearing a lot about the following technologies in the year 2008: mashups, cloud computing, domain modeling, Eclipse - especially Equinox, Single Sourcing, and EclipseLink...
What is going to happen to technology companies in 2009? If Democrats are good for technology what companies are Republicans good for - that is, what is going to happen to non-technology companies in 2009? Here's a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House an...
Silos-Connect Technologies launched itself as a specialized systems integrator that provides software products and professional services offerings that help the top 15,000 users of IT to solve problems that are particularly difficult as they span multiple corporate silos. Silos-Connect...
Scio Consulting, a provider of Nearshore Outsourced Product Development (OPD) for ISVs, SaaS and Web companies, has announced a key addition to their executive management team. Scio CEO, Luis Aburto, said that the company hired former MassMutual and Kanbay (now CapGemini) executive Jer...
Much like “Web 2.0″, cloud computing was a collection of related concepts that people recognized, but didn’t really have a good descriptor for, a definition in search of a term, you could say. When Google CEO Eric Schmidt used it in 2006 to describe their own stuff and then Amazon inc...
I’ve blogged about many of the good things that VMware has done in the past year. But New Year’s Resolutions provide a time for reflection and self improvement, and I think even Paul Maritz would agree that there are areas where VMware can improve. Let’s start with improving software Q...
Epicor announced Tuesday that Epicor 9, a next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, has won the 2008 Product of the Year Award from Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. Epicor 9 combines Web 2.0 concepts with Epicor True SOA, a collaborative business architecture...
The Web is slowly changing from a visual resource designed to externalize information to people, to a non-visual resource that's able to facilitate machine-to-machine communications. The catalysts of this change are non-visual communications that are enabled using APIs, or Application ...
Aestiva announced a new software product - Aestiva Invoice Approval for creating, approving, and managing invoice payment requests. The 100% browser-based software product includes security, notification, SOX compliance, management, and reporting features so companies and A/P departmen...
Comparisons between Scale-Out and Enterprise clouds, while sometimes tempting (especially in the Google vs. Microsoft case), are rather useless. They serve different purposes, often for completely different audiences, and enterprise IT organizations would do better to focus their effor...
For over two weeks now, I’ve been running a service in the Azure cloud that aggregates calendar events from Eventful.com and from a diverse set of iCalendar feeds. My aim is to recreate and then extend my experimental elmcity.info community information hub, while exploring and document...
Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online by Michael Miller is an excellent introduction to this phenomenon within the software industry. Written using a style that takes the reader on a gentle journey through a "brief history of comput...
A few years ago, a British newspaper speculated on what might be the Web equivalent of the Seven Wonders of the World, and received suggestions that were hardly surprising: Google search, the Amazon.com e-tail portal, the eBay auction mechanism, etc. But that was back in 1991, before F...
CA - 4D has announced the public release of Knowledgebase 2.0, a support resource for developers building business applications on the 4D Platform. Built on the backbone of the 4D v11 SQL platform, Knowledgebase 2.0 adds text-indexing capabilities to improve speed and flexibility. In a...
"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technol...
If a user can use distant computers to process local jobs, s/he is working with cloud computing. (Cloud computering?) As we consider the various definitions for “cloud computing,” it may be useful to consider it as the next logical step in moving from the cave to the hive mind.
Cloud computing isn’t about doing anything new, instead it’s about applications that run in the web rather than your desktop. Some technology experts define CLOUD as follows: Common, Location-independent, Online Utility provisioned on-Demand.
The virtualization industry has seen its fair share of change in the past year or so, with Microsoft releasing its long-awaited Hyper-V and VMware taking on new leadership and potentially a new direction. The action is set to continue in 2009, with further developments and trends emerg...
I’ve only got one thing I want to ask Santa Jobs for, and it ain’t a Red Rider BB Gun. All I want from Apple is a more open platform. Sure, the odds are slim as long as they remain dominant. That’s why I’m not asking them to completely open source the iPhone. I’m just asking them to cr...
As far as “Web 2.0 as a software business model” goes, I repeat my initial view from October, 2008 here. There is no longer Web 2.0 as a software business model, and there has never been one. Yes, there has been an attempt to initiate Web 2.0 as a software business model which finally ...
Google has disappeared from the Top 20 list of companies trusted with privacy in TRUSTe’s fifth annual survey. American Express came in first followed by eBay (2), IBM (3), HP (6), Apple (8), Intuit (12), Yahoo (14) and Facebook (15).
"The BBC iPlayer Desktop beta on Adobe AIR will help extend their popular browser-based Web video broadcasts to more viewers with a high-quality, instant-on Internet TV experience outside the browser and across all major operating systems," said Jim Guerard, Vice President and General ...
Chat rooms and live peer-to-peer chat on the web are high on the list of stunning rich application features that can still drop jaws. Facebook recently launched an integrated web chat implementation to much fanfare. Their impressive Erlang and C++ chat infrastructure showcases real-tim...
I see this whole cloud computing movement as nothing more than a reincarnation of the classic mainframe client-server model. People want painless access to their data and applications from wherever they are, from whatever electronic gizmo they happen to be using.
Most of the discussion surrounding Web 2.0 applications revolves around the way it revolutionized end users' interaction with applications and with other users. An area that is sometimes left out of the discussion is the impact Web 2.0 had on the developers who are actually building th...
Cloud computing provides a cost-effective architecture that has enabled new business models including Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The financial crisis might spell good news for cloud providers up and down the stack. According recent articles, IDC pred...
We now have the second iconic moment of the Bush presidency. This is how he'll be remembered, if only because shoes seem to be so psychologically powerful: Khrushchev is remembered in this country for pounding his shoe on the UN's lectern, and Adlai Stevenson is remembered for the hole...
As Yahoo went around handing out ~1,500 pink slips and culling products and services Wednesday, California hedge fund Ivory Investment Management LP, which owns ~1.5% of Yahoo and probably wishes it didn’t, started pushing the company to do a search deal with Microsoft (like who isn’t?...
Enterprises normally move slowly to new technologies but when the price advantage is close to 10x, enterprise decision makers can and will move more quickly. The weak economy provides yet a stronger push. It won’t happen at once and it won’t happen instantly but I’m convinced that in 7...
As providers evolve from traditional hosting they may be facing a window of opportunity in the current, rather dismal, economic outlook: Cloud Computing. In periods of economic uncertainty, especially when the capital for large-scale build-outs may be hard to raise in the debt markets ...
I'm watching Larry King Live on Friday, December 5, 2008 and trying to figure out why they are running a caption "General Moters" for the company General Motors this evening? I am guessing the only reason is that GM accepted to change the company name to General Moters as one of Nancy ...
"This is the premier social graph fully integrating with the premier enterprise cloud computing company - this is the true power of Internet," gushed Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, as he today launched a new offering called Force.com for Facebook – designed to foster...
In most discussions about scalability, we often approach the topic as a pure technical/architecture challenge, and ignore cost issues. The problem is that when we truly scale our application, and want to benefit from economies of scale, we're going to end up with scale limitations, not...
As described in Part One of this series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cl...
First there was the service bureau, then the application service providers (ASP), after that came software as a service (SaaS) and now its time for Cloud Computing. Basically we have one single concept which is as old as IBM Mainframes. Every generation seems to rediscover it, and crea...
"The Internet marketplace has evolved within and well beyond the traditional Web browser, fueled by an explosion of Java-powered smart phones and consumer electronic devices from RIM's Blackberry to Amazon's Kindle," said Jonathan Schwartz, CEO & President of Sun, as JavaFX 1.0 was unv...


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