One of business intelligence software's biggest challenges is getting folks to drop an Excel-based culture where spreadsheets are swapped via email. Cognos' solution: Bring business intelligence software to the Excel jockeys.
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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SAP's TechEd '07 got off to glitzy start in Las Vegas as the pied piper of Web 2.0 Tim O'Reilly told the crowd of about 6,000 NetWeaver, Java, ABAP, ERP developers about the design patterns and business models for the next generation of software (hint, it's not on premises client/server applications).
Robert Scoble laments the existence of the Techmeme Leaderboard, which ranks sites every 20 minutes based on the amount of headline space they occupied on Techmeme over the 30 days. He suggests that the list of top sources for Techmeme heralds the death of blogging because the dynamic leaderboard typically contains only few "bloggers," which he defines as the “single voice of a person.
eBay confessed its Skype sins on Monday. The price tag: A $1.
What would you do if you had a cash cow that's raking in dough yet could see competition looming from well funded rivals in the future?First, you build a moat to protect the cash cow.
Despite a few giggles and hope for the deal of the century the $150 laptop saga has ended for me. I just canceled my order for the Medison Celebrity laptop with 2Checkout.
NCR said Monday that it has completed the spin off of Teradata, a data warehousing software maker. Teradata is now trading under the ticker "TDC.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft finally unveils its answer to Google Docs. Microsoft Office heads to the Web.
After months in stealth mode gathering marquee customers, BitGravity officially launched its content delivery network. BitGravity co-founder and CEO Perry Wu claims that his CDN delivers superior service to the incumbents, notably Akamai and Limelight.
Adobe is adding to its applications portfolio with the acquisition of Virtual Ubiquity's word processor, Buzzword (see previous coverage). Adobe was an investor in Virtual Ubiquity, which is a marquee application based on the company's Flash and will run on Adobe's AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) OS-independent Web platform.