Ex-software executives from Lawson, Hyperion, Oracle, SAS and other companies in the analytics field are heading up a new open source community and company, the Pentaho BI Project. (The Pentaho Indians were responsible for domesticating the West Indian Manatee.
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Almost one week has passed since BEA revealed its intentions to become the Switzerland of Services Oriented Architectures (SOAs). And, as with the Apple/Intel announcement, it usually takes about that long for news to sink in and for the dots between several takes on such deals to be connected.
I'm at the Enterprise Ventures 2005 conference in Redwood City, where dozens of enterprise software startups pitch their companies to venture capitalists, interspersed with panels on topics, such as "The Future Yet Unseen: What's Next for Enterprise Software."The panel about the unseen future of enterprise software didn't shed much light on what's next.
Last year, a UK insurance company tested a "pay as you drive" insurance system that uses a GPS receiver package to track exactly what distance a car is driven and set each month's premium accordingly. It's a sensible idea: If you leave your car in the garage for a month, there's no reason why you should be charged the same as someone who drove 500 miles over the same period.
It seems like every week now there's a story about another company losing control of digital identity data. The problem, of course, is that when your identity data is lost by some company, the chances that your identity will be stolen go up.
I was reading today's news about Nokia's new 2 megapixel cameraphone. It's not the first phone of its type.
Not a year goes by where Sun and others don't extol the virtues of thin clients -- devices of limited intelligence that provide access to enterprise applications. [Sun Ray 1g Ultra-Thin Client, at right.
In my last blog entry, triggered by a correction request from a member of ObjectWeb's executive committee, I descended into the netherworld of open source Java -- a world that few people understand and even fewer know what to do about should they be considering J2EE as the basis for all or part of their software infrastructure.
In response to one of my blogs/podcasts regarding IBM's acquisition of open source J2EE provider Gluecode, ObjectWeb.org executive committee member François Letellier has not only asked for a clarification, but has taken a jab at JBOSS CEO Marc Fluery's communication style.
According to a report by News.com's Declan McCullagh, if a new bill before Congress becomes law, it's proposer, Rep.