Social network site operators could gain competitive advantage relative to the bigger players by adopting open identity standards like OpenID.
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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.
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Let's ponder some of the recent events surrounding Intuit, maker of QuickBooks--the de facto ERP system for small enterprises. --Today: Intuit acquires Digital Insight, an on-demand applications provider for the banking industry, for $1.
Monkchip James Governor is at an IBM Software event in Stamford, Connecticut, and posted on IBM software chief Steve Mills' comments on why his company doesn't get into the ERP applications business. Mills said: "We're a huge multibillion dollar ERP company.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally announced the business availability of Vista and the company calls it the "most significant" release in its history.Significant?
A look at some notable headlines of the day:Work...Vista is everywhere.
The blogosphere isn't exactly aflame conversing about a canonical definition for software-as-a-service, but some good debate has been sparked. David Terrar wraps up the discussion with contributions from Thomas Otter, Nick Carr, Dennis Howlett and Vinnie Mirchandani, and then presents five questions as an SaaS litmus test:1.
Real estate site Zillow has roughly 150 employees today and 100 of them are information technology workers. It takes a lot of folks to maintain a database with data on 33 million homes--and counting.
Sharing real-time inventory data among thousands of small businesses and making it available via a Web search has the potential to seriously change retailing. The issue: It's like herding cats.
Yesterday I posted about HP's more energy efficient Dynamic Smart Cooling solution for regulating air flow and temperature of computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units (pictured below) in datacenters. HP is currently testing out the system in its own data center and will start some pilots next year before the official release in Q3 of 2007.
Utility computing only works when uptime is near 100 percent. Just ask Media Temple, which is struggling with its uptime of late.