Salesforce.com launches its latest ecosystem extension with a bunch of connectors to a variety of applications.
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Salesforce.com’s latest ecosystem expansion is focused on ApexConnect, an extension of the AppExchange marketplace for connectors that integrate its platform with a variety of applications and services, including ERP systems, Web services, desktop applications and middleware.
Bill Thompson's essay on The Register warns that "Web 2.0 marks the dictatorship of the presentation layer, a triumph of appearance over architecture that any good computer scientist should immediately dismiss as unsustainable.
A look at the week in Talkback... John O'Grady had an interesting test comparing the temperatures of Apple's Core Duo and Core 2 Duo laptops.
"In 2007 we’ll witness the increasing dominance of open Internet standards. As web access via mobile phones grows, these standards will sweep aside the proprietary protocols promoted by individual companies striving for technical monopoly.
Ask any technology executive about the return on investment from information security and you're likely to get a lecture on how difficult it is.Baseline columnist Paul Strassmann offers some insight on the topic and cooks up three ratios to gauge security returns.
In a series of e-mail exchanges that started a couple of evenings ago with a notification from Novell's press relations department about an open letter to the open source community from the company's CEO Ron Hovsepian, I asked Novell spokesperson Kevan Barney why, if as Novell has so vociferously claimed, the company's products do not infringe on Microsoft's patents, it would send a $40 million dollar check to Redmond.
Randy Spratt heads up IT for McKesson, the $88 billion healthcare giant headquartered in San Francisco. In our video interview (transcript here) Spratt described one aspect of McKesson's business as the Amazon.
SeekingAlpha's James Nicholson has in interesting post on the 10 worst Internet acquisitions ever. The biggest surprise: Yahoo's purchase of Broadcast.
In the recent issue of the New Scientist, 70 very smart people predict the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the next 50 years. The topics range from the evolution of consciousness and the universal theory of everything to implantable, organo-electrical brain-machine interfaces and the discovery of extraterrestrial life.