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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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A recent report by the NGA (National Governor's Association) Center for Best Practices reiterated the need for Governors to have strong, effective CIOs to manage their IT infrastructure. You might think this is a foregone conclusion, but some states still wonder, and each new wave of Governors struggles with the right mix anew.
Joe Kraus of Jotspot came by my office today and we chatted for about 30 minutes about how his wiki-based platform and applications are evolving. Joe has ample Web 1.
Two recent posts of mine -- one about the Apache/OASIS snafu and another that uses that snafu as an example of how commercial software vendors' long-time dalliance with open standards may turn out to be deals with open source devils (for them) -- have drawn heated debate regarding the confict over differences in open source licenses and those of so-called open-standards.
Yesterday's e-mail included an announcement from the folks at Creative Commons who were bragging about PBS's assignment of a Creative Commons deed to its NerdTV downloadable series of videos. NerdTV will feature interviews of industry luminaries by Robert X.
News.com's Elinor Mills looks at the underbelly of Google, as well as other sites or platforms that collect billions of user bits.
In the "what sand was my head in" department, by way of Bob Sutor's blog comes a reminder that the Apache Software Foundation's Geronimo J2EE server project has cleared the biggest hurdle towards earning its official J2EE 1.4 wings.
Today at Catalyst, Sun EVP John Loiacono announced that they are going to put their single sign-on solution under an open source license. The code won't be available until Q4 2005, but the Web site is up.
Michael Liebow, vice president of Web services and SOA at IBM Global Services, writes that the thick walls separating IT departments from business leaders are crumbling.
It was only a matter of time. Commercial software providers, including Microsoft, that have so far been steadfast in their resolve to preserve at least some of their old business models, are finding that the open standards card that they've so cunningly played as a part of those models could now have turned out to be a deal with the devil.