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Gartner: Stop outsourcing now

Gartner analyst Linda Cohen started off her presentation at Symposium ITxpo with a command for the audience of 6,000 attendees: "You have to stop outsourcing now." She said that the chaos created by compulsive outsourcing is making it harder to produce results.

October 17, 2005 by Dan Farber


Gartner Symposium ITxpo: A quest for rapid results

Gartner Symposium ITxpo has moved on from real-time enterprise and conquering complexity to "rapid results." I’m not sure it’s a logical progression, but the three concepts are important to delivering successful results from IT investments.

October 17, 2005 by Dan Farber

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IBM's Sutor seeks input on ODF Commitment to Action

IBM vice president of standards and open source Bob Sutor has proposed what he calls the OpenDocument Format Commitment to Action.  Currently, the Commitment is a six point credo (see below) that urges citizens, business users,  and CIOs to demand that their governments, IT departments and vendors support ODF in policies, products and services.

October 17, 2005 by David Berlind


Metasearching: and Inform

Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome fame just launched, a metasearch service (beta, of course), based on RSS feeds and the results are output in OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language).

October 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


Ray Lane visits the Gillmor Gang

Ray Lane was the guest on this week's Gillmor Gang, hosted by the Steve "I Plodius" Gillmor and joined by myself, Doc Searls, Dana Gardner and Mike Vizard. Lane, who served as president and COO of Oracle before become a VC with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talked about Web 2.

October 15, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Massachusetts vs. Microsoft (The Dan & David Show)

In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we discuss how Microsoft lost its battle, at least for now, with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over whether Office file formats are open enough to be included in the state's Enterprise Technical Reference Model, which favors the OpenDocument Format (ODF).

October 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Microsoft's claims of foul play in Massachusetts don't hold up

Three weeks after Massachusetts ratified its latest Enterprise Technical Reference Model -- a statewide standard that, starting January 1, 2007, disallows the use of Microsoft's Office file formats in favor of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) -- Microsoft is taking its case to the court of public opinion.

October 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Bricklin: OK, so where are the ODF developer kits?

When spreadsheet co-inventor and now Software Garden CEO Dan Bricklin saw my blog about how ODF could be the new frictionless document DNA of the Internet, he called to say he thought I was right and went on to say that there's just one thing missing before ODF can really take off. One of the things that has made Microsoft fantastically successful is the way the company's development tools make child's play out of developing Windows applications.

October 13, 2005 by David Berlind