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Gartner predicts, errs on open source

Speaking at an afternoon session today at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, FL,  Gartner research vice president Mark Driver estimated the probability that four key enterprise open source trends would come true as follows: 80 percent probability: By 2010, 75 percent of mainstream IT organizations will have formal open source acquisition and management  strategies.

October 17, 2005 by David Berlind


The server world in 2011

Gartner's prognosticators made their predictions about the state of the server world in 2011, and it's not looking good for Intel's Itanium.  Multicore, multithreaded processors and faster interconnects, as well as virtualization, will increase server performance and utilization, but licensing issues will continue to be a pain point.

October 17, 2005 by Dan Farber


Means, motive, and opportunity

Fellow BTL blogger David Berlind calls the Massachusetts vs. Microsoft battle over open formats the "new ground zero for the biggest battle this industry has seen in years.

October 17, 2005 by Phil Windley


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