Larry Dignan

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Latest Posts

A case for government CTOs

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.

July 15, 2005 by Phil Windley


JotSpot reorients itself

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.

July 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Larry Rosen: 'Good time' not fast enough for open source/standards

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.

July 14, 2005 by David Berlind


PBS' NerdTV steers clear of Microsoft's media juggernaut

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.

July 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Google: Trust me's Elinor Mills looks at the underbelly of Google, as well as other sites or platforms that collect billions of user bits.

July 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Sun to open-source SSO software

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.

July 13, 2005 by Phil Windley


Open source: Are Microsoft and other holdouts about to crack?

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.

July 13, 2005 by David Berlind