Larry Dignan

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Latest Posts

Office of the future circa 2020

Peering into the future, OfficeTeam, a staffing service for administrative professionals, published its research--"Office of the Future: 2020"--which doesn't offer much beyond the obvious predictions.  The report predicts that the future office will be "increasingly mobile and flexible as companies swiftly assemble the resources necessary to meet changing business needs.

June 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


IBM's blades: Opteron is in da house

According to a story by's Stephen Shankland, buyers of IBM's Bladecenters now have the option of selecting single or dual core Opterons as the processor on-board the server blades that go into a Bladecenter enclosure.

June 16, 2005 by David Berlind


Feature heap won't undo LAMP's toll on Microsoft

You've heard of feature creep? The phenomenon that occurs, usually during the specification phase, when extraneous features somehow work their way into software in such a way that can make the resulting product either too complex or worse, impossible to use?

June 15, 2005 by David Berlind


Leading by example

The recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report based on input from security personnel at 24 agencies warned that the federal government is not sufficiently addressing the threats brought by spam, phishing, and spyware.

June 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


Windows XP installed-base still trailing that of Win2K

Although usage of Windows XP in businesses improved to 38 percent of business PCs in the 2005Q1, a recent study shows that nearly four years after that operating system originally shipped (October 2001), it still trails behind its predecessor Windows 2000, found in 48 percent of business PCs.   While a 10 percent difference doesn't sound like much, the change only marked a 6.

June 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Open source blooming in new field

Ex-software executives from Lawson, Hyperion, Oracle, SAS and other companies in the analytics field are heading up a new open source community and company, the Pentaho BI Project. (The Pentaho Indians were responsible for domesticating the West Indian Manatee.

June 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


BEA's Aqualogic move. Bold enough? Or is there more?

Almost one week has passed since BEA revealed its intentions to become the Switzerland of Services Oriented Architectures (SOAs).  And, as with the Apple/Intel announcement, it usually takes about that long for news to sink in and for the dots between several takes on such deals to be connected.

June 14, 2005 by David Berlind


What's next for enterprise software

I'm at the Enterprise Ventures 2005 conference in Redwood City, where dozens of enterprise software startups pitch their companies to venture capitalists, interspersed with panels on topics, such as "The Future Yet Unseen: What's Next for Enterprise Software."The panel about the unseen future of enterprise software didn't shed much light on what's next.

June 14, 2005 by Dan Farber