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Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review

The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.

March 5, 2013 by

IE9 Release Candidate review: will Microsoft's big browser bet pay off?

With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has succeeded in building a fast, standards-compliant browser with a clean, modern design that integrates well with Windows 7. But is that enough to preserve its dominance in the workplace? Can it lure defectors back and excite web developers? We’re about to find out.

February 9, 2011

How does your datacenter rate?

Multiple standards for rating datacenters are gaining significant traction. if you plan on achieving a major rating or award, which one do you pick to design your facility to achieve?

January 20, 2011 by

Content management interoperability steps up a gear

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) is a standards proposal designed to help developers working with content across multiple repositories by bringing a much-needed level of interoperability to the party. IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and others are behind this initiative, but Alfresco Software is apparently the first to table a product with Verson 1.

November 30, 2009 by

SAP touts modular approach; Launches Business Suite 7

Updated: SAP on Wednesday introduced Business Suite 7, which carries a modular design so companies can pick and choose features. Typically, enterprise suites are an all-you-can-eat affair where you pay for everything from payroll to inventory to supply chain.

February 3, 2009 by

An Event Apart 2008: Day 1

The antique Palace Hotel in San Francisco houses An Event Apart, a collaboration of interactive presentations about web standards, user experience design, and best practices. The two-day conference features well-known speakers from around the world, including AEA's hosts Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer.

August 18, 2008 by

SAP Business By Design likely to be delayed

Sketchy reports coming out of Germany are saying that SAP's Business By Design is likely to be delayed. According to Handelsblatt:An SAP developer speaking to Handelsblatt claimed (in German) that ByDesign was suffering from performance issues and bugs that would delay general availability until perhaps the end of 2009.

April 28, 2008 by

Singularity, the first large-scale online web conference is unveiled

This is pretty neat: Singularity. Aral Balkan is putting on what he calls the "first large-scale online web conference in the world" and his list of speakers is a great mix of design, development, and standards that make this a really interesting conference for anyone interested in rich Internet applications.

February 4, 2008 by

Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

Verizon Wireless has just announced that by the end of next year, it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company."In early 2008, the company will publish the technical standards the development community will need to design products to interface with the Verizon Wireless network.

November 27, 2007 by

SAP Business ByDesign: the "feel good factor"

At the SAP Business ByDesign launch event press conference, I submitted the following question via email:“Please describe the importance of the new user interface for this particular product. Was the design process different from previous SAP development efforts?

September 19, 2007 by

SOA Insights analysts delve into SOA Consortium's advocacy objectives with OMG CEO Richard Soley

OMG began the consortium with bevy of heavy-hitting companies -- Avis, Bank of America, CellExchange, WebEx, BEA, Cisco, IBM, SAP, HP and Wells Fargo -- and has grown already. The consortium, separate from OMG, is tasked with creating a community around SOA, and is not a standards group. "We strongly believe that SOA isn’t a technology at all, but rather an approach to achieve business agility. It’s not a technology, but rather a business strategy, says Soley.

May 25, 2007 by

SAP navigating through paradigm shifts

At Software 2007 in Santa Clara, Calif., SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner talks to program host M.R. Rangaswami about Wall Street's unfavorable reaction to the company's $300 million-plus investment in next-generation software. Plattner also discusses his "minimalist" approach to application design.

May 9, 2007 by

More Saturday night quarterbacking on next SOA acquisitions

Amid the chatter on the next round of SOA acquisitions, where analysts like fellow ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick are predicting that Oracle and perhaps SAP will be on a Fall spending spree, I have to agree to disagree. Oracle may well continue to enter vertical and specialized markets with outright purchases of industry-specific applications and data design concerns, but buying big chunks of SOA infrastructure -- they will opt to build instead.

September 30, 2006 by

CRN: IBM´s Collaboration Chief Talks Domino, Workplace Game Plan

A very long interview with LotusGM Mike Rhodin.  If you've been wondering what Mike has been up toin his first few months leading Lotus, this interview reveals a lot.  Hetalks about everything from ND7 adoption, competition, Workplace adoption,branding, developer opportunities, Linux, and more.  A few examples:"I'mcomfortable with the progress we've made with Workplace... You'll see usposition the open standards-based, components-based composition model stuffas the front end to the SOA architecture IBM's bringing to the market.That will start to clarify things for people because it's where interactionand collaboration services meet business process through the SOA framework.When we started talking about Workplace being collaboration in the contextof business process, people thought we'd start to implement business processthings in workplace, and weren't' thinking about it as the front end tothe business process stuff we're doing in another part of Software Group"...Rhodin: Since the day I got toLotus, when I headed up the engineering teams, I made a promise to customersthat I was not going to create a cliff that they had to jump off to getto the next thing. I was going to provide a smooth path forward and guaranteeapplications moving forward and I believe I've delivered on that promiseCRN : So if you were talkingto a traditional Notes/Domino ISV, say Percussion, what do you tell themto do going forward? Stick with Domino? Rhodin: What you'll see unveiledat Lotusphere and in the coming year is how these things will start toconverge. We've been really working hard with our customers to understandwhat seamless evolution means to you. And what we get back is it's choiceand flexibility about when I do what. No forced dates or forced migrations.If your skills are in Domino applications, we'll carry those skills forwardand those assets forward. Scripting will continue to work. New releasesof Domino coming out. ...If people want to keep their skills on DominoDesigner building new apps, we're actually seeing more people buildingthis year than last the previous year people are more comfortable withthe longevity of the platform and no one's come up with a better solutionfor building apps faster than Domino Designer. In order to bridge the skills gap forthose moving toward J2EE technologies, we came out with Workplace Designer,which brought the skills of the Domino developer to a new tool that wouldbe familiar in a couple of hours to build apps except what gets generatedout of the bottom is J2EE components that fit into it without ever havingto write any Java code. CRN : Given the continued confusionaround Workplace/Domino, will you pull back on the Workplace messagingat all? Rhodin: We're going to continueto try to clarify it. The key thing is we believe the whole composite appmodel around workplace is fundamental to how SOAs are going to be builtin the future. What we've focused on all along is positioning he portaland workplace stuff as the interaction surfaces for SOA. That's alwaysbeen the design point Various analysts have written some prettynutty stuff. I can't believe we were in the same meetings. They keep tryingto spin it back into "This is just a new definition of e-mail, newdefinition of instant messaging." My point is, no. Those things becomeservices. They're commodities. No matter how you look at them, it's whatyou do with them that becomes interesting. And making those componentsavailable as part of this composite application model versus a separatee-mail system or separate IM system is what makes it interesting Just as when Notes came out 15 yearsago, no one knew what groupware or collaboration was. It was the firstset of applications that were built that started to show people the way.We're heading into that phase. Link: CRN:IBM's Collaboration Chief Talks Domino, Workplace Game Plan>

December 24, 2005 by

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