|The German Pirate Party just published some internal documents that show how Bavarian crime fighters want to get around Skype’s VOIP encryption: The plan is to trick suspects into installing trojan-like malware on their PCs that then captures Skype phone calls and forwards them to a remote server.|
On a related note, the U.S. government wants total access to Google search records.
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|IBM believes Linux on the enterprise desktop finally ready for widespread adoption. To meet future demand it is preparing to deliver its next versions of Lotus Notes enterprise collaboration software and Lotus Symphony office productivity applications for the first time with full support for Ubuntu Linux 7.0.|
It seems like everywhere I go, I’m hearing somebody talk about Ubuntu.
|That integration wasn’t quite there when we first implemented the software. We were going on faith regarding the vendor’s promises.
John Wheeler, SunTrust Banks Inc.
This quote came from an article in CFO magazine by John Goff called The Emergence of Convergence. It’s a very well-written analysis of an emerging software genre called GRC (governance, risk and compliance managed with one application.) I really recommend you make time to read it.
My other favorite quote from this article: “Application vendors, who cling to marketing hooks the way cats cling to curtains, have been only too happy to cater to this desire [to converge software].
When I first read the quote from John Wheeler about “going on faith regarding the vendor’s promises,” I thought “uh oh.” But the vendor, OpenPages, came through. That’s reason enough to read the article.
|Content is king. Perhaps this is true. But the GUI should be queen!
Jorgen Heizenberg, The Gui of a Dashboard
I like this addition. Every king should have a powerful, beautiful queen.
|What the CEO Wants You to Know is one of my favorite business books. I refer to it periodically to help ground me in the fundamental foundations of business. It tells you why everyone in a business should care about cash, inventory, product mix, merchandising, pricing, return on assets, customer focus, product quality, velocity, and growth.
Ron Dimon, Did Somebody Say Strategy?
People seem to either love or hate this book. It reminds me a bit of Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal.
|Perhaps it’s just what happens when a bored nation finds itself in the icy grip of winter. Whatever the reason, industry speculation over release dates for current and future versions of Microsoft Windows has reached an intensity normally associated with coverage of Britney Spears’ day-to-day trials and tribulations.
Kevin McLaughlin, Microsoft Swats At Pesky Windows Rumors
|In China, the open-source movement is having a harder time gaining traction because of widespread software piracy. With pirated copies of Windows XP or Vista selling on the street for less than $2, there is little economic incentive for Chinese Internet users to download Firefox.
Bill Xu, founder of the ZEUUX Free Software Community, a Beijing group that promotes open source, points out that for Firefox to succeed in China, it shouldn’t compete on cost but by stressing its security features.
Chi-Chu Tschang, Mozilla Takes on Microsoft in China
|Performance management is the new battleground. And we’ve been saying that for six years, at least. There’s sort of a category collapse going on where CPM and BI, reporting, and analytics are kind of starting to merge. The lines are getting very grey and I think customers are broadly viewing all this stuff now as performance management.
Rob Ashe, Working Under the IBM Umbrella
So…IBM buys Cognos, Oracle buys Hyperion and SAP buys Business Objects. Hmmm.
|Going with “SaaS”, as it’s called, is a major switch if you’re a hardware company, since it entails hosting your proprietary applications and/or your customers’ data on your own machines, providing access via the broadband Web, and charging for a subscription to the service, rather than for big iron.
Wade Roush, EMC Gets Serious About Software-as-a-Service
The company announced today that it has created a new business unit, EMC Software as a Service, with “MozyEnterprise” as the first product offering.
MozyEnterprise is a version of the existing Mozy Pro service that’s been hardened for major organizations based on Mozy’s experience working with 10,000 existing business customers—including General Electric, which turned to Mozy to back up all 350,000 of its desktops and laptops.
The new software installs itself on company-owned desktops, laptops, and remote Windows servers, then copies encrypted versions of each machine’s files to servers at EMC data centers over broadband connections. IT managers can oversee the backup process using a Web-based administrative console.