Overheard: Word of the Day


January 28, 2008  4:17 PM

Overheard: Using government Trojans to catch terrorists

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
logo-skype.gif 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.

Janko Roettgers, Bavarian police wants to use trojan malware to eavesdrop on Skype phone calls

On a related note, the U.S. government wants total access to Google search records.

January 28, 2008  2:57 PM

Overheard: Don’t worry — It isn’t you, it’s them

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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January 28, 2008  2:34 PM

Overheard: The jungle drums are beating “Ubuntu, Ubuntu, Ubuntu”

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ubuntu.gif 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.

Todd Weiss, IBM says end users with 100,000 desktops looking at Ubuntu Linux

It seems like everywhere I go, I’m hearing somebody talk about Ubuntu.


January 28, 2008  1:43 PM

Overheard: Governance, risk and compliance in a single $400,000 package

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
rat.jpg 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.  


January 27, 2008  9:56 PM

Overheard: If content is king, then the GUI should be queen

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jorgen_heizenberg.gif 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.


January 27, 2008  9:40 PM

Overheard: What the CEO Wants You to Know

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ceo.jpg 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.


January 27, 2008  8:02 PM

Overheard: Microsoft and Britney Spears

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
snow.gif 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


January 26, 2008  10:23 PM

Overheard: Piracy hurting open source movement in China

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
firefox2.gif 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


January 26, 2008  8:42 PM

Overheard: Forget CPM — the new buzzword is “performance management”

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
robert_ashe.jpg 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.


January 26, 2008  7:56 PM

Overheard: EMC enters the cloud

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
wade_roush.jpg 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.


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