Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

November, 2007


November 26, 2007  10:44 PM

Can business take open source seriously?

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Enterprise architecture, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, MySQL, Open source, Oracle

I was speaking to Marten Mickos, chief executive officer of MySQL last week about open source and the enterprise. Can businesses take open source seriously? A database like MySQL is often a major component of a software infrastructure. What's interesting from speaking to Mickos is that MySQL is...

November 21, 2007  10:12 PM

Intelligent? The computer says no.

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Colossus, Enigma, machine

Last week a modern PC was able to beat the rebuilt Colossus machine of the 1940s to decipher an encoded German message. Doesn’t this show how good modern technology is compared to what was available in the 1940s! It’s rather like pitting a Le Mans winning 1950s Jaguar C-type against a modern...


November 16, 2007  3:16 PM

Goodbye lock-in blues

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budget, Cloud Computing, flexibility, Outsourcing, SaaS, Software

Within the next 10 years chief information officers and IT directors will have the upper hand when buying new IT systems, analyst Gartner has predicted. Enough is enough....


November 12, 2007  7:41 PM

Cognos: and then there was one

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BI, Business Intelligence, Business Objects, Cognos, Data, Hyperion, IBM, information society, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Another week and another independent business intelligence software company is snapped up by a major provider. This time it is Cognos' turn, following swiftly on from SAP's plans to acquire Business Objects and the acquisition, earlier this year, of Hyperion, by Oracle. Of the significant BI...


November 7, 2007  7:06 PM

The mobile industry, social responsibility and accountability

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Mobile, Mobile applications, mugging, Speakerphone, Stress

Radiation from mobile phones may or may not cause brain damage. Who knows, mobile phone may become like cigarette packs, come with a Government health warning, and quite possibly be banned from restaurants, offices etc. Dream on. I think mobile phones actually pose a serious public health risk,...


November 6, 2007  10:33 PM

Google: does Android make sense?

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Android, Google Apps, Java, Linux, Symbian, Windows Mobile

Are we impressed with Google's Android announcement? The search engine company has steadily been chipping away at Microsoft, offering a free word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software and email. It has made breakthroughs in publically accessible web services like Google Map, making MS...


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