Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

January, 2008

January 30, 2008  10:42 PM

Autism in commercial software testing

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Autism, Quality assurance, Software Quality, Testing

Today I met Thorkil Sonne, the founder of Danish testing company Specialisterne. Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the most common form of autism affects half a...

January 29, 2008  6:32 PM

Windows Server 2008: worth the upgrade?

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NT, Support, upgrade, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is set to be officially launched on February 28. Given the timings between major releases of the OS, it may have been better to launch on Feb 29th. The last major upgrade was in 2003 and it is highly unlikely anyone who has standardised on Windows 2003 Server will be...

January 28, 2008  7:04 PM

21st century GUI

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culture, GUI, iPhone, wii

Last week I had lunch with Dave Aron, a research director at Gartner. Aron believes that PC users are handicapped by the legacy of Windows. The designers of the Nintendo Wii and Apple iPhone had the good fortune of being able to create their user interfaces from scratch, to develop GUIs that...

January 23, 2008  7:47 AM

Wikipedia: the true successor to the original web 1.0 vision

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Evolutionary IT

I was at an event yesterday evening looking at who would be the most influential person in IT in the last 100 years. Nominees were rated by their innovation, technological breakthrough, commercial success, impact on society and overall influence. Many of the nominees were of the web generation:...

January 22, 2008  12:01 AM

Why pirate when there’s so much free stuff out there

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Adobe, BSA, IBM, Microsoft, MySQL, Software piracy

An IDC study for the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has highlighted the cost of software piracy to the UK economy. 27% of installed PC software is unlicensed; a 10% reduction in piracy would contribute £4.5 billion to the UK economy, according to the...

January 18, 2008  8:20 PM

If Fusion was the glue that welded together Oracle’s acquisitions where does BEA fit?

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BEA, Fusion, Oracle

Oracle's $8 billion acquisition of BEA can mean only one thing. Fusion has failed. Let's face it, if its Fusion middleware was on track, Oracle would have no need to speed billions of dollars buying the market-leader in Java application server middleware - particularly given that the economy looks...

January 16, 2008  6:56 PM

Why is Sun buying MySQL?

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MySQL, Sun

It looks like Sun's Jonathan Schwartz is planning to build a fully-fledged software business around open source software. With Java, Solaris and its middleware products and development tools Sun has been slowly courting the open source community. MySQL has a significant user base and its...

January 14, 2008  6:19 PM

Office 2007 victim

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Microsoft, Office 2007

This morning I received an important document on email. I had been waiting for it since Friday. But I couldn't open it. The document was in PowerPoint 2007 (PPTX) format and we use Office 2003 here. Great. A quick Google search brought up several PPTX to PPT converters. However, I couldn't get...

January 8, 2008  10:25 PM

Get ready for a slowdown

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2008, Downturn, Recession

If, as the financial experts predict, the economy is heading for a downturn what will be the impact on IT? In the past we have seen businesses outsource more of their IT to reduce operational costs during tough trading conditions. If the economy really does experience a major downturn in 2008...

January 7, 2008  9:05 PM

Please Bill, no more platform wars

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.NET, Flex, Java, Macromedia, Microsoft, Windows

During his keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Microsoft chairman Bill Gates presented his vision of the second digital decade. Gates sees the Internet as being all encompassing, with users being able to access services and store personal data in the Internet cloud. This sounds...

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