Monday, August 08, 2005

Expert: With Open-Source Software, ROI Tough To Peg

Computerworld Enterprise Software
August 8, 2005


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In this issue:

* Expert: With Open-source Software, ROI Tough To Peg
* Microsoft: No Monad Scripting In First Windows Vista
* Microsoft Releases New SharePoint Apps
* Apache Group Releases Upgrade To Derby Database
* Open-source Apps Becoming More Enterprise IT-friendly
* Medical Software From Feds Could Benefit Big Health Care

Computerworld Blogs:

* UIMA -- a nice statement of direction
* OSCON: the next Comdex
* Tag it as you see it


Expert: With Open-source Software, ROI Tough To Peg

Companies considering open-source software should remember that metrics
used to compare open-source software with proprietary software may not
always give the best answers, says Robert M. Lefkowitz, of Optaros
Inc., an open-source consulting and systems integration vendor.,4902,103690,00.html?nlid=ES


Microsoft: No Monad Scripting In First Windows Vista

A day after reports that viruses had been written for an upcoming
feature in Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows Vista operating system,
the company said it will not include the feature in the first release
of the operating system next year.,4902,103762,00.html?nlid=ES


Microsoft Releases New SharePoint Apps

Microsoft has released 30 specific applications for its Windows
SharePoint Services, giving business customers a head start in building
sites for collaborative use.,4902,103676,00.html?nlid=ES


Strategies for Deploying Blade Servers in Existing Data Centers

Installing blade servers in an existing data center creates a
bewildering set of challenges and options. Let APC guide you through
the process! This paper explains how to evaluate the options and select
the best power and cooling approach for a successful and predictable
blade deployment.


Apache Group Releases Upgrade To Derby Database

The lightweight, Java-based relational database is meant for small Web
sites, point-of-sale systems and departmental-level or small-business


Open-source Apps Becoming More Enterprise IT-friendly

In an effort to make their software more usable for corporate IT
staffers, open-source software vendors are working to make the software
stacks easier to deploy and support.,4902,103722,00.html?nlid=ES


Medical Software From Feds Could Benefit Big Health Care

The federal government's offer to provide low-cost EHR software to
small and midsize medical practices promises to be a boon to large
health care systems looking to computerize all medical records.,4902,103738,00.html?nlid=ES


Business Intelligence Executive Briefing

Most companies are planning big investments in business intelligence --
so why not learn the best practices and avoid the common mistakes?
Computerworld's Executive Briefing, "Get Smart About Business
Intelligence," tells how to distribute BI "to the masses" and make sure
the underlying data is solid and secure. Download the free report,
compliments of Sybase.



UIMA -- a nice statement of direction

IBM is pushing UIMA, a standard for getting text analytics technologies to
interoperate. This is pure goodness; text mining, search, and related
technologies are much too hard to integrate. However, how much goodness it is
yet is somewhat open to debate.


OSCON: the next Comdex

When you walk into this year's expanded exhibit area of the O'Reilly Open Source
Convention (OSCON moved from the crowded Mariott Hotel in downtown Portland,
Ore. across the Willamette River to the much larger Oregon Convention Center.)


Tag it as you see it

Humans aren't machines. While we like to put things into neat litle boxes, how
we think about the labels that go onto those boxes and what should go into each
box can change in real-time as we go about our business. Humans are inherently
subjective. Computers aren't. That's part of the problem with classification
systems companies use to categorize content and search for it.


Build a security plan to protect your company's assets. In this
comprehensive report you will learn everything from how to educate
staff against picking easy-to-crack passwords or falling for "social
engineering" attacks to keeping up with the latest patches and fixes
from vendors. This report is a must for security professionals.


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