Newsletters 2005

June 19, 2005

Witnessing History: Apple’s Strategy

Witnessing History: Apple’s Strategy by Arnold Reinhold It’s rare that one gets to watch grand strategy played out right before one’s eyes. Apple’s decision to switch from IBM to Intel as its microprocessor supplier is one of those moments in corporate history. Apple, particularly after the home-run it hit with the iPod, is seen as […]

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June 13, 2005

IDEs Evolve into More Sophisticated Frameworks

IDEs Evolve into More Sophisticated Frameworks by Rikki C. Kirzner Fueling the Trend Tough worldwide economies, government legislation, and the need to create applications more quickly and more cost effectively are all fueling the shift toward open source technology and more automated and abstract development methodologies. There is an urgent need to resolve the growing […]

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May 31, 2005

The Enterprise Service Bus

The Enterprise Service Bus by Judith Hurwitz and Robin Bloor Suddenly every platform vendor worth its salt is introducing an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). So, what’s going on and why is this important? Simply put, it represents the evolution of middleware from the era of “hub and spoke” and application servers to an abstracted model […]

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May 12, 2005

Can Siebel Survive This Latest Crisis?

Can Siebel Survive This Latest Crisis? by Rikki Kirzner, Partner After being on the job for less than 1 year, Siebel Systems’ CEO Michael Lawrie is history. Lawrie, a well-respected 26-year veteran of IBM, was recruited to help Siebel reinvent itself in light of its fast growing competition and a market that was becoming saturated […]

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May 10, 2005

The World According to SAP

The World According to SAP by Judith Hurwitz, CEO SAP is at an interesting crossroads. At its recent U.S. Sapphire user conference, company executives spent considerable time outlining the roadmap for SAP’s next generation infrastructure platform, its Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA). This is SAP’s version of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework built on top of […]

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May 9, 2005

MySQL, So Much Database, So Little Money

MySQL, So Much Database, So Little Money by Robin Bloor and Carol Baroudi, Partners Are there good reasons to pay hefty license fees for an enterprise database? Well, it depends on the circumstances, but in most situations the answers is “No”. Are there good reasons for using a completely free database within the Enterprise? Well, […]

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May 5, 2005

Information Infrastructure Lifecycle Supporting Business Analytics

Information Infrastructure Lifecycle Supporting Business Analytics by Fern Halper and Marcia Kaufman, Partners Introduction Last month Hurwitz & Associates began a series of articles focused on business analytics technologies and how they are used to support business decision-making. These technologies range from business intelligence and predictive analytics to CRM and SCM solutions. Business analytics are […]

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May 4, 2005

Breaking and Entering: WEP Whacked Again

Breaking and Entering: WEP Whacked Again by Arnold Reinhold, Principal Wired equivalent privacy (WEP) is a security protocol commonly used with the wildly popular WiFi (802.11) wireless networks. It’s no secret that the encryption scheme used in WEP has serious flaws. At a recent presentation to the Information Systems Security Association, a team from the […]

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May 4, 2005

Commendo Software’s Virtual Foundation

Commendo Software’s Virtual Foundation by Fern Halper and Marcia Kaufman, Partners What happens when your web-based business intelligence application meets too much data? As companies begin to take advantage of highly interactive and information-rich, web-based business intelligence (BI) applications, IT managers often find that the benefits of advanced capabilities must be weighed against new concerns […]

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May 3, 2005

Can Sun Really Thrive Without a Software Strategy?

Can Sun Really Thrive Without a Software Strategy? by Rikki Kirzner, Partner Software is pervasive, and it is this ubiquity that enables software development to be one of the driving forces behind the global economy. So we have to wonder how Sun thinks it can reverse its sales losses and actually thrive and grow its […]

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