Stories by Heather Havenstein

Compuware rolls out testing tool

Compuware unveiled a testing tool Tuesday designed to allow developers and testers -- especially those using Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 - to identify and resolve errors more quickly.

IBM to expand SOA product line

IBM plans to roll out four products under its WebSphere middleware stack, designed to help users more easily begin building a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

SAS makes a move into data integration

SAS Institute this week plans to announce a new project intended to expand its reach into the data integration market and aimed at helping companies link the various sources of operational data.

Oracle unveils BI suite

Oracle Wednesday unveiled a suite of business intelligence (BI) tools and applications that folds in analytic technology from Siebel Systems as part of an effort to go up against Microsoft -- from the low end of the market up through the enterprise level.

Microsoft unveils midmarket BI software

Microsoft unveiled new business intelligence (BI) software Wednesday that was designed to let midmarket companies use analytics and scorecards to study business data through various organizational roles.

Premier 100: Harrah's CIO on IT integration

Tim Stanley, senior vice president and CIO at Harrah's Entertainment, sat down with Computerworld at its Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference Monday to talk about the lessons learned from integrating IT systems after its purchase of Caesars Entertainment last year. "Speed is key," said Stanley, who also detailed some of the other IT projects Harrah's is working on. Excerpts from the interview follow:

Sonic updates Actional SOA Manager

Sonic Software last week brought out a new version of its Actional service-oriented architecture (SOA) management tool that it said will provide business users with more visibility into business processes.

BEA acquires Fuego in $US87.5m deal

BEA Systems announced Wednesday that it has acquired business process management (BPM) software vendor Fuego in a deal valued at US$87.5 million.

DreamWorks aims for open-source with SOA project

As part of a move toward a completely open-source environment, DreamWorks Animation SKG has replaced a dozen of its core legacy applications with Web services that the film company plans to reuse for future development projects.

SOA Software looks to registry independence

In a move that signals the growing importance of creating and enforcing polices for using Web services in a service-oriented architecture, SOA Software plans to update its SOA products so they can work with the registries of its competitors.

BEA to launch interactive BPM tool

BEA Systems has unveiled plans to enter the market for people-based business process management for the first time, with a new version of a tool that will allow companies to build and manage collaborative business processes.

Borland plans to abandon development tools

Borland Software's plan to abandon the development tool business to focus on its application life-cycle management (ALM) products found support among some users that are looking to manage software development as a process.

Vendors spread the AJAX gospel

Users who helped spur the growth of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) programming techniques through grass-roots efforts welcomed last week's news that several top vendors have joined forces to promote it to the open-source community.