Stories by Heather Havenstein

IBM updates WebSphere Application Server software

IBM on Wednesday unveiled a new version of its WebSphere Application Server software, which is designed to protect applications from server downtime and boost enterprise efforts to build a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Firstlogic boosts data cleansing

Firstlogic Inc. will unveil a new data quality integration framework next week designed to allow companies to tackle the burgeoning problem of data cleansing commonly faced when data from disparate front-end and transactional systems is linked for customer profiling and other business intelligence projects.

BI platforms get smarter

Business Objects, SAS Institute, and MicroStrategy are bolstering their BI technology in the areas of data integration, analytics, and links to popular desktop applications in order to drive BI from a back-office querying and reporting tool to a front-office mainstream system. These initiatives are aimed to provide an end-to-end infrastructure to liberate BI data locked in operational systems and to enable data to flow to an expanded set of users who can, in turn, make better critical business decisions.

SAS unveils new BI platform, apps

SAS Institute unveiled its new SAS 9 business intelligence platform Tuesday that includes data integration, enhanced analytics, and refined user interfaces designed to drive BI beyond the traditional querying and reporting domain of the high-end business analyst to users throughout the enterprise.

IT feels the squeeze

In a year when it seemed the entire industry was holding its breath waiting for global uncertainties to play out and for the economy to come back to life, few professionals have been immune to the financial pressures put on IT.

BAM bolsters data visibility

The lines between data and process integration are blurring as vendors link traditional business intelligence with enterprise application integration. BI and EAI vendors are tying message feeds with analytics to provide real-time visibility through BAM (business activity monitoring), an emerging technology that provide access to critical business performance indicators.

Real-time intelligence rises to surface

Vigilant in the quest to deliver real-time data, BI (business intelligence) and enterprise application vendors are turning to analytic tools in an attempt to energize the supply chain.

Wireless switching paves new application path

Enterprise application vendors are catching the pervasive-computing bug. Following the porting of enterprise-grade applications to PDAs, advances in network switching technology are paving the way for high-end cellular handsets called smart phones.

SAP weaves new net

SAP AG is taking the high road in the enterprise computing platform battle raging between Microsoft Corp.'s .Net and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) with the announcement Thursday of its new NetWeaver platform that will support IBM Corp.'s WebSphere and Microsoft's .Net.