Stories by Michael Lattig

Party Politics of Projects

In this year of presidential politics, a year in which politicians of every persuasion seek to bring groups of various backgrounds into one fold, the importance of building alliances has moved into the mainstream. At the same time, politicians understand the importance of winning approval from their party officials, meaning they must build their coalition without losing sight of their party's core values.

Medical Library Finds Data Transformation Remedy

Consider the amount of information your company has generated over its lifetime, and the many formats in which that information resides. Now consider having to sift through the backlog of data to encode every page in an effort to build a unified, searchable database for customers and employees.

Informatica, PWC, Team on Analytics

Hoping to capitalize on the recent trend that has seen virtually every industry develop some semblance of a business-to-business marketplace, Informatica Corp. Monday announced that it is joining forces with PricewaterhouseCoopers to provide BI (business-intelligence) solutions targeted at that space.

Ellison Touts Completeness, Oracle Ships Wares

Once again making the claim that today's computing environments provide little more than "distributed complexity," Oracle Corp.'s chairman and CEO Larry Ellison last week divulged launch dates for several promised products, including Oracle's 8i Appliance and the long-awaited Internet File System (IFS), which the company hopes will simplify computing.

Ellison Touts Completeness, Targets Delivery Dates

In a move that could be considered surprising for a company known for its nebulous product delivery dates, Oracle Corp.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison today outlined launch dates for several promised products, including the company's long-awaited Internet File System (IFS).

Oracle Increases XML Support

Oracle Corp. last week extended its support of XML in an effort to bridge the development gap between XML and Java, adding XML support to its JDeveloper 3.1 product and an XML Schema Parser to its XDK (XML developer's kit).

Oracle Beefs Up XML Offerings

Oracle Corp. yesterday extended its support of XML in an effort to bridge the development gap between XML and Java. Specifically, the company has added XML support to its JDeveloper 3.1 product and an XML Schema Parser to its XML Developer's Kit.

Business Intelligence Vendors Get Busy

With product launches touching on an array of business intelligence needs, vendors such as Business Objects, Informix, and Actuate this week are advancing the ease with which corporate decision makers receive and view reports and business analysis.

BEA's WebGain Spin-off Pulls Together Acquisitions

Webgain Inc., an independent company formed earlier this year by application server vendor BEA Systems Inc. and Warburg Pincus Ventures, was officially launched thisweek at the Software Development 2000 West show in San Jose, California, where it introduced a product suite that takes a component-based approach to e-commerce application development.

Corporate Portals Get Personal to Get Users

If your company is one of the many hoping to drive productivity and knowledge sharing through the implementation of a corporate portal, you may need to know one thing: If you build it, they may not come.

IBM Tightens Grip on Data

IBM Corp. this week unveiled Content Manager, a platform for integrating, accessing, and managing disparate data types for applications that tap into multiple sources.

Rational to Wade Into Data Modeling Arena

Rational Software Corp. this week will unveil its plans to enter the data modeling market, extending its development tool product portfolio to touch almost every aspect of and participant in the development process.

App Server Vendors Looking for Steady Platform

THE RISING TIDE of e-business is lifting the hopes of yet another market as application service providers (ASPs) work to expand their offerings to provide a complete e-business platform upon which companies can build, thus avoiding the commoditization that many felt would afflict their industry.

Allaire Plans Unified Offerings

Allaire Corp. next week will outline its strategy, including new products and initiatives, for offering a comprehensive platform for the creation of Internet-based business applications.