Stories by Heather Havenstein

Users seek answers on Indigo

Microsoft last week vowed to dramatically boost developer productivity with its forthcoming Indigo communications technology for building Web services. Some users, however, say they're still grappling to understand the tools in Indigo's .Net Framework predecessor.

Med school CIO tests RFID for patients

An RFID chip the size of two grains of rice and encased in a glass container was implanted in back of the right arm near the elbow of John Halamka, CIO of Harvard Medical School, just before Christmas.

Business Objects completes Crystal integration

Business Objects Tuesday announced the availability of Business Objects XI, a platform infused with new features designed to enable all potential enterprise users to tap into reporting, query and analysis and performance-management capabilities.

IBM exec details plans for vertical tools

Many sites have deployed IBM's middleware bundle -- which includes its WebSphere, Rational, Tivoli, Lotus and DB2 products, plus third-party offerings -- for vertical industries since its launch last year. The tools are designed to help users in industries such as retail, manufacturing, banking and health care comply with more than 40 mandates, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Basel II.

IBM details 2005 server plans

IBM Corp. has outlined plans for Intel servers and has indicated the company may release blade servers based on AMD processors.

Case Study: Microsoft reports for BI duty

When residential real estate agency Long & Foster Cos. decided to update the way it prepares financial reports and replace a system it had been using for 20 years, the company chose Microsoft's first reporting tool to do the job.

IT calls for enterprise integration-BI link

Corporate users are increasingly pairing enterprise information integration (EII) technology with business intelligence tools to bolster their efforts to use real-time transaction data to make day-to-day operating decisions.

Tools promise to extend Web Services

Blue Titan Software and Digital Evolution are rolling out new products this week to meet a growing IT demand for infrastructure to support extending early departmental Web services deployments to the enterprise.

BEA aims to boost WebLogic business

BEA Systems, looking to broaden its middleware business, has taken the wraps off a solutions framework that can help WebLogic Platform users build service-oriented architectures (SOA) for tackling common enterprise pain points like boosting customer service.

Microsoft details new domain-specific modeling tools

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to tap the enterprise-level development market with the announcement of a new framework and tool for Visual Studio Team System to support the creation of service-oriented applications for various vertical industries.

IBM, Borland upgrade developer tools

Borland Software and IBM announced upgrades to their development tools this week designed to support heterogeneous environments and more closely link software creation to business goals.

Attachmate details new Synapta tools

Attachmate is ramping up its product line to help companies use data trapped in legacy systems so developers can more easily tap the information when building host applications delivered as services.