For thousands of years, the primary way humans record and exchange information has remained the same: we've used language. Pictures and numbers are important too, but the history of humankind is mostly written in words.
Stories by Curt A. Monash
Personal computers have changed dramatically over the past two decades, but one element has remained constant: processing power, device connectivity and fixed storage have all been combined in one central engine.
The job of IT departments can be concisely described as having two parts: managing data and advising business people about how the data could be used.
To hear IT vendors talk, everything is either a "platform" or a "solution". A few extra-special offerings are even presented as being both a platform and a solution. I flinch at both those words and give great grief to vendors who pitch to me using one or both of them.
The end of the year is a traditional time for re-evaluation of, well, just about everything. But one area in particular that gets re-evaluated in most organizations is technology strategy.
Software is entering the Age of Analytics. Buzzwords fly fast and furious. Predictive analytics. Enterprise reporting. Analytic applications. BPM, CPM, EPM. Metrics and dashboards. Three key performance indicators, two turtledoves, a scorecard and a few decision trees.
Software is entering the Age of Analytics. Buzzwords fly fast and furious: Predictive analytics. Enterprise reporting. Analytic applications. BPM, CPM, EPM. Metrics and dashboards. Three key performance indicators, two turtledoves, a scorecard and a few decision trees.
Some pundits -- and some technology vendors -- assert that database management systems have become commodities and that DBMS innovation is either dead or irrelevant. They're wrong. DBMSs haven't stopped evolving, and they aren't close to being all alike.
Text-search technology is finally coming of age. Stand-alone search "solutions" can still be ludicrously bad: Monsanto's top 10 hits for "fertilizer" lead to boilerplate legal disclaimers, The Boeing Co.'s top 10 hits for "jet fighter" feature discontinued aircraft, and Toyota's top 10 hits for "Camry" are in Chinese. But when text search is integrated into a broader application framework, the story is much happier. Search is a clear success in several specific niches, such as online retailing or regulation-driven document management. And as the means improve of integrating text with other kinds of data, a much broader range of text-aware applications is becoming practical as well.
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