Open Source Database and OS Demand Stats

A few articles about open source database growth made the rounds recently. Mostly these discuss a rise in growth, for example the EnterpriseDB survey notes More than half of all survey respondents indicated that their respective companies had either already deployed an open source database or were more likely to deploy an open source database than any other open source application, including CRM, desktop productivity, and ERP. The survey was sponsored and administered by EnterpriseDB. Gartner too published some stats … Continue Reading →

Verifying an RFI

Today, I had a conversation with a consulting firm that works with TEC‘s decision support tools and knowledge bases (KBs) on enterprise software. In this case, they were engaged in an ERP selection project. The consulting firm was asking me about the data accuracy (in our KB) regarding the functionality of some of the vendors they’d shortlisted. TEC researches and provides immense amounts of information on software products so it is an incredibly tricky task for us to ensure that the data is accurate and t … Continue Reading →

E-mail Replacement Idea

In a previous post, I briefly commented on blogs as an e-mail replacement. It was an off-the-cuff remark but I started thinking about it more. Perhaps it could end spam? This afternoon one of my colleagues came by my desk and commented on the RSS reader I had open. She wondered if it was a nice looking skin for Outlook (it wasn’t, but it did look nice because the reader was running on my Linux box rather than Windows). But the comment struck me because at first glance the RSS reader does look like essentially th … Continue Reading →

On the Subject of Learning, Tools for LMS Purchasers

Niall at NetDimensions Insights wrote up two nice pieces pointing out a few ways that people seeking a learning management system can use low-cost tools to compare the different offerings out there. He mentioned both the Brandon Hall feature comparison document as well as the LMS RFI templates that Technology Evaluation Centers offers–this is what caught my attention. Niall comments that Use of this template does not mean that you do not need to perform a thorough analysis of your organization’s learning m … Continue Reading →

The Start

I needed a place to post some thoughts on things taking place in the IT world and I didn’t want my other sites to be mixed with those issues, hence my newest blog. Blogs appear to be a communication necessity now (sort’ve wonder if they may someday be able to replace e-mail, we could use them with private sections and private trackbacks). I’ve experimented with blogs in a number of ways for the past several years but it wasn’t until I recently read Robert Scoble and Shel Israel’s book, Na … Continue Reading →