It appears to be a year of reflection for many in the blogosphere, as indicated by such posts as Damien Katz on identifying lousy programmers and Emil Stenstrom on CSS knowledge. Roger Johansson has followed with a post of his own in this vein, addressing the widely varying "levels of HTML knowledge" throughout the Web industry.
As the specter of a robotic society looms, it's about time that someone start thinking about some rules to keep things from getting out of control. The Japanese government has apparently been thinking along these lines, according to this LiveScience.com article, which reports that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is drafting "safety guidelines for next-generation robots."
The user experience on business-to-business web sites is significantly worse than consumer-facing sites, according to a study done with usability expert Jakob Nielsen.
Surveys, detailed on Tuesday, found that business-oriented sites achieve what they set out do 58 percent of the time, compared to a 66 percent success rate at consumer Web sites.
Most infuriating to B2B Web site users is the absence of pricing information. Also bad are requirements to register, which can lead customers elsewhere, and difficult navigation, according to Nielsen.
"Most B2B sites are stuck in the 1990s in their attitude towards user experience. By still … Read more
Jeff Raikes, the president of Microsoft's Business Division, will detail the company's roadmap in business intelligence next week.
The company is hosting a news conference Tuesday June 6 to discuss its "business intelligence product roadmap."
For an idea of what Microsoft might announce, look no further than Microsoft Office.
Specialized business intelligence tools tend to be used by trained professions.
But Microsoft executives have said that the company aims to democratize business intelligence by letting users analyze data, run reports, and build scorecards from Office.
In fact, Office System Solution 2007 will have a separate Business … Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. -- SAP said on Wednesday that it has launched a $125 million fund to invest in companies building programs to run on its NetWeaver software.
The company made the announcement at its Sapphire customer conference here. SAP said the fund will complement its existing SAP Venture investment arm, which invests in emerging technology.
SAP is hoping to jump-start development of software from partner companies that could help stimulate sales of its own business applications software.
NetWeaver links SAP's software to other new and existing business systems within companies.
The competition between SAP and its nearest rival, Oracle, continues to heat up.
On Wednesday, Oracle announced that it will begin offering support for companies running SAP's R/3 application software. The move counters a similar announcement made last week by SAP, when it said it was stepping up support options for Siebel applications sold by Oracle.
Support services can be lucrative for software makers that are looking for ways to augment software licensing revenue, which has slowed in recent years. More important, a good deal on support services could convince customers to switch from a rival's products.… Read more
We all need a reality check once in awhile to keep us honest--even programmers. That's why Damien Katz has compiled this handy checklist of "signs you're a crappy programmer and don't know it."
Startup Hyperic said that it has landed over $3 million in initial funding and that it will recast its business model around open source next month.
The company's roots are at Covalent, where Hyperic co-founder and president Javier Soltero led development of a management software "framework" which monitors performance of a wide range of computing resources, from routers to application servers.
Covalent and its investors, which had put $10 to $12 million in the development of the management software, decided to focus on Apache Web server management. Soltero then started Hyperic.
Now on board as an advisor … Read more
Sun Microsystems' chief technology officer Greg Papadopoulos has gained responsibility over Sun's nearly $2 billion research and development facility.
Recently named CEO Jonathan Schwartz detailed Papadopoulos' new role on a blog posted on Saturday. (Note the "the geeks are in charge" title in the URL of the blog.)
Schwartz said Papadopoulos is now CTO and executive vice president of Research and Development, with the CTOs of individual products will reporting to him.
The move indicates Sun's commitment to systems-level technology innovation, Schwartz said.
"You can't build a network computing company without a chief architect … Read more