Saturday, September 01, 2007


Links for 2007-09-01

  • Caveat Emptor! Sound Advice for IT Buyers
    Of course in simple terms the vendors are trying to sell you as much IT kit as they possibly can for as much money as they can get out of you, but there are more subtle tricks and ploys worth being aware of.

  • Can Bloggers save Technorati meme?
    The need to make Technorati stronger should happen sooner rather than later

  • The end of the Benchmark boy's club
    VC firms tend to discriminate against women where many of them have never had a woman partner. Looks like this will change in 2007

  • Pros and Cons of captive offshore operations
    Research has found that offshore operations in countries such as Brazil and the Philippines have a better chance for success than offshore within India

  • FUD about Ruby on Rails
    Let's use twisted logic to make a point. A blog about the potential of writing a secure application in different languages gets twisted into a commentary about pervasive habit within languages. In the same way that the Republican party has the potential to stand for something meaningful, they also have the freedom to exercise their right to be idiots

  • Industry Vertical Specific Identity Management
    I haven't heard Pat Patterson, Jackson Shaw, Mark MacAuley, Matt Flynn, Nishant Kaushik or Jeff Bohren ever discuss the concept and/or need for vertical specific identity management solutions. Maybe this is the reason why there is only mediocrity in terms of success with many of the tools in this space

  • Tower of IT Babel
    It easy to admonish IT for speaking techno-babble to its customers but what is the root cause for such practices?

  • Oracle buys Bridgestream
    Good to see that the folks over at the The 451 Group are staying on top of acquisitions. The funny thing is that Bridgestream, Eurikify and others in this space have poor analyst coverage which may be the reason why the purchase price was so cheap. It may serve their competitors to spend more in terms of analyst coverage/insight

  • State faults teachers of English learners
    Hundreds of students in Arizona are trying to learn English from teachers who don’t know the language. Maybe this is an opportunity to outsource teaching to India so that they can learn an even more horrible form of English that few Americans can understand

  • What is an EMC technical architect
    I wonder if EMC as part of their certifications should expect architects to understand SOA and Security or will questions around this be missing in action?

  • Open Source ECM
    I was heavily disappointed to know that only the source code for parts of Alfresco were open source as they use the dual licensing/partitioning notion I so despise. For folks that know me, I tend to go through moodswings in terms of contributing to open source projects. Since, I believe that the world of ECM is so fugly when it comes to understanding security, it was my thought to do two things. First, I figured I would help cleanup portions of code where insecure coding practices may have been used. Likewise, I also wanted to inject support for XACML and help decouple the otherwise ECM domain indoctrination into ACL approaches. Sadly, the code I want to modify is in their enterprise version where the ability to contribute isn't available.

  • Documentum D6
    Laurence Hart provides insight into Documentum but also provides some scary phrases. The first phrase is a 25% increase in resources by upgrading. Shouldn't software get better and more efficient upon each release? He also refers to a sizing spreadsheet which is curious. I would speculate that one does not exist because it would force customers to use professional services if they want to be an early adopter? It could also mean that they are busy figuring a more active way of calculating performance/sizing by creation of a wizard that looks at current metrics of existing systems without having a user back into it? I would think such a utility would be useful, kinda an upgrade wizard. Of course this means this should be a service pack to previous versions

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