Microsoft security guru wants Vista bugs rated less serious
IBM and Google Inc. have jointly unveiled new portlet software that will allow users of IBM’s WebSphere Portal to integrate more than 4,000 Google Gadget services and utilities into the portal.The IBM Google Gadget Portlet, which will be available in April, will allow companies to add gadgets such as maps, to-do lists, product delivery tracking tools, driving directions and language translators to WebSphere Portal 6.0 and Portal Express systems used on corporate desktops, said IBM.‘Curb Appeal’ Frank Brooks, senior manager of data resource management and chief data architect at Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc., said that the gadgets could add “curb appeal” to the insurer’s WebSphere portal.However, he added, “most of them wouldn’t be meaningful to our employees” because they include nonbusiness gadgets like webcams and games.Brooks did note that the link with Google could enable his company to pull in more substantive gadgets that Google may add in the future.“One of my concerns is who controls the quality of the gadgets,” Brooks said. “Is there quality control, or are they just gadgets you use at your own risk? How do you know if it is a meaningful gadget as opposed to a frivolous gadget?”“We’re trying to bust the barrier of things you do on the consumer side and things you do on the enterprise side,” said Larry Bowden, IBM’s vice president for portals and Web interaction services.For example, a gadget that provides driving directions could be useful in the business world, he said, noting that sales personnel could use it when driving to clients’ offices.At many companies, he added, employees are demanding tools like wikis, blogs and instant messaging, which can all be added using the gadgets. Pulling the gadgets into the portal would provide such employees with access to new collaborative tools that incorporate professional features like security, Bowden said.In related news, IBM also announced its new Search Sitemap Utility portlet, which is designed to optimize portal content for search by external search engines
Microsoft to Add Office Link to Its Dynamics ERP Apps
Microsoft Corp. today is set to introduce a new tool that it says will let end users more easily access Dynamics ERP applications from its desktop software.Officials said the company plans to unveil the new Dynamics Client tool, which will link 12 Microsoft self-service ERP products to Microsoft Office and SharePoint Server applications, at its Convergence 2007 user event in San Diego.Microsoft said the offering reduces the need to train Office and SharePoint users to run its ERP software.James Utzschneider, general manager of Dynamics marketing at Microsoft, also noted that Dynamics Client will allow users to access back-end ERP data without having to buy a full software license.Greater ERP BenefitNick Garbidakis, chief technology officer of the American Bible Society in New York, said that Dynamics Client has the potential to significantly extend the benefit of an ERP system.He noted that the tool could save money on software purchases and allow end users to access back-end corporate data without special training.Microsoft said it also plans to bring out new ERP implementation and migration tools, a new configurable interface and several updated Dynamics ERP applications during the conference.Utzschneider said Dynamics Sure Step, the set of ERP implementation and migration tools and processes, will help customers more efficiently roll out the Dynamics software.The new role-based user interface can be tailored according to an employee’s position — such as a financial or manufacturing post — within a company, Utzschneider said.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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