Cleaning Up That Data

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ddtaIn survey after survey, you rate poor data quality as a top concern for data warehouses. Yet when it comes time to open your wallet, there are suddenly more pressing issues. Do you honestly think ignoring the problem will make it go away? Get real. It’s time to put on the old hip boots and wade into the muck. Either that or end up with mud on your face when your $10 million warehouse grinds to a halt because no one trusts the data.…

Sunhawk – Great Idea, But Perhaps Too Far Ahead Of Its Time

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sunhkBrent Mills calls Sunhawk Corp., the company he co-founded, “the second wave of the Internet.” That’s because Sunhawk’s products, development process and marketing are all completely digital. Using innovative software, Sunhawk produces and markets multimedia sheet music that can be downloaded, read, rearranged and even played over the Internet. The foundation of the virtual organization: an intranet that is the glue between software programmers in Canada, music editors in Russia and Sunhawk’s official “headquarters” in a Seattle house.

After people log on to Sunhawk’s Web site and download special software, they can buy sheet music that goes far beyond anything available in music stores. Users can see the individual notes on the score light up as they listen to the music. They can change the instrumentation and pick up the tempo. Musicians can even turn off part of a song so they can play or sing along.…

SNA Server Set Future Net Protocols For Windows

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mssnasvrSNA Server 4.0 extends the product’s already broad reach even further, pairing important new protocol gateway features with innovative data and transaction integration features. In particular, SNA’s new ability to provide seamless access to mainframe transaction code will provide Windows developers with the best of both worlds. For straight terminal access, organizations that don’t want to run IP directly on their host will find SNA Server the most complete option around.

Pros: Rich 3270 and 5250 emulation services; failover and load balancing; allows host…

Push Technology Changed It All

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pushtIn the nearly two years since the first push systems landed on desktops, vendors have sold the technology to almost everyone–everyone, that is, but corporate IT.

To be sure, the concept of pushing data or applications to desktops has caught the eye of users and analysts alike. Startups such as PointCast Inc., BackWeb Technologies Inc., Acurest and Marimba Inc. are still enjoying excellent mind share and cash flow from venture capitalists.

But so far, many large companies don’t have push at the top of their to-do lists. For these sites, there are many more immediate concerns: year 2000 compliance, enterprise application deployment and even rolling out intranets. Heck, there is even Web 2.0 generators to think about.