Finally, the long, languid, slow news days of summer are behind us. New products are rolling out, people are heading to a myriad of conferences (including, I hope, our own Virtualization Executive Forum, two weeks away), companies are making announcements, and Steve Jobs is handing out refund checks. Yes, it’s a great time to be a tech journalist.
The next seven days won’t offer any letdown.
AMD kicks off the week with the release of its quad-core Barcelona chip, and our own Tom Yager will be on-hand at the Monday launch, blogging live and offering blow-by-blow coverage. Then VMware and BEA get “worldly,” with dueling partner/customer conferences -- VMworld and BEAWorld, respectively -- both in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Web-based productivity apps get their own coming-out party of sorts with today’s announcement that Capgemini will be recommending and supporting Google Apps for the enterprise. You read that right. A major consultancy -- the kind of firm that has traditionally glommed onto complex multimillion-dollar software installations -- will now be pointing customers toward lightweight Web 2.0-style tools delivered not in a box but in a Web browser. That dull thud you hear is probably the sound of a Microsoft Office product manager punching the wall in frustration.
We’re making some noise of our own this week. This morning InfoWorld announced the winners of the Bossie awards, honoring the “Best of Open Source Software” for business. To make sure we included all the relevant players in our consideration set, we cast a wide net, eliciting nominations from all our editors and reviewers, as well as submissions from third parties. Then our Test Center reviewers got to work, toiling in the background to exercise a wide swath of open source software. The fruits of their labor are reflected not only in our 35 winners, but also in a series of formal OSS reviews that will be rolling out over the next several months.
More than anything else, the Bossies are a reflection of just how influential this software development and distribution model has become. The fortunes of open source continue to rise as its products become competitive with, or in some cases superior to, commercial products. The Bossies offer a snapshot of the state of software today and an intriguing look at where it is heading tomorrow.
‘Off the Record’ ups the ante
I could use your help on something. Off the Record, those real-life tales of IT fun and folly, needs you … and your stories. And to encourage your participation, we’re upping the ante. Submit a story that we feature on the site, and we’ll send you a $50 American Express check, plus a handsome red-and-white T-shirt that will allow you to proudly proclaim, “I went Off the Record @ InfoWorld.com.” (At least, you can proudly proclaim your accomplishment when you’re not in the office.) A shirt, a check, renown in Off the Record -- does it get any better than that?