Inside Sun, however, not everyone shared Schwartz’s optimism. Graham Hamilton, a Sun Fellow for the Java team, departed the company over the momentous announcement, according to one insider. Outside Sun, IBM protested that it wanted Java placed under the jurisdiction of the Apache Software Foundation.
Schwartz’s decision regarding Java will be remembered as a high point of 2006, and further proof that commercial vendors must find a way to ride, not fight the open source wave.
-- Paul Krill
“I am having personal difficulty looking veterans in the eye.”
-- VA CISO Pedro Cadenas
With mega blow-ups like the hack of CardSystems, many labeled 2005 the “Year of the Data Breach.” But that year seemed to extend, seamlessly, into 2006, as well.
No incident epitomized the bumbling of sensitive data than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ loss of a laptop containing personal data of more than 26 million vets. The device in question was stolen from the home of a VA analyst, and was later recovered.
Stories like the VA’s were sadly common this year. Chevron, GE, AT&T, Starbucks, and Wells Fargo all reported losing customer or employee data. One of the common themes in many cases was that data was being carried around, unencrypted, on portable PCs stolen from or lost by employees of third-party companies.
That troubling trend bears out in a study that Vontu and the Ponemon Institute conducted this year, which found that 81 percent of the 500 companies surveyed “reported the loss of one or more laptops containing sensitive information during the past 12 months.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see SaaS services (at) $5 per month, per user.”
-- Josh Greenbaum, EAConsult
2006 didn’t quite make it as “The Year of SaaS,” but it came darn close. Spurred by the success of firms such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAS created SaaS CRM products with integration to their on-premises software as a differentiator. Even more important: SaaS providers, led by Salesforce, laid down a solid foundation on which to build new services in 2007 and beyond.
Take, for example, AppExchange, an online market of sorts that Salesforce launched in October. AppExchange allows third-party providers to post their wares, and gives users the ability to pick and choose from applications and features that enhance the Salesforce.com software.
AppExchange implies a recognition by Salesforce and, we can now assume, other SaaS providers that if enterprise-level companies are to adopt SaaS, then SaaS solutions can’t be siloed. Integration of CRM with ERP, business intelligence and product lifecycle management are a must for the enterprise.
-- Ephraim Schwartz
“the best season to visit Italy”
-- search query by Thelma Arnold, aka AOL user No. 4417749
Connect users to the world of information … then betray their trust. It’s not exactly the long-term strategy AOL had in mind, nor one to stay on top in today’s Web 2.0-influenced Internet. Yet AOL’s infamous search data leak in August, which resulted in the ousting of CTO Maureen Govern, was just one headline head-scratcher involving the online giant this year.