Where’s Your E-mail?
Not long ago, a Florida jury awarded tycoon Ron Perelman $1.45 billion in damages
in a dispute with Morgan Stanley, the investment firm. The case shifted decidedly
in Perelman’s favor after MS was unable to produce crucial e-mails ordered
by the judge.
With publicity from big-money cases such as this one and several corporate
governance mandates, you would think e-mail management would be high on IT’s
list of things to take care of, but it’s not. In this issue, Alan
Radding takes a look at the difficulty of e-mail search and retrieval
and the ways some companies are tackling the problem well before attorneys get
on their case.
Evolving business demands and ever-more capable technology are conspiring to
rewrite the once-straightforward definitions that used to describe data warehousing,
writes Alan Earls
in his look at on-demand data warehousing. On-demand is one of a number
of related terms that describes a faster-better variant of yesterday’s
typical data warehouse. What’s driving it is the trend toward harnessing
BI applications and analysis tools to tactical, day-to-day decisions.
Regular readers of ADT are probably familiar with Stephen
Swoyer’s writing. He’s invariably entertaining and
informative, which is not always easy to do when you write about such things
as embedded application development, as he does in this month’s issue.
Thanks to the emergence of mobile and wireless devices, the existence of lite
versions of cutting-edge frameworks such as Java 2 Enterprise Edition and .NET,
and the availability of versions of Linux and Windows designed specifically
for embedded applications, it’s a Brave New World, according to Swoyer.
“This new worldscape has some technology visionaries talking up a scenario
in which the once-discrete practices of embedded and enterprise application
development meld, or at the least, commingle,” Swoyer writes.
Finally, Steve Ulfelder
takes a look at information lifecycle management, which he found is finally
getting traction, mainly because enterprises must adhere to compliance regulations.
ILM is no longer just vendor hype, Ulfelder discovered.
Michael Alexander is editor-in-chief of Application Development Trends.