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July 2005 Archives

SPSS is getting involved in “Click Fraud Prevention” perhaps the biggest issues facing online advertisers today. A recent survey from the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) found that one in five pay-per-click online advertisements are counterfeit. Estimates of the fraud range as high as $800 million in 2004 and SPSS estimates it will surpass the $1 Billion mark in 2005. SPSS’s ability to analyze user behavior patterns should put them in a strong spot to help companies with this ongoing problem. I can only hope that leading search providers hire them. Up until recently Google and others have been slow to react to this growing problem and with the backlash gaining momentum they would wise to explore what companies like SPSS are bringing to market.

Posted July 18, 2005 10:20 AM
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It great to see so many professionals in our space utilizing Blogs as a way to communicate.

We are proud to announce that Colin White has joined forces with the Business Intelligence Network to host his Expert Channel as well as his Blog.

Other notable additions to the blogoshpere include:

Frank Dravis Firstlogic's vice president of information quality launched his Blog this past week and will be focusing on his favorite topics - Data Quality and Information Management Strategies.

Ipedo has also jumped on the Blog-wagon and launched their Blog in June titled Integration Insider. They are covering all things EII.

I'm not sure Blog-Wagon is a word but it's great to publish along side such wonderful company. Have a great weekend :)

Posted July 15, 2005 4:18 PM
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Looks like Bernie got his... 30 years to life in prison.
Other links to the story:

Jason Calacanis Weblog


Posted July 13, 2005 1:20 PM
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If you haven't read The World is Flat, A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Friedman I highly recommend it.

Here is a recent review on the book fromAmazon.com:

For Friedman, cheap, ubiquitous technologies have finally obliterated all impediments to international competition, and the dawning "flat world" is a jungle pitting "lions" and "gazelles," where "economic stability is not going to be a feature" and "the weak will fall farther behind.

Its apparent that the folks at Informatica have read the book and plan on being the "Lion", I talked with John Entenmann EVP of Marketing and Strategic Alliances last week and learned that Informatica has found opportunity in the world of out-sourcing. The proliferation of out-sourcing has created a need for the service companies and customers to share and integrate information in a more timely and accurate manner. This need matches the core competencies of Informatica.

The out-sourcing market is growing faster than the IT market and most business markets. I think this focus should really benefit Informatica and puts them in a leading position in this growing industry.

Thank you for giving me the book Todd.

Posted July 12, 2005 11:05 AM
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This past week I traveled across the USA to visit friends and family to celebrate the July 4th holiday. We drove through Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. I get to travel for my job almost every month of the year but generally I am in larger cities that are generally recognized as technology centers. I was surprised to see how wireless technology has crept into mainstream america. I found wireless access in the most unexpected places; In Iowa they have installed free access at selected wayside rest stops along the expressway. I found it at a Fudruckers in Omaha, Skeeters coffe shop in near Rockford and several gas stations along the way. And perhaps my favorite spot was the I-80 IOWA Worlds Largest Truck Stop, they also had a movie theatre, dentist, medical office and art fair.


The wireless access issue that caused me the biggest surprise was at the Hilton properties (DoubleTree Suites) I stayed at. They charge!! Can you believe that I can get free access at the local hamburger joint but not at the hotel I am staying at. Personally, I see wireless like towels, soap, and sheets if you can't include it with the room I'll stay somewhere else. Shame on you Hilton Hotels....get a clue.

Posted July 10, 2005 10:05 PM
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