Short takes from this week's technology news
Suppliers back business intelligence standard
Several suppliers have given their support to the latest open standard for business intelligence. The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community collaborating on a universal development platform, last week released Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (Birt) version 2.0. IBM, Actuate, Pentaho, Scapa Technologies and Zend have announced their support for the specification.
Researchers tackle mobile security
A research team at Royal Holloway, University of London, is investigating how to apply trusted computing technology to mobile phone security. Trusted computing uses dedicated chips built in to computers, known as trusted platform modules. Similar to smartcards, these chips perform security functions in a protected hardware environment. The research is being funded by the European Commission.
IBM releases UIMA code to SourceForge.net
IBM has completed the first step in making its Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) available to the open source community. UIMA is an open software framework for creating applications that perform document searches on unstructured content across the enterprise and the web. IBM has published the UIMA source code to the SourceForge.net open source development site.
Firms look to the web to improve HR software
Many human resources systems are failing to deliver on business requirements, according to a survey by PMP Research. Only 18% of the 100 IT and HR professionals polled said their software matched their needs well. Many companies were hoping to improve performance through online HR applications. Almost 70% said their primary investment area in the future would involve internet-enabling HR activities and processes, PMP Research found.