Monthly Archives: July 2003

The marriage of SQL and XML

The marriage of SQL and XML.

A major shift in the style of enterprise data management is under way, and there are huge architectural issues yet to be resolved. Oracle, not surprisingly, wants you to store everything in a centralized hybrid DBMS. IBM says it would rather enable you to federate data across a range of sources. Each strategy has merit, and most enterprises will wind up pursuing both — in different ways, for various reasons. Despite these differences, we are witnessing a sacred union. SQL and XML have been pronounced man and wife, and the honeymoon has begun. [Full story at InfoWorld.com]

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Report Review: Nielsen/Norman Group's Usability ROI

Report Review: Nielsen/Norman Group's Usability ROI. Report Review: Nielsen/Norman Group's Usability Return on InvestmentIn the business world, user experience endeavors are typically seen as a cost—a line item expense to be minimized to the greatest extent possible while still remaining competitive. This has led to a number of essays, articles, and books on proving the value of user experience, including a recent report by the Nielsen Norman Group.

Much more than a summary of the NNGroup ROI report, Peterme and Scott Hirsch outline key considerations for evaluating Return on Investment, and in the process discover some shortcomings of the NNGroup approach.  [ia/ – information architecture news]

ROI calculations: K-Logs vs. traditional Intranet Portals

ROI calculations: K-Logs vs. traditional Intranet Portals. John Robb summarizes an ROI document produced by PlumTree Software estimating the value of portal software and compares with his estimation of the value of K-Log software. He puts the total ROI of a K-Log system at 1,170% compared to the total ROI of a traditional Portal system at 240%. [ia/ – information architecture news]