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Issue 1 • Date Jan.-Feb. 2007

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  • [Front cover]

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  • [Inside front cover]

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  • 2007 Editorial Calendar

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  • Table of contents

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  • Masthead

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  • Congratulations to IT Professional

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  • News Briefs

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 6 - 10
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  • Computer Society Membership Information

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  • Guest Editor's Introduction: A Glimpse at the Future of Enterprise Search

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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    Search by a customized and dynamic SOA can provide the greater precision, relevancy, semantic awareness, and adaptivity the enterprise requires. View full abstract»

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  • How Advances in Search Combine Databases, Sentence Diagramming, and "Just the Facts"

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 14 - 19
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    Among the most studied subfields of natural language processing (NLP) are information retrieval (IR, aka search) and information extraction (IE). Yet, even though researchers have wanted to combine IR and IE for nearly a decade, we are only now starting to see commercial applications that put the notion into practice. The search market remains dominated by traditional IR technologies, as evidenced by the likes of Google, Yahoo, and Verity. (Granted, Google's page-rank algorithm departs from traditional IR algorithms by including link data, but the underlying index of terms is conventional.) Two forces are driving the need for advanced search technologies: (a) users are more knowledgeable and are demanding greater search engine precision; and (b) vendors must create new search products, particularly enterprise search applications. This issue's theme articles represent several of these advancements. In this article, the author detail how IE-in particular action-oriented event extraction-enables new search functionality View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Information

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 20
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  • Enterprise Information Access and the User Experience

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 21 - 28
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    Today, digitally stored information isn't only ubiquitous, it's also increasing in volume at an exponential rate. And not only is the volume increasing, but so is the variety, as well as the ways of combining information from different sources to derive insights. Not surprisingly, our most pressing technological and business problem is finding what we need in this sea of information. The dominant paradigm for addressing this problem is information retrieval (Modem Information Retrieval, Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribeiro-Neto, ACM Press, 1999). In this paradigm, the user enters a query (typically a few words typed into a search box), and the system retrieves documents matching the query, ranking the matches based on an estimate of their relevancy to the query. If the system finds many matches, the user sees only the highest-ranked matches. The popularity of Web search systems such as Google shows that the information retrieval paradigm can be effective. An information access framework empowers users by explicitly focusing on the interaction between users and the system. The key problem for information access systems isn't guessing which matching document is most relevant, but establishing a dialogue in which users progressively communicate their information goals while the system provides immediate, incremental feedback that guides users in the pursuit of those goals View full abstract»

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  • Beyond Search: Content Applications

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 29 - 35
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    Content providers and publishers are finding more and more that they don't compete on content, but on what they can do with that content. "Content was king" back in 1997, according to Thomson Corp. Senior Vice President David Turner, in his 2006 National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services presentation ("The Thomson Transformation: Remaking a Global 500 Company," http://www. nfais.org/TurnerNFAIS06.ppt). Now content providers and publishers are moving "up the value pyramid" by competing on applications built on top of a technology platform that sits on top of content. We call these content applications. People often associate content with a search engine and applications with data (and therefore a relational database management system). But if you were designing a platform for content applications today from scratch, you would not use either a search engine or an RDBMS as the starting point. You would start with a representation of semistructured content-stored and indexed efficiently and securely in a content repository. You would also need a powerful, content-focused query/programming language. In addition, you would take the learnings from the world of search engines and the world of databases, add modern content technologies such as XML and XQuery, and come up with a brand new platform View full abstract»

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  • Are You Prepared for Daylight Saving Time 2007?

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 36 - 41
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    The odds are good that the appointments you've made with US or Canadian associates through Microsoft's Exchange or IBM's Lotus Notes or Domino are going to be off by an hour in the last three weeks of March 2007. Your legacy Java runtime environments also will likely produce incorrect time-sensitive results. Why? Buried among the hundreds of provisions in the 1,700 pages of the United States' Energy Policy Act of 2005 is a modest change to the rules that establish when daylight saving time starts and ends. The changes, which the government ostensibly implemented as part of a federal energy conservation effort, require that beginning in 2007, daylight saving time (DST) start three weeks earlier and end one week later than in previous years. (For more information on the policy's history, see the sidebar "US Laws governing daylight saving time.") These new start and end dates can greatly affect IT systems. Users will expect the effects to be transparent, so the burden of managing the situation will fall to IT professionals. Unfortunately, the fixes are not automatic. In this article, we'll describe the possible risks to computer networks and discuss some remediation strategies to keep your systems running on time View full abstract»

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  • Communicating IT's Value in a Modern Business Climate

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 42 - 45
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    Multidimensional techniques for IT valuation is the bridge between financial IT value management and the strategically aligned application of IT investments. Portfolio management is one such technique, in which managers categorize various project classes. Even with these methods, however, managers must still rely on financial methods that define IT value in economic terms for individual projects in each category View full abstract»

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  • IT Consulting: Communication Skills Are Key

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 46
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    IT consultants are professionals who have joined an existing consultancy or have established a consulting business as a single individual or with colleagues. Regardless of their origin, IT consultants perform a variety of tasks, from idea generation to design to project management support. Chief among the success factors in IT consulting is effective communication - an idea that seems to have eluded most of the research purporting to help IT consultants. IT consultants must be proactive in opening communication lines with customers. Ensuring that expectations are clear is a major benefit of effective communication because it helps minimize the damage from an outcome in which the customer is unhappy View full abstract»

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  • Will Commercialization of Open Source Drive the Volunteers Away?

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 51 - 53
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    Open source software is proving its worth. But its commercialization presents questions and challenges from both the development and commercial profit sectors. View full abstract»

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  • Next-Generation Enterprise Computing: Beyond EDOC 2006

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  • Resources

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  • Slaying the Academia Beast [The Ivory Tower]

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 64
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    Sorel Reisman discusses the world view of academia and how "members of the academy" need a dose of reality before they bash the for-profit world. View full abstract»

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  • [Back inside cover]

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IT Professional is a bimonthly publication of the IEEE Computer Society for the developers and managers of enterprise information systems.

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