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KM Magazine: Knowledge Management on Linux

Sep 03, 2000, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Mullich)

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"During its annual symposium on IT trends last October, the Gartner Group identified as two important post-Y2K issues for IT directors: knowledge management and the emergence of the Linux operating system. Almost a year later, the two trends are about to intersect. Red Hat Inc. of Durham, N.C., the leading vendor of Linux products and services, plans to make two KM applications available on its version of the open-source operating system. The products come from established KM vendors SAS Institute of Cary, N.C., and Hummingbird Ltd. of Ontario, Canada."

"SAS will release a Linux version of its SAS System 8 platform later this year. Among the SAS applications that will be available for use on Linux are IT ServiceVision (for capacity planning and performance monitoring), CFO Vision (for financial reporting and analysis) and CRM Solution (for creating data warehouses and performing data mining). Hummingbird will include its Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) core engine with a Linux distribution from Red Hat and SuSe Inc. Several other KM vendors also intend to port their applications to Linux by the end of the year."

"Despite evangelism by its proponents, Linux so far has attracted only a handful of applications. "Linux is crawling into the knowledge management space in blips," says Matthew Doering, senior vice president of technology for QueryObject Systems of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., a vendor of software for Internet-enabling desktop business intelligence applications. "Knowledge management is facilitated by the Web infrastructure, which is a strength of Linux."

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