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Content posted in November 2009
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Colorado Healthcare Providers Launch Information Exchange
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
"They've standardized the content so we can exchange and have interoperability with health records," explains the CIO of Children's Hospital.
Text Mining: The Intersection of Content & BI
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Companies used to employ armies of people to read through documents such as customer satisfaction surveys, but it took longer, cost a lot more money and yielded far less detailed, reliable and consistent information than you can now quickly uncover using text mining applications.
Employees Willing To Steal Data; Companies On The Alert
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Separate studies offer a scary glimpse into the minds of employees, management
The CrunchPad That Never Was
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
In 2008, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington had a lovely vision for a $200 portable tablet device that would provide wireless web browsing. Sixteen months later, the collaborators on the CrunchPad are going through a messy divorce and it's not likely to see the light of day. Looking at the project's evolution, though, I can't say I'm surprised.
Open Source Firm Launches Cloud Middleware Platform
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
WSO2 is moving from supplying light weight SOA services to the enterprise to providing middleware as a service for cloud operations.
Sun Upgrades VirtualBox Virtualization Software
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The new version allows users to move running virtual machines between systems without interruption.
Barnes & Noble Struggles To Fill Nook Demand
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Barnes & Noble hopes to deliver the e-book reader in time for Christmas to everyone who ordered before Nov. 20. But they're not making any promises.
Online Shopping Gains Following Black Friday
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Online spending increased significantly year-over-year to date, with Amazon the most popular cyber-storefront.
rPath Upgrades Linux App Deployment Platform
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The development tool expands the capabilities of its Linux application deployment platform to provide dashboard visualization of the deployment stack.
Survey: Android Developers Unhappy
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Some Android developers are frustrated with low application download volumes, poor marketplace design, and problems with Google Checkout.
Senate Healthcare Reform Bill's IT Provisions Make Sense
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
As the Senate begins debating its healthcare reform bill, there's several health IT related provisions that aren't likely to stir a lot of emotion on the Senate floor, but deserve some attention.
Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Record
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The physics community is excited to see CERN's particle accelerator up and running again.
AT&T, LG Intro 1 GHz Smartphone
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The eXpo is the first major U.S. smartphone to feature a 1-GHz processor, an integrated mobile projector, and a fingerprint sensor.
Dell Dabbles With Chrome OS
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Owners of Dell Mini 10v netbooks can now try a version of Google's Chrome OS for themselves.
Nokia Slows Maemo Investment To Just One Device?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Today, citing people familiar with Nokia's 2010 product roadmap, Reuters is reporting that Nokia will release just one new device in 2010 running its Linux-based Maemo platform. That's a bad idea, Nokia.
Gartner Sees Stabilization In Server Market
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Server shipments and revenue increased significantly in the third quarter from the previous quarter.
RIM Updates BlackBerry Server, Media Software
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The BlackBerry maker added multiple features to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Media Sync software.
OrderMotion Offers PivotLink BI To Online Retailers
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
In integrating PivotLink with its OMX product, OrderMotion adds a number of BI capabilities for its customers, including the ability to monitor sales trends for demand forecasting and to measure the lifetime value of customers.
Amazon Boasts Record Kindle Sales
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The e-reader is the best-selling product across all categories on Amazon.
The Myth of 360 Degree Views
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
We've all encountered the promise of 360-degree customer views, marketing-speak that asserts that BI solution X, CRM solution Y, or Sales Force Automation solution Z considers customer information from all angles. Yet I've never seen the "360-degree" claim fulfilled. Here's my take on 360-degree views and how they can finally becoming reality...
Lenovo Buys Back Mobile Unit
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The company will spend about $200 million to get its mobile phone unit back in order to focus on mobile Internet devices.
Feds Providing $80 Million For Health IT Training
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The government funding helps set up 6-month health IT workforce training programs at community colleges nationwide.
Is Wave A 'Concept Car' For Google?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I'm wondering if Google Wave is like a concept car for Google. We'll never see it in production--but all of its features and capabilities will emerge in other products released by Google and other companies. Google Wave solves some very real business problems. But I think even Google will have trouble getting companies to adopt it.
Microsoft Seeks Patent For Cloud Data Migration
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
On the cusp of launching its Azure cloud computing service, Microsoft is also making a savvy bid to lock up a patent for one of the main worries--vendor lock-in--of cloud users. (The other big concern is security.) The folks from Redmond have filed a patent application for migrating data to a new cloud, which is what you'd have to do when leave your first vendor.
LG Intros eXpo WinMo Smartphone With Pico Projector
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Today LG and AT&T introduced a new Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the eXpo. The device's defining feature is a removable Texas Instruments DLP pico projector, which can be used to share movies...er...PowerPoint Presentations when on the road.
Ericsson To Buy Nortel GSM Unit For $70 Million
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Nortel's European and Taiwanese GSM and GSM-R operations will go to Kapsch CarrierCom.
Android And Chrome OS: Google Vs. Google?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Would Google's Chrome OS spell more competition for Android than anything else? That's one of the possibilities looming for Google's browser-centric Linux distro, as on each closer inspection it looks that much less like a Windows killer.

Government CIOs Must Focus On Results, Not Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy.
10 ECM Basics and Gotchas to Avoid
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Explore the crucial components of enterprise content management and the 10 pitfalls that undo efforts to capture, manage, store, preserve, secure and share information.
Sprint Targets Cyber Monday Instead Of Black Friday
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Just before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless all announced sales for Black Friday and over the weekend. Conspicuously absent was any sort of sales event promoted by Sprint. Turns out Sprint was saving its deals for Cyber Monday instead of Black Friday.
Joost Assets Acquired By Adconion
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
It announced that "certain assets" of Joost will be acquired, but Adconion did not disclose terms of the deal.
Infineon, Nokia Collaborating On LTE Chips
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The companies are working to ensure that Infineon's processors work with Nokia's 4G modems.
Saving 70% Per Month In The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I need to add an FTP server to my environment, and as I sit here and struggle with how I'm going to do that and stay under my annual budget, it occurs to me that the cloud isn't a bad option anymore. The savings are pretty compelling, in fact; read on for a quick and dirty cost analysis.
Google Branded Phone Rumored in 2010
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Ever since Google's Android phone has been known about, there has been speculation that Google would make a "Google Phone" to sell. Google has steadfastly maintained they don't want anything to do with hardware though. They are satisfied with making the platform and working with hardware makers to bring Android to the consumers. That may change.
Murdoch And Microsoft Redefine Search
Commentary  |  11/29/2009  | 
A report in the Financial Times says that Microsoft has approached News Corp to obtain exclusive indexing rights for their sites such as Fox News. In return for some payment from Microsoft, News Corp would change its sites to block Google's indexing (and presumably others as well), leaving Bing as the primary way to find content on their sites.
Top Resources To Save Big On Cyber Monday
Commentary  |  11/29/2009  | 
I am ashamed to admit it but I am a deal hunter. I'd like to share my top resources so you can save actual money on Cyber Monday.
Give Thanks For Low Tech
Commentary  |  11/27/2009  | 
As families and friends gathered across our great country yesterday, we were celebrating the merits of low tech. I think it should teach us something about how we conceive, build, and deliver any tech.
China Not So Worried About Math, Computer Skills
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
President Obama's making a new push to encourage and improve math and science education, in order to keep up in the global economy. In China, meanwhile, math and computer skills rank low as a requirement for driving innovation, a surprising Newsweek survey finds.
Elastra Cloud Server Preps Apps For Azure, Amazon
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Startup Elastra configures applications for deployment to a private cloud, Amazon EC2, or Microsoft Azure.
Down To Business: How Indian CIOs Stack Up
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
IBM thinks they're more progressive than CIOs elsewhere in the world, given their emphasis on innovation, customers, and other strategic matters.
Apple Accepts PhoneGap For iPhone Development
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Cross-platform mobile development is getting easier, thanks to frameworks that leverage Web technology.
Apple Seeks Permanent Halt To Psystar Mac Clones
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
The requested injunction would prohibit Psystar from selling Mac knock offs, which a federal court has already ruled violate Apple's copyright.
AOL Has A New Logo!
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
AOL is offering up a tantalizing taste of its post-Time Warner business strategy: a new brand identity, which it plans to formally introduce when it lists on the NYSE on December 10.
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon All Offering Black Friday Sales
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
At least three of the four major network operators in the U.S. have announced sales on devices for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. Here's a round-up of what AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are offering. My favorite deal is the buy-one-get-one BlackBerry offer that Verizon has scheduled for Friday, November 27.
Sprint Gets Nod To Buy iPCS
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Federal and state approval of the $831 million deal removes all but one hurdle toward finalizing the acquisition.
Best Buy Rolls Out $99 Android Sale
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
The holiday shopping season has fully arrived, and stores across the country will be opening early and offering bargains. If you're brave enough to hit the big box retail stores this weekend, Best Buy is offering five different Android handsets for $99 each.
FCC Chair Wants More Broadband
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
A 10% increase in broadband availability means a 1.2 to 1.5 point increase in GDP, Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski says.
Be Transparent To The (Open) Core
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
"Transparency" is a vital term in open source: how easy is it to find out about some aspect of an open source project or product? Matthew Aslett of the 451 CAOS Theory blog went to find out how a number of vendors of open core products stacked up in this regard.

Gartner: Data Center Problems Ahead
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Energy, staffing, and hardware costs lead the list of worsening challenges facing data center managers, research firm says.
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