New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.
GMIS Epilogue: DHS, DC, and The Merits of In-Person
Like every conference attendee, I was way too busy dealing with logistics to deal with most anything else. But now that I'm all unpacked, here are a few things of note that I left out of my conference blog, including advice from the Department of Homeland Security, cloudy goodness from Dmitry Kachaev of the District of Columbia, and why we might all want to be teleconference luddites.
Northrop Wrist-Slap: Yes, Virginia, There's A Santa Claus
Dear Boss: I know my project's 9 months late but you shouldn't fire me because Northrop Grumman is nine months late on its Virginia project but will still continue to get paid $190 million per year thru 2014, which you must admit is a tad more than I make for delivering similar results. With Virginia showering clemency on Northrop, how can you not do the same for me??
Will Kennedy's Death End Or Renew Push For Reform?
During his 47 industrious years in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy championed more than 2,000 bills. Hundreds of them became law, including landmark healthcare legislation ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the $20 billion health IT provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2
The business-centric smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a large resistive touchscreen and a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
Google Weighs Fighting Gmail Subpoena
A property developer is seeking to identify critics associated with a Gmail address used by TCI Journal, an online site covering the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: Does It Matter?
As President Obama said, the media loves a ruckus. But should SMBs really care about the alleged Snow Leopard-Windows 7 throwdown? And is the OS where the real battle is anyway?
China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'
The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.
The Cloud Reality Is Setting In
A recent survey reveals that cloud computing fears regarding security, data management, total cost of ownership, regulatory and compliance issues, and vendor lock-in have actually increased...
USAirways And Barclays Send Creepy Credit-Card Message
A couple of friends and I recently met for beers at Slattery's and I paid the bill with a USAirways MasterCard from Barclays Bank. So imagine my surprise a couple days later when I got an email message from USAirways bearing the subject line, "How was Slattery's Midtown Pub?"
Tibco Adds Matching Engine To MDM Platform
The addition of Netrics' technology to Collaboration Information Manager version 7.2.1 considerably improves the finding of duplicate records in very large data sets through advanced mathematical modeling of human similarity.
Verizon Said To Be A No-Show At Motorola's Android Event
On September 10, during a keynote address at the GigaOm conference in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha is expected to announce the company's first Android device(s). A Verizon representative has said that Verizon won't be attending and doesn't know what's being announced. This begs the question, which carrier is going to sell the to-be-announced device(s)?
Data Breach Silence Breached: 5 Good Security Tips
For every high profile big headline data breach, there are plenty of others that are kept quiet. A good piece in Informationweek takes a peek behind the curtain of quiet and offers some solid lessons in how to avoid having your data compromised.
The Foundation Of The Data Asset
In my last entry we discussed Making Data an Asset. This entry will focus on where that data asset should be stored. What is needed is a strong storage foundation, one that is designed to last for years, if not decades, but also one that will store that data efficiently and of course be complimentary to the enterprise class indexing that we described in our last entry.
Ad Copy For The Faithful
Last week's talk about FSF's "7 Sins" campaign made me think about the nature of such pro/con publicity efforts -- like Apple's PC/Mac ads, the "I'm a PC" ad. Are they designed to draw people into the fold, or keep people from leaving it?
Verizon Holding BlackBerry Storm Firesale, Storm 2 Release Date Leaked?
Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of the BlackBerry Storm to the low price of just $50. Sounds like Verizon wants to move some inventory. On top of that, a recently captured screenshot of Verizon's inventory system suggests that the BlackBerry Storm 2 will be available via Verizon WIreless's business channels as soon as September 29.
BP Outsourcing Cutbacks Set Trend For Multinationals
After seeing BP save an estimated $500 million by consolidating 40 outsourcers down to five, many other global corporations are looking into similar reductions to cut costs and reduce risk. "The next 12 months will see a fair number of deals triggered by vendor consolidation," says Gartner's research chief in India.
AT&T Rejects Two Motorola Android Phones
Android and AT&T just cannot seem to get together. Motorola was working on two phones for the carrier but AT&T just rejected the devices claiming they were out of date.
Building On The Government 2.0 Platform
Tim O'Reilly is enthusiastic, and rightly so, about the promise of innovation in "Government 2.0," the concept of government serving as a platform from which new services and applications are made available to the public. So, if the government is a platform, how do businesses and other developers build on it?
Hacking Oil Rigs
When it comes to cyberwar, real cyberwar, perhaps the most damaging attacks won't come in the form of denial-of-service attacks, but be aimed directly at our energy supply.
Ford Swaps New Cars For Twitter Chatter
Ford is seeding the U.S. market for the imminent introduction of its Fiesta model by giving Fiestas to 100 bloggers with a requirement that they upload Fiesta-related videos each month to YouTube and discuss their impressions of the car on Twitter, Facebook, and their blogs.
Office Upgrades Are Not Summer Fun
A friend of mine returned from vacation last week to find that her work PC had been upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007. Perhaps I should say that the IT department had attempted to upgrade it, because things weren't working right. All it took was a day of wasted time for her to get things limping along again.
Health Care Reform: Let's Fix The Technology First
It seems these days you can't put on the TV without every channel discussing health care reform in the U.S. The more I think about it, I believe we are doing it wrong. We should begin by fixing the technology then layering the new plans otherwise we will be in the same situation we are in now in just a few years.
Snow Leopard's Anti-Malware Lacks Roar
A security firm's assessment of the malware protection capabilities that was leaked prior to Friday's release shows that Apple's Snow Leopard won't be chasing down much malware.
Is The Future Of Music Making It?
Leading names in the entertainment and technology worlds met earlier this week to map out an immersive, intelligent, multimedia future for music. I'm not sure their visions are going to make it.
Amazon's Private Cloud: Virtually Private Or Maybe Private?
Amazon, purveyor of the EC2 public cloud, suddenly announced Aug. 26 it's a private cloud supplier. Isn't there something wrong with a multi-tenant, shared resource provider transforming itself into a private cloud service? I'm not sure Amazon can offer a private cloud --yet. Then again, I see no reason why it couldn't sometime in the future.