News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in September 2009
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Zimbra Adds Social Networking Features
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
E-Health Records Could Flag Domestic Abuse
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Predictive computer models that tap into electronic health records highlight subtle patterns of domestic violence that are easy to miss.
Google's Postini May Shape Wave Security
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Two years after being acquired by Google, Postini is looking to extend its messaging management tools to other Google services.
Kickfire Offers Data Warehouse Appliance for the Masses
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
MySQL-based offering targets 500-gigabyte to 5-terabyte range. Upgrades bolster enterprise performance and scalability.
National Broadband Could Cost $350 Billion
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
An FCC task force said costs are far higher than available funding, but the plan would produce major economic and social benefits.
BlackBerry For Mac Out Friday
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
iPhone Ad Market Share Surges To 40 Percent
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
According to mobile advertising company AdMob, the iPhone's world-wide smartphone market share has reached 40% in just over two years. Meanwhile, competitors Nokia and RIM lost ground.
Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
HP Hires Sun's Senior VP Of North American Sales
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HP has hired Randy Seidl, a key Sun sales executive to head up its Americas sales organization, putting more pressure on Sun.
Oracle To Acquire HyperRoll
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Recovery.gov, a showcase government-transparency Web site that relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508 accessibility standards. The non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables despite on-site compliance claims. Sharron Rush of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility goes so far as to state, "The recovery.gov Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."
Personalized Health Project Integrates E-Medical Data, DNA
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
Windows 7 Compatible? Check The Logo
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Third-party hardware and software products that work with Microsoft's new OS will get a sticker that says so.
HP Considers Merging Printer, PC Units
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The company is planning to combine the once-joined units to minimize slippage in its printer business.
TSA Awards $493 Million Contract To CSC
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Transportation Security Administration has replaced Unisys with Computer Sciences Corporation as its primary managed services provider.
Mathias On Mobility: Wi-Fi Continues Its Advance
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The recent finalization of the IEEE 802.11n standard spotlights the fact that wireless has moved up to the esteemed position of primary access for, well, almost everyone today.
MotionX Offers $3 GPS App For iPhone
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The iPhone this week got a new entry in the fast-moving category of GPS software: MotionX-GPS Drive is by far the least expensive of the half-dozen alternatives, with a "holy cow!" low price of $2.99, with an annual subscription of $25. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than any of the alternatives.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
Hybrid Service Overcomes Satellite Phone Complaints
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
AT&T and TerreStar will partner to offer a hybrid cellular-satellite service on standard-sized handsets.
BlackBerry Round-Up: TiVo And Mac Support Arrive
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Today two interesting bits of information concerning BlackBerries became public. First up, TiVo has launched a new, free DVR-scheduling app for BlackBerries, and second, RIM has said BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macs will be available Friday, October 2.
IBM In Canadian E-Health Deal
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will create a database to store millions of digitized patient records.
Give Away The Platform, Sell The Tools
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Here is a radical suggestion to fund the development of newly-emergent open source OS platforms: Keep the platform and as much of the other software on it free. Sell the development tools.

Salesforce.com Helps Launch SaaS Company
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
FinancialForce.com, a startup providing financial and accounting software as a service, is getting a minority investment and on-campus office space from Salesforce.com.
Sustainable & Green: The Color of Money
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Having worked with an organization that got good press for saving money through an automated PC shutdown program, I've fielded a lot of questions from IT managers looking to make sustainability and green moves. I can consolidate my advice on the topic into two short points: First, remember that green is the color of money. Second, overseed.
The Perils Of Relying On The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
I rely more on the cloud as each day passes. GMail is my preferred email interface. Evernote houses most of my notes and web clippings. MyPhone keeps critical data backed up on my Windows Mobile phone. The cloud is awesome when it works, but when it is down, you may be temporarily cut off from your data. In the case of some Palm Pre users, when the cloud went down, it wiped their Pre's memory causing data loss.
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
The Verizon Hub Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Hi, my name is Eric, and I bought the Verizon Hub. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses and thought it would be really cool to have an Internet tablet in my kitchen. Turns out, I was wrong.
A New Generation Of Internet Lawmakers
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
I'm still stuck in the 90s when I think about elected officials using the Internet. Back in the 90s, elected officials had never even touched the Internet. They thought it was a sewer of child porn and terrorists, and their only reaction to it was to try to control it--or make it go away. Until recently, I thought of lawmakers as still being as naive as they were back then. But a brief conversation with Rep. John Culberson shattered my preconceptions.
Oracle Fined $10,000 For Anti-IBM Ads
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The Transaction Processing Council levied a rare, $10,000 fine against Oracle for comparing an existing TPC result with one it plans to report in the future.
Quick FAQ: Making Sense Out Of Moblin
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Are you wondering what Moblin is and why you're hearing so much about it lately? Step right up, and we'll try to answer your questions.
FileMaker Beefs Up Bento
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Version 3 of Bento, the "personal database" from FileMaker, adds features that make it a good choice for Mac-based small offices and midsize businesses with modest database needs. Its close integration with existing Mac tools means that getting up and running is relatively easy.
Dell Releases Latitude Z With Wireless Charging
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ultra-thin laptop can wirelessly access power, USB ports, audio jacks, and a DVI video link.
Thoughts on Integrating OLTP and Data Warehousing (Especially in Exadata 2)
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Oracle is pushing Exadata 2 as a great system for OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing), data warehousing or both. This claim rests on a few premises, the first being that Exadata is great for data warehousing. At this time, that's a claim much better supported by marketing and theory than by practice...
Federal Contracting Databases Prone To Errors
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The GSA will award a contract in October to re-architect databases rife with inaccuracies, duplications, and poor system capabilities.
Motorola Cliq Will Cost $200
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
T-Mobile and Motorola said Tuesday the Android-powered smartphone would be available Nov. 2 for about $200 with a new two-year contract. I played with the Cliq when it was introduced earlier this month and liked it, but I think the companies may have shot themselves in the foot with the pricing.
'Giant iPhone' May Be Next From Apple
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Newton exec's return to Cupertino intensifies tablet computer speculation.
Google Clarifies Open Aspects Of Android
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The search giant has halted distribution of the Cyanogen custom Android build with proprietary apps like Gmail and Google Maps.
Do Phones Really Need A Mobile High-Def Connector Port?
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Some of the world's largest phone companies -- including the likes of Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson -- have banded together and formed the Mobile High-Definition Interface Working Group. The group's plan is to create a new, standardized port for mobile phones that can feed high-definition video and audio signals to HDTVs. Is this really necessary?
New York Health System Launches $400M EMR Program
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Major hospital network plans to deploy one of the largest electronic medical record initiatives in the nation.
Palm WebOS Boosts Enterprise Features
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The 1.2 version of webOS improves calendar syncing, e-mail capabilities, and paves the way for paid apps, but doesn't restore the ability to sync media with iTunes.
More on 'The Next Big Reporting Challenge'
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
"Breakthroughs on climate change and improving our society's energy efficiency are within reach." Would you guess this quote is from A.) A naïve, tree-hugging environmentalist B.) Paul Dickinson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project or C.) John W. Rowe, chief executive of Chicago-based utility company Exelon? Don't be shocked, but the answer is C.
AT&T Launching Location-Centric Garmin Nuvifone
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Garmin's smartphone includes the turn-by-turn navigation features found in its high-end GPS navigation devices.
Wireless Technologies Help With Alzheimer's Care
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
As the Alzheimer's spreads, healthcare companies are developing wireless technologies to help caregivers look after their charges. The technologies monitor people with Alzheimer's to make sure they're not in trouble, with a particular focus on making sure that patients don't wander off.
Global CIO: Ballmer Blasts IBM For All The Wrong Reasons
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Days before launching Microsoft's "New Efficiency" strategy, Steve Ballmer took some swipes at IBM and its strategy, which is bizarre because Ballmer's taking Microsoft down a path IBM's already on.
What IT Needs To Know About E-Discovery: Webcast
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Join me tomorrow at noon Eastern for a Webcast on IT best practices for e-discovery. We'll cover policies, products and get real-world insight from e-discovery professionals.
Diagnosing IT Problems In Healthcare
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ability to quickly trouble-shoot network and other IT infrastructure problems escalates as a top priority as healthcare providers replace paper patient records with electronic ones. It's bad enough when billing systems are down, but a hitch with a server running clinical systems could translate to delays in care if doctors can't access patients' medical records.
Q&A With A Post-Microsoft Sam Ramji
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Back when Sam Ramji announced he was leaving his position at Microsoft as director of their open source operations, I shot a couple of questions his way. He was on vacation at the time, but now he's back and has a lot to talk about -- about Microsoft, about open source, and about the two in combination.
CNN's iPhone App Lets Everyone Be A Reporter
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Today CNN took its commitment to mobile news a bit further by releasing a dedicated application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. For the news junkie, consider this new app to be your constantly available source for a fix. There's increased opportunities for the budding iReporter, too.
Ballmer: Windows 7 Is 'Best Ever' OS
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Microsoft CEO says new features make it the right software for "the new normal."
Dvorak Users Dislike Qwerty Keyboard Dominance In Phones
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Fans of the Dvorak keyboard layout sing praises of how much faster you can type than you can with a traditional Qwerty keyboard, so named because of the order of the first six letters on the upper row. With a PC, it is pretty simple - you just need to plug in a Dvorak keyboard and you are ready to go. With a phone though, you really don't have that option, at least with a physical keyboard.
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