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Content tagged with Enterprise Architecture posted in December 2010
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CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
Facebook Holds Commanding Lead In Search
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The social network held four of the top 10 terms searched in 2010 and recorded more site visits than any other Web property, reported Experian Hitwise.
Skype Releases Apple iOS Video Chat
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
App allows recent iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices to make and receive video-enabled calls with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other iOS devices.
Skype Pegs Outage On Buggy Windows App
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About 40% of the computers in the peer-to-peer VoIP network went offline in the day-long service disruption due to a flaw in an older version of Skype's software.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Medicare Details IT Modernization Plan
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Agency aims to transform into an information-centric organization to improve its delivery of healthcare services and manage new programs and requirements outlined in federal law.
DARPA Developing Mobile Networks For War Communications
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Defense Department's MAINGATE will allow forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to share joint military mission information and remotely control surveillance vehicles.
HP Wins $2.5 Billion NASA IT Services Contract
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
The firm beat out incumbent Lockheed Martin for a deal to manage PC hardware, software, mobile services, and infrastructure for the space agency.
Paul Allen Amends Suit Against Apple, Google, Facebook
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Microsoft co-founder re-files complaint clarifying the basis for his patent infringement claims against a host of tech firms, in advance of a Dec. 28 court deadline.
NIIT Technologies Acquires EHR Platform
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Indian IT firm will enter the U.S. healthcare market with the Preferr hosted electronic health records and referral management software.
Sears Debuts Online Video Service
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Alphaline Entertainment aims to stake a claim against Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple by offering movie downloads the same they they're released on DVD.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
High School Settles Facebook First Amendment Case
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Florida student said her free-speech rights were infringed when she was suspended for criticizing a teacher on the social network.
Outsourcing Pioneer Patni Gets $915 Million Takeover Bid
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
Private equity firms Apax Partners and iGate are leading an effort to acquire the offshore IT services firm, say reports.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Santa Claus Spotted On NORAD Radar
News  |  12/24/2010  | 
The aerospace command is using the Internet to follow Kris Kringle's progress throughout Christmas Eve.
Skype Struggling To Recover From Outage
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Millions of Skype users have been unable to make voice or video calls over the VoIP service since Wednesday.
VA Employees Using Unauthorized Cloud Services
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs staff have been using Google and Yahoo tools without the agency's knowledge, raising privacy, security concerns.
Global Cooling Puts Green Jobs On Ice
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
With much of Europe buried under six-foot snow drifts, businesses and consumers aren't in the mood to spend big dollars on technologies that will make their lives even colder.
Mozilla Releases Eighth Firefox 4 Beta
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Latest version includes support for graphics rendering in the browser without the use of a third-party plug-in.
Skype Hit With Major Outage
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
The latest disruption comes as the Internet telephone provider prepares for an initial public offering.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
NATO Taps IBM To Build Private Cloud
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will test using the cloud to consolidate and modernize its IT resources.
Epic Keeps Top Spot In Healthcare Software
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
KLAS' year-end report also cites Siemens, Cerner, and McKesson for making strong improvements in the health IT industry in 2010.
Google Challenges Microsoft's SUNY Spin
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Not so fast! Despite 'university-wide' claim on Live@edu, rival says 13 State University of New York schools are already using Google Apps.
Motorola Mobility Buys Cloud Service Provider Zecter
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Technology that lets users share media among mobile devices, PCs and tablets will be incorporated into Motoblur, said the phone maker.
HP To Unveil Palm Tablets at CES
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The three versions are expected to be updated editions of the less than successful Slate tablet.
Microsoft Developing Windows For ARM Devices
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The operating system would offer multitasking capabilities to the low-power processor that dominates tablets and handheld devices, say reports.
COD Black Ops Crosses $1 Billion Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The latest Call of Duty video game ties the movie "Avatar" as the fastest entertainment products to hit the million-dollar revenue mark.
Apple TV Sales To Top 1 Million Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Competitor Google TV suffers setbacks as Apple announces strong demand for its media streaming device.
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
In the coming year, the cloud will reach milestones that critics said it never would: it will be certifiably secure for credit card transactions; able to host multiple virtual machine types in the same infrastructure; and easier to manage.
Mac App Store Set To Open Early January
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Steve Jobs says he is hoping to recreate the iPhone store's success on the venerable Mac platform.
Microsoft Retires Office Software Validation Program
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Office Genuine Advantage is going out to pasture, but it's unclear what will replace the mechanism for proving the legitimacy of the productivity suite running on a computer.
To Change CRM, Embrace The Social Cloud
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Deep customer engagement through social media is the hallmark of a leading-edge customer service operation.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
New York's SUNY Schools Choose Microsoft's Cloud
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Live@edu suite will provide hosted e-mail, calendaring and storage to more than 465,000 students across 64 campuses.
National Archives Accelerates Declassification Project
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Cross-agency collaboration, public engagement, and improved technology key to processing a backlog of 400 million pages by December 2013.
Acquisitions Cap Hot Year for HR Apps
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Lawson and Epicor buy human resource applications vendors -- just two more signs of a growing market.
Census Hampered By IT Problems
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Significant technology issues led to a peak backlog of 12 million forms that were delayed in processing, found the Government Accountability Office.
Social Media Critic Moving To Facebook
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Google user experience researcher Paul Adams has been vocal on the shortcomings of social networks.
Defense Department To Update Disaster Aid Site
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The All Partners Access Network Web site will get improved navigation, registration, and search when it's upgraded on Dec. 30.
Enterprise Software Realignment: Oracle Vs. Everyone
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Ellison is talking Oracle into a corner with SAP, HP and IBM while ignoring Microsoft to his peril. Meanwhile, Philips may put Oracle in the middle of Infor's target.
Words Lens For iPhone Translates Spanish To English
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Quest Visual augmented reality Apple iPhone app provides real-time Spanish to English translation and vice versa.
Creative Launches Android Tablets
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."
Oracle Applications Now Available In Amazon's EC2 Cloud
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
Oracle has done an about-face and is now moving key enterprise applications in a pre-configured form to the cloud.
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/17/2010  | 
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Medicare Expands Analytic Tools To Fight Fraud
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use predictive modeling to identify fraudulent billings before they are paid.
Global CIO: Oracle Seeks New Whipping Boy As SAP Thrives
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Why has Oracle stopped crowing about its competitive thrashings of SAP? Maybe Oracle's turned cuddly—but more likely, SAP's turned the competitive tables.
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