SmartAdvice: The New Face Of Project Management
From collaborative software to alert management, business collaboration has taken on new looks, The Advisory Council says. Also, your company's size and market dictate whether a modular or integrated retail order-management system is best.
Getting Anything Out Of Gmail?
I wrote about the competition between Google and Microsoft in my email newsletter this week. (You can read the piece here, but how lame is that? You should be subcribing to it.) I mentioned that because Google didn't sell software it didn't have to lock in its customers with proprietary formats and non-standard protocols the way Microsoft does.
One of my readers, Malcolm M
Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
Some 18 companies are using SunGard's Availability Services and more than 120 customers have put the company on notice that they might have to use SunGard facilities to relocate employees, call centers, and computers.
Slogging: Blogging With A Vengeance
San Francisco Chronicle columnist David Lazarus noted last week that ZabaSearch.com, a search engine for personal information both sensitive and mundane, plans this Thursday to roll out a blogging service. ZabaBlog, Lazarus wrote, "allows people -- former classmates, ex-lovers, disgruntled co-workers -- to discuss you online."
Call it "sloggin
Katrina Makes Life Difficult In The Big Easy
Perhaps there isn't a meaningful business technology parallel to the hellacious scenario that unfolded Monday in New Orleans, although I did once attend a Common AS/400 user conference at the newly convertible Superdome. As Hurricane Katrina unleashed her fury along the city's cobblestone streets and left several residents stranded on their rooftops, people were more co
IT At The Eye Of The Storm
Hurricane season is again in full swing. Katrina, presently pounding Florida, is being blamed for at least five deaths and cutting power to more than 2 million people in the southeastern part of the state. As devastating as this year has been -- four named storms in the Atlantic so far -- it doesn't yet measure up to the 2004 storm season, during which nine named storms tormented citizens in the Southeastern states. While it's hard to find a silver lining in these storm clouds, at least last yea
Why Wireless Laundry Is Important
Sure, civilization would move forward without Internet-enabled washing machines and dryers, but these devices do make sense and they point to a far more important trend.
Perhaps I'm repeating myself, but this is important: Ubiquitous access to all information is changing the world dramatically. The emphasis here is on the words "all information." Sure, it might seem unnecessary to get an e-mail or text message when your clothes are dr
I Owe Adobe Half an Apology
We just turned comments on for the Pipelines blogs, and it didn't take you long to find them. I was delighted to see so many responses to my post on Adobe sneaking applications onto my PC when I updated the Adobe Reader. (See Bad Behavior, Adobe.) But I was puzzled by comments that said they hadn't had the same problem I did. So I went back to the Adobe site to see what I'd missed.
VoIP Promises Are Overhyped: Forrester
New survey says that 70% of consumers have no interest in switching to a VoIP service and that, so far, providers have focused on price instead of on compelling applications.
Skype Opens VoIP, IM Platforms
With 51 million users, Skype is the dominant VoIP service, and now is opening its APIs. Can a full-fledged war with Google and others be far behind?
User-Created Content: The Next Big Thing That's Already Here
You want to know where the big money is coming from on the Internet nowadays? Look in the mirror. Online businesses are increasingly finding revenue in capturing content from users like you. Companies are making money by providing tools and services that let you write stuff, take pictures, organize your information, and publish it to the Web.
Review: Hosted CRM Software
CRM hosts promise top-notch customer service plus better access for mobile salespeople. Of the six we examined, our Editor's Choice impressed us with its well-designed interface.
Bad Behavior, Adobe
I try to practice what I preach and do a good deed, and what do I get for it? Abuse.
I just sent out my weekly e-mail newsletter. In the Editor's Note I urge readers to follow Adobe's request and patch their Adobe Reader because of a potential security problem. Things are getting pretty bad when the bad guys pervert familiar, trusted applications like the Reader to be delivery systems for malware. Poor Adobe, I thought, at least it's m
Details On Sirius Radio 'TiVo' Leaked
A marketing product sheet on an upcoming product called the Sirius Starmate Replay reveals that the gadget offers the TiVo-like ability to "timeshift," recording up to 44 minutes of Sirius satellite radio content. The $129 product will also let you plug in your favorite sports teams, and it will alert you when one of their games is on the radio.
Very cool! Check out the leaked marketing materials here. (vi
A Warning About Google's New Desktop Search
If you're interested in downloading the new Google Desktop Search beta, please read this before downloading it.
Unlike most Windows applications, which ask permission to close running applications or tell you to go close them, Google's Desktop Search application simply shuts everything down on your desktop without permission or warning. Open browser windows, Outlook -- whatever -- just gone without a trace. So make sure you save a
Cisco Still Tops, But Juniper Advances In Router Market
Cisco Systems maintains its strong grip on the enterprise router market, but Juniper Networks has come virtually out of nowhere to capture the second place position, according to a poll of users released Friday by Infonetics Research.
Blue, Red State Broadband Penetration Mirrors Election Results
U.S. households continue to install broadband at a furious rate, according to a report released Wednesday. Curiously, the penetration of cable modem and DSL has been tracking state-by-state splits in the 2004 presidential election, with "Blue" states having the highest concentration.
Per-Core Software Pricing For The Desktop?
Right now it's just a Big IT story, all about more powerful servers and complicated software licensing agreements, but sooner or later -- probably sooner -- it will come down to the desktop and affect the way you pay for software: Multi-core processors will mean you'll pay a per-core price for the applications you run.
The Microsoft iPod? Give Me a Break
Microsoft's claim that it invented the iPod would be really funny if it weren't so sad. In fact, it is exactly what is wrong with issuing patents for high-tech ideas: Microsoft, a company that did absolutely zero to put an iPod in your pocket, is getting set to try to grab the profits from the company that actually made the effort, Apple.
What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online
A few weeks ago, we asked for your input on whether we should change the delivery timing of this newsletter. Over 1,000 of you were good enough to respond (1,043), and as promised - here are the results:
Same time as now: 4 a.m. Eastern time-- 66% .
Noon Eastern time is OK-- 18%.
Don't care-- 16%.
Flarion Buy Solidifies Qualcomm's Wireless Broadband Position
By acquiring Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm will instantly strengthen its position in the booming wireless broadband market as well improve its international offerings and position itself for the coming battle for dominance in mobile digital broadcast markets.
Blogging About Work? Play Nice
There's a tsunami building, fed by a combustible mix of incredibly stupid (and apparently mean-spirited) workers, public blogs, and nervous companies.
I'm referring to the growing numbers of folks fired or reprimanded in the workplace for either exposing company plans or posting negative comments about co-workers in public blogs.
The latest example comes from the Southern California branch of AAA, which last week fired 27 workers over their postings on the MySpace social-networking Web site, a