News & Commentary
posted in February 2009
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Do You Backup Your Blog?
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
Yesterday I reported on an apparent hacker attack on the iMedia Connection site. It appears the site must have been hit hard as it is down over 48 hours. What are you doing to make sure your blog is backed up in the case of a hacker attack or server outage?
Death Of Local Newspapers Spells Trouble
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
The Rocky Mountain News is dead, and the San Francisco Chronicle is on life support. The Detroit Free Press, which just won the George Polk Award and Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting that led to the perjury conviction of a popular mayor, is reducing home delivery to three days a week. Community newspapers are dying, and online news media isn't filling the void. It's a bad situation.
CIOs And The Art Of IT Project Triage
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
Global CIO guest columnist Howard Anderson has chimed in with a classic piece of strategic advice for CIOs on surviving these brutal times via artful negotiation of political minefields. Howard counsels CIOs on how to deal with suits seeking "shared pain," Sacred Cows, Godfathers, and Mahogany Row, and says to consider your pool of projects "one large Dungeons & Dragons game."
Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
Content Management Conference Season Is Upon Us
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Late winter and spring seem like prime time for content management conferences. If you were so inclined, you could practically make back-to-back reservations so that you're out of the office from March through June. Here's a quick look at a few of the conferences and events coming up for the first half of 2009. Ladies and gentlemen, start your frequent flyer miles!
IBM's ILOG Builds Sophisticated Data Display Components
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The business rules engine division has supplied four new software tools that can be used to display complex data in a rich Internet application.
The Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
While there wasn't a massive industry trade show this week, there was some major news. We saw Nokia hint that it might make a laptop, Microsoft confirmed that it wouldn't build its own
Interop Insider (MP3): Virtualization, Cloud, Green IT, & Security Are Major Themes At Upcoming Interop
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
I've decided to start publishing a new series of podcasts that I'm calling Interop Insider. After all, in addition to publishing InformationWeek, TechWeb also is the producer of some great events like Interop. So, given that us InformationWeekers can get an inside track on what's happening with our sister events, why not jump on that track early and develop an audio series that can be heard over time, or piled in its
In A Down Economy, Prepaid Wireless Grows
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Leap Wireless and MetroPCS are picking up multiple subscribers as consumers look to trim costs.
The Data Center Hot/Cold Aisle Containment Debate
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Optimizing air flow in your data center has several key benefits, including reductions in energy cost and carbon footprint. Most server equipment manufactured today is designed to draw in air through the front and exhaust it out the rear. This allows equipment racks to be arranged to create hot aisles and cold aisles. This 'hot/cold aisle containment' approach positions racks so that rows of racks face each other, with the front of each opposing row of racks drawing cold air from the same aisle
Hearst Planning Electronic Reader Alternative To Kindle
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Analysts suggest such a device would help the news publisher find an answer to reverse shrinking subscriber bases, as well as revenue losses from publications.
Facebook's New Openness Exploited By Scammers
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The rogue message leads to a Facebook application link that spams a victim's friend list with the same warning message, and possibly harvests personal information.
A Cloud User Switches Clouds
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Less than two weeks after platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead disclosed that it's going out of business, competitor Caspio has migrated one of Coghead's abandoned customers to its platform.
Qualcomm Buys Mobile TV Company
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Qualcomm is beefing up its mobile TV team as a potentially competing service from the Open Mobile Video Coalition looms.
Oracle's Social Networking Plans?
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
There has been some buzz about Oracle working on a new social networking and blogging platform called Social Suite. It's true, but only sort of.
AMD On Track To Ship 32-Nm Chips In 2010
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
CEO Dirk Meyer says ramp up with begin in the middle of next year.
Ingres and Alfresco Offer an ECM 'Appliance'
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
This week Alfresco, together with Ingres, announced the release of an ECM "appliance"... However, this particular announcement left me a bit befuddled. Mainly because it is not really an appliance as such, rather it's a software bundling of sorts.
Google News Gets Text Ads
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
The Beat Of The TomTom, Pt. 2
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Voices from all sides are rising to further discussion of Microsoft vs. TomTom, with Linux and open source possibly caught in-between. It's not looking like
Salesforce CEO Benioff Claims Huge Wins Over Oracle
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
UPDATE: Bob Evans has just posted a new column about Salesforce and Benioff's challenges and opportunities in squaring off against Oracle, Microsoft and SAP. Two months after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told financial analysts his company was whipping Salesforce in head-to-head competition for cloud deals, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hit back this week by releasing a list of customers h
Nortel To Cut 3,200 Jobs
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
As part of its massive reorganization, the telecom equipment supplier will cut about 10% of its workforce and eliminate bonuses.
Bill That Boosts Spending On Small Business Programs Halfway Through Congress
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Following the legislative process makes me all the more appreciative of the flexibility that defines small businesses.
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
Carbon Disclosure In Discrete Measures
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
The Carbon Disclosure Project's first global supply chain report, due on March 5, should be an eye-opener -- not only for what it contains but for what it lacks. Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM are among the IT companies that joined the CDP Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration and will be represented in the report.
Should Microsoft Build Its Own Phone?
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft is not interested in building and selling its own phone. This was the same speech where he announced Windows Mobile 7 would be out in 2010. Instead, Microsoft would focus on the operating system and working with manufacturers to get products built. Should Microsoft be so rigid in this stance?
Obama Plans To Retire Space Shuttle
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
NASA budget increase does not include continued funding for the vehicle.
Global CIO: IT Project Triage (And Why Skippy Must Die)
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Howard's rules for which projects to kill, which to preserve, and how to live to fight another day.
NASA Succeeds With Social Networking
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The space agency is mulling widespread adoption of Web 2.0 tools.
Cloud Computing Aligns Zimory With VMware
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
A significant advantage of Zimory's management software is that it makes server resources available to cost-conscious IT shops that many would otherwise not be able to afford.
Windows 7 Gets Pre-Release Makeover
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Microsoft has tweaked three dozen features in the beta version of its new operating system.
FCC Approves CDMA Version Of BlackBerry Pearl Flip
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
If you're a Verizon Wireless or Sprint customer and have longed for the chance to get your hands on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, there's some good news. The FCC has recently given the green light to a CDMA variant of the Pearl Flip.
IT Search Engine Adds Netflow
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Startup Paglo, which offers SaaS-based IT management based on search, now collects Netflow data to help customers monitor bandwidth usage by users, applications and protocols.
Windows 7 Gets Pre-Release Makeover
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Microsoft has tweaked three dozen features in the beta version of its new operating system.
Too Hot To Handle: BlackBerry Bold Yanked From Store Shelves In Japan
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
The poor BlackBerry Bold. This device has not had an easy life. The latest chapter in the Bold's saga comes from Japan, where is has been pulled from store shelves by NTT DoCoMo due to overheating issues.
Obama's IT Protectionism Rattles Indian IT Industry
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
President Obama's plan to penalize U.S. companies that use outsourcers from India and other countries will hurt the U.S. economy, the Indian economy, and the global economy, according to officials from the Indian technology industry. While it's not exactly a shocker to hear India's $63 billion IT and BPO market express such reactions, they underscore the central issue of just how damaging such a policy would be.
5 Dos And Don'ts For Using Demand Data
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Get these right before tapping point-of-sale for supply chain changes.
VMware CTO Cites Virtues Of Virtual Machines
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
"There's no excuse not to run your database system in a virtual machine," VMware CTO Stephen Herrod said in his keynote at VMworld Europe.
Software Giants Join Specialists In Demand Management
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Oracle, SAP, and Teradata have launched new products in the last year.
Facebook Invites User Input Into Terms Of Service
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Remember the kerfuffle last week over Facebook's unannounced changes in its terms of service? The ones that seemed to say Facebook owns anything you put up on the service, even after after you cancel your account? The ones that the company hurriedly rolled back when folks complained? Well, Facebook now has a new approach: It's a
Want An Obama Coin? Operators Are Standing By
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Have you been tempted by a historic Obama coin or wished you could hear those bingo numbers better? Have you wondered whether operators are really standing by? It turns out they are.
Users Want One Phone For Personal And Business
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Now that cell phones have morphed into mini-computing devices, people are putting a lot more in them than just a few cell phone numbers. Now they have hundreds if not thousands of contacts, all of our appointments, tasks, a sizable chunk of our music library, pictures and maybe even a few DVDs that have been ripped to watch during a flight. Trying to keep a personal and work phone up to date with critical information has just about become impossible, leaving many to just go for a single device f
Real-Time Data, Analytics Drive Better Forecasts
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Manufacturers and retailers lead the way in using up-to-the-minute point-of-sale data to avoid stock-outs and overproduction.
Blu-Ray Partners To Launch 'One-Stop' Licensing
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
If the partners can get approval from all patent holders, then all Blu-ray products would be charged a flat fee, which would go into a pool and be divided among patent holders.
Parasoft CEO Sees Possibility Of Huge IT Productivity Gains
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
There's a huge opportunity to improve productivity inside IT, which can then be leveraged into huge leaps in productivity at every level of your enterprise, an opinionated Adam Kolawa recently told InformationWeek in an exclusive interview. CEO of software tools vendor Parasoft, Kolawa holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Caltech and has written three books on software development, including his most recent one,
Supreme Court Rules For AT&T In Antitrust Case
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed AT&T was anti-competitive because it was charging high wholesale prices to ISPs while offering low-cost DSL to consumers.
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Unified Communications: Don't Forget The Glitz
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Yes, we're in a recession, so now more than ever hard cash savings are the key reasons to adopt a unified communications strategy, and key to getting budget for it. Just don't forget that the gee-whiz features matter, too.
Dell Cost Cutting $1 Billion As Profits Fall 48%
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Like other PC companies, Dell is suffering from the effects of the worldwide recession.
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