News & Commentary
posted in September 2009
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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.
SaaS Vendor Workday Plans To Grow Big, Remain Independent
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Workday, an important SaaS company to watch, has hired the former CEO of PolyServe, later acquired by Hewlett-Packard, as its new president. Yet this isn't a case of a startup hiring an experienced exec to shop it around. As Workday's Aneel Bhusri recently told me, "Dave Duffield and I largely control the company, and we did not start Workday to sell it."
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?
More SaaS IT Service Management Options
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
AccelOps' latest software release adds new features for network and data center service management, both for premises and SaaS deployments.
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.
Google Wave Preview Release Wednesday
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
After months of closed testing, Google says it will offer Wave accounts to developers, early adopters and select Google Apps customers.
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.
Defending Our Ethos On Facebook
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Yesterday I posted my outrage about a poll that appeared on Facebook asking if President Obama should be killed. Yesterday, I wondered how we should balance our needs for civility against the equally pressing need for everyone to have access to this kind of vehicle for expression and connection.
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.
Talend Acquires Master Data Management Firm
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The data integration supplier will convert Amalto's assets into open source code for master data management.
A Wireless Edge? This Time For Real (Video)
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
The 802.11n task group formed in January 2004. Two weeks ago, it ratified the wireless standard. Two years ago, we started seeing implementations. The world works this way. If it was just a faster WiFi that would be unfathomable, but many predict this could be the true replacement of the wired edge network.
Talend Plans Open-Source Master Data Management Product
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Acquisition paves the way for a January 2010 product release promising MDM 'at a fraction of the cost.'
Xerox Shares Plunge On ACS Deal
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Worries about debt and integration issues cast pall over merger agreement.
FCC Seeks Comment On Spectrum Needs
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
As more consumers use devices like the iPhone for mobile Internet services, the FCC is asking if there is enough licensed spectrum to handle it in the future.
Google Gmail Disruption Caused By Network Load, Code Update
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Code changes, data center problems, and heavy usage conspired to make Gmail inaccessible for some last week.
webOS 1.2 Officially Being Pushed To Palm Pre Starting Today
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
News of webOS 1.2's impending arrival has been floating about the Interwebs for weeks now. Today, it's official. Palm announced that webOS 1.2 is available for the Palm Pre. There are improvements a-plenty. Check to see the changelog after the jump.
Free Visual Voicemail For BlackBerries Available Via HulloMail
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
HulloMail first launched in the U.S. in July on the Android platform. Now, Hullomail is going after hardcore enterprise customers with a BlackBerry-compatible version of its free visual voicemail service. With Android and BlackBerry conquered, its next target is the iPhone.
Getting A Grip On Health And Wellness Via The Web
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Open enrollment season starts soon and unfortunately for many organizations, that'll mean informing employees that they've got higher healthcare co-pays and deductibles starting in January. But for some employers, this year's open enrollment season brings some innovative twists to their benefits offerings, thanks to the web.
Unified Communications: Guts & Bolts (video)
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
A common theme heard these days among enterprise architects is the increasing need to bring together network designers, application architects and information security teams for any sizable project, and that includes unified communications, especially because those communications often involve customers, not to mention many more parts and pieces.
Microsoft, Nvidia Team On GPU
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The companies are collaborating to promote NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units to operate with Windows HPC Server 2008.
Mac Security A Myth? Really?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
As the launch date for Windows 7 approaches, more and more articles about flaws in Mac security are hitting the Web. Should Mac-based businesses be worried?
Apple App Store Passes 2 Billion Downloads
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Over 2 billion apps have been downloaded for the iPhone and iPod touch, a milestone that Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls "staggering."
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Oracle customers hear a lot from you about your competitors, but rarely do they hear how you feel about them and what your vision and strategy for them is. You're missing a huge opportunity.
Facebook Promotes Tolerance/Intolerance
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
My initial reaction when I saw that Facebook hosted a poll asking whether or not President Obama should be killed was blind fury. Why haven't they stopped this? Where are the voices of outrage from national political leaders who stir up a hue and cry whenever someone allows a kitten to fall from a tree?
iPhone Set For China Surge
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The launch of the touch-screen smartphone dovetails nicely with China Unicom's rollout of 3G services.
AT&T 'Pleased' With MMS Roll-Out. Customers? Not So Much
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Several weeks ago AT&T posted a video explaining that it wanted to be able to offer its iPhone customers the best possible experience once MMS (multi-media messaging service) was activated for the iPhone. According to the user complaints plastered all over AT&T's Facebook page, MMS was barely functional over its first weekend of availability. Is non-working service part of "the best possible experience"?
Nokia Buys Travel Social Network Dopplr
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The phone maker is trying to boost its mobile Internet services to better compete against the iPhone, BlackBerry, and others.
IBM Make Linux For Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Jagshemash! Today I have news that IBM opened Linux development center in Borat's homeland of Kazakhstan. It hopes to make country open source capital for all of Central Asia-including the ***holes in Uzbekistan.
Social Network GovLoop Sold To GovDelivery
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The popular government social network's founder expects that the acquisition will give GovLoop more backing and a chance to grow its impact.
Web Security In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Are tight budgets crimping your ability to provide adequate web security to your organization? Can you afford $30/month per user instead? Don't lament if you can't afford a shiny new Bluecoat ProxyAV, you may be able to get the same level of service in a subscription based model.
Feds Refresh Stimulus Tracking Site
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Recovery.gov now includes better mapping and navigation and more data, but roadblocks to a smooth launch remain.
Has Cloud Computing Finally Arrived?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
If cloud computing is to deliver on its (as yet latent) promise, we need a true heavyweight behind it -- like, say, the US Government. By a curious coincidence, that's exactly what seems to be happening. Are celebrations in order?
Making Linux Binaries Simple: Automate 'Em
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
If Linux doesn't change its attitude about prepackaged binary (read: closed source) software anytime soon, here's a suggestion: a generic software deployment system for Linux binaries.

Xerox In $6.4 Billion ACS Buy
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Xerox will pay cash and stock to acquire IT and business process outsourcer Affiliated Computer Services.
Apple: 2 Billion Apps Served And Counting
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Another milestone for Apple and its iPhone Apps Store: Two billion applications have been downloaded from the Apps store by iPhone and iPod Touch users. Oh, and Apple was sure to make us aware that there are now 85,000 applications available.
Can Windows 7 Go Viral?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
It seems highly likely that most of your organizations will move to Windows 7 in the coming years, unlike your violent indifference to Vista. Along the way, there's a test of Win 7 to watch for: Will it go viral among employees?
Datawatch Unveils BI Dashboards
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The Datawatch Dashboards is meant to be used by employees across an organization to gain insight into operational performance. The software can be used alone or integrated with other software applications.
Edmonton Police Use BI To Fight Crime
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The Canadian force, which polices a regional population of more than one million residents, uses IBM analytics technology to identify problems, associated trends and locations of crimes.
Palm Pre Free In The UK With Contract
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
The Palm Pre will hit the European market on October 16 and when it arrives in England, it will be free with a two year contract. This compares to $249.99 in the US, or $149.99 after a $100 mail in rebate. What gives? Why is the entry fee in the UK lower than in the US, or perhaps more importantly, why doesn't the Pre command a bit more respect in the UK?
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